What is the Mystery Box Challenge?

In short form, the Mystery Box Challenge, is a box filled with random Dollar Tree items that the recipient has to use to craft with.

I joined in with this amazing group of talented YouTube DIYers to take part in the Mystery Box Challenge!  This month and this round, like always, has a different twist than other challenges in the past.  So what was it this go around?

-One project we couldn’t use adhesive, yep, that was a thing
-Two Challenge items HAVE to be used, yep, those were tough
and the rest is just a box of random things we had to craft our way through

What was in my box?

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You’ll have to watch the FULL VIDEO to see ALL the items that were in my mystery box.  I thought it would be fun to share at least one project from this mystery box with you though.  Let’s walk through it, THEN click the link at the bottom of this post to see them all.

DIY Wood Beach House

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Dollar Tree has a great selection of wood pieces for crafting, including a wood scrap that is shaped like a simple house.  I spray painted that with this spray paint to give it a beach house vibe.

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It took about three coats of spray paint to get good covered, but isn’t it a pretty and beachy color? We are going to add more detail to this house and give it a burlap ribbon roof.  I didn’t want bunch of hot glue showing through the burlap so Mod Podge was the answer for the front here.  Add the Mod Podge adhesive to the roof area, lay the burlap in the glue, and then add more Mod Podge on top of the burlap to seal the fabric to the front.  The glue goes on white but will dry clear if you don’t use too much.

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It is a good idea to use hot glue at the top of the roof line to give the burlap fabric more hold.  Between the Mod Podge and the hot glue the burlap fabric should stay down for you.  Then you’ll need to flip the house to the back and trim off any excess fabric with your scissors.  

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This is a better look at the house once the burlap fabric has been trimmed off and flipped back to the front.  Let’s dress this up a little further with a vinyl decal.  I found this design on Creative Fabrica.  If you haven’t been to this crafter idea heaven –  CLICK HERE AND GO NOW.  Ideas, files, fonts, crafts, and classes GALORE!  It’s amazing!  I typed in “beach house” and found this SVG file.  I cut it out using my Cricut Explore 3 on white matte vinyl and applied it to the front of the house with transfer tape.

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And if you can’t leave well enough alone, like me here, let’s add some additional embellishments.  Both elements, the rope and mini sea shells, are both from Dollar Tree.  Use your hot glue to add a line of adhesive to the top line of the roof and add the nautical rope.  It really does help define the roofline.  Next, add a couple small sea shells to the front for a bit of added detail that I think really brings the whole look together.

There she is!  Our finished Dollar Tree wood house turned coastal beach house in just a few steps!  This smaller scale tiered tray is from the Target Dollar Spot, along with the lantern and white ceramic house.  Everything else is DOLLAR TREE!  You may notice the “beach vibes” block and some little steps that are the same blue at the bottom, both of those projects are featured in this video that I’ll link below.  You don’t want to miss those DIYs!  There are some twists and turns in the tutorial… it’s like a story and you’re not sure how it will all turn out in the end.  Well you kind of do with this tiered tray, and I will have to say, this one turned out great in the end!  

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