The Dollar Diva


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!

TARGET Dollar Spot

I LOVE the ‘Dollar Spot’ at Target almost as much as I love Dollar Tree!!  They always have really cute stationary and party items; and great ‘little gifty things’ in general.  I don’t ALTER the items from Target as much as I do the things I get at Dollar Tree though.  Still, some pretty cool stuff, worthy of an occasional share.

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These glitter snowflake dessert stands were one of my favorite finds of this holiday season.

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They had to be assembled; (bases attached with two screws) and one of the screws was too short, but for the price, still a good deal.  (although I can’t remember if they were $3 or $5?!?)

They were great for ‘propping up’ items in my booth.

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On some of them I did add a little ’embellishment’ to the stand.  On this one a “JOY” ornament, on some others a bundle of jingle bells.

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These little bottle brush trees came from Target too.

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I glued them to some inverted vintage mini tart tins.

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.

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 finds

P1170452Decorative mesh at Dollar Tree!  YEP! They had bright spring green yellow and pink also; but I just bought the turquoise and white.  I’ve always wanted to try making one of the mesh wreaths, but the mesh is ridiculously expensive at the craft store?!?!  Now I can give it a try and not feel guilty for wasting a lot of money if it doesn’t turn out well!

P1170453Little bottles of ModPodge!  Perfect for me as I don’t use it very often and bigger bottles always dry up on me!  PLUS, the matte finish is hard to find at the craft store.

P1170462LITTLE ‘cocktail’ size silver plastic spoons.  They have little forks too.  Perfect for appetizers.

P1170464MINI red Solo cups!  I used these for Michael’s family Christmas party to serve chocolate chip cookie dough, just add a small spoon.  (Recipe for EGG-LESS chocolate chip cookie dough.) YUM!!

Looat I found at Dollar Tree!

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Little black wire Halloween trees!  Just one per package, but still not a bad price.  Haven’t decided what to do with them just yet.  They also had ALL the stuff it set up an entire “Halloween village”, like the Christmas village stuff.  You could paint these ANY color.  I might cover mine with black GLITTER!

P1150639It was utterly IMpossible to get a picture of these without a glare from the flash!  They look MUCH prettier in person.  They had a few different styles of these ‘Mercury glass looking’ votive holders and in silver as well as the gold, which I bought.

P1150645These will be pretty for a Christmas table centerpiece or even WEDDING or anniversary table decor!

BEAUTIFUL paper party napkins from Dollar Tree

Look what I just found at Dollar Tree?!?!?  Really pretty paper party napkins in VERY CURRENT designs!

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Dollar Tree has always been a great place to buy the ‘basics’ for party wares.  Plain colored paper plates, cups, napkins etc.  I was totally surprised and delighted to find THESE beautiful dinner and cocktail size paper napkins on my last trip in.

P1130517They had both sizes in all of the designs.  These pictures are just of the ones I bought.  There were MANY more designs.  I just didn’t have my camera with me.

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In this design they also had small and large plates; so perhaps they will eventually have more matching accessories.  I honestly think that they are every bit as pretty as the ones you see at the high-end stores!

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In this design they had both sizes in both colors; I just selected the opposite colors to go in a gift set I am putting together.  (yes I AM doing CHRISTMAS shopping already!!!)

P1130518Don’t ask me WHY I needed so many of these?!?!?  I just loved them all!  Actually had a lot MORE in my basket, but put a few back . . . at least UNTIL I come up with a USE for them!!

P1130519OR come up with an excuse to have a party to use them for!

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I’d love to hear any ideas you may have for craft projects using them.  I think the only thing I’ve seen done with paper napkins is to decoupage them to the underside of clear glass plates or the outside of glass vases or candle jars.