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Fall Decor is at Dollar Tree

I know it’s mid summer but Dollar Tree has just put out their Fall Decor! Fall is my favorite season and I went early this year to get a few things to craft with.

Here’s my bounty. The flannel stuffed pumpkins are adorable! Hopefully I can go pick up a few more. There are lots of wall hanging things. This metal truck was my favorite. I think I might put it in the center of a wreath. I also got ribbon and flowers. I think I will be making another trip soon!

These little wood plaques are so cute and could be left out year round. Bring on the pumpkins and lattes!

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Dollar Tree Cutting Board Craft: S’mores Tote

This was a fun project just in time for the Fourth of July! It’s fast, easy and cheap.

Supplies list:

  • Two Plastic Cutting Boards from Dollar Tree, the kind with the holes on top
  • One Wooden Crate. I got this one at Walmart in the floral section but you can get them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby or sometimes Dollar Tree has them
  • One Dowel Rod that fits through the cutting board holes. I found at Walmart in the craft section.
  • Glue
  • Paint if desired

I painted the crate with chalk paint. I used Aleen’s tacky glue to attach the cutting boards to the crates. I also used hot glue for an immediate hold.

I made vinyl stickers on my Cricut, marshmallows and a bonfire and stuck them on the sides of the cutting board. I also used my cricut for the word “S’mores” and applied it to both sides of the crate

I added the dowel rod and of course the goodies. This will look great on the counter at the lake. Just grab and take out to the fire. Happy 4th!

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Up Cycled Vintage Train Case Suitcase

I found this avocado green vintage train case at a thrift shop for .50! I decided to shabby chic it and use it for storage inside my tv console.

I knew it’s not going to be heavily used so I decided to paint it.

Here’s the paint I used. I picked outdoor acrylic hoping it will have a little more lasting coverage, although I don’t mind if it gets nicked here and there at all. I picked daffodil yellow because it jumped out at me at the craft store.

First coat. I did two coats and a third touch up coat.

I used nail polish remover and a Q-tip to remove paint that I got on the hardware.

After it dried, I brushed chalk wax on it to help seal it.

I let it dry for a couple of days…

Then I made a vinyl sticker with my cricut and stuck it on.

I’m using it to store my grandsons games and controllers for the Xbox.

It looks so cheery and makes me smile every time I look at it.

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Fourth of July Porch Sign Flag Stars and Stripes

I just got a cricut and I am so addicted! I made this porch sign today. I used acrylic paint from Walmart, the 2oz bottles, a four foot board, some wood stain to antique it a bit, and rope.

I painted the flag, taping off areas so I could get the lines. I didn’t want it perfect but still used tape as my guideline. I made a stencil with my cricut of the stars and painted them on. After the paint dried, I rubbed the stain on in various places then used sandpaper to distress it some. I made the vinyl decal and stuck it on last. I hot glued the rope.

I did this in just a couple of hours. It was a fun project! I can post cricut instructionals if anyone is interested.

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Shabby Chic Thrift Store Tiered Serving Tray

I love Shabby Chic, I love thrift stores, I love crafting. Put them all together and you can make some pretty cool stuff!

I picked up this this plate and bowl set and ceramic candle holders all from the thrift store.

I painted the candle holders with chalk paint and used E6000 to glue them all together. Find it here

This is what the candle stands looked like. I glued them before painting then decided to change the color.

I’m currently using it to display fruit. This would work great for a wedding or baby shower for fruit or desserts. You could do mismatched dishes as well.

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Tabletop Fire Bowl DIY Easy

Who doesn’t love the ambiance of a glowing fire on a summer evening? I know I do! This is a budget friendly option for a deck or patio. Perfect for a small outdoor space.

I don’t know if you have priced fire bowls but they can get very pricey! This one for instance is one I found online.

$85! And there’s not much to it. It’s so easy to make. You just have to find the right container.

I found this 12” terra cotta clay planter at Home Depot for $10.97. I had all the rest of my supplies on hand but the cost of the supplies isn’t much at all.

I chose to paint my pot but you could leave it if you want to skip this step. I wanted a more modern look.

I used chalk paint by Annie Sloan in Graphite, one coat.

Since it’s going to be outside, I used a chalk paint wax to protect the paint. I just rubbed it on with a soft cloth after the paint dried.

I filled the bowl with rock that I had in my backyard. I put a can of sterno in and filled rocks around it to keep it steady.

