The Friday Fluff Up: Penny Pinched Christmas Projects

I’ve been just about nuts around here with Cyber Week deals, and haven’t had even a minute to throw together a Friday Fluff Up this week! So instead, here are my favorite oh-so-penny-pinched Christmas Friday Fluff Ups that I’ve shared the last few years.  Hopefully they’ll inspire me to get some fluffing done around here over the weekend too!  If you’ve made something crafty this year, I’d love to hear about it!

Christmas Tree with Handprints 

Hand Printed Christmas Tree Skirt (I think this one’s my favorite because it’s such a sweet memory each year!)

 

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments 

 

How To Create Fresh Christmas Greenery (For Free)

 

Christmas Decorating at the Dollar Tree

Homemade Potpourri

Homemade Christmas Potpourri

 

How to Etch Glass

 

Christmas Decorating from the Dollar Bins

Easy Advent Calendar

Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes

 

Mesh Christmas Wreath

 

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!

 

Free Printable Scripture Tags For Advent (& Happy Thanksgiving!)

 

My friend (and awesome designer!) Cheryl made these completely free printable Scripture Tags for Advent  for you to enjoy this Christmas Season, as we were talking about just how easy it is for our children to forget exactly what all this Christmas craziness is about.

 

I’m using mine to clip on to bags (see below), and each day my kids will get to open a small gift and read a Scripture each day leading up to Christmas morning. To keep things simple, each bag includes items like a small piece of candy, packets of hot chocolate, and even new toothbrushes (I found most of the items in my pantry!)

 

Go HERE to print yours

I know things get crazy with all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season that it’s difficult sometimes to slow down, so we’re hoping this will help your family remember just how precious the gift of this season is. Enjoy a very blessed Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you back here bright and early Friday morning for just a few more deals. ;)

 

I’m so (incredibly!) thankful for each one of you.  Blessings!

 

You can also download these free printables from Passionate Penny Pincher:

 

 

 

Easy Advent Calendar

I made this super simple advent calendar to add to my kids’ playroom (they love counting down to Christmas!) and it might be an easy inexpensive project for you to create in your home too.  Here’s what I used:

 

  • Ribbon
  • A cookie sheet (found this one at Walmart a few years ago and love it because it has a whole in the top for hanging)
  • 1 magnet
  • ornament for marking the days (I found an 8 pack of the peppermint ornaments for $1.50 at Hobby Lobby – they were perfect!)
  • stickers (I made the stickers using vellum and my Cricut, but you could easily make these using plain stickers you found at the store)
  • extra star ornament I found at Michael’s a few weeks ago

As you can tell I placed the stickers pretty randomly (I love the idea of them looking neat and tidy in a row, but I knew getting them lined up would take forever so figured this was worth a shot!)  It took less than 30 minutes to put together, and my kids will have one more place to count down to the big day. ;)

 

Looking for more penny pinched Christmas home ideas? Here you go  . . .

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday - thanks for the opportunity to link up! 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!

 

Homemade Cinnamon Potpourri

Homemade Potpourri

This is a re-post of my favorite Homemade Potpurri recipe.  I’m cleaning out some more closets today and just got a pot of this simmering on my stove top ~ maybe you’ll enjoy it too. ;)

 

I just tried out a new recipe for Homemade Christmas Potpourri, and thought you might enjoy making it in your home too.  This is one of those times I’d give anything to “take a picture” of exactly how my house smells right now.  (That sounds crazy but there just aren’t words how to describe how perfect it is ~ so a smelling camera would be such a perfect invention right now!) If you can pretend, just imagine that it smells like the Christmas Season walked right on into our home today.

 

{I know, I know, some of you may think it’s way too early for Christmas around here, but I try to stretch it from the very first day of November all the way through ’til January 1st. Please be patient with me because there are just too many wonderful Christmas ideas to stuff them all into one month!}

 

When I was a kid my mom always used a small “potpourri” crockpot to make our house smell yummy, but I’m pretty sure they don’t sell those any more (at least I couldn’t find one on Amazon. . . )  However, you can easily make this at home with just a few basic ingredients that you might even have in your pantry, and your house will smell all fluffed up for the Holidays. ;)

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 1 tbsp. cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • water
Homemade Potpourri
Directions
  • Combine all ingredients on stove top in small pan
  • Cover with water
  • Simmer on small burner on stove top over low heat
  • Add water as needed to freshen
Do you have another recipe that you use during the Holidays to make Christmas come to your home? I’d love to hear what you use, so take a minute and leave a comment to share!

