The Dollar Diva

Red glitter “LOVE” crown

12.12.12 projects Stars 029Red glittery ‘Derby’ style New Year’s party hat from Dollar Tree.

12.12.12 projects Stars 030With VERY sharp scissors, cut off the brim, far enough up the hat that you have flat sides.

12.12.12 projects Stars 031Cut off the TOP, leaving a little bit of curve but not much.  (save that top part and cut HEARTS out of it!)

12.12.12 projects Stars 032Turn it upside down (WIDER part at the top now) and cut points all the way around.  You can ‘be done’ here, or add some embellishing.

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12.26.12 Valentine crafts 116Of course, I HAD to embellish mine a bit.  I think this was an old set of scrapbook stickers from DT, back in the day when they carried scrapbook stuff.  They had the ‘foam stickies’ on the back.  That stuff does NOT stick to glitter!  Pull them off and apply tacky glue to the back of the items you want to add.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 117That’s all I did with this one.  If you are lucky enough to find some of the TALLER flat top glitter hats (like DT used to carry!) they make even BETTER crowns!

12.12.12 projects Stars 094These are some that I made from those ‘old style’ hats.  They have more height and the sides are straighter.

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The gold embellishment on the front of this one is part of a DT ornament.

12.12.12 projects Stars 096The silver embellishment on this one is the other half of the gold one above.  And actually the tiny silver flower on the first crown came from that same single ornament too!  I just broke it apart to get flat pieces to use on my crowns!

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Valentine gift boxes

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 084DT gift box with hearts from last year.  I only got as far as adding the heart last year.  Cherub ornament from DT last year too.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 085Use wire cutters to clip off the loop for the hanging string.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 087Red satin Christmas gift box from DT also; pulled the bow off. (save bow for a different project.)

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 086Another white glitter cherub orn; clip off the hanging loop.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 088Glue the cherubs to the box tops using tacky glue.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 135Rummage through whatever scrapbook embellishments you have and find a suitable one for each box.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 137Don’t forget to add some paper shred inside the box.  (I forgot to take a pic of that!)

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 138Very simple and sweet.  I have to sometimes STOP MYSELF from adding layer after layer after layer of papers and embellishments.  While “I” love the look of ‘lots of stuff’; it’s not for everyone.  And it IS oftentimes MEN who are looking for Valentine gifts, so less is more!

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Quickie little journal do-over

12.29.12 stars Val buys 016Sorting through some more bins of old product and came across this little 5″x5″ DT journal that I had bought to alter and just never got around to.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 017Completely covering would be a LOT of work, so I kept the original color as my background and used that for my color inspiration for the make over.  First I added a hand torn piece of vintage sheet music.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 018Then a hand folded crepe paper rosette topped with a sticker that says “Happy Hearts”.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 019I try to make most of my Valentine stuff, NOT just for Valentine’s Day.  More love, hearts, cherubs etc themes.  That way I can still sell them AFTER Valentine’s day.

Started my Valentine crafting

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 107I hunt for empty used heart shaped candy boxes throughout the year at thrift stores.   Then I do a bit of  collage work on the lids and sell them on etsy and in my booth at the antique mall.  These two are the smaller size heart shaped boxes.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 109First I covered the lid with vintage sheet music, then a red metallic paper doily, then a tea stained white paper doily, then this ready made heart tag.  There’s no real method or system to what I layer on top, or when.  I just ‘play around’ with the assorted papers that I have and select what I think works best.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 115Oftentimes the boxes even still have the divided plastic trays in them.  Which was the case with these.

12.12.12 projects Stars 044Remember these SMALLER 3 to a pack chocolate candy candles I showed you a while back????

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 113They fit into the divided plastic trays in the box!

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 111Is this too cute or what?!?!?  No calorie chocolates for Valentine’s day!

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 112The heart shaped paper insert was still with the box too!  I’ll probably add some embellishments to that too.  Maybe a sweet Valentine sentiment of some kind?

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 110The ‘chocolate fragrance’ on these littler ones is not as strong as on the bigger ‘cupcake size’ ones, also from DT.  But that I can fit them directly into the heart shaped candy boxes is a big plus!

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Trying to decided whether or not I need to ‘pretty up’ the side of the box too.  What do you think?  Is just decorating the top enough?  Or should the sides be done too?  Maybe just the vintage sheet music on the sides?

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Embellished the two bigger boxes

12.19.12 boxes Stars 034You’ll remember this set that I recently showed you how I recovered them.  I decided to add a little ’embellishment’ to the 2 biggest ones.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 006The little DT nests with eggs; and I’ve added a little bit of reindeer moss (also from DT!)to fill out the nest a bit.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 004Would be cute to use as storage boxes or gift boxes or just to display with your bird and nest collection!

