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. 😁
Early this morning, since I hadn’t put away the beads from the beaded pumpkin I made the other day, 🙄 I decided to make another smaller one.
This one is only about 4” tall so I didn’t double the paper wrapped wire. I also only used 7 strands instead of 8.
Taking photos of it, I decided I loved it so much in the letter tray hanger with the acorn I made the other day, I was going to have to keep them. It is hard to tell in the picture, but it looks so neat on my rust color accent wall at the bottom of the stairs. The early morning light is coming in through the window panel on my front door.
Played with the super pretty Dollar Tree napkins today. I made a riser from a pumpkin cut out. For this I painted the board white with slight distressing on the edges. It creates a completely different look than when applying it to raw wood. The other items were on the raw wood, with some distressing done using antique wax.
Love the colors. And they have a dish towel to match! Not to mention glasses, paper plates, and a dish drying pad.
Today we will drive to St. Genevieve, MO (about 2 hours one way) to give Grandson Ben’s mom some sample bottles of paint. She’s at the bank there today so we don’t have to drive all the way to their house. Because, of course, he needs it by tomorrow. Lol
5th grade Middle School and Ben has an Entrepreneur class. 😳
He was to create a business and will sell items in the school store. Of course he chose to sell paint. 😂 He said his teacher approved of it. We will see. 😬 At least we seal the bottles so hopefully they won’t open them at school. 🙏
He plans to donate 1/2 of his profit to charity and keep the rest. This boy is smart. He knew we would give him the paint so he will have more profit. 😂 The other part of his business is that he will have a donation box where people will drop off broken items and he will try to fix them and sell them. He has learned a lot from his PopPop. Lol
But no problem. We will thrift shop on the way there and back.
Of course, I made him a display for his paint. I had a half of an old globe. It fit perfectly into a Dollar Tree hanging basket. I added a bunch of shredded paper my sister-in-law gave me. Instant display.
Ben also knows once he is in middle school we will pay $5 for any As each grandchild gets per semester. He needed a clarification on that the other day as he got all As this first quarter. He was hoping it was every quarter. Lol He’s a planner. He says he needs a new laptop so…..