Thursday, October 22, 2009

Making my home cozy with Pillows and a wreath

I enjoy decorating my home and having it look pretty but I have found that going shopping for decorater items can cost a lot quite quickly! My solution is to usually make my own. Here are a couple of my money saving projects this week:

"New" pillows for our love seat.

Last month I wrote about getting a new slipcover for the love seat and recovering the chair in the same room. The love seat had pillows that came with it so I decided to recover them too. I was able to use material, ribbon and thread that I had on hand (the material was leftover from the curtains that I made for that room) so this project didn't cost me anything at this point. Even if I would have had to buy fabric and ribbon the cost would have been very minimal. I looked at decorative pillows at Walmart and it looked like the cheapest were over $10. So for this quick project I saved over $20.

This is the finished look.

Next project was a fall wreath for our front door. I was inspired by this wreath over at "Moore Minutes" and decided I wanted to make one out of things that I had on hand.

Here are the things I came up with to use:
Mostly it was all collected from the woods, our garden and meadows around our house. I decided to use a bucket lid (which I cut the middle out of) as a base. As always my trusty glue gun got put to work as well as florist wire.
It looks rather wild but it is fun too and I am enjoying it.
The kids favorite parts are the peacock feathers and lotus pod that I decided to stick in.

Have you been doing any frugal decorating lately? Share you ideas, I would love to hear them.

I want to invite you to join my on Thursdays in November and December (though we will take a break for Thanksgiving) for posts on making a Handmade Christmas. I plan on sharing gift ideas, decorating ideas and special foods and entertainment ideas all handmade (and frugal!). I am also hoping you will write posts on the way you have a Handmade Christmas and then link them up over here!
For more frugal ideas today please visit Frugal Fridays at Life as Mom.

8 comments:

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Your home is lovely! Great job on the pillows, and that wreath looks fabulous!

Jane

Christine said...

Your house is beautiful! Many Blessings!

Ann'Re @ Home said...

How beautiful! :)

Jackie said...

The pillows are cute and I really like the wreath.

I will look forward to the handmade Christmas posts and hope to join you.

Woman Child said...

That wreath is so beautiful~! Love the peacock feather..you go girl!!

Sherri S said...

Hi Abbi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the heads up/invite on your Handmade Christmas parties. I am planning at least a gift idea a week (hopeful!). I LOVE your wreath!!!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous and very classy. Using on hand items too! Genius. I made a fall one for my door this past week too on the 'cheap'. Loving your ideas, so I'm going to sign up to follow you too. :-) Have a great weekend.

Betsy said...

Lookin' good! My favorite "frugal decor" is finding old stuff in our barn. I found a neat old picture in the chicken barn that I hung in my sewing room, and just the other day I found an old barn door in our basement that I'm so excited about! I want to paint it and put in the living room somewhere. :)

Abbi said...

Thanks everybody!
I do hope you all can join my for the handmade Christmas. I love seeing others ideas and getting inspired by them.
Betsy, digging around for "treasure" on your farm sounds fun. I will be interested to see how the barn door works for your living room. It sounds neat and I am sure you will make it look classy! (in a country way)

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