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With summer in full swing and the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s the ideal time to unleash your creativity and embark on exciting patriotic Dollar Tree crafts. I’m sharing my favorite 20 Patriotic Dollar Tree crafts over on YouTube.
In this post, I’ll guide you through the steps to create a bomb-pop popsicle banner using affordable materials from Dollar Tree. Perfect for adding a patriotic touch to your mantle or any festive occasion. This craft is both enjoyable and budget-friendly. So let’s dive in and create a delightful popsicle banner!
To create this Dollar Tree popsicle banner, follow these simple steps:
Easy Patriotic Dollar Tree Crafts: DIY Popsicle Banner
Step 2: Prepare the Popsicle Sticks
Head over to Dollar Tree and grab some wide popsicle sticks. Using tin snips, cut the sticks in half lengthwise. This step allows you to make the most of your materials and creates a perfect base for your popsicles.
Step 3: Attach the Sticks and Create Hanging Holes
Using hot glue, secure each cut popsicle stick to the back of a popsicle printout, making sure to align them properly. Then, use a hole puncher to create a hole at the top of each popsicle cutout. Repeat this process until all the popsicle printouts have a stick attached and a hole at the top.
Crafting doesn’t have to break the bank, and with a little imagination, you can transform simple items into stunning decorations. This popsicle banner is a perfect addition to your summer decor, infusing a patriotic touch into your home. Whether you’re hosting a Fourth of July gathering or simply want to celebrate the summer season, this DIY project will surely impress your guests and add a festive flair to any space. Looking for more patriotic Dollar Tree DIYs? Head over to my YouTube channel for 20 more patriotic Dollar Tree DIYs.
6 FREE PATRIOTIC PRINTABLES
Do you have a stash of old sea shells you’ve been collecting? Yes? AWESOME! Grab them, let’s get to crafting! No? NO WORRIES! Head to Dollar Tree! They have an amazing selection of sea shells in a variety of styles and sizes. Also check the small bottles that look like decor and pop the corks off, these are great mini shells to use for crafting too!
In the video I’ll link at the bottom of this post you’ll find a video tutorial version of SEVERAL seas shell project you don’t want to miss! There are nearly ten different projects! I thought it would be fun to share at least one project from that video with you here, in blog form.
What is our project tutorial today?
You’ll need to grab this plastic iridescent tray from Dollar Tree. Right now they have a great selection of coastal and tropical themed items to choose from. However, check in their floral section for bags of sea shells that they carry year round. This tray is about to get a really great upgrade!
We will be using a two part resin to transform this tray. Have you ever used resin before? It’s so fun if you haven’t! If you have, then you already know how fun it is! It’s also easy too. You can find the resin I’m using HERE on AMAZON.
MUST DO: Wear a mask and gloves when working with resin! Also protect your work surface, I like to put down cardboard (thank you Amazon boxes). It’s thick and you can toss it when you are done.
How simple is resin? So easy, let me show you. You’ll need either a disposable container or a silicone reusable container and you’ll mix equal parts of the two part resin together and stir.
Example: I mixed 1.5 oz of the liquid hardener to 1.5 oz of the resin to a silicone measuring cup and used a popsicle stick to stir them together.
TIP: work in smaller amounts, if possible, if you are first getting started. Once you mix the two parts together, you create a reaction and the resin will start to set up. You’ll have limited time to work with the mixture, so like I said, smaller amounts in layers, works best for smaller projects.
Now resin is fun to work with but now is the really fun part. You’ll now get a chance to place all your embellishments inside the tray and inside the resin.
When you are finished adding your treasures, you’ll pour more layers of resin on top until everything is covered. Just make sure you don’t over fill the plastic shell tray or it will come spilling over the sides, and that’s not fun to clean up.
This is our finished tray, 48 hours later! The resin turns to a clear hard plastic. It does take at least 24 hours for the resin to cure and harden so just check it before actually using it. Mine, I let sit a good 48 hours just to be sure all was good.
Now how do you use your new tray?
Idea #1: (shown above) Use it as a collection tray! It’s perfect to drop your keys or extra change near an entry way.
Idea #2: Use it as a candle holder!
*WARNING* – Do NOT place a flame in direct contact with the resin, that is a big fire hazard
I would suggest a contained candle – like my favorite candle in a mason jar shown above – Antique Candle Co candles
An even better idea would be to use a battery powered LED candle instead. Very little fire hazard there.
See MORE Sea Shell DIYs and Idea in the video below