The Dollar Diva


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!)

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!)

Decorative mesh wreath

Posted in Uncategorized by trash2treasure on November 28, 2015

I bought this decorative wire mesh last spring.  They had lots of colors (and NOW there are also Christmas colors!) but I only bought these two.P1170452I had some rusty wire wreath forms, and spray painted one white to use for this project. P1230314I’ve since found the wreath forms at Dollar Tree:

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I really like the new ones from DT better than the ones I had!  But I didn’t find these until AFTER I finished my first mesh wreath.

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Not TOO bad for my first attempt! I used three of the spools of mesh.

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I made this AFTER I had made two burlap wreaths, and THOUGHT that I’d be able to attach the mesh to the wreath form the same way I did the burlap, with pipe cleaners, threaded through the fabric and twisted around the wire form.

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But the mesh kept snagging on the pipe cleaners and ripping to shreds!?!  I didn’t want to use wire, so I tried needle and thread and SEWED the mesh to the wire form!

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It needed ‘something’ more, but I didn’t know what.  So I set it aside for a while until inspiration struck.

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I had this “JOY” ornament from DT.

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And these floral shaped ornaments, also from DT.

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After ‘testing’ both, I decided that the JOY looked better.

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Then I ‘sprinkled about’ (glued on with Tacky glue!) some silver glitter snowflake ‘table scatters’ that I had.

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NOW it’s done.

And I’ve got about 15 spools of mesh left to make MORE!!

Still in that ‘Dollar Tree slump’ . . .

 . . . of not finding any good stuff there to re-do.  SOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I ventured to Michael’s when they had their latest 20% off everything coupon.  Here’s what I got:

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 001Some more decorative skeleton keys.  (Regular price $1.50)

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 002Metal embellishments (Regular price $2.00) to play with on some altered art projects.

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 003More embellishments.

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 004These are metal 8″x8″ plaqes that I plan to alter. (2/$5.00)

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4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 008Cute muslin zipper bags.  Not sure what I’ll do with them?!?!  Just had to buy a couple. (2/$5.00)

COPPER colored pumpkins

Posted in Uncategorized by trash2treasure on October 13, 2012

Metallic colors are the ‘in’ decorating items for fall this year.  Check out these sweet little copper pumpkins made from

pot scrubbers!

There is also a cute handcrafted BURLAP acorn idea:

CLICK HERE  for the tutorial on those.  (They used plastic eggs for the acorn; which DID work just fine, but involved a bit of work with sanding and painting first.  I think I’d be inclined to use billed up newspaper wrapped with rubber bands to give it the oval shape instead)