DIY · Holidays

Vintage Halloween Card Tree

Hi friends, It’s been forever! A lot has changed in the past month….I recently started working full-time again and my blog/creative time has been put on the back burner. I sure do miss having my craft & blogging time! Now that I’ve gotten into a routine and the craziness has slowed down a bit, I would like to start making time to share my crafts and stories with you again.

So why not start with a craft for one of my favorite holidays…Halloween! I found these cute, vintage Halloween images online and thought they would be fun hanging on my little black Halloween tree.

All you need is a few printed images, some self laminating sheets from the dollar store, and a little bit of ribbon to make these fun little hanging cards.

To make these cards, start by printing out your images at about 3 x 5 size. Follow the simple instructions on the self laminating sheets and trim off the excess. Be sure to leave a small 1/8 in border so your sheets stay sealed. Punch a hole at the top of the card and string your choice of ribbon thru. That’s all you need to make these cute little cards!

 

 

 

 

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There’s so many ways to use these cute little cards…scrapbooking, planners, attach them to cute goody bags, or even use them as postcards/cards! I hope this gives you some ideas for ways you can add to your Halloween decor with just a few inexpensive supplies.

 

Thanks for all the support, likes, and comments!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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DIY

DIY Felt Donut Treats

Valentine’s Day always reminds me of chocolates and sweet treats. This year I came across the cutest tutorial for felt donuts. These make a super cute display and they won’t add to your waistline!

All you need is some felt for the donut base & “icing”, fiberfill, thread & small needle, and beads for “sprinkles” & “nuts”.

 

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Click here for the tutorial from lily-fox!

 

I hope you enjoy this little project and fill your table up with felt donut goodies! Let me know how this goes for you.

You can find me on Pinterest, Instagram, & Facebook. Come say hello!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

DIY

DIY Farmhouse Style Dollar Store Pumpkins

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

I’ve finally busted out the fall decor and pumpkin everything! I was wanting a few more faux pumpkins (because you can never have enough, right) for my mantle and I remembered seeing them at the dollar store a few days ago. They are the brightest shade of orange and I thought maybe I could paint them to match my home décor.

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So that’s exactly what I did!

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I mixed a little of brown and white paint to get the color I was wanting. Then I applied 2 coats with about 10 minutes of drying time in between. I went back and added some dimension with a slightly darker shade in between the segments. After they were completely dry, I added 1 coat of matte varnish to protect the paint from chipping.

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Here they are completely dry with a bit of Spanish moss around the stem!

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I just love the way they came out and they look great up here on my kitchen hutch!

This a fun and inexpensive way to add some fall touches to your home. You can paint them whichever color you like and get pretty creative with these. I hope you enjoy this little project and I’d love to see how you incorporate these into your home decor!

Have a great weekend,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

DIY · Home Decor

Faux Lake Sign Turned Farmhouse Kitchen Wall Décor

Hi guys! Boy is summer in full effect here…toddler, teenagers, babysitting, & junior all-star baseball practice/tournaments. Whew! Just a few weeks in and I’m exhausted lol!

I was out and about shopping this past weekend at one of my favorite discount stores. I spotted this lake house sign in the clearance area and would you believe it was marked down to .65 cents? I kid you not, I couldn’t believe it either. There was nothing wrong with it so I brought it home with me and figured I’d find somewhere for it.

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I planned on a lake house theme for my sons room, but now he no longer wants that…teens, go figure!

So I have this sign and because the price was so low, they cannot take it back.  It got me thinking how else I could use it. I have been wanting a farmhouse sign to hang in my kitchen for sometime and I thought why don’t I just use this and paint over it…so I did!

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I used some basic white craft paint and coated the board about 3 times until everything was covered.

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After it was dry I used black acrylic craft paint and letter stencils I had on hand for the wording.

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I let that dry for about an hour and added a black wash to it for the effect of dirty, weathered wood. (check out how I did it here)

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I just love how it turned out and I think it looks great here in my kitchen! Let me know what you guys think!

