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 …