Dollar Store Craft Challenge ~ A Spring Banner and Moss Wreath

Today, I’m joining a few blogging friends for a Dollar Store Craft Challenge.

Dollar Store

You know I love a Dollar Store project so I set off to pick up my supplies.  When I saw the pretty blue seed packets an idea sprang to mind.  So I quickly looked around the store for the other supplies needed to make a banner and small moss wreath for my dining room.

Twelve flower seed packets, pink jute twine, green foam wreath form, and 2 packages of Reindeer Moss were all I needed from the Dollar Store.

The banner is very simple.  I clipped the seed packets to the pink jute with some small clothespins from my stash.

The moss wreath wasn’t difficult just a little time-consuming.  I used my glue gun to adhere the moss to the green foam wreath using the following steps:

Apply the glue to the wreath form in a one by a two-inch patch.

Then select enough moss to cover the glue patch.

Apply the moss to the wreath one patch at a time.

When the glue cooled enough to touch I took my hand and squeezed around the wreath form to ensure the moss adhered consistently.

The moss covers the front of the wreath quite well but the moss on the back is a bit thinner so that the wreath lies flat.

Once happy with the wreath’s moss coverage glue a jute hangar to the back for displaying on a window or door.

I am very happy with how the banner and wreath turned out

and there is a bonus.  These seeds can be planted for even more enjoyment throughout the summer.

Total Spent for the March Dollar Store Challenge

Banner $5 ($4 for seed packets and $1 for the pink jute)

Moss Wreath $3 ($2 for the reindeer moss and $1 for the foam wreath form)

For a total of $8, I made both Spring projects.

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Dollar Store Craft Challenge ~ A Spring Banner and Moss Wreath

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Some Haunting Projects To Do Now For Halloween

My grandkids are already getting excited about Halloween and choosing their costumes.

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 So I decided to revisit some projects from Halloween past.

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My Halloween post Pottery Barn Inspired Spooky Birdcage was part of my Nester’s 30 Day Writing Challenge in 2013.

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In that same series I did a PB Inspired Skeleton Garland.  

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There was also a quick and easy Pottery Barn Scary Chalkboard River Rock project.

 PB Inspired Black Top

I made these Pottery Barn Inspired  Black Glitter Topiary from thrift store topiary and black glittered spray paint.

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Then I pulled several of these projects together for a Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Mantel.

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Last year I did another Q & E project Skull Vase Filler Pottery Barn Style.  It is embarrassingly easy.

Halloween Mantel

The skull vase filler was a part of my 2014 Quick and Easy Halloween Mantel along with a little different spin on my BOO letters and a new to me vintage trophy. 

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Another project was a Quick and Easy Pottery Barn Inspired Mummy Pillow.

Halloween Jello Wreath

Dollar store embellishments came together to make this Quick and Easy Jello Mold Wreath.

Hope this gives you some Halloween inspiration I know looking at these old posts really got me in the mood to start decorating for Halloween.  I’m glad you stopped by today.  If you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail on the side bar or Hello bar at the top, that way you will never miss a post.  I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest here and Facebook here.  Thanks for visiting and come back soon!



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My Favorite Three Christmas Blog Hops & Linky Parties

There were a lot of great blog hops and linky parties during Christmas this year.  Here are my favorite three.


The Tumbleweed Contessa Holiday Best linky is a great party to share your recipes and crafts through Christmas Day.


The Vintage Merry Christmas blog hop starts at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom and continues on to Adirondack Girl @ Heart, Deanie’s Stash, A Little Bit of Everything, and Random Anny.

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At the Creating Christmas party each day a different blogger shares their Creating Christmas theme and themed linky party.

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Hope you have time to take a look at some of these fantastic holiday posts.

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Framed Burlap Christmas Sentiment

Who can resist a good Dollar Tree project?  Not me.  So when a friend reminded me about Debbiedoo’s and Fox Hollow’s Dollar Tree Christmas party, I was on board.   If you follow me, you know that I am putting together a vintage ladder Christmas Tree this year.  So I have those ladder rungs that I can use for little do-dads.  So what better than a framed Christmas sentiment.


These small black metal frames from the Dollar Tree are perfect for a short sentiment like NOEL.

Noel $ Store

I printed the letters on laminated burlap that I found at Wal-Mart.  See how nicely the little Dollar Tree frames fit on the ladder rung.

Noel $ Store 2a

They also work well on the paint bucket shelf

Noel $ Store 3a

but there isn’t room for my adorable knee hugger.

Noel $ Store 4a

The little framed letters look cute on the ladder brace too.  Lots of possibilities.

Noel $ Store 5a

They even fit in well with my Putz house vignette from TTT Week 16 Using Vintage Christmas Decorations.

Knee Huger

Don’t you just love his little face?

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January Great Dollar Store Challenge

Barb from The Everyday Home issued a challenge to create something wonderful from a Dollar Store candlestick.  I thought, I can do that.

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So wanting to do something to decorate for Valentine’s Day I chose to upcycle a couple of candlesticks into votive candle holders using red and a little vintage inspiration.

$ Store Challenge 2

I gathered all my supplies – candlestick – glue gun – vintage mini mold – ribbon – red candle in votive holder.  This is such a simple project that gathering the supplies takes the most time.  The vintage mini molds are a thrift store find from a while back.

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Glue the vintage mini mold to the top of the candlestick.  Then tie a bow around the narrow part of the candlestick.

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Place the votive candle inside the mini mold and call it done.

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 What a quick easy project.

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I liked the upcycled candlestick so much I decided to make a little vignette.

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Cheetah Pumpkin

Everyone is making cool pumpkins all over blogland and I wanted to make one too.  I had a plastic pumpkin that I picked up at the thrift store, you know the kind the kids use for trick or treating.

Mr. Pumkin

Then I needed a way to cover it, so off to the dollar store I went.  They had cheetah printed tape not the famous one but the dollar store version called duct tape.  It took two rolls so I figured for a two dollar investment, I would take a chance.

$ Store Duct Taoe


The tape is narrow so there was no need to cut it into strips.  I cut the handle off and went to work.  I lapped the tape over the top edge a bit.

Mr. P wrap around

Then I smoothed the tape down the side and across the bottom.

Mr P beginning

I did this until my pumpkin was covered.  Then I dropped in a small container of mums.

 Pumpkin Mums only

This sparse look was not exactly what I was going for so I added one of the twig pumpkin picks that I bought at Hobby Lobby a few days ago.

Pumpkin 1

Mr P all ready

Still not exactly the look I was going for.  So I added two more twig pumpkins and that was it, the look I wanted.

 Pumpkin Mums close

Update:  Some progress was made with the two big orange pumpkins from my last post.  They moved from the kitchen counter to the family room mantel.  Stay tuned there is more to come on this mantel.

Progress with the Pumpkins

This was a quick easy project and economical too.  I hope you like my little cheetah pumpkin as much as I do.

Pumpkin Mums =3

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