$7 No Sew Pom Pom Pillow Cover

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I’m soooooo pleased with how this little project turned out! I was a little anxious that it would be more difficult than it was, but trust me, it was e.a.s.y. And, I absolutely love it!

 

I saw this great tutorial for this Christmas Tree Pom Pom Pillow over at On Sutton Place, and thought it might be more difficult than I was ready for. I’m horrible (horrible) at yarn crafts (I’ve tried for at least four hours to make one of these without any luck. Ugh.)  So, the thought of making Pom Poms from scratch had me just a wee bit anxious! I thought surely I could find ones already made at our local craft store, but they only carried really bright colors, and I knew I wanted something a little more subtle.

 

I decided to try it out, and spent a few minutes watching this tutorial, and within minutes figured out how to get started. 

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Here’s what I used:

  • pillow cover from Hobby Lobby – $5.99 after 40% off coupon
  • hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • yarn (a $3.99 roll of yarn would make a jillion pom poms – at least!)
  • small piece of ribbon for the tree trunk (I just used some that I already
  • Total = less than $7 because the yarn will be used for several more projects and I had everything else on hand

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I made the pom poms following this tutorial (I used about 35), and then followed these instructions to glue them onto the pillow case. (Really, this was so simple – just glue them on in a tree shape and you’re almost done!) And I’m loving using pillow covers to change out my pillows seasonally (you can purchase pillow inserts for around $9.99 at Walmart or your local craft store), which is a great way to save. Success!

 

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Looking for more Christmas DIY ideas? Here’s what I’ve done around here so far this year (I have a really fun one coming this Friday ~ can’t wait to show you!)

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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No Sew Pillow Case

 

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Okie dokie folks, here goes.

 

I don’t really love this project. 

 

You win some, you lose some, right? ;)

 

ButI do love the idea of this project, and think it has potential. Does that count?

 

I saw this idea over on Pinterest to fluff up plain pillow covers using fabric scraps. Since I’m not a girl who sews ~ at all ~ I headed to Hobby Lobby where they have knock-off Pottery Barn pillow cases for $5.99 after their weekly 40% off coupon.

 

I spent $3 on fabric scraps (I purchased 1/8 yard of three different colors), as well as $6 on Wonder Under (with lots left over), and came home all ready to start fluffing.

 

 

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Here were my mistakes:

  1. I didn’t leave enough room at the edges of the pillow cases and have probably opted for four trees instead of five ~ or skinnier trees. When I put the pillow insert back in the pillow, it just looks crowded I think?
  2. I didn’t really consider my favorite colors when working on the project. I love (LOVE) the colors in this pillow (right on my Goodwill chair.)  My mother-in-law used to decorate homes, and once told me to pick a fabric I loved and decorate around that ~ so smart! So, hopefully I’ll find the right look, and may just change things out a bit (but it was fun to try!)

 

I do think this is a super easy way to get just the look you want, and love that you’re not limited to someone else’s designs. I’m planning to tackle it again, and we’ll see how it goes! Here’s what I did for my first attempt though in case you’d like to try it out too  . . .

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Cut fabric into trees – I didn’t really have a pattern, just kind of played with it until it felt right.

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Then I lined them up . . .  again and again and again . . . until everything was where I wanted it to be.

 

I think if I’d just left more room on the edges it would have turned out so much better, but for my first try it wasn’t too bad? I cut pieces of Wonder Under and followed the directions on the package to iron the fabric scraps on.

 

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So there you have it. ;)  Nothing fancy at all, but pretty simple even for a not-all-that-crafty girl like me. Now, in a perfect world I’d know how to sew and would just sew the fabric on, but this was a great way to try it out!
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Have you done any Christmas crafting lately? I’d love to hear what you’re up to! Here are a few more ideas I’ve been working on at our house . . .

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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$20 Ornament Wreath (+ Determine Your Stock Up Price On Christmas Ornaments)

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I have a little girl who’s home sick today so we’re taking the next few hours off to snuggle a bit. Watch later today for more penny pinched posts! ;)

 

I’ve seen all the cute pictures of ornament wreaths over on Pinterest, and my girls and I decided it was time to make one ourselves this weekend! Of course, being the penny pincher I am, I had to do the math to figure out how to get the least expensive ornaments. (Yup, I’m a nerd that way.)

