DIY Split-Back Top

Looking for a weekend upcycle / refashion project?  I am currently in my third year of not buying any new clothes, so we can put all of our money towards paying off our debt.  Surprisingly, it hasn’t been all that hard.  I have versatile clothing, including many basic items.  Once in a while, I …

Our Frugal Halloween: DIY Dinosaur Costume

As with many different things, a little bit of advance planning for Halloween can keep costs down.  I had been asking my children about their costumes since September in the hope of getting ahead of the game.  Unfortunately, Goofball seemed to change his mind on a daily basis.  I waited …

4th of July Art Project With Homemade Paint

I never realized how easy it is to make your own paint!  I had seen this firework art project many times on Pinterest, but didn’t want to spend money on paint.  After some quick searching online this morning, we were able to throw together a fun activity with things around …

Upcycle Tutorial: Sweatshirt To A Skirt

Frugality is about more than saving money, it’s also practiced by using what you already have at your disposal.  Upcycling (or refashioning) my closet is a fun way to get creative and save money.  I tend to get sentimental about clothing.  As a result, my wardrobe includes a significant amount …

My Money-Saving DIY Nesting Project

We’re officially in full swing baby-prep mode, which is good because our new little guy will be joining us in the next few weeks.  There was something about the ever-decreasing number of days on the calendar that finally gave us the drive to clean, organize, and set up everything (it’s so much different having …

A Frugal Valentine’s Day: DIY Heart-Shaped Crayons

It seems like we just successfully survived Christmas without succumbing to the pressure to spend, spend, spend.  Now, it’s time for another retailer-driven holiday.  Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for businesses to convince the public that if you really love someone, you need to buy them lots of stuff …

DIY Fancy Hair Ties

  Looking for a cheap and easy do-it-yourself project?  Make yourself some of these fancy “no-crease” hair ties. Step 1: Go on Etsy and order a big bundle of “fold over elastic.”  They have a seemingly limitless supply of different colors, textures, and patterns.  I purchased a variety of colors of satin …

DIY Christmas Presents

This year has represented a new journey into efficiency, minimalization, and frugality. However, even in past years, I have usually tried to inlcude some do-it-yourself presents in my Christmas giving. My two main projects for 2014: hidden-treasure books and personalized magnets. Hidden-Treasure Books Mr. Smith helped with this project, but …