“I can’t do nothing just a little.” -Dolly Parton.
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My Dad is a Speech/English teacher at Century High School in Pocatello, ID and last year the school had another less than par showing at the Festival of Trees in turn he volunteered me to decorate the tree this year. Which I of coarse jumped at the chance to spend someone else's money on shiny objects. The school only had a $200 budget which I went over $29.14 (I just couldn't resist).
It took a little convincing but I went with a peacock theme which is in keeping with the school colors. We blew $55 at Hobby Lobby on 5 beautiful peacocks and from there we searched out 2 birdcages at Tai Pan Trading for $26. For the remaining 3 peacocks we took to the thrift shops where we scored 2 diamond shaped wood wall art ($4) which would have been hideous in any other application but it worked perfect for our tree. My favorite though, was a leopard lined Victoria Secret jewelry box at Idaho Youth Ranch for $4.
Another amazing find was at the Dollar Tree where we got crazy, cool ornate hand mirrors which I snagged 6. I decided to go with a crown tree topper but wasn't able to find one in Pocatello soooo I made one using a metal flower stand ($2 at thrift store), gold glitter 3" ribbon ($4 at Walmart) and a dollar store ornament. A couple other ways we saved were we spray painted glass goblets gold as well as made fans from some fabulous purple sparkly wrapping paper.
It turned out Super GAUDY and I love it!