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Here’s what I figured out:

The size of the ornaments were almost identical (the silver ornaments were from the Dollar Tree, all the colored ones were from Michaels), but I liked that Michaels offers quite a few more colors to choose from (our Dollar Tree had silver, gold, red and green.) So, when you’re heading to price ornaments this Christmas, $.20 per ornament is a good baseline price ~ if you find them for less than that, you’re getting a steal! ;)

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I thought surely I’d have enough to do two wreaths, but was only able to fill out one wreath with all those ornaments (I did have a few leftover, but not enough for another wreath.) Here’s what I used:

  • Wreath form $6.99
  • (3) packs ornaments from the Dollar Tree $3
  • 50 pack ornaments from Michaels $11.24
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Total = $21.23

 

Considering some of them sell for over $100 on Etsy (yikes?), this was a better deal than I realized! ;)

 

To make ours, I just started with a basic foam wreath, and added ornaments around the outside edges using a hot glue gun. 

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Then I filled the inside of the wreath up, and finally added ornaments on top of other ornaments to fill in any spaces where you could see the foam wreath.

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If I was doing it again I’d purchase a box of smaller ornaments to fill in those holes (I think they would look great, and it would cost a little less to make it!)

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Here are a few wreath tutorials if you’d like to more in-depth directions:

And you may also want to try making this simple fun mesh wreath as well! Looking for more penny pinched Christmas decorating ideas? Check these out:

 

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Monogrammed Burlap Table Runner

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Can I just tell you how thankful I am that burlap is trendy right now? ;)

‘Cause it’s cheap (ahem, penny pinched.) And it’s versatile. And it even looks great as you transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

And, it handles a Sharpie marker just fine. ;)

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See? ;)

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To make a similar runner, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 yards burlap (it comes in tons of great colors if you don’t like brown) – mine was $4.78 after my 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon
  • a pair of scissors
  • a stencil (I used one I had from the burlap banner a few months ago)
  • a sharpie marker (I ended up using a grey one that I found at the last minute in my junk drawer – any color will do!)

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Just cut your burlap into the size that you want (watch this video to see how to easily cut burlap in a straight piece – I learned that trick from the worker at Hobby Lobby and it makes cutting burlap so much simpler!)

Then just fray the edges by pulling off a few strands, and add your monogram with your stencil. Success!

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You can also see how I made wreaths our dining room chairs for just $3 at the Dollar Tree, and stop back Tuesday when I’ll add in another penny-pinched decorating idea for Christmas. I’d love to hear what other tips you have on frugal decorating too this Christmas season!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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$3 Dollar Tree Christmas Wreaths

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I’m hoping to add in a frugal “fluff up” post on Tuesdays throughout November (in addition to our regular Friday Fluff Ups), because I have so many ideas and sharing them with you kind of keeps me accountable to actually doing them! No promises you’ll see them each week, but it’s worth a shot. ;)

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I’m just a wee bit excited that Christmas (and Christmas decorating!) is right around the corner. ;) As I’ve got a new house to decorate in all different colors this year, I’ve been hunting down frugal ways to update our Christmas decor without breaking the bank, and the Dollar Tree is definitely helping me to get started.

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I’ve always loved homes in magazines where you see small wreaths on the back of each chair in the dining room. But, those wreaths get expensive fast, so I was trying to think of a way to add them on a penny pinched budget. When I found these berries last week at the Dollar Tree (and remembered I had a few Dollar Tree grapevine wreaths from a project a few years ago), I knew it would be pretty easy to make this project work.

 

Here’s what I used:

  • 2 stems berries from the Dollar Tree = $2
  • 1 small wreath from the Dollar Tree = $1
  • ribbon I had already at home (it was on sale when I purchased it 50% off at Hobby Lobby)
  • florist wire

 

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All I did was pull the stems off the main branch (and got rid of most of the leaves from the berries), then wired each stem around the grapevine wreath. Each wreath took about fifteen minutes to  make, and was just the easiest way to fluff up plain dining room chairs!

 

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Watch Friday as I’ve got a few Sharpie Marker plans in the works (so excited!), and let me know if you have any frugal ideas for decorating for Christmas (I love hearing from you!) You can also check out my Christmas board on Pinterest where I have all kinds of ideas popping up.  Goodness it just gets me excited about the Christmas season! ;)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

Don’t miss how I decorated an entire tree with ornaments from the Dollar Tree ~ I love that place!) ;)

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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$2.50 Goodwill Chair Makeover

 

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Goodwill Chair Makeover

Oh my.

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I have never (ever?) been so in love with a $2.50 purchase.