 

 

Take a minute to join PPP on Pinterest (I love that place!)  See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

How To Etch Glass & A Fun Frugal Gift (The Friday Fluff Up)

 

I know I say it every week, but *this* just might be my favorite Friday Fluff Up project. :) I’m scooting out to go with some friends to enjoy Under the Christmas Tree (a Christmas tradition for folks in the North Alabama area), so I’m hoping the pictures will do most of the job showing what I did . . .

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • glass jar (find them at Walmart or on Amazon)
  • Etching cream (this was a little pricey, but one bottle will last you forever)
  • something to “stencil” your letters ~ I used my Cricut cutter and cut out the letters with vellum, but you could easily pick up any stickers at Michaels or Hobby Lobby and then just cut out the outside ~ it literally would cost just a few dollars!)
  • sponge brush
Cut around your letters to make a stencil for the etching cream
Paint the inside of your stencil – let dry. (I was worried that one coat wasn’t enough, but I think it was fine!)
Wait to peel off the stickers – I did have a little etching cream around the edges of my words but was able to rub that off.
I’m planning to give this to one of my sister-in-law whose birthday is right at Thanksgiving. She’s a physician, and runs at a crazy schedule, so I’m including my favorite recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies (they’re the best), as well as all the ingredients she’ll needs besides eggs to make them. (She doesn’t check PPP all that often, so hopefully she won’t see this gift ~ if you know her help me keep the secret!) ;)
Her kids will be coming home from college for Christmas, and I thought this way she’d have everything she needed to bake cookies right at home! Here’s what I’m including . . . (great to stock up on these items while they’re on sale for the next 8 weeks!)

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!)

 

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty ThursdayThrifty Thursday. See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

Simple Ways To Decorate Using Pumpkins

I love fall. Love…. fall. Remember how I learned a bunch last Friday about the value of having a budget for car expenses? Well the reason I was running errands in the first place was to pick a few of these little pumpkin beauties. It was all my little girl and I could do to not purchase every last pumpkin and squash Walmart had to offer!

 

For $1.97 per package in the Walmart produce department (each package included 6 small pumpkins or gourds), we stocked up on things to just make our home feel a little more ready for fall. Everything will last through Thanksgiving, and maybe by then I’ll be ready to change things out for white snowflakes. We’ll see. ;)  (I really do love fall!

 

So, $1.97 turned this (above) into this  . . .

I also filled the $4 hurricane glass I found yesterday at Dollar General along with some corn and dried peas to make a centerpiece for the kitchen table. . .

And added just a few little pumpkins to my office shelves to bring fall into that room as well. 

I’ll always pinch my pennies on groceries if it will leave a few extra dollars to fluff my home up ~ I think I spent $10 on pumpkins but it was worth every penny! I’d love to hear if you’ve done any fall fluffing in your home, and if you’ve found any penny pinched bargains leave a comment to share.

 

Find more frugal fall decorating ideas over HERE.

 

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday.  I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  You can also see previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

Frugal Christmas Decorating: Deals From The Dollar Bins

Remember when I found all those fun items at Michael’s last week and again this weekWell, I finally took a few minutes today to show you what I used them for, and for $7 I’m tickled with how it ended up. I wanted to make something fun for my nieces at college to use this Christmas on their front door, and this was a great way to use some penny pinched items to get started! Here’s what I used

 
See more of the fun deals I found at Michael’s over HERE and HERE (I was so impressed!), and let me know if you’ve found any fun deals there too!

 

You may want to also see how I decorated this Christmas Tree last year with items from the Dollar Tree. Love, love, love finding deals to fluff up my home for the Holidays! :)

Also see how to make this fun tissue paper wreath for just $7

Or try this easy mesh wreath tutorial


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

 

Tissue Paper Wreath

A few weeks ago I fell in love with a tissue paper wreath at Hobby Lobby, but figured it would be way too difficult to craft for this not-all-that-crafty mom. I loved it though, and knew it would make for a pretty penny-pinched project, so I decided to grab the supplies and take them with me on a scrapbooking trip last weekend. (I figured if I got tired of scrapbooking, it could be my back-up up plan!)

 

After reading through several tutorials online, I finally found this one, and it worked perfectly (especially because I had some guidance from a few crafty friends who helped me out.) Here’s how to fluff up home home with this penny pinched wreath in your home too. . .

