The Dollar Diva

Finds from the Target Dollar Spot

Found some fun dollar stuff at Target recently:

P1170539Tags, mini clipboards and note cards.

The back of the clipboard is even cute!

P1170542Assortment pack of tags.


Blank note cards to us ‘as is’ or possible embellish?

P1170544Fun feather tags!

P1170538Tags with writing on them.  I tied the ‘cheers’ tags onto vintage liqueur decanters for my antique booth.


Baker’s twine!P1170547Chalkboard flag stickers and brown kraft stickers in the SAME package! 


Gold alphabet stickers.  (to use on those note cards perhaps?)

P1170550Small rolls of fun wrapping paper.

P1170551BONUS!  I saved all the kraft cardboard backings to make more tags from!

MORE upgraded Dollar Tree gift boxes

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 009Prettied up a few more of the white fabric covered dollar Tree gift boxes.  This batch I used ‘as is’, and didn’t tea stain them first.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 011They come with a bow glued to the top, which I pulled off.  (you have to pull very hard!)

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 012They have always come off ‘cleanly’ for me.  But even if removing them did do some damage, the whole reason I am removing them is that I want to re-decorate the top!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 010These ceramic cherubs are from DT a few years ago.  They usually have ‘some kind’ of white ceramic cherubs every year, and I almost always buy a few.  Just don’t always get around to using them right away!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 013I glued some tea stained crepe paper rosettes to little tea stained paper doilies; then to the top of each box.  Then the cherubs.  I really don’t like to use hot glue unless I absolutely HAVE to.  For these I used my good ole tacky glue, and wrapped a couple of rubber bands around the tops of the boxes and the angel wings to hold them firmly down while my glue set.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 015I also use the tacky glue for gluing on the crowns.  You can see the doily and rosette better in this picture.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 014 The rosettes needed to be trimmed back a bit for the doily to show.  I used a pair of ‘deckle’ edged scissors to create a bit of interest along the edge.

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On display and for sale in by booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 016I did one little nest topped box also.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 017Glued a glitter rimmed crepe paper rosette under the nest and painted the eggs with ‘glimmer varnish’.  The bow is the one I previously removed from the top of the box.

So now that I have a few of each in my booth, I can ‘test’ and see which sells better; the white boxes or the tea stained boxes.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 127I had a cute little vintage Avon perfume bottle that I placed next to the nest topped box.


Embellished the two bigger boxes

12.19.12 boxes Stars 034You’ll remember this set that I recently showed you how I recovered them.  I decided to add a little ’embellishment’ to the 2 biggest ones.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 006The little DT nests with eggs; and I’ve added a little bit of reindeer moss (also from DT!)to fill out the nest a bit.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 004Would be cute to use as storage boxes or gift boxes or just to display with your bird and nest collection!

NEXT several post with be VALENTINE stuff!

MORE covered gift boxes

Oval ones this time, which are a bit more involved than square boxes.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 044These are from Dollar Tree a couple of years ago.  Just plain colored oval gift boxes in two sizes; sold individually.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 045The initial steps are the same.  Cut paper long enough to fit the circumference of your box, with a bit of an overlap AND extending a bit over the  bottom of the box.  Apply glue to the box and place the paper on it.  Glue down the overlap.  Where the paper extends past the bottom of the box, cut slits about every inch or so.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 046Apply glue around the edge of the base and gently folk over the tabs.  Be careful along the edge if you are using OLD paper, as it may be fragile and break easily.    You may or may not want/need to do this at the open end of your box and lid.  Just depends if there is color for the original paper that you want to cover up.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 047Then cut an oval piece of paper, close to the same size ans the box and glue to the top and bottom of the box.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 052I don’t worry about matching up my seams if I only have ONE seam, and can position it to the back or side.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 050Now I just need to decide if I want to do something more to these boxes, or if I should just call them done.  Do you think they need ‘something more’?

Re-covered Dollar Tree gift boxes

12.19.12 boxes Stars 006These two Christmas gift boxes from Dollar Tree came as a set.  The border is a little crooked, so I decided to COMPLETELY re-cover them using vintage dictionary pages.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 007Cut 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.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 008Completely 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.

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Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and be sure corners are smooth.

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Flip lid over and glue down the inner flaps of the lid.  The corners will require a little extra dab of glue and ‘smooshing’.

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Follow the same steps with the box.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 012The design extended to the bottom of these particular boxes, so I cut a square of paper just slightly smaller than both the box top and bottom, and glued into place.

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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.

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All done!  Just testing to see if I like that bird house on top.

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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!

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These were actually very cute little gift boxes that I TOTALLY would have used ‘as the were’ from Dollar Tree.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 001The three largest ones were sold individually; and the smallest 2 as a set.  $4.00 total for all five boxes.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 029Since 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.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 036WHEW!!!!  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!

12.19.12 boxes Stars 034I LOVE how the white edges LOOK, and will probably do this style of covering again, but maybe with BIGGER boxes; and maybe I’d fully cover the LID and just leave the white border on the box part.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 035The 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!

