January 27, 2012

Fun and Creative Ways to Be Frugal: Making Homemade Wall Decor

Frugality is not only a way of life but it is something that can be enjoyable and creatively fun. Trying to find ways to be frugal has it rewards. Have you ever met someone, who created something special with their hands that did not enjoy making or building what they created? A homemade quilt for instance is so much more enjoyable to look at, warm up in, and talk about with others than a store bought blanket.  No one cares about the store bought blanket, but the homemade quilt…now that is something to cherish and tell others about.


                       This video is of Alex making the wall plaques for the kitchen

                    

When you want to keep your costs of living lower and still have cool stuff you have to be/get creative. Some people make homemade curtains for their whole house. Some people that are professionals at taking pictures make homemade photos for the walls. Every person reading this blog right now is creative in some way—some people just don’t know how creative and resourceful they can truly be until they put their mind to work on doing the things they love, or trying out that new hobby they have been thinking about.

Now remember, frugal is different than being cheap. Cheap is going without things simply because {they} are things you really don’t need, or cheap is having really cheap stuff that ends up breaking, or that simply looks cheap. Being frugal is having everything you need and want, and most of the time frugal things that you make/create yourself are better quality than if you were to buy a similar product at the store.

We have piles of scrap wood just lying around outside in our work shop (the patio  LOL) and we asked Alex if he would figure out some creative ways to make some wall décor for the house with this wood. For ideas we looked on google images and put in the search engine “wooden wall décor”, and from there we picked out several wooden wall projects.

The first picture below is the google image where I got the idea from and the second picture is how Alex made this particular wood project turn out. We all like the wall plaques they add a new rustic aspect to the kitchen and a feeling of warmth when you enter.



                   The stain (cherry) that we used on the plaques match our kitchen cabinets as well!

                             Stay tuned for more wall décor items built by Alex!

2 comments:

  1. Love what you just said,

    "Every person reading this blog right now is creative in some way—some people just don’t know how creative and resourceful they can truly be until they put their mind to work on doing the things they love, or trying out that new hobby they have been thinking about."

    In the 1970's I had an apartment. A friend would sometimes comment on the fact that my walls always looked different. Magazines and nature, along with a fresh chunk of tape was all that was needed...

    Muchas gracious for the great post!

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  2. I've been reading your blog over the last few days an want to thank you for all the great information and insight you have provided. Your blog is especially helpful as we have similar lifestyles, and as unimportant as it may seem to the general population, one of my concerns is being able to find whole grain foods and wondering if the local food will be healthy. I look forward to reading more about your experiences in Ecuador.

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