I have to admit that this was NOT my own original idea. I saw this picture on Pinterest:
And BAM!!! My wheels started turning! Dashed out to Dollar Tree the first chance I got and looked for the wire trash cans (which is what the biggest one is made from) There were NONE! Rats!
But I seem to recall seeing them there ALL the time. Maybe more were coming in soon. I checked at different DT later in the week and found them. I opted for BLACK.
I had made these, using old lamp shades in the past; but the ‘right’ lamp shade can be hard to find. You need the ones that were attached to the lamp with a screw on finial at the top.Here’s my version using the DT trash can. The only thing I didn’t really care for in the Pinterest samples was that you could SEE the rest of the knob screw coming through the inside.
I brainstormed a bit with Michael and opted for a big wood finial (I grab the whenever I see them at thrift stores!) Made a small round wood ‘washer’ and screwed it in from underneath. NO screw stem showing!
I wanted mine on a taller pedestal base. Just happened to have this vintage heavy resin cherub statue in my stash; and the top of it was FLAT. I had bought a pile of the plastic charger plates at DT when they were half price after Christmas; not knowing WHAT I would use them for. They were the perfect size for this project. I glued the plate to the statue with e6000. Let the adhesive set for a day; then spray painted!
This pretty urn (plastic painted gold!) was found at a thrift store. It has some very ugly fake flowers in it, and was half price. I bought it specifically for the urn only. Originally intending to put a little Christmas tree in it. That didn’t happen. So it was just ‘sitting around’ when I made the previous pedestal; and was a perfect size to fit the DT charger plates!
Here’s another lamp shade one; sitting atop a little upcycled table. Cast iron base and round metal tray glued together, then spray painted black. These are also in my booth at Curiosities, but the table and cloche are priced individually. The cherub one is priced as a set; top and base together.
Trying to decide if I want to try some white ones now; or the smaller ones from the Pinterest picture. Although I’ve only seen those smaller baskets in OVAL; which would be hard to find a base for.
NEXT several post with be VALENTINE stuff!
So I’ve got a BUNCH of these little frames. Round, oval, square and rectangle; and in ALL kinds of colors. Some Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy colors like BRIGHT ORANGE! (but you know what I say about COLOR! You can ALWAYS change that!) They were on SALE, so you KNOW I stocked up on them! And that’s as far as I got.
I did a couple of little projects with them, like the framed ‘wish’ above; then I just got STUCK. And they got shoved to the back of my supply stash and were forgotten. UNTIL I went on a recent craft room organizing binge. I am REALLY trying to USE UP all the old craft supplies I have. And if I can’t think of a way to use it, I’ve been listing them on etsy, or donating them to Good will.
At the same time that I happened upon the old box of little box of old frames, I also happened upon these little bird lapel pins. I GUESS I bought them because the bird was cute. I don’t “DO” jewelry because I don’t WEAR jewelry. I’m just NOT a jewelry person at ALL! But I liked these little birds and bought them figuring I’d come up with SOME way to use them in my crafting.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . I wonder if the bird pin will fit into the frame??? They just had a glued in place PLASTIC film front, instead of glass, so I had to rip that out. Then I just cut the cardboard that the bird was already mounted on in a circle to fit the frame!
The frames and the bird pins came from those ‘impulse buy’ bins that Michael’s craft stores have at the front of their stores. (you know, that ‘stuff’ that USED to be $1.00 each and now is 2 for $3.00?) Well, at the front of MOST of their stores. One of the two local Michael’s I shop at has them in a weird ‘out of the way. In a way back corner behind all the jewelry stuff. A corner of the store that I typically don’t even bother going to. I just figured THIS Michael’s decided to NOT carry the stuff anymore! Then when I finally found them, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t just ASKED where they were! DOH!!!
Any thoughts on what else I can do with my little frames???
I used these ‘lace cut’ ceramic birds that I got at Michael’s on clearance for under $2.00; but you can use just about ANYTHING that has a flat enough surface area to be glued on. (use e6000 adhesive to glue on your handle) Old drawer knobs work just fine. I just look around at thrift stores to find assorted things to use as cloche handles.
A lot of the time, the tulip holders that I find at thrift stores have been used as candle holders and still have some (sometimes a LOT !) wax still in them. IF the votive still has it’s shape and has not totally melted, put it in the freezer and it will pop right out.
