Blog Posts - Frugal Decorating



Make These {Easy} Snowman Hat Ornaments!

These adorable little snowman hat ornaments are easy and fun to make, using recycled cardboard tubes and boxes. Last year, on a trip to Arizona to visit family, I wanted to bring my sister-in-law a set of handmade ornaments with her kids' names...
by House Revivals on Dec 13, 2016

Upcycle Leftover Sets of Notecards, to Create Useful, All-Occasion Cards

We've all got them. Maybe they're stuffed in a drawer somewhere, maybe they're up in a closet, or maybe they're in the "donate" box in the mud room.  Every thrift store has them, too. They are the (often unopened) event specific thank-you...
by House Revivals on Sep 6, 2016

Our New Beach House Cats

We adopted two cats this summer. I was scrolling through our local Nextdoor forum, and noticed that someone was looking for a home for their cats, as they were soon to be moving. I was a little shocked, at first, after all, who leaves their cats when...
by House Revivals on Aug 16, 2016

Creating Art With Beach Treasures

If you drag home lots of shells and sand dollars from your beach vacations, here is a project that is fun for both kids or grownups. We spend a lot of time at the beach on the Pacific Northwest coast, and have collected baskets and baskets of she...
by House Revivals on Aug 2, 2016

The Blitsy Bandit Strikes

I love Blitsy. If you're not familiar with Blitsy, it's an online discount craft retailer. The website is full of helpful tutorials, and they offer daily sales. I spend the workweek in a very urban environment, which translates: craft supply desert,...
by House Revivals on Jul 26, 2016

Creating an Art Index Card A Day!

Are you doing the Index Card a Day challenge? This is a challenge to create a small piece of art on an index card, every day, for the months of June and July. This challenge is the brainchild of Tammy, over at Daisy Yellow Art. You can go to her...
by House Revivals on Jul 19, 2016

DIY Patchwork Rugs for Cheap!

We own some boat slips in our condo marina. Along with the slips, there is a condominium clubhouse in the adjacent building that is jointly owned by all the moorage owners. It's basically just a giant concrete room. A few years ago, a sump pump t...
by House Revivals on Jul 16, 2016

Make Your Own Pottery Barn Inspired Faux Coral

This tutorial originally appeared in House Revivals in the summer of 2012, and continues to be one of our most popular posts. Enjoy! Are you still loving all the faux coral decor we've been seeing at places like Pottery Barn and Horchow? ...
by House Revivals on Jun 7, 2016

How to make the most of your home decorating budget

Now that I actually have a home decorating budget…haha… I’ve been trying to make the absolute most out of it.  I know we all try to stretch that lovely dollar when it comes to our homes and families, and decorating can oftentimes t...
by The Bold Abode on May 12, 2016

How to Decorate With Free Stuff From Craigslist

I love Craigslist. Especially the free stuff. I am forever amazed at what you can get, simply by going to get it! I've seen good quality paint, gardening supplies, furniture, sports equipment, and toys. Recently, these were a few of the items I f...
by House Revivals on Apr 19, 2016

How to Draw a Floral Wreath {a beginner's guide}

You don't need an expensive inventory of stamps and tools to create pretty cards and scrapbooks and art journals. There's nothing wrong with using stamps and other products -- there are some beautiful products out there; but sometimes, you just don't...
by House Revivals on Apr 12, 2016

How to Make Paper Peonies {Without Fancy Tools!}

Have you ever wondered how how to make dimensional paper flowers? Well, there are some wonderful tools you can buy to make perfect curves in your petals, but if you don't have access to a craft store or don't have the budget for fancy tools, here is...
by House Revivals on Apr 5, 2016

How to Make Paper Peonies {without fancy tools!}

Have you ever wondered how how to make dimensional paper flowers? Well, there are some wonderful tools you can buy to make perfect curves in your petals, but if you don't have access to a craft store or don't have the budget for fancy tools, here is...
by House Revivals on Apr 5, 2016

How to Weave a Pretty Seat

I popped into a Goodwill the other day and found the cutest little bench -- that is, it could have been cute. If it had a seat. My husband has a running joke about my love affair with "broken chairs". We've moved broken chairs half-way...
by House Revivals on Mar 25, 2016

How to Weave a Seat

I popped into a Goodwill the other day and found the cutest little bench -- that is, it could have been cute. If it had a seat. My husband has a running joke about my love affair with "broken chairs". We've moved broken chairs half-way...
by House Revivals on Mar 25, 2016

How to Decorate When You're Broke

We've all been there. We want to freshen up our homes, but our home decor budget is non-existent. Here are some ideas that you can use to decorate your home when you're broke. Do you have some old books laying around?  If you don't, your local...
by House Revivals on Mar 3, 2016

11 Easy Art Projects Anyone Can Do

Do you ever look at art and think "I could never do that"?  I promise, the ability to do art is not exclusive to people with fancy degrees are exceptional talent. Sometimes all you need is to just. get. started. You don't need fancy or exp...
by House Revivals on Feb 23, 2016

Make a Pretty Garland for Fall

This post originally appeared on House Revivals in 2011, and is being re-published because it is easily adapted to fall decor. While the inspiration was a Japanese Magnolia, this process will lend itself to chrysanthemum inspired projects, as well.
by House Revivals on Oct 27, 2015

Make Your Own Paper Bead Roller!

This article for appeared on House Revivals in May of 2014. If you love rolling paper beads -- or you just want to give it a try, here is a quick and easy way to make your own bead rolling tool using items you have around the house. I was rollin...
by House Revivals on Oct 20, 2015

Ideas for Pretty Painted Beds

This post originally appeared on House Revivals in October of 2013. In a couple of days I'm heading back to the beach house -- hopefully to paint some bedroom furniture! For inspiration I've been scouring catalogs, websites, and furniture stores.
by House Revivals on Oct 13, 2015


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