Five Finger Discounts

Oh, remember the days of large craft supply stores with after holiday deep discounts, add a coupon and you can buy the next 3 years worth of tissue paper, decor accessories and ribbon for $2.50?

What, you still have that?  Right, it’s just me who has moved to a little island where the craft supplies stores are barely bigger than a bread box and if you see something you may just want someday down the road, be sure to buy it now.  Because there’s no such thing as a real sale and there are no guarantees it will be restocked when it’s gone.  Like ever again.

Instead, I just go for the five finger discounts.  No, not at the store!  At the shore.  🙂 Where we are lacking the usual shopping conveniences that I once new when living in the states, I am overjoyed at the abundance I have of these.

So, when I decided to take on this little challenge…


I knew exactly where to start looking for supplies.

A couple of hours on a drizzly Saturday morning with these characters…

And here was our take.

Now, what do I do with it all?  Is that a light bulb?  Will this all become Christmas decor?

So, the Mega Crafty Challenge is to decorate a whole tree, at least 4 feet tall, with homemade ornaments for under $20 (cost of tree and lights not included).  The kicker for me is that I actually made my own tree out of driftwood, check out my process here.

Yes, I do realize this picture makes it looks like the tree is just less than 4 feet.  But, it’s not, I swear!  It was the challenge of doing a one-arm-stretched-out-photo-while-holding-a-tape-measure-trying-to-get-all-relevant-info-into-in-the-picture.  It’s just the angle. Really! That’s why I took the close up too.

And, I’m hoping, that the total cost, tree and all, will come in under budget.  So, far I’ve spent under $2 for the dowels to put the tree together.  All of the driftwood was grabbed on a five finger discount.  Everybody who knows me will tell you I am nothing if not thrifty, so this challenge is right up my alley.  🙂

Now, I just need to get some Christmas ornament inspiration a flowin’.  Any suggestions???

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  1. I’m so excited to see this tree come together. You’ll be the only handmade tree in the challenge- I was really hoping someone would have a handmade tree.

    And your dogs are adorable!

  2. If I lived near water and driftwood I would so do this too. Love it.

  3. Thank you for commenting!

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