DIY Event Display {Party Contributor}

Hello Sugar Bee Craft readers!  My name is Jenn and I just happen to blog over at One Thrifty Chick.  I LOVE all things crafty, and even more when it comes to a great birthday party.  

I love the challenge of creating lavish events on small budgets.  So today I thought I would show you how I created an amazing Display without spending a penny!

My son turned 9 back in April of this year, and he chose to have an Army Boot Camp party.
When I was planning the design I knew I was going to need a backdrop of some sort.  I started racking my brain. 
I thought about burlap, then chain link fence, and then it hit me.  Use the old fence boards stacked on the side of the house!

It was just what I was wanting.  So I started gathering supplies and put them on the deck where I planned on building my wall.
I used about 18 fence boards, 2 furring strips, and a bunch of wood screws. 
 The boards were super gross and dirty, and some started breaking as I screwed them in.  But to me this adds character.
I laid my furring strips parallel on the deck, and used a 2×4 along the bottom to insure a straight edge.  Then I just started screwing them on.  Each board took 2 screws.

Here it is all put together.

Once it was all put together, I sprayed it down with the hose, and started scrubbing to wash off some of the gunk.


Once I finished, I propped it up against my garden fence to dry.  I left it there for about 2 days.  It was nice and dry, and ready to use!

It was exactly what I wanted!  Now that the party is over, I have this fence panel sitting in my back yard. 
I know I will come up with something to use it on, but for now, it’s part of the kids’ fort.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I have really learned to take a step back from the traditional party decorations, and really think outside the box.  What do you already have that you can use?  Or what is something that could be altered into what you need?

You may be surprised to see the option within your own belongings.  Be sure to head over to my blog and say hello! I’d love it even more if you chose to be a follower!

Thanks so much!


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  1. says

    Great work! I love repurposing, making something out of nothing,so much fun. Hope the party was a great success and keep up the great work!Thanks for the tutorial.

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