I was on my way home from my booth at Stars today, and just decided to pop in to the big DT in Beaverton (since it was on my way)and see if they had any of the spring stuff out yet. Normally they don’t start stocking them until after all the Valentine stuff is taken down, but there they were!
And while I love the ones with the wire feet like they had last year, I can actually DO more with the flat ones. Glue them onto candle bases to make finials, glue them on top of boxes etc. AND they would sit more sturdily when used as wedding cake toppers. (which is something I do with them to sell in my etsy shop)
Here’s a side by side of last years and this years. Considerable difference in size. I still have a few of the wire footed ones left from last year. Over the next few weeks I will be ‘on a mission’ to buy out all the birds at every Dollar Tree in my local area. Yes! I really do go through that many!
Here are some of the ones I painted over the last year.
You CAN glue the wire legged birds on top of gift boxes, but it’s a bit trickier than the flat bottomed ones.
Painted, stained and given a crown!
These are wire legged ones from DT a few years ago. A bit more of a ‘carved’ and rustic look.
But they still painted and stained up nicely. See! There WAS a time when I didn’t put crowns on my birds!!!
Put a nice big blog of tacky glue in the center of the box top where I wanted my bird to stand, added my bird, then added the bow on TOP of the birds feet. I held it in place with a rubber band while the glue dried.
Gifts are SO much nicer when presented in a pretty keepsake gift box!
SO . . . I’ve had these DT birds sitting around for YEARS!!! I loooooooooooooooooooooooove doing ‘bird stuff’, but these, with ‘all that stuff’ on the base, proved to be problematic. I tried just giving them a crown for the last spring show I did. FAIL! Then I thought maybe if I paint the whole base part one color I’ll like them better. Nope! NOW WHAT?!?!?
SO, AFTER my big box of DT birds arrived from Texas, I decided to take another look at my local stores to see if they had any. SCORE! None of the stores had very many of them left, but I bought ALL they had at four different stores, so I am now STOCKED for the rest of the year!
Aren’t they adorable ‘beak to beak’ like this?!? Hop over to my trash to treasure blog here for a tutorial on how to make the tiny crowns.
And a couple of them in etsy listings:
Decided to try one unaltered bird on etsy too:
What are YOU doing with your DT birds?
This happiness was made possible by an ANGEL of a blog follower of mine, who commented that she had seen some birds at HER Dollar Tree store; in regards to my plight of being told there would be NO birds this year at ‘my’ DT. On a ‘prayer and a whim’ I asked if she might be willing to buy some and sell them to me and ship them to me (with compensation for her time and trouble doing so)
And did she EVER come through for me! that box is FULL of birds. I’ve got some serious crafting to do now!!!
Thanks again, my angel of a blog follower!
I’m completely OUT of Dollar Tree ‘project product’ and I’m feeling a little ‘panicky’! Stopped in yesterday to see if I could ‘get a fix’ ; hoping the new spring stuff would be in. Lots of EASTER stuff, but no ‘general spring’, like the resin birds, flower pots etc. NOTHING that I really needed or wanted. Yet ‘out of desperation’ I grabbed a few ceramic birds (the ones that have been there FOREVER because no one really likes them all that much!) to CHALLENGE myself to make something out of them. New post to follow soon.
The Easter stuff IS really cute, btw, if you do a lot of Easter decorating. Just not ‘my thing’. I used to buy lots of the plastic eggs and make them into grubby rag eggs. And even grubby dip some of the bunny figurines in my grubby candle wax to make them look like chocolate bunnies.
There are some AWESOME plastic baskets and bins for storing and organizing stuff in, in pretty spring colors. Would make great gift or Easter baskets too.
Digging through the archives of my other blog to show you a re-cap of Dollar Tree birds over the years and what I’ve done with them,
Those are from a couple of years ago. Ceramic DT birds on thrifted bases (glued together with e6000; and spray painted) They STILL have these particular birds in my local Dollar Tree stores. And Dollar Tree glass candle holders would work just as well. I just ‘used what I had’, which happened to be thrifted ones for the bases.
This bird is from a couple years ago, as is the candle holder I adhered him to. The color match was so close that I didn’t need to paint these! GOTTA love when a make-over is as simple as that!
