The Dollar Diva


Crochet thread snowmen with Dollar Tree hats

Found these cute glitter snowman hat ornaments at Dollar Tree.

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They came in silver, red or black.   I had made some snowmen out of stacks of spools of vintage crochet thread in the past, but didn’t have a hat the really ‘set them off’ just right.  These were the perfect size!

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First I had to remove the hanger from the top of the hats.  They are made of styrofoam, and some of the styro came out with the hanger.  I filled the hole with some tacky glue and a bit of wadded tissue paper.  Let that dry overnight and topped the patch with matching glitter.

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A piece of black ribbon for a hat band and a rusty jingle bell to dress the hat up a bit.

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I glued together spools of crochet thread with tacky glue.

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A circle of cardboard glued to the base for some added stability.

You could leave them ‘as is’ if desired, but I desired some SPARKLE!!  I brushed the outside of the spools with Mod Podge and rolled them in some vintage style Mica flakes that I had on hand.  Any glitter will do though.

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I made charcoal eyes and carrot noses out of FIMO clay; baked to harden; glued in place.  another snippet of black ribbon for a scarf and some vintage black buttons.

The one taller ‘three section’ snowman I left ‘unglittered’.  He’s the one that got the hat with the rusty jingle bell; and I used more of the rusty bells instead of buttons on him.  A strip of tea stained muslin for a scarf.  You COULD tea stain the spools of crochet threads too, if you wanted to.  (Just do so as your FIRST step though!)  Those are the ones I made last year.

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This year I bought red and black hats.  Added some red jingle bells to the hats.

My stash of crochet thread was running low, and I had a few smaller spools to use up; so I made a few as ornaments of just the heat with a hat.  I had run out of the Fimo charcoal eyes and didn’t want to wait until I made more to finish these guys, so I improvised and used what I had; which was some regular ole thumbtacks, painted matte black.  I added some tiny seed beads for the mouth.

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Kind of wishing I had glittered these!

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Two of the mica glittered ones left over from last year, and one new ‘three high’ with a black hat that I made this year.  Gave that one a red felt scarf and a red FIMO heart instead of buttons.   The eyes are still the thumb tacks on this one, just painted to look more like real eyes.

These taller snowmen were the perfect backing for this batch of vintage salt shaker snow guys!

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Another old candle jar idea

 

Remember this post  about upcycling these old candle jars:

Click HERE  to go over to my Trash2Treasure blog to see the next batch of similar jars; as shown below:

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So NOW I have some candle jars with the GLASS lids.  blech!  Not much I can do to disguise the fact that these used to contain candles.  Still, it’s a pretty cute and simple idea:

1.15.13 stars projects 044They are the perfect size to hold one of the DT nests with eggs into the jar; just plopped it in!  (well, I ‘sparkle varnished’ the eggs and added some reindeer moss to the nest first!)

1.15.13 stars projects 045Rummaged through my rubber stamps to find an appropriate one to make into a tag to tie onto the jar with a piece of pretty ribbon.

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You could even do this with jars that you don’t have a lid for, and tie a piece of muslin, burlap or cheesecloth over the top; which might actually look BETTER than using the original glass lid.

Vintage bottles – love potion Valentine decor

Pop over to my Trash 2 Treasure blog  to see what I did with these old heart shaped bottles.  I collected the bottles from thrift stores and rummage sales throughout the year.  Never pay more than a dollar for one!

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Here’s one little sneak peek!

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Are YOU working on any Valentine crafts of decorations yet?

Cute re-use for light bulbs

I’m sure you’ve all seen a bazillion different kinds of painted light bulbs, turned into Christmas ornaments.  I love a good re-use idea as much as (MORE than?!?!) the next person, but that idea for burnt out light bulbs NEEDS to be put to rest!

LOVE this new idea I just saw on this other blog:

I wasn’t actually able to find the exact post for this idea on the originating blog, but wanted to give proper credit.  Looks relatively easy enough to me.  I’ve covered glass bottles and even lamp bases with jute.  And the ONE best tip I have for you is to start at your most NARROW point.  So for these light bulb pears, start gluing your jute at the TOP.

I only use hot glue for getting my jute started.  You can do the rest with good old TACKY glue.  Just apply the glue to about an inch wide strip of the item, and wrap your jute into place; being sure it is tightly pressed up against the previous row.   You might want to use hot glue for the very end too.  Tacky glue WILL work (and is what I use) but you will have to hold your jute in place for a minute or so.

And if you can’t wait for you light bulbs to burn out to try this, buy new ones at Dollar Tree; 4 for $1.00!

Almost free upcycled glass canisters

I’ve recently bought some jar candles that have metal lids, instead of the typical glass lids.

Not only are the lids metal, they have rubber inserts that make them SNAP ON really tight; AIR tight I’d venture to say.  So I’m thinking that these would be great to re-use for food storage.

I could just glue on a decorative knob (using e6000 of course!) to really give it the look of a canister.

Then I spray painted the lids flat black.  But of course you could paint them ANY color you like.  I just selected black because I had some bigger, thrifted jars that I had already painted the lids black, and I wanted them to coordinate.  SO, for the price of a couple of knobs (bagful for a buck at a garage sale)  a little bit of adhesive and some black spray paint (99 cents a can for the cheap flat back stuff!) you’ve got some very fashionable and functional canisters!

They are actually also quite attractive jars withOUT the lids too.   Because the lids SNAP on, they don’t have the ridges along the rim for lids to screw on.  Pretty storage and/or display jars.

Here’s the bigger jar lid.  It was originally the same color as the candle lids.  I’ve found this exact same jar several times at thrift stores, so I’m guessing it was some kind of food gift container.  The lids to these fit nice and tight too.

These bigger ones with the handle lid are actually were actually the inspiration for the candle jars.

Not yet decided if I will embellish this new batch the same as I did this former set.

One large and two of the candle jars makes a nice little set, doesn’t it?

So what do YOU think?  Embellish them a bit, or sell them plain, as is?