November 27, 2014

10 Amazing DIY Dollar Store Holiday Decorations

You don’t have to spend a lot to have a pretty home! You just have to be creative and think about how you can use items in different ways. Here’s some inspiration to help you create beautiful Christmas decor on a budget – DIY Dollar Store Holiday Decorations!

Create beautiful Christmas decor on a budget with these DIY Dollar Store Holiday decorations & crafts. |10 DIY Dollar Store Holiday Decorations

Here are some frugal ways to decorate for Christmas!

10 Amazing DIY Dollar Store Holiday Decorations

10 Amazing Dollar Store Holiday Decor Ideas | Dollar Store Wine Glass Dioramas Wine Glass Dollar-Store Holiday Dioramas from Pop Sugar. Aren’t these just so pretty and all made with items found at the dollar store!

DIY Dollar Store Berry Wreath | 10 Amazing Dollar Store Holiday Decorating Ideas

DIY Dollar Store Berry Wreath from That’s What {Che} Said – this wreath looks so expensive but it’s made from dollar store pics!

Dollar Tree snowflake Door decoration - cute idea instead of a wreath | 10 Amazing Dollar Store Holiday Decor Ideas

Dollar Store Snowflake Door Decoration from The Craft In Me – This is so cute and easy that I’m thinking of doing this to our front door this year.

10 Amazing Dollar Store Holiday Decoration Idea | Dollar Tree  Christmas Door Decoration

DIY Dollar Tree Holiday Door Decoration from Purple Hues and Me – I never thought abut adding to those big foam/felt Christmas decorations that the dollar stores sell. Great idea!

cute Christmas scene globe

Cute Dollar Store Christmas Scene Globe from Alyssabeth’s Vintage – love this little winter scene and the cute cake stand.

10 Amazing DIY Dollar Store Christmas  Decorations like this burlap candy cane

Dollar Store Burlap Candy Cane from Learning, Creating, Living. This is so clever! Wait till you see what she uses as the base!

Dollar Store DIY Sock Ornaments | A Collections of 10 Amazing DIY Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

Dollar Store Sock ornaments from Crafts ‘n Coffee.  Love this idea! Also a great way to repurpose old Christmas socks that have holes or that you don’t want to wear anymore.

Dollar store Christmas book page wreath

Dollar Store Christmas Book Page Wreath from Alyssabeth’s Vintage. I love book page wreaths – they’re so easy and  always look good!

10 Amazing Dollar Store Christmas Decorations like this beaded garland  Christmas tree

Beaded Garland Christmas Tree from Mess For Less – love that this is a quick project!

10 Amazing Dollar Store Christmas Crafts like this  pretty wreath from Craftberry Bush

Dollar Store Christmas Wreath from Craftberry Bush – You’ll have to go see what she used to make this wreath. It’s from something very unusual but turned out so pretty!

I haven’t started decorating for Christmas, have you?

Check out my Christmas Pinterest Board for more great ideas!

Follow A Cultivated Nest’s board Christmas Ideas on Pinterest.

Sweet & Simple Projects: DIY Frugal Holiday Napkin Ring

Here’s another easy DIY in my Sweet & Simple Projects Series and this one’s is easy on the pocket! Here’s a pretty napkin ring that would be just the thing for your Thanksgiving table or change the ribbon and it will be perfect for Christmas or any occasion!

DIY Napkin Ring | Here's a really easy napkin ring that would be just the thing for your Thanksgiving table or change the ribbon and it will be perfect for Christmas or any occasion!

A napkin ring is really more than just a way to hold your napkin, it’s also a decorative element on your dining room table. Here is an easy to make holiday napkin ring that mixes rustic with elegant!

Easy DIY Holiday Napkin Ring:

Supplies needed:
Thin ribbon
Burlap ribbon
Fall leaves
Gold spray paint

materials needed to make gold leaf napkin ring

Directions:

1. Begin by laying some fresh leaves on newspaper. Apply a few coats of gold spray paint (or craft paint if it’s too cold to spray paint in your area).  Allow to dry thoroughly.
2. In the meantime, roll a length of burlap (6-7 inches will do) and secure with a length of thin ribbon. I used thin orange ribbon and secured it in place with a bow.
3. Once the leaf is dry, tuck one into each arrangement. I didn’t use glue; I simply slid the leaf under the orange ribbon.

Your frugal DIY  napkin ring can now be used. Simply roll up your napkin and slide it into the ring.

The elegance of gold against the rustic burlap is really stunning!

Really easy to make frugal fall napkin ring. Love the elegance of the gold against the rustic burlap!

You can even use these as place cards.  Just write your guests name in black or white on the leaf. Then it’s a napkin ring and place card in one!

This is a great way to dress up your fall table while being frugal and functional at the same time!

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Sweet & Simple Fall Napkin Ring. Love the elegance of gold against the rustic burlap. So pretty and easy to make!

