Halloween pics, as promised.

In my last post, I shared some budget-friendly items I’d acquired for my upcoming Halloween costume. The concept was punk rocker/goth girl/biker chick. I went to an early Halloween party last night, so here’s how the look turned out:

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I was so happy with the make up and costume! I spent a couple of bucks on fake tats and mesh gloves from Party City, and picked up the faux nose ring from Claire’s for less than 10 bucks. Oh, and this YouTube makeup tutorial was a big inspiration!

What’s your plan for Halloween? Got a thrifty DIY costume in the works? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!  🙂

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Upcyling.

While I don’t do it as often as I’d like, upcycling is a creative DIY activity that can save you $. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy feeling like they got something new for practically nothing?

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Let’s start with the small glass vases. Basically, I thrifted them from Goodwill, bought some cheap paint from Michael’s in a fun color, and coated the insides of the vases with the paint. Honestly, though, getting the paint to spread evenly was tougher than it looks. I used this website for guidance.

Similar deal with the two flower pots — I got a couple of plain terra cotta pots and simply painted them anew. I spray-painted the turquoise one, while I used a paintbrush for the darker blue. If you plan on putting your pots outside, definitely make sure you purchase outdoor paint or use some type of appropriate sealant. Here’s a helpful how-to website. Also, the little sprouts you see inside of the pots are baby succulents that have resulted from my attempt to propagate–another budget-friendly DIY move. They’re taking their sweet time growing, though!

Lastly, the larger succulent (bottom right) sits in a re-purposed candle container that was originally purchased from Anthropologie. Such a beautiful container–why throw it away when the candle is gone? My friend Katie was the one who originally thought to use it for succulents, and a great idea it was. In fact, you can use pretty much anything as a succulent container–just make sure you find a way to address the drainage issue. Katie lined the bottom of this one with marbles; you could also use stones or something similar.

Do you have any affordable upcycling ideas or tips? Please comment and share! ❤