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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Oh, you want me to pay $45 for flowers that cost only $20 yesterday? Yep, it sounds like it’s Valentine’s Day!

We all know that the prices of the typical v-day gifts such as roses and chocolates double or even triple the week of February 14th, and yet some of us still go out and pay these crazy prices. Well I’ll give you some do-it-yourself gifts ideas that are not only much more sensible in terms of price but are also a lot more thoughtful than any store-bought gift.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You could find about a dozen of these at most stores for about $30 (if not more), but honestly it’s just strawberries dipped in chocolate. You could make more than a dozen of these just from getting strawberries and a chocolate bar. Wash the strawberries first and break up the chocolate bar into a small pot filled with a little bit of hot water. The chocolate will melt nicely and become perfect for dipping the strawberries into. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries on to a baking sheet and then place them into the fridge to harden. Get creative and use other fruits to do this with – such as apples or bananas. This delicious treat is fun and romantic to share with your Valentine.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo © 1-800 Flowers

2. Scrapbook

All you need is some scrap booking paper (or even just colored card stock), some ribbon to tie the pages together, and photos of you and your Valentine. This can be a very thoughtful and creative gift to add that sentimental and personal value needed on Valentine’s Day to put a smile on your partner’s face.

DIY Valentine's Day Couple Love Scrapbook Craft

Photo © Paper Laces

3. Heart-Shaped Food

Making a meal for someone can be so gratifying – especially if they are someone special. Make your Valentine some morning pancakes, afternoon sandwiches, or dessert cookies. Whatever you make – shape them into cute hearts! You could use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or free-hand. It’s a simple idea that’s great for your budget and one sweet gift!

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes Strawberries Valentine's Day Breakfast

Photo © Very Best Baking

Put your own special touch to any of these ideas and I assure you that your Valentine will be just as happy (if not more so) with a home-made gift made with love.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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DIY: Recreate Your Wardrobe

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Fashion trends are continuously changing. Rather than buying new clothes to keep up with the trends, reuse old clothing items and recreate them into new fashion pieces and save on money! These do-it-yourself fashions will allow you to use your creativity and customize your clothing.

1. Graphic Tees

Graphic tees are a fun trend that never seem to go out of style. Rather than buying the latest graphic tee trend, make your own! Check out Ann Lee’s DIY videos for instructions on how to make your own fun and festive graphic tees. She even goes into details on how to transform your graphic tee into a tank top without any sewing! All you need is scissors, a scrap t-shirt, printed fabric for the design or old patterned shirts, heat and bond, glue and an iron! Watch her detailed video here:

2. Skirts & Dresses

Infinity scarves are the perfect winter accessory! If you have tons of infinity scarves, you’ll love transforming them into several different skirts and dresses. April shows you how to make your infinity scarf into the latest skirt and dress styles. Ranging from the trendy peplum skirt to the classic sweetheart dress. Check out April’s DIY video here:

3. Statement Beanies

Beanies are an accessory that are perfect for any season. Statement beanies have been extremely trendy this past winter. Rather than spend tons of money on beanies, get creative and make your own! All you need are the beanie hats ($5 at local Target/Walmart), decal stickers (Michaels/Joann Fabrics), a piece of fabric, and an iron. Check out Lauren’s detailed instructions on how to make you own beanie here:

If you are trying to budget your spending, but still want to keep up with the latest fashion trends, try out these awesome DIY fashion ideas! What other ideas do you have to get creative with what’s in your closet?

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Homemade Gifts

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Last minute Christmas shopping can be stressful, but to save time and money, maybe consider a few homemade DIY gifts that will really make a meaningful holiday gift.

1. Candles

Homemade candles not only smell delicious, they are also a creative addition to any room in your house. You can find candle making kits at almost any craft shop, or you can use this recipe. You can even buy some scented oils to add to your candles. Cinnamon, pine, or even peppermint are the perfect holiday scents!

Homemade Candles

Photo © manufactum

2. Ornaments

A personalized touch to the tree is never a bad thing. You can make popsicle reindeer, spoon Santas and Mrs. Clauses, or my favorite, “Swirl-a-balls.” You can find all the supplies to make these inexpensive ornaments at a craft store. Homemade ornaments might be small gifts, but who doesn’t love something homemade?

Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Photo © spoonful

3. Jewelry

Again, all the supplies you need to make a bracelet, necklace, or even a regular keychain can be found at a craft store. Find out your friend’s or a family member’s favorite color and you can find the corresponding beads to match! I like picking out funky beads with random shapes, animal faces, or even letters for initials. You can also buy beads to spell out a special phrase or inside joke. You also don’t have to buy regular old fishing line for jewelry – use cord, rope, or hemp!

