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Children’s Artwork Display for Less Than $5

This is one of my favorite projects to date – also the easiest and least expensive: the children’s artwork display located in our Family Command Center  – otherwise known as the mud room.

Children's Art Display Less than $5  |  Five Marigolds

I wanted plenty of space where the children could hang their artwork and good grades with pride, without that messy cluttered look on the fridge. It also needed to be really flat to the wall, since the area I’d designated is in a space the width of a hallway.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Buy these eye hook screws and wire at the hardware store for less than $5 total (or spend a few extra bucks and shop Amazon at the links above if you want to save a trip to the store).
  • Drill holes into the wall where you want your eye hooks to go. Screw the eye hooks into the wall by hand.  Then, wrap your wire around one of the hooks a few times. Stretch it to the other eye hook, pulling and straightening as you go. Wrap it around that eye hook 2-3 times and cut the wire.
  • I already had these cute little inexpensive clips on hand, leftover from Eve’s party favors.They work great for holding the various art and school papers the kids bring home.
  • Voila! Children’s art center complete in 20 minutes and for less than $5.

Children's Art Display Less than $5  | Five Marigolds

These photos. They’re bad. This is a tricky, low-light place to take photos with horrible orangey-pink energy-saving bulbs. Forgive me. You get the idea, right? What do you think of my low-tech art center?

Children's Art Display Less than $5 | Five Marigolds

Shop Your Closet: 5 Fabulous Halloween Costumes on a Budget!

Note: This post was originally published in 2013, but due to the continued traffic and interest each season, I’m reposting it with updated shopping links. Enjoy!

Looking for last-minute Halloween costume ideas?  Here are 5 inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes you can shop your own closet for.  Or, follow the links to shop these looks for yourself!

Where’s Waldo

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Where's Waldo | Five Marigolds

Bank Robber

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Bank Robber | Five Marigolds

Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Holly Golightly | Five Marigolds

Mary Poppins

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Mary Poppins | Five Marigolds

Couple Costume: Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Couple's Costume Big Bang Theory Sheldon and Amy | Five Marigolds

I think my favorite is the “Shamy” couple costume from one of my favorite shows, “The Big Bang Theory.” Which is your favorite?

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Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Keepsake Brooch Knob

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Keepsake Brooch Knobs. Get the look for less with rhinestone brooches and inexpensive cabinet pulls | Five Marigolds

I was dreaming of a very feminine, girly-girl look for the girls’ shared Jack and Jill style bathroom when I stumbled across these gorgeous Anthropologie Keepsake Brooch Knobs. They were perfect! But as I did the math, I just couldn’t justify spending $120 for seven pulls (including shipping and tax) in this particular room.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Keepsake Brooch Knobs | Five Marigolds

I searched high and low and found a few options for less. If you’re not the DIY type, these are great options for getting this glam look for less.

I like these (smaller) jeweled pulls from Hobby Lobby. Pair them with their weekly 40% off coupon and the patience of a saint and you could score each of them for $4.20 each before tax.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Keepsake Brooch Knobs | Five Marigolds

Or how about these, much more simple, rhinestone knobs? You just can’t beat that price –  only $1 each!

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Keepsake Brooch Knobs | Five Marigolds

I wanted to try to replicate my inspiration knobs from Anthropologie as much as possible for quite a bit less, and came up with these.

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Aren’t they lovely? Here’s how I made them.  I bought these pretty rhinestone brooches – the closest match I could find to my inspiration knobs – just $2.25 each, total.

I then bought these inexpensive drawer pulls for $1.28 each. It is important that the diameter is close to the size of the brooches – not only to make it easier to affix, but for the long term durability of the knobs. I’ve seen other bloggers attempt to affix a brooch to a much smaller knob or pull, which significantly impacts long-term durability. The aim is that you will naturally pull using the knob and not the brooch. I was able to achieve that with this combination.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Keepsake Brooch Knobs. Get the look for less with rhinestone brooches and inexpensive cabinet pulls | Five Marigolds

I then used some Marine JB Weld epoxy we had on hand to attach the brooch to the knob. Since these fit so perfectly together,  we just hooked the brooch pin over the knob for simplicity, and then used the epoxy. I’d originally planned to remove the pin fixtures from the brooch and then affix the epoxy around the outer diameter of the knob, but this way was far easier and worked just as well.