Thanks for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

DIY

Gender Reveal Party for my Brother and Sister-in-Law!

Hello all! So my brother and sister-in-law found out they were expecting again and I got the honor of hosting their gender reveal party! Here’s a few pics from the big day.

 

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For my entry table I made a voting station for the guests. We had them write their name on a piece of paper and then place it in the jar of their guess. Once the reveal was done, we picked a name from the winning jar for a door prize.

I hung an ultra sound pic and some pink and blue confetti from my branches I keep here year round.

 

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For the mantle I made this cute onesie banner and paper fans from scrapbook paper. The “BABY?” sign is from a piece of dollar store foam board and craft paint.

 

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I found some cute tissue paper fans from the dollar store and hung those in my kitchen for a colorful, festive display.

 

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The cupcake rattles was a DIY that I had seen different versions of online. One rattle was vanilla and the other chocolate. I hand frost these the most basic way (with a butter knife) and then arranged them on the board. After that, I placed some white vanilla icing in a zip-lock bag, cut the tip, and used it just like a piping bag to draw the rattles on the tops of the cupcakes. I found some ribbon from my stash and made a bow and placed it right on the base of the circle.

For party favors, we colored some Hershey bars pink and blue and arranged them in a bowl next to the cupcakes for everyone to take.

 

 

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A little fun chalkboard art!

 

 

 

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For the outside area I had a white tent set up and we made a tissue pom-pom “chandelier” that we hung in the center. Both sides had the cutest pink and blue tissue tassel banner swag.

We used white table covers and  mason jars filled with colored crinkle paper and straw picks.

We had a lot of kiddos at the party…moonwalk for the win!

 

 

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A friend of mine found the cutest pink and blue chevron “baby bingo” and “is the price right” cards for games. Be sure to check these sites out for your party needs, they have the cutest stuff!

 

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So, we’ll be welcoming another baby girl into the family later this year and we couldn’t be more happy or excited!

Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY · Holidays

Top 10 Cutest Mother’s Day Gift DIY’s

Hey guys…happy Friday! I just wanted to share some of the cutest Mother’s Day gift DIYs I have found this week on the web. If you’re still searching for the perfect gift, check these out and give one a try!

 

  1. Mother’s Day gift in a Jar from Jillian @hellosplendid.comhellosplendid.com

 

 

2. Cozy Slipper gift Set from Sarah & Jessica @prettyprovidence.com

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3. Mason Jar Succulent Pots from Kelli & Kristi @lollyjane.com

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4. Mother’s Day Mason Jar gift from Melissa @polkadotchair.com

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5. Spring Basket from Carrie @theglitterguide.com

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6. Scented Natural Candles from Julia @bunnybaubles.com

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7. Boxed Floral Arrangement from @VasseurBeauty

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8. Prayer Box from Sarah @travelersdream2012.blogspot.com

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9. Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign from Christine @wherethesmileshavebeen.com

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10. Yankee Candle Tart Bouquet from Lynn @indulgy.com

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I hope all you moms have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

DIY · Home Decor

Quick and Easy Spring Birdcage Décor DIY

Spring is right around the corner and I am sharing this cute birdcage décor DIY. It’s so simple and really easy. All you need is a cage of your choice (use one that has smaller spacing between the bars so your potpourri doesn’t fall thru), and some potpourri vase filler. That’s it!

To assemble: open your cage, fill with the potpourri of your choice, (if you like, you can mix in some decorative balls/pod fillers too) and close the lid. Now you can display your birdcage wherever you like!

I’ve linked some cute cages I found and some potpourri and ball/pod fillers for you too!

*I used a medium-sized cage, 1 bag of ball/pod fillers, and 1 bag of potpourri (keep in mind the larger the cage, the more filler you will need)

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michaels.com-Ashland collection small chicken wire cage

 

 

 

 

 

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Have fun putting yours together and send me a pic if you decide to make one. I’d love to see how you style yours! You can find me on Instagram and Pinterest @thedimestoregypsy.

~The Dimestore Gypsy