All filled up and ready to light!

I tried to capture the flame in a picture. Check out my short video below.

It even crackles! I love how it turned out…I like it better then the expensive one! you can use this for roasting marshmallows, just make sure your sterno is non-toxic.

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Homemade Fire Starters Bonfire Campfire

Memorial weekend has just passed and everyone is getting ready for summertime activities. We have a place on the lake and we love to have bonfires, especially when there’s s’mores involved! I like to make my own fire starters. They are so easy, economical and they work great. Here is how I make them..

Supply List:

  • Paper egg cartons
  • Candle wax
  • Natural burnable materials

First, tear the lid off of the carton

I buy candles from thrift stores for the wax. You can buy already burned ones, it doesn’t matter. Sure, you can buy wax that’s already shaved but it can get costly. I cut the candle up into chunks with a knife.

Put them in a small pot and melt on low heat on the stove. I designate a pot just for this purpose because some wax is harder to clean up.

It doesn’t take long to melt so stay close to the stove.

I like to crunch up pine cones, tiny branches or pine needles and place them in the carton. I have also used crushed corncob to mix in with the wax, it works good too. Once the wax is melted, I carefully pour it into the carton.

Let the wax cool and harden back up.

They are pretty easy to tear apart. Store them in a container and when ready to use, light the carton with a lighter and it will quickly start your next bonfire.

This is also a great gift idea for someone going on a camping trip or someone buying a vacation cottage!

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Using Thrift Store Canvas Art For Farmhouse Sign Projects Repurpose

Here’s a thrifty Craft tip. Don’t pass up canvas art from thrift stores and garage sales.

I bought these large canvas art pictures at a thrift store for .75! I’m going to do something different with each one.

I took this one and painted it with chalk paint.

I brushed these three colors on in layers.

After this dried, I stenciled the words with acrylic craft paint in black.

It’s not perfect, but I feel like farmhouse decor needs some imperfections sometimes. Now, what to make with the other two??

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Wood Bead Hoop Floral Wreath DIY Craft

I just painted my front door. It was red for years. I needed a change. I went with a dark grey called graphite. I still have to polyurethane it so it still looks a little dull but it looks so much more dramatic. With the red door, my wreaths never stood out, now with the graphite, this wreath pops!

Here is my take on the wood bead wreath. It was so simple to make! I used a wire coat hanger (FREE), one inch wood beads from Amazon:

Flowers I had in my craft stash from Dollar Tree. Have you priced wreathes lately? I can’t bring myself to buy a pre-made one at those prices.

I started by shaping the wire coat hanger into a circle. This was the hardest part of the whole project. I used a pair of wire cutter pliers to help with the bends. Then I threaded on the beads. I bought pre-drilled beads, saves a lot of labor. I chose not to paint the beads. I liked the natural look of them.

The next part was to close the wreath. I had to make sure it was tight, no one wants spilled beads everywhere.

I used my pliers for this.

I glued on some daisies and burlap ribbon…I love daisies! I used my hot glue gun for this.

All finished!! I used a piece of twine for the hanger. I think this is a great wreath for summer. I’ll post more pics of my door when I get it completely finished. Follow my blog for new posts and leave me a comment if you’d like!

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Dollar Tree Pizza Pan Craft DIY Wall Hanging Farmhouse Decor

This is an easy Diy craft and it is one of my most pinned on Pinterest! It’s amazing what a pizza pan and a placemat can transform into.

I started with a round silver pizza pan from Dollar Tree.

I spray painted it and distressed it with some sandpaper.

This placemat is from Dollar Tree. They have lots of different ones with different sayings.

I bought this grease splatter screen from Dollar Tree. It’s perfect size to fit inside the pan and it already has the knob on it so you can hold it in place while you cut out the circle. A utility knife is easiest.

Here’s the circle. The words fit perfectly inside.

I use mod podge to glue it down. I tried hot glue before and it came out lumpy. This works best.

All ready

See how it fits inside? The splatter screen works great!

You can leave it plain but I like to fill in with rope. Got mine at Dollar Tree.

There is plenty to spare on this roll of rope. You will have left over.

Cut the rope to fit then hot glue it around.

This needs something more…

A burlap wired ribbon and a Gerber daisy…perfect!

Last thing, I glued a piece of rope to the back with hot glue so I could hang it up.

There are many possibilities with colors and ribbons that you can do with this craft to make it your own. Try it!