Zelda Party

My oldest turned 11 recently and a Zelda party was requested. So Mom delivered!

I rotate birthday parties between the years to help save me money, this year was the “off” year for my oldest. That means less money is spent on decor and we don’t have a lot of people over.

So to save additional money on costs I try to use things I already have at home and I DIY A LOT of stuff.

This is the main decor wall for the party, all this is is crepe paper (streamers) and construction paper cut into the Birthday banner. It made a huge statement and covered up my art which my son doesn’t care for.

The cake

I wasn’t planning on this DIY…. I use Publix for my cake, I ALWAYS use Publix because their cakes are DELICIOUS!!! Also, they do such an amazing job with their decorations. They let me down though and I had to improvise. This is a vanilla cake with icing I dyed green. The design is a Hylian shield. I cut out the inside myself with a razor blade. I placed the paper on the iced cake and I used black decorating icing to “color” in the design. The outside of the shield is just paper, it was my simple solution. It looked amazing and my bday kid was very happy!

I always have the kids do crafts or play games at the parties, it helps entertain them and it gives them something to take home. For the Zelda party I choose to have the kids paint stained glass pictures. They turned out really well!!

I used 8×10 dollar store frames and took them apart for their glass. It made a bit of a mess and I regret not keeping the frames to hang the glass up.

I found an image easy enough to trace with puffy paint

Either will work
I made a total of 5

To make the paint that dries semi clear just take acrylic paint and add school glue. The kids really enjoyed painting them and they were a really easy and cheap craft!! Because I had most of the supplies I spent $10 on 5 of them; 5 for the frames and 5 for the puffy paint.

Budget Farmhouse Crafts

Farmhouse decor is an extremely popular design style right now! My friend just bought her first house (by herself *whoop whoop*) and she wants to decorate in the farmhouse style. She is on a budget, like so many of us, so I told her that I would make her some cheap decor.

I went through Amazon for inspiration and then hit my favorite place for Budget DIYs…. the dollar store!!

I included the links to the actual Amazon items in case you wanted to see them, they are affiliate links if you make a purchase I get a small percentage of it.

Some of my supplies
My version

I took 3 small identical books and painted them white. Inserting to say I DID NOT use the dollar store paint…. it is TERRIBLE. I used regular white acrylic paint from Walmart $.50. I hot glued them together after painting them and then I wrapped them in twine (3 for a dollar and I barely used 1). I wrote the words myself with a permanent marker and then to make them look worn I covered the words with chalk marker. My books cost less than $5 total and did not take very long to make. The inspiration is $34.99 which is so much more than mine, but it is also made of wood, not books.

These arrows are a dollar a piece and I used the same acrylic paint and permanent marker with a stencil

I tried to use a paint pen instead of permanent marker… failed miserably

I strung them together with the same twine. Again this project was less than $5 all together. This inspiration piece is about $22, if I were to redo this one I would use my Silhouette to cut out the words versus a stencil. You could also use more than one color; I was trying to make the colors basic so they would match any décor.

Vase for a simple statement

This is a vase wrapped in a roll of the twine, I have floral foam and 2 sprigs of grass. I hot glued the twine at the bottom and just wrapped very tightly and then glued the twine at the top. Total cost $5, maybe $5.50.

These vases I failed to get a picture of before I gave them to my friend, so I apologize for the color of my photo. These are all dollar store vases and I painted them with the same acrylic paint. I did several layers of just white and then I streaked some black paint. I sanded the vases down, concentrating on the areas with the black paint to give them a worn look. With using the same paint as the other projects the total cost for this project would be about $3.25. The inspiration piece is almost $35!! That is a huge savings and I think they look really great.

Call Me a Candlestick Maker

I have made candles! This has been something I have had the supplies to make them for over a year!

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These are lemon lavender… for relaxing

I am a firm believer in the power of essential oils and I wanted to help my kids with their meditating so I made them these!

I put these dry herbs and oils in the candles

I heated up the wax on a double boiler. I was surprised how much wax I needed for even a small candle, so if you are planning on making candles keep that in mind.

They looked pretty cool even before they cooled down and they smell so good.

First time being lit!

