Put on your red shoes and craft the blues

Let’s dance. Description: 8 x 10 acrylic pour tray in teal, white, and blue flash—accented in rose gold. Decoupage honey bottle and a sea glass-colored mason jar with nautical rope. Inspirational Dollar Tree decor in the back and a dried sea star I had on hand.

How I made the tray

The tray is an 8 x 10 shelf decor from the dollar tree, prepped and turned upside down. I painted it white all over, using a matte white from Apple Barrel. I then did an acrylic pour using teal, white, and blue flash. Blue Flash from Folk Art is an iridescent that shifts purple. I mix the teal myself from white, blue, and yellow. All of the colors are mixed with Floetrol and water.

There is no purple in this. The Blue Flash adds iridescent purple.

Once that was completely dry I painted the edges in metallic rose gold, and added the shell stencil in bright gold and rose gold. The handles are made from the wooden handles of leftover foam brushes. I painted the handles white and wrapped them in painters tape to dip the tips in rose gold. They are attached with hot glue.

I still need to fix some cracked and overpainted edges and give this an overall spray with clear protectant.

How I made the mason jar

I Spray painted an extra Kerr mason jar using Sea Glass paint in Aqua From Krylon. Then I used nautical rope from Dollar Tree to wind around the top of the jar. I made the handle by looping more rope through the neck and securing it with gold floral wire and needle-nosed pliers. The rope is hot glued to the jar for added security.

How I made the honey bottle

The honey bottle is one I salvaged from a school project from years ago. I used matte white and teal to give it a chalk paint appearance and rubbed out the letters to distress the bottle. Then I decoupaged some butterfly images from a napkin using Mod Podge. I also drew on some flowers and designs using chalk paint pens I had on hand. I’m not sure I love this yet, but it fit for the picture.

Craft 101: How to prep a Dollar Tree plaque or decor box

Dollar Tree has a ton of adorable hardboard signs and decor boxes available year round. These are easy to pick up. If you like the shape of one, go ahead and get it. You can very simply turn them into something that suits your taste and decor.

For this demo, I used a board shaped like a mason jar. I wanted to play around with getting one of these plaques to look exactly like a vintage mason jar. Although my final result isn’t perfect, I really like how easy it was.

Here is what I did:

Step 1. Remove the 3D designs. These come off very easily just by pulling or with a flat screwdriver. Save these… they can be used in other projects.

Step 2. Peel away as much of the paper layers as possible. There are 3 layers of paper. One is the top printed layer, followed by 2 brown paper layers. Some of this you can peel off. For the rest, lay a damp rag across the board and let it soak in. Then you can scrape or peel off the rest until you are left with the clean chip board. If the board starts to bend a bit from moisture, don’t worry. It’ll dry flat. If you think you got it too wet, let it dry under a weight on a flat surface.

Step 3. Prime the board with whatever color you want as the under paint. Milk or chalk paint is very good for this. Spray paint is amazing. In this case, I used a matte white from Apple Barrel.

Step 4. Paint or decoupage the board to your style. For my mason jar I used white and a teal that I make myself with white, blue, and yellow. I also dry brushed Paynes Grey to add the screw top and deeper accents around the edges. This gave it a 3D jar look. For the lettering, I found a sample online and traced it. Then I did a pencil transfer.

If you are not familiar with pencil transfers, they could not be simpler. Print out or trace a shape or lettering onto a piece of paper. Color the back with a Number 2 pencil and then place it on your board. Trace with strong marks to transfer the pencil to the board. After that I traced over my pencil marks with a sharpie. You can also use stickers or stencils.

That’s it! From Dollar Tree sweet to homespun chic. I need to fix the lettering (the “M” is driving me crazy, and I will probably remove the straw sticking up. That is easy to fix with a craft knife. Otherwise, I love the subtle coloring, and the realistic effect. This is perfect to hang in my kitchen. I could also turn this into a clock with a clock kit or attach some hooks at the bottom to make a key hook.

Check out my new craft bench!

Here is the text my husband sent me this morning:

“You should write a blog about DIYing in the kitchen to get your husband to give you space in the garage.”

To be clear, I had no designs on garage space. But I didn’t say “no” when he offered to give me some of that man-cave real estate. I guess he got tired of me dripping paint everywhere in the kitchen, as well as having to moving everything to make dinner.

In any case, over this past long weekend, I got premium garage space courtesy of my saintly man who built ceiling storage, several shelving units and one perfectly sized work bench. He also made sure I had easy access to tools such as pliers and screwdrivers, goo gone, and all the spray paints.

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing my craft projects, including some How To videos. Here you can see some of the projects I’ve already started including some gorgeous coasters for a friends upcoming birthday, as well as mercury glass solar light jars for those summer nights on the patio.

So that is my awesome bench. Isn’t it great? All it needs is a slop sink…hint hint.

It is official. I have an addiction to Dollar Tree

I’m not proud. I started to go to Dollar Tree becuase I got into acrylic pouring and needed some paints. I knew they had low cost acrylics there. But then I saw that they had small canvases, too. THEN, in the pictures aisle, I found a ton of pressboard shadow boxes that were larger than the canvases. So I got a bunch of those (little did I know they wouldn’t have more). Then I found two (just 2) plain wooden die cut flower boards.

That’s when I started to realize just how special and insidious Dollar Tree is. They will have really cute things. For a dollar. Then, those things will be gone. Some of them are much higher quality than you would normally find for a dollar, and unlike the 99C Store, everything IS ACTUALLY ONE DOLLAR.

I’ve always gone there for stickers and note pads. Now I go there first for everything. And I watch Dollar Tree DIYs on YouTube… and then I shame watch Dollar Tree Hauls on YouTube. I’m literally fighting the urge right now to go watch one.

With almost everything available online these days, Dollar Tree full fills that hunter/gatherer, get-it-before-its-gone psychological need we have. The fact that some of it might be crap, but a lot of it is pretty cool (in the way that anything a suburban mom does is “cool.”)

So let’s talk about what is in the picture. Because despite my self-deprecation, I’m completely un-ironically enjoying this stuff. The top left: come on…its all about coffee! And it has teal green accents (my favorite color). The companion to that sign is the coffee scented candle seen in the middle, with a coffee lid on it. It really smells like a delicious coffee. I put these by our coffee machine.

Doubling down on the teal, I have two shadow boxes. The small one, “Lead with Love” is currently on my desk. The Mermaid one accompanies some large shells my husband is displaying on our garden window.

In front, to the left is that beautiful aqua container… I wish I’d gotten more, but I didn’t really have a use for it when I bought it. I just loved the color. Right now, it is holding those craft jewel ribbons, plus some other rolls of ribbon I had. I hope to do something more with that soon.

In the middle, you have that textured glass jar. This is a candle holder that I sprayed with mirror finish on the inside to give it a mercury glass effect. It fit a random solar light I had nearly perfectly, so that has become a little shelf light. On the front it says “Home Made.” I need to pick up another one before they are gone.

The plain glass mason jar and the note pad are self explanatory—although I am super pleased that this note pad has not one but two magnet strips on the back for extra security. And finally, the purple vase is one I made myself with acrylic pouring. The glass vase is a staple at Dollar Tree, so I don’t have to worry about them running out.

Are you a Dollar Tree addict too?