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!

Like these budget friendly decorative posts?! Check out my Home & Style Pages of the blog!

From Kids, Decorating, Seasonal Style, to Thrifting! It’s all there, to share!

 

To Cute To Scare

As a budget friendly shopper, I love shopping for festive holiday decor AFTER the storm has passed. Come November 1st, I’m ALL OVER Halloween Decor at Target, RiteAid, WalMart, CVS, and other retailers like a fat girl eating cake! 50%-70% off items is a steal! You can get so lucky as to finding bags of candy for $0.40!! Yes girl, yes!!

So last year, I was able able to score a bag of Spider Webs for nearly $0.10! I had no idea how to style with it, but after seeing it be used around the neighborhood on front porches, I thought I could give it a shot, wioth only spending $0.10. What was I going to loose?!

After playing around with the intimidating Halloween pantyhose like decor, I was finally getting used to the friendliness the spider webs were. The cotton, stretch like fabric stretches, and has no pattern for you to follow.

I began stretching it over picture frames around the house, and adding fun decorative spiders. Now, if you’ve been following some of my IG posts, my youngest son get’s really freaked out with spiders. But after his older brother and I spoke to him about how fun it will be to decorate the home for Halloween, he opened up to the idea.

With just a few supplies, such as scissors, and pairing the spiderweb with other Halloween pieces, this project will become so peaceful and tranquil, you’ll honestly loose track of time styling your spooky home!

I simply took scissors and snipped small pieces of the web and stretched it, literally over everything in my home. It totally gave a boost of the Halloween spirit in my home, without really doing much, or buying much.

Have you decorated with spider webs before? It’s honestly, really addicting.

 

Holiday Clearance Finds

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! With family, friends, food, and gifts, the parties may be done for a couple days, until New Years Eve (tomorrow). Some of us may still be traveling, others may start taking down our holiday decor. The other group of us are probably holiday clearance shopping!!!!!!

Out of all of the holiday clearance shopping stores to check out, there are only a few I LOVE.

Cost Plus World Market

Michael’s Craft Stores

and…

Target!

As slowly started putting my holiday decorations away, there were times I took a needed coffee break, and purposely to leave the house….And of course I’d swing by the Starbucks at my local Target. For you Target lovers there, holiday clearance shopping is the next best thing to Christmas itself! From items from 30%, knocked down to 50%, then 70%, and all the way to 90%. Oh my lanta….Christmas decorations, gift wrap, gift bags, lighting, and other do-dads from $8 to $0.50 clearance ya’ll!!

You can also check out their website so see any items you’ve been eyeing out all Christmas season. I, on the other hand love the hunt, and checking whatever Target I roam into, and checking out their inventory. Or, whatever is left.

Ornaments, ornaments, ornaments…..

Remember those $3 ornaments?? What was $3 per ornament (which I DID hold myself back earlier this month,) are now all $1.50-$0.92-$0.30 EACH!!! Yes girl. YES!!! A whopping $1.50 or less for the cutest ornaments from Target!!

My Clearance Finds of 2016: (as seen in the picture below)

  • Navy Blue House Ornament, Target ($1.50)
  • Letter “C” Glass Ornament, Target (Last Christmas 2015, $1.50)
  • Small & Large Gold Deer Candle Holder, Michael’s ($4.99-$3.50)

What cool finds have you found this Holiday?? What great deals are out there? Comment below!!

Can’t wait to continue clearance shopping all break! Be sure to follow me on IG to see what awesome budget deals I find this end of the year.

Simple Christmas Style

When it comes down to holiday decorating, I like to keep it simple, and easy to manage. I’m not one to be called a full minimalist, but I like to practice a few traits and habits of one. We all know it’s so easy to fall into the habit of buying more and more. Especially us American’s. We love the satisfaction of purchasing merchandise. And when it comes down to the holidays, we all go over the limits of gifts and also holiday decor. This post, I’d like to share a few small purchases I made for this years Christmas season, as well as some changes I’ve done to adapt to our new home here in Sacramento.

  • The Living Room

With having a new space for “living,” there actually isn’t enough living in this area. I’ve come to realize, that having a 5 bedroom home, with multiple living spaces, and a backyard that connects to the garage, there’s a few living spaces that just don’t get love and attention they fully need. The main living room as become the main focal point for Christmas this season. It’s the room that has the most windows, the staircase connects to it, as well as the front door and garage door entry.

Musical Tunes

During the process of putting up our Christmas tree, my husband and I also decided to add in one of our record players. Adding the record player, was our excuse to add in more life, as it will project musical tunes towards the dining table.

Small Accents/Low Effort

I also added a few little tiny accents to the living room sitting on the bookshelf of the record player. All things I already owned, that just needed a spot to be displayed.

  • The Staircase

I’ve utilized the staircase banister to hold our stockings. Previously in our last home, we unfortunately did not have a fireplace to place the usual garland of string lights, and stockings. I’d simply, push pin them into the main wall of our main living room. This year, I wasn’t so inclined to utilize our fireplace to display the stockings.

  • Craigslist China Hutch

We currently have an IKEA China Hutch, which I purchase on Craigslist 3 years ago. It was needed for our previous house, but I currently no longer have an attachment to it in our current house. This year, as I figure out how to use it, or entertain the thought of letting it go, I’ve used it to display our holiday cards.

  1. Using a piece of twine and mini laundry clips (Purchased at Daiso/Michael’s Craft Store)
    I did the same thing above my buffet table using string lights (Purchased from Target, earlier this year)
  2. If you’ve seen my Fall Decorations, you’ll notice have a group of birch wood branches. I used them again for the holidays, keeping them above my china hutch again, mixed with my light garland, a holiday branch, and stacking decorative boxes from my mom. Oh! Not to mention, pinecones! Lots of pinecones were sprinkled around too!

  • Christmas Cards

My Christmas cards were hung on string lights, that I use year-round. I pinned them using snowflake laundry pins I purchased at the DollarTree this year.

  • Buffet Table

My buffet table, also known as our board game storage, holds a few picture frames, a gold candelabra (Purchased this year from Ross for $12.99), as well as a set of candelabra/ Deer candle holders (also purchased this year from Michael’s Craft Store using a 50% off Coupon!!)

Here’s what the buffet table and mirror looks like at night…

So that’s all