No Spend Pin Day

No Spend Pin Day @ The Doyle Dispatch

As Tim has mentioned in his debut post, we are working at being thrifty and staying on a budget. This is easier said than done, as one of my greatest obsessions is Pinterest. Oh, how I could get lost in it for hours! Of course, the things that I love the most are the DIY projects that other bloggers/crafters come up with. I see them and I want to make them too!

One of my biggest troubles is how to recreate my favorite pins, but while not spend a cent.

So, I am starting a blog link-up called “No Spend Pins.” The idea is that we all have things laying around our house that are just begging to be turned into a project. Here’s our chance! To make it a reality, I’ll say that you can spend $5 on the project (plus whatever is already at your house). To participate, you don’t even have to make it (although that is the eventual idea).

This is easy to participate in! Here’s how you do it:

1. Create and publish a post on your blog that links to your favorite Pin (or original author), explaining how you can make it work in $5 or less. You don’t have to actually recreate the pinned project, but that would be a bonus. Don’t have a blog? Just paste the URL of your selected pin in a comment and explain how you would do it.

2. Link up below. Make sure to link directly to your blog post instead of your entire blog.

3. Make sure to put the link-up button on your post, linking back to this blog post. You can find the link-up button on the right sidebar. —–>
Each week, I will post a new link-up button that will link back to the specific post. To use it, simply copy the code and paste it into your blog post (if you use WordPress, it is the “Text” option, not “Visual”.

No Spend Pin Day @ The Doyle Dispatch

Thanks for participating and being thrifty! I will chose my favorite to be featured on The Doyle Dispatch (free advertising!).

Here’s my No Spend Pin for this week!

Luck o’ the Irish

Luck o' the Irish - The Doyle Dispatch

In just a couple of hours, you are going to find out about my new series, “No Spend Pin Day.” This is a great opportunity to try out your favorite pinned projects from Pinterest, without spending a cent (actually, you can spend up to $5).

I thought I should participate as well, so here is my pin:

I had seen these before in all different kinds of shapes (I love the ones that are in the shape of a moustache), and I thought, “Hm. I bet I can do that with a shamrock! We are the Doyles, after all, and we don’t have a bit of St. Patrick’s Day decorations at our house.”

So, I found a shamrock image, traced it, and edited a few of the points a bit. Then, I followed The Sensory Emporium’s directions step-by-step. I cut them out, pieced them together, and then went shopping. The vinyl was free, since I already had it lying around after a big order from an online vinyl shop.

Michael’s (tied with Hobby Lobby for the ultimate superstore for crafting) had a 40% coupon, the picture frames for 1/2 off, and my teacher discount (the reason why I usually go to Michael’s first… Hobby Lobby doesn’t do a teacher discount). I found that adorable shiny-wood-bark paper in the scrapbook aisle. I then slapped the vinyl onto the paper, put it in the frame, and propped it up on our console table in our front hallway. The best part of it is that when I put the gold wording on the green clover, there were some bubbles. By using this patterned paper, you can’t even tell, because the pattern comes through all of the words.

Luck o' the Irish - The Doyle Dispatch

I can’t wait to re-use the frame and do another one for April!

Luck o' the Irish - The Doyle Dispatch