IF the candle is totally melted into the container, place it in a double boiler until the wax melts . Pour out your melted wax into an old tin can and let it harden before disposing. THEN take the boiling water from your double boiler and pour it into your holder to melt away the last bit of wax residue. Don’t pout this water down the drain, as it has wax in it too. Use a paper towel to dry and wipe away the last bit of wax residue.
It’s getting harder and harder to find good stuff to re-invent at the dollar store. I used to NEVER leave Dollar Tree empty handed, but it’s happening more and more lately. I’m going to have to expand my repertoire in order to add regular content to this blog!
I recently saw a tutorial on a blog for making your own out of Fimo, (or any kind of hardening clay) Pretty simple to figure out without a step-by-step guide. They had used a PIN to prick all the little holes on the front though. I think I’d use an old BRUSH of some kind instead of making them one by one by one by . . . . oh my!
I used these to make some simple peg racks. FIRST (and it’s important to do this first!) I hammered in my sawtooth hangers on the BACK. You’ll break the starfish if you try to do it later!) Glued the starfish in place with e6000. Once that glue set, I pre-drilled pilot holes and hammered in a couple of rusty nails to use as pegs.
If you want to prevent your rusty nails (or anything rusty) from further shedding ( which it WILL do on it’s own!) just apply a clear coat of any kind; varnish, mod podge, even plain ole white glue will do. Just anything that will SEAL the rusty surface.
Little sisal frame with sand paper backing and shells glued on top. Candle also cane from DT. I just dressed it up by gluing on a starfish. Aqua bottle is thrifted; shell glued in the top and a piece of sheer ribbon around the neck.
All the shells (except fingerling starfish) came from DT; as did the sheer ribbon and sand paper.
I haven’t found and beach glass (sea glass or decorative glass) at DT this year, but I had a lot in my ‘stash’ and made these sea-sea-glass wreaths. This and several others are for sale in my etsy shop. Be sure to check out the sea glass ‘treasure’ collections in my etsy shop too!
The sweet fellow blogger who sent me the DT birds that I initially couldn’t find locally, just sent me the link to HER first project with them.
CLICK HERE to go to her blog for the complete tutorial.
Anyone else have any DT or bird projects they want to share???
Digging through the archives of my other blog to show you a re-cap of Dollar Tree birds over the years and what I’ve done with them,
Those are from a couple of years ago. Ceramic DT birds on thrifted bases (glued together with e6000; and spray painted) They STILL have these particular birds in my local Dollar Tree stores. And Dollar Tree glass candle holders would work just as well. I just ‘used what I had’, which happened to be thrifted ones for the bases.
This bird is from a couple years ago, as is the candle holder I adhered him to. The color match was so close that I didn’t need to paint these! GOTTA love when a make-over is as simple as that!
Same little DT bird as previous picture; but this one was added to the top of a finial I crafted. A new e-book on how to make these and MANY more finials will be finished up for sale in my etsy shop SOON!.
Gotta have some NESTS if you’re gonna have birds! Thrifted vintage urns and pedestal candle holders make great nest holders, to pair up with these other Dollar Tree birds on pedestals I made.
For those I used some unfinished candle holders I had on hand. Again the glass candle holders from DT would work just as well. Just DON’T ever substitute another adhesive for the e6000! Let glue dry overnight before painting.
An entire flock! First painted black, then dry brush painted ivory, leaving some of the black showing.
Lots of little birds tucked in throughout this display.
This past Christmas I did LOTS of white glittered birds with glitter crowns. The owls came from Target a few years ago, and were originally brown.
I also did some TURQUOISE glitter birds just for fun! Only did a few ‘just in case’ the color didn’t “FLY” (did I really say that?!?!) The turquoise birds sold out very quickly. Lesson learned!
I tucked the birds in everywhere throughout my booth at the antique mall!
My all time FAVORITE birds from Dollar Tree were these, from a year or 2 ago, with the WIRE FEET. This was the last of that stash that I was saving. sigh. HOPING they will make a come-back this year. I’m checking weekly. Watching and waiting for the new spring merchandise to come in. It’s trickling in right now. After Valentine’s day it will REALLY be out. THEN, I’ll be checking every other day! And when they do arrive, they’ll all be going home with me! No such thing as too many birds in my craft supply stash! (the little red birds I just showed a few posts ago)
Another of the birds with wire feet; this one painted differently. Cream color paint then Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze. This set is for sale in my etsy shop.
