If you have an idea for something to make, just search Etsy and you will invariably find tons of ideas for that thing, but way cuter than you can possibly imagine. Errr...at least, cuter than I can imagine. Here's an example: I wanted to make some sort of Halloween banner to go with my Halloween decorations. I searched Etsy and found tons of cute ones. The one I liked best cost 24 dollars. So I decided to copy it and see how cheaply I could make it.
This banner uses only ONE 12x12 piece of cardstock, some paint, and ribbon. I have no idea how the seller can sell these things for 24 dollars and sleep at night--but according to her feedback, she sells lots of 'em. After checking my supplies I found that I had everything but the ribbon. Actually, I didn't have any orange paint, but I mixed my own color with some old red and yellow bottles of acrylic paint I did have. After buying a whole roll of ribbon, my banner cost a total of $1.80!!! It's not quite as fancy as the one on Etsy, but I'm happy with it. Check it out:
And here's the finished product with my whole decorated mantle:
Yeah, it is September still, but I love Halloween decorations! I couldn't wait any longer! Now I've got to find some cool costumes to copy.