The Dollar Diva

Glittered leaves

Don’t have a ‘before’ picture  of these, but they are the BIGGER (about the size of my hand) artificial leaves that come about 10 to a package at DT.  The ones with the wire stems.

I covered them with Mod Podge* (just ONE side) and sprinkled on some pretty fall glitter colors!

*Mod Podge is just what I had on hand to use.  Sometimes I use varnish, or watered down glue (otherwise the glue dries faster than you can get the entire surface painted).  I’ve even just used PAINT as my glitter adhesive IF the item was something I was painting anyhow!

To help minimize the ‘shedding’ of the glitter, after your adhesive is dry, apply a couple of light coats of some clear spray paint.

These are pretty to just ‘scatter’ around for fall decorating.  Layer them in a tray as a centerpiece.  Use them at each place setting for your holiday dinner.  Pack them away carefully at the end of the season and they will last for MANY years.

Birdie make over

SO . . . I’ve had these DT birds sitting around for YEARS!!!  I loooooooooooooooooooooooove doing ‘bird stuff’, but these, with ‘all that stuff’ on the base, proved to be problematic.  I tried just giving them a crown for the last spring show I did.  FAIL!  Then I thought maybe if I paint the whole base part one color I’ll like them better.  Nope!  NOW WHAT?!?!?

Black paint to the rescue!  NOW they look like they could be a crow, or a RAVEN!  And Halloween IS just around the corner!

So I printed up some little “Nevermore!” tags on my computer to add.  Attached it to his beak at first.  But it looked kinda odd there.

So I opted to just glue it to the base.  You like?

Time to grab up those HALLOWEEN supplies!

Posted in Fall / Halloween by trash2treasure on August 18, 2012
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I knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!  It feels WAY too early to be thinking about HALLOWEEN.  BUT, I have discovered over the last couple of years that stores just aren’t stocking as MUCH seasonal product as they used too.  ESPECIALLY seasonal CRAFT SUPPLIES!  

Last year I waited and looked and waited and looked and waited and ASKED is they were coming in and waited some  more for the small glittered skulls at Dollar Tree; like I used a few years ago to make these Halloween Queens:

CLICK HERE for the link to the entire post if you want the directions. 

THEY NEVER DID GET ANY IN AT DT LAST YEAR!!!  I was sooooooooooooooo bummed.  I had passed up some paper mache ones about the same size at Michael’s; still HOPING for the already glittered ones.  LESSON LEARNED!  I’ve already bought a couple of the mache ones ‘just in case’ that is ALL I can find.


Earlier this week I just happened to be driving by HOME GOODS and decided to take a quick peek.  ALL their fall and Halloween is out.  MASSIVE QUANTITIES of it.  And look what I found.  And just slightly more than the DT price!

This tube of NINE of them was $9.99.  I wasn’t too keen on the COLORS they had to offer.  WISH I could have found ALL black ones.  But they were all mixed colors like this; red/black and orange/black.  No whited or metallics.   Oh well!  At least Iv;e got some to work with.  And I’m sure I can make that turquoise ‘go with something’.  hehe

Now to decide what I want to do with them this year?!?!

It’s really been TOO HOT to do much of anything the last 2 weeks.  I’ve mostly been doing ‘prep work’.  Things like folding paper for paper rosettes for Christmas ornaments; cutting cardboard boxes to size and gluing them together for crowns (covered with vintage sheet music) stuff like that.  THEN when I’m REALLY in the mood to craft, I can go full speed ahead on the creativity part.  

What are YOU working on these days?