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If you ever (EVER) come across a chair for $2.50, I expect you to buy it. Not cute enough for you? You can send it right on over to me.

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I’ll even pay the shipping. (Ummm, let me know though first.) ;)

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When I saw this chair at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $2.50, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. The lines were pretty basic, it was solid (legs were all in good shape), so I snuck it home in my trunk. (My poor husband – he doesn’t ever complain about my garbage day finds but I do think he wonders what on earth I’m thinking some days!)

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(I found the cute poof yesterday at TJMaxx on clearance for $32 – I think it was worth it for extra seating by our fireplace when it gets cold outside!)
 

And, since I’d made a few donations at Goodwill that day I had a coupon for 10% off my purchase, making the grand total on the cost of my chair just $2.25. (Seriously, how awesome is that?)

 

So, I let it sit for a few weeks in my car, finally brought it in and set it in our kitchen, and this morning at 8:15 pulled out my Annie Sloan paint. (Remember the piano I painted a few weeks ago? That meant I didn’t even pay extra for more paint. Love. that.)

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Because I didn’t think you’d believe me, I even included some pictures of our clock so you could see just how fast this project went. I started just before 8:15, was finished by 9:00, and fluffed it up a bit in time to share these pictures with you.

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(I have next to no patience at all, so I couldn’t wait to finish!)

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All I did to prepare it was sand down the rough spots a bit, then layered two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint. I still need to add some wax to finish it off, but wanted to let it dry for a day before adding that in.

 

img_0088The chalk paint was a little pricey (read more HERE), but after using dozens of cans to spray paint items at home I think in the long run it may be your best bet. One small can has worked a ton for me, and I still have probably half a can left.

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Seriously, never (ever!) underestimate the beauty behind a Goodwill or thrift store find. You may not find something fun like this every time you shop, but every once in awhile you come upon something just perfect!

 

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(Goodness, I keep moving it to different spots and love it everywhere I see it ~ amazing what a little $2.50 happy will do!) ;)

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(I also fell in love with this wreath yesterday at TJMaxx – it reminds me of cotton in Alabama when it blew everywhere each fall!)

 

Have you found anything fun recently at Goodwill or a local thrift store? I’d love to hear what’s been fluffed up this fall in your home ~ I love hearing from you!

Join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Free Boo Printables: You’ve Been Boo’ed!

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 Free Boo Printables

My friend Cheryl put together the most fun free printable for you all todayIf you have kids, I’m betting you already “boo” in your neighborhood, but if not, this is a great year to start.

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Visit your local Target or Dollar Tree dollar bins and grab a few fun items to share with your neighbors, then “boo” them by sneaking a treat at their front door. This is one of our children’s favorite Halloween activities (they love picking which neighbor gets the surprise!)  Go HERE to download your free “Boo” printable today, and share with your friends too. Happy Haunting!

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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College Care Packages {From The Dollar Bins}

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Here’s just the simplest little fluffing, because I can’t seem to manage painting a piano or wallpapering a bathroom every week like I’d like! ;)

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We have four nieces and nephews in college, in the military, and in their first apartment, and I try to send out a little care package twice a year. It’s so easy to let these get pretty pricey, but thanks to some coupon savings and a few Target and Michael’s Dollar Bin finds, I can usually score a deal or two!

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I went to Michael’s yesterday (who have my favorite dollar/bargain bins ever, which a PPP reader also told me worked with the current 25% off coupon), and grabbed everything above for less than $3. (WOW!)

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I’d also purchased the items above at the Target Dollar Bins a few weeks ago (except for the M&Ms)IMG_9816

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My total spent on each package was less than $5 (I even included some free shaving creme from Kroger’s sale a few weeks ago and a 25¢ Cadbury Egg from Walgreenssacrifice I tell you),
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And now just have to pop them in the mail.

Sending college kids free samples also is a great way to surprise them with a treat – it’s amazing how those little free samples really add up, and just by adding a few items from your stockpile you can easily send a fun and frugal care package!

Have you come up with fun ways to surprise someone special recently? I’d love to hear about it! You can also check out how I made a few teacher gifts using items from the Dollar Tree ~ love it!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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How To Paint A Piano

 

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How To Paint A Piano

I don’t think I’ve ever (E.V.E.R.) been so excited to see what $100 can do, and am tickled to share this week’s Friday Fluff Up project with you!  

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Back when we were first married, my mom gave my husband and me a piano, and we were so excited to have one in our home. (I grew up playing the violin and piano, and couldn’t imagine not having something to plunk on!)

