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Decorating Our Lake House on a Thrifty Budget: The Laundry Room

We have been slowly decorating our dream lake house room by room. The house was already beautiful and move in ready but I just want to put my own touches in each room. This will be our place to retire in a few years so it is a work in progress.

You can read my other posts about the other rooms I have done. I am a thrifty person. I love thrift stores and finding things on clearance. I hardly ever pay full price for anything.

This was our laundry room before. It was already nice before and has lots of storage but I wanted more functionality. I wanted to have an industrial shelf and we needed somewhere to hang clothes to dry and since we are on a lake, a place to hang wet swimsuits.

My handy husband made this shelf with some plumbing pipes and fittings. He cut the wood to fit, stained it then put it up. It’s decorative and functional. I think it fills the space in better and I have a place to sit some decorative things on. Before I had no surfaces to sit anything on.

He then made this industrial clothing rack out of a wood board, plumbing pipes and fittings. This wall was big and bare. This is a perfect spot to hang clothes to dry or swimsuits and towels.

This was a very quick, fun project. We got it done in one day. I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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Dollar Tree Faux Wood Blocks Made From Foam Dice Farmhouse Rustic

Here is my take on the faux wood letter blocks.

I see a lot of these with the word “HOME” or “LOVE” and I wanted to make one with the word “LAKE” since we have a place on the lake.

I used the foam blocks from Dollar Tree, painted them with Waverly chalk paint in Plaster, three coats. Then I took the color Truffle and brush on areas that I felt would show wear overtime.

I hand painted the letters because I didn’t have small enough stencils. I hot glued them all together in a square shape, then tied with a rustic ribbon.

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Dollar Tree Garden Fence Candle Holder Diy Rustic Farmhouse

Dollar Tree Plastic Garden Fence

I took this plastic fence from dollar tree and made this faux wrought iron candle lantern.

I snapped off the stakes with pliers then sanded the rough edges. I then started to bend it into the square shape. This was the hardest part because the plastic cracks easily. Once I got the shape, I connected it together. There are already pins on the fence that are used as connectors. I then cut a piece of foam board to glue into the base. It helped hold the shape and gave a platform for the candle to sit on.

I used chalk paint to brush on. I didnt want to cover it all, I wanted a worn look. I should have painted it first, it would have been much easier.

The last step was to add the candle. I used a battery lit one. Then I added some flowers to fill in. For more Dollar Tree Crafts and decorating ideas, follow my blog. Thanks!

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Dollar Tree Throw Pillows Diy Boho Decor

I love throw pillows. I think they are great way to add a cozy feeling to any room. Throw pillows can be expensive! They are so easy to make. I picked up these throw rugs from Dollar Tree and decided that’s just what I would make from them.

I folded them over and sewed the edges, you could use hot glue but I just wanted them to be extra sturdy. I used the stuffing from an old pillow that I had. Then I used hot glue to seal all the edges. It seriously took me a half an hour to make one. The fringe gives them a cool boho vibe. These would also make great farmhouse decor.

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Dollar Tree Easter Craft Pickup Truck Diy Farmhouse

I made this dollar tree craft for my grandsons. Everything came from dollar tree except for the little wood crates. I got those from Michael’s for .99 each.

These trucks were from Dollar Tree. I had to go to four different Dollar Tree’s to find these! I had to have the blue ones. I cut the Happy Easter signs off from the truck signs. I’ll save them for another time.

I stained the little crates then used hot glue to join the two trucks together.

I cut the sticks off of these bunnies and glued two together, back to back to create a round head. I removed the ears from the back bunny. I glued them onto the front crate.

I filled the back crate with all the carrots. It came out so cute.

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Dollar Tree Candlestick Topiary Craft Dupe Farmhouse Decor

I was browsing on Pinterest and I came across these candlestick topiaries and right away I knew I could make a dupe of them with Dollar Tree Supplies.

Here’s the ones I copied on Pinterest. Sorry not the clearest picture but you get the idea.

To make one, I glued together two glass candle holders from Dollar Tree with e6000 glue. Next I painted the bottom and top of the glass with acrylic metallic gold paint. I did three coats. I wanted the paint to look a little distressed.

Supplies I used

Then I took a styrofoam ball and hot glued green moss from Dollar Tree all over it. There were a few strays here and there so I gave it a little spray with hairspray. Then I glued them into the candle holders. I love how they came out!

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Dollar Tree Farmhouse Nautical Serving Tray Pizza Pan Craft Diy $6

I spent my Sunday making another Dollar Tree Craft. I made this for our Lake House. I think it will be perfect on the kitchen counter. It has a nautical look to it and it is functional. We like to have a lot of our meals in the summer time out on the deck. This will be great for carrying out food items or drinks.

Here is a list of supplies needed for this tray:

  • Two Pizza Pans from Dollar Tree
  • 2 Pieces of chunky Rope, each approximately 42” long, you’ll have to cut some of it off
  • One 4”x36” Peel and Stick Floor Tile or One 12”x12” Tile
  • Two Handles
  • Glue Gun
  • E6000 Glue

The first thing I did was glue the two pizza pans back to back. I used E6000. I put an iron skillet on top to weight it down and let it dry.

