The Dollar Diva

Time to start thinking about Valentine crafts?!?!?

I know.  I KNOW!!  It’s not even Christmas yet and I’m thinking about Valentine stuff!

’tis the life of a crater though.  When you start working on Christmas stuff in the summer, you are ready for the next holiday this soon.  It’s a necessity really.  I do sometimes still crank out a few Christmas items this late in the year, but usually set them aside for a jump-start on NEXT years projects.

The other vendors at the antique mall tend to look at me kind of funny when I am there the day after New Years with my Valentine goods.  But HONESTLY, I sell more of the Valentine stuff in January than I do in February.

I was just perusing Pinterest to get my Valentine creative juices going and found pin that I just HAD to share:


Pretty FABULOUS, eh?!?!?

And if you aren’t already a fan of mrspollyrogers blog, you MUST add her to your list of favorite dollar store sites.  

I actually HAVE all the supplies needed for this project in ‘my stash’.  Well the heart boxes ans stickers at least.  bought them some time ago and just never came up with an idea for using them.  I’ve never worked with gold or silver leaf, so I may have to improvise on that part.


Long time – not post!

Hey Dollar Diva Devotees!

How ARE you all???  Now that tax season is done and spring is just around the corner, it’s CRAFTING time.  Well, it’s USUALLY crafting time.  sigh.  I find myself leaving the Dollar Tree empty-handed and extremely UNinspired all too often lately!

Now I realize that part of the reason for this is that:

A) Easter was early this year, so the new ‘after Easter product’ came out earlier too.

B) In general, DT put out their new spring product almost right after Christmas this year!

Soooooooooooooo, maybe this is just the ‘summer blahs’ coming a bit early this year?!?!?  I dunno!  but I’ve got NOTHING to share in the way of dollar ideas right now!

Do any of you have any projects that YOU’D like to share?!?!  I’d be happy to post your pics and link back to your blog if you do!

MORE upgraded Dollar Tree gift boxes

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 009Prettied up a few more of the white fabric covered dollar Tree gift boxes.  This batch I used ‘as is’, and didn’t tea stain them first.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 011They come with a bow glued to the top, which I pulled off.  (you have to pull very hard!)

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 012They have always come off ‘cleanly’ for me.  But even if removing them did do some damage, the whole reason I am removing them is that I want to re-decorate the top!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 010These ceramic cherubs are from DT a few years ago.  They usually have ‘some kind’ of white ceramic cherubs every year, and I almost always buy a few.  Just don’t always get around to using them right away!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 013I glued some tea stained crepe paper rosettes to little tea stained paper doilies; then to the top of each box.  Then the cherubs.  I really don’t like to use hot glue unless I absolutely HAVE to.  For these I used my good ole tacky glue, and wrapped a couple of rubber bands around the tops of the boxes and the angel wings to hold them firmly down while my glue set.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 015I also use the tacky glue for gluing on the crowns.  You can see the doily and rosette better in this picture.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 014 The rosettes needed to be trimmed back a bit for the doily to show.  I used a pair of ‘deckle’ edged scissors to create a bit of interest along the edge.

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On display and for sale in by booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 016I did one little nest topped box also.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 017Glued a glitter rimmed crepe paper rosette under the nest and painted the eggs with ‘glimmer varnish’.  The bow is the one I previously removed from the top of the box.

So now that I have a few of each in my booth, I can ‘test’ and see which sells better; the white boxes or the tea stained boxes.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 127I had a cute little vintage Avon perfume bottle that I placed next to the nest topped box.


Cute Dollar store wreath idea from Mrc. Polly Rogers blog via Pinterest



Click here  to see the complete tutorial.  And while you’re there, take a look at some of her other stuff!  I found this blog via Pinterest, and she has a lot of really great and inexpensive ideas!

Halloween crowns

Posted in Dollar Tree,Fall / Halloween by trash2treasure on September 4, 2011
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Remember these Halloween cut outs from Dollar Tree that I showed you just a bit ago?

Well, here’s what I did with a few of them:

The little orange crown above the spiders head is one I just made using a paper punch.

This crow crown has three differently positioned crows going all the way around.  Most of the rest of the crowns just have the design on the very front.

The package comes with all three different crows in it.

On this one, I covered the crown with some black patterned scrapbook paper, and made a paper medallion out of the scrap paper.  glued a button over the center of the medallion, added a feather behind it.  This crown I cut off part way to make it fit since the medallion took up so much space.

Just kept this one simple, the crown with a bat.

Smaller crowns made with stained vintage sheet music and with spiders and webs.

Lots and LOTS of dollar store ideas!!

Check THIS out!

A linky party dedicated exclusively to dollar store craft ideas!

One Cheap B*tch

Here’s another blogger/designer dollar store fan for you to check out:

One Cheap B*tch

I’ve only just glanced at it quickly thus far, but already see several ‘dollar store’ craft ideas that I plan on trying.    Check it out if you’re in need of more inspiration!