Chic Repurposed Jewel Cross DIY

What woman doesn’t like a little glitter and bling?!?  I know I do, and love to find ways to reuse & repurpose bits and pieces of vintage jewelry that are a little tattered and maybe missing a stone or two.

This cross tutorial is so easy, using relatively common items turned out to be an elegant addition to my office.

·         Wooden Cross

·         Brass Filigree

·         White Paint

·         Clear or White Glitter

·         Broken Vintage Rhinestone Earring

·         Scrapbooking jewel embellishments

·         Rosary Chain

·         Glue

First thing is to pain the cross and brass filigree white.  Once the cross is dry adorn with glitter, then attach the brass filigree.  Let those dry.  Now you can adorn with the vintage jewelry piece of your choice, I used a vintage AB Rhinestone Earring.  Now you can adorn your little cross with little scrapbook jewel embellishments, I used clear and pearl.  To hang the cross I used a bit of vintage pearl rosary chain that I used to carry in my shop.

As always, Happy Crafting!




Shabby French Chic Altered Art Bottle

Ok, so apparently I am really… terrible at time management lately.  I’ve been so busy trying to get the second shop up and running that I’m way behind on my blog and my Jewelry shop.  Hoping the time management thing will start getting a little better.

And to top it all off I managed in a flurry of photo deleting to delete all my step by step photos for this weeks craft tutorial, so I guess it’s going to be more of a look what I made kind of post, lol.

But I will tell you that I started with a lovely, very old bottle that I purchased at a Flea Market for  .50, the patina is so wonderful. I brought the bottle home and soaked out all the dirt and grime.  I then adhered a tea stained paper doily to the front, accented it with some vintage with tassel fringe, and then a bit of old ecru lace.  Mod Podge par of the bottle and doily and sprinkled on clear iridescent fairy dust glitter.

The create the framed French woman I started off with an old rhinestone shoe buckle.  To cover up missing stones I created a little collage in one corner with layers of antique brass filigree and a tiny pink resin rose, the other corner I used an antique brass Fleur de lis charm with the loop snipped off.  The image of the French Fashion Plate was of course found on the Graphics Fairy – no surprise there.  Printed the image off on cream card stock, cut to fit into the rhinestone buckle (makes such a great frame) and Mod Podge both back and front for extra durability.

Glitter Valentine Heart Treat Boxes

Ok girls, I found the cutest little plastic heart trinket boxes at the Dollar Tree last week and what a bargain, 12 for $1.00.  I’m not a big fan if purple so I decided to use only the red and pink heart boxes in the package.  I thought these would make adorable little treat boxes for my girl friends, once I’ve adorned with glitter and little cabbage roses!

You will need:
Heart Boxes
Modge Podge
Crepe Paper
I started off by painting the little lids with Mode Podge, sprinkle with your glitter of choice, I chose pink and red.  Once these are nice and dry I created little crepe paper roses.  Cut your crepe paper into strips.  Start the little roses by taking one end and rolling into a little rosebud type center, from there start creating the petals by twisting and turning the rest of your strip around the center until you have your little cabbage rose, use the tail end of your paper strip to tuck under the rose gluing down so that the rose stays together. You might want to dap a glue into the rose as your go along.  I sprinkled the roses and little coffee colored leaves with very fine clear glitter.
And now your have great little Valentine treat boxes ready to fill will goodies!
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Shabby Chic Altered Candle & Candle Holder Tutorial

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope that you all have enjoyed all the wonderful crafts featured on Alyssabeths this week and that you’ve had time to check out the other crafters at the Girl Creative and the other co-hosting blogs!

You never know where you will find inspiration, I had my mind set on one thing and then wandered into Ross where I found these wonderful cut glass coasters, 4 for $4.99!  I also happened to have 4 of those great candle sticks from the Dollar Tree, yes I hoard them because if you wait until you need them they won’t be there.


Set of 4 coasters $4.99

4 clear candle sticks $1.00 each

4 Vanilla pillar candles $1.00 each
Silver Glitter Snowflake Ornaments
Sheet music paper
Vintage Lace
E-6000 glue

If course I couldn’t leave the candles plain, so I painted Modpodge on each candle and sprinkled with glitter and let them dry for 24 hours.

