Halloween Dime to Dollar Decorating

Halloween decor can be overwhelming for some. Wait. Let me rephrase that, Holiday/Festive decorating can get super overwhelming. With all the terrific ideas you find on Pinterest, and all the wonderful items you see at Home Retailers, it’s so hard to stop yourself from an impulse by, and then not know how to style with it. Take it from me. I’ve been there. That’s why I’ve cut out HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, and other decorative retailers out of my shopping go-to places.

When it comes to Halloween, and getting spooky style, start off with looking around your home and seeing where you can place certain things. WAIT. HOLD UP. Let’s back up e v e n fuuuuuurther than that. Let me hype a place where you can get all the Halloween accent decor items you need that costs no more than a dollar. The DollarTree.

You’ve heard me praise this store in probably every craft post, along with Thrift stores. It is my holy grail. My number one spot to check out when it comes down to little holiday festive occasions. Take your $5-$10, $20, if you’re a big spender. LMAO! Yes, you read it right! I’m a budget queen, so if you want to save money and decorate with Chic DIY style, continue reading.

The DollarTree/99Cent Store/Dollar General, is the Halloween headquarters. You’ll find everything form spiderwebs, to skeleton garlands (see below), to glitter skulls, spiders, rats and bats. All the creepy, crawler things you need to spook up the home.

My favorite item for Halloween, have been these skeletons, which come on a garland. I purchase them every year, because I just take them off the twine, and sprinkle them everywhere in the home. Now back to your home/living space in where you’d like to add some spooky style. It’s easy.

Take whatever inexpensive items you’ve purchase, and throw them in your everyday decor. That’s it. No special HGTV Special, or interior designer can break it down to that. I’ve added skull heads, skeletons and spider webs everywhere. It’s that simple.

Above it a corner ledge of where my staircase and front door entry meet. I usually just have a styled vignette of a faux succulent branch, and candle sticks. Adding spiderwebs, and a fake pumpkin UP’d my Halloween game to 3000. Really though. That simple.  Don’t overthink it, that you’ll overdue it. There’s no such thing, during the Holidays. No limits, just have fun with it!

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Styling Thrifted Candle Holders

My obsession with thrifting candle holders has definitely reached an ultimate high. I have at least 4 different thrift stores in my area, and each thrift store brings me joy every time I walk in for my daily hunts. Candle holders are my latest craze these days compared to those dollar buys at Target (a weakness to all of us.)

Owning a bunch of brass candlestick holders is starting to become not only an obsession, but a problem. From what seemed to be a small expense of $1-$3 a candle holder, means constantly buying candlesticks… Guys, it’s been a while since I’ve walked into a Bath & Body Works for a good scented 3-wick candle. I’m constantly burning through candlesticks around the house in the evening, my electric utility bill has gone down!!!

 

If you take a looksie at my Instagram feel, I’m pretty sure every other post has a candlestick or two, or three. If you’re not following my IG, please do! I try my best to keep up with it, but if I’m not posting on my blog, I’m sure I’ll be on IG.

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My most recent candle holder purchase were these brass Christmas holders from a local thrift store my neighbor told me to check out here in Sacramento. Located in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento, Deseret offers great prices, good quality, great staff, and a huge selection. Coming in on a Saturday afternoon, the family and I were surprised by their cleanliness. For a thrift store you usually expect a little grunge feel to it, but Deseret felt like a small town Mervyn’s on liquidation. For those younger readers out there, Mervyn’s is like a Kohl’s.

If ever in the Sacramento area, willing to check out a thrift store, be sure to check out Deseret Industries!!

Deseret Industries

3000 Auburn Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95821

My obsession with candleholders was influenced on IG of course! These Scandinavian influenced details easily create that warm feel to any living space! Candles are the simplest way to add an extra coziness to your home. Whenever walking to any thriftstore, I’m always searching for these stunning Nordic-style candle holders to accentuate my candles with.

Are going through an obsession of a decorative accessory for the home?! Candles? Candle holders? Throw pillows and blankets?! Comment below! I’d love to know your current obsession!

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Frugal In Fall

It doesn’t make much to style a home for fall. Honestly, decorating for fall is easier than decorating for Christmas, in my opinion. Here’s a quick example of a style coffee table that isn’t so Pinterest Perfect, but fabulously frugal. Everything currently on my coffee table was all less than $10 each. All you need is time, and willingness to check out for local thrift stores, weekend flea markets, Dollar Trees, and clearance sale days at your favorite retailers (My Fav Spots: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and also Bath And Body Works!)

Here I’ll list a few items I purchased at my local favorite shops, that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. These items can be styled so easily with any style you have that suites the personality of any home, willing to add in the touch of fall!!!

