• Dollar Tree Outdoor DIYs

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    HELLO SUNSHINE! Are you out in your yards or gardens soaking up the fresh air and sunshine?  It is so rewarding and refreshing. However, it can get pricy when you want to make things cute and functional out there!

    You can save some dough with this new video tutorial I’ll link below.  Or if nothing else you can use the money you save for more PLANTS!  If you know, you know.

    Let’s start with a super affordable and simple way to turn Dollar Tree planters into a high-end and useful planter garden.

    Frugal Planter with a High-End Look

    Pool Noodles
    Spray Paint
    – Soil/Plants
    BBQ Skewers
    -Rubber Band

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    You’ll need a good sized planter for this one.  I found a 14″ planter in the Dollar Tree Plus section for only $3.00!  That’s a great price for a planter this size!  They also had different colors to choose from.  I really wanted my to be oil rubbed bronze though, and that was an easy fix.

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    The fix: spray paint.  Quick, easy and drys fast.  It really took this pot from average to one that looks much more high-end.  If you run into bad weather and can’t spray paint outside – I highly recommend this paint tent.  It’s ready for in garages to keep the over spray from going everywhere.  Just make sure you have a doors/windows open to air out the fumes. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

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    I bet you red the supplies list above and thought “why pool noodles?” They make great fillers inside the bottom of large planters.  You cut them up into smaller pieces and put them in the bottom.  It does two things.  First, it is a space filler so you can use less of the pricey potting soil. aka – SAVES MONEY.  Second, it also makes the pots lighter incase you need to move them around.  Win/Win.
    Also, if you can find THIS KNIFE at Dollar Tree, grab it!  It works so well for cutting up the pool noodles! 

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    Of course, now we need to add soil and our plant(s) of choice.  I planted a blackberry bush here.  I have no idea how to take care of a blackberry bush but – here’s hoping I can this year!  All tips and advice are welcome!!! (leave them in the comments below)

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    Like the pool noodles, you also may be wondering why we need BBQ skewers, they are for the arbor we are going to create!  It’s super affordable and super easy.  Use these longer BBQ skewers you can find at Dollar Tree.  I would use at least four, I used six here.  You simply push them into the soil around the outside edge and gather the ends at the top.  To temporarily secure them, use a rubber band.  Likely that won’t hold up all season as the rubber band may dry rot from the sun and weather.  So over the top of the rubber band, wrap jute several times and tie in a knot for a more permanent solution.

    And there you have it!  Dollar Tree items turned into a high-end looking container garden!

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    Watch MORE Dollar Tree Outdoor HACKS Below!

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  • Spring Dollar Tree DIYs

    Is it spring yet!? YES, IT FINALLY IS SPRING!  Whether it feels like it, that’s a different story.  Here in the midwest, it is all over the place.  Nonetheless, we are decorating for spring around here.

    We are transforming inexpensive Dollar Tree finds with decorative scrapbook paper into beautiful Spring DIYs and  home decor in this brand new video!  It is packed with great paper flower ideas, big and small.

    The burlap Dollar Tree banner project is one of my favorites in this video, but there are so many great ideas you have to see! Let me show you how easy it is to make this banner first.

    DIY Spring Burlap Banner

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    Grab this burlap banner from Dollar Tree (here is a similar banner on Amazon), it will save you a TON of time!  It’s already cut and hung on jute.  It has 6 flags on it which just happens to work out for the word “SPRING.”  Add more or remove to adjust for your desired word(s).

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    Time to add the letters, one on each flag.  I used my Cricut machine and cut out matte white vinyl to size and applied them without any type of transfer tape.  Since they are small enough, you can just peel each letter from the paper backing and place directly onto the burlap.
    If you don’t have a vinyl machine to cut out your own letters, head to the craft store and pick up some medium sized stickers from the scrapbook section.

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    Within the Cricut Design Space I found a “Spring Wreath” project that made things super easy.  It already had different sized flowers, the flower centers, and the leaves all laid out.  I did scale them down a bit and didn’t use all the flowers. I ran each page through the Cricut as directed in Design Space (5 colors) and made enough to create 6 flowers.
    Again, if you don’t have a vinyl machine, grab a detail pair of scissors and get to cutting.  You can do less layers and less detailed flowers for a more simple look that will take a lot less time to cut out.
    This is a key reason I LOVE my Cricut, TIME SAVER.

