Hello! Today I will be taking a break and Olivia from DIY Mother will be posting in my place. She has a great (as well as cheap!) DIY project to share with you all. Enjoy!
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To me, there is nothing more gratifying than walking out of a store with free (NOT STOLEN) merchandise. Maybe it comes from that childhood feeling of euphoria when you’d swipe a piece of candy from the grocery store.
Don’t act like you never reached into the “sample” candy station without putting your nickel in first.
The fact of the matter is that DIYers love to do things for cheap, or free. Preferably the latter. We’re not too shy to pick up 50+ paint chips for a project. Or a party, for that matter. I always try to incorporate my DIY projects into parties I host. And next month, I’ll be throwing my daughter a garden party. I’ve been on the hunt for some free party favors or things to use as decor for our backyard.
So I went to the hardware store and looked for anything without a price tag-pallets, samples, unusable wood, whatever. I figured I could find a way to use them, since outdoor garden parties have that rustic feel to them. I left with a pallet and some vinyl and hardwood floor samples.
After some trial runs, I came up with something brilliant: “wood” labels for drinks and dessert jars, instead of using printables from the Internet. I could hang the samples from mason jars, or they could even serve as place holders. That’s how this project came to be. And I’m so excited to share it with you today.
Have I hyped them up enough yet? Check out some of the pictures and let me know what you think! And for more budget-friendly DIY projects, check out DIY Mother!
DIY Outdoor Buffet Labels
- Vinyl wood samples (They have alot of “rustic”, whitewashed samples now.)
- Twine (or sissal rope)
The process was pretty cut and dry, I just cleaned off the wood chips with some all-purpose cleaner and drilled two holes in the top.
Then, I threaded the twine through the holes and made a knot in the front so that it looked more rustic. Pardon the messy nails, I’ve been on a DIY kick and haven’t been able to pamper myself lately.
Hang them over some mason jars and you’re ready for an outdoor garden party! I love the way they turned out, I think it’s a great alternative to using printables for labels. Plus, if you use a dry-erase marker, you can reuse them!
What are some clever DIY projects you’ve made for free? Let us know in the comments!
What a clever idea, they look like they would be much more expensive. And reusable too – perfect!
Don’t they? I love that they’re reusable, as well! Makes them even cheaper, in the long run. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Julie!