"It is my job to make sure that you grow up to be a productive member of society and not a burden to it!" ~ my dad.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Frugal Friday - Decorating Tip



Today, I'd like to share a frugal decorating tip with you. This one I discovered out of frustration. I had an idea to do a floral arrangement using colored sand in the base of a clear glass vase. When I went to the craft store to buy the colored sand, I couldn't believe they wanted over $3.00 for a tiny bag of sand! This was just NOT going to do.

So I came up with the idea to buy a large bag of sandbox sand from Home Depot (I can't remember exactly but I think it was a 25lb bag) for a little more than $5.00. I scooped a little of the sand into a large Tupperware container, added several drops of food coloring and mixed it together.

Wah-la!

Pretty and practical. It worked like a charm. I still had a ton of sand left-over for other projects.

Here's what the entire floral arrangement looks like:

I bought the vase using Michael's 40% off coupon. The sunflowers were on sale for $1.00 each and the rocks I bought at the Dollar Store. The only thing I paid full price for were the twiggy things in the back. If I had a little more patience, I would've waited for another 40% off coupon.

Head over to BiblicalWomanhood.com for more great ideas this Frugal Friday!

6 comments:

Brooke said...

Too bad you didn't blog this a few weeks earlier! I purchased unity sand for my wedding - and paid far more than $5!

Rebekah said...

That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing - I really love the way that turned out with the colored sand. :)

Niki said...

That is genious. They do charge a ridiculous amount for that stuff. Good for you....good for all of us that you shared it.

Teresa said...

Very cute! I love the look of your floral piece, and even more I love the inexpensive price!

Laurel said...

Clever!!! Thanks for sharing a great idea!

Tracey said...

Purdy!