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    This is the part where you can get creative in how you build you flowers. Mix and match the colors, add a fun flower center and leaves, and curl the edges with your finger nails or a popsicle stick.  This will really give your flowers life and “fluff.”
    Use hot glue to attach your flower layers together for a strong bond.
    Again, you’ll need 6 flowers total for this “SPRING” banner.

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    This is where your banner is really going to POP!  Hot glue a flower onto each on of the flags.  I added mine to the top left corner and alternated the two colors.

    Hang your banner!  I layered mine with this cute beaded and bunny garland I found at HomeGoods but it looks simple enough, I’m sure it could be a DIY project you could recreate too.

    MORE Dollar Tree Spring DIYs w/ Scrapbook Paper:

    See MORE paper flower crafts paired with Dollar Tree finds to elevate your home this spring! Click this video above!


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    There are a TON of great planter options at Dollar Tree during the spring and summer months.  Even some really neat ones you can use in interesting ways.  In this video tutorial I’m sharing a bunch of those ideas such as, an organization idea, garden idea, quick flip DIY, and more.

    This project was one of my favorites featured:

    Easy DIY Planter Fountain

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    -Large Planter
    -Small Planter
    -River Rocks
    -Pool Noodle


    Gather your supplies, everything except the fountain is from Dollar Tree.

    Take a large planter ($5 Dollar Tree Plus) and find a smaller planter ($1.25) that will sit down inside of it, and place it inside the larger planter, up-side-down.

    Cut up a pool noodle and use as a filler inside the planter, covering all the gaps.

    Put together the fountain (from AMAZON here) and place on top of smaller pot inside the planter.

    Cover the top with river rock.  Make sure to cover the pool noodle, top of inside smaller pot, fountain base and some of the cord to camouflage. Next, fill with water.

    Attach the power source (USB or solar panel) and your fountain is FINISHED!

    You can see this fountain in action and working in the video tutorial HERE.

    Lookin for MORE fun, simple, and easy ways to use Dollar Tree garden planters?  Click the video tutorial below!  I’m sure you’ll be running to Dollar Tree or your local Dollar Store after watching these awesome ideas!

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  • Spring Thrift Flips

    Save SO. MUCH. MONEY. shopping at the thrift store for your home decor and organization needs.  Many items you can find, nearly brand new, at a fraction of the cost.  The wreath below is a wicker wreath, nicer than the traditional grapevine wreath, and retails for around $20.  This one was only $3 at the thrift store! 85% OFF retail!  I used flowers I already had on hand and two $1.25 greenery stems from Dollar Tree (you know I love DT!) to make a wreath for under $6!  A STEAL!  It is the perfect spring pop of color and flowers to our front door and was super easy to make too.  You can watch it come together by CLICKING HERE

    Thrifted Spring Wreath

    I featured this fun new glue skillet of mine in the video.  If you’ve never had one before, they are SO GOOD for floral arranging and wreath making.  You can find it on AMAZON HERE

    Thrifted Ornate Gold Frame

    The wreath is just one of the many thrift flips in this video tutorial.  I also found a BEAUTIFUL ornate gold frame.  These frames are in high demand right now and hard to find, so when I dug and found this one in the stacks of frames at the thrift store for only $2.00, I was sort of shocked.  It has some issues such as cracks and an entire corner missing but I was up for the challenge.  You can see how I brought this frame back to life by CLICKING HERE , but the end result looks like a million bucks.  I feel like this project is the perfect example of how you can get a high-end and on-trend piece and also save a bundle of money.

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    I’ve also included two FREE landscape art printables you can download and use in your own frames.  They are perfect for any size or style frames you have, not just the gold detailed frames, so get to creating with these free graphics! 

    ALWAYS clean and disinfect your thrift store treasures and finds before using them.  Soap and water is always a good way to go, or my favorite antibacterial spray is MICROBAN – you can find it on AMAZON HERE

    Head on over to WATCH ALL THE FLIPS