If you’re not familiar with JB Weld epoxy, it’s a product that works as a chemical weld. It’s meant for marine purposes and is water proof. These babies are not coming apart any time soon!

The grand total for this project was just shy of $25 for seven knobs – that’s just $3.50 per knob. I saved nearly $93 compared to my inspiration hardware!

Here is what they look like installed. I think they add the right amount of sparkle to this shared little girl bathroom.

It’s incredibly hard to get a photo because they are in the narrow Jack and Jill bathroom that gets no natural light. Pictures don’t begin to do these beautiful fixtures justice!

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Eve’s Princess Party

It’s official: Eve is 4 years old, and she had a birthday party fit for a princess.

You’ve already seen the custom favors I prepared here and here (for less than $2 total!); now take a look at the rest of the party.

We created an extremely inexpensive table setting by purchasing five plastic tablecloths in two different colors from the dollar store. You can replicate the look by using  one color of tablecloth for your backdrop and base tablecloth. Then, use the three contrasting tablecloths to create the “curtains” and top tablecloth.  I Cut 12″ sections from the bottom of the curtains for the bows. Then, I bustled the uppertablecloth and secured it with safety pins. I used a 12″ strip of the base tablecloth to create the bow on the table. Voila! A super cute tablescape for just $5.

Princess Birthday Party Table Setting | Five Marigolds

Next, I created a custom Princess Silhouette. Remember the silhouettes I made for the girls’ room? I made an easy modification in PhotoShop by making the background and silhouette our party colors. I labeled it “Princess Eve” using my favorite Jellyka Delicious Cake font. This time I had it printed at Costco for just $2.99 and reused the frame we scored at JoAnn’s for $3.99.

Princess Silhouette | Five Marigolds

To make a special napkin ring, I used the leftover napkins from ‘Belle’s Bow Birthday Party and made these little princess dresses.  Cute, right? To make them:

  1. Make two folds on your napkin so the two outer edges meet in the middle.
  2. Then fold it one more time so that those two folds now touch back-to-back (and the side with those original outer edges is face out).
  3. On the folded side, cut a “V” into the napkin.
  4. Secure with a bow or glue a small piece of paper to secure, if desired.

That’s it! A festive napkin ring for no additional cost than the napkins and tableware you would have already supplied.

Princess Party Napkin Ring | Five MarigoldsPrincess Party Napkin Rings | Five Marigolds

The center of attention on our Princess Party table setting was a sweet princess cake I got from our local bakery, Sweet Pea Cakes.  I then topped it with a gold paper tiara I made using scrapbook paper from JoAnn’s on my Silhouette SD.

Princess Birthday Party Table Setting | Five Marigolds

Princess Birthday Party $20 Favors + Table Setting | Five Marigolds

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Princess Party Favors: Candy Necklace Cards

For Eve’s Princess Birthday Party, I was going for a generic princess feel rather than a Disney princess kind of feel. As part of that, I wanted to create some custom party favors. I didn’t really find anything out there I loved for purchase, so I went about creating my own.

You already saw the Candy Button Crown favors I made for the party. Today, I’m sharing the hit of the party – Candy Necklace Cards. I’d seen a similar concept online, but nothing princess themed. So, I went about creating these myself in PhotoShop, using hair and dress colors that somewhat inspired by Disney princesses, but with look that still felt sweet and unbranded.

Princess Candy Necklace Party Favors | Five Marigolds

I love how they turned out.  On the front I printed these sweet princesses on heavy cardstock.

On the back, a thank you note for attending Eve’s party, written in Jellyka Delicious Cake font.Princess Party Candy Necklace Favors Printable | Five Marigolds

I simply cut a slit on each side, then hooked the candy bracelet on the card.Princess Candy Necklace Party Favors | Five Marigolds

The best part? This favor is very inexpensive – 10 favors for just $1 when you buy the candy bracelets from the Dollar Tree candy section, like I did. Or, buy them in bulk. You can package them in clear cellophane from the craft store.

I have no shame in sharing that I’m already planning to recycle these babies for Valentine’s Day cards, bagged in cellophane . What do you think? Would your little princess love to receive these as a party favor or Valentine? Would you like a printable copy of this for your little girl? UPDATE: Download the free Princess Party Candy Necklace printable here! I would love to see these printables in action. Please be sure to send me images of your princess parties!Princess Candy Necklace Party Favors | Five Marigolds