DIY Tied Tank Top: Fashion on a Budget

Although this blog goes beyond do-it-yourself projects, the vast majority of my traffic comes from my previously posted DIY Tank Top: Fashion on a Budget entry. It seems that the people of the internet are largely interested in ways to make new things without spending a dime, which makes sense to me. So, people of Pinterest (and the rest of the blogging world), I give you Fashion on a Budget Round 2! This time, I tried my hand at recreating a popular pin from my Dollars, Sense and More board.

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Cute, Easy Greeting Card: Mother’s Day on a Budget

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’m sure you are all starting to worry about what to buy your darling mums. So, I figured I’d make something easy. Every mother loves a nice homemade card, at the very least they feel obligated to pretend that they love it.

So remind your mother how much you care this Mother’s Day with a cute, but easy card [you will have to provide your own sappy message] and save yourself the extra $3 in the greeting card aisle.

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DIY Tank Top: Fashion on a Budget

Like the rest of the female college world, I have been swept up in the Pinterest craze. The information sharing site allows users to “pin” things they enjoy to categorized boards for users who follow to see. The other day, a friend pinned a link to instructions to make these tanks from t-shirts. Being in a sorority, I have an inordinate amount of t-shirts that could use some remodeling, so I decided to give it a try. Now I have turned two t-shirts that I never wear into cute new tank tops.

Although there is already a set of instructions, I  came up with my own to help you avoid a few of the problems that I ran into along the way. Transform your old T’s into tanks by following the instructions below.

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Paper Bows: Gift-Giving on a Budget

Birthdays are tricky holidays for gift-giving. A gift depends on how close you are to the gift-receiver, how long you’ve been close, how close they think you are, how much money you have, how much they expect, etc. Bad gifts can have awkward consequences. But bad gift-giving can be avoided with a little bit of paper, glue and crafty love.

I added a hand-made neon bow to an old salsa jar full of wint-o-green mints to make a cute study gift for any friend, roommate or significant other. Dress up your gifts without having to use another store-bought bow. Make your own by following the instructions below.

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Origami Flowers: Decor on a Budget

Money is tight these days, so shopping for pretty-but-unnecessary things like decorations tends to get put on hold. However, decor does not have to be expensive. A few hours with scissors and glue can be all it takes to liven up a dull corner. I added a little bit of unconventional floral design to my dorm room with this origami flower ornament made from the Sunday ad section.

To make your own origami flower ornament, follow the instructions below or for more help watch josthebomb‘s video. Steps 1-10 describe how to make an individual origami flower, and step 11 details the ornament assembly process. Follow alternate step 6 to make a variation of the flowers that I made.

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