The Dollar Diva


DOLLAR TREE: Glitter reindeer head ornament plaque upcycle

A lot of the ‘same old’ Christmas stuff at Dollar Tree, but it is STILL worth a trip to check out the new stuff they have this year.  I found these glitter reindeer head ornaments:

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They are really cute, except for the cheesy strip of greenery; but I figured that that would pull right off, which it did.  I was even able to pull the jingle bell off the greenery to save, before I tossed it.

But, as expected in doing so, it pulled off some of the glitter as well.  No biggie.  The glitter was worn off in a few other places when I bought them, so I was going to need to touch up the glitter anyhow.

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I found this cute mini boxwood garland in the Target Dollar Spot.  It’s on a wire so could easily be formed into mini wreaths to put around the reindeer’s necks.

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I also had a bunch of these little 5″X5″ wood frames, that I got at DT eons ago; patiently awaiting their destined craft project.  I cut out a piece of vintage sheet music and glued it to the glass, placed the wreath around the reindeer’s neck, and glued it to the sheet music.

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But, of course, I can never leave well enough alone; so I rummaged through my supply bin and found some stick on felt words that I could put on a few of the plaques.  I made five in total; and put words on 3 of them because only three of the words were small enough to fit the frame.

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What do you think?  Which do you like better; the one with the added word or the plain one?

 

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Little glass lanterns and candle pedestals from Dollar Tree

Found these cast plaster candle pedestals at Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago.  I only bought 2 black ones, but they had white also; BUT the white ones had very noticeable ‘seams’ so I decided to skip them.  (you could easily sand down the protruding part of the seams with sand paper though)  As you can see, these chip super easily.  I was planning to repaint mine, so I didn’t really care.  The new paint will cover the chips, and a coat of varnish will help prevent future chips.

I bought a few of these little turquoise glass candle lanterns the same day.  They fit perfectly atop the pedestals, but I probably won’t use them for such a predictable purpose.

I’ve used some similar frosted white glass lanterns (also from DT) for these upcycled fencing candle chandeliers that I made recently.  I did not permanently attach the lanterns to the fencing, so they are easily removable for transport.  You can use regular or battery operated tea lights in the.

Here’s what I did with my two black pedestals.  Added another coat of black paint, tied on an old key with a piece of sheer black ribbon; glued a folded sheet music ‘rosette’ to the top of the pedestal; then glued on the plastic skulls.  (from DT)

I’m really TRYING to not stockpile so many craft supplies, and use up what I have on hand.  But if you shop DT as often as I do, you KNOW that if you don’t buy ‘as many as you think you will ever need’ of an item that catches your eye; you will never find them there again.  MOST of the time.  Every so often the desirable item will be something that they will be regularly stocking . . .  but NEVER ‘expect; to find it again and you will never be disappointed.

Forgot to take pictures of these ’rounded bottom’ DT glass lanterns before I embellished them.  They had several colors, I bought one clear and one turquoise.  Had some very OLD DT mini jar candles is little ‘shot glasses’ that fit perfectly inside these; then I added a few inches of colored gravel (also from DT!) and tied on a few shells with baker’s twine of jute.  For the shells, I glue a small piece of the string to each shell, the bundle them and tie them on with the longer strip.  And yes, DT does sell jute and baker’s twine; but I think I got the aqua baker’s twine elsewhere.

Did you notice these little jars of shells in the display photo?  YEP!  Got them at DT too.  I added the limpet shell to the cork lid.

I filled some vintage glass spice jars with ‘beach glass’ and tied sheer ribbon around the necks.  (no lids for the spice jars).  The beach glass is the last little bit that I had left over from YEARS ago when DT carried it.  I probably bought FIFTY bags of assorted colors of the beach glass from DT, and used it to make beach glass wreaths.

The beach glass (or Sea glass, if you prefer) wreaths are TRULY a ‘Labor of Love’.  Each one took at least 20 hours to construct, and contains nearly a dozen layers of carefully positioned and fitted together glass.  I’d guess there are at least a thousand pieces of glass per wreath.  I used tacky glue to adhere mine.  Hot glue would never hold up under the weight of the glass.

Uh-oh!! The sun is coming out!  I might have to put on my rain boots and get outside and rake up all the pine needles in my yard!

 

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!

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?