Showing posts with label dollar store crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dollar store crafts. Show all posts

Aug 19, 2015

DOLLAR STORE PRIMITIVE CANDLE Makeover


I picked up these cute, Fall themed candles today at the Dollar General.
These are 3 oz Jars for only $1.00 each
And this is how they turned out:
Their scents are Creamy Pumpkin Pie and Candied Maple Sugar!
Ummmm right?

I knew I could throw a touch of prim on these to spruce them up somehow.
Especially with such yummy scents.

And so here is how I did them.

For the more brown colored candles, the Candied Maple Sugar, I used some closely colored construction paper in a similar brown. I cut a strip wide enough to cover up the existing label.

Like so, and just wrap it around the candle and overlap just enough to cover it.

Cut off the excess. 

Then I decided to get out my black ink and stamps

and my letter stamps.  

 Don't worry, if you don't have stamps and such, you could always use a black permanent marker and free hand some on. Or maybe print out cute words onto the brown paper beforehand! Here's one lable I free handed with an inkpen.

Two pics up, you will see I also used the letter stampers to stamp the candle name onto a Grungy Hang Tag that I made with this recipe.

Here, I stamped the paper strips with the willow tree stamp (that I bought on eBay.)
 To attach the brown stamped paper to the jars,I used E-6000 glue instead of hot glue.
 The reason I used E-6000 glue was if the candle is used, when the wax gets hot, if you use a glue gun, chances are the hot glue dobs will come off. And with the E-6000 it kinda holds forever.

Then for one of them I had a bit of cute fabric. I cut it the size to cover the label and also e-6000 glued it on.
Once I had it on, I thought about stamping the name of the candle onto a smaller piece of brown paper and then ripping it to fit.  

To give the label a worn and torn look like so.
 I REALLY like how that torn label turned out.
Then I just used a bit more e-6000 glue to stick it right onto the fabric.
And then I finished it off with a little rusty brown star that I tied to the top with some brown and white bakers twine. Jute brown string would work or just about anything.

And then here is another that I was working on with the willow tree stamp.
I ended up putting the hand written label on as a hang tag.




So if I used something you don't have on these Dollar Store candles, just improvise and use something you do have on hand.
When it comes to making things primitive style, you really can't go wrong!

I have to say, I really like the plain, brown, stamped labels!

Which ones do you like the best?

Nov 28, 2014

PRIMITIVE CANDY CANES with Jingle Bells

Hey ya'll! Ready to make some cute, primitive Christmas candy canes like this?

Okay, first I started off with these hard, plastic candy canes.  I got them in packages at the Dollar Store last year in the after Christmas sales boxes.  I bought all they had and I think they may have been around a quarter per pack or so.

And here is how I went about making them into some cute, primitive themed candy canes.

All you need is some fabric, hot glue gun and some jingle bells.  The fabric I used started its' life as a bed skirt.  I got this at a store that sells JC Penny discontinued items and such, for only $2.00.  It was just right as it is a light red and cream pinstripe.
I then started to rip them into little strips. I like leaving the edges torn and raveled so that it looks more prim.  I left each one about 6 to 8 inches long or so.
So now, just take your glue gun and run a bead of glue at the very bottom. This is where you will start the fabric and make your way up.

And then just start to wrap it like this:
And you just keep wrapping and wrapping.  I add a bit of hot glue here and there along the way to make it stay secure.
And then I just continued on making more and more.

I thought I'd bunch them in groups of two and add a bit of homespun and a jingle bell this year.
So I tied them together with some of that jute twine that comes in big spools for like $2.00.

And then I started making a bunch more but I kind of mixed them all up in different ways.
Some of them ended up leaving as a single candy cane too.  I just wanted to keep things going differently so I didn't get too bored.  I usually will lose interest in making things that look the exact same after a few.  It's just my mind lol.

I decided to package them up into those clear treat bags from Walmart in the baking goods section for decorating.
I even added some little metal stars to a few.  Metal stars are cute on just about anything crafty lol.
I then tied these off at the top of the bag with another strip of the matching homespun fabric. And then I added a hanging gift tag.

I forgot to take a photo of them all tied up, I think, as I can't find them.  But you get the jist, I'm sure.
I priced these for $1.99 each for an easy grab and go purchase.

