I don’t know about you but the cost of centerpieces are ridiculous. For a one day rental, I just couldn’t justify spending that much for it. If you’re frugal like me and love to get your hands dirty (your hands will be clean for this one, promise) then do-it-yourself!
I go out of my way to make sure that I’m getting the lowest prices for materials. I search and compare online, go store to store, and even wait for sales or closing stores before I purchase anything. At the time, I was able to purchase 36 mason jars at $0.86 each during the Target closing out sale, whereas Walmart was selling them for a little bit over $0.90 each. I know it’s just a few cents but always keep in mind that things add up, plus you feel even better knowing you got the best deal.
Next on my list: burlap and lace. I purchased mine at Nusso Textile Ltd. my official “Burlap Guy“. They sell wholesale fabric, burlap and many other things which you can browse in their store and order or purchase as-is. I personally went for the as-is section because I didn’t want to take the risk of having delays on my order and seriously just wanted to start my project as soon as possible. I have no experience with the ordering process with this company so I can’t provide any feedback regarding that. I was able to purchase a 4” wide Burlap Fabric roll of 100 yard, Burlap roll, and 2 packs of Lace Trims with different patterns all for about $82.00. I honestly don’t know whether this is a great deal or not but I did save cost and time on shipping and handling, most importantly it was convenient.
Without further ado..
- Wrap the mason jar with the burlap fabric to measure the length, cutting the excess and glue the two ends onto the jar.
- Repeat step 1. but with the lace trim. I made 2 variations with the lace because of the different patterns I had: One set of lace I centered it on to the burlap, showing both the burlap and lace. Another with 2 sets of lace glued on to the edges of the burlap to show more lace and have the burlap be seen through the patterns of the lace.
- Cut the twine long enough to wrap it around the mason jar on top of the lace trimming and tie a bow. I glued the bow onto the lace just to prevent it from moving around.
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Making your own centerpieces can be super tedious but it’s a great excuse to have a Girls Night In. Wine and Gossip Girl, anyone? This definitely makes the time and process more enjoyable. Also, another plus side to making your own centerpiece is once the event is done and it’s still in good condition you can sell it and make a profit.
My daughter’s baptism was another excuse to get my creative juices flowing. A party means lots of planning: venue, food, and favours. My mom has always been in charge of giveaways which is usually a Bath & Body Works Hand Soap — bought during sales and stocked up for occasions like these — wrapped in plastic gift wrap with a curly ribbon. I loved that idea so I took it from there. It was hard figuring out what exactly I wanted to place in the gift wrap that’s both low at cost and completed in less than a week. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I stumbled upon a candle giveaway and knew it was the one. A candle which symbolizes the Light of the World. Light warms and encourages, it gives safety and illuminates the way ahead. I love it! So I went ahead and put a bow on it.
Wired Ribbon – Pink
- Wrap the base of the candle with the wired ribbon and securely glue it down.
- Here’s instructions on how to create the Pinwheel Bow. Instead of a jumbo clip, I wrapped the ribbon around four fingers then cinched the middle. The wire in the bow makes it easy to hold the shape.
- Glue the bow onto the candle covering where the ribbon ends meet, allowing for a more finished look.
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I had to make about 60 favours but time flew for me when I was in the zone. To save time I created a bunch of the Pinwheel Bows first then assembled the candle. Invite some of your girlfriends over to help or spread the work for the next few days.
What are some of your time-saving tips when tackling a DIY project?
I’ve been obsessing over coconut oil. The way you can use it on your face and body or even in the kitchen for cooking. There’s many articles listing the benefits and different uses of coconut oil so I won’t bother you with that. However, I am here to share with you how I store it. Since I buy it in bulk I wanted to have coconut oil easily accessible without the large container taking up my wash room. So what better way to store it than in mason jars! I’m a minimalist but I encourage you to show off your creativity with this mini project.
Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
Cardstock Paper – white
Sharpie Fine Tip Marker – black
Martha Stewart Heavy Duty Paper Trimmer 12′
- Using the Paper Trimmer or scissors, cut the card stock into a shape of a tag. I didn’t use any specific measurements for this part, eye-balling did the trick. It was about 2 inches x 1.5 inches. I would make sure that the size isn’t too big or too small in comparison to the mason jar.
- Repeat Step. 1. but this time cut the burlap into a tag. I made it a little bit bigger so it would create a border for the card stock tag.
- Stick the card stock and burlap together by using double sided tape. I find that the glue gun made it lumpy and a glue stick didn’t stick well. Then hole-punch the side of the tag for the twine thread to go through.
- This part you can be more creative with it. I searched the definition of coconut oil and wrote it exactly how it shows in the dictionary. Go all out if you want!
- Cut about 11 inches of twine and wrap it around the jar. Sew the twine through the tag then tie a knot or bow to finish it off.
- Fill ‘er up with coconut oil or your choice of oil/loose item.
And there ya have it! A simple and easy way to store oils or any loose items. You can showcase them in your wash room, kitchen, or vanity desk, or give it away as favours/gifts.
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I love using coconut oil as:
- deep hair conditioner: slather that baby all up in there, rinse and repeat!
- lip moisturizer: light and tasty
- eye make up remover: 2-in-1 cleanser and moisturizer
What are your top 3 uses for coconut oil?
I’m proud to present my DIY chalkboard! If been wanting to do this project for quite some time but never had the time or will to do it. But hay, hay, hayy! Your girl done did it. This project cost me about $30 for the materials. All I needed was chalkboard paint that I bought at Walmart and a paint roller. The canvas board was something I had laying around at home (IKEA Vilshults, $49.99) and so I thought instead of throwing it away might as well re-use it. It took me about a couple of days because I really wanted the paint to completely dry and truth be told I sometimes forgot to do another coating. I did about 4 coats to achieve the solid black look to fully cover the painting that was underneath. It turned out exactly how I wanted it and I can’t wait for the many doodles my daughter and I create on it!
I hope this inspires you because a little work never hurt nobody!