6 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Free.

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Every time I walk through Target I dream about all the ways I can decorate my home. But since I don’t have any unlimited budget (cue the sad music) I tried to find some ways I could decorate my home for free.

Many things come into our possession that could easily be made into something cute but we don’t have the vision to see what it could become. And thanks to Pinterest, others have shared their ideas to upcycle every day items into something new!

So here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing!

1) Wild flowers and other plants

Whenever I go for walks with my kids my oldest is always picking flowers “…from an obliging field.” (Name that movie!) This is the simplest, easiest and most frugal way to decorate your home. Keep an eye on the foliage around you and see what you can use to bring some life into your home decor.

2) Rocks

The next time you are out and about, either camping or going for a nature walk, take a little look around and find yourself some smooth stones. (No, we’re not going to slay any giants. Not today at least.) Then bring them home and wash them off. Grab a few of your kids paints and have at it! Pinterest has so many ideas for painting rocks.

Don’t have a green thumb? Just paint your plants!

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Or you can make these cute and simple rock photo holders!

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3) Greeting Cards

Many people have quite an accumulation of greeting cards at their disposal for creativity but don’t think to use them. I don’t keep many cards but I do keep a few to decorate with. I came across this idea when one of my sister-in-law’s was pregnant and have been meaning to do something like this ever since.

It is butterfly hand punched through cards and placed inside a frame. It would look super cute in a girls nursery!

4) Plastic bags

I have been remembering to bring my reusable bags when I go grocery shopping but forget to take my old plastic bags back to the store to be recycled. So I found some ways to upcycle them and use them as free decor!

This Christmas Wreath from Popsugar looks like feathers!
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Or cut plastic bags into long strips and crochet a sturdy basket!

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5) Tissue Paper

Do save the tissue paper from gifts that you or your kids receive? If you don’t you are missing out on so many DIY home decor freebies!

There are so many things you can do with tissue paper that I am only putting one up this garland idea that I haven’t tried before. This one would be another great one for Christmas.

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6) Plastic bottles

This kitty planter is really cute and will need to try soon! It will appease that cat lady in me since we can’t get a cat yet. Just ask people for their empty soda bottles and you’re in business. You cut the top half of a soda bottle off and then paint the kitty or another four-legged furry creature on it. You can even cut four small holes into the bottom of the bottle so your plant doesn’t get water-logged.

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What ways have you decorated your home for free? Please let me know in the comments! Like other DIY Projects? Check out these older posts!

Spring Decor. Hanging coffee cup sign.

Projects and photos are from:

  1. dreamsandcaffine.com
  2. onelittleproject.com
  3. bridal buzz.blogspot.com
  4. Popsugar.com
  5. Instructables.com
  6. lorrieeverittstudio.blogspot.com
  7. saltycanary.com

Happy crafting!!

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Why Don’t I Have Any Peace?

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I find myself being an angry mom far more often than I’d like to admit. Being able to find peace during my day seems like something that can only be achieved if I am by myself, in some pretty outdoor place, listening to some soul soothing music. Like this…

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If only we could sit on a dock looking out over a glorious view for the rest of our lives but responsibilities call us back to real life.

I have really been trying to work on my anger, especially when my children frustrate me. I can manage to be kind in almost every other situation but when my kids push the right button so many times, I lose it. Continue reading

“I am n” by The Voice of the Martyrs

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When was the last time you thought about the persecuted church? I admit it was not always at the forefront of my mind. Not at least until recently that is.

After reading “I am ‘n'” put out by The voice of the martyrs, the persecuted believers are very much on my mind these days.

Some of you may recall that Islamic extremists placed the symbol “n”, which is pronounced “noon” which stands for the Arabic word for Nazarene on all of the houses and businesses that had Christians living there. And after Jeremy Courtney drew the symbol on his hand and posted the picture on his twitter account to bring awareness about what ISIS was doing, Christians around the world took notice. Continue reading

How to Save BIG on Birthday Parties!

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My second son’s 1st birthday was last weekend and the decorations, food, party favors and invites all costs me $70! You can save big on birthday parties when you take the time to plan well enough in advance.

His cousins had a lot of fun playing in the sprinkler and sliding into the kiddie pool. D spent most of his party napping but I think he enjoyed what little he did get to be a part of.

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My sister and I doing a little snapchat. The back drop is wrapping paper!

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How to save big on your child’s birthday party…

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8 Tips to Stay Safe During Rattlesnake Season

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A friend took our oldest son on a walk that other day and they came across a baby rattlesnake! When I heard that it sent chills up and down my spine. Baby rattlesnakes mean there could be bigger ones nearby! So I took to the internet and researched everything I could to keep my kids and myself safe during rattlesnake season.

Some websites claim that roughly 8,000 people are bitten by snakes in the U.S. each year. That is a terrifing number! So I will be keeping a sharp ear and eye out for rattlesnakes and be applying these tips whenever I can!

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Create a Hanging Flushable Wipe Dispenser for Potty Training

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We are still in the throes of potty training but I haven’t had to clean up an accidents in a while so yay! I wanted to make the process a little easier on both of us so I did a little brain storming and came up with this handy-dandy hanging wipe dispenser!

It had been somewhat of a battle with my son because when we first started he didn’t care about going on the potty at all. The hardest thing about potty training for me at first was remembering to take my son to the bathroom to go and to ask him regularly if he had to go. Now that he has learned to go when he feels the urge it was high time for me to figure out a way for my son to be able to easily wipe himself.

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DIY Pineapple Party Decoration

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Pineapple popularity has exploded over the last few years and I have to say that I am riding the pineapple wave. And with my second son’s first birthday party coming up I thought I would satisfy my pineapple infatuation by throwing him a pineapple party!

And who doesn’t love a DIY pineapple?

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