Not Homemade…But Home Created

This weekend, my focus was on my husband and mother-in-law, as they share the same birthday which happened to be on Friday. We were also invited to a picnic today. It’s hot outside. I already cooked for the birthdays. I didn’t feel like cooking something else. But, the host of the picnic is a good friend and I wanted to bring something festive. And here’s what I came up with:

I simply cut cone shapes out of scrapbook paper, then cut strips from small napkins that I had on hand. I used a glue stick to attach the napkin to the scrapbook paper, rolled them into cones, staples and there you have it. Patriotic cones!









The funny part was when I ran to Walmart to get more paper…I happened to come across empty cardboard solar light displays stacked next to a register. I literally heard the “click” in my brain on this one. I asked if I could take one or two and the cashier said they were going to be thrown out anyway. A quick stop at Dunkin Donuts to purchase some munchkins (donut holes) and I was almost done.



I wrapped the cardboard display in strips of scrapbook paper and glued in place. Filled cellophane bags with a few munchkins, tied with a twistie and inserted them into the cones. Total time actually spent on the project…about 30 minutes. I couldn’t even make a decent potato salad in 30 minutes! I’m happy with the results and the project can be adapted for any holiday or picnic. And yes…I’m taking my cardboard display back home with me. 🙂


About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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8 Responses to Not Homemade…But Home Created

  1. Those look amazing! Great idea!

  2. Those are very cute. My husband and my mother share the same birthday.

    • I love that they share the same birthday! My husband is the real baby of the family. My mother-in-law was 43 when she had him on her birthday. It’s a very special day for her.

  3. Stacey says:

    You are the queen of creativity!

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