Now this is something we did to participate in a fall festival but it could also be adapted for any type of party or activity.
We used mostly things we had. We spent 2.00 on the game and that was for some little skulls and some reflective stickers that we put on our tank.
So we started with a 20 gallon empty aquarium we had for a lizard we lost over the summer. We cleared out the habitat and scrubbed it and made sure it would hold water.
A fellow fall festival participant loaned me a sandbucket full of river rocks she had. To the tank we added some plastic jewels my daughter had. I had some .50 cent coins my grandpa gave me(when I was a kid he passed when I was 15) ,marbles,and some Susan B Anthony coins to add to the game decor. We also placed three glass jars inside the aquarium and filled it with water. I also had the letters that spelled out Dream which I found as a decoration for .99 at the Salvation Army earlier this year. They were supposed to be for my daughters room but she gave up her room a few months back,said she didn't want one. To play the game each kid got five pennies and the goal is to get as many as you can into any glass jar in the tank. Of course all participants got candy in our version!
We added around our penny plop game broken jewelry i had lying around the house along with some toys my son already owned like a skull, sword, etc. The game was set up in our trunk. We made our own signs and flew the Christian flag...and shared Matthew 6:20 on another sign. We made them using items we already had.
My kids did dress up for the fall festival. We recycled my daughters dance costume for her and added a mask we found for 1 dollar at Dollar General. My son put together a pirate costume by using items we already had and borrowing a couple things from a friend. I also dressed up attempting to be a pirate using what I had but it was really hot out so my eye patch was my best accessory. We got six for .97 at Walmart from a friend who found them in the party section.
I just wanted to share another idea on how to be creative using mostly what you already have.
(Sorry photos are out of order still adjusting to using smart phone only to post. I really miss in house Internet but we have chosen to pay for other things instead right now.)