The Dollar Diva

Dollar Tree Valentine tree 2011

Posted in Dollar Tree,Valentines Day by trash2treasure on January 24, 2011
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These little branchy trees are in with the new spring stuff, assorted pastel colors including PINK.  Now they don’t look like THIS on the shelf.  I’ve ‘fluffed’ all the branches out here already.  In the store it will just look like one tall stick in a pot, branches all clumped together.  But as you can see, they fluff out quite nicely.

I also bought this bag of glittered hearts ‘table scatter’ and a deck of heart playing cards.

I decided to CURL my branches, by wrapping them around a pencil.  For my topper, I glued two of the playing cards together and placed it over the top branch.

Then I used my hot glue gun to glue the pink and white hearts to the ends of the curled branches.  The stem was a bit ‘gangly’ so I tied on three pink bows.

Total cost of everything used was just a bit over a dollar!  I’ve still got lots of the heart playing cards left and the red scatter hearts to play with!

Darling little centerpiece or desk tree for Valentines day.  AND you could make some really cute BABY SHOWER trees using these and the assorted little baby shower trinkets from DT!

AND I’m thinking I should buy a bunch of these trees and stash them away for next WINTER.  Paint the base turquoise and add glitter snowflakes to the branches.

And of course you can use them for their INTENDED purpose and add the little Easter egg ornies to them for an Easter centerpiece!

Dollar Tree ceramic finials

Posted in Dollar Tree,Home Decor,Springy things by trash2treasure on January 24, 2011
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Not sure if they will be restocking these this year or not.  I bought mine last year, but have seen a few left at some of our local Dollar Trees. 

On the left, as purchased.  Middle, painted antique white (2 coats of water based acrylic craft paint) And on the right,  finished off with Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.

You can also make different shapes and sizes of them by gluing (with e-6000) them to the top of lots of other things.   For ‘shiney’ surfaces (like these glazed ceramic bowls) I spray painted with FLAT black paint before painting white; otherwise your craft paint won’t stick.

Old wood bowls work too!

And these little flower pots I just found at DT work for the round finials.

The above round was glued to a ceramic pillar candle holder from DT.  Tall wood pillar candle holders work well too!

But I decided to use the ones I have on hand for little birds.  DT had some darling little birds last year.  I bought and used and SOLD a lot of them!  These birds I bought at Craft Warehouse after I couldn’t find them anymore at DT.

I had ONE of the little DT birds left.  Glued him atop a tall taper candle holder.

Another unique wood pillar holder on the left, and a hollow bamboo vase on the right.