Found these solid green glitter holly wreaths at Dollar Tree.
They are about 12″ across and came in solid red glitter too. I only bought the green because ‘red holly leaves’??? Um. No.
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.
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!
Red and green vignette in my booth. The big jingle bells sell well individually priced too. have a bowl and jar of them.
Those same red glitter ‘Merry Christmas’ ornaments were the perfect addition to some ‘snow globe’ apothecary jars I made using Dollar Tree supplies too.
These turned out really cute!
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?!?)
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.
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.
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.
Classic red and green Christmas decorations.
I found these GLITTERED poster boards (3pk/ 8.5″ x 11″) at Dollar Tree. There were quite a few different colors, mostly bright ‘jewel tones’. I bought the copper color and turquoise.
It IS much more ‘glittery’ in person than it shows in photos; and the glitter STAYS on the paper and doesn’t shed as much as adding your own glitter!
To make my crown I cut one piece in half lengthwise and glued the two pieces together, end to end using tacky glue. I press mine under a heavy book overnight to be sure it dries nice and flat.
Next form your long strip into a circle, overlapping the ends as much as needed to make your crown the circumference you want. Press together and/or use clamps to be sure it dries nice and flat.
Once that glue is dry, cut your crown points with scissors. You can cut them any width you want. I prefer to make my points very WIDE. The wider points are, the sturdier they will be, and won’t ‘dog ear’ with wear as easily.
I chose to embellish my crown with a crepe paper rosette. (you can get the crepe paper at Dollar Tree too!) Cut a 30″ piece of crepe paper. Fan fold it in 1/4″ folds. Once your whole piece is folded, glue the two ends together to make a circle. Use very LITTLE glue for this part. Too much glue and several folds will stick together in a clump.
I prefer my rosettes to be a bit ‘pliable’ so I back them with card-stock instead of heavy cardboard. I use my scalloped edge punch to cut my backing pieces.
This part can be a little tricky because your rosette will want to ‘sprawl out’ and ‘pop back up’ and NOT lay perfectly flat as shown in the picture above this one. Cover one side of your backing paper with plenty of tacky glue. Position your rosette so the folds fan out as evenly as possible. Gently place your backing piece, glue side down, onto your rosette. Gently tap it around the edges; you don’t want it sticking too tightly just yet. Flip it over and maneuver your folds to even them out more if needed. I use a small paint scraper for this next step, but a stiff piece of cardboard would work too. With the backing facing down, take the paint scraper and tap it between each fold, close to the center. ( hope that makes sense!) This step helps the backing stick to the rosette, without crushing all those pretty folds.
I just happened to have some copper colored glitter, so I decided to glitter the ruffles of my rosette. For this, I use regular white glue (tacky glue is too thick for this). Dip a fairly stiff paint brush into the glue and gently dab it along the very edges of your rosette. If you look closely at the picture, you can see how quickly the glue absorbs down the folds, so don’t use too much glue. Once you’ve added glue all the way around the edge; pour some glitter into a small dish and gently roll the glued edges of your rosette in the glue. Set it atop ‘something’ tat the edges do not touch (like a can) and let dry overnight.
I wanted to glitter one of my smaller scalloped edge circles to put in the center of my rosette. But getting glitter on the whole thing in one step proved problematic.
My solution? Glue a tiny scrap of paper to the back and fold it to make a tab. Then with the same brush I had used for the glue for the rosette edges, I covered the other side of this scallop circle with white glue and sprinkled on the glitter. That little tab came in handy for the glue drying time too, as it propped up the glued side while the glue dried so it didn’t stick to anything. (as you can see, a bit of glue and glitter does seep over the edges!)
Once that glue is dry, snip off the tab on the back. I then glued my glitter circle to a slightly larger plain paper circle; then glued both in the center of my rosette. (that little bit of glue seepage dried clear, so it’s not a problem.
Total cost per crown is less than a dollar!
These would be fun to make for a little girls party. Even without any embellishments they are really cute. You could even let the kids embellish their own crowns by supplying assorted plastic gem stones. (which are also available at Dollar Tree!)
Pop over to my Trash 2 Treasure blog to see what I did with these old heart shaped bottles. I collected the bottles from thrift stores and rummage sales throughout the year. Never pay more than a dollar for one!
Here’s one little sneak peek!
Are YOU working on any Valentine crafts of decorations yet?
Of 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.
The gold embellishment on the front of this one is part of a DT ornament.
The 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!
Cut 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.
Completely 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.
Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and be sure corners are smooth.
Flip lid over and glue down the inner flaps of the lid. The corners will require a little extra dab of glue and ‘smooshing’.
Follow the same steps with the box.
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.
All done! Just testing to see if I like that bird house on top.
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!
These were actually very cute little gift boxes that I TOTALLY would have used ‘as the were’ from Dollar Tree.
Since 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.
WHEW!!!! 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!
The 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!
Have you seen the MINI chocolate candles they just got in?!?! These are smaller, about the size of a real piece of candy. How cute would it be to alter an old heart shaped candy box and fill it with these!?!?
I think I am finally finished with Christmas crafts for the year! Time to pack away the Christmas supplies and get started on Valentine stuff!!
I didn’t get a picture of JUST the candles. You’ve seen them before, plain glass holder filled with plain white wax. Oftentimes the taller versions of these candles have religious images on them. I look for the plain ones.
These little 2 packs of taper holders are from DT also. I use e6000 adhesive to attach one of the candles to one of these bases. The candles always have really LONG wicks and are never filled to the top with wax. I melt down the leftover wax in the bottom of my jar candles and use that to ‘top off’ the candles; filling them up further AND adding a bit of fragrance. I almost always buy white/cream colored candles; not sure how a brighter color would look on top. Guess it would depend upon what color you made your LABEL.
There are two of the finished ones on the bottom shelf. I added a band of tea stained paper all the way around, then some clip art shell images and some jute string.
ON these two I skipped the added base and used vintage tea stained sheet music.
Seems like cone trees were EVERYWHERE during the holidays! I was a tad behind on my Christmas crafting, but really wanted to make some cone trees that could maybe be used to decorate with YEAR ROUND. This is what I came up with.
The styrofoam cones from Dollar Tree are about the same size as the ones I used. I just happened to have some old cardboard cones, which I used for the two small trees, and found a big styro cone at a rummage sale. Glue does NOT adhere to styro, so first I covered my cones with strips of paper, glued ON to the cone, but also TO each other (which is what STICKS) ; completely covering the entire cone.
Old book pages were hand cut into small leaf shapes, then ‘tea stained’ using my own stain recipe. You can see how I stained them here. Then I just started gluing them on! Using tacky glue and starting at the bottom, I just glued row after row, slightly overlapping. At the top, I added a few extra leaves, sticking up, then when the glue was dry, I twisted them into a point with my fingers.
Michael said I should have ‘glittered the edges of the leaves’. Which WOULD look awesome if I was doing them for Christmas decor. But I wanted these to be more year round, so I abstained from the glitter. (Never thought I’d hear myself say T?HAT! I’m usually all about the glitter!)