DIY Zgallerie Halloween Centerpiece Hack

Halloween Decor

Zgallerie Centerpiece Hack

Under $20

Love Zgallerie home decor pieces, but not the Zgallerie PRICE? Yea, us too! So if this tickles your fancy then please keep reading…

Saw this centerpiece on Zgallerie’s Instagram page and we got to thinking and by “we” this was a Barbara project. So “I” Barbara thought this could be done very inexpensively. I went to the dollar store, Michaels, and my own stash of craft supplies. Please note I tweaked the centerpiece just a little, as you can tell mine does not have glasses and I added a crow. You may take your own creative liberty

Difficulty Level: Easy


  • Medium size plastic pumpkin – Dollar Store
  • Small pumpkins 2-3 -Dollar Store
  • Skull – Dollar Store
  • crow-Dollar Store
  • Sparkles- Michael’s Craft Store
  • Paint (white, Black)- Michael’s Craft Store
  • Mod Pod-Michael’s Craft Store
  • Paint Brushes-Michael’s Craft Store
  • Spray Paint (silver or gold)
  • Clear Spray paint to make shiny and smooth- Michael’s Craft Store
  • Sand Paper – Home Depot
  • Small Vase- Dollar Store
  • Black Flowers -Michael’s Craft Store


  • Grab your sandpaper and rough up the vase and skull. Doing this will allow the spray paint to set better.
  • Spray Paint light coats onto the vase and skull
  • Paint your pumpkins  2-3 coats should do
  • Grab clear spray can and apply a light coat
  • Once all are dry, grab the mod pod and your paint brush apply your zigzag lines around the pumpkins.
  • Next, take your sparkles and sprinkle onto the glue lines you just created
  • On the larger pumpkin, you will place glue on the stem and sprinkle sparkles as well

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DIY Wine cork centerpiece decor

Hello all! Long time no speak jimmy and I have been wrapped up in planning our wedding , which is coming up real quick !! 

Any ways this past weekend I managed to have sometime on my hands and thought it would a perfect time to do a little diy project. I was inspired by the centerpieces from my bridal shower. It was so easy to replicate and all you’ll need are the following 

  • Square glass (dollar store)
  • Natural Wine corks about 8 
  • Knife to cut wine corks
  • Flowers of your choice
  1. First things first your going to need to cut each of the wine corks in half and line the round edge against wall . Continue for a few rows 
  2. Place flowers in the center 
  3. That’s it!!!! 

Yup , we know it really is that easy and affordable too! 

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Hello All!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Mother’s day this past Sunday?! As for our family, Jimmy and I hosted our first Mother’s day at our “Old Home” on what was a beautiful May Sunday. On the occasion, we did experience a few small rain showers here in NY. But, all this aside let’s get right to the point… How to host and prep for a brunch gathering at home!


First things first, create a menu of all dishes you plan on serving. Figure out what dishes can be made the night before. Below are the dishes we served on Mother’s Day and when they were cooked

  • Scrambled Eggs: Night before and warmed up half hour prior to company
  • Bacon both Turkey and “The Real Bacon” lol: The morning of in the oven same time as eggs
  • Breakfast Pizza: Morning of hour prior to company
  • French Toast: Night before and warmed up half hour prior
  • Waffles: Night before and warmed up half hour prior (we had  a waffle bar with fruit in small containers)
  • Pancakes: Night before and warmed up half hour prior (we had  a pancake bar with fruit in small containers)
  • Homefries: Morning of an hour prior to company
  • Bagels
  • Muffins
  • Fruit salad

#Protip have a sheet of paper and write out your menu with oven temperature and minutes. This way you can operate efficiently. This will definitely take the anxiety from hosting a party.

Another added touch for any brunch is, of course, a Mimosa bar and a Bloody Mary bar!

Always remember if you’re having a good time so are your guests!!

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DIY Will You be our Ring Bearer Gifts

DIY Ring Bearer Security Gifts

Learn how to make affordable ring bearer gifts that they’ll love!

