Holidays · Home Decor

Whimsical Witch Themed Mantle Decor

Hello and welcome back! Halloween is just a few weeks away and I wanted to share my mantle decor with you. I have been collecting items here and there and have some fun projects to share so I’ll get right into it.


So first to cover the mantle, I used a black twin size flat sheet. I cut big tattered slits on one side to give it that old, creepy effect. The large brown candelabras were already there and stay up year round so I didn’t mess with those. The faux potion books are from Michaels and I actually got these at 70% off. They came out to about 6.75 ea. Such a good deal! I’ve linked these below. If you find them in your store I believe they are still doing and additional 20%.


Stack of Magic Books by Ashland 8.49


The crows, black glittered candelabras, and witch hat are from Dollar Tree. The 2 small witches (purple & green) are tea light holders and I found the set for a few dollars at a resale shop. The large green skeleton skull I found at Ross for 5.99! I saw a few of these in other stores as well in different colors.

The black brew pot is from Dollar Tree and was pretty fun to make. I found my black kettle from Dollar Tree and you can pretty much find these at any store that has Halloween decor. I used some spray foam sealant and let it dry. Once it was dry I painted just a little of the top to give it some color.



Now for my fun apothecary jars! This was probably my favorite things I’ve done so far. You can really get creative and use your imagination. I found the jars on sale at Hobby Lobby. You can really use any jars you like. I liked these because of the cork topper. Now you just need some embellishments like buttons, broken jewelry, lace, ribbon, etc. and some twine/cording to finish off your bottles. You’ll also need hot glue to seal your bottles.


I found a really great simple tutorial by LunarFoxCrafting on You Tube. Here’s the link to the video: I printed my own labels I found online and skipped the tea step. Other than that, I followed the video and they came out great. Using the soap works really well!



If you decide to make some fun jars I want to see! You can find me on Instagram @dimestoregypsygal.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy


DIY Bill Receipt Organizer for Under $10

So we all have to pay bills each month and if you’re like me, you still get paper statements in the mail. My spouse pays the bills and then leaves the paperwork on my desk for me to file or shred. I had a cheap little home bill organizer from a discount store but it just wasn’t holding up. The paper pockets were starting to tear, receipts were slipping out, and the band to help it stay close was starting to bend the pockets. I thought, “I really need to re-organize this”.

One day while I was out school shopping I saw this cute mini binder and I got the idea to use this for my bill receipts. It’s 9 x 7 and the perfect size. I got this one from Wal-Mart for $3.88! You can also find these at the Target dollar spot for $3.00 in cute patterns as well.



I went down the office supply aisle to find some mini page protectors. Here are the ones I used and they were $2.49 for this 15 pack.  These will be used to hold receipts for each month.



I wanted to have a divider for each month and I found this 8 pack with tabs at the Dollar Tree. I cut these down to fit my binder.



To cut these down, I placed one of the mini page protectors under the divider and lined the edges of the tab and page protector together. Then I just marked my length and width and trimmed it up to get the divider the size of the mini page protector. On the edge where my hole punches would be, I just trimmed a straight line down to make it easier. Then I marked/punched the holes.


I put the binder together with the month and a mini page protector behind it. After December, I made one extra divider and labeled it “Important”. Each month I keep a receipt or pay stub with important info. like the date, amount paid, and total for each bill. At the beginning of the new year, I take all the receipts out for each month and I shred them. The “Important” tab is for receipts/paperwork that I need to keep longer and those will be filed in my bigger filing system that’s stored away.

After I organized all my receipts, I took a piece of scrap elastic tape and measured around the binder leaving a little room so the binder wouldn’t bend when full. I sewed the piece together and slipped it over the side to hold it closed. Another great idea is to use one of those elastic headbands. You could get really creative and embellish yours or find one at a discount store. I think I may just go back and do that for my mine!



This is a simple receipt organization system and  can be modified for any organizational system you need.  I hope you enjoyed this little inexpensive diy project. Don’t forget, you can find me on Instagram @dimestoregypsygal! If you have any questions or comments feel free to msg. me.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy



DIY American Flag Rag Quilt


I love decorating my home each holiday, but when I checked my storage I realized I didn’t have any decor for Memorial Day/Independence Day! So, this month I’ll be sharing some DIY and décor ideas just in time for July 4th.

This is called a rag quilt because the seams are sewn wrong sides together so the raw edges are showing. After several washes and tumbles in the dryer, the edges begin to fray or get “ragged” out. I found some leftover red, white, and blue fabric in my stash and I thought it would be perfect for this project. However, you can use what ever color/tone of fabric you like. It’s quit simple and easy to make and requires some basic sewing/quilting skills.20160608_150654.jpg



Here is a mini flag that I made just for the purpose of explaining how to sew the seams. To get started you’ll need a few supplies.

1/2 yd. red fabric

1/2 yd. white fabric

1 fat quarter of blue fabric

3/4 yd. backing fabric

rotary cutter/cutting mat

quilting ruler

basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, sewing machine)

*(the fabric measurements include a few extra inches in case you mess up and I would suggest washing your fabrics separately in cool water so they don’t bleed into each other after construction)



Here I have all my strips laid out. You’ll need to cut the following:

red fabric-1st cut 5 strips at 39L x 2.5W, then cut 2 of those  strips in half to get 4 pieces at 19.5L x 2.5W.

white fabric-1st cut 5 strips at 39L x 2.5W, then cut 2 of those strips in half to get 3 pieces at 19.5L x 2.5W. (You can stash the leftover rectangle.)

blue fabric-cut your fat quarter down to 20.5L x 13.5W.

backing-cut your backing down to 39L x 24.5W and set it aside for later.



  1. Take one of your small red strips and pin it to one of your small white strips with wrong sides facing each other, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam.



You should now have 2 pieces with a seam going down the middle. The red will be your top and the white will be your bottom.


2. Now pin a small red strip to the bottom of the white strip wrong sides together, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam.


3. Continue alternating your strips (adding to the bottom, sewing 1/4 in seam) until you have used all 4 red small strips and all 3 small white strips. (Here’s a photo of the larger size just to give you a visual).



4. Your going to pin this set of strips to the smaller side of your blue piece wrong sides together, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam. Set this piece aside.




You should end up with something like this. (you will have more stripes than I do)


5. Now back to those long strips. Starting with a white strip, pin one of your red strips to the bottom wrong sides together, edges matching and sew a 1/4 in seam.


6. Just like before, continue alternating your strips (adding to the bottom, sewing 1/4 in seam) until you have used all 3 white strips and all 3 red strips. (photo of larger size)


7. Now your going to pin this set of strips wrong sides together to the piece you put aside earlier. (remember you will have more stripes than shown in this photo so be sure when pinning these two pieces that your stripes are correctly alternating) Sew a 1/4 in seam.



Here’s the finished top!


8. To finish this flag up, just pin your top to your backing wrong sides together, edges matching and sew a 1/4 in seam all the way around.



Now you can throw your quilt in the washer on cool water and dry a few times to get your top frayed and “ragged” out. The more washes, the better!


I hope you enjoyed this project and if you decide to try it out, leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram @dimestoregypsygal. I’d love to see your flags! Thanks for stopping by!

~The Dimestore Gypsy