The Dollar Diva


What can you do with an OLD BOOK to make it USEFUL?

Do any of you remember waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when the big crafting trend was making angels and Christmas trees out of old folded Reader’s Digest paper backs???   I remember my mom FORCING me to sit and fold those dang things for HOURS!!!  Still makes me shudder.  Covering egg-shaped styro balls with old pantyhose for the angel heads!?!?  OH MY!

And yet, I still  loooooooooooooooooove ‘playing with old books.!  Most of my ‘book work’ involves a lot of tearing and cutting up of books.  Here’s a DARLING and SIMPLE idea for turning an old book into a very functional desk organizer!  And old books are getting easier and easier to find for a dollar or so!

This idea courtesy of  MY DESSERT COTTAGE. 

Just click on the name for a quick jaunt over to her blog!  You’ll enjoy the journey and find lots more wonderful inspirations!

I really MUST make a couple of these!  One for the stack of stuff that constantly clutters up my computer desk.  AND one for my paper cutting table, to hold all those little scraps of paper that I can’t BEAR to throw away, but then also can’t FIND when I need them!!!

This would be a super easy craft for a young child to make as a gift for a teacher!  Or for their own room to save all those pictures they draw and want to hang on the wall!

Or how about one as a gift for you favorite cook to hold all their most frequently used recipe cards?

What else could you use these for???

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Birds of a feather

Digging  through the archives of my other blog  to show you a re-cap of Dollar Tree birds over the years and what I’ve done with them,

Those are from a couple of years ago.  Ceramic DT birds on thrifted bases (glued together with e6000; and spray painted)  They STILL have these particular birds in my local Dollar Tree stores.  And Dollar Tree glass candle holders would work just as well.  I just ‘used what I had’, which happened to be thrifted ones for the bases.

This bird is from a couple years ago, as is the candle holder I adhered him to.  The color match was so close that I didn’t need to paint these!  GOTTA love when a make-over is as simple as that!

Same little DT bird as previous picture; but this one was added to the top of a finial I crafted.  A new e-book on how to make these and MANY more finials will be finished up for sale in my etsy shop SOON!.

Gotta have some NESTS if you’re gonna have birds!  Thrifted  vintage urns and pedestal candle holders make great nest holders, to pair up with these other Dollar Tree birds on pedestals I made.

For those I used some unfinished candle holders I had on hand.  Again the glass candle holders from DT would work just as well.   Just DON’T ever substitute another adhesive for the e6000!  Let glue dry overnight before painting.

An entire flock!  First painted black, then  dry brush painted ivory, leaving some of the black showing.

Lots of little birds tucked in throughout this display.

This past Christmas I did LOTS of white glittered birds with glitter crowns.  The owls came from Target a few years ago, and were originally brown.

I also did some TURQUOISE glitter birds just for fun!  Only did a few ‘just in case’ the color didn’t “FLY” (did I really say that?!?!)  The turquoise birds sold out very quickly.  Lesson learned!

I tucked the birds in everywhere throughout my booth at the antique mall!

My all time FAVORITE birds from Dollar Tree were these, from a year or 2 ago, with the WIRE FEET.  This was the last of that stash that I was saving.  sigh.  HOPING they will make a come-back this year.  I’m checking weekly.  Watching and waiting for the new spring merchandise to come in.  It’s trickling in right now.  After Valentine’s  day it will REALLY be out.  THEN, I’ll be checking every other day!  And when they do arrive, they’ll all be going home with me!  No such thing as too many birds in my craft supply stash!  (the little red birds I just showed a few posts ago)

Another of the birds with wire feet; this one painted differently.  Cream color paint then Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.  This set is for sale in my etsy shop.

For Christmas, I did some of the crowned birds glued to the top of gift boxes.

The above set is ENTIRELY from Dollar Tree; the bird, the box, the trees and the snowflakes!  I just added a bit of artistic flair!

Dollar Tree glass vases / votive holders turned into cloches by turning them upside down and adding a bird for a handle.  These birds came from the craft store, but I used the same birds as in the second picture in this post for this purpose when I could get them.

Again, not a DT bird, but would/could have been.  (see what I mean about no such thing as TOO many birds!?!)

Valentine birds.  This set is currently for sale in my etsy shop.

Some PINK glittered birds with vintage sheet music crowns for this Valentine’s Day.

Available for purchase in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon.