Jimmy and I are asking his two adorable nephews to be our ring bearers. We wanted to give them a little something and of course be very affordable. It’s obvious all the little items will add up very quickly and a wedding can be very expensive. 

We made them T-shirts that said “Ring Security”, and purchased police badges at our local Party City store. Along with that, we made them a little card that read top secret! All in all this project cost under $10 each


  • T-shirt of your color and size (Hobby Lobby $3 each)
  • Ring Security decal (Hobby Lobby $2 each)
  • Stock card (Staples $4.79 pack of 10)
  • Iron
  • Printer

Follow the directions as per your decal and the same with your Staples stock card. The stock card was super easy & it came with templates too!

Remember have fun with this!




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Will You Be My Bridesmaid ?

Your fiancé popped the question… now it’s your turn! Your bridesmaids will be your biggest support system leading up to your wedding day, so why not make the most of asking them to join your bridal party?

I went the sentimental route and also affordable because let’s face ladies a wedding will not pay for itself. Below you will find, how to make your own version Will you be my bridesmaid box that will show your besties how much you want them to stand by your side as you embark on the next chapter of your life!

Below is a list of items I used to make my “Will you be my bridesmaid box?”

  • Paper Mache Square Boxes $3.69 each
  • Flower or Rhinestone letter to match the color or initial to their name
  • Ribbon (the color of your bridesmaid dress maybe an idea, mine was Burgundy) $1.00
  • Straw filer (purchased several bags at my local dollar tree store) $1.00 each
  • Nail polish (the color of your bridesmaid dress may be an idea) $1.00
  • Mini Champagne or wine bottle (great for when they say yes to celebrate with) Price varies
  • Wine Charms $1.99 
  • Pictures of you and that bridesmaid (CVS tend to have great deals)
  • A handwritten note always means more, let this be a moment to tell them why you want them standing by your side (Cards can be found at your local Dollar Tree store) $1.00



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DIY I Love You Sign

Learn How To Make Your Own I Love You Sign

Perfect for a proposal, Valentines Day or any day you feel like celebrating love!


Hey, everyone! If you’re interested in how Jimmy made our I love you sign when he popped the question, then please keep reading.

Difficulty Level: Easy


  • 1/2 inch thick wood, Size pends on how big you want the sign

  • In pencil the words are written out “I Love You”, you can even use a stencil

  • 100 Christmas Lights

  • Black Paint

  • Paint brush

  • Drill with 5/16 drill bit

  • Sand Paper

  • Ruler


1. Print and cut out the I Love You  printable. Lay on top of the wood and trace using your pencil.

2. Grab your ruler and mark a dot every 1 1/2 inches along the pencil lines of the letters.

3. Using the 5/16 drill bit, drill holes at every mark along the I Love You letters. Then sand the wood until it’s smooth.

4. Using your paint brush grab the black paint and cover the surface of the wood.

5. Flip the board over and stick one Christmas light bulb in every hole.

And that is it!

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We’re Engaged!

This Young Couple Got Engaged In Their Old Home

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Last Friday, began like any normal day for Jimmy and me; however, little did I know a big SURPRISE was coming my way. A friend of mine came to pick me up and head over to Hobby Lobby to help pick out curtain rods and etc. As the night came to an end I was heading back home to what I would believe to be an empty house, as Jimmy works nights.

I open the door and I see a shadow moving, fearful that someone may have just broken into my house, a voice quickly said it’s me, Jimmy! He grabs my hands to pull me back into the house and as we entered the living room I see a hundred tea lights lit, rose peddles on the floor, champagne bottle on ice, and my favorite chocolate covered strawberries!

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After the proposal and I calmed down, I realized Jimmy had two GoPro cameras running to capture this moment. We had discussed getting married for so long and I knew it would happen soon, but did not know it was going to happen that night. I’m still in awe of him and the work he put into that night, into building our first home, and he puts into our relationship.

This house was our first real venture together and for us to get engaged in our living room was the perfect way to take on our next venture!

