Make your own curtains using a light-colored material from a fabric store.
Join the Freecycle network and get free stuff! Each network is a Yahoo! group based on geography. So everything listed is free – and nearby!
Better Budgeting recommends lining up 5 or 7 clear glass jars and bottles on a windowsill, counter top, or shelving. Place one flower in each bottle. This works in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and front porch!
Apply a fresh coat of paint to one room. You can accomplish a lot in one weekend without spending too much moolah. Borrow re-useable supplies from a friend if you can.
Quick and Simple recommends inserting cute note cards into a picture frame with multiple slots, above. Use cards you received for sentimental value.
Head to a garage sale with a targeted list and limited cash. I like to leave my wallet at home and instead bring $10, which can go a long way at a garage sale. And then while haggling you can honestly say, but I only have $10!
Quick and Simple recommends covering a canvas (blank or one you are bored of) with fabric that you like. Group multiple canvases for an artsy look.
Paint a few old pots in a bright color of high-gloss varnish (shellac), which you can buy at art stores and home improvement stores. Plant something in them or use them as an accent on bookshelves. If your budget allows, use different colors of varnish.
The craft store JoAnn’s has tons of project ideas. Join their email list for regular coupons via email. Michael’s also has cheap home decor ideas.