Transfer Decal – Tag it Tuesday

transfer tag

For this week’s Tag it Tuesday, I started with a transfer decal from the Dollar Tree. They are rather easy to work with but if you have never done so, there are a few things to know. After transferring the image, the image was enhanced with colored pencils.

materials

The best way to work with a transfer decal is to cut out the image you want to work with from the full sheet of decals. Washi tape can assist in holding the transfer in place because you don’t want it to move or shift during the transfer process.

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Holbein Colored Pencils
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Jot at Dollar Tree

How similar are Jot pens at the Dollar Tree to Ooly brand pens?

pen pack

Have you seen this four-pack of pens at Dollar Tree made by Jot? They are also available in a four-pack of black (all the same size). When I saw them they reminded me of a pack of pens I have from Ooly. I thought they would make a great gift so I had to give them a try and see how well they worked.

ooly pens

I love my Ooly pens and I have been carrying them around in my purse for some time. They were given to me as a gift and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. So when I saw a similar set at the Dollar Tree by Jot, I had to try them.

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As I said, I love my Ooly pens, I have the Modern Writers package. But for the price difference and the loss of two colors, the Dollar Tree pens are great too!

How to Etch a Candle

Learn how to turn a dollar tree candle into a beautiful gift with Etchall Creme.

with Etchall Creme

finished candle

Grab a candle and some ribbon from the Dollar Tree and make a beautiful etched candle using Etchall Creme. Such a simple idea makes for an elegant finished product and an affordable gift any time of the year.

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Process:

rubbing alcohol

Remove all the labels from the glass and clean it with rubbing alcohol. The higher the content of alcohol the better. In a pinch, you can use hand sanitizer to clean with.

Cricut Joy

For the size of this project, I was able to cut the vinyl on a Cricut Joy. I used a free design and font in the design program for the Vinyl Sticker design. (Leaf Embellishment #M3A9A159F) If you don’t have a cutting machine you can cut vinyl by hand or use a paper punch design.

cut vinyl

After the cut is finished, weed away the design.

apply vinyl

When I apply vinyl, I fold the vinyl in half to mark the middle. Then I apply it to the candle, middle first, and smooth it out from there. Wrinkles in the vinyl are OK as long as the design is smooth and sealed against the glass.

applied creme

Apply the etching creme generously to the design. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then remove the creme and replace it in the jar to use again. Wash the design and remove the vinyl. I use a baby wipe when the design is small enough and then clean the glass with rubbing alcohol.

finished etching

Here is the result of the etching.

ribbon and wax

To finish off the look of the candle, I applied rubbing wax to the design in silver to enhance the design and wrapped a coordinating ribbon around the neck of the glass container.

finished

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Alcohol Ink Stickers

Trying alcohol ink on silver metallic looking stickers from the Dollar Tree.

finished stickers

Alcohol inks are very fun to create with. They interact with each other in interesting ways creating different results each time. They work on most non-porous surfaces so when I saw these metallic-looking stickers at the Dollar Tree, I knew I wanted to try alcohol ink on them.

materials

Metallic stickers come in silver, gold, and bronze colors. I chose the silver thinking it would work best with the inks.

in process coloring

First I tried dropping the ink onto the sticker, the next one I tried applying the ink with a cotton swab, and on the last sticker, I switched to acrylic paint markers. Each process gave a different result. The video tutorial below will take you through each process.

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I think the first and last version gave the best results. While the stickers appeared metallic in the package and once removed appeared more like plastic either surface should work. The alcohol ink didn’t work as well as I expected. The acrylic paint markers gave great coverage but lost the metallic quality of the original sticker. In summation, the plastic mailing envelope I used as a protective work surface actually had the best results from the alcohol ink being applied to it. So now I have another project to work on!

DIY a Travel Valet Tray

Make your own travel valet tray that can be used for so much more.

finished travel valet

Have you ever seen a travel valet? They are basically a basket or tray if you will that you use to collect all your pocket items when traveling. This is a quick and easy-to-make version using a placemat from the Dollar Tree and a Snap Kit from Gwen Studios.

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snap kit

The Gwen Studios Snap Kit is available at Walmart. On top of it is a cut-down piece of a woven plastic placemat from the Dollar Tree.

parts needed

From the kit, you’ll need the tool with the appropriate parts installed for the snaps you are using and the snaps. An instruction sheet is included in the kit to guide you on the use of the different snaps. You can see 8 stars and 4 of each male and female parts in the above photo.

snaps in place

A close-up image with the snaps in place before using the tool to set them. Watch the video tutorial for detailed instructions on how to make the travel valet.

tool

Place the tool on the snaps and squeeze tight to secure them in place. It really is easy to use.