NEXT several post with be VALENTINE stuff!

MORE covered gift boxes

Oval ones this time, which are a bit more involved than square boxes.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 044These are from Dollar Tree a couple of years ago.  Just plain colored oval gift boxes in two sizes; sold individually.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 045The initial steps are the same.  Cut paper long enough to fit the circumference of your box, with a bit of an overlap AND extending a bit over the  bottom of the box.  Apply glue to the box and place the paper on it.  Glue down the overlap.  Where the paper extends past the bottom of the box, cut slits about every inch or so.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 046Apply glue around the edge of the base and gently folk over the tabs.  Be careful along the edge if you are using OLD paper, as it may be fragile and break easily.    You may or may not want/need to do this at the open end of your box and lid.  Just depends if there is color for the original paper that you want to cover up.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 047Then cut an oval piece of paper, close to the same size ans the box and glue to the top and bottom of the box.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 052I don’t worry about matching up my seams if I only have ONE seam, and can position it to the back or side.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 050Now I just need to decide if I want to do something more to these boxes, or if I should just call them done.  Do you think they need ‘something more’?

Cute Dollar store wreath idea from Mrc. Polly Rogers blog via Pinterest



Click here  to see the complete tutorial.  And while you’re there, take a look at some of her other stuff!  I found this blog via Pinterest, and she has a lot of really great and inexpensive ideas!

Re-covered Dollar Tree gift boxes

12.19.12 boxes Stars 006These two Christmas gift boxes from Dollar Tree came as a set.  The border is a little crooked, so I decided to COMPLETELY re-cover them using vintage dictionary pages.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 007Cut a piece (or glue together 2 pieces) long enough to complete wrap around the box with a tad bit of overlap; and extends past the top and bottom of the box by about 1/2 -1″  (so an inch or so TALLER than the box itself.)  The red paper extended to the inside rim of these boxes, so I had to cover that little bit of the inside too.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 008Completely cover all four sides of your lid with a thin layer of glue.  (I use Aleen’s tacky glue; not as ‘wet’ as regular white glue so less ‘puckering’ of the paper) Then wrap your paper, side by side by side, smoothing each side carefully before going on to the next side.  Apply glue to the overlap and glue it down.

Make a single cut at each corner where the paper extends beyond the box on the bottom and top.  Apply glue to the inside of those ‘tabs’ and very gentle fold them over.  I’m using OLD paper so it’s very delicate and cracks easily when you fold it over.

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Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and be sure corners are smooth.

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Flip lid over and glue down the inner flaps of the lid.  The corners will require a little extra dab of glue and ‘smooshing’.

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Follow the same steps with the box.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 012The design extended to the bottom of these particular boxes, so I cut a square of paper just slightly smaller than both the box top and bottom, and glued into place.

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The print on these old dictionary pages was so FINE that I didn’t really need to worry about ‘matching designs’.

*****VERY IMPORTANT*****  Be sure to let your glue completely DRY before putting the lid on your box.  I recommend letting it dry overnight.  Otherwise you will destroy the edges of your box and top!  The added 2 layers op paper where the lid and box meet CAN make the fit very tight.  Keep this in mind when selecting your boxes to re-cover; look for boxes with slightly LOOSE fitting lids.  And when choosing your paper, keep in mind how much thickness it will add  to the ‘fit’ of the lid.

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All done!  Just testing to see if I like that bird house on top.

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Yep!  Decoded to put a bird house on top of each box, and fill the hole with a pinch of moss!  May still add some additional embellishment to the boxes.  Do you think they need ‘something more’??

Now I’m ready to do MORE boxes!

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These were actually very cute little gift boxes that I TOTALLY would have used ‘as the were’ from Dollar Tree.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 001The three largest ones were sold individually; and the smallest 2 as a set.  $4.00 total for all five boxes.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 029Since this set of boxes had a ‘white border’ along all the edges of the boxes, I decided to keep the borders and just cover the colored parts.   Which meant I needed paper that would go with the white borders, so vintage book pages and sheet music were out because they are too yellowed.  I settled upon this kraft wrapping paper from Dollar Tree.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 036WHEW!!!!  Cutting all those squares and little rectangles to just the perfect size and individually gluing them on was a lot more labor intensive than I had anticipated!  After doing the three smallest boxes, I went back to the ‘wrap around’ method for the other two!