So you know what’s next right? Planning the wedding and this Bride and Groom will be showing you all our DIY wedding projects.

Our next blog post we’ll be sharing how Jimmy made the I Love You Sign for the proposal!

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DIY Fall Basket

Fall Decor

DIY Fall Basket:

Dollar Store Outdoor Fall Decor

Fall Decor

Fall is in full swing here in NY and we have just put away all of our Halloween decorations from our Haunted Cemetery. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check out our post here. Well, anyways back to the first Fall DIY post and what makes it great for the most part it’s either free or from the Dollar Store!

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Difficulty Level: Easy


  • Large flower pot/large bucket (decorative or Rustic, designers choice) we already had this on hand, so it was free.
  • Leaves (fallen off the tree)
  • Leave ropes (dollar store)
  • Sunflowers or any fall flowers of your choosing
  • Christmas rope lights (we had this already, no need to be fancy with the type of lights)


  • First it all pends on how much leave ropes you were able to get your hands on. Personally, we only bought two for this project. The #protip to this is stuff the large bucket/flower pot with leaves from the floor to fluff it up. It “A”saves money and it gives it that authenticity to this fall decor. 
  • Next in a circular set-up place, your leave ropes and then your lights and mix them all up. 
  • Lastly, add all your flowers, pumpkins and etc. 
  • And that is it our friends, light that baby up and enjoy your inexpensive fall decor.

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Our Fall Favorite Drink Perfect For Any Get Together

Our Favorite Fall Drink

Okay, so it’s been roughly a year since our House Warming Party. Now, I only bring this up because we made a sangria that was such a HIT!!! It’s perfect for any get-together, just make sure you make it in some form of pitcher or spout container that others can just pour for themselves 🙂

Ready for it… Caramel Apple Sangria! That’s right, I said Caramel Apple Sangria. Sound unbelievably delicious? It is.

It’s officially FALL now so that means that we can dive head first into all that the season has to offer, right? So while some may be sipping on a hot apple cider, we’re creating some Caramel Apple Sangria.



Caramel Apple Sangria


  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup
  • 4 apples, chopped


  1. Chill your white wine and sparkling apple cider.
  2. Once cold, mix together wine and cider and add ¼ cup caramel syrup.
  3. Chop approximately 4 apples into small cubes and add to sangria.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Let us know what your favorite fall drinks are!!

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Our First Haunted Halloween Cemetery

“Lost Souls Cemetery”

Our first Haunted Cemetery was a success! We had tons of kids and adults visiting and we enjoyed every minute of it. Granted we had been planning this since August and finally it all worked out. Check out pictures from our day and we layout each prop that was made by us.

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Majority of the figures in our cemetery were either made or modify because they were broken (we picked them up from Craigslist) and they were very inexpensive. Let us know which figures you would want more of a description on how we made them.

8Creature in a Box (motioned sensored all Jimmy’s doing )

Halloween Cemetery Breathing Grave

Halloween Cemetery Coffin with Animated Skeleton ( Animated was store bought and modified)

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Tomb Fog Machine ( Tomb was made out of styrofoam box, we hand carved it and placed a fog machine inside, also used water bottles that were frozen in substitution for dry ice to keep the fog smoke down to the ground) Top piece however was store bought, we glued it to the top

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Zombie/Monster (Jimmy built this Animated Figure)

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Pallet Picket Fence: We used pallets that we found off of Craigslist for free. First we disassembled the pallets, drew out the size and shape of the fence we wanted. Next we took a wood finish stain to make it look weathered and vola! (Granted their are more steps in-between, but again let us know which decoration you would want more details on)

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Boarded Up Cardboard Windows: Literally disassembled a few boxes and then cut strips of card board pieces and crissed crossed them up. Once the layout was done we took black spray paint and blacked out the “window. As for  the “wood” pieces they were a mixture of black spray paint and white paint. #Protip use an old/dry brush and dip it in the paint, allow it to run across the cardboard piece in a streak like way. Remember it’s halloween, the idea is it’s not supposed to look perfect.


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