I found another way to use some of the roll of jute rope I thrifted. I created a spiral tree with it. 🙂
I used a long stem piece of green floral wire and using craft glue to secure, twisted the jute around the wire.
I then shaped it into a spiral form. The center of the spiral I thumbtacked into this chunk of birch tree I had. I used craft glue to glue the rest of the bottom edge to the base. I added sprigs of faux cedar and daubed on white paint to represent snow. I also daubed a bit of paint on the jute.
I added little balls of a muted green, red and cream color from a garland I had. They had wire attached so I just wired them on.
I cut a star from a piece of aluminum foil I spray painted copper and daubed white paint on it. I used a small piece of Velcro to attach the star to the top.
I sat the tree on a little round base then sprinkled some of the fallen copper dried hydreanga blooms I had left from another project around the base for the photo.
I’m having so much fun finding ways to use my big roll of jute rope I thrifted. 🙂
I used a 10” skewer from Dollar Tree but ended up cutting several inches off when finished. I also used 5 – 3” pieces 3 -2” pieces and 3 – 1” pieces of jute instead of what they did. I also used Dollar Tree Super GluecWood Glue on the wood round stand and on each stand of jute as I built it.
Then I just kept building.
Here it is pictured next to this cool sign I also thrifted. Sure wish I had could have created that, but sadly, no.
I saw this idea and had to try it. I had leftover hydreangas I had dried for a wreath I made. Someone suggested spraying them with metallic copper so….
I finally got some metallic copper spray paint. They are gorgeous. Every once in awhile a little of the green I missed peeks through. I decided I liked it like that. Even prettier in person.
I had two more containers. A copper coffee press from Starbucks I’ve had for years and this little ceramic pot I thrifted. It was some kind of an egg cooker. It had an orange silicone bottom. I put copper wax over the bottom. I also added a gold leaf rub on from Dollar Tree then used my finger and daubed copper wax over it.
I love turning birds and other animals into stone statues. I sometimes feel like the Queen of Narnia when I do, 😂but they are just too cool!
Like this pair of ceramic owls… I forgot a before photo, but they were your average brown owls. They now have been immortalized in faux concrete. 🙂
I mixed a little baking soda with a dark gray chalk paint and gave them two coats. I dried them in between with a hair dryer. I’m impatient. Then, I gave them a coat of white wax (I love Briwax liming wax), rubbing it on with a paper towel and then rubbing it off. The detail on these owls really shows through.
I just had to take them outside for a photo op in front of the changing leaves and under my lampshade/cloche I recently thrifted but with a brisk 41° fall morning, it didn’t take me long. It was cold out there!
Another morning project. I paid more than I usually do for a thrifted item, but this piece was in perfect condition.
This book stand is perfect for propping your phone, your iPad, the book you are reading, or an old fashioned cookbook.
I added the Dollar Tree stencil, using a light gray chalk paint. One trick for getting crisp lines with no bleeding is to use a clear sealer first. Let that dry and then paint over the stencil with your color of choice. The front is sealed with Wise Owl Salve.
I tried decoupaging a napkin on Dollar Tree Dial soap and it worked perfectly. The soap suds from the bottom, leaving the sealed napkin side intact.
I then decided I was going to make several of them and sell them at a Christmas Open House at the Antique Mall where we have a booth. The owner is very kind and is allowing me to have a small space to sell my smaller crafts that day. We’ve not worked out the details yet, but now I need to get busy with stocking stuffers and small gifts and Christmas decor.
I went in search of more bars of the small hypoallergenic Dial Soap carriers but wasn’t finding it. I looked online and they weren’t selling it online either. As I read more it sounds like Dial quit making it. Darn. I was able to find the last 8 bars at my local store so I happily got them.
Any soap that has at least one flat side will work. I just liked the size of these. And they fit perfectly into the little bags Dollar Tree sells in the wedding section. If you are a hoarder of the little soap bars from hotel stays, they might possubly be an option, too.
But then, I wondered if the rub on transfers would work. After a trial and error of trying to apply the transfer to just the soap and the transfer wouldn’t rub off, I decided it might work if I applied a layer of decoupage medium first. I used a water-based sealer (in this case the Wise Owl clear one hour enamel, but any water-based top coat would work). That did it! The rub on transfers worked perfectly then. I used a variety of rub ons I had. Some were just left over from other projects. I’m sure left over pieces of the high end rub ons would work also.
I sealed each bar with two coats of sealer and they fit perfectly in the little bags. I also noticed Dollar General sells the bags, too, but they are an off white. I like the white color of the Dollar Trees ones better. I plan on selling them for $4 each.
You learn something new every day. I bought two of these wire rustic forms at Goodwill. One for me and one for my friend.
They were called lampshades. But Danny and I couldn’t figure out how they could possibly work.
They appeared to be new and they had about 6 of them. I was wishing I would have bought more because we figured we could cut the wires out of the bottom and make cloches. One had a bigger hole and I was able to wedge a candle wreath holder and candle through it. 😬
Danny just now went to cut the wires and called me to come take a look. He tugged hard and pulled on the bottom out and Folks….we have a lampshade. 😂😂 I wonder if the original owners wondered what kind of lampshades they had gotten and sent them off to goodwill. They were hard to pull out.
Anyway, he did cut the bottom wires off on one because it fits perfectly on a charger plate and will look beautiful decorated French Country style for my friend’s dining room table.
The other we are leaving for now because I’d like to try it on my pendant light in my kitchen. I think the top hole is too small for it, though. Maybe Danny can figure it out. If not, I will spread it flat for a different kind of cloche.
Halloween will soon be here. I brought supplies along with me to my babysitting gig and this morning I made this skeleton key holder. I have some cool skeleton keys to hang from it when I get home. I think I might have gotten the chalkboard hanger at either Dollar Tree, Dollar General, or Walmart. I’ve had it awhile. The skeleton napkin came from Dollar Tree.
I tore away the napkin around the head and decoupaged it on using Varathane water based polyurethane in a matte finish. Then put a coat on top and on the whole chalkboard area. I did not paint it a light color first. I wanted it to be dark and gloomy and full of wrinkles.
The items staged with it are Halloween decorations I made for them last year. The bottles were a brand of hot sauce my neighbors used a lot and gave the empties to me. Lol I found the labels online and how to make the bottles look old and dirty. Visit my blog post below to learn how to make these potion bottles.
Sometimes Dollar Tree finds are just too cool to change unless you make a gnome to sit on top of the perfect little sign which stands on its own or can be hung on a wall.
Someone reminded me of these little gnomes. I made some last year. Looks like I might make more this year. They are too cute! The hat is made from lengths of yarn wrapped around a slice from a toilet paper tube, then turned inside out, tied together, and trimmed. The beard is that stringy, fluffy type yarn I made into a pompon.
I had to play with something waiting for my grandson to wake up this morning. (Yes, I brought supplies to babysit.) It’s nice when my charge is 10 years old. Lol
His nose is wadded up piece of brown coffee filter. I forgot to bring small beads for noses. 😁