Showing posts with label Dollar Tree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dollar Tree. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Fall Decor: Silver and Copper Geometric Pumpkins

 


I love it when a plan you didn't have comes together. I mentioned in my post about the Textured Copper Candles, that I'd show what I did with the vinyl that was left on the backing sheet so here we go! 

Supplies:
  • Foam Pumpkins (Dollar Tree)
  • Multi-Surface Craft Paint, Bright Silver (Michaels)
  • Geometric Textured Vinyl (Previous Project)
  • Kraft Butcher Paper
  • Strong Wire
  • Mod Podge


I'd picked up a couple of these foam pumpkins at Dollar Tree when their Halloween supplies came out and didn't end up using them but they still work great for Thanksgiving/Fall Decor. I painted themwith a couple o coats of multi-surface paint (Craftsmart from Michaels). I also removed the "stem" that came with them since I had another idea in my head. 


To make the stems, I tore some kraft butcher paper (guestimated the size) and some strong wire. I twisted the paper, leaving enough at on end to fan out a bit so I could attach to the pumpkin. I utwisted the wire, the using hot glue, tacked the wire in the middle, then re-twisted. 


I left a little tail of the wire at the bottom to push into the pumpkin to stabilize then fanned out the bottom and hot glued in place. If you don't have enough to fit, just tear some more small pieces of paper. 



Don't worry if the paper is sticking up. You can bend and twist your "stem" as you like, and trim if needed. 


To finish the stems, grab some Mod Podge and a brush and then go over the paper, soaking it pretty well. Once it dries, your stem will be secured to the pumpkin. 





Now it's time for the "leftover" vinyl from my candles! I cut the backing paper in rows, then applied transfer tape, then cut strips of each set of triangles and half circles and then applied them to the spines or whatever they're called, of the pumpkin.









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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Halloween: Black White and Purple Spooky Halloween Tree

 


I've been wanting to do a Halloween Tree for a while. Last year I thought I'd be happy with a lighted branch tree and I was but in our new house, it ended up permanently in our bedroom as ambient lighting so I needed a new one right? For once in my brain, I also remembered to look for it early enough and lucked out getting one from Wayfair for 50% off over the Summer. I just went to check for this post and they still have them but they're a little more expensive now. The decorations are all Dollar Tree and I shared the Jeweled Tarot Card Halloween tree skirt last week. 

Supplies:

I cleaned my Dollar Tree out of all of the Purple and Blak picks shown and this bat themed ribbon was perfect! 


I also picked up a bunch of these skull treat baskets and glitter spiders that went with my colors. 


I wanted a skinny tree and this was perfect. Of course it came in a super skinny box and needed to be fluffed out. 

It was also not pre-lit so I found some purple lights on Amazon and didn't even realize until I plugged them in that they have 8 different options. Steady, twinkle, flashing etc. I haven't strung lights on a treee in a few years since I've gotten used to pre-lit trees so that was fun. Once I got the lights on, it was time to decorate. I started with the ribbon after the lights and used pieces of wire to attach to the branches in some places. After that, I added the picks, skull baskets and spiders and to finish, used a creepy doll head I had leftover from a project last year which I wrapped in the black netting one set of the skull baskets came in!


Ooops! Forgot to take pictures of the eyeball and glitter ornaments also from Dollar Tree!

The spiders are just resting on and tucked into the branches. 


To finish, I wrapped the stand with my Jeweled Tarot Card Tree Skirt I shared last week. 


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Papercrafting: When Supplies Collide. Black White Metallic Handmade Paper Cards

 


As I've said before, I love it when a plan you didn't have comes together. I can't be the only one who picks up things as I see them, not specifically having a plan in place about what I'm going to do with them, right? RIGHT? I did that with a package of handmade paper scraps at Blick Art Materials a while back and then on my last trip to Dollar Tree, I found two sets of epoxy stickers that coordinated perfectly. The timing was perfect since I needed to make a couple of cards. 

Supplies: 
  • Handmade Paper Scraps (Blick Art ...can't remember the price but around $5 I think)
  • Epoxy Stickers (Dollar Tree) 
  • White 110lb cardstock (Recollections, Michaels)
  • Black and White Scrapbook Paper (Michaels)
  • Black Cardstock Scraps
  • Foam Tape
  • Adhesive Tape Runner 


I couldn't have coordinated these if I'd tried! 

I cut the white cardstock to 7x10 for 5x7 cards. Then I selected the handmade papers I wanted to use along with a sheet of black and white scrapbook paper from my stash, cut in panels as shown and adhered to the card. 


