Dollar Tree Berry Wreath

Some of these berry wreaths have very high dollar price tags. Here is my version made from Dollar Tree Berry Picks.

I saw this done on the internet and wanted to give it a try myself. I think every wreath a person does is different and unique. I could not make this exact wreath again if I HAD to.

I have to say that I AM NOT an experienced wreath maker. Years and years ago, I made a lot of grapevine wreaths. They were so popular once upon a time. (maybe it was the 80’s?)

I have a fast paced, time lapsed video you can watch on my Facebook Page. Here is the link.

I do think this wreath turned out really cute.

Here are some of the supplies I used to make the wreath. Below are some pictures of the berry picks from Dollar Tree

Three stems of berries are on one Dollar Tree Pick.
Close up picture of the holly berry picks.
Here I was taking the berries off their stems and setting aside the leaves in case I needed to use them.

I used the larger embroidery hoop to make this wreath. I wasn’t sure if I had enough berries to go around the large one. But I did.

I used floral stem wrapping tape, wire cutters, and greenery.
This floral tape sticks as you pull and push it against surfaces.
Here are all my berries cut apart from their picks.
I had these as optional possibilities.

My base for the wreath was an embroidery hoop. First thing I did was wrap the whole hoop with the green floral tape.

Here is a picture half way done.

I used the tape to also tape the stems onto the hoop. Hot glue would have been too lumpy and would not have been attractive. Even though I used it later to add the optional berries and pinecones on.

Close up picture of how I wrapped the floral tape around the hoop and berry stem.

I added the greenery around the hoop and between the berry clusters.

Here is my wreath not quite done. Later I add more optional berries plus pinecones.

It didn’t seem quite finished yet. It needed something. So I added some pinecones and more of the optional berries I had on hand. I think they came from Hobby Lobby.

I added small pinecones
It looks good against my white garage door, but the pictures were a little shadowy.

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Quick Budget Friendly Gifts from Dollar Stores

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We all know how it feels to need a gift at the last minute. It can be stressful. One you will be proud to give and one someone will be proud and happy to receive. Keep these handy gifts ready and they can be on standby for ANYONE!

I saw this done on Brooke’s Facebook Page called Re-Fabbed. But I have done similar things for years and years. We all probably have. But now we have DOLLAR TREE.

I went early in November and looked at the Christmas Decor at Dollar Tree. I bought several mitten type pot holders to use as a “gift bags”.

Red is always a good and safe place to start. But they had this cute “Deck the Halls” too. I had to get it.
This “Dashing Through the Snow” had a matching cup towel. Who can resist when it’s only one dollar? And who wouldn’t love to receive these. We ALL need these in our house.

Then I bought several “Betty Crocker” cookie mixes that come in a bag at Dollar Tree. By the way the boxed cookie mix does not fit inside the oven mitts. I tried. lol.

I also bought several small Christmas or Christmas colored kitchen utensils.

These were also so cute. I think I bought one or two at Dollar General. Still just one dollar each!

Well you are probably adding two plus two and getting what the quick gifts are. It’s obvious that you can quickly put these together and make great gifts. But if you embellish them in really cute ways they will stand out from the ordinary. Here are some of my ideas.

I made a criss cross bow to put on these smaller gifts. Just criss cross a few dovetailed ribbons and tie in the middle.
I attached the ribbon to the oven mitt’s hanger. I put a chocolate chip mix in this one. Yummy!

You can stuff the finger portions of the oven mitts with tissue paper and/or plastic bags. I had to in order to take pictures. But as you give the gift the goodies will go down and hide and the oven mitt serves as a gift bag itself.

Another criss cross ribbon tied in the middle to coordinate with the colors of the oven mitt and utensils.
Here is the traditional red oven mitt with the Fudge Brownie Mix.
Some of the Dollar Tree oven mitts had matching cup towels. This one did so that is just an extra bonus gift along with the sugar cookie mix. I didn’t put it inside for the picture’s sake, but I would roll it up and put inside before giving it away.
Isn’t this mug cheerful!! I have an extra oven mitt and I would put this inside of it covered with tissue paper.

These are great gifts for the often forgotten people on our list. The mail man or woman, our nail technicians, our neighbors, our secret santa, our bosses or co-workers, etc….It’s just that little extra to go on top of a bigger gift or to be a gift all on it’s own.

I most often (with the help of my Mom) give handmade goodies away as gifts along with cup towels, pot holders, coffee mugs, etc. But now with COVID 19 we might be only giving to those we see everyday.

I do want to post some of my favorite recipes I have collected over the years. I was a Home Economics Teacher now called Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher for about eight years. We tested many recipes and there are some very tried and true ones I would like to share. Maybe in a blog coming up.

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Painting Kitchen Cabinets

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I love to paint. But I don’t exactly love to paint walls, ceilings and cabinets. But I will paint anything I need to for my Mom.

My Stepdad passed away in August so my Mom is moving into a small Mother-in-Law Suite on our property. Nothing elaborate. It is a metal building that used to house our trucking company office.

