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.

20170119_144347

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.

20170119_152923.jpg

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!

2063974835
Purple glittered heart ornament Hobby Lobby $1.39
il_570xN.1744388012_tmnw
Set of 6 Valentines Day Mini Heart Ornaments $15.00
il_570xN.1761608966_fvre
Felt Heart Ornaments Set of 6 $10.00
205880679-0119
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

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”.

 

DSCN1037DSCN1039DSCN1041DSCN1042

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.

20170620_103724-1 (2)

 

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!

20170620_134551 (2)

 

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

20170620_114406-1

 

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

20170620_124623

 

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)

20170620_134551 (3)

20170620_145119

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

prettyprovidence.com

 

 

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

lollyjane.com.jpg

 

 

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

polkadotchair.com.jpg

 

 

5. Spring Basket from Carrie @theglitterguide.com

theglitterguide.com.png

 

 

6. Scented Natural Candles from Julia @bunnybaubles.com

bunnybaubles.com

 

 

7. Boxed Floral Arrangement from @VasseurBeauty

bfc85330442890a3f33c8d515acbde3d

 

 

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

travelersdream2012.blogspot.hk.jpg 2

travelersdream2012.blogspot.hk

 

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

wherethesmileshavebeen.com

 

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

43ee1169937b924630c2bc9c86fa2196

 

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:

 

10228808
Michaels $12.99

 

1076637_15
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.

20161223_141320.jpg
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!

20161223_141132

 

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.

promo236959881.jpg
sheknows.com

 

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.

 

50918075.jpg
Target.com

 

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!

 

CakeWalkKitPrintable.png
pagingsupermom.com

 

 

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.

20161014_20552120161014_205445

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%.

 

10478078
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.

20161014_205539-2

 

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

DIY

$13 Halloween Wreath Makeover!

20160927_172247-1

This is by far my favorite time of the year. I love when the time changes and the nights get longer, the weather gets cooler, and you can find pumpkin flavor in just about everything!

So, I have to share this story with you guys. I’m starting to decorate my home for Halloween and I’m not too impressed with my wreath for my front door. It was something I just threw together when I was younger and I’ve had it for years. I never got around to updating it.

 

20160926_154929.jpg
The Dimestore Gypsy

 

It’s not too bad but I had my heart set on a wreath I came across last year on Pinterest.

After seeing my little plain one, I thought,  “I’m just going to buy the one I really want and be done with it”.

 

20160927_174023
grandinroad.com

 

So here it is and OMG!! I about had a heart attack! While it is gorgeous, I can’t even imagine spending that much on a wreath. I was kind of bummed because I just fell in love with this one. I’m all about  creating something fab, so I set out on a mission to find supplies to make my own and as low-cost as possible.

I was at Dollar Tree a few days ago looking at their Halloween decor and was super excited to find these plastic skulls and glow in the dark skeleton arms! I got 2 arms and a skull to use for the skeleton.

 

Next, I found these feathered boas in the kids costume aisle. I bought 3 black, and 2 orange/black to alternate around the wreath like the feathered one.

 

226838
dollartree.com

 

They happened to have some Halloween wired ribbon so I got 1 of the orange sheer fall prints, 1 sheer orange/black dot, and I roll of the orange/metallic deco mesh to use as the collar around the skull.

 

207237
dollartree.com

 

They also had some cute decorative wooden signs so I picked one that had orange, black, and yellow to match the rest of the wreath for the skeleton to “hold”.

 

dollar-tree-halloween-2015-2
dollartree.com

 

I was so excited and came straight home and got started. It was a labor of love and so rewarding to see the finished product. I only spent $13 dollars on supplies to makeover the one I already had. If you wanted to make one and you don’t have a wreath, you can get one at any craft store. I used the 18″ grapevine wreath from Hobby Lobby (5.99) and used my 40% off coupon. With the wreath and supplies It will put you right under $20.00. Not a bad deal at all!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

I’m really happy with my new wreath and will enjoy it for years to come.  I hope this inspires you to get out and see what you can do. You don’t have to spend a lot to make something fabulous!

Here’s a link to a cute, inexpensive Halloween wreath project from Dollar Tree using their products. Click on the Halloween look book and it will have the supply list and instructions.

 

dol_hwn16flx_57ede30fa1f24-2
Dollar Tree Deco Mesh Wreath DIY

 

 

 

I’d love to see your fabulous projects! Leave a message or comment and I’ll get back to ya. You can find me on Instagram at dimestoregypsygal.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

.

 

 

DIY

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.

 

20160803_145431.jpg

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.

 

20160824_134800.jpg

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.

 

20160823_153253.jpg

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!

20160823_202419.jpg

 

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

$10 DIY Refrigerator Command Center

Well school is right around the corner not only for the kids but this gal too! I’ll be back to school for the fall semester and I’m looking forward to it. It’s one of my favorite times of the year because I know fall will be here soon along with all my favorite holidays!

Last week I updated my planner and as I was making my inserts, I noticed I don’t have a calendar in my home. I used the calendar on my computer to finish the planner inserts and I realized,  I really need to get a calendar! We’re always checking our phones or asking each other what the date is. So I decided I’m going to make a command center on the refrigerator wall. It’s the perfect spot for all the family to see.

I started thinking about how I wanted to make the calendar and decided on a dry erase board. That would be easiest and we can wipe everything off each month and start over.  I started shopping online and I found a few I liked at Wal-Mart.com and Target.com.  They were priced at about $15.00 to $20.00 for a medium-sized board. We were out school supply shopping on Monday at Wal-Mart and look what I found…

20160803_134203.jpg

Right in the school supply aisles were these dry erase calendars for $6.88! They are a good size too. I thought this is perfect. It comes with a dry erase marker and holder on top. The bottom note part is magnetic and you can use the little square cork magnet for small notes, etc. I picked one up and headed to the craft aisle to look for some magnets or magnetic strips for the back to hold it to the refrigerator. I found this 18 pack of magnetic tape strips for $.97. Any magnets will do just make sure they have an adhesive side so you can add it to the back of your board.

 

20160803_134729.jpg

When I got home I took the calendar out of the packaging and added some magnetic strips to the back like so.

20160803_135214.jpg

 

I flipped it over and added my dates and it was ready to go on the refrigerator.

For fun, I added a dry erase menu for weekly dinner planning. Here’s how you can make one for yourself.

Supplies:

black picture frame (I picked up one from the Dollar Tree)

leftover magnetic strips

Menu Template

 

Instructions:

If you have any metal hangers on the back you’ll want to remove those so you don’t scratch your refrigerator. These metal hangers were tapped to the inside so I just removed the tape and the metal pieces slid right out.

20160803_135732.jpg

 

 

Next, remove the back and clean your glass inside and out if you have smudges or dirt. Once you’re done cleaning, put your glass back in and add your menu insert. You can now add the back and close your frame. Add one magnetic strip to the top and the bottom like so and your dry erase menu is ready to hang.

20160803_13591120160803_144615

 

 

 

Be sure to check out your Wal-Mart for these dry-erase calendars if you’re needing one. Great price point and great for family organization! I hope you enjoyed my organizational diy and thanks for reading.

~The Dimestore Gypsy