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And the piano was just perfect, even though it never looked exactly the way I’d hoped.  When we added built in bookshelves in our office in our last home the piano headed to our guest bedroom, and it was fine because I just never looked at it. (But, I always knew I wanted something different ~ I just wasn’t sure how to get there!)
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When we moved into our new home in Ohio I fell in love with the floor plan, but we were stuck (again) with no home for this little piano. In a perfect world it would march on down to the basement, however our stairwell isn’t very wide, and I’m not quite sure it could make the trip down the steps all in one piece. (I have considered taking it apart to get it down there though? Still a possibility.)
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We did have this very unused dining room though, and I kept thinking that just maybe it would work there. (Remember how I furnished our dining room for $150? Yup, everything just moved right with us when we headed North, despite a little wear and tear that’s finally been fixed on the table. Yikes!)

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After looking (and looking and looking and looking) through painted piano pins on Pinterest, I finally gathered up my courage to paint that little piano and oh. my. word. I am so glad I did.

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Literally, last Thursday night I decided to tackle it at 5:30 PM (when I should have been cooking dinner), and painting was done with two coats by 7:30 PM. I added some wax this week in about 30 minutes, and my project is done!

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I love it.

 

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 After seeing this “chalk paint” (not chalkboard paint like you might think) at the cutest shop ever in Westerville Ohio (Edwin Loy Home), I decided to try out their Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.IMG_9729

As y’all know, while I’ll pinch pennies on just about everything I don’t believe in penny pinching on paint (I promise, it’s worth it!), and I’m just so pleased with the results. I bought a quart of their paint, a small can of wax to finish it with, a paint brush, and some cheese cloth to rub in the wax in with, and for less than $100 this little piano has a new happy  home.

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Success!

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So, have I lost my mind? (Maybe?) I’m still debating if the piano’s going to stay there, but as I sit at my makeshift desk typing here each day I love looking across the hall at my fun fluffed up dining room. I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you have any other suggestions on where else this fun little piece can go!

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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No Sew Pennant Banner (Just $7)

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No Sew Pennant Banner

I loved this project so much that I made one for my in-laws a few weeks ago, and had to come home and make one for our home too! It was so. easy. to do, and I used a few tricks the second time around that I didn’t see online, so I thought I’d share a quick tutorial with you.

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I have no sewing skills, so I wanted a quick and easy way to make mine without a whole lot of extra steps. This was so simple, and in less than an hour it was completed!

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Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Burlap (I bought 1 yard – cost was $4)
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Jute string (I had this at home, you can find it at your local craft store)
  • Stencil kit (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $2.99)
  • iron
  • glue gun & glue sticks
  • cardboard box

 

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And here’s how you’ll make it . . .

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  1. Create a template out of a cardboard box. (This is the hardest part ~ promise.) ;)  Using a ruler, create a triangle the size that you’d like your burlap pieces. (Mine measured 6″ long by 5″ wide.)
  2. Trace your template onto the burlap with your sharpie marker – but instead of just tracing the triangle, once you’ve done one long side flip the triangle over to actually create diamonds. (See the picture in step 2 above.) This will actually create the pennant shape to hang over your ribbon.IMG_9566
  3. Once you’ve cut enough letters for whatever word you’re using, use your stencil and Sharpie marker to trace each letter onto the bottom section of each diamond shape on the burlap. Then, just use the Sharpie to fill in your letter. IMG_9573
  4. After your letters are finished, fold the burlap in half with your letter on the outside, and use an iron to iron it down into place.IMG_9572
  5. Lay your word out in order over the jute (leave extra jute at either end so you have plenty of room to hang it with.) Leave about 1 1/2″ – 2″ inch of space between each letter.IMG_9574
  6. Once your letters are in place, use your glue gun to place a thin stream of glue between the burlap and jute to hold it in place. (I didn’t get a great picture of this – above is when I flipped it over to make it reversible, but basically you’re just going to open up the triangles and put a thin strip of glue between the jute and the burlap to make your banner stay in place.)
  7. Once the glue is dry, you may want to press it out with the iron again just to make sure the pennant stays in place. You can also flip it over and stencil another word on the opposite side to make it reversible!

 

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Looking for more frugal fall decorating ideas? Click the images below to see a few of my favorites:

 

Frugal Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Be sure to stop back next Friday when I’ll reveal my big piano painting project ~ I’m so excited about this one and can’t wait to share!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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