I'm a fairly crafty girl and I'm also on what the roomies and I like to call a "bujay" [think "budget" pronounced with a terrible fake-French accent]. The natural solution to overcoming this decorating obstacle is creating my own unique designs. Here is a sampling of DIY projects I have found, to be filed away for when I have the time and drive to make them.
tea cup candle
vintage wallpaper coasters:
~~I'm super excited to tackle these projects and when I finally do, I'll definitely post pictures!