The Dollar Diva


Those big round plastic Christmas ball ornaments from Dollar Tree

I have bought and used these big plastic ball ornaments ‘as is’ here and there in the past when we had our brick and mortar store.  They are great to add to color theme decorated trees for added interest, in moderation.  I’d say no more than three of them on an average size Christmas tree.

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Or tie some curly ribbon to a few and scatter them about your Christmas dinner table as decorations.  OR tie on little name tags and use them as place cards.  We used them for outdoor decorations at our store, hanging them from the Dollar Tree pine rope garland (the single strand kind w/o any branches).  I don’t have any pictures, but they looked quite nice hanging along the ENTIRE front of the building.  It was in a strip mall, and we were in about the center of a 7 store strip.  Thought it would look cheesy to ONLY decorate our tiny store front, so we bought enough to do the entire strip.

They packed away and kept well for several years of use.  Now that we don’t have the store, what to do with the leftover decorations?!?!  Most of them we donated.  I saves a few of the balls and prettied them up:

10.18.13 both malls prijects 162These are the big ‘softball size’ ones.  I covered them with strips of vintage sheet music, then mica flakes.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 157Leaving the plastic tag loop made them easier to work with.  After I put the mica flakes on, I used an opened up paper clip through that loop to hang them to dry.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 158I also had some metal stars leftover from last year; purchased after Christmas on clearance:

etsy-stars-12-24-11-012You have to look very carefully at PAINTED items like this.  Oftentimes the paint is RAISED, and therefore the design will still show though when repainted.  Luckily these were nice and flat.

etsy-stars-12-24-11-062Last year I papered a few of them with vintage sheet music then added the mica flakes; and displayed them with some ‘seed bead’ ornaments.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 160I had ‘started’ working on some more of them last year, and spray painted them gold and silver.  Dug them out this year and just added mica flakes.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 159Didn’t want them to be TOO ‘matchy-matchy’ to the balls!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 161I also found a few smaller balls.  I think they were from a set of assorted blues/aquas and I just didn’t care for this particular color.  Not that it’s a BAD color, it was just more ‘ice blue’ than aqua and didn’t work with my color scheme.  So I covered them with the sheet music strips and mica flakes also.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 169The small balls have silver tops and the bigger ones have gold.  I decided to see how it might look to just mix them all together with the silver and gold stars.  Not bad actually!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 166I still want to tie some pretty bows through the hanger loop on the ornaments.  Still pondering whether or not I need to do anything more to the stars. . . .

10.18.13 both malls prijects 168Will price them individually and put them in a big bowl or tray; for sale in one of my antique mall booths.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 160I know it USED to be a real ‘no-no’ in the decorating and fashion worlds.  And I don’t think I’d ever put just ONE big silver adornment with an otherwise gold room (or outfit!).  But I really am liking this particular mixture of a little of each!  Maybe it’s because the mica flakes on everything helps tie it all together visually?  

What do you think about decorating with gold and silver like this?

Pumpkin bobble heads at Dollar Tree

Posted in Dollar Tree,Fall / Halloween by trash2treasure on October 21, 2013

This is about the time of year that I try to frequent my local Dollar Tree stores more often, looking for Christmas supplies.  The good  stuff goes REALLY fast, so if you snooze, you LOSE!  White and gold are ‘the’ colors for Christmas this year, at DT at least!

They USED to wait until the day after Halloween to put the Christmas stuff out, but it has been appearing earlier the last few years.  As soon as some of the Halloween stocked shelves empty, they start putting out MARKED DOWN Christmas stuff left from last year.  I’ve found some really great deals on mark down!

I was just ‘running in real quick’ to buy some new hair clips on the way home from the movies (Gravity in 3D!  It was amazing!) and spotted these little guys on one of the front displays:

10.18.13 both malls prijects 005How cute are they?!?!?  And I’d been into other DT stores in my area recently and NOT seen these in any of those others?!?!  They also had a witch and a mummy, but they were not as cute as the punkin heads!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 006Seriously, almost cute enough to use ‘as is’.  But of course you KNOW I can never do that!  They actually remind me of one the style of my favorite modern folk artist, Dan DiPaulo.

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The paint was a little sloppy in a few places; the orange from the base was on the boots in a few places, so I painted over that to neaten it up.  Then I glittered the heads!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 045Let my glitter glue dry overnight, then shake to get any loose glitter off; then a quick coat of clear spray to keep the glitter from ‘shedding’ too much during use.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 105This cloche made from a DT beverage glass and thrifted knob fit over them perfectly!

Dollar Tree cookies make over!

Not MY idea, but a great one that I found in bloggeritaville and had to share!

Pretty cute. eh?!?!?  If I hadn’t mentioned cookies in the post title, would you have EVER guessed that that is what these are made of?!?

This is the package that the cookies came from. Now I don’t usually peruse the cookie aisle when I go to Dollar Tree so I don’t know if we get these locally.

And these are the cookies that were used.  See the complete how to in the post by BLISSFUL ROOTS .  And you can see what she did with the same cookies for Christmas ornaments  HERE.

Eons ago I hand painted some McDonald cookies.  Do they even still have those?  In a little box like animal cookies, but in the McDonald’s characters shapes.  Here’s what I did to mine to preserve them for YEARS.

After painting you need to dry them out really well and crisp them back up.  Turn your oven on to it’s LOWEST temp.  While the oven heats up, spread your cookies out on a cookie sheet.  TURN THE OVEN OFF as soon as it heats up and put your sheet of cookies in for an hour or so.  The oven will stay warm enough to get ALL the moisture out of the cookies.

Immediately after removing your cookies from the oven, attach the string or ribbon for them to hang from and let the glue dry overnight.  The next day apply a couple of coats of clear varnish to the cookies, front and back.  You’ll notice that the first coat of varnish really soaks INTO the cookies.  That’s fine. and it really helps to strengthen them.

To preserve the cookies that Blissful Roots has shown us, you would want to varnish them BEFORE adding the glitter.  And remember, it’s a good idea to give ANY glittered item a coat of clear spray after your application glue is completely dry to help minimize ‘glitter shedding’.

I’d LOVE to see any variations that you come up with on ‘altered cookies’!