While those were drying I decided to go ahead and create the candle holder.  I first had to remove the stickers from each coaster and candle stick, so I went ahead and hand washed each piece.  One those were nice and dry I glued the candle sticks and coasters together using E-6000 glue, love this stuff it’s extra sturdy and drys crystal clear.

Ok so now that the glittered pillar candles are dry it’s time to decorate!  I cut strips of the sheet music scrapbook paper with a pretty edge (tip – I make copies of this particular paper because I use it so much, this is much cheaper than buying it over and over), wrap around the candle and glue down the ends with Elmers glue. 

Over that wrap vintage or vintage looking lace, and then with ribbon simply tie your ornament on!  Oh by the way, these are metal snowflake ornaments and measure about 2″ across, I got a package of 10 for half off of $2.99 at Hobby Lobby.

And there you have it, a very elegant and frugal and very….. Shabby Chic pillar candle and fancy candle holder.  Great for a one of a kind and elegant hostess gift, Christmas gift or even for yourself!  Mine… are going to 4 of my friends at work!

As always, Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

As we wrap up Creating Christmas week I hope that you have all been inspired to stop pinning and start creating! I’m excited to see what everyone has been working on. This Christmas Linky Party is no ordinary party. This is a blog hop. And what that means is that there are 18 FABULOUS bloggers that are hosting this party at their very own blog. Whether you add your project link here or at any of the other 17 co-hosts blogs, it will show up on one huge party list! Awesome!
If you haven’t already, please take the time out to visit the other co-hosts and go through their Creating Christmas posts. There is some really neat projects!
The Rules are SiMpLe:
  • Add a link to a project that YOU have created!
  • Visit the 2 links ahead of you and check out what they’ve got going on. Leave some comment love. Tis the season for giving after all. {wink wink}

Creating Christmas Chic JOY to the World Book Page Christmas Wreath Dollar Tree Crafts

Hello friends, I’m up bright and early this morning and couldn’t wait to start of our week long Creating Christmas event with the Creative Girl!!

This week I’m going with a very Shabby Chic theme, of course using very frugal supplies, some from the Dollar Tree, a lot I already had and then some from Thrift Stores.  My work room, me and the dogs are covered in silver and snow white glitter!

I thought the wreath turned out to be very Shabby Chic and very elegant.  The best part is that it is super duper easy to create and a very inexpensive holiday craft.

Supplies were purchased at the Dollar Tree and items on hand:

Styrofoam disc – $1.00 for 2
Book Pages – entire book $1.00
Ribbon – $1.00
Glitter Wreath Ornaments – $1.00
Already had on Hand:
Crepe paper
Glue Gun
Free Vintage Graphics

To start your project cut out the book pages with an exacto for a clean edge, roll into cone shapes and tape.  For the outer layer I left the edges plain, but for the inner layer I added a fancy edge with scrapbook scissors.  One you have enough cones just start gluing onto the Styrofoam disc.  I used my glue gun for this.  Decorate the edges with glitter for extra sparkle!
While I let the wreath base dry I popped over to the Graphics Fairy, my go to place for vintage graphics and found this stunning JOY to the World graphic for my center medallion.  Save the graphic to your computer, I changed the graphics to a round shape and then printed on white card stock, cut this out and glued to the back of the gold and silver glitter wreath ornament.  Once this was good a dry and took a roll of vintage cream crepe paper and created a ruffle using tape to adhere the crepe paper.

Finally you have your ruffled medallion done flip over and glue to the center of the wreath.  For hanging just glue a ribbon to the back! 

And there you have a very elegant and frugal Christmas Book Page Wreath, which I think cost me around $5.00 to create.

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting My Friends!


Frosty the Snowman DIY Tutorial – Dollar Tree Crafting

I love snow, I think that is because having spent my entire 52 years in North Texas snow has always been a rare occurrence, so when it does snow it seems like a little miracle creating a landscape covered in cold fairy dust.  I can probably count on two hands the times we’ve had enough snow to make a true snowman, top hat, scarf and all!

My holiday decorations include an entire room of snowmen and snow decor,  my own little snow fairy land. And during another covert trip to the Dollar Tree I found the supplies to create this cute little Frosty the Snowman!