This is what Mom and I have been doing lately. I have not been doing LIVE videos on either of my FACEBOOK pages. But soon, I will begin again.

To begin, we painted her raw wood kitchen cabinets with KILZ. We painted one coat of that. Then Mom painted a couple of coats of white paint. But we noticed the paint had really gummed up. It is very humid here (rain too) and the weather was cool so it was not drying very well. I did not take a picture of this sad state of affairs.

So we had to sand off some of the gumminess. I watched a YOUTUBE video that I will link here and it really helped for us to follow his guidelines. We will use this process to paint some furniture we bought for my Mom too. He uses automotive primer and we will use that next time. I will also try the type of paint he recommends next time. (water based alkyd paint) But we used regular Satin Finish Interior paint.

Spray Like Finish On Cabinets NO SPRAY GUN

by Paul Ricalde

It was mainly our doors that had gummed up. So we sanded all the bad areas. We diluted our paint with warm water and mixed it up well.

I would paint a light coat on with a paint brush and then Mom would follow up with a DRY roller brush. She kept wiping the roller brush to keep it dry.

I was a little heavy handed with my brush on this one. But I wanted to capture the brush strokes and how those are NOT what you want on your cabinets.
Here it is before we dry roller brush it.
Dry Roller Brushing. We used a larger roller brush too.
Here you can see the difference. Half done on the left and half undone on the right.

We put on at least 2 coats like this. Sometimes three light coats. We had to use a heater to get our paint to dry. The weather was not cooperating.

Trying to get all the excess paint off. DRIPS are unwanted. lol.
Here the DRY roller brushing is complete. It is not a professional job by any means. But it is better than we had before.
Here are the mischievous doors after all is said and done. I will take pictures when totally complete. Weather, please cooperate!

I used the steel wool after the first coat of paint but after that I didn’t use it again. I think my paint was thin enough after diluting some of it.

Between coats, we store our brushes in ziplock bags or cover them with saran wrap to keep them from drying out. We do that with our craft paint too.

Youtube is a great resource for when you are DIYing a project. It really helped us!

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Dollar Store Tree Now One of a Kind

Here is a wood cutout of a Christmas tree we bought at Dollar Tree. I was going to make tee shirts with it. I was going to place it on a tee shirt and spray bleach around it. But we turned them into cute stand up shelf sitters instead. (I did the other one in buffalo plaid)

I think I do want to try those tee shirts though. I’ll show you if I do. LOL.

Before I go into explaining this precious little tree, I want to tell you, I have decided to take pictures that make me happy. At all crazy angles. I was trying to get my pictures perfectly straight and perfectly brightened and perfectly saturated and perfectly sharpened so much so that I was no longer having any fun. Below you will see some crazy angles. Sorry, scroll past if they make you dizzy. 🙂

Picture captured on my patio cushions. Blends right in.

Guess what? We had leftover Grinch Green Paint from the Elf Stockings. So I used it for my little Dollar Tree Christmas Tree. I had snowflakes that I wanted to use as ornaments. And I had black buttons that I wanted to use as ornaments. So then I only had to find ribbon for garland that would look good with both.

I think these four made a perfectly cute ONE OF A KIND Tree.

  1. Grinch Green Paint
  2. White Snowflakes
  3. Black Buttons
  4. Black and White Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon
Up close and personal.
This picture is the best color picture. I just LOVE that black and white ribbon with the Christmas Trees on it.

We put a 2×4 on the back to make it sit up and be a shelf sitter. We painted the 2×4 and the whole back of the tree BLACK.

Crazy Angle…..

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FreeHand Buffalo Plaid on Dollar Store Canvas

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The simplicity of this project is very FARMHOUSE. And the supplies I used are very simplistic too. Keep scrolling for the finished picture…..

  1. Dollar Tree small canvas
  2. Black paint
  3. Pewter gray paint
  4. Brush the size you want your plaid to be
  5. Evergreen greenery to make a simple wreath
  6. Holly Berries
  7. Wire Cutters
  8. Glue
  9. Hot glue
I used the wire cutters to cut my evergreen wreath the size I needed and to cut the holly berries off their stems.

As you may know by now, I am obsessed with BUFFALO PLAID. I capitalize it because it is an entity of it’s own in my mind.

I saw several pictures on the internet of Buffalo Plaid done in a messy, random fashion. I wanted to try it. So this little canvas (shown above and below) was in my stash and I decided to just free hand the Buffalo Plaid. I am glad I did. I plan to use this method to paint many backgrounds for other paintings or crafts.

I only used the one brush and just wiped it between using the gray and black paints.

I made my horizontal AND vertical stripes with the medium colored gray paint. Let the brush strokes show through. That is the look you should be going for. I did not even paint my canvas first. I choose a paintbrush the size I wanted the plaid to be. You could choose a bigger brush or a smaller brush.

I then went back with black paint at all the intersections. I did have to do two coats of the black to get the look I wanted.

I wish I had taken more pictures. I am new and learning how to blog better. I just get in the mood and begin a project without thinking that I need to stop and take a picture.