So here it is, the before and after of these little plastic candy canes.
to this:
and these:
I hope ya'll will give these a try and make some cuties.  These will be great tied onto those specially wrapped gifts or hanging onto a cute prim Christmas tree!

And while I was at it, I also went ahead and did the same process on those large, plastic candy canes people use for trimming their walkways. You know the super duper sized ones about 3 feet tall or so.
Here they are:

SUPER TALL WALKWAY DECORATION SIZE



I priced these large ones for $4.99 each.

Happy Holidays! And see ya'll next time,
~Lisa

Oct 7, 2014

STYROFOAM SNOW BALLS in Rusty Minnow Bucket


Look how cute these little snowballs turned out that I made with simply Epson salt and Elmer's glue! Aren't they adorable.  And they are super easy to.


I took plain styrofoam balls, painted Elmers Glue on them, super thick like,  and then just rolled them around until covered.  Set aside on some wax paper to dry and that's it.

It seriously is one of the easiest crafts I've done.

Here they are up close and frosty:
-More detailed instructions-
1. Gather some Styrofoam balls (look at Walmart in the craft section,) Elmer's glue and a box of Epson salt.

2.  Pour out the Epson salt in a pie pan or something similar.  I use those throw away aluminum pie pans for easy clean up.

3.  Take the Elmer's glue and paint it all around the Styrofoam ball with a good coating.

4. Then, while still wet, roll it all around in the Epson salt.  Make sure to get a good coat on.  And don't worry if you don't think you are getting enough on.  You can always go back and add more easily.

And that is it.  Set it aside on some wax paper to dry!  From time to time you do notice some epson salt breaking off, but it would be an easy fix by just applying a clear coating. But I have just left mine how they are.  I love how the lights sparkle off the salt!

I found an old minnow, rusty bucket with a handle that I sat my fake snowballs in to display.  I added a metal brown star and put the words "Snowballs 5cents" on it with white craft paint.  And to finish it off a sprig of pip berry and some homespun fabric.


These are a hot seller in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555.  
When in a bucket like this, I price them for only $7.99.  But when I put them in a bag in sets of 3, I only put $2.99 on them. 

Happy Crafting and see ya'll next time,
~Lisa

Sep 5, 2014

PRIMITIVE SNOWMAN MAGNETS CABOCHON

(Warning Lots of Snowmen Photos!)
I made these Primitive Snowman Magnets:
 
out from these $1.19 party favor button pins:

The party favor buttons can be found at the Dollar Mart for only $1.19 for a pack of 12. Wow!

Just take them apart by pressing them open, the pins on the back twist off with a setting and here they are all apart:

The little plastic cabochon tops tops are usually that price for only them!

And I just began by painting the backs of the Jesus inserts. I did not want to paint over the Jesus picture, lol, I'm just like that.


Then after painting about 24 of these all in antique white, I started to add some eyes:

And then I started to just free hand on some noses and then some mouths on some:

Some of them I took some very very light reddish pink and gave their cheeks some rosey, winter color.

And then I took some magnets, also found in the Dollar Mart, for a $1.19 for a pack of 20! Unbelievable! I bought all they had! And I glued them on the back with my favorite glue ever, E6000. It is found at Wal-Mart.


And then on the fronts I took some tears of homespun fabric, tied little knots in them, and glued them on with E6000 glue also, as little scarves.


And here is a set of them sitting and drying.

They are starting to look super cute!



After they dried, I tried the magnets out on a metal lid. They hold great!

And then I figured on some (not assembled yet) I would go back add some glitter to the faces. To give the feel of maybe frost. I did this with simple craft varnish mixed with a dash of silver glitter. White glitter would have been better, but I was out of the great, tiny stuff:


And here is some with the glitter varnish and some easy print out 3x5 papers from Avery.com to make them look better in the packages:






Some of them I decided to put the Pins back on the back to mix them up. 
Who knows, they may be a cute winter pin to wear!

And the others, I left as magnets. Magnets are my all time favorite thing to make with snowmen!


If you like the Snowman Spoons in the pitcher above, here's where I made them!





I priced these for only .99cents each in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555
I think they will be a great grab as you go item that people can keep or give as a cheap gift.

Happy Crafting
& See ya'll next time.
~Lisa