Same little DT bird as previous picture; but this one was added to the top of a finial I crafted. A new e-book on how to make these and MANY more finials will be finished up for sale in my etsy shop SOON!.
Gotta have some NESTS if you’re gonna have birds! Thrifted vintage urns and pedestal candle holders make great nest holders, to pair up with these other Dollar Tree birds on pedestals I made.
For those I used some unfinished candle holders I had on hand. Again the glass candle holders from DT would work just as well. Just DON’T ever substitute another adhesive for the e6000! Let glue dry overnight before painting.
An entire flock! First painted black, then dry brush painted ivory, leaving some of the black showing.
Lots of little birds tucked in throughout this display.
This past Christmas I did LOTS of white glittered birds with glitter crowns. The owls came from Target a few years ago, and were originally brown.
I also did some TURQUOISE glitter birds just for fun! Only did a few ‘just in case’ the color didn’t “FLY” (did I really say that?!?!) The turquoise birds sold out very quickly. Lesson learned!
I tucked the birds in everywhere throughout my booth at the antique mall!
My all time FAVORITE birds from Dollar Tree were these, from a year or 2 ago, with the WIRE FEET. This was the last of that stash that I was saving. sigh. HOPING they will make a come-back this year. I’m checking weekly. Watching and waiting for the new spring merchandise to come in. It’s trickling in right now. After Valentine’s day it will REALLY be out. THEN, I’ll be checking every other day! And when they do arrive, they’ll all be going home with me! No such thing as too many birds in my craft supply stash! (the little red birds I just showed a few posts ago)
Another of the birds with wire feet; this one painted differently. Cream color paint then Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze. This set is for sale in my etsy shop.
For Christmas, I did some of the crowned birds glued to the top of gift boxes.
The above set is ENTIRELY from Dollar Tree; the bird, the box, the trees and the snowflakes! I just added a bit of artistic flair!
Dollar Tree glass vases / votive holders turned into cloches by turning them upside down and adding a bird for a handle. These birds came from the craft store, but I used the same birds as in the second picture in this post for this purpose when I could get them.
Again, not a DT bird, but would/could have been. (see what I mean about no such thing as TOO many birds!?!)
Valentine birds. This set is currently for sale in my etsy shop.
Some PINK glittered birds with vintage sheet music crowns for this Valentine’s Day.
Available for purchase in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon.
MORE love for this little ceramic bird from a few years back; this time on top of a ‘make do’ cloche with a nest and egg. On the right is one of the ‘painted and glazed’ birds mounted on a little paper mache box. Spanish moss and an egg inside the box.
BIGGER cloche with nest and egg under the glass. Repainted thrifted pillar candle holder used for the base.
Here’s a better picture of that cloche. It took some patience to get the bird to stay in place on that domed lid. The hole in the bottom of the bird helped. Not using too much adhesive (e6000) helped too! Applied just a few dabs around the hole in the base of the bird, gently set it in place on the cloche, then quickly removed it and let the adhesive ‘set up’ until it was tacky. Applied a tad more, then put in place to stay. Had to hold it in place for about 15 minutes to be sure it didn’t slide off!
Yep, I used those little birds a LOT!!! some more cloches made from thrifted vintage components.
BIG cloche with dinner size plate base, adhered to a large pillar candle holder. Spray painted them both ivory.
Little cloche with nest grass and egg. This is and espresso cup saucer and a mini brandy snifter for the base. The bell jar behind it was just glued onto a DT candle holder for a base.
These bird tea light holders were originally a dark orange color. Glued to a DT candle holder (the kind that come in a 2/pk) Painted everything cream color then glazed with my Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.
Another of the tea light holders, just painted and glazed.
Styro wreathe from DT, covered with strips of burlap and one of the little birds glued on the inside.
Another burlap wreath in a lighter color and with a burlap ribbon at the top.
Can’t wait to see what kinds of birds Dollar Tree will have for me to PLAY WITH this year!!!
These little guys are already pretty cute, even left ‘as is’. The had red cardinals also, but I passed on those. I always associate cardinals with Christmas, and I was wanting to use them for year round decor.
I spray painted them white.
Then gave then a quick once over with some Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze, to bring out the detail. The one in the front shows how it looks BEFORE I dab off the excess glaze.
Now they’re perfectly SHABBY CHIC!