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Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Need a super easy holiday dessert that everyone will love? Try these Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats. I mean who doesn’t love rice krispie treats? They’re the perfect combination of gooey and crunchy!

Super easy holiday dessert that everyone will love! Chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats

Drizzling them with chocolate really takes an ordinary rice krispie treat and makes it into something special!

FYI: I do believe I saw gluten free rice krispies at either Trader Joe’s or Kroger (so check your grocery store if you want to substitute those for regular Rice Krispies).  Also, you can cut these into mini squares for a more grownup presentation.

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

5-6 C. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
1 10.5 oz package of Peppermint Marshmallows (check the seasonal section of your store)
4 tbs. butter
4 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts, any brand (white chocolate looks pretty too)
5 candy canes, crushed (or peppermints if you don’t have candy canes)
2 small sandwich baggies
Kitchen scissors

How to make chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats

Directions:

1. Melt the butter and peppermint marshmallows on low heat stirring frequently until melted.

2. While the marshmallows and butter are melting, line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with some non-stick cooking spray. This will help tremendously with sticking.

3. Once the marshmallows and butter have completely melted, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal and stir well coating all the Rice Krispies.

4. Quickly pour the mixture in the baking dish and press down. Evenly. This is where sandwich baggie #1 comes into play. I wore it like a glove and sprayed it with non-stick spray and then evenly pressed down on the Rice Krispie bars making them even in the pan.

5. Pour the chocolate chips into a small microwave safe dish and heat in 20 second increments, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave and let cool a few minutes.

Easy holiday dessert! Chocolate covered peppermint rice krispie treats!

Scoop the melted chocolate into sandwich baggie #2 and snip the corner of the baggie with the kitchen scissors.

6. Gently squeeze the chocolate out of the sandwich bag over the Rice Krispie treats. It doesn’t have to be perfect, I just criss-crossed and went back and forth.

7. Lastly, sprinkle with the crushed candy canes (or peppermints). They will stick on top of the melted chocolate.

8. Cut evenly into 24 squares. 2 squares = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Easy Christmas dessert! Chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats!

Let me know if you try this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats!

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats
 
Author:
Recipe type: Chocolate Drizzled Rice Krispie Treats
Cuisine: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 5-6 C. Kellogg's Rice Krispies
  • 1 10.5 oz package of Peppermint Marshmallows (check the seasonal section of your store)
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts, any brand (white chocolate looks pretty too)
  • 5 candy canes, crushed
  • 2 small sandwich baggies
  • Kitchen scissors
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and peppermint marshmallows on low heat stirring frequently until melted.
  2. While the marshmallows and butter are melting, line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with some non-stick cooking spray. This will help tremendously with sticking.
  3. Once the marshmallows and butter have completely melted, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal and stir well coating all the Rice Krispies.
  4. Quickly pour the mixture in the baking dish and press down. Evenly. This is where sandwich baggie #1 comes into play. I wore it like a glove and sprayed it with non-stick spray and then evenly pressed down on the Rice Krispie bars making them even in the pan.
  5. Pour the chocolate chips into a small microwave safe dish and heat in 20 second increments, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave and let cool a few minutes.
  6. Scoop the melted chocolate into sandwich baggie #2 and snip the corner of the baggie with the kitchen scissors.
  7. Gently squeeze the chocolate out of the sandwich bag over the Rice Krispie treats. It doesn't have to be perfect, I just criss-crossed and webnt back and forth.
  8. Lastly sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. They will stick on top of the melted chocolate.
  9. Cut evenly into 24 squares. 2 squares = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

 

Tips For Saving Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a holiday where you are usually hosting a crowd and making many different types of dishes, so it’s really easy to go over your budget! You can still have a lovely Thanksgiving without breaking the bank. Here are some ways that you might be able to save on your Thanksgiving Dinner.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some tips for saving money on Thanksgiving dinner

9 Tips For Saving Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

1.  Trim the Menu –  If you’re having a small gathering don’t feel like you have to buy a whole turkey and make all the trimmings. You could just get a turkey breast. Last year there was just the 3 of us and I just bought turkey legs and only made our very favorite sides (since I didn’t have to make other people’s favorite sides). We had enough for sandwiches and leftovers for one more meal and that was fine for us.

2. Share the Menu – if you’re having guests let them bring something. Don’t cook everything yourself. Most people want to contribute. Even people that don’t cook can bring soda, napkins, bagged salad greens etc. This helps save not only money but time too.

3. Don’t serve alcohol. Booze is expensive for a large crowd. You can ask others to bring the wine/beer. If you can’t do that then go for the cheaper boxed wine.

4. Use natural decorations or make your own Thanksgiving decor. There are so many cute Thanksgiving/Fall printables, candle centerpiece ideas, banners, place cards etc that you can make yourself.  You don’t have to spend money on buying decorations.