I selected a trio of stickers from the gold and silver sheets and mounted on squares of black cardstock scraps. Then mounted these using foam tape down the center of the cards as shown. 


For the silver stickers, I chose a handmade paper with glittered silver polka-dots. 

For the gold stickers, I chose a piece of black, gold, and white handmade paper. 

This is a great cardmaking project if you don't have a cutting machine and/or if you're a beginning cardmaker! 








Monday, February 14, 2022

Cardmaking: Layered Geometric Heart Valentine's Cards

 


Happy Love Day Creative Peeps! Whatever you're doing (including not doing) today, wishing you a day filled with love...for self, partner, spouse, friends, family...however you define it! 

Sharing the cards I did this year which continue my obsession with layered cut files! 

Supplies: 
  • Black, White, Pink Glitter Cardstock
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Layered Heart SVG file 
  • Foam Dots
  • Heart Shaped Scratch Stickers
  • Digital Cutting Machine


The star of these are the Scratch Off stickers I used for the interior which I found at Dollar Tree and like so many of my Dollar Tree purchases I'm asking : "Why didn't I get more?!"

The file I used for the heart is from Creative Fabrica. It comes with several more layers than I used and I deleted the ones I wasn't going to use in Cricut Design Space. I cut the hearts using my Cricut Explore Air 2. The SVG file can be used with other cutting machines. 

For the cards themselves I used black cardstock and scrapbook papers from American Crafts "The Color of Memories" collection (SKU #s 348947 and 320417) I found a JoAnn. The pink glitter paper is by Recollections from Michaels. 


It always helps me to change the colors in Design Space to the actual colors I'm working with, Keeps things straight in my brain! Sized to fit my cards, then cut each layer. To assemble the hearts, I used small foam dots and then used my tape runner to adhere to the card. 


I printed the word "love" on white paper, trimmed and mounted on the American Crafts paper and then applied the scratch off sticker over it. I wrote a little "scratch here" note when I signed the cards. I hope they do some other shapes with these scratch off stickers! Aren't the cool?! 



I love sending cards to family and friends and these were a hit! 








Saturday, January 22, 2022

Valentine's Decor: Unplanned Clay Pot Bottle Toppers

 


NOTE: This week's link party continues here

Some of my favorite projects are ones I didn't plan. I mean I had a conceptual idea for these but I started out thinking I was going to make them into Gumball Machines! Then I decided I didn't want to but didn't know quite what I was doing with them. Even when I finished, I didn't plan to put them on bottles. I thought I'd put them atop those glass candle sticks you can get at Dollar Tree and then realized when I went to get them from my craft closet, I only had one. And that's when I saw the empty tequila bottles I'd saved because I liked the shape! Welcome to how my brain works. Still here? 

Supplies: 
  • Small Clay Pots (Dollar Tree)
  • Foam Roses (Dollar Tree)
  • Valentine's and Star Confetti (On Hand)
  • Acrylic Paints (On Hand)
  • Glass Ornaments (On Hand)
  • Clear Dimensional Glue (On Hand)
  • Paint Pen (On Hand)
  • Baker's Twine (On Hand)
  • Charms (On Hand)
  • Bottles (On Hand)


First step was to clean residue from the clay pots. I just use baby wipes from the Dollar Tree for this. Then I painted the rim of the pot white, the base black, and went around the rim with a gold paint pen. 


I grabbed clear acrylic glass ornaments from my after Christmas sale stash, cleaned the outsides with glass cleaner, and removed the hanger. 


I grabbed some Diamond Glaze which is magical stuff that you can use as glue or for mixed media projects. I poured about a tablespoon into the ornaments then discovered some of the confetti was too big to fit through the opening but was able to push them through by folding them. They sprung back flat once they were inside the ornaments and the smaller confetti fit just fine. Swirl the ornaments to distribute the confetti. Used the handle of a small paintbrush to move some of the larger pieces. I let the ornaments dry overnight to ensure they were good and dry. 




Using hot glue, I glued the ornament cap upside down as shown. It now functions as a base for the ornament which I also used hot glue to secure. 


I found these foam roses at Dollar Tree so I pulled those out and then hot glued the around the bottom of the ornament. 


To finish, I wrapped some black and white baker's twine over  where I'd gone around with the gold paint pen, securing in place with a couple dots of hot glue. Then I finished with some charms from my stash. 


A little ironic that I used French themed charms on Tequila bottles but...


The best part? The clay pots sit perfectly atop the bottles so I didn't even glue them together meaning I can make more of these clay pot toppers for a different season and use the same bottles! Or, next time I'm at Dollar Tree I can remember to pick up another glass candlestick! 


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