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.

Christmas Crafts

Decorating is underway in our house! I have the outside lights up and we have some of our inside lights up.

Our tree has been decorated and even though it’s fake, it’s looking cute!

That wasn’t the star that I originally wanted but the tree is cheap so the branches can’t hold much weight, but the red star looks great.

The kids and I have also made some homemade decorations, which I am pretty proud of!

Printer paper and floss is used to make hanging snowflakes! They are suspended in our dining room.

These are fabric Christmas trees. They are sticks from outside and strips of fabric tied around them. You cut the fabric into the shape of a tree and hang them up with ribbon. They were an easy craft for us to do!

These are both dollar store items. I spray painted the church white and I used spray snow on the glass (I wouldn’t recommend). I made the “snow” with Epsom salt and glitter. I used mod podge in the areas I wanted the snow and then poured it on. They look amazing! I can’t wait to have an entire village.

These trees are made of air dry clay that we shaped with a cookie cutter. The kids painted them and then I hot glued them to the twine. They are a little heavy, so when I put them up they will need to lean or be supported to avoid breakage

I also have put some decorations outside.

The wreath I got for free from someone in my neighborhood and I spruced it up. I glued the Christmas balls on there to add some flair.

I think it turned out pretty cute, so if you are on a budget always keep Facebook market place in mind or after season clearance. You can always repaint or tweak something to make it your own.

The “gifts” under the wreath are just Amazon boxes stacked up after I wrapped them. I put pretty ribbon that I got from the dollar store to give it something special. My gifts are never that well wrapped, lol. I am also hoping that they don’t get mistaken for actual gifts because we do have some porch pirates in our area.

Well those are my current Christmas crafts, if you need any help making them just comment below. Also if you have any other craft ideas comment below, I LOVE crafting!!

I hope this season is finding you well. Happy Chanukah to anyone that celebrates.

DIY

I am a fan of giving personalized and thoughtful gifts. They may not always be the most expensive but they are always planned and throughly thought out.

This past Christmas both kids needed new shoes and I wanted to give them shoes that were reflective of them.

My son’s shoes were much easier to do. He is obsessed with Minecraft…. OBSESSED. So I made what I call creeper shoes (it is a character in Minecraft).

I grabbed $5 slip-on from Walmart, 2 kinds of green fabric paint, chalk marker and a square stencil.

I used the stencil and the marker to create my pattern. There are other ways to make them, some have printed a creeper face and drew the squares around that. It’s a cool effect, that I will try next time. After you have your design I traced the squares and let them dry, then colored them in.

The youngest, trying to help
Total cost $12

For my daughter, I made glitter shoes! Bought more $5 Walmart shoes and did a layer of Elmer’s school glue and then glitter. I painted on the glue in small sections, so it wouldn’t dry and I immediately glittered. In between coats I allowed at least an hour of dry time and I gently brushed off any loose glitter, so it didn’t congeal with the glue. WAY more time consuming and if you don’t keep glitter at home, could be pricey. To finish the shoes I did 3 layers of just glue.

I used the bags to make it easier to apply the glue

So those are my DIY shoes! The kids loved them and they have held up really well.

Do you love homemade presents? Do you ever make them?

Birthday Parties Bring Out My Creative side

My son’s birthday party was last weekend, it was minecraft themed once again.

If you have kids or throw parties ever, you know they can get pricey.

I go NUTS for my kids birthday parties, growing up I always knew I would and I have.

But when you are a single mom or a household with one income sometimes things aren’t as easy to get done.

For me, that is when crafty mommy steps in.

I’ve gotten compliments on my parties so I thought I would explain my process and dish out some money saving tips.

My planning for the parties starts MONTHS in advance, so A. I can buy things as I can afford them and B. Mostly A…

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest getting ideas and taking notes, I write lists of things I need and things I need to do. I create a timeline, its intense… and literally NEVER goes to plan. But my anxiety loves the plans.

I buy supplies from Amazon, Walmart and the Dollar Tree and sometimes that is where I get my inspiration. Decorations do not have to be expensive

Those fairies are construction paper

I got branches from outside, spray painted and glittered them. I made thr fairies out of clothespins and flowers from the dollar tree. The flowers are cut up toilet paper rings stuck together. Great centerpiece and super cheap!

Black construction paper, with yellow paint pens to make the signs. Black tablecloth and star ceiling decorations from the dollar store. Kids had a blast posing in front of it for pictures!

Bandanas, when you can find them, are only $.50 at Walmart and I made the telescopes with toilet paper rolls. The kids each got one.

Minecraft

The pièce de résistance is my daughter’s Frozen party. I owe my mom everything for this party. She had the puffs in the garage and the snowflakes hanging off the ceiling are actually stickers we got clearance after Christmas. Her dress is actually a flower girl’s dress I got at a thrift store and mom dyed it and added some additional details. She also drew the Olaf free hand.

I absolutely love my kids and celebrating their birthdays! If I had a perfect career it would be Birthday party planning! But only for kids!!