The Dollar Diva


TARGET Dollar Spot

I LOVE the ‘Dollar Spot’ at Target almost as much as I love Dollar Tree!!  They always have really cute stationary and party items; and great ‘little gifty things’ in general.  I don’t ALTER the items from Target as much as I do the things I get at Dollar Tree though.  Still, some pretty cool stuff, worthy of an occasional share.

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These glitter snowflake dessert stands were one of my favorite finds of this holiday season.

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They had to be assembled; (bases attached with two screws) and one of the screws was too short, but for the price, still a good deal.  (although I can’t remember if they were $3 or $5?!?)

They were great for ‘propping up’ items in my booth.

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On some of them I did add a little ’embellishment’ to the stand.  On this one a “JOY” ornament, on some others a bundle of jingle bells.

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These little bottle brush trees came from Target too.

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I glued them to some inverted vintage mini tart tins.

More BIG Dollar Tree Snowflakes

I’ve had these assorted snowflakes in my ‘craft stash’ for TOO long.  It was time to ‘Use them or Donate them’.  The REASON they have been just ‘sitting there’ for so long was because I couldn’t think of anything to DO with them.  Giving myself an ultimatum seemed to do the trick!!  I left them sitting in plain sight for a week and finally came up with some ideas!

I had some white snowflakes and some gold ones; both about 10″ across.  (I forgot to take pics before I added stuff!)

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On these I added an 8″ aqua paper doily, a hand folded white crepe paper rosette, a small white snowflake, a turquoise JOY glitter ornament and a small white snowflake foam sticker in the middle of the ‘O’.   I had all of  these supplies in my stash, and all of them came from Dollar Tree.

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I had quite a few of the big white snowflakes, so I made a few different styles.

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On this one I added a 6″ clear plastic snowflake first, then a white hand folded crepe paper rosette, and a silver glitter ‘Merry Christmas’ ornament to top it off.

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I topped a couple of them with BIG red glitter ‘Believe’ ornaments.

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On these I just did a BIG hand folded vintage sheet music rosette, mounted on the back.  I use tacky glue for gluing all these things together.

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I did the big vintage sheet music rosettes on the back of some of the gold glitter snowflakes.

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A few more layers on this one than the red ‘Believe’ one.

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Sheet music rosette behind the gold glitter snowflake.  An 8″ clear snowflake on top of the gold glitter; a cream color hand folded crepe paper rosette, then a gold glitter ‘Merry Christmas’ ornament.

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Sheet music rosette on the back of this one also.

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8″ clear white plastic snowflake on top of the gold; topped with a white glitter “JOY” ornament and some white foam snowflake stickers.

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I did a smaller vintage sheet music rosette on this one.

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I put one of the big plastic snowflakes on top of the gold snowflake; then the sheet music rosette; topped with the gold and sliver “Merry Christmas” ornament.

Two kinds of snowflakes; six styles of wreaths!

BIG Dollar Tree Snowflake ‘wreath’

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Big 18″ acrylic snowflake from Dollar Tree. (I used TOW of them, and ‘offset’ the points for more fullness)   Smaller silver glitter covered cardboard snowflake, also from DT.  Hand crafted vintage sheet music rosette topped with a silver glitter “Merry Christmas” DT ornament.  (the Merry Christmas ornaments come in a five pack).

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A little bit of glue, $3.20 worth of supplies and about five minutes is all it took to create this simple ‘wreath’.

Upcycled Dollar Tree trinket boxes

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These little trinket boxes at Dollar Tree are quite well made and have a magnetic closure.  The designs on the tops . . . .  um . . .well . . .  really easy to alter!

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The manufacturers stickers on the bottom are nearly impossible to remove.  Much easier to just cover them with a mix or match paper.  On these red boxes I opted for a piece of old dictionary page.

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I glued a piece of red glitter paper (also from DT!) to the top.  Then a turquoise glitter “JOY” ornament (with the hanger loop clipped off) glued on (I use tacky glue) and a little white foam snowflake sticker (Yep, got that at DT too!) in the center of the “O”.

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I always put a little bit of ‘paper shred’ inside any gift boxes that I sell.  It’s just a quirk of mine, I guess.  People ALWAYS open up boxes and look inside and I guess I just like there to be a little something inside to surprise them!  You can buy the bags of basket filler paper shred at DT also.  I add ‘other stuff’ to the regular shred to make my own custom blend.  Colored tissue paper, iridescent icicles, hand folded and cut vintage sheet music and just whatever else I can find!

I decided one little red jingle bell (from where else?!?) would look cute on the front flap.

