Since ‘good crafting stuff’ has been harder to find at the dollar store, I’ve been looking at the craft stores a little more. Found these cute little glass bottles at Michael’s.
On these I used some wired tissue paper ribbon. Hard to work with. Liked the prints on them but NOT working with the wire. And the wire made it tear really easily if you tried to make a bow out if it. Lesson learned. Wired tissue ribbon LOOKS cool, but it’s JUST for looks!
For most of the rest of these, I hand stamped tea stained paper.
The old yellowed book pages I used as the background on these three bottles was VERY brittle. Even just applying glue to them caused them to tear. My remedy: Took them outside and sprayed them with a couple of quick coats of clear spray on varnish! Still had to handle it very carefully, but it made it strong enough to glue in place.
More of my favorite papers with a snippet of old dictionary page sandwiched between.
More of the writing scrapbook papers, and a paper repro clock face (from a booklet of such assorted things)
I have bought and used these big plastic ball ornaments ‘as is’ here and there in the past when we had our brick and mortar store. They are great to add to color theme decorated trees for added interest, in moderation. I’d say no more than three of them on an average size Christmas tree.
Or tie some curly ribbon to a few and scatter them about your Christmas dinner table as decorations. OR tie on little name tags and use them as place cards. We used them for outdoor decorations at our store, hanging them from the Dollar Tree pine rope garland (the single strand kind w/o any branches). I don’t have any pictures, but they looked quite nice hanging along the ENTIRE front of the building. It was in a strip mall, and we were in about the center of a 7 store strip. Thought it would look cheesy to ONLY decorate our tiny store front, so we bought enough to do the entire strip.
They packed away and kept well for several years of use. Now that we don’t have the store, what to do with the leftover decorations?!?! Most of them we donated. I saves a few of the balls and prettied them up:
I also found a few smaller balls. I think they were from a set of assorted blues/aquas and I just didn’t care for this particular color. Not that it’s a BAD color, it was just more ‘ice blue’ than aqua and didn’t work with my color scheme. So I covered them with the sheet music strips and mica flakes also.
I know it USED to be a real ‘no-no’ in the decorating and fashion worlds. And I don’t think I’d ever put just ONE big silver adornment with an otherwise gold room (or outfit!). But I really am liking this particular mixture of a little of each! Maybe it’s because the mica flakes on everything helps tie it all together visually?
What do you think about decorating with gold and silver like this?
The hardest part of this do-over was matching the paint to the background. First I painted the center black, then Ivory. While it’s not an exact match to the border, but distressing the center and letting some black show through; you don’t really notice the slight color difference.
Since I showed you this base for another wire cloche that I was working on:
I thought you might like to see it after I finished it:
I just painted the little wood oval (you can buy these at the craft store) black at the same time that I was painting the wood knob. Pre-drilled a hole in the oval so the wood wouldn’t split when I added the screw. Then I was actually able to drive the screw into the knob with a hand-held driver. (BECAUSE the hole in the wood ‘washer’ was pre-drilled)
This looks SO much better than seeing the ‘screw stem’ of the knob hanging down on the inside!
I have to admit that this was NOT my own original idea. I saw this picture on Pinterest:
And BAM!!! My wheels started turning! Dashed out to Dollar Tree the first chance I got and looked for the wire trash cans (which is what the biggest one is made from) There were NONE! Rats!
But I seem to recall seeing them there ALL the time. Maybe more were coming in soon. I checked at different DT later in the week and found them. I opted for BLACK.
I had made these, using old lamp shades in the past; but the ‘right’ lamp shade can be hard to find. You need the ones that were attached to the lamp with a screw on finial at the top.Here’s my version using the DT trash can. The only thing I didn’t really care for in the Pinterest samples was that you could SEE the rest of the knob screw coming through the inside.
I brainstormed a bit with Michael and opted for a big wood finial (I grab the whenever I see them at thrift stores!) Made a small round wood ‘washer’ and screwed it in from underneath. NO screw stem showing!
I wanted mine on a taller pedestal base. Just happened to have this vintage heavy resin cherub statue in my stash; and the top of it was FLAT. I had bought a pile of the plastic charger plates at DT when they were half price after Christmas; not knowing WHAT I would use them for. They were the perfect size for this project. I glued the plate to the statue with e6000. Let the adhesive set for a day; then spray painted!
This pretty urn (plastic painted gold!) was found at a thrift store. It has some very ugly fake flowers in it, and was half price. I bought it specifically for the urn only. Originally intending to put a little Christmas tree in it. That didn’t happen. So it was just ‘sitting around’ when I made the previous pedestal; and was a perfect size to fit the DT charger plates!
Here’s another lamp shade one; sitting atop a little upcycled table. Cast iron base and round metal tray glued together, then spray painted black. These are also in my booth at Curiosities, but the table and cloche are priced individually. The cherub one is priced as a set; top and base together.
Trying to decide if I want to try some white ones now; or the smaller ones from the Pinterest picture. Although I’ve only seen those smaller baskets in OVAL; which would be hard to find a base for.
For as much time as I spend thinking about new craft ideas and techniques, every once in a while, one practically hits me over the head! That is how this idea came to be:
Hadn’t really bought them specifically to use together, but the idea hit me as I unpacked my purchases at home and saw the two together. Pretty cute and VERY simple idea. And not necessarily JUST as a Christmas ornament.
And when I finally got around to sorting through the catch-all box, and as I was packing away all my Christmas craft supplies; these gold candle bases (removed from battery operated taped candles) just happened to be right nest to the gold bird-cage ornaments. And the proverbial ‘lightbulb’ went off in my head!
These little satin trinket boxes were in the $1.00 at Michael’s craft store some time ago. I’m still working away at using up all the craft supplies I have stashed away. Figured I could get away with adding some PINK to my product mix since Valentine’s day is coming. I started with the box, a small tea stained doily, a crepe paper rosette, ribbon and glue.
I trimmed the crepe paper rosette to just a tad smaller than the doily and glued them to the bottom. Then another rosette to the lid. Ribbon around the rim of the box. A tiny nest (purchased wholesale last year; these are MUCH smaller than the more recent ones from DT) And one of the pink glitter bird picks (with pick part removed!) that I got on clearance last week at Michael s.
I hunt for empty used heart shaped candy boxes throughout the year at thrift stores. Then I do a bit of collage work on the lids and sell them on etsy and in my booth at the antique mall. These two are the smaller size heart shaped boxes.
First I covered the lid with vintage sheet music, then a red metallic paper doily, then a tea stained white paper doily, then this ready made heart tag. There’s no real method or system to what I layer on top, or when. I just ‘play around’ with the assorted papers that I have and select what I think works best.
Trying to decided whether or not I need to ‘pretty up’ the side of the box too. What do you think? Is just decorating the top enough? Or should the sides be done too? Maybe just the vintage sheet music on the sides?
I have NO IDEA what the intended use for these was. Such a big package of them make me think they are for something specific though. Forgot to take a picture before I started crafting with them. Sorry!
I removed and used all the black skulls first. These are small. Trying to think of the best way to describe them so you ‘get’ how small they are. They would easily fit inside a plastic Easter egg size.