2 packages Styrofoam Balls, red floral wire, plastic snowflake ornaments, ribbon, plastic candy cane ornaments, silver glitter small snowflakes
Items I already had on hand: cotton balls, buttons, small Styrofoam coffee cup, black glitter card stock, snow glitter, felt, glue, glue gun and clear spray
Take three of the Styrofoam balls, cut the bottom on the largest flat on one side, the middle ball cute flat on 2 sides, attach the 3 balls with a glue gun.  Once the stack is dry un roll your cotton balls (the cheap cotton balls are best for this) and glue over the Styrofoam stack with a glue gun.  Make a mixture of 2 parts white glue & 1 part water paint this mixture over the cotton ball covered stack, now snow glitter away!

I let this dry an entire day and then sprayed with a clear coat to make sure that most of the glitter stayed on the snowman.

While that was drying I started working on the top hat.  I cheated a little on this and used a small Styrofoam coffee cup as my base for the top hat.  Remove the bottom of the cup and then cut the height of the cup down.

Using the black glitter paper cover the cup, see above, then cut out the rim and top of the hat.  Simply assemble this with glue.  I found that for this the glue gun did not work well, I would suggest another strong fast drying glue.  Once the hat was dry, trim with ribbon, and little holly leaves from felt and red beads for berries and snow glitter.
Once the snowman body is dry attach to the plastic white snowflake ornament,add the ribbon scarf, buttons and the wire arms.  The face was created with 2 Victorian shoe buttons, hole punches from the black glitter paper and a cone of orange felt.
I think he turned out pretty darn cute!
Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!
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Dollar Store Crafting – Book Page Halloween Treat Bags

Okay so now I am apparently addicted to the Dollar Tree and Dollar Store.  It’s amazing the things that you can find to craft with or to repurpose, and on the cheap (which is the best part).

I adore crafts created using vintage book pages, but for me I can’t bring myself to rip a page out of a vintage book.  My solution is the $1.00 book section at Dollar Tree. So I have several books sitting on my craft table, aka the previously known formal dinning room table, and came-up with the idea to create chic little Halloween party favor or treat bags using book pages!

Supplies – 3 book pages, black glitter card stock, paper, just twine and glue, and two hole punches. 

The adorable retro Halloween images I found, of course on the The Graphics Fairy blog, I copied the images and set them on different backgrounds using my basic word program, and punched those out with my 1 1/2″ punch, and set on scalloped edged black glittered card stock punches.  Creating the little bags was super simple by tearing out the pages, creating a clean edge and then folding over and gluing!  After they were dry I used a fancy scissors to cut a large scalloped edge on the top of each bag. I then punched a hole at the top of each bag and affixed each little tag with jute twine.  My bags came out measuring 4 1/4″ x 3″.

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Dollar Store Crafting – Shabby Chic Decoupage Pumpkin

Let the fun begin!  I’m so excited I’ve finally had the time to start crafting for the Holidays, of course beginning with Halloween.  I’m challenging myself this season to see what great crafts and decor I can create using Dollar Store, Goodwill or even old “junk” I have laying around the house. 

Here is the final result, very Shabby Chic Pumpkin accented with glitter!

I started with a little 5″ x 5″ pumpkin that I found at the Dollar Tree store, which is the perfect size to set on top of a candlestick.
My supplies – $1.00 pumpkin, Mod Podge, brush, black paint, black and snow glitter and paper to cover the pumpkin.  To cover the pumpkin I chose an antique handwritten letter that I found on the Internet and then made several copies which I tore into tiny pieces.
For an extra fun twist I added a digital collage medallion that I created with a cool bat silhouette and a great vintage from that I found on the Graphics Fairy Blog.

I used the black paint the paint the stem, giving it a good base for the black glitter latter.  Then mod podged (is that a real term?) the letter pieces all over and then added my bat medallion.  Let this dry for a day then added black glitter to the stem and snowy crystal glitter to the top portion of the pumpkin.

Ta da, there you have it and elegant little pumpkin!  Now if I can the hubby to drag the rest of my decorations out the attic this weekend..


Vintage Childrens Halloween Party Gift Tags set of 6

Cute Halloween Collage created using images of children all dressed up for Halloween with a Jack o Lantern, a fun Halloween sign – with two characters on either side are black with hand applied black glitter, and black lacey accents all set on aged cream , with a bit of black and orange glitter. These would be adorable used as a gift tag, book mark, party invitation or part or you Halloween décor!

Set of 6 gift tags each measuring 3 x 4 inches, printed on heavy 110 card stock and tied with a black silk ribbon.