I tucked them in with a few other red and turquoise items in my booth.

I have a lot of red and turquoise hand crafted felt ornaments in my booth this year too.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas color combinations!

I’ve also altered other colors in non-holiday themes.

Dollar Tree Reindeer

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You can’t tell from the picture, but these glittered reindeer that I found at Dollar Tree are BIG!  I didn’t measure them, but they are about 15″ x 22″.  They came in silver, Platinum and red glitter.  I didn’t care for the red reindeer, so I only bought the silver and Platinum colors.

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bought these bags of little jingle bells at DT also.  This was the smallest size bells they had; which came 50 to a bag.  There were 2 more bigger sizes in the bags.  Then, as they always have, the BIG jingle bells with the snowflake cutout that come 9 to a cello box.  They also had all four bell sizes in red, green, silver and gold.  I bought several packages of ALL sizes and colors; but mostly RED!

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And here is how I ‘dressed up’ the silver reindeer.  I glued on black satin ribbon in the shape of a harness; then added jingle bells.

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I forgot to get pictures of the other ways I decorated them; but I did some with just one red jingle bell on the nose (Rudolph!)  And some with red bells strung around the neck.

with as inexpensive as these were, you could easily afford to buy enough to create Santa’s entire reindeer team to place on your mantle and the wall above!

I bought at least two dozen of them and sold nearly ALL of them at a Holiday Craft show.

Dollar Tree Glitter Holly Wreath

Found these solid green glitter holly wreaths at Dollar Tree.

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They are about 12″ across and came in solid red glitter too.  I only bought the green because ‘red holly leaves’???  Um. No.

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Super quick and easy to spruce up!  I glued (using tacky glue) little red jingle bells on top of the raised ‘berry’ spots.  And then glued a red glitter “Merry Christmas” ornament at the top, over the bow.  (also using tacky glue)

**** A word about ‘glues’.  I am not a big fan of hot glue.  I ALWAYS get burned at least once, EVERY time I use it; and I HATE the strings!  (yes, I KNOW you can get rid of the strings with a hair dryer.  I still hate having to deal with them!!)   So, I use tacky glue whenever possible.

On these wreaths, I applied the dots of tacky glue on top of ALL the berry spots at once.  This gives it a minute to start to ‘set’.  It really only takes a few seconds to begin to set.  Then I added all my bells and let it dry flat overnight.  The next day, I added the Merry Christmas ornament the same way.

Tacky glue also holds up better to extreme heat or cold; whereas hot glue tends to harden and crack and crumble over time.  Stepping off my glue soapbox now.

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Perfect, no?

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The bells at Dollar Tree come on FOUR sizes.  The biggest ones in a 9-pack.  Then they have bags of them in three smaller sizes.  The smallest ones (which is what I used on this wreath) have 50 per bag.    I buy several of each size of the red bells and put them on EVERYTHING!!  All four sizes of bells come in red, green, silver and gold.  And yes, I have a stash of ALL four colors!

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Red and green vignette in my booth.  The big jingle bells sell well individually priced too.   have a bowl and jar of them.

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Those same red glitter ‘Merry Christmas’ ornaments were the perfect addition to some ‘snow globe’ apothecary jars I made using Dollar Tree supplies too.

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These turned out really cute!

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I actually bought the supplies for these a year or two ago; and just got around to using them this year.  The white glitter deer is an ornament, but it did stand on it’s own,  I used wire cutters to cut off the to hanging loop on the antlers.  The snow came from DT also.  The little bags they used to sell with the Christmas Village stuff.  (Which, by the way, I have NOT seen any of the Christmas Village stuff at DT this year?!?)

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The trees were also from the Christmas village stuff; they are a little more ‘lime’ green than dark forest green.  They came in a two pack, two sizes.  I used one of each size in these jars.

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I made one square jar too.  On this one you can better see how far up I filled the snow.  First I applied a thin layer of tacky glue on the entire inside base of the jar, to hold some of the snow in place.  But BEFORE I poured the snow in, I added the trees and reindeer.  Put a good size ‘glob’ of tacky glue on the bottom of each tree and positioned them.  Did the same with the reindeer.  (if your jar opening is not big enough to fit your hand inside, use a pair of pliers to lower them into place and position them, as needed.  Then before your tacky glue dries, pour in an inch or so of snow.

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A little red snowflake that I had in my stash was perfect to place on top of the lid.  I used  green satin ribbon to tie the red glitter “Merry Christmas” around the neck of the jar.

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Classic red and green Christmas decorations.

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