Then I added the wreath when it dried. I wrapped the evergreen greenery around twice and tied it with a red ribbon. I hot glued it on the canvas in a just a few places.

Then I added the berries in randomly with Elmer’s glue.

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Hang Tag Door Hanger

HANG TAGS are so popular this year. After making some other projects, we had enough wood to make these two hang tags. They aren’t very big so we combined them into one door hanger.

Mom decoupaged with red and black….and….black and white….buffalo plaid scrapbook paper.

Then we found that the Dollar Store Joy Ornament looked really good with it because it too had the red and black buffalo plaid.

The finishing touches were the evergreen, pinecone and holly picks. Also from the Dollar Stores.

Below is a picture with the whole door, so you can see the size.

Besides the decoupaging, this was an easy peasy decoration to make.

MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE FULL OF JOY THIS YEAR!!

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What to do With an Old Frame

Hi Everyone! I looked around at Goodwill and found a couple of frames I wanted to upcycle. I want to start painting again as soon as I have room in my garage. Right now it is FULL of crafts and craft supplies. Hopefully it will empty out as we do Craft Shows.

But in the meantime…..I used these frames for my Chalk Couture Creations. I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. Please take a look at my separate Facebook Page which highlights all about this great company. They offer upscale DIY home decor possibilities.

I have several “transfers” for Christmas that I needed to get busy and use. Christmas will be here before we know it. For this project I used “All is Calm, All is Bright”. Such a beautiful song!

For the surface, I used a dollar store cardboard canvas. I painted it white with acrylic paint and after it dried, I waxed it. Depending on your surface, it is very important to wax before you put down the transfer. Or the transfer may pull up your paint when you remove it.

Now these canvases are not smooth like a chalk board. The chalk paste does prefer a really smooth surface. But I like that distressed farmhouse look. So I really like this picture.

I put the picture towards the right hand side so I would have room to put a bow around the left hand side.

I have another frame that I put SEASON’S GREETINGS in. That blog post has already been posted.

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Scrap Wood + Dollar Store Ornaments = Shelf Sitters

Look what can be made from scrap lumber. I looked around at what we could make next. We had miscellaneous ornaments from the dollar stores and scrap lumber. So we put them together. Not a big difference but still a difference and step up from just handing someone a dollar store ornament as a gift. We will not be pricing these under 5-6 dollars. Very reasonable gift for even children to buy.

We are making my Mom a “Mother-in-law Suite” so we have lots of scrap lumber laying around. We scooped it all up and made some really cute, last minute Christmas Gifts ideas.

The scrap pieces of wood help a dollar store ornament (even though they are cute “as is”) stand out a little more. Ordinary to Extraordinary. Simple yet more substantial.

We plan to take these to our next craft show and wrap them up in clear cellophane bags with a bow and sell them as quick gifts for the teacher, mail man, hair dresser, nail technician or any last minute guest at your house.

Here we are trying to decide what ribbons and decor to put on top.
More ribbon dilemma!
Here’s a cute cabin. I think most of these ornaments were purchased from the Dollar General near my house.
Another great sentiment. PEACE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This tree came from the Dollar Tree and the truck ornament came from Dollar General. (I think) We combined these two and put a 2×4 behind it to make it stand up.
This ornament was so Farmhouse Rustic, I had to buy it.

Cute snowflake with JOY. I hope everyone has some JOY this holiday!

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Aqua Candlesticks

Hi Everyone! Aqua is my favorite color as you will discover if you follow my blog. Turquoise, aqua, teal it doesn’t matter, I love them all.

So……..I had to paint some of these candlesticks in Aqua. The set with brown lowlights will probably stay in my house instead of going to the craft show. lol.

I painted one set Caribbean blue straight out of the paint bottle. I painted the aqua green set from a mixture I made trying to get my sister’s favorite color, sage green.

At first the color looked so flat and plain. I love to mix colors. So I went back and put some brown on the candles that were deep aqua. It really helped give them more character.

We added ribbons and raffia and voila’.

Mom made a wood garland to match and I added matching ribbon.

In the picture below are the aqua green set of candlesticks. There is a difference but it is slight. If you favor blue you will love the set above. If you favor green you will like the set below.

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Paintbrush Santas

These turned out so stinking cute! I saw several versions on Pinterest and we had to try our hand at it too. This would be a cute gift for the handyman or woman on your gift list.

They would also be GREAT as part of your gift wrapping. Put a bow and one of these little fellows on top of a present meant for your favorite handyman or crafter. Love that extra special touch.

Get different styles of paint brushes and they will each have their own personalities. I like the short bearded one on the left the best. He NEEDED polka dots for this handle/hat.

In the picture below you can see our little Dollar Tree Charlie Brown Christmas Tree without it’s tree skirt and before decorating it.

Mom made the white fluff from a Swifter Mop refill. LOL.

I hope you liked this post about PAINTBRUSH SANTAS. Make a couple. I wonder if a MRS CLAUS could be made? Why not? She would need some eyelashes. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating and crafting.

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