Supplies:

  • 20 sheets tissue paper $2
  • styrofoam wreath form (mine was about 10″ around) $4.79
  • Hot glue gun with lots of glue (I think I went through at least six glue sticks)
  • Scissors
  • Monogram letter (optional, but they were $2 at Hobby Lobby and worth it for me)

 

Cut tissue into 5×7 squares

Fold the paper so that you make small points out of each set, holding the center of the paper with your fingers and then creating a point.

Using something round (I used a wooden spoon), make small holes in foam, about 1/2″ in diameter.

Fill holes with glue a few at a time all the way around (I did not fill in the inside of the wreath form), and then push point of each tissue paper down in each hole.

Finish filling in tissue paper around the entire wreath, and you’re done! My girls even help me finish it up at home and did a great job folding the tissue paper up for me, which made the process go so much more quickly.

I promise this is so much easier than it looks, and while it does take a bit of time, the end result is completely worth it! The “H” in ours is hanging in the center of the wreath, but it was hard to get a good picture of it with the mirror behind it. I’m so stinkin’ pleased with how it turned out, and even impressed myself that I could make it! (And puh~lease don’t notice the dirty mirror in that picture . . . it might just be time for a few five minute challenges to return.) ;)

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!

 

This post is linked up to Follow Our Thrift and Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday. Thanks for the chance to link up! 

Friday Fluff Up: Chalkboard Fun

Several months ago I decided to get replace a large painting that was getting a bit dated over our sofa. I was left with a huge place on the wall that needed something, and when I found this large chalkboard at TJMaxx for $20 I knew it was perfect for the spot.

 

But I’ve left the job to the kids to decorate it. They’ve added a football stadium for Superbowl, Easter eggs in April, and a school bus just a few weeks ago before the first day of school. I’ve kind of stayed away from tackling any “fancy” chalk decorations because everything just seemed so beyond my ability (my handwriting is atrocious!)

 

This week though I’ve been hunting down some ideas, and while I’m still not happy with where it’s at yet, I’m getting a little closer each time I play. ;)  I gave in and bought a liquid chalk marker pen which is so much easier to work with (who knew?) and have had fun experimenting with different ideas.

 

Since I wasn’t quite as successful as I’d hoped though with my own chalkboard (yet!), I thought I’d share a few links of beautiful chalkboards that have figured this out a bit! I think I’m going to try out this process, and hopefully it will work at our house too.

Photo Credit

 

Here are a few helpful tutorials . . .

 

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You can also see how we added a chalkboard in our pantry using chalkboard contact paper. (I’m telling you what, that stuff is amazing and can easily transform anything into a chalkboard!)

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And, while this is completely random and just for fun, my sweet Reagan and I made a race through Hobby Lobby yesterday, and I just couldn’t resist showing you all some of the fun things we found. I don’t think any of it was priced over $20 if you wait until the 50% off sale (becausejust about everything at Hobby Lobby goes on sale 50% off every few weeks), and there were just so many fun finds, including inexpensive chalkboards which would be an easy way to frugally change things out as the seasons change.

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place, and you can even check out my chalkboard pins while you’re there!)  See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing.

Frugal Fall Decorating

Update: I absolutely have loved this centerpiece, however the pumpkin turned into an awesome science experiment when we realized it began to grow mold inside the closed jar. Soooo, if you’re going to try this one out yourself, I recommend leaving the jar open or possibly just using it for a few days during the fall season! ;)

Frugal Fall Decorating

Is anyone else just itching to start fluffing up for fall?  To be honest, I’ve loved every bit of summer this year, but the minute I see a pumpkin I’m ready to pull out my fall decorations.

So this week when my friend Shannon sent a picture over of the glass container that she’d found at Walmart for $9.99, I knew I had to get started.  It’s exactly like this one at Amazon for $9.99, just a bit larger size, so either one would make such a nice centerpiece (and combined they’d be beautiful!)

 

Now, here’s my trick for those big ole’ jars.  Instead of spending a pretty penny filling them up, use some of your stockpiled canned goods as spacers . . .

Then I just filled the jar with dried peas, popcorn, and a pumpkin that I picked up at Walmart for under $10!

Looking for more frugal fall decorating ideas? Here are a few more of my favorites:

Frugal Thanksgiving Centerpiece

 

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday. 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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