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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Holidays · Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Rice Crispy Treats

20170317_102230Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing your green? I am!

I don’t really decorate for this holiday but I love to make a green dish or treat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This year I made green rice crispy treats! They’re super fun, easy to make, and a hit with the kids.

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What makes these so fun is the green color you get from adding food coloring to the mix! Here’s the classic “Rice Crispy Treat” recipe I used. After the marshmallows are melted, add a few drops of green food coloring to the mix (you can use the liquid or the gel coloring). Be sure to stir it well, then continue with the rest of the instructions. After I smoothed the mix out in my 13 x 9 , I sprinkled a little green colored sprinkles on the top for some sparkle!

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I hope you enjoy this simple, fun treat!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

DIY · Holidays

Whimsical Mason Jar Snow Globe DIY

Happy Holidays! I’m sharing this whimsical mason jar snow globe DIY. They are so beautiful in the light! I made quit a few and grouped them together around my home. Read on for details on how to make your own.

Supplies:

 

If you don’t happen to have any jars saved, you can find them at Michael’s craft store. The smaller ones are everyday value at $1.00 and the larger are $2.99 regular price. I found my smaller ones at Dollar Tree and I saved a few Atlas pasta sauce jars for the larger size.

 

 

Next you’ll need the mini trees. You can find a variety of these at the craft store in all kinds of colors and sizes. I picked a few shades of green for myself. Here are a few options from Michael’s. (mini 6 pack on the left/$2.99 and medium 3 pack on the right/$3.19)

 

 

Here are a few different options for the base. I always grab these when I find them on sale because I know I’ll be using them for different projects. (I don’t pay over a dollar or two for each.) I was lucky to find a few of the middle ones at Dollar Tree. I like to group the finished jars together so it looks great when you have different sizes and shapes. You can find these at most craft/home stores.

 

 

And of course, you’ll need snow and craft glue. All of these products can be found at your local craft store. I found my snow spray and filler at Dollar Tree and the craft glue at Michael’s. Be sure to grab the clear craft glue. I have seen it come in white and black. (Make sure to use industrial strength adhesive for your base, you don’t want your jar coming off the base.)

 

Instructions:

Hold your mason jar in one hand and with the other take your snow can and hold it about 4 to 5 inches above the opening. Spray a small short burst into the bottom of the jar to add some snow and texture to your jars. (This is a little messy and may get on your hand. Use gloves and wash if you get any on your skin.) Let sit for about and hour to dry.

 

Once dry, add about 1/4 jar of snow fill.

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Next, glue your tree down to the inside piece of the lid. (I used hot glue here to speed up the process.) Once it’s dry, place it in the jar and screw the lid on.

 

 

 

All you have to do now is put a little bit of craft glue around the rim of your base, center it on the lid, and let dry. Once it’s dry you can flip it right side up and start decorating!

 

 

These are on my kitchen hutch with my gingerbread tree. Don’t they look great!

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Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy this project!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Holidays

Cute & Inexpensive Halloween Party Game Prizes

Happy Wednesday! Just a few more days and Halloween will be here. A few days ago I shared some great Halloween party game ideas that I’ve used at our parties and now I have a few prize ideas to go along with them. I can recall the excitement and joy winning prizes at the Halloween carnivals I would go to as a child. Last year at our party, one of my son’s friends won a game of bingo and he was so excited. His prize was a ceramic Darth Vader vase full of Halloween salt water taffy I found at Target. (Yes, I love Target lol) Anyway, He said, “I never win anything.” Then after picking his prize he said, “Man, this is my favorite candy, thank you.” He was happy the whole night and it brought me back to when I was a kid.

All of these items are from Target but I do provide another option at the end you can put together yourself using items of your choice. I try to find cute gifts that aren’t expensive. After all, I like to have a lot of games so I keep that in mind when I’m shopping. If you wait to buy the week of the party, you can usually find everything on sale.

So the first thing I found are these boxed Halloween caramels. I just love the cute packaging! They come in these 2 colors and have a little ribbon handle at the top. They’re on sale for $2.49 right now.

 

 

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Gallerie Halloween Twist Wrapped Caramels 4.5oz -$2.49

 

 

 

The next thing I want to share are these cute cookie pops. I mean, look at that Frankenstein…so cute! At $1.79ea., these are a fun option.

 

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Candyville Halloween Cookie Pops 1.3oz -$1.79

 

I love this next idea! It’s a great alternative for the younger ones and a great family activity. This kit comes with pre-baked cookies and all the goodies to decorate them. All you have to do is open it up and let the kids get creative!

At my last party, my nephew (who was 5 yrs. old at the time) won a games so I gave him a Zombie Brain Rice Krispy Treat kit I had found at Target for around the same price point. He was able to help his parents make/decorate them and loved it. If you will have any children who are younger, a great idea is to have a pack of bubbles on hand to give out. This way they can participate as well.

 

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Create a Treat Halloween Chocolate Skeleton Family Cookie Kit 13.4oz -$4.49

 

 

Another fun prize option are these gourmet chocolate chip cookie tins. These are single cookies about the size of your palm and come in a cute keepsake tin.

 

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Original Gourmet Double Chocolate Chip Cookie 1.5oz -$1.00

 

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I also found these Halloween wrapped chocolate bars you could use as a prize. There’s 4 different package styles and who doesn’t love chocolate right?

 

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Bloomsberry Halloween Booing Chocolate Bars -$1.79

 

 

The next idea is a great option because the favors come in packs of 4-8 for $1.00. You can get multiple prizes for under $10.00! All of the items are from Target. The gift bags are on sale for .50 right now. Just put one of each favor in the bag, close it with a fun Halloween sticker and you have prize bags ready to hand out.

I also included a crazy skeleton tumbler. Instead of bags, you can put a few favors in the tumbler, put the lid back on, and you have a cute inexpensive prize ready. These tumblers and favors can be found at Dollar Tree and Dollar General as well.

 

 

 

I hope this gives you a few fabulous ideas if you’re planning on having any Halloween party games!

Find me on Instagram at dimestoregypsygal. I’d love to see what you come up with. Leave me a msg. or pics.

Thanks for reading,

~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