Not every DIY project is a frugal endeavor.
Last week was my son’s 5th birthday and he was insistent – he wanted a Mario cake. I did entertain the idea of just paying for one because I was uncertain how much time would be involved (let alone my cake skills). But when I looked at all the cake mix I had in my pantry, I just couldn’t do it. Come heck or high water, I’d make that Mario cake!
So I head to the store and buy sprinkles, frosting, and icing. Not terribly cheap, but cheaper than a custom cake, I reasoned. I get home and explain to my husband what I intend to do. He looks interested. So interested, I might add, I nicely ask him if he’d like to do it. To my relief and delight, he agrees.
I go online and Google “Mario Coloring Page Printables” and find a great, basic Mario shape and print it out. We cut it and then my husband traces the image on our fancy Betty Crocker cake. All goes well until we run out of black icing. And then he has this good idea of making a cookie star to go on the cake. Great, but it’s now 10 pm the day before the party and I’m not making sugar cookies from scratch. So off he goes to the store for more icing, and refrigerated cookie dough.
He comes home and I promptly burn the cookies. DOH.
So, he goes back to the store a second time for more cookie dough.
Here is the final result of our efforts. (OK, mostly his efforts.)
The cake itself was probably about $0.15 or so with coupons. The toppings? Aye; I cringe to think….
The moral of the story here: not all DIY endeavors may be frugal. But two good things came out of this: we made a memory for my son (which he loved) and we realized neither of us ever want a career in cake decorating. (Although I must admit, my husband did a pretty fantastic job, don’t you think?)