Dollar Tree Hacks!

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing well as we go into the weekend.  Has everyone recovered from the 4th?  I know there are still fireworks going off in my area, but only here and there.

This week I am featuring Dollar Tree Hacks. There are so many different things you can buy at Dollar Tree that are just as good of quality as Walmart.  You can buy journals and pens, cake mix and sodas, plates and silverware, and much much more!  And you can buy lots of things to have an awesome project.

Now, this post is not sponsored by Dollar Tree, but we are an affiliate with them.  Click on the banner in the sidebar and if you purchase something we will get a percentage at no extra cost to you.

Enjoy!

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How to Make A Dollar Store Basket Look Like One from Pier 1 from Busy Bliss

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Magnetic Toy Storage from Dollar Store Crafts

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Fish Scale Wall Art from Two Thirty Five Designs

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Plastic Elephant Bookends from Love Grows Wild

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DIY Hurricane Lanterns out of Dollar Tree Frames from Grosgrain Fab

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DIY Watermelon Stickers from Sarah Hearts

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DIY Treat Stand from The Crafting Chicks

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How to DIY a Magnetic Organizer from the Dollar Store from The Crazy Craft Lady

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DIY Mousepad from The Crafted Life

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DIY Sunburst Mirror from Healthy Wealthy DIYs

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Travel Tips and Tricks

Hello!  I hope everyone had a good and safe 4th of July!  I know mom and dad’s furry kids were good with the fireworks, and my cats were a little scared but nothing too bad.

With summer in full swing, people everywhere are taking road trips.  Now, I wish that I could travel more than I do now, but it isn’t going to happen anytime soon.  So to curb my hunger for adventure, here are some travel tips and tricks for you on your next road trip.  Enjoy!

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I haven’t been on too many flights but I can say that it is hard to pack a carry on bag.  Arzo Travels lays out an awesome list of everything that you should pack in your carry on bag for your next flight.

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Who doesn’t like snacks?  Especially for a long trip you definitely need to have something to eat on the road.  Live Laugh Rowe gives her list of snacks that she likes to pack for a road trip.

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We all love our pets and we love them so much so that sometimes we want to take them with us on our adventure.  The Every Girl complies a list of things to pack and look at when wanting your furry friend to go on an adventure too!

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If you are traveling somewhere by car and not by plane, it can be hard to figure out how to pack your car.  Stuffed Suitcase shows us how she packs her car for long road trips, which is very helpful!

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If you are going on a trip soon, you may need to pack a lot of small items for your adventure.  Polka Dot Chair gives us some ideas on things to pack to make traveling just a little bit easier.

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Sometimes when you are taking a road trip, you are taking the whole family with you!  Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, Dylan Too gives us some great ideas of things to bring when traveling with kids.

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Did you know that there is a “proper” way to pack a suitcase?  Business Insider gives us this awesome diagram on how to properly pack for your next trip.

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With everyone using technology for everything nowadays, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a plethora of apps that were reliable for travel?  Carry On or Bust compiles a list of apps that they use when traveling that make your life much easier.

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This is a HUGE thing!  Obviously you want to be safe while traveling and it would be terrible if things got stolen from you.  Wise Bread gives a good list of things to take into consideration when you are traveling.

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Finally, it’s not really travel tips and tricks, but my trip to Washington last summer.  I had so much fun and even give you a small itinerary for my week long trip.  Click here to check it out!

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Make an American Flag from Pickets

Happy 4th of July!!

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I thought you would enjoy this little picture. I’m not sure how much the pups enjoyed it, but they sure look cute!

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I posted this a couple of years ago, but thought it was perfect for today! I had gathered some pickets from a neighbor a couple of years ago when he took down his fence. I have used them for a potting table and also a little side table. I wasn’t using the small table anymore, so I took it apart and used the pieces.  Steve removed the nails from each of the pieces, than I gave each one a good scrubbing.

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I painted 4 pickets antique white and 3 pickets grey. I didn’t cover them too thoroughly, just enough to freshen them up.

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I took one of the squares from the table that was taken apart and painted it blue. After the paint dried, I sprayed a little bit of turquoise over the top and then sanded it down.

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These pieces also came from the table and they were attached to the back to hold all the pickets together.

