Friday, June 8, 2012

Question and Answers

This question comes from Jen in Australia

How do you decorate with a low budget and limited resources?

Since we pretty much started with our basic possessions, we have little to decorate with and my walls are bare...it drives me crazy! 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you have a cricut machine, or access to one, it is great for decorating walls - especially in rental homes where you don't want to leave holes in the walls - and it's super easy to do!! You can check web-sites online for adhesive vinyl wall words. Shipping on that would be inexpensive. I have found some at a dollar store here.
Sarah Litson - Canada

Nancy said...

I agree with Sarah on the cricut although i do not have one. The Dollar Store in the U.S. also has cut out that you just stick on the walls. I brought things with me through the years and now have a wide assortment. I think it takes time to accumulate but until then, childrens drawings with a frame and matte are quite cute. We have our frames made here very inexpensively. I am also always on the lookout for locals that can paint, draw or do whatever. I have asked then to do things for me through the years. I also ask for certain items for birthdays etc from family back home. But, I would just say that everytime you make a trip, add something to your collection. I still have things that are on my walls from 15 years ago. I just rearrange them, put them in a different room and then add to them.

Nancy - China

Bill and Tammy Brouwer said...

You can print out Bible verses with some clip-art on it. Or see if you can buy pretty paper to print it on. Here we can buy batik pictures (colored wax art) and I taught a lady how to sew a frame around it and then added tabs on top and hung it on some bamboo I cut down. I get alot of compliments on it. We've also bought local paintings and had local frames made. I like to have pictures of family around. An issue for us is getting frames here. After our last furlough I had some pictures made into coasters. However, instead of using them as such, I used sticky tac and hung them as a collage. I hope to get more to add to my collage when I'm in the US. Would love to see some pictures of how people decorated on a budget or with local items. I can send in some pics too if you tell me where I should put them. On FB?

Angela said...

I'm right there with you on the white blank walls! Ick! We found a photo place here that would blow pictures up to poster size and laminate them for about $5. (India) I used a picture I had taken of the Portland Head Light, while on furlough, and had that blown up. The photo people wanted to know if they could make a copy for themselves! LOL. It takes up a big wall space, and it's a reminder of home.

Debbie Crawford said...

Use nature. Frame some leaves or dried flowers. Bring a branch in and wrap some fabric within it for a center piece.