Meanwhile, I cut the tile. I chose a .99 peel and stick vinyl tile from Lowe’s. I liked the wood grain look that it has to it. It is the rectangular shape, 4”x 36”.

I cut them into 12” lengths. If you find a 12”x12” tile you like, you can skip this step.

Next I used a grease splatter screen that I got from Dollar Tree as a guide to cut my circle out.

I used a utility knife to score it a couple of times then the edges just snapped off.

I glued the tiles into the pizza pan

I glued some chunky rope around the outside circle of the pizza pan with a hot glue gun. There was also an uneven edge so I hot glued some rope around the inside circle.

I use these silicone finger protectors when using my hot glue gun to keep my fingers from being burnt.

Next I took a lighter and carefully burnt around the top of the rope because I like that look. Plus it helps burn away any frayed areas, unless you like that look. It’s all personal preference.

I stacked a couple of iron skillets on top of the tray to let it continue to dry.

The last step was to add the handles. I had my amazing, handyman hubby help with this part. If your only using it for display, you could glue them on but I need this to be sturdy so I chose to use a pop rivet gun to attach them.

Here is my finished tray. I’m very happy with how it turned out. It’s very sturdy and will look great in my lake house kitchen. Total cost was $6!

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Easter Dollar Tree Craft Sign diy

We have been seeing a lot of sunshine the past few days, and even though it’s cold, I’m getting in the mood for Spring. My favorite part of Spring is Easter! Mostly because of what our Lord did for us (John 3:16) but also because of Family gathering, yummy food and I have two beautiful grandsons that I’m excited to share it with!

This year I want to make a few crafts that will make them smile. I have an adorable craft coming soon so be sure to follow and sight up with email for new posts!

I wanted to share my first Easter craft “how to.” It took a few hours, mostly due to letting paint dry, but it was fun and easy.

I started with this Dollar Tree Sign. It’s cute and all but I had a different idea for it.

I love bunnies and pastels for spring but when I saw this sign, I envisioned something different.

So here’s what I did..

I pulled off the bunny with my hands carefully. Then I sanded off the glitter with sandpaper until the board was smooth. This is what it looked like.

I also sanded the bunny.

The next step was to paint. I chose a color called Plaster by Waverly. It’s chalk paint. I painted the entire surface and edges, three coats. I let it dry then used a thin paint brush to added lines and marks to make it look like aged wood.

Here’s the paint I used.

Next, I painted the bunny, let dry, added the bow back and a pompom for the tail with hot glue. Then I glued the bunny back onto the board.

I then went on my computer and printed out the saying, then cut out the words and found their placement on the board.

I used carbon paper that I got on amazon to lay under the words and then traced them onto the board. I’m terrible at free handing letters.

This is what the traces letters looked like.

I then used a black, medium point paint marker to fill in the letters. I added some highlights to the letters with the same paint I used for the background with a very skinny brush.

I hot glued on a ribbon and some flowers from Dollar Tree and that was it! A super easy, inexpensive, fun craft.

I chose to stand it on a table. You could also add ribbon or twine and hang it up. Stay tuned for my next Easter crafts, soon to come!

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Dollar Tree Crafts Pizza Pan Wall Hanger diy

I posted a blog with my first Dollar Tree Craft made out of a pizza pan and placemat. Here is the next one I made.

I’m probably going to change the ribbon. I used what I had on hand. Here are the materials I used.

This vinyl placemat from Dollar Tree. They have a great selection! I used a screen splatter from Dollar Tree this time as a pattern to cut out the circle. It worked perfectly! It was just the right size to fit inside the pizza pan. it has a little knob on it that you can hold while cutting the circle. I used a utility knife.

I bought the pizza pan from Dollar Tree. I painted the edge of the pizza pan with chalk paint. After it dried, I scuffed it here and there with sandpaper to give it a distressed look.

I used Mod Podge to glue the placemat down to the pan.

Next I used rope from Dollar Tree to go along the inside edge. This helps to cover any empty edges on the placemat. I hot glued it down.

I added a bow to the top. Then I cut a small piece of rope and hot glued a loop to the back for hanging.

This is a quick easy craft and would be perfect for a crafting weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

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Dollar Tree Diy Craft Planter Kitchen Sink Decor Farmhouse

I’m suddenly obsessed with Dollar Tree Crafts! It’s so crazy how you can make such cute crafts with dollar store items! I made this kitchen sink organizer for dish soap, sponges, scrubbie’s, etc.

I started with this galvanized planter from Dollar Tree. I spray painted it and let dry overnight. I used an antique white.

Before

The next day I sanded it here and there to give it a worn look. The letters are raised so it’s perfect for sanding across to reveal them.

I then used a truffle brown chalk paint and a very thin paint brush to make swipes to look like it has aged. I went a little heavy in some spots so I sanded them off a little. It’s a very forgiving project.

I added some flowers and here ya go! So cute and functional.

After

Can’t wait for my next project!