Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday; and, after Christmas sales are my absolute favorite sales! For me, post-Christmas sales are not just a time for me to buy extra stuff at a discount. No, it’s a time to stock up on things I need or will need next year at 50-75% off.
Here are some of the things I buy on the day after Christmas:
1. Wrapping paper. Have you noticed how much wrapping paper costs?! When you think about how quickly it is torn up and discarded, it seems like a shame to ever spend any significant amount of money on paper…even though the thick, fancy, shiny paper is so nice! I can’t remember the last time I bought wrapping paper at full price. I buy it after Christmas and just hang on to it. It’s easy enough to store. I usually just put it in my closet and pull it out when it’s time to wrap all the presents.
2. Christmas Cards. If you use boxed Christmas/holiday cards, this is the best time to buy them. I used to get in line at a local Hallmark store and choose from a fabulous selection of cards at 75% off. Sometimes ribbon and tissue paper is on sale too.
3. Christmas Decor. I usually evaluate what I felt like I’d like to add or noticed that I needed to replace on our tree or other Christmas decorations around the house. So, I have often bought indoor and outdoor ornaments, lights, stockings, paper goods and other Christmas decorations are all cheaper than they will ever be after Christmas.
4. Paper Goods. Two years ago, I bought a package of Christmas decorated paper plates that I thought would come in handy the following year. I ended up using them for the Christmas cookies we gave out to our neighbors. They were the perfect size and adorable. I have also bought baking cups decorated for Christmas at 50% off to use for the muffins we make around here all year round. My family doesn’t mind the green and red; they actually like it 🙂
What do you shop for after Christmas?
The title that I really wanted to give this post is, “If I can do it, anybody can!” I don’t have a creative, craft-loving bone in my body. I am jealous of those who do such fun, educational crafts with their children. I’m amazed at the ideas and the creativity. I don’t have that. However, I’m thankful that I can look up ways for people like me to make fun, crafty things!
I have wanted a nice fall wreath for a few years now. Two or three years ago, I bought a very inexpensive wreath that I have not loved. But, whenever I’ve looked at the ones I like best, I can never justify the price. And, when I have attempted to get them on clearance after Thanksgiving, I haven’t had much luck with the selection. All that to say that I have had visions of having a nice fall wreath for a number of years now. That’s what got me searching for either a good deal or a DIY project that I could actually do…and I found one!
Here’s what I did. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought natural grapevine wreath for $3.99.
Then, I bought some silk flowers in fall colors. There were less expensive ones. But, I loved the flowers I picked out. They were 50% off. So, I got them for just under $3 each.
I also needed a glue gun for this project. So, I bought one (with a 40% off coupon) 🙂
That was it. I simply glued the silk flowers onto the wreath (with the help of my very excited 4 year old…which is why you see her juice right next to our project).
And, within minutes, it was done! We love it!
Have you started decorating for the Fall?
I think Pinterest was created for two groups of people: people who love to decorate and people who would love to figure out how to decorate. I have never had the decorating knack. I was not naturally inclined and never really saw someone who was passionate about decorating. Disclaimer: That doesn’t necessarily mean there were no decorators around; it just means, if they were, I never really noticed.
I say all that to say that since getting married, I’ve had more of a desire to figure it out. So, in the last couple of years I’ve begun taking baby steps. Baby steps for me and for our home.
I’ve been taking baby steps in the living room. And, my latest attempt to liven up our space is by adding some color to our couches.
BEFORE: Here’s what they have looked like for a few years.
I first experimented with pillow covers made by using hem tape. And, when I did, I realized I had just tapped into a whole world of potential. I got so excited that I shopped around and bought a sewing machine. These pillow covers can be made either way. Here’s what I did.
Measure The Pillow
Mine are 19″. In order to account for a 1/2″ hem all the way around, I added an inch to that number when cutting the fabric.
Cut the Fabric
I cut three pieces of fabric. The first was 20″ by 20.” Then, I cut two smaller panels for the back of the pillow (the goal is that they would over lap in the back. So, the directions I found said that I should cut two pieces 4″ inches shorter. However, since my pillows are fairly flat, I adjusted the numbers so that I could get the most use out of my fabric. I cut one that was 20″ by 14″ and another at 20″ by 12″.
Here’s what that looked like.
Then, I lay the two smaller ones face down on the big piece, just like a pillow cover turned inside out.
Then, I pinned it all up…and got so excited that I was so close to the finished product 🙂
Then, I sewed a seam about half an inch around! Then, I just turned the whole thing inside out and stuffed my pillows in!
The goal was to turn them around and sew a half inch seam in the front for a little character. However, I didn’t get very far, as I realized that I’ll need a different needle for my sewing machine. Yes, I’m a total newbie at this!
I’m now on a mission to find a print fabric to accent these. There are a couple I love. However, they cost approximately an arm and a leg to purchase. So, I’m waiting for the right fabric at the right price. Meanwhile, we are taking baby steps in the right direction around here 🙂
What DIY home decorating project have you done lately?
It’s BAAAACK! I love this coupon because it’s fun to shop at Hobby Lobby. It means something in my house is getting ready to look super cute! This printable coupon is good through this Saturday, December 17. Enjoy!