The Dollar Diva

Dollar Tree oval gift boxes

These plain oval gift boxes are from YEARS ago!  Not sure what I was saving them for; but I am still ‘on a mission’ to use up what I have on hand and only buy what new supplies I absolutely NEED.  (like more birds!)

2.16.12 stars projects 005These paper mache birds and chicks were from Michael’s last year.  Bought the chicks on close out, specifically to save and paint up for this year.  The birds were a ‘panic purchase’ last year when I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to find any more ceramic or resin birds.

2.16.12 stars projects 108The boxes actually cane with matching lids and bases, I just decided to mix them up a bit for more interest.  The chicks were painted then varnished with ‘pixie dust’ varnish.  You can buy the pixie dust varnish already made; or make your own.  Just be sure you use the most super fine opalescent glitter you can find and add it to GLOSS varnish.  If you use flat or mat varnish you’ll lose some of the glitters glitz.  Just mix together in your varnish bottle and brush on like any other varnish.

2.16.12 stars projects 110I just used a DecoArt pen to dot the eyes and nostrils on the chicks.  The glittered eggs were from some floral ‘picks’ bought on clearance; and I just pulled the eggs off.

2.16.12 stars projects 111I didn’t do anything to the box (except cover up the ugly label on the bottom with some pretty paper) glued on the painted ducks with tacky glue and let dry overnight.

2.16.12 stars projects 112Chopped up some green crimped paper that I had into smaller pieces. Applied a good layer of tacky glue to the entire box top them ‘poured’ my grass on and smushed it into place.  Let dry.  Trimmed away what hung over the edges.

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Then glued on the eggs with hot glue.

2.16.12 stars projects 114The birds I painted aqua, and gave them the same pixie dust varnish.  Varnished the glittered crown too.  Keeps the glitter from shedding.

2.16.12 stars projects 113Didn’t have as many boxes for the birds as I did for the ducks.  At least not ones that were the right colors.  Was a bit ‘stumped’ when it can to what to do with the bird boxes after I glued the birds on?!?!  So, on this yellow one I simply tied on a pretty ribbon.

2.16.12 stars projects 118And the white boxes simply got lace glued around the edge of the lid.

2.16.12 stars projects 116Sometimes simple is best when you don’t have a better idea.

2.16.12 stars projects 115Now I just need to figure out what to do with the extra birds and chicks I painted.  Don’t want to BUY more boxes.  Maybe I’ll just put them in a cello bag and toss them in a big bowl full of nests!

NEW @ Dollar Tree: bags of mixed mosses

2.12.13 etsy projects 007It’s a little difficult to get a good picture of it still in the cello bags, but I wasn’t ready to open it yet and make a mess!

2.12.13 etsy projects 004But they have a good mixture of green and brown mosses.

2.12.13 etsy projects 006And moss is very “IN” in decorating right now.  I was pleasantly surprised to see such an ‘on trend’ item in Dollar Tree!

2.12.13 etsy projects 005The moss is fairly well ‘compacted’ in the bags; but I’d say one bag would easily ‘fluff out’ enough to fill a one gallon jar.

I don’t have any specific plans for mine just yet.   I mostly use moss to ‘fill out’ the bare spots in the little nests with eggs.  But BEFORE they had the grapevine nests, I used to hand form my own nests using Spanish moss.  This combo moss would make a great little nest too!

So, what are you working on for spring or Easter decorating?

This years BIRDS are in at Dollar Tree

I was on my way home from my booth at Stars today, and just decided to pop in to the big DT in Beaverton (since it was on my way)and see if they had any of the spring stuff out yet.  Normally they don’t start stocking them until after all the Valentine stuff is taken down, but there they were!

2,8.13 LTRS etsy stars birds 085And they have gone back to the bigger, chubbier birds with the flat bases this year.  I cleared the shelf (go figure?!?) ; and these were the only four styles they had.

2,8.13 LTRS etsy stars birds 086The colors this year are pretty good too.  Although I always repaint mine, these really could be use as is.

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And while I love the ones with the wire feet like they had last year, I can actually DO more with the flat ones.  Glue them onto candle bases to make finials, glue them on top of boxes etc.  AND they would sit more sturdily when used as wedding cake toppers.  (which is something I do with them to sell in my etsy shop)

2,8.13 LTRS etsy stars birds 088 Here’s a side by side of last years and this years.  Considerable difference in size.  I still have a few of the wire footed ones left from last year.  Over the next few weeks I will be ‘on a mission’ to buy out all the birds at every Dollar Tree in my local area.  Yes!  I really do go through that many!

Here are some of the ones I painted over the last year.

You CAN glue the wire legged birds on top of gift boxes, but it’s a bit trickier than the flat bottomed ones.

Painted, stained and given a crown!

These are wire legged ones from DT a few years ago.  A bit more of a  ‘carved’ and rustic look.

But they still painted and stained up nicely.  See!  There WAS a time when I didn’t put crowns on my birds!!!

Dollar Tree sand castles

Remember these from last year?

That’s as far as I got at the time.  Have been hunting for some ‘smallish’ fish bowls to put them in.

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See the one on the left above?  That is what I wanted to do with a sand castle in it.  Alas, my search for such small fish bowls ahs been to no avail!  So, I decided to look around at what I have and see if I had anything that the sand castle would fit into.

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Ah-HA!!!!   This thrifted apothecary jar has a wide enough mouth for the castle to fit through!

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 006First I applied a layer of glue on the inside bottom of the jar; put the castle in place then poured in some extra sand.  I let that dry overnight before adding the rest.

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 007Some glittery aqua peel and stick letters.

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 005Some jute twine around the neck and a little starfish gift tag that I just happened to have on hand.

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 006Took a lot of trial and error to find ‘just the right size’ starfish to fit in the jar!  Wanted to use the biggest one possible, so that it would show above the castle when viewed from the front; but was limited as to what would fit in the jar!

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A few assorted small shells tossed on top of the sand and my little beach memory jar is done!