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The finished travel valet is flat on the left and snapped together on the right. It is really handy for so much more than travel. The valet can withstand getting wet, making it work well in the bathroom or kitchen because it is plastic.

DIY Easter Bunny Decor

This Easter Bunny Decor is a Dollar Tree craft project.

final bunny

This project turned out better than I envisioned. The Easter Bunny Decor is made from a foam shape, napkins, and ribbons that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. It was a fun decoupage process. My youngest daughter loves bunnies and claimed this as her own.

materials

Materials:

  • foam shape
  • napkins
  • modpodge
  • foam brush
  • ribbons
  • fabri-tac

All these materials can be found at the Dollar Tree except for the Fabri-tac glue.

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back view of bunny

Above is the back view of the bunny. Pink flowers on the napkin are so bright and perfect for spring. The green leaves were added over the first layer of napkins. This added activity and visual direction to the final piece. In total, it took two napkins to cover the bunny because I needed to grab a few more green leaves.

DIY a Night Light with Vinyl

How I updated a night light from the Dollar Tree with a vinyl design. @OfficalCricut @DollarTree #affiliate

A Dollar Tree Craft

I found this plain night light at the Dollar Tree and I was drawn to it for a crafting project. As a craft designer, I always have my eye out for project ideas and the Dollar Tree is a great place to find economical items. With the use of my Cricut and a little bit of vinyl, I transformed this plain night light into something more decorative. Follow along for this quick and easy project.

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materials

Materials:

  • night light
  • Cricut Maker
  • Holographic Vinyl
  • transfer tape
  • Cricut design
  • scissors
  • washi tape (optional)
Cricut Maker

I cut the stencil design on my Cricut Maker using holographic Cricut vinyl. The design I used is a purchased Cricut design – Flower Square Coaster #MCDABE4D. I sized it to be a bit smaller than the flat surface of the night light.

I used washi tape for additional security on my mats since they aren’t as sticky as they used to be. This is just a precaution and not necessary for most.

For the next step, weed away all the unwanted vinyl and then apply your transfer tape. The video below will show you how these preparation steps were done.

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The finished night light is placed in our downstairs bathroom which is very dark. It stays lit all the time and sets off a beautiful soft blue glow that works really well with the holographic blue vinyl. I am happy with the result and I think the design really adds to the night light.

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How to Transform a Dollar Store Frame

See how to transform an inexpensive picture frame from drab to fab with a patina kit. #dollartreecraft

With a picture frame from the Dollar Tree and a patina kit from Modern Masters (affiliate link), I transformed this simple frame from drab to fab. It takes a little bit of dry time between the steps but other than that, it is a really easy process. The kit has most of what you will need.

The patina kit comes with primer paint, copper paint, and the patina spray and nozzle. Simple directions are on the box. Handled the patina spray with caution, see the warning on the bottle and use in a well-ventilated area.

Additional Materials:

  • nail file or sandpaper
  • picture frame
  • foam paintbrush
  • spray box or similar
  • rubber gloves (optional)

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Watching the patina transform the frame as it dried was really interesting because you really don’t know what results you will get until it dries. The process was really fun and I can’t wait to try it on other surfaces. What would you use this kit on?

Gel Pens from the Dollar Tree

Check out this test and review of Jot brand metallic gel pens found at the Dollar Tree.

Are they worth it?

Even at a dollar, there are items at the Dollar Tree that just aren’t worth the price. Have you wondered about the Jot Metallic Gelli Pens? Check out my test and review of them to see if they are worth it for you.

Dollar Tree Colored Pencils

Dollar Tree carries a lot of different craft products. The problem is that not all of them are worth purchasing. Check out my review of Metallic and Watercolor Pencils and find out if they are worth it. #Dollartree

Are they worth it?

Dollar Tree carries a variety of craft products. Sadly, not all of them are worth the dollar spent. But for the other products, it is really wonderful to be able to save and get a craft supply for a dollar. Besides food, I imagine craft products are a very popular category at the Dollar Tree.

The two packages of pencils I recently found are metallic pencils and watercolor pencils. In the video below I demonstrate using them and if they are worth the buy.