The Dollar Diva


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!

Dressed up Dollar Tree skeleton

I forgot to take a picture of this one before I dressed her up, but these are the basic plastic skeletons that they have at Dollar Tree every year.

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I made her an orange tulle tutu, and tied an sheer orange ribbon around her waist.

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To make the tutu, I just do a running stitch along the folded edge of the tulle; then gather it up to size and stitch it in place.

The bow in the back is a cute little extra.

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The collar is a felt spider web I had on hand.  I slit it, cut out the very center and one section (to make it curve) and glued it back together.  The little spider buttons I had on hand also.

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With one section removed, when I glued it back together, it curved down and fit over her shoulders nicely.

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I made the crown out of black paper, added a spider web sticker and one of the spider buttons.  The crown fit over the loop for hanging on top of her head.

Took no more than 15 minutes to dress her up.

Dollar Tree Halloween Decor: Bird skeletons

How cute are these little bird skeletons I found at Dollar Tree?!?!  I grabbed a few of them, not knowing WHAT I was going to DO with them; but I just HAD to have them.

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I ended up just putting them out in my Halloween display at the antique mall ‘as is’.

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I thought about giving them a crown, but I put crowns of EVERYTHING!  It’s beginning to feel a tad redundant!

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I really wish I had bought MORE of them, and set a few aside for next year when I’ll have time to start on them earlier and alter them somehow.

All that I did by, sold.

skeleton-owlLook what I just saw on Pinterest?!?!  Practically the SAME bird!!  This one is made from resin, and  is a Bethany Lowe design with a $109.95 price tag!?!?

(I actually like the ones from DT better.  The hollow chest cavity is more realistic looking.  But I sure do love that top hat he’s sporting!)

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.

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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.

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