Get it? Bucks? Like reindeer? Donner and Dasher and Prancer and Comet and Cupid? Well, Prancer probably isn’t a buck … Or if he is, I bet the other reindeer on the playground were ruthless.
But I digress. I have made a couple of (what I think are) adorable Christmas decorations for under $5 this week. They also take less than 10 minutes to make!
The first is my Faux Subway Art.
I’m sure you’ve seen all the subway art floating around the internet, it’s all the rage. But I am not good at Photoshop (yet), so here is my take.
What you are looking at, besides being a great piece of faux subway art, was very nearly a craft fail! *Gasp* I got an 11×17 frame at Wal-Mart for $4. The lettering also came from Wal-Mart. It was a sheet of vinyl window clings – and it was only a buck!
I got home and realized I didn’t have any 11×17 paper to back up the art. But, I put on my thinking cap. You know the piece of paper that comes in the frame and usually has some dorky picture of somebody on it? I just used that and turned it backwards. Go brain! Then I put the window clings between the paper and the glass to help hold them in. I arranged them in the same pattern they came on the sheet. (I had originally thought to just frame the whole sheet, but it was some weird size that didn’t fit any frames.
Next is my Front Door Wreath.
I got the snowflakes (pack of 5) and the beaded garland from my local Dollar Sense. (I didn’t use the whole garland, so I’m calling that 50 cents.) The glittered JOY was another great $1 Wal-Mart find. (I gotta say, Wal-Mart really outdid themselves this year with the great $1 decorations.) The wreath was free. I just de-decorated a wreath that I had used in previous years. Is that cheating? Well, if you can find a blank wreath for $2.50, then you’re still under $5.
I thought about doing a tutorial for this, complete with pictures of me and my hot glue gun. But, let’s be honest, if you can’t figure out how to wrap garland around a wreath and hot glue stuff to it, you probably aren’t going to want to make your own wreath anyway.
For this last one, you will have to use your imagination a little because I could not figure out how to get a really good picture of it.
It is a Floating Snow Flake Garland.
I just tied some of my Dollar Sense glittered snowflakes together with fishing line and hung it from a hook in the doorway. (The previous owners of this house had some sort of fetish that required them to put copious amounts of finish nails and s-hooks into all the woodwork.)
I did think of something pithy while making this one … You might be a Crafter if you’ve ever said, “This looks like a job for 6# test line!” You’re laughing on the inside. I know.