MORE love for this little ceramic bird from a few years back; this time on top of a ‘make do’ cloche with a nest and egg.  On the right is one of the ‘painted and glazed’ birds mounted on a little paper mache box.  Spanish moss and an egg inside the box.

BIGGER cloche with nest and egg under the glass.  Repainted thrifted pillar candle holder used for the base.

Here’s a better picture of that cloche.  It took some patience to get the bird to stay in place on that domed lid.  The hole in the bottom of the bird helped.  Not using too much adhesive (e6000) helped too!  Applied just a few dabs around the hole in the base of the bird, gently set it in place on the cloche, then quickly removed it and let the adhesive ‘set up’ until it was tacky.  Applied a tad more, then put in place to stay.  Had to hold it in place for about 15 minutes to be sure it didn’t slide off!

Yep, I used those little birds a LOT!!!  some more cloches made from thrifted vintage components.

BIG cloche with dinner size plate base, adhered to a large pillar candle holder.  Spray painted them both ivory.

Little cloche with nest grass and egg.  This is and espresso cup saucer and a mini brandy snifter for the base.  The bell jar behind it was just glued onto a DT candle holder for a base.

These bird tea light holders were originally a dark orange color.  Glued to a DT candle holder (the kind that come in a 2/pk) Painted everything cream color then glazed with my Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.

Another of the tea light holders, just painted and glazed.

Styro wreathe from DT, covered with strips of burlap and one of the little birds glued on the inside.

Another burlap wreath in a lighter color and with a burlap ribbon at the top.

Can’t wait to see what kinds of birds Dollar Tree will have for me to PLAY WITH this year!!!

Christmas clearance re-made for every day decor

Posted in Home Decor,Outside the box! by trash2treasure on January 24, 2010
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Got these metal filigree crosses on clearance at Dollar Tree for 25 cents each!  I had no idea HOW I’d repurpose them, but for that price, I HAD to buy them.  I found four different styles.

Although they were labeled as ‘ornaments’, they are a pretty decent size; 5-7″ tall.

They HAD to be painted.  Had to cover up those red and green rhinestones.  First I gave them a dose of spray on KILZ primer.

Then some ivory colored spray paint.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  And I seriously debated leaving them like this for a couple of days.

But then!!!  (and if you read my trash2treasure blog, you KNOW what’s coming next!)  Yep, I had to give them a bit o’ RALPH lovin’!  (Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze)

I distressed them a little bit by sanding first, then brushed on and wiped off the RL glaze.  See the difference the glaze makes?  The one on the left is unglazed.

Here is what they look like hanging on a white wall.

OH!  And I could put one in the arms of the angels I am making.  (just listed in my etsy shop)

I’m thinking these would look nice hanging in the middle of a blank frame.

Maybe I’ll try attaching one to one of the burlap wreaths I’m making.

And as inexpensive as they were, they would be beautiful to use as package tie ons!

SIGH! Now I am wishing I had bought MORE of them so I had enough to do a batch in black too!

Frugal Valentine Trees

Submitted to “Made by You Monday’s ” on SKIP TO MY LOU

Fast. Fun. FRUGAL! Gotta love that kind of project!

I picked up the red cone trees at Dollar Tree for 50 cents each after Christmas. The plastic champagne flutes were 2/$1.00 at Dollar Tree (in the wedding section) I just put some glue around the outer rim of the champagne flute and plopped the tree on top. Let dry overnight.

The little ivory colored hearts (there is a little clear glitter in the center of each heart, but it doesn’t show up very well in the pictures) came from the wedding section at DT also. I didn’t even use HALF a package of them to make SIX trees. Just hot glued them on randomly.

The ‘true love’ satin ribbon came from Joann’s, in their $1.00 section. One package was enough to do two trees. The ribbon was self adhesive, but I added a dot of hot glue at the beginning and end, just to be safe.

I’ve also taken cones like these, turned them upside down, added some metallic paper shred, tied on a ribbon handle and filled them with candy and a little treat basket.

I did these last Christmas, hence the ‘warm wishes’ tag. It would be cute to use the red ones, filled with Hershey’s kisses and a paper lace heart tied on.

My inspiration for using the trees to fill with treats, came from these little DT Victorian style cone ornaments from several years ago. These were MUCH smaller (only hold 3 pieces of candy) but gave me the idea to use the cone-shaped trees in a different way.