Frugal Ideas

FREE Halloween Printables

by GettingFreedom on October 8, 2013

How is it already October?!  Holidays do not have to be expensive, especially when you choose to do a DIY Holiday.  Halloween is no exception to that.

Take advantage of these FREE Halloween Printables to do crafts with your kids or spoof up your home.

6 Free Frameable Printables

Printable 3D Jack’O’Lantern

Free Printable ‘Don’t Eat Frank’ Game

Free DIY Halloween Bunting Flag Banner Printable

‘Boo!’ Frameable Printable and Matching Cupcake Toppers

15 Spooky Bottle Labels

Halloween Pinwheel Printable Template

Printable Halloween Banner with Complete Set of Letters and Numbers

Printable Party Kit with banner, favor bags, food cards, cupcake toppers, and more!

Printable Halloween Treat Boxes

Printable Party Pack with invitations, banner, game, treat cones, and more!

Pumpkin Pop Printables

Candy Pillow Box Template

Printable Ghost Box Template

Printable Coffin Template

Printable Halloween Party Checklist

Fall Colors Halloween Party Pack with cupcake wrappers, banner, treat holders, cupcake toppers, and more!

Halloween Chevron Printables

Halloween Lunchbox Message Printables

Frameable Halloween Subway Art



Don’t forget to check out these other DIY Halloween Ideas!


DIY Patriotic Wreath for Under $5!

by GettingFreedom on June 24, 2013

I’m a sucker for wreaths. I don’t know what it is about them, but I love them and I just can’t have enough of them!

Pair my wreath obsession with my favorite holiday, July 4th, and we’ve got a situation! I stumbled upon a DIY Patriotic Wreath from and I knew that I had to make one myself.

The good thing about it? It literally only cost me $4!


Here’s what you need::

  • Old Wire Hanger
  • Pliers
  • Blue, White, and Red Tablecloths (get these from Dollar Tree or Dollar General).
  • Scissors
  • Optional Embellishments.   I used a Red, White and Blue Garland from the Dollar Tree.

Start out by undoing the twisted hook on your metal hanger.  Straighten out the bends.

Form it into a circle shape, and twist it back onto itself using the pliers.

Partially unfold the tablecloth, keeping it folded in half.  Cut the fold.

This will leave you with a 6″ or so wide piece with a fold on the side, cut the fold.

Fold this piece in half, and cut the fold again. Continue to do this until you end up with 2-3 inch wide strips.

Repeat this process with the red, white and blue tablecloths.

Starting with the red tablecloth, grab two strips at a time and tie into a knot onto your wire circle.  Continue to tie them on until you get 36 red strips.

Next, tie on the blue strips.  Again, grab two at a time and tie on a total of 21 toward the left side of your circle.

Now it’s time to start tying on the white.  To do this, I separated the red into 6 sections of 6.  Then I (again, using 2 at a time) tied on 6 white strips in between the red sections.

When I got to the blue section, I separated it into sections of 3 and tied 1 white in between each.


If desired you can add embellishments, such as  foam stars or star garland.

Using the same concept, my daughter made one for her bedroom door.  For her DIY Patriotic Wreath she chose to alternate between the red, white and blue strips instead of creating a flag-like patriotic wreath.  I think it turned out perfect!

We were able to create both patriotic wreaths, and still have plenty to make a couple more, for less than $5!




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  The winter air is hard on our lips.  Replenish your lips moisture and create a great homemade Christmas gift with homemade lip balm. Make Your Own Lip Balm ½ ounce refined beeswax 4 ounces sweet almond oil 2 tsp. essential oil {optional} Melt together the beeswax and sweet almond oil in a saucepan or […]

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Homemade Christmas Day 44: Double Pot Holder

November 11, 2012

  Do you have someone on your Christmas list that loves to cook? Make them a homemade pot-holder! Source: via Phoebe {GettingFreedom} on Pinterest     You can find out how to make a double pot holder on A Little Gray.   We’re counting down the days to Christmas with a Homemade Christmas Gift everyday! Be […]

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