Dollar Store Gift Baskets

5 Jul

I got the idea from Pinterest.com, I love that site. I went to my local Dollar Tree Store and roamed the isles and these are the three baskets themes I was able to come up with.

Betty Crocker Kitchen ~ Total cost $9

Included: Measuring cups, can strainer, grater w/container, kitchen scissors, salad tongs, double spatula, pizza cutter, 1 large white strainer, all $1 each. The gift bag and stuffing was a total cost of $1.

 

The Book Reader ~ Total Cost $9

Included: Book, word finds, crossword puzzles, Worthington Caramel Candies, book Light, 2 scented candles, and a lined basket, all $1. The gift bag and filling was a total cost of $1.

 

Pedicure Pampering Set ~ Total Cost $12

Included: foot file, pedicure set, foot file scraper,  foot file with clippers, 2 colors of polish, quick dry nails, nail strengthener, Udderly Smooth Cream, Crystal Light candies, and a lined basket all $1. The gift bag and filling was a total cost of $1.

 

*Pictures to be posted soon!*

Book Wreath!

1 Apr

This project was super easy to do! I got the idea from  http://www.livingwithlindsay.com via http://www.pinterest.com. She gave very easy instructions and includes a video. I have modified them to work for my project!

Supplies: Foam Wreath, glue gun, paint, book

Get a book! I used a romance novel of my mothers.

Paint the edges! (I used blue)

Tear out the pages and fold them into loose folds. Apply hot glue on the end without the paint, fold the bottom to make a flap, glue and stick on what you think will be the back of the wreath. Repeat this all around the wreath. Take a ribbon, cut and glue to a spot. You will want this to be your hanger, then turn over to flatten out.

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Repeat folding and gluing process for the “inside” of the wreath.

Repeat folding and gluing process for the middle of the inside and outside pages.

Repeat folding this time gluing both sides of page and sticking in the fill in the wreath. The glue will do the work.

The finished product is great for your own home or gifts for others. This one is for my mom.

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What I like about this wreath is it is a perfect gift or for use in your own home. It’s a neutral color so it will go in any room of your home! Enjoy!

Anytime gifts for family, friends, teachers, new neighbors, the posibilities are endless!

22 Mar

I saw an easy to make bird feeder wreath on Pinterest via infarrantlycreative.net. With as stressed as I am over a test I am taking today I can’t wait to get the supplies for this easy peasy gift idea. These may end up as Teachers gifts at the end of the year.

Recipe:

4 cups of wild bird seed

1/2 cup of warm water

1 envelope of Knox gelatin

3/4 a cup of flour

bundt pan

nonstick spray

3 tbl. light corn syrup

whisk

wooden spoon

canvas drop cloth , or ribbon

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.   Spray your bundt pan with nonstick spray.

2.   Mix your Knox gelatin with 1/2 cup of warm water, whisk until mixed.   Then whisk in the flour and corn syrup.

3.   Add your bird seed and stir coating the seed well with a wooden spoon.   Then pour it into your greased bundt pan.

4.   Next press it tightly with the back of a wooden spoon into the bundt pan. Use wet hands to press it more if you need to.   Let it dry overnight. ( I put them in my stove.)

5.   Once completely hardened overnight it will come right out of the you pan.

6.   I used some ribbon but you can use drop cloth fabric strips ripping it to tie a ribbon around it and add a bow.   Hang it in an area that won’t be exposed to the rain.

This was so easy and for me it was a total cost of $5.00 for the bird seed. I had the other ingredients on hand.

$1 Dollar Store Condiment Holders

21 Mar

I saw this on http://www.pinterest.com and wanted to try it out. My husband works 2nd shift and dinner time is tough. Like any of us if you take a salad with dressing on the salad it is soggy instead of crisp. So I paid $0.99 at The Dollar Tree for this shower travel pack. I used the bottles for Ketchup, Dressing and Grated Cheese but there are endless possibilities really. Just put the bottles in with his lunch and you are all set!

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Upcoming Crafts

20 Mar

I am beginning a book wreath and a balloon topiary this week. Pictures and Instructions to follow!

 

I will try to do two to three new crafts a month. We will see what life says about that!

Faux Depression Glass

18 Mar

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Faux Depression Glass!

These were so easy to make!

Giving Credit where credit is due. I was on http://www.pinterest.com and saw these. I got my base directions from http://www.momtastic.com. I had to modify them just slightly but the instructions were very very helpful and its a great website!

All you need is:

2 Tbs. Modge Podge – Glossy, 2 Tbs. Water, 2 Tbs food coloring, a glass cup to mix the coloring in, a Mason Jar, a cookie sheet, a cookie cooling rack,newspaper and wax paper.

I had most of these ingredients at home. None is too expensive to purchase.Clean your Mason Jars before working with them.

First: Take your glass and put 2 Tbs Modge Podge inside it, then 2 Tbs food coloring, then 2 Tbs Water, and stir thoroughly.

Second: Pour the glass of coloring mixture inside a jar. Taking your time with this step slowly turn and twist your jar so that the coloring covers the entire jar. I poured the extra into a second jar. Repeat the process and let the excess drain from the Mason Jar into the glass and let stay in that position for 5 minutes.

Third: While waiting your 5 minutes take the newspaper and lay it on the counter.

Fourth: After your 5 minutes are complete, move the jar from the glass to the paper still in the upside down position. Let stand on the paper upside down for 30 minutes. Using a damp not sopping wet paper towel wipe the outside edges of the jar.

Fifth: While waiting for the jars to dry on the newspaper for 30 minutes, line your cookie sheet with the wax paper. This will protect your cookie sheet from the coloring. The picture below is shown without the cooling rack. Set the cooling rack on top of the wax paper & heat the oven to the lowest setting possible. Set rack in oven for this process.

Sixth: After the 30 minutes place jar(s) on top of the cooling rack for one hour.

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Seventh: After the hour of drying in the warm oven take all jars out carefully and let cool in the air.

Eighth: Once cool squirt a little dish soap on the insides and rinse with water only (do not use a cloth) until all suds are gone and water runs clear. You can use a cloth on the outside. Put jar(s) in the oven to dry again for 20 min, pull out and let cool.

Ninth: Fill with flowers and enjoy!

I will post more pictures of the process and of the flowers in the vase as soon as I can. Please comment and let me know what you think!

* You can not scrub these with a rag, I did this and the color comes right off. (oops)*

**DO NOT DRINK OR EAT OUT OF THESE JARS, THEY ARE NO LONGER SAFE TO DO SO**

***These do not hold water without clouding or taking away the color.**

I will post a picture soon of a decorative way to use these as a Teacher’s Gift or a Mothers Day Gift using this technique.

Hello World!

18 Mar

Welcome to my crafting blog!

This blog will highlight the DIY crafts I actually make and include instructions, tips, and where to find supplies. I hope this blog is informative and look forward to your comments! Food items will also be highlighted here from time to time!

Susie!