Sugar Skull Tee Shirt

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I saw a shirt like this done last year and I wanted to do it ever since. I went to my Dollar Tree as soon as they began putting out Halloween, way back in August/September and bought two wooden sugar skull outlines. One has a rose and one has a top hat. I chose the one with a rose to make on my tee shirt. I got this idea from Barb at “THE SHABBY TREE”. Please go follow her page if you don’t already. (She has over a million followers so you probably already do…lol)

I made a combination fast play and regular play 3 minute video on how I made this.

You can see it on YouTube HERE.

You can see it on Facebook HERE.

But I did take some screenshots and posted those pictures below. They are all mixed sizes, so please forgive me.

Here is a closeup of the wooden sugar skull outline

I already had a burnt orange, long sleeve tee shirt that I already had worn last year. I thought it would look nice with a little bleach for Halloween. I like how it turned out a light terra cotta color.

I bought both the lady skull and gentleman skull.
I put a rubbermaid tote lid inside the tee to protect the back.
Lay the skull in the middle of your tee.
I used a spray bottle of half and half. Half water, half bleach.

Spray lightly. It will look like nothing is there except water. That is okay. It takes at least 5 minutes to start showing. You can always go back and add more in 10 minutes if you want. But the danger of spraying too much is that it will bleed through and drip over into other areas and you will lose your design.

Here it is right after I sprayed it.

It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to start fading the ink/dye of the shirt.

I took off the wooden outline.
I sprayed some on the sleeves too.
As it sits and dries a little, it really begins to show.
Almost dry here. I washed it soon after.
I wore it on a FACEBOOK LIVE and took this quick screenshot.

Try this technique for other holidays too. Maybe a red or green tee shirt with a Santa or Tree? Or maybe a red tee with a heart cutout for Valentines? Barb from THE SHABBY TREE has also used lace doilies. These are fun to make and I hope you give it a try. Something fun to try with children too. Just wear old clothes in case you splatter bleach. 🙂

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Hear No Evil Skeleton

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Here is another Dollar Store Halloween Item that I added several elements to in order to make it custom one-of-a-kind. Everyone wants something that you CANNOT find in the stores. The stores were just about sold out of all Halloween in my area. Only costumes and candy remain.

I found this little guy at my Dollar General close to my home. He was by himself, so I didn’t know they also had SEE NO EVIL and SPEAK NO EVIL. I saw those later in another DG store. But I liked the HEAR NO EVIL best. It kind of looks like he is just sitting with his head in his hands.

I had this really tall candlestick and wanted to use it for Halloween. The skeleton has a hat on that has a purple butterfly. That led me to want to paint the candlestick purple. I mixed two different kinds of paint to make a perfect purple. One was a COLOR SHIFT purple which gave it a mystic feel. Then I antiqued it with my favorite antiquing wax.

I put together this project on a FACEBOOK LIVE. Click HERE to see that video.

The skeleton would have been able to sit on the candlestick without the round disc but it would not have been very secure. So my Mom made a round disc for him to “perch” on. I love how his knees bend.

I added a pirate necklace that I bought at GOODWILL. I added some purple metallic paint to it too to match all the purple.

I added black eye lash trim all around his sitting perch. The black matches his hat and the beads on the pirate necklace.

Go make some Halloween crafts. I hope your stores have some left. They are so much fun. Keep the FUN in Halloween.

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Jazz Up Dollar Store Halloween Decor

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I bought this cute little stack of books at Dollar General. But I wanted to make it more substantial. So I added a pedestal for it to sit on.

I used a candlestick that I bought at a thrift store. I painted it white and antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I then had to add some of the wax to the hands on the books to make them match. They were too pale.

So moral of the story…you can change up your current decor or buy inexpensive decor and jazz it up or refresh it each year by adding something to it.

It’s getting close to Halloween….and that means closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas! Fall is my favorite time of year. I think it’s the anticipation of all the holidays.

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Gold Sequin Covered Pumpkin with Owl

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Here’s another paper mache pumpkin I made but instead of painting it, I covered it with fabric. I chose a gold sequin fabric to match all the gold embellishments. Everything was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I did a FACEBOOK LIVE while I made this pumpkin that you can watch here: Sequin Fabric Pumpkin Video

This is another idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy from Royale Funky Junque on Facebook. Please go follow her page. For this pumpkin, you do not paint it or anything. You do have to cut a hole in the top and remove the stem. Make it big enough where you can put the excess fabric inside. I used a yard of fabric cut in half along the folded edge from the bolt. Buy fabric everything at Hobby Lobby when they run their sales.

Pull the fabric as tight as you can and hot glue it to the pumpkin. Put all the excess fabric inside the pumpkin. Voila, you are ready to embellish. MUCH FASTER than painting.

Embellish it to your heart’s content. I chose the same ivory flowers I had been using bought in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. I also used all the same picks. The only difference with this pumpkin I found a sparkling owl to put on top. It is the cutest owl with the cutest eyes!

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Leopard Decoupaged Pumpkin

Do you love LEOPARD PRINT? Here is a pumpkin for you!

