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So I have a particular interest in interior design. For about the past year or so I have worked on transforming my room into the perfect “tumblr room” you could say. Most of the things in my room I have made myself to some degree. The chalkboard is a piece of wood I painted with chalkboard paint so it would fit my walls. The framed world map is a framed cork board, I cut out all the countries, pinned them down, and painted over it, then marked the places I’ve been and places I want to go. My photo string is all pictures of my friends and family attached to twine with clothespins. The big collages such as the one next to my bed I made by printing out photos onto card stock, thick paper so it wouldn’t curl, I then used double sided tape to attach the photos to my wall. I have an urban outfitters tapestry and fairy lights around my room as well. My throw pillows are from society 6 and bed bath and beyond.

☆ 20 inexpensive big/little DIY gift ideas! ☆

Don’t let the cost of big/little gifts stop you from taking a little sister! With creativity, discount shopping, clever embellishments and outside-the-box thinking you can make a splash with your little and not break the bank. Get crafty, shop sales and stretch your dollars for maximum impact. You can stay on budget and spoil your little too! xoxo ;)

Places to Shop: 

Thrift stores, resale shops, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Party City, grocery stores, Dollar Stores, Big Lots, Wal-Mart, craft stores, art supply stores, outlet malls, Amazon, Overstock.com, Etsy, Jo-Ann Fabrics, eBay, Home Depot, office supply stores, garage sales, antique malls, flea markets, warehouses and container stores! 

  ☆ 20 Inexpensive Big/Little Craft Projects: ☆

  1. Cookies or S’mores in a Jar: Purchase a cheap mason jar, fill with cookie mix/s’mores ingredients and toppings, decorate the jar with a ribbon and cute tag.
  2. Create a Tray Plaque: Buy an inexpensive tray at the Dollar Store, spray paint in a bright color, embellish with flowers/symbols/words and add a wide ribbon for hanging. The tray becomes a cute door or room plaque. 
  3. Hugs & Kisses Box: Gift wrap or decoupage a gift box, add a bow and a note explaining that inside the box is a year’s worth of loving thoughts and affirmations from you to your little. Place 365 neatly printed slips of paper with positive messages inside in the box. Your little can take an inspirational note from the box each day.
  4. Embellish a Hand Mirror: Buy a (larger size) inexpensive hand mirror at the discount store and hot glue flowers, gems, pearls, stick-on letters and/or sorority symbols onto the back of the mirror. 
  5. Decoupage a Ribbon Clock: For a few dollars on eBay or the craft store, buy a set of clock movement parts, purchase a wood disc and have a hole cut in the middle for your clock mechanism, decorate with strips of ribbon or fabric, add buttons, pearls, or gems for the hours. A clock can easily be themed to your sorority through colors and patterns. 
  6. Decoupage a Rock Paperweight: Buy a smooth 5″x 5″ river rock, tear one sheet of high quality scrapbooking paper into pieces and decoupage them onto the rock. Add a piece of felt to the back and one inspirational word to the front with small stick on letters. 
  7. Candy Flower Pot: Paint an inexpensive clay pot with a sorority design, paint craft sticks green to look like stems, glue pieces of candy onto the sticks, and place them into a piece of florist foam you have wedged in the bottom of the pot. Add tissue paper or shreds around the base. Add a few craft store flowers for more fullness. 
  8. Framed Chalkboard: Purchase a medium sized chalkboard or paint a piece of wood with chalkboard paint. Visit your local antique shops and thrift stores to find a cool frame to paint. Place the chalkboard inside the frame and add a wide ribbon for hanging. You can also purchase a frame at the craft store and paint it instead. 
  9. Cute Clipboard: Buy a sturdy yet inexpensive clipboard at the office supply store. Paint or decoupage the front and back and embellish the clip with pearls or rhinestones. Add a lush bow for accent. 
  10. Fabric Message Board: Buy a large piece of Styrofoam, a larger piece of discount fabric and strips of ribbon. Glue the fabric to the Styrofoam and then glue the ribbon ends onto the back, creating a criss-cross pattern on the front. 
  11. Sorority Coasters: Paint or decoupage a set of 4″ tiles from Home Depot. Use fabric, sister photos, magazine pictures, napkins or scrapbook paper as your decoration. Seal with spray on sealer and glue a small piece of felt to the back of each tile. 
  12. Paint a Wine or Champagne Bottle: Paint daisies, roses, or your sorority flowers on a bottle of your choice. Tie the bottle neck with a beautiful ribbon.
  13. Set of Magnets: Find supplies at the craft store for making sorority themed magnets out of bottle caps or clear “buttons.” Use sister photos and printed images for your designs.
  14. Painted Plant Holder: Paint a large tin can in sassy stripes and add a blooming plant from a discount nursery. 
  15. Dry Erase Board: Buy an inexpensive picture frame with glass, paint the glass with 2-coats of acrylic paint and place it in the frame with the painted side facing towards the back. Give with a set of dry erase pens to write on the “front” of the glass and then wipe away. Hot glue a pretty bow to the top front. Board can be hung or placed on a stand. 
  16. Metallic Mug Magic: Head to the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart for a plain ceramic mug, decorate with metallic Sharpies, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes letting your mug pre-heat and cool down inside the oven. 
  17. Confetti Glasses: Find inexpensive wine glasses or tumblers at the Dollar Store or glassware outlet. Using a gold leaf pen paint irregular shapes that look like confetti scattered down the sides of the glass. Add your greek letters and/or your little’s monogram as well. 
  18. Sugar Scrub: Make your own scented sugar scrub with sugar, almond oil, scented essential oil and food coloring. Give it to your little in a cute bottle or jar. Decorate the bottle with a printed label and pretty fabric on the lid. Find a complete sugar scrub recipe online.
  19. Glitter Bottle Necklace: Find all the supplies you need for making your own jewelry at the craft store. Purchase a chain, mini bottle and glitter to put inside. Attach the bottle to your chain and you have a charming fairy-dust necklace. Symbol earrings are also easy to make with supplies from the craft store. 
  20. Mod Bookends: Shop the quirky second hand stores in your area for two unique heavy objects to paint. Look for animals, solid wood figures, or architectural accents and then paint them in a high gloss bright mod color. Sorority mascots and symbol bookends would also be cool. 

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