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A great find at Dollar Tree

Some days you just hit it big.

I had been to a number of store looking for boxes for cookies. Hubby and I have baked about forty to fifty dozen. I am not exaggerating.

It’s been a tradition for a number of years.

We plan on gifting many of them as usual. But I couldn’t find any cute boxes.

While Dollar Tree would ordinarily be my first stop, it wasn’t this year because I’d just been there a few days prior and there had been nothing I liked.

But I was in for a great surprise.

I mean look at these: They hold about a dozen and a half cookies and a few candies. But my next dilemma was how to keep the cookies separate from each other. I cut waxed paper into squares but that wasn’t the least bit attractive.

Then inspiration hit.

Coffee filters!

Nice, huh?

The coffee filters look all “ruffly”. I love the look.

And, yes, I am keeping some for me for decorations for next year.

Here’s another couple of small ones I found.

God bless and I hope you’re making good progress with your Christmas shopping.

A DIY Dollar Tree Christmas sign

This is another very inexpensive quick craft if you’re in need of a last minute idea. Everything, except the board, is from the dollar tree.

First, let me share some of the backstory. I had bought these words from the Dollar Tree as soon as they went on sale. I’m learning that you need to act fast at the Dollar Tree. And, by the way, did you know that not all Dollar Trees are created equal.

By that I mean, they all carry different merchandise. So if you don’t find them store, check another if you can.

Anyway. I had some boards (I’m always scarfing up boards from garage sales, garbage day junk, junk pile at the big box stores. The ones for these projects are from the junk pile at a local big box store. The boards were different lengths, widths, and thicknesses.

I painted them red. Didn’t like them. I painted them white. I didn’t like them. I completely covered them with paper with no wood showing. Didn’t like them. Finally, I came up with black. I spray painted them and before the paint was completely dry, I wiped off some paint. I also distressed the edges with a sander.

I should also mention, that I nailed on picture hangers on the back at each end in case the recipient wants to put them on their wall. But because they are one-inch boards, they will stand up on their own.

Like, this one on top of my hutch.

I painted this one white first, then gold, then sanded off wide swaths of paint. The checked strip down the middle is from a roll of checked paper I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.50. There is a lot of paper on the roll and it’s very heavy. Don’t have any idea how it was meant to be used. I’m sure I’m going to find lots of uses for it.

Christmas sign 2017

 

Ok, back to this one. The plaid down the middle of this one is actually ribbon from the Dollar Tree. I used spray on adhesive for all the boards. These letters had jute hangers on them which I cut off but left the “nubs” on the front otherwise there would be a hole. I cut them off so the words would lay flat.

I already gave my daughter’s her sign so she could use it this summer. Naturally, I didn’t get a good picture of it but hers it totally different. It is painted red, distressed, has bright shiny tape down the middle and has Dollar Tree starts between the words. My husband thought it was the best one because it was so bright.

After this next photo, there is a slideshow that shows various views of the board.

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This really is a quick project once you have all you need and have the boards painted. But even with having to paint and sand the boards, it’s still under an hour. Of course, I painted these boards when it was warmer so they dried quickly. If you’re having to do this in your home,  use craft paint and they will dry just about as fast.

Anyway, these Christmas signs are one of my favorite crafts this year. But I’m going to show you some more this week that I also think are great and they, too, are very inexpensive. I’m probably hanging on to some of them for next year and hoping no one remembers them.

God bless and keep creating. After all, it’s already December!

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