These were made with the paper mache pumpkins purchased at Hobby Lobby. I made two Decoupaged Leopard Print Pumpkins using tissue paper also from Hobby Lobby. One went into our booth in Crowley, La and the other one went to our shelf space in Broussard, La. I got this idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy at Royal Funky Junque. Please go follow her Facebook, YouTube, and website for GREAT ideas!

You can watch my FACEBOOK LIVE Tutorial by clicking HERE.

Below are some pictures of the finished pumpkins and there are some pictures interspersed with the written instructions.

I tore strips of the tissue paper to be about 2 inch by 2 inch sections. I don’t like to cut the paper. I always tear for a more organic look. As you can see this print lends itself to collage very well. You cannot even really see where one paper ends and another begins. It looks very natural.

After I got the whole pumpkin covered, I sealed it with another coat of Mod Podge. Then I antique waxed it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. Just a light coat to make it look more vintage.

After it dries, then the REAL FUN begins with all the embellishments. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section and it was forty percent off.

Here’s a close up of the tinsel and the gold sparkling rose.

I used gold tinsel to line all the grooves. Hot glue works the best since it is a curved surface. The tinsel really sheds so put down paper to catch all the little edges. I still had to vacuum, lol.

Here in this photo you can see how I lined up the glitter picks to be linear.
Here is a close up of the little glitter bird. They have several to choose from.

Next, I used two of the ivory flowers on each side and then one bird and one rose for the other sides. I also put two gold glitter picks coming out the sides for a linear design. You could put these all the way around if you wish for a more circular design. I hot glued all these on and it worked perfectly.

I love these ivory flowers because they match all kinds of paints and fabrics. They look both FALl AND CHRISTMAS!
Another close up of the rose.

I always like to place my pumpkins on a stand or pedestal of some kind. For the first one I made, I had a mythical creature metal stand. I painted it white, antiqued it and added antique gold RUB N BUFF on the highlights. The pumpkin fit perfectly.

This is the shorter mythical metal stand.

For the second one, I used a metal stand I purchased at Goodwill. It did not have a top or it was made for an orb of some kind. But my pumpkin did not sit and fit into it properly. So I painted a silver tray to match. I used my Hero’s paint technique of mixing regular black acrylic paint with copper metallic paint to get an oil-rubbed bronze color. Then when it dries, I add antique gold RUB N BUFF. I think this one is my favorite.

Here you can see the gold RUB N BUFF I put along the highlight edges.

The pedestals make the sets too heavy to ship. But if you did want to purchase the pumpkins they are for sale by themselves and you could go thrifting to find a pedestal to refresh. It’s fun to go on a search like that.

Thanks so much for reading my blogs about my pumpkins. I have made so many this year. They are addicting. So many paint choices to chose from. I also wrapped one with gold sequin fabric. So there are also so many fabrics to chose from.

Here is the taller metal pedestal.

If you try decoupaging a pumpkin, please leave a comment below and let me know what kind of paper and design you used. I love hearing from you!

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Three Silver Trays Make a Pumpkin

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This is my take on the three silver trays turned into a pumpkin creation. This has been done by so many crafters, I certainly cannot take credit for the idea. But I had an inspiration to do one in blue. My inspiration was a little blue pumpkin that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I wanted a blue toile look. You will see a picture down below.

I bought my trays at a little flea market and probably paid too much. I like to keep the local markets in business. lol….But you can buy these at Dollar Tree and save money. Scroll to the bottom to see my supply list.

My blue inspiration was a little blue pumpkin bought at Hobby Lobby.

I began by decoupaging some scrapbook paper to the inside of each tray. I then glued two rows of twine all around the edges. That way any imperfections in the scrapbook paper cut is hidden. Twine matches perfectly with almost anything. But you could also use pearls or bling to line the edges. I then added a little antique gold RUB N BUFF to all the scroll edges.

I began by putting the two trays together. I overlapped them, but I suggest putting them exactly side by side. I still used a popsicle stick to secure them together.

After these are securely glued (you may want to wait before adding the third tray on top.) Hot glue alone does not adhere well to metal. It gets cold too quickly. I had to use both hot glue and E6000 glue. The E6000 takes about 24 hours to set up.

After getting all three trays put together, I began making the stem. I wrapped twine around another popsicle stick so I would have something for my TOTALLY DAZZLED pin to glue to. I chose a really big pin with a lot of swirls and large and small stones.

I wish this picture did the TOTALLY DAZZLED pin justice. It really sparkles and makes a beautiful stem!