Gift box re-cap

Thought it might be a good idea to show ALL the gift boxes I’ve made this season, all in one post together.  So, if you’re thinking you already seen all of the following pictures; you’re right!  So this post is really more for future reference and for posterity!

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Dollar Tree gift boxes, topped with DT nests and eggs (I glittered the eggs and added some reindeer moss to fill out the nest)  The bow on the was on top of the box when I bought it. Just pulled it off (since it would have been covered by the nest anyhow!)  and put it back on where it was visible!

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White fabric covered boxes; tea stained; topped with a tea stained crepe paper rosette and  DT feather birds with a glitter crowns.

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A couple more of the same boxes, just different ‘toppings’ that the previous ones shown.   These are topped with bundles of vintage frosted glass ornaments; some ribbon, a glittery snowflake and a tiny ‘joy’ tag.  (tag was printed on vintage dictionary page)

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This is just one of those ‘little extras’ that I like to do.  I add a handful of paper shred inside all of my gift boxes.  This is my own ‘recipe’ for paper shred; a combination of store bought kraft shred, hand folded and cut book pages and sheet music shred, hand folded and cut tissue paper, some bits of leftover gold ribbon cut into tiny pieces . . . you get the idea.  A little bit of everything!

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Another DT box topped with a pair of white bottle brush trees and little ceramic house; all also from DT.   I just added glitter and glue!  (and paper shred!)

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These are ‘use up those leftover snowmen from the store’!  Just plopped a snowman on a box and done!  (priced super cheap to get rid of them PLUS an additional 40% off for my downsizing sale!)

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Another one of the tea stained fabric boxes, this time topped with a gold resin bird wearing a vintage sheet music crown.  I placed a crepe paper rosette rimmed with gold glitter on top of the box and glued the bird into place in the center of that.  The sheer bow on top of the bird’s feet (hiding all the ugly glue!) is the bow that came on the box originally again.  Just pulled it off and made better use of it!

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I should have made more of these, as they sold the fastest.  Now I’ll know for next year.  AND I’ll be able to easily find my ‘gift box post’ to remind me when the time comes!

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Happy Gift Wrapping to all!


Little take out gift boxes

Posted in Dollar Tree,Gift wrap,Gifts by trash2treasure on November 7, 2010
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This idea grew from something similar I saw at an antique mall.  They had taken regular white Chinese take-out food boxes and stenciled numbers on them.  (anything with numbers on it seems to be “IN” right now!)  Loving the idea but not wanting to totally COPY it, I headed to Dollar Tree to see what kind of little boxes I could find to play with.

Found these adorable little favor boxes in the baby shower section.  Eight of them for a dollar!  I can have LOTS of fun playing with these!

I pulled them all apart and then rummaged through my box of paper craft embellishments to see what I could use.  Settled upon some Paris themed clear stickers.

And had one pair of stray butterfly themed stickers that I decided to use up.

But I really liked the black lettering on the blue boxes best.  That was ALL I did to this batch.  You could add a little tag tied onto the handle with a piece of pretty ribbon if you wanted to go a bit fancier.

These little boxes are the PERFECT size to tuck a gift card into, or fill with a few ‘sweet treats’.

Look what I found at Dollar Tree!

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How cute are these little  house shaped boxes?!?!

Nicely finished on the INSIDE too!

I found five different designs, but I’m guessing there WERE six, and they were just out of one kind.

These would be PERFECT to fill with holiday goodies for friends, neighbors and co-workers.  I’d WRAP the goodies in plastic though, just to preserve the inside of the boxes so they can be saved and used as decoration, or re-used.

These are sure to sell out FAST!

CHEAPER than the dollar store?!?!?!

At Costco?!?! Seriously??? SERIOUSLY!!!

I’m talking about WIRE EDGED RIBBON. Costco gets new stock in TWICE a year; Christmas ribbon usually is put out by the end of August. And the most popular designs/colors go FAST. So buy it early. They usually have quite a bit left over after Christmas and they move the left overs to the stationary department AND mark it down!! I’ve gotten it for as little as $2.49 a spool!

These are 50 yard rolls of QUALITY wire edged ribbon with NO SEAMS. I think the current price is $7.99 (maybe it’s 7.59 or some odd price; but I know it’s not MORE than $8.00 for 50 yards) a roll; which works out to be less than 16 cents a yard!!! It’s wonderful to work with and holds up well to save and reuse.

They get a new shipment of ribbon in for spring; more springy colors, obviously. Again, the spring stuff comes out pretty early, maybe even BEFORE Valentines day. Then after Easter, this stuff starts getting marked down and moved over to the stationary section.

Spring 2008 colors

I’ve also found rolls of the ‘Kirkland’ brand ribbon at garage sales and thrift stores for $2-3.00 a roll. FULL rolls usually too!

Here’s a picture of my ribbon stash:

Last time I was at Costco a couple of weeks ago, they had sold down on the Christmas ribbon quite a lot. LOTS of gold (in various shades and designs) left. If you are a big fan of gold ribbon, look for it on clearance at Costco after the first of the year and stock up at crazy low prices.

Holiday 2008 colors

Can you tell what that is that I am using to STORE my ribbon on? Yep, and old video rack Michael picked up at a garage sale for a couple of bucks!