Dollar Tree Decor-Spring/Easter

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I needed some Spring in my life so I went to the Dollar Tree to see what I could round up to decorate our apartment. I found these cute and sparkly Easter egg picks. Since I already had some vases I thought maybe I could do something with that. So I also bought some green floral foam they carry, some green shredded paper (fake grass), and some speckled malt balls. I had the polka dotted ribbon already that I put around the vase. I also bought a basket, fun plastic eggs, and a white fake candle.

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The picture frame I’ve had for a while and I fill it with subway art or a fun printable I find online. This one is a spring subway art found here:
http://www.smilelikeyoumeanit.net/2011/03/8×10-springtime-printable.html

There is counter space between the kitchen and dining area that I like to put something on as well. I found glass hurricanes at the Dollar Tree a while back and I stacked them. For Easter I have filled them with mini Easter eggs also found at the Dollar Tree

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The pink pot with pink flowers (fake) I found at Gordmans for $5.99. So for very little money I was able to accomplish a brighter, springy-er look! Now go to your dollar store and see what you can do!

Candlestick Jars

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I made these for my mom and since Easter is right around the corner, she filled them with Easter decor. I obtained most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby. The glass jars were 50% off at the time I bought them (score!). The wood pieces were pretty inexpensive. The candlesticks I found at Michael’s for 4.99 a piece. I of course have the Michael’s app on my phone though, so I got 50% off one of those. Here is a list of all the materials I used:

  • 3 wood candlesticks
  • 3 different sized glass jars with twist on metal lids
  • 3 round wood pieces to glue the candlesticks on
  • 1 pack of finials which contained 3
  • Black and white polka dotted ribbon
  • Small wooden letters (J-O-Y)
  • Black spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • E 6000 adhesive glue

I first spray painted the candlesticks, round wood pieces, finials, and jar lids with black spray paint. This took about 5 coats. I tried not to over spray each time so that it would be even throughout. The last couple times I put my materials on top of a box so I could make sure I got all around the sides.

Then I hot glued the finials on top of the lids to look like a fancy knob. I took the black and white polka dotted ribbon and hot glued that around the jar lids and a bow on the front.

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The candlesticks had a metal thing in the top which made it hard to level the jars on top. So my very helpful husband took those out with a knife (I didn’t complain since it actually worked).

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I then had to paint the insides to match and I did this with black acrylic paint. The candlesticks were hot glued to the round wood pieces

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The part I was most nervous about was gluing the jars to the candlesticks. E 6000 adhesive is an extremely strong crafting glue that I highly recommend. You put some on the bottom of the jar and then on the top of the candlestick. Before bonding the two together you let it sit for a few minutes. Then, you can attach them. I did not mark the jar in any way before, but I would say this would be a wonderful idea because I had to readjust mine quite a bit. The glue then needs to dry for 24 hours and it will have made the bond very strong.

My mom wanted the letters J-O-Y on the jars so I painted some wood letters and attached them with string around the finials at the top. I love these jars because you can fill them seasonally! I will be making some for myself as well.

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Easter Wreath

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While visiting family in Nebraska and playing with our 7 month old niece (who has puffy, soft, kissable cheeks I’m already missing), me, my mother-in-law, and sister-in-law tried some Easter crafting. This wreath was made mostly with deco mesh, tulle, and ribbon (all found at hobby lobby). Then we added embellishments with a wood letter, flowers, eggs, and wood skewers. It was very easy and can be put together however you’d like.

Materials I Used:

  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Green and Purple Deco Mesh
  • Turquoise Tulle with Sparkles
  • Polka Dotted Ribbon (yellow, pink, green, purple, etc)
  • Felt Flower Embellishments (the other ladies also used some glittered egg embellishments)
  • Wooden Letter T (for our last name)
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Push Pins
  • Hot Glue Gun

Process:

  1. We cut the deco mesh and tulle into 1 yard strips and the ribbon into a little more than 1 foot strips.
  2. We tied the deco mesh and tulle around the styrofoam wreath. I only tied mine around one time and it stayed just fine. The same kind of tie that you would do for the first step in tying your shoes. You can move the material around easily to look like you want. The tulle will stick to the mesh so I just scrunched and rolled it up after tying it on, and it stuck in place because of the mesh around it.
  3. Then we tied the ribbon in a knot and used a push pin to place it in between the mesh and tulle where we wanted it.
  4.  I painted my wooden T with acrylic paint in stripes and hot glued it on.
  5. The wooden skewers were also painted with acrylic paint and then I hot glued the felt flowers on the non-sharp side and used the sharp side to stick into the foam wreath where I wanted it.
  6. At the very end, before I hung it, I used the hot glue gun to glue down a few pieces so that it looked like I wanted it to.