12.19.12 boxes Stars 034I LOVE how the white edges LOOK, and will probably do this style of covering again, but maybe with BIGGER boxes; and maybe I’d fully cover the LID and just leave the white border on the box part.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 035The fully wrapped two bigger ones turned out just fine too.   I did these the same way I did the Christmas boxes; EXCEPT the design did NOT extend to the inside of the box or lid so I didn’t have to do an overlap on the edges of these.  (just the bottoms!)

So don’t toss out any gift boxes you get this Christmas!  Save them to re-cover the re-use!

*****EDITED TO ADD***  Since one commenter said she’d never seen the paper I used at her Dollar Tree store, and I just saw it on their website, I thought I’d show you and share the link:

As is the case with many Dollar Tree products, the wrapping paper ships to the stores in a ‘mixed case’and the most popular styles seem to sell out fastest.  IF you’ve seen ANY of the above papers in your Dollar Tree store, that means they do stock the same paper I used on my boxes; but may just be sold out at the time.

It never hurts to ASK the manager about ordering in a case for you, and letting you pick out the ones you want; and they can just put the rest out with their stock.  ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR look for the plain brown paper with the shipping supplies and use some rubber stamps to print your own designs!

The pink and brown dots style was one that I would buy to re-sell back when we had our own shop, and it was very popular; but nearly impossible to ever find IN the DT stores.  Whenever I did find any, I bought it ALL because if I didn’t, it would be gone the next day!   I really like ALL the different colors and prints!

Time to get started on VALENTINE crafts!

Posted in Dollar Tree,Valentines Day by trash2treasure on December 19, 2012
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Yep, I start my Valentine crafting BEFORE Christmas!  And I am in the habit of putting my Valentine stuff out in my booth at the antique mall the DAY AFTER Christmas.  I know that seems like ‘rushing things a bit’ . . .  but when I have been working on Christmas stuff since July, but the time Christmas gets here, I am OVER it!

I started putting my Valentine stuff out right after Christmas ‘back when’ we had our own shop.  The week between Christmas and New Years was soooooooooooooooooo slow that I mostly did it just for something to do!  Surprisingly, I sold MORE Valentine stuff the first two weeks in January than I did in February.  I guess shoppers are ready to be done with Christmas that early too!

So, I had Valentine on my mind the last time I went to Dollar Tree, and look what I found:

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 013Some packages of plastic heart containers; some with words, some plain.

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 015And did you notice the PRICE!!!  YEP! 50 cents!  Guess these were leftover from last year and marked down.  It PAYS to shop early!

Gift box re-cap

Thought it might be a good idea to show ALL the gift boxes I’ve made this season, all in one post together.  So, if you’re thinking you already seen all of the following pictures; you’re right!  So this post is really more for future reference and for posterity!

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Dollar Tree gift boxes, topped with DT nests and eggs (I glittered the eggs and added some reindeer moss to fill out the nest)  The bow on the was on top of the box when I bought it. Just pulled it off (since it would have been covered by the nest anyhow!)  and put it back on where it was visible!

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White fabric covered boxes; tea stained; topped with a tea stained crepe paper rosette and  DT feather birds with a glitter crowns.

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A couple more of the same boxes, just different ‘toppings’ that the previous ones shown.   These are topped with bundles of vintage frosted glass ornaments; some ribbon, a glittery snowflake and a tiny ‘joy’ tag.  (tag was printed on vintage dictionary page)

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This is just one of those ‘little extras’ that I like to do.  I add a handful of paper shred inside all of my gift boxes.  This is my own ‘recipe’ for paper shred; a combination of store bought kraft shred, hand folded and cut book pages and sheet music shred, hand folded and cut tissue paper, some bits of leftover gold ribbon cut into tiny pieces . . . you get the idea.  A little bit of everything!

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Another DT box topped with a pair of white bottle brush trees and little ceramic house; all also from DT.   I just added glitter and glue!  (and paper shred!)

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These are ‘use up those leftover snowmen from the store’!  Just plopped a snowman on a box and done!  (priced super cheap to get rid of them PLUS an additional 40% off for my downsizing sale!)

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Another one of the tea stained fabric boxes, this time topped with a gold resin bird wearing a vintage sheet music crown.  I placed a crepe paper rosette rimmed with gold glitter on top of the box and glued the bird into place in the center of that.  The sheer bow on top of the bird’s feet (hiding all the ugly glue!) is the bow that came on the box originally again.  Just pulled it off and made better use of it!

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I should have made more of these, as they sold the fastest.  Now I’ll know for next year.  AND I’ll be able to easily find my ‘gift box post’ to remind me when the time comes!

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Happy Gift Wrapping to all!


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