For Christmas, I did some of the crowned birds glued to the top of gift boxes.
The above set is ENTIRELY from Dollar Tree; the bird, the box, the trees and the snowflakes! I just added a bit of artistic flair!
Dollar Tree glass vases / votive holders turned into cloches by turning them upside down and adding a bird for a handle. These birds came from the craft store, but I used the same birds as in the second picture in this post for this purpose when I could get them.
Again, not a DT bird, but would/could have been. (see what I mean about no such thing as TOO many birds!?!)
Valentine birds. This set is currently for sale in my etsy shop.
Some PINK glittered birds with vintage sheet music crowns for this Valentine’s Day.
Available for purchase in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon.
MORE love for this little ceramic bird from a few years back; this time on top of a ‘make do’ cloche with a nest and egg. On the right is one of the ‘painted and glazed’ birds mounted on a little paper mache box. Spanish moss and an egg inside the box.
BIGGER cloche with nest and egg under the glass. Repainted thrifted pillar candle holder used for the base.
Here’s a better picture of that cloche. It took some patience to get the bird to stay in place on that domed lid. The hole in the bottom of the bird helped. Not using too much adhesive (e6000) helped too! Applied just a few dabs around the hole in the base of the bird, gently set it in place on the cloche, then quickly removed it and let the adhesive ‘set up’ until it was tacky. Applied a tad more, then put in place to stay. Had to hold it in place for about 15 minutes to be sure it didn’t slide off!
Yep, I used those little birds a LOT!!! some more cloches made from thrifted vintage components.
BIG cloche with dinner size plate base, adhered to a large pillar candle holder. Spray painted them both ivory.
Little cloche with nest grass and egg. This is and espresso cup saucer and a mini brandy snifter for the base. The bell jar behind it was just glued onto a DT candle holder for a base.
These bird tea light holders were originally a dark orange color. Glued to a DT candle holder (the kind that come in a 2/pk) Painted everything cream color then glazed with my Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.
Another of the tea light holders, just painted and glazed.
Styro wreathe from DT, covered with strips of burlap and one of the little birds glued on the inside.
Another burlap wreath in a lighter color and with a burlap ribbon at the top.
Can’t wait to see what kinds of birds Dollar Tree will have for me to PLAY WITH this year!!!
Got these wood plaques topped with designs printed on paper, and black wire decorative scroll on the top at Dollar Tree a while back. A good 70% of the time when I buy ‘supplies’ (items that I eventually ALTER) at Dollar Tree, I don’t yet know HOW I will be using them. Something about an item just ‘catches my eye’ (in this case it was the pretty black scroll top) and I just KNOW I will be able to ‘do SOMETHING with it’ and I’ll grab a bunch!
I was painting these gold cherubs (and several others); not yet knowing HOW I was going to use them. Figured something would come to me as I worked on them. They were nice and FLAT on the back side so applying them to some kind of flat surface came to mind.
See instructions for the complete transformation of these gold cherubs over on my Trash 2 Treasure blog. SO, while the cherubs were drying for the final time, I scrounged through my stash to find something to attach them to. Tried a few different things, and settled on the scroll top plaques.
I was just ‘trying them out’ and laying them on the plaques to see if the proportions were right. I had every intention of completely covering the plaque with some scrapbook paper. But, the cherubs fir SO perfectly on top of the bird, AND the wording perfectly fit the theme; so I decided to just glue on the cherub and be done!
Well, ALMOST done!! After they dried overnight and I hung them to take pictures, I decided ‘something was missing’. It needed a tad more ‘altering’.
So I gave them some vintage sheet music paper crowns!
NOW they’re done!
Then I did one like I had originally intended to do, covering the entire background with scrapbook paper, and adding some embellishments.
I just used regular tacky glue to put the crowns on. First, test fit your crown and gently ‘form it’ to the shape of the head. (this one was a tad oval shaped) Hold crown upside down and run a generous bead of bead of glue around the entire inside of the rim. Then turn it right side up and put it on. Gently (without crushing the tips!) hold crown in place for about five minutes for glue to set. Then set aside to completely dry.
I put them out in my booth at the antique mall WITH my Valentine stuff, but they really aren’t so Valentine ‘specific’ that they won’t work to display year round. Something I try to keep in mind when I am creating.