5. Be a smart shopper. Shop your pantry first and then be sure to check your store ads for special offers. Check websites for coupons. For example if you always buy a Butterball turkey I would check out their website. I know they offer coupons. Some stores offer a discount on the price of a turkey if you buy $x.xx amount of groceries. You might even snag a free turkey! Of course if you kept a price book, you would know what you paid last year, when it went on sale, and whether the price is the best now!

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can throw your budget off. Here are some great tips for hosting Thanksgiving on a budget!

6. Unless you stocked up on pecans when they were a good price I would skip the pecan pie and go with apple. Apples are in season and less expensive than pecans. That goes for other dishes as well. Choose the simpler sides. Make cornbread stuffing instead of chestnut/oyster

7. Borrow stuff from friends and family. Need a large platter for that turkey, gravy boat, more glasses. Borrow them instead of buying them. If you have to buy these things wait until after Thanksgiving when stores will clearance their inventory and you’ll have your own for next year (or Christmas).

8. If you are having lots of people over you might want to try turning down the heat. All those bodies throw off heat and I know I’m always hot in a large crowd.

9. Make Stock – Save the trimmings from any fresh veggie side dish you make and be sure to use that whole turkey up! Make stock with the carcass and/or vegetable trimmings when it’s all over . Then your groceries are doing double duty!

Just remember the big picture –  Thanksgiving is about being grateful for all the great things in your life and celebrating with loved ones. Don’t stress yourself out trying to have the perfect house or the perfect meal. Just enjoy the day!

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Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

The Homemakers Creed

I started my Saturday morning with a fire in the fireplace, a nice hot cup of coffee and this homemaking post by Susan Branch.  Which was a lovely start to a busy day. Then while looking through Pinterest that same day,  a related pin in my feed (you know the ones by people you don’t follow and probably don’t know) caught my eye. It was Betty Crocker’s Homemaker’s Creed (with a link to a post about Betty Crocker where I learned that she wasn’t a real person!).  She was a corporate marketing strategy but they really put a lot of effort into “her”. She became the icon for homemaking in America!

The Homemakers Creed from Betty Crocker

I found the Homemakers Creed from Betty Crocker very inspirational, so I wanted to share it with you!

The whole story behind Betty Crocker is so fascinating that I ordered  the book “Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food”.  You can get it used for $0.01  on Amazon or $11.89 on Kindle. I had a sample sent on my Kindle so I can start reading it now.

Finding Betty Crocker Book

I’ve always thought of homemaking as a an art & serious job. After all, my blog used be called The Pleasures of Homemaking before I changed it to A Cultivated Nest (although it’s the same idea just shorter name ) :)

Some people may think that the statements in the Homemaker’s Creed are old-fashioned ideas, but I think there are a good many women that want a good family life and want to manage their homes well.

What are your thoughts on the Homemaker’s Creed?

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

A Pretty Kitchen Shelf With Hooks or A Place To Hang My Aprons

I am having such a hard time getting used to this kitchen! We’ve been in this house for 3 weeks and I just can’t seem to figure out how where the best place would be for stuff or a work flow. I did realize that I couldn’t dedicate a whole drawer to pot holders/oven mitts like at my old house. So I had to find another way to store them and decided that hanging them would be the best storage solution.

A pretty way to provide some extra storage for potholder and aprons.

I also hung up my two favorite aprons! I  had a cute wire basket with hooks that I got either at TJMaxx or Target and I had a picture ledge from Ikea. So I combined the two and now have some vertical storage and a little place to display stuff in the kitchen.

Pretty place to hang your aprons and pot holders. Great way to increase storage if you don't have lots of drawers in you kitchen.
If you’ve ever seen a picture ledge you know it’s really narrow since you’re supposed to just prop pictures on it. So there’s not a lot of display space. Which was my intention in using it.

Cute kitchen shelf with vintage ceramic rooster and some free printables

I just wanted a little space to easily display a few fun things. Something easy to change without a lot of hoopla! The “Together We Have It All” is a free printable from Entirely Eventful Day. She has lots of really pretty ones so go check them out. I can’t remember where I got “Home Is Where Your Heart Is” – etsy I believe. “God Bless Our Home” I’ve had for many years so I have no idea where I got that.

Cute kitchen shelf with hooks for pot holders and aprons

I treated myself to some new  holders since they’re out where everyone can see them :)  from Target.  The cute polka dot pot holder and the patchwork one were gifts from a reader.

Cute kitchen shelf with hooks and cubbies provides needed storage and display space in a small kitchen

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with the cubbies  – I already have a place for incoming mail. Maybe a place for outgoing mail, coupons to retail stores (not grocery coupons). Maybe I’ll just use them to display cute printables.

What would you use those cubbies for?

 

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