Holidays

Valentine’s Day Tree

I’m in the process of decorating my home with Valentine’s Day decor and wanted to share my Valentine tree I have in my kitchen.

After the new year, I take all my ornaments off of my gingerbread themed tree and decorate it with Valentine ornaments. It’s a great little transition and an excuse to keep my little tree up just a bit longer!

I found my tree a few years back at Dollar General for $12.00. They still carry them so be on the look out next Christmas season. Here’s the one I bought.

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Once it’s set up you can start to decorate! I made some felt hearts and re decorated some old Christmas ornaments I had.

Felt Hearts:

The felt hearts are really simple to create. All you need is some felt sheets, fiber fill  (stuffing), embellishments, needle and thread, or a glue gun.

1st, make a template of a heart any size you want, then trace it onto your felt sheet. You will cut two of these out (front & back pieces).

2nd, glue the edges together leaving an opening big enough for you to be able to add stuffing. If you are handy with a needle, you can sew the edges together and leave an opening.

3rd, add your stuffing and be careful to not overfill. Glue or sew your opening shut.

4th, now you can embellish them. I added an assortment of glitter, bows, and buttons to mine. Add a loop of twine or ribbon to the back for hanging or you can hang them with hooks like so.

Old Ornaments:

1st, take some old ornaments (I used plastic)  and paper mache small pieces of newspaper to the ornament until it is completely covered and let dry.

2nd, once dry add glitter or paint to the exterior. I brushed mine on with a light coat so the paper would show thru. Be sure to let these dry after painting.

3rd, you can start embellishing. I made some gift tags with cardstock and Valentine’s Day themed stamps. Add these to your ornaments with pretty ribbon or twine and your ornaments are ready to be hung.

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These were picks I found at Dollar Tree and I just removed the stick and hot glued some hooks to the top.

Add a bow or embellishment to the top of your tree and your tree will be complete!

I’ve linked some fun options below If you’re not into DIY and you can have your tree up in no time!

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Purple glittered heart ornament Hobby Lobby $1.39
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Set of 6 Valentines Day Mini Heart Ornaments $15.00
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Felt Heart Ornaments Set of 6 $10.00
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Pink Glitter Heart Ornaments $2.99

I hope you have fun creating your own tree decor. Let me know if you put one up. I’d love to see it.

Thanks for reading

~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 · 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 · 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

DIY Beer Crate Gift

On my last post I shared one of my gift baskets I made for our “White Elephant” gift exchange. Today I’m sharing the other. I loved them both but I really had fun putting this one together!

All you need is a little rustic crate, beer of your choice, and then fill it with goodies to snack on. I’ve had this crate for a while now so I wanted to find some fun things to fill it with to give as a gift. You can get a plain crate from any craft store and decorate it to your liking. Also check your discount stores for crates. (Ross, Marshalls, etc.) You could use stain or paint or even use a stencil to create a design/picture on the outside. Here’s a few I’ve linked:

 

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Michaels $12.99

 

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Hobby Lobby $9.99

 

I put two 6 packs in the bottom of the crate and then added some paper fill all around. Next I added some snacks/nuts I found at Marshalls.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws $3.49, Dark Chocolate Cashews $2.99, Cinnamon Roasted Pecans $3.99

 

While I was there to get snacks I spotted these fun scrabble tile beer coasters at $9.99/set. I also found this matching bottle opener at $4.99 so I got them both!

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I just added another layer of paper fill over the tops of the bottles and laid these two items on top. I used a shrink-wrap bag and bow I found at Dollar Tree to finish it off and a fun tag that said, “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry”.

This crate was a hit and everyone loved it. I hope this inspires you to create a gift basket of your own for your next occasion!

If you have any questions or comment just drop me a line and I’ll get back to ya!

 

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holidays

3 Fun & Inexpensive Halloween Party Games Your Guest Will Love!

Halloween is almost here, can you believe it? Each year I throw a party and go all out with our decor and games/prizes for the kids. I love entertaining and this happens to be my favorite holiday! I enjoy seeing everyone have a good time, especially the kids.

Today I’m sharing 3 awesome game ideas I used last year that the kids loved. I have a mixture of pre school to young teens (12-13) and they all enjoyed these so if you’re looking for some ideas for your party, look no further.

The first game is the Pumpkin Poke! This is great! It’s inexpensive to make and you can fill the cups with any “treats” you like. Keep in mind the age range of the children that will be at your party so you can plan accordingly. For myself, I made 2 of these and placed them side-by-side. I used and assortment of candy, ear buds, light up bounce balls, Halloween socks, fake ugly teeth, sticky mustaches, and finger skateboards from Dollar Tree. I left a few cups empty for a “trick’ but allowed whoever received a trick to play until they won. At the end, the children traded each other if someone had something they wanted. Check out the link below for a great tutorial at sheknows.com on how to make your own.

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Next is this fun Halloween bingo kit I found at Target. It comes with everything you see and is only $5.00! We ended up playing about 3 games and the kids didn’t want to give it up. I’ve linked it down below for you.

 

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The last game I have for you is a freebie from pagingsupermom.com. What is a Halloween party with out a cake walk?  I used white paper to print the numbers so they would stand out with the black light. I only ended up using numbers 1-10. I arranged them in a large circle in the garage and secured them to the pavement with a few pieces of packing tape. For the goodies, I made 2 loaves of pumpkin bread, and 2 small cakes. We did 1 drawing every hour until the goodies were gone. All the kids were super anxious to play so they could win something good!

 

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These games were a big hit at our party. The kids all had a great time and I even had a few adults join in on the cake walk. If you’re looking for some game ideas that have been tried and tested, these are the way to go!

Thanks for reading! You can find me on Instagram at dimestoregypsygal. Let me know if you use any of these games and if they worked for you. I’d love to hear about it!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

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.

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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%.

 

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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.

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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:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqwvAx9FzOY. 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