(Above photo, leaf candy dish, Thrifted @Savers)

 

What’s on my coffee table:

(My current living room coffee table)

  • -Pumpkin Candle Holder
  • -Leaf Candy Dish
  • -Faux Pumpkin
  • -One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle
  • -Decorative Skeleton

 

Pumpkin Candle Holder

Purchased a thrift store last year for $4. Every fall I go on a seasonal decorative hunt strictly for pumpkins. Last year, I collected quite a few, but a great beginning to a tradition I plan to continue every year for fall decorating. The metal bronze like pumpkin candle holder had enough space to fit in a decorate pumpkin which I added.

Leaf Candy Dish

Also thrifted, purchased at a Savers for $2. A Better Homes and Gardens brand (Originally sold at WalMart) this candy dish sit’s perfectly next to my pumpkin display. It usually contains bobby pins I take off at the end of the night, car keys, sunglasses, or misc. tiny toys I find on the carpet through the day. OCD Me usually clears out the leaf dish, and placing the random items back to it’s proper place.

Faux Pumpkin

I purchased a bunch of these faux pumpkin’s during a visit to a flea market last year. Faux pumpkin’s are usually scattered in different corners of my home. Bookshelves, night stands, coffee end tables, they add that simple decorative harvest touch to the home. Easy to style. Easy to decorate.

One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle

A one wick candle purchased at Bath And Body Works. Stay alert with those coupons, and special clearance days. These babies usually cost $12! So expensive, but when you can buy these candles on those special days when its a buy 2 get one free, or 50% off days, it’s nice to capitalize on those sale dates! Candle buyers know. Sale dates are IMPORTANT!

Decorative Skeleton

(A simple Halloween touch!)

This is one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins throughout October and November are a no brainer. Adding a simple Halloween spooky skeleton takes literally no effort. I purchased a garland of skeletons from the DollarTree, and took them apart. Easily adding them wherever it seemed right. The skeleton man, sits aside from the faux pumpkin. Easy styling made simple, and simply remove it the day after Halloween, and there your styled pumpkin arrangement is still presentable for Thanksgiving!

I hope these simple festive fall decor tips helped!! Thrift stores, flea markets, and DollarTree spots are my home. My holy grail spots to shop before settling with Target! If you are frugal budget friendly stylist like me, comment below, and let me know how you style for the fall harvest season on a dime!

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DIY Memo Board

Autumn is usually the busiest time of the year for families! We’re a month and a half into the school year, fall sports and activities are have began, and there are tons of harvest festivals, and pumpkin patches to check out!! Memo boards help the busiest of all families get organized and set everyones schedule on one command board!

Check out my DIY Memo Board which I made from a flea market $0.50 cork board, and a thrifted white board I purchased at GoodWill for $1!!!

That’s a total of $1.50 just for the main supplies!

The rest of the supplies were provided by items I’ve already owned, prior to this project.


I’ve been in the middle of brainstorming for a family command center. I want to create an area in our home kitchen where my entire family can go to, and place everything from mail, incoming and outgoing school work, grocery lists, and all the random constant moving paper documents, and bags that go in and out of our home.

This memo board was super inexpensive and easy to make. There are tons of great wired baskets, wall organization compartments and systems on the market, but spending $100 on an espresso rimmed cork/chalk board is not an option for me. Being the casual crafter that I am, I want to create every component and piece myself!!! I not only want to save money, but also be creative with the secondhand treasures that I can find! Starting off with a memo board is a great building block to create my family command center!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Scissors

-Paper/Or Craft Foam Sheet

-Glue Stick or Glue Gun

-White Board (Mine was Thrifted at GoodWill, $.99)

-Cork Board (Flea Market Find, $0.50)

-Scrap Book Paper, or Wrapping Paper with a desired pattern or print you like!

I used these patterned fabric remnants, which I had purchased last Spring Break visiting the Pacific North West!

It’s it a great pattern?! Fabric

Directions:

  1. With your printed paper/gift wrap or fabric, place it on the side you want to place your scheduling system board.
    This will divide the board in two separate areas. One for the schedule area, the other side for the thumb-tacked/post-it notes, and grocery lists.
  2. Eyeball the width of how much your want your scheduled size to be. You can have both sides equally even, but I like one side to larger than then other. I went with and 8″inch width for my left/schedule side.
  3. With a blank piece of printer paper or thin foam sheet, simply glue it to the back side of your patterned print.
    That will just create support to the fabric/gift wrap or whatever chosen print medium.
  4. Glue, and tuck in the edges of the print into the border of the frame.
    Velcro
  5. Take you white board/scheduling board and attach it to the printed side. My white board came with velcrp patched to apply on the corners. (I was considering using a hot glue gun, but this gives me to option to move around the white board incase I get tired of the arrangement of my memo board.)
  6. Place directly on the printed side of the memo board, and secure.

And that’s it! Easy an easy and inexpensive way to create a family memo board. This is definitely a start to my future family command center! Stay tuned as I will be posting more parts in creating it! Do you have a family command center in your home? Comment below!

Happy Saturday!!

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