The Dollar Diva

Little glass lanterns and candle pedestals from Dollar Tree

Found these cast plaster candle pedestals at Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago.  I only bought 2 black ones, but they had white also; BUT the white ones had very noticeable ‘seams’ so I decided to skip them.  (you could easily sand down the protruding part of the seams with sand paper though)  As you can see, these chip super easily.  I was planning to repaint mine, so I didn’t really care.  The new paint will cover the chips, and a coat of varnish will help prevent future chips.

I bought a few of these little turquoise glass candle lanterns the same day.  They fit perfectly atop the pedestals, but I probably won’t use them for such a predictable purpose.

I’ve used some similar frosted white glass lanterns (also from DT) for these upcycled fencing candle chandeliers that I made recently.  I did not permanently attach the lanterns to the fencing, so they are easily removable for transport.  You can use regular or battery operated tea lights in the.

Here’s what I did with my two black pedestals.  Added another coat of black paint, tied on an old key with a piece of sheer black ribbon; glued a folded sheet music ‘rosette’ to the top of the pedestal; then glued on the plastic skulls.  (from DT)

I’m really TRYING to not stockpile so many craft supplies, and use up what I have on hand.  But if you shop DT as often as I do, you KNOW that if you don’t buy ‘as many as you think you will ever need’ of an item that catches your eye; you will never find them there again.  MOST of the time.  Every so often the desirable item will be something that they will be regularly stocking . . .  but NEVER ‘expect; to find it again and you will never be disappointed.

Forgot to take pictures of these ’rounded bottom’ DT glass lanterns before I embellished them.  They had several colors, I bought one clear and one turquoise.  Had some very OLD DT mini jar candles is little ‘shot glasses’ that fit perfectly inside these; then I added a few inches of colored gravel (also from DT!) and tied on a few shells with baker’s twine of jute.  For the shells, I glue a small piece of the string to each shell, the bundle them and tie them on with the longer strip.  And yes, DT does sell jute and baker’s twine; but I think I got the aqua baker’s twine elsewhere.

Did you notice these little jars of shells in the display photo?  YEP!  Got them at DT too.  I added the limpet shell to the cork lid.

I filled some vintage glass spice jars with ‘beach glass’ and tied sheer ribbon around the necks.  (no lids for the spice jars).  The beach glass is the last little bit that I had left over from YEARS ago when DT carried it.  I probably bought FIFTY bags of assorted colors of the beach glass from DT, and used it to make beach glass wreaths.

The beach glass (or Sea glass, if you prefer) wreaths are TRULY a ‘Labor of Love’.  Each one took at least 20 hours to construct, and contains nearly a dozen layers of carefully positioned and fitted together glass.  I’d guess there are at least a thousand pieces of glass per wreath.  I used tacky glue to adhere mine.  Hot glue would never hold up under the weight of the glass.

Uh-oh!! The sun is coming out!  I might have to put on my rain boots and get outside and rake up all the pine needles in my yard!


Dollar Tree SALE!

Did you know that Dollar Tree even has sales?!?!  They sure do.  They are not very well advertised though, so they are easy to miss.  All they do is put out the post card size ‘coupons’ at the registers, offering 10% off your entire purchase, a week or so before the sale.  So really, the only ones who know about it are those who happen to have stopped at the store during that time and picked up a coupon.

BUT, they usually do still have the coupons out and available to grab the day OF the sale.  Even so, not very many people use them.  The last time I hit one of the sales, the cashier was totally dumbfounded that I had a coupon and had no idea what to do with it?!?  So, apparently I was her first customer that day to present the coupon.


Sure, it’s only 10%, but hey . . . it’s the DOLLAR store!  I usually do some ‘stocking up’ with my coupon.  Glue, scotch tape, cleaning supplies, candles, parchment sheets for the upcoming holiday baking season, boxes and bags for putting those baked goods in.  A few of the aluminum casserole containers with lids are always handy to have on hand for sending leftovers home with the kids, toys for my grand puppy (because she just chews them up anyhow and the expensive ones don’t last any longer!!)

Sooooooooooooo . . .if you are a Dollar Tree fan, or just need a good excuse to pop in and see what’s new; this is your perfect excuse.  The sale in on October 15, 2017 only.  And yes, the store I visited IS starting to put their Christmas stuff out already!!