The Dollar Diva


Look what I found at Dollar Tree

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Aren’t these TOO cute?!?!  I love the new colors.  They could be made into garden markers . . . or into bunnies to add to Easter baskets.  There were a LOT of other kitchen gadgets in this color scheme too.  Little plastic ramekins, mixing bowls and strainers.  They are most likely just a seasonally stocked items, so get them while they last!

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I actually DID need a new rolling-pin and I much prefer this style (as opposed to the kind with handles.  After I brought this one home I had a brain storm or other ways I could use them and had to go back and buy a bunch MORE.

They would make great handles for baskets or wood crates.  Cut in half, I could use them as feet/legs for small stools shelves etc.

Dollar Tree Glitter Crowns: Quick & Easy!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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!)

Dollar Tree salt shaker snow folk

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I made the above batch of ‘snow folk’ using assorted VINTAGE glass bottles, some of which were salt shakers.

P1240127You can view the complete tutorial for them  HERE on my Trash2Treasure blog.

p1230910After I used up the stash of vintage bottles I had on hand, I still had a few ‘heads’ left to use up.

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I was perusing Dollar Tree for some project inspirations and spotted these salt shakers.

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So I grabbed a few to make into snow folk.

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On these I decided to use the bottle cap for the hat, instead of making the paper party hats like I did with the vintage bottle ones.

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Pretty much ALL the supplies came from Dollar Tree: the little red bells, the chenille stems used around the neck and for the ‘pom-pom’ on the hat, and the ‘snow’ to fill the jars.

You could make these into ornaments too if you wanted to.  Just slip a loop of ribbon through the holes in the cap before gluing it to the head.

Pretty glass bottles at Dollar Tree

P1200244They had several other colors, but I just bought the clear and blue.  I’ve seen the exact same bottles at Ross and Marshall’s for $10.00!  Not sure what (if anything!) I am going to DO to these; but I knew if I didn’t buy them the first time I saw them that they’s be gone.

I had actually stopped in to see if there was a new batch of birds in.  Same ones as last year.  sigh.

Dollar Tree finds

P1170452Decorative mesh at Dollar Tree!  YEP! They had bright spring green yellow and pink also; but I just bought the turquoise and white.  I’ve always wanted to try making one of the mesh wreaths, but the mesh is ridiculously expensive at the craft store?!?!  Now I can give it a try and not feel guilty for wasting a lot of money if it doesn’t turn out well!

P1170453Little bottles of ModPodge!  Perfect for me as I don’t use it very often and bigger bottles always dry up on me!  PLUS, the matte finish is hard to find at the craft store.

P1170462LITTLE ‘cocktail’ size silver plastic spoons.  They have little forks too.  Perfect for appetizers.

P1170464MINI red Solo cups!  I used these for Michael’s family Christmas party to serve chocolate chip cookie dough, just add a small spoon.  (Recipe for EGG-LESS chocolate chip cookie dough.) YUM!!

Latest finds at Dollar Tree

P1170316CUTE little gold (silver and metallic red were available too, but I just bought gold) metallic piggy banks.  I’m trying to figure out a way to ‘cover’ the coin slot, the I will glitter them and add a crown.  Doing a ‘woodland’ themed Christmas in my booth NEXT year.

P1170317Little trinket boxes; several other colors and sayings, but I only bought the green was.

P1170318They have a hidden magnetic clasp.  I’m thinking about covering the lid with buttons.

P1170319Red and TURQUOISE glitter paper.  HOPE they will be getting more in!  I bought all the turquoise they had (only 3 packs!  sigh!)

P1170322Metallic posted board!

P11703235 packs of small poster board.  Yippee!  Now I don’t have to cut up the big pieces anymore!

P1170324Bright red and green doilies, in 2 sizes.  Can use the red ones for Valentine projects!

Time to start thinking about Valentine crafts?!?!?

I know.  I KNOW!!  It’s not even Christmas yet and I’m thinking about Valentine stuff!

’tis the life of a crater though.  When you start working on Christmas stuff in the summer, you are ready for the next holiday this soon.  It’s a necessity really.  I do sometimes still crank out a few Christmas items this late in the year, but usually set them aside for a jump-start on NEXT years projects.

The other vendors at the antique mall tend to look at me kind of funny when I am there the day after New Years with my Valentine goods.  But HONESTLY, I sell more of the Valentine stuff in January than I do in February.

I was just perusing Pinterest to get my Valentine creative juices going and found pin that I just HAD to share:

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Pretty FABULOUS, eh?!?!?

And if you aren’t already a fan of mrspollyrogers blog, you MUST add her to your list of favorite dollar store sites.  

I actually HAVE all the supplies needed for this project in ‘my stash’.  Well the heart boxes ans stickers at least.  bought them some time ago and just never came up with an idea for using them.  I’ve never worked with gold or silver leaf, so I may have to improvise on that part.

Just what I needed!!!

I always have a big tool box in my car.  Keep it stocked with anything I may need at a craft show or at the antique mall when I am working on my booth.  Glue is one of those things that I need in my tool box, but I need it so seldom that it usually dries out by the time I need to use it for the second time.

So, I’ve always bought  the smallest tubes I could find at Dollar Tree to stock in my tool box.  I just hate throwing away a nearly full tube of adhesive, but it’s no good once it dries out.

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Hallelujah!! My glue wishes have come true!  Look what I just found at Dollar Tree!!!  Tiny tubes of adhesive in a four pack!!  Exactly what I needed for stocking my tool box!

DOLLAR TREE CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014 is Dollar Tree stores customer appreciation sale day!  Pick up your coupon for 10% off your entire purchase at any store.

.  Stock up on staples and everyday needs.  Stocking stuffers.  Extra plastic plates and paper napkins for holiday entertaining. Cookie tins and platters.  Buy gloves, socks and scarves to donate to shelters for the homeless.

They have been doing this every year for quite some time, and typically it is the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  They don’t advertise it much though.  Usually only start handing out the coupons at the registers the week before.

 I make a note on my calendar every year to remind me to stop in and get a coupon.  They probably still hand them out the day OF the sale, but I can’t promise that!

Looat I found at Dollar Tree!

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Little black wire Halloween trees!  Just one per package, but still not a bad price.  Haven’t decided what to do with them just yet.  They also had ALL the stuff it set up an entire “Halloween village”, like the Christmas village stuff.  You could paint these ANY color.  I might cover mine with black GLITTER!

P1150639It was utterly IMpossible to get a picture of these without a glare from the flash!  They look MUCH prettier in person.  They had a few different styles of these ‘Mercury glass looking’ votive holders and in silver as well as the gold, which I bought.

P1150645These will be pretty for a Christmas table centerpiece or even WEDDING or anniversary table decor!

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