The Dollar Diva


DOLLAR TREE: Glitter reindeer head ornament plaque upcycle

A lot of the ‘same old’ Christmas stuff at Dollar Tree, but it is STILL worth a trip to check out the new stuff they have this year.  I found these glitter reindeer head ornaments:

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They are really cute, except for the cheesy strip of greenery; but I figured that that would pull right off, which it did.  I was even able to pull the jingle bell off the greenery to save, before I tossed it.

But, as expected in doing so, it pulled off some of the glitter as well.  No biggie.  The glitter was worn off in a few other places when I bought them, so I was going to need to touch up the glitter anyhow.

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I found this cute mini boxwood garland in the Target Dollar Spot.  It’s on a wire so could easily be formed into mini wreaths to put around the reindeer’s necks.

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I also had a bunch of these little 5″X5″ wood frames, that I got at DT eons ago; patiently awaiting their destined craft project.  I cut out a piece of vintage sheet music and glued it to the glass, placed the wreath around the reindeer’s neck, and glued it to the sheet music.

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But, of course, I can never leave well enough alone; so I rummaged through my supply bin and found some stick on felt words that I could put on a few of the plaques.  I made five in total; and put words on 3 of them because only three of the words were small enough to fit the frame.

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What do you think?  Which do you like better; the one with the added word or the plain one?

 

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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!!

HAPPY SAVINGS!

Dollar Tree gumball machines

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Fairly small, and not many choices of colors; this blue and bright red and yellow.  I was hoping to find white, but this blue color will do.

I just filled them with seashells that I’ve gathered over the years.  (and YES, some of those shells were gathered from Dollar Tree stores!)

  I had some MINI red ones that I found a few years ago that I turned into ‘snow globes’!

I had forgotten about the red ones that I filled with little conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day?!?!  Cute, no?

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These would be super cute as party favors or table centerpieces.  I just checked the DT website and the gumball machines come in 4 colors, as shown in the above picture from their site.  IF you order from the website, be aware that if you order a ‘case’, you will get a case of MIXED COLORS.  Most DT inventory comes with assorted colors per case.

For baby shower decor, Dollar Tree has lots of the little mini favors and decorations, that would be adorable in the gumball machines!

What else could you fill these cute little gumball machines with?  Buttons?  Little wood spools?  Marbles?  Old photographs???   I’d love to hear your ideas!

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 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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Dollar Tree mercury glass lanterns

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These mercury glass style pint size glass jar lanterns with wire handle are perfect ‘as purchased’ from Dollar Tree.

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Still, I prefer to always add a ‘little something’ to dress them up a bit . . . and as an inspiration to others.  Most of the time I just rummage through the embellishment supplies I have on hand to find those little somethings.  In this case, I had some blue METAL snowflake charms that I tied on with some satin ribbon.

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Whenever possible, I make the added embellishments ‘removable’, just in case the purchaser has a different vision for using them.  These are easily removable by just untying the ribbon.

They also had gold and red colors of these mercury glass lanterns.  I usually add a tea light or batter tea light to them before I put them out for sale in my booth or at a show.  It’s just a little extra ‘nicety’ that doesn’t cost hardly anything to add on.

Crochet thread snowmen with Dollar Tree hats

Found these cute glitter snowman hat ornaments at Dollar Tree.

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They came in silver, red or black.   I had made some snowmen out of stacks of spools of vintage crochet thread in the past, but didn’t have a hat the really ‘set them off’ just right.  These were the perfect size!

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First I had to remove the hanger from the top of the hats.  They are made of styrofoam, and some of the styro came out with the hanger.  I filled the hole with some tacky glue and a bit of wadded tissue paper.  Let that dry overnight and topped the patch with matching glitter.

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A piece of black ribbon for a hat band and a rusty jingle bell to dress the hat up a bit.

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I glued together spools of crochet thread with tacky glue.

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A circle of cardboard glued to the base for some added stability.

You could leave them ‘as is’ if desired, but I desired some SPARKLE!!  I brushed the outside of the spools with Mod Podge and rolled them in some vintage style Mica flakes that I had on hand.  Any glitter will do though.

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I made charcoal eyes and carrot noses out of FIMO clay; baked to harden; glued in place.  another snippet of black ribbon for a scarf and some vintage black buttons.

The one taller ‘three section’ snowman I left ‘unglittered’.  He’s the one that got the hat with the rusty jingle bell; and I used more of the rusty bells instead of buttons on him.  A strip of tea stained muslin for a scarf.  You COULD tea stain the spools of crochet threads too, if you wanted to.  (Just do so as your FIRST step though!)  Those are the ones I made last year.

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This year I bought red and black hats.  Added some red jingle bells to the hats.

My stash of crochet thread was running low, and I had a few smaller spools to use up; so I made a few as ornaments of just the heat with a hat.  I had run out of the Fimo charcoal eyes and didn’t want to wait until I made more to finish these guys, so I improvised and used what I had; which was some regular ole thumbtacks, painted matte black.  I added some tiny seed beads for the mouth.

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Kind of wishing I had glittered these!

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Two of the mica glittered ones left over from last year, and one new ‘three high’ with a black hat that I made this year.  Gave that one a red felt scarf and a red FIMO heart instead of buttons.   The eyes are still the thumb tacks on this one, just painted to look more like real eyes.

These taller snowmen were the perfect backing for this batch of vintage salt shaker snow guys!

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