Thank you so so much for reading my blog! Below are the supplies I used.

~~~SUPPLIES USED~~~

–3 Oval Silver Trays (you can buy at flea markets or Dollar Stores)

–Scrapbook Paper of your choice (you can also use tissue paper, rice paper or napkins)

–Mod Podge to decoupage the paper onto the tray and used as top sealer

–Twine

–Large Popsicle Sticks

–Hot Glue and E6000 Glue

–Bling or any Fancy Brooch or Pin to use as a stem decoration

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Eek to Chic, Garage Sale Bottle Transformed into a Glorious Oil Rubbed Bronze Piece of Art

My first “bottle art” project. I found this treasure at a garage sale for only $2.00. It was a color somewhere between orange and gold. I loved that it came with a topper. I knew right away that it would be perfect for an eek to chic project. Read below for the type of paint I used.

Here is what the bottle looked like below. It wasn’t bad at all but it didn’t match what I had envisioned in my mind.
I loved the shape and design of this bottle PLUS it had a topper! How perfect for $2.00.

To make the oil rubbed bronze color, I used regular black craft paint and added some metallic copper and some metallic gold. I did not even prime the bottle first. But I probably should have. If I had primed it, I recommend the spray paint, Rustoleum 2x primer and paint. Then I used antique gold rub n buff to catch all the edges and raised portions of the design. I went ahead and glued the topper on with E6000 so I could put the necklace on without the topper always falling off.

Before I put the necklace on, I sealed the whole project with matte Mod Podge. I bought the necklace from my cousin who sells Paparazzi Jewelry. The gold in the necklace perfectly matched the gold rub n buff.

I really love how it turned out. I can always go back and add more bling. But for now, it is gold and GLORIOUS the way it is.

Go check out some thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets to find some hidden treasures to make into one-of- a-kind, chic, precious projects.

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Toy Bee Turned into Glamorous Queen Bee

This little queen bee would be a great addition to a wreath or a sweet decoration for a tiered tray. I bought several at Dollar General to glam and jazz up in different ways.

I wanted to make this queen bee after seeing this done on Facebook by Debi Rigg on Studio MD AZ. I want to make another one with black and white checks in the future. I am practicing my checks on bigger projects first. This toy is too tiny for me to try right now. Practice, practice, practice.

I used Diamond Dust on her wings. It made a big difference. See below for the before during and after pictures.

Here she is WITHOUT Diamond Dust.
My Mom made the bee skeps in the background. One is made from wood and one is made from a recycled ENSURE can! She uses rope from the Dollar Tree and I put the little jewels and bees on them. LOVE!
Here they are side by side. Before and After.

Let your imagination run wild and paint one of these toys to match your decor or your project. Decorating with bees is so popular this summer.

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Top 5 Spring DIY Decor Ideas

Hi Everyone! Here are my top five favorite Spring Crafts we made this year. These go beyond Easter and some can be used all year round. Keep reading for more details.

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Spring Block Letters

One of the first projects we made was to welcome spring and make these block letters. I was ready to take down Winter and Valentine’s decor and put up something with bright colors. These letters were the ticket. We used 2×4’s and stained them. Then decoupaged spring time scrapbook paper on each one. I used ready made letters and flowers to embellish each block. This was a fun project. I am thinking about turning them around and decorating Americana “Summer” on the backside. I’ll keep you posted if I do this. More info can be found here: SPRING BLOCK LETTERS

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Nature Inspired Spring Wreath

Another favorite project was this spring wreath. I had a Berry Wreath on here for Christmas/Winter/Valentine’s. I love how simple and clean this looks for Spring. I used a ready made grapevine wreath and embellished with a birds nest and purple heather. I used my wooden tray as a backdrop. More info can be found here: NATURE INSPIRED SPRING WREATH

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Rustic Lace and Burlap Angel

This cute neutral colored angel can be a part of your decor all year round. Mom made here with a more rounded bottom and a round ball for her head. Except for the burlap flower, lace and raffia she is fairly primitive in design. More info can be found here: RUSTIC LACE AND BURLAP ANGEL

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Garden Angels

We made these garden angels before things started turning green. I love to put angels in my flower beds and flower pots. They are very comforting symbols to mix in your home and garden decor. We also made one with a stake to put in flower pots. More info can be found here: RUSTIC WOODEN GARDEN ANGELS

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Turquoise Jeweled Wooden Cross

Crosses are another year round home decor. This one is special to me since Mom made it and turquoise is my favorite color. I love the cross jewel in the middle with tiger’s eye and turquoise nuggets. More info can be found here: TURQUOISE JEWELED WOODEN CROSS

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Thank you for for reading about my top five spring crafts so far this year. I am going to be working on some chicken wire projects coming up. So stay tuned please. Happy Spring!

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DIY Valentine’s Vintage Truck Tee

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Lexi and I made this cute graphic tee shirt. Come watch us on Facebook. Here is the link:

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Step One….was to put down the buffalo check portion of the Vintage Truck Transfer. We used the Vintage Truck Transfer with the buffalo plaid add on from “WINTER”. We used white INK against the pink shirt.

Step Two….was to put down the actual details of the truck. These transfers come in sections and are labeled 1,2,3,etc. Very easy. I used the black ink for this portion.

Step Three…..was to put down the CUPID FARMS. We choose the white ink for this portion of the writing. Then LOADS OF LOVE we used black ink.

Step Four…..was to put down the hearts that the truck is carrying in it’s bed. We used silver shimmer for the whole batch. Then we added just a touch of the strings in black ink.

Below is a close up picture.

I think it turned out cute. I’ll be wearing this!!

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