>> Monday, February 8, 2010
I love Valentine's Day! I love making simple and sweet gifts and decorating my house. This year more than ever I've been inspired to decorate. The walls of our rental house are all white so I find myself looking for ways to add color. Given our current financial circumstances my budget was minimal. I've found the best way to decorate on a budget is to use what you have as much as possible. I thought I would share my ideas for decorating on a budget. Some of these ideas were my own. Some were inspired by others.
1) I used the candles I already had on my mantle and added 1 inch strips of craft paper to them, securing with tape. I then cut red hearts out of scraps of craft paper for an accent. I had all the items I used.
2) I took two old frames of mine that were no longer being used and spray painted them black(using paint from a previous project). I then sanded them down to give them a distressed look. In the small frame I put a Valentine photo card that I send to family a couple of years back. In the other frame I placed the same craft paper I used on the candles for a background. I then printed 1 Corinthians 12:4-8 on a red background, cut it into a heart shape and placed it on the background in the frame.
3) I placed cinnamon hearts into simple glass jars.
Cinnamon Hearts $2.64 (actually less since I used ECBs but we'll go with that)
Glass jars $2
4) I placed 3 silk flowers into small vases I bought at Target a few years back.
Silk flowers $1.06
5) The word LOVE in the middle is a regular part of my mantle decor. It was purchased on 75% off clearance at Kohl's last year. It was originally ivory but I spray painted it black after we painted our walls in our house in Kentucky which made it perfect for this arrangement.
Total cost: $5.70
The kitchen window:
The windows are just a continuation of the white with their inexpensive white mini blinds. I added paper hearts made of strips of craft paper and stapled closed. I used red ribbon to tie them to mini wooden dowels at varying lengths. The used thumb tacks to hold the dowels above the windows.
Dowels .74 cents
Total cost: $2.24
Total for decor: $7.94
You really can create beautiful and frugal decorations with items you already have on hand. It just take a few minutes of your time and a little creativity. Do you have any frugal Valentine's Day tips to share? I'd love to hear them. Have a beautiful Valentine's Day!