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Here is the front with the blue square attached.

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Here is my bottle cap collection! My girls and I have collected these for years while taking walks around the neighborhood. We have an alley behind us and there are always treasures to be found.  The girls and I picked out caps with blue, gold, silver and a little bit of red. We tried to get them all different and then placed them on the blue square in random order. I used my nail-gun to attach them.

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All done! This was such a simple project to put together and I love how it turned out!

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I don’t really decorate with red, so I tried to keep this as neutral as possible.

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I’m still loving this flag and have it on my mantle now. I hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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Green & White Striped Bench for Summer

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Good morning! It’s officially summer now! Are you enjoying some relaxing days or evenings! I like that it is light so late in the evening. It’s so much easier to get things done when it’s still light outside. I have a simple project for you today.

Our area has quite a few estate sales. A company comes into a house, pulls everything out of cupboards and closets, prices it and then runs the sale for 2 days. The items are usually higher priced than a normal sale, but if you go on the second day, everything is half off. That’s how I found this bench. There were actually three of them. I’m not sure what the owners did with three of them, but I only came home with one!

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The top was easily removed by unscrewing the 4 screws. Then I painted it white.

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I had this fabric for awhile. I think I made a pillow from it before, but had plenty left over. I plan to put this little bench in my laundry, so it could be a little bit of a bright and fun color.

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I cut the fabric a little bit larger than the bench top. I folded over the edge twice to give it a clean line.

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Next, came the stapling. I usually start in the middle of each side and then work toward the edges, pulling the fabric tight as I go.

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For the corners, I fold the fabric in, kind of like wrapping a present.

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Now that the fabric is on, I just reattached it to the base.

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I took photos in my living room since my laundry room has no natural light. I love the bright green stripes!

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It’s the perfect place to sit to take off shoes when you come in the door or to put down your packages.

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It’s amazing how a little bit of paint and some pretty fabric can change the whole look of a piece of furniture! What projects have you worked on lately? I would love to hear about it!

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Here are some items to create your own project!

                            

                                          

Decoupaged Gold and White Flatware Box

Good morning! Are you ready for summer? Do you have projects lined up to work on or are you just taking time to relax? I hope I can do a little of both. I want to thank all of you for showing up each time I post. I really appreciate all of my readers! I know I have been a little hit and miss lately, and I thought summer would be better, but it doesn’t look like it will be. Anyways, thanks for hanging out with me when you can!

I have had this project set aside for awhile and just couldn’t quite figure out how it was all going to work. Even now, I’m not completely satisfied, but it didn’t turn out too bad.

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I received gold flatware for Christmas, so I needed place to store it. I had picked up the box at yard sale awhile back and knew it could be perfect. I had some gold polka-dot napkins I had picked up at the .99 Cent Store, some white paint, pretty fabric and some dowels I already had.

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I painted the box first. I chose white, of course. I gave it several coats of paint. I decided to try to decoupage the top. I had some white and gold polka-dot napkins and I figured they would go well with the gold flatware. I hadn’t decoupaged before, so my first attempt didn’t go so well. You can see how wrinkly it is. I ended up sanding this off and trying again. The second time, I let the Mod Podge set for a couple of minutes before laying down the napkin, and that worked much better.

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After the paint dried, it was time to glue the fabric into the bottom of the box. I measured it out by setting the box on top of the fabric and tracing it out a little larger. I knew I wanted to fold over the fabric to make a clean edge, so I added a little extra fabric.

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Once I had the right measurements, I ironed down the edges to make them flat. I had some spray glue, but I think any glue would work. I would brush it on if I used tacky glue. I sprayed the glue onto the bottom of the box and carefully laid the fabric on top of it.

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Once the fabric was in, it was time to add the dividers. I used some dowel I had and cut it into 4 pieces which fit snugly inside the box. I put some glue on the ends of the dowels and then placed them where I wanted them to go.

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I forgot! I also added some sparkly chipboard letters to the top of the box! I thought ‘SPARKLE’ was appropriate!

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I’m so glad to finally have a special place to store my flatware!

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It’s even pretty enough to leave out!

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Thanks again for coming by today! I will keep on plugging along over here and hope you join in with me!

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