Ingredients are soy wax, essential oils, dried lavender and lemon slices. The jar was actually from the dollar store and it had the wick already included so it made the job very easy.

Beach Crafts

I have posted several times about my love for the beach and I wanted to bring it home. So I decided on the downstairs bathroom being beach themed.

I am going to be honest with you, for the first year and a half of living here my “beach theme” beach was void of any actual beach items. I have been trying to slowly decorate our house more and make it more home-y feeling so I decided to concentrate on one of the smaller rooms.

My first move was to search for beach décor on Amazon because… I have a problem, lol. I found some cute stuff, but I felt some of it was over priced so I decided to try a dollar store copycat craft!

And this is what I have made!

Pretty good copycat!

So here is how I did it!

I took 3 5×7 photo frames from the dollar store and I painted them with some acrylic paint and I wiped off some to give them a distressed look. I look rope that I got from Walmart for under $6 (but the dollar store rope is cheaper) and I hot glued them together. My frame is slightly longer but I like it!! My piece is also over $20 cheaper, so I am pretty happy with myself.

Inspiration

What I did

These were Super simple statement pieces. I bought 2 vases and one mason jar from the dollar store. I used the rope from the last craft and hot glue to create the effect. I used sand from the actual beach but you can buy sand, sea glass, shells and the tumbleweeds at the beach. Total cost was about $6.

Inspiration
Actual pieces

I got the canvases from the dollar store. Painted them with a coat of bronze paint and then a layer of teal. I sanded them to give them a worn/distressed look. The “coral” is actually a vase filler I have had lying around for years and the shells were both store bought and found on the beach. The starfish was the most expensive item at $4, I got that from Walmart. Hobby Lobby has a 3 pack for $4 and you can use your 40% off coupon BUT they are much smaller and I wanted a big one. Altogether these were probably around $10. They do hang on the wall but I wanted a picture of them close together.

Inspiration
What I did!

I bought 8×10 frames from the dollar store and used the same spool of rope, hot glue and shells from the previous crafts. This turned out super cute but kind of pointless because who needs 8×10 pictures in the bathroom??? Lol. I will probably use my silhouette to make a design or….

I could make something like this again

So these are my beach crafts, I hope you like them! If you have any questions or have any other dollar store crafts you like comment below!!

This Week

I’ve been watching the Sex and the City movies the last few days. It takes me more than one day to finish them because I have kids and they are SUPER inappropriate. I have to stop them every time the kids come in the room.

It’s 7am and no body is awake yet! That is basically unheard of in this.  house, all 3 kids are early risers.

Usually I use this time to clean because I have 3 kids and my house is always a mess, but today I decided to give myself a break. I’m eating Fruity Pebble knock offs and I’m watching an adult movie that I don’t have to pause every 5 minutes…

There is heaven on Earth.

I kid, lol. I probably gained 5 lbs from one bowl of cereal and my house is still a mess so not really heaven.

This week is a typical one, school, organized playdates, lyra, judo/jujitsu/kickboxing, laundry, cleaning, cooking, scheduling doctor’s appointments, finishing a piece for a customer and all the other things I add to my life unnecessarily. And all of these are done on broken toes. 3 broken toes.

Yeah… 3 on two feet. Long story short, I rebroke the toes that I broke this summer and then broke a toe on my other foot by trying to protect my already broken toes and dropping a heavy metal object on ANOTHER toe. And let me tell you what… they HURT. They hurt more this time than they did last time.

Some of the unnecessary things I have added to my list, my DIY Halloween decorations and a blog about them, we make crafts for a hospice(this is extra but in my opinion necessary), NaNoWriMo(but I LOVE IT) and walking a 5k… plans were made before my toes decided to look like pudding, and VOTING!!

These are some of the things I have added to my plate and though they are not actually necessary, I WANT to do them.

The problem that I face is because I WANT to do them they get pushed back to the background OR what I have done this week ignore some of the things like cleaning to do them. I don’t have enough time in my life, haha.

Making a ghost with cheesecloth
A different way to make a ghost
Cute crafts
My customers piece
Trying to make hot chocolate bombs!
Performed my civic duty

I said duty…

Have a great weekend! What do you guys have planned