DIY Craft Homemade Bracelet Jewelry

Photo © Sometimes Homemade

4. Photo Collage

Photo collages are a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them. Pick out your favorite photos together and you can either place them in a fancy frame with pre-cut shapes, or simply pick out the frame and add your own personal touches using scrapbook paper, pieces of dried flowers, or even twigs from the woods. Anything you add is sure to personalize it!

Happy Holidays Photo Collage Gift

Photo © 365loveideas

5. Dessert

Mmmm, something delicious to nibble on around the fire or at parties? How could a person say no? Do a bit of digging to find out their favorite guilty pleasure and surprise them with it! If you can’t figure out what to make, fudge and peppermint bark never disappoint!

DIY Homemade Fudge Gift

Photo © momswhothink

 

Will you be making homemade Christmas presents? What will you make? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Festive DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

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If you are on a budget this holiday season, maybe the best solution to holiday gifts this year is to do them yourself (DIY) and get creative! The best gifts aren’t about how much you’ve spent, but about how much thought and dedication you put into them. To start you off with some festive suggestions, here are three DIY gift ideas:

1. Mason Jars

Mason jar gifts have been very trendy this past year. All you need is some mason jars, decorative ribbon, and a bag of marshmallows and a box of hot chocolate mix that you can typically all find at the dollar store. Wash and dry the jars, then pour in a packet of the hot chocolate mix and fill it with the marshmallows and seal it. Use the ribbon to tie a bow, and you can even add a decorative card stock sign tag to make it extra festive! If you really want to get creative, you can add peppermint candy at the very top after filling it with marshmallows.

Happy Holidays Mason Jar Cocoa Mix Gifts

Photo © make it do

2. Personalized Mugs


Mugs are the greatest gifts you can give anyone since you can never have too many! For the holiday season, you can gift personalized mugs for your parents, family, or friends. They’ll absolutely love it because it was thoughtful and creative gift! Just look for a holiday styled or plain mug at the dollar store and some acrylic paint pens to draw or write whatever you can think of! Draw out the design on some scratch paper first if you need to think it out. You could also add some holiday candy like peppermints, M&M’s, or Andes mints for a bonus!

Christmas Holiday Mug of Cheer Personalized DIY Craft Gift

Photo © sparkandchemistry

3. “S’more Love”

Send S’more love your friends and family’s way with this fun gift idea! Make them a personalized mini-s’mores kit that they can all enjoy. Cut out even squares of cellophane wrap and place a stack of graham crackers in the center, followed by some Hershey’s chocolate, and then marshmallows. Wrap the s’more with a ribbon and a holiday gift tag for added personal touch.

S'more Love Holiday Gift Kit Idea

Photo © media-cache-ak0

Hope these fun and festive holiday gift ideas were helpful! Happy Holidays!

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Halloween Costumes For Serious Procrastinators

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By BookRenter Email Marketing Manager, Suzann Moore

If you’ve got the cash to hit a Halloween costume store and pick up a sexy Darth Vadar getup or a fake beard from Duck Dynasty, we will promise to not judge. Okay, maybe just a little judgment, but as a company, BookRenter goes all in at Halloween.

BookRenter Android Halloween Costume

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Granted, almost all of us are no longer college students, so we have time and extra cash to plot our path to BookRenter Halloween party glory. Still, we very well remember what it is like to try to be creative and thrifty in costume creation.

BookRenter 60's Hippies Halloween Costumes

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So we thought we would put together a list of a few sites to help get you looking good without breaking the bank this Halloween:

1. Top 10 Last Minute Ideas From “Real Simple”

If you have masking tape, a t-shirt, or a sheet, then you are blessed with abundance, my friend. Get creative and inexpensive costume ideas here. It’s as easy as pumpkin pi!

Real Simple Halloween Costume Orange Shirt Pumpkin Pi

Photo © Real Simple

2. 22 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes From “Buzzfeed”

These creative photos and ideas are enough to want to get anyone thinking about what to wear this Halloween. Grapes anyone?

Halloween Costume Group of College Girls Dressed As Grapes

Photo © Buzz Feed

3. Homemade Halloween Costumes From “Martha Stewart”

If you want to get really creative and have some extra time on your hands, these homemade costume ideas are perfect for you!

Halloween Costume Bug Idea

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If none of these ideas float your boat, follow our Pinterest board, “Is It Halloween Yet?” and see what we are pinning for added inspiration!

What will your costume be?

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