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!
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.
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.
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..
Paper egg cartons
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!
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: https://amzn.to/3cgyyas
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!
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.
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!