Let’s face it, after Christmas many of us don’t have a budget to spend on New Year’s decorations, especially if you are hosting a party. We started a tradition a few years ago, where a few families with kids get together to ring in the New Year. I wanted to make it a little special this year so I started with making a New Year’s Countdown Tree for the kids. I also went to the 99 cent store to see what I could drum up for decorations. I only spent $8.00! Here are my New Years decorations on a dollar store budget!
For $8.00 I bought 3 packs of metallic party hats, two packs of noise makers, two packs of New Year’s cut outs, and one pack of poppers. I took down all the decorations from my Christmas tree and put them away. The only thing I left up was the burlap ribbon and white feathers.
I decorated the tree with all my 99 cent store finds. Some hats…
…some poppers and noise makers…
…and some metallic cut outs.
I also added some left over hats to the mantle.
Not bad for $7.00!
In case you missed it, check out the New Year’s countdown tree I did for the kiddos. I marked the time on several envelopes and the kids take turns opening up each one at the specified time. Inside are dares, activities, game ideas, tasty treats, and sweet gestures for them to complete until they open up the next envelope!
Ever since my friends and I had kids, we have been staying in on New Year’s Eve and celebrating with our families at my house. This year, I thought it’d be fun to do a little countdown activity for kids. It’s simple and easy and hopefully, will keep the kids entertained and awake until the New Year. Here is my New Years Eve countdown idea for kids.
- Small bags or envelopes
- Felt Numbers
- Tape or glue
- Circle punch
I had these felt numbers collecting dust in my craft closet. You don’t have to use these; in fact, it’s easier to just write the numbers on an envelope!
I cut out circles with a circle pinch and then put the time in the middle. I started at 6:30 and made a bag for every half hour until midnight.
Then I brainstormed fun, dares/activities/instructions, for all the kids to follow when they take turns opening the bag at the designated time. Some things I wrote are:
- Go outside and hula hoop.
- Sing “Jingle Bells” as loud as possible.
- Play a game of hide and seek.
- Give your parents a big hug and kiss.
- Take one piece of candy from the candy jar.
- Share a pack of candy with the other kids.
- Do your favorite dance.
You get the idea. We will have about seven kids at our party and I’ll let them take turns opening them and the older kids can help the younger kids read them.
I took down the decorations from Christmas on one of my trees and added the envelopes on the tree.
This would be fun to do at any party as well, or for the adults to do dares. I hope the kids enjoy it!
Every time I’m at the thrift store (which is a lot), I see these vases for about $2.00 apiece. You can do so many things with them with paint and other embellishments. This time, I decided on making mercury glass vases. You can do this project two different ways, 1) with the paint inside, and 2) with the paint outside. For this tutorial, I painted the outside so that I could use the vases for fresh flowers. Here is how I made my DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases.
This project takes minutes…literally only a few minutes. Here are the vases I picked up at the thrift store.
Place the vase upside down on a hard surface. Using a spray water bottle, gently mist the vase and allow the water to bead.
Lightly spray the vase with two light coats of Looking Glass Spray Paint. Allow it to dry for a few minutes.
Lastly, lightly pat the bubbles so that they pop with the alms of your hands or fingers. Don’t worry, the paint washes off of your hands very easily. Allow the paint to dry completely.
If you decide to paint the inside instead, the glass will glisten more and look more shiny, however the paint will flake if you decide to put something inside.
These look great for fall, winter, and actually all year round. They make great centerpieces for New Year’s or weddings as well.
You KNOW I love a good Mason jar craft. I’ve even done a round-up of Mason Jar Crafts in the past. Most recently, I glittered some for to look like candy corn for Halloween and Fall. This time, I wanted to come up with something quick and easy. Specifically, I wanted to make this Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece because it was a great décor piece to transition from Christmas to New Years. As an added bonus, it only take about 15 minutes to make!
Here’s what I used, but you can make any variation to fit your décor.
- Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
- Metallic spray paint
- Raffia and twine
- Tea lights
- Silver serving platter
- Gold and silver ornaments
- Tea light holders
My favorite jars to save are the Classico sauce jars (notice I don’t have any recipes on this blog… yes, I use sauce in a jar a lot of the time!) They come in a couple sizes and they are pretty without the label. Also, the label comes off SUPER easily. All you need is a little hot soapy water and the abrasive side of a sponge and you are good to go!
I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.
The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.
I found the platter and ornaments at the 99 cent store… SCORE! I thought it turned out quite nice for a 15 minute craft project!
Check out more of my Mason Jar Crafts!
Ever since I had my little nugget, New Year’s Eve hasn’t been quite the same. Since it is extremely difficult to find a baby sitter on this popular night out, we have had to fit our little one into our New Year’s Eve party plans. My friends who also have young kids will likely get together to celebrate the New Year at one of our homes. To keep the little ones busy, I decided to think of some kids craft ideas. This year, I thought it’d be fun to make New Year’s noise makers out of recycled items from around the house to help ring in the New Year.
Gather your recycled containers. Any plastic or cardboard box will work. Make sure it’s small enough for little hands to hold and shake. Check the kitchen, bathroom, and pantry. I used a cracker box, soup can, medicine box, and aspirin bottle.
Gather your embellishments. Think vibrant, glittery, metallic, and bright…anything fun for the New Year! I used glittered animal print scrapbook paper, neon paper, and glittered craft foam numbers.
Gather your noise making materials. Look for anything around the house. I used bottle caps, paper clips, elbow macaroni noodles, and coins. The bottle caps make a nice chime sound in small cardboard boxes.
Gather some basic craft materials like glue, tape, scissors, rulers, pencils, and craft punches and let the kids have at it! My daughter loved helping me. She is learning to count so she had a great time counting each macaroni noodle or bottle cap and putting them in the box.
New Years Eve is just around the corner… that means 2012 is right around the corner. What the heck? Where did the past year (or five) go?? I swear time flies as you get older…ew.
Making my usual rounds on Etsy, I found some amazing items from these very talented Etsy Sellers. I perused some New Year’s ideas for party decorations if you are staying at home, or for inspiration if you are going out. These were my top five. Check them out… very cool stuff for an Etsy New Years!
If you are throwing a party, these printables will help you get started. Check out these New Year’s Vintage Glam Printable party invitations by Anders Ruff. I love the color and design.
This Stamped Letter Happy New Year Banner by Bekah Jennings is so simple and beautiful. It’s perfect for across your mantel, or around the food table.
The perfect party favor and activity in one, these New Year’s Eve Props on a Stick by Little Retreats will keep your guests entertained and make great photo ops!
If you are going out for New Years, this Vintage Style Steam Punk Mini Hat Fascinator by Feather Light Designs will top off your outfit. So adorable!
The second I saw these, I had to share them. Come on now! These Peacock Feather False Lashes by Oaktopia Designs are amazing!!!
Happy Almost New Year!