DOLLAR TREE DIY | MESSAGE BOARD | DECOR

DIY Message Board

I have been LOVING the many letter boards and felt boards that I have been seeing on Pinterest and Instagram as of late!  So when Marianne, from HGTV Handmade, shared an easy message board DIY project, I knew that I had to give it a chance!

I found all the supplies I needed for this project at the Dollar Tree!

 

Here’s how I did it:

  1. Place wooden dowels on the frame.  On an 8X10 frame you will need to use at least two dowels.  Measure how long the second dowel will need to be.  One will need to be cut.
  2. Take the dowels outside to cut and spray paint them.  I spray painted mine white to match the foam board.
  3. Disassemble the frame.  Take out the glass and use it to trace the size that your foam board will need to be.  Secure the foam board in the frame.
  4. Once the dowels are dry, place them on the foam board and attach them with hot glue.  I placed my dowels about 2.5-2.27 inches apart.  I found it most effective to judge the distance the dowels should be from one another by eye.  *When attaching the dowels, put the hot glue toward the bottom of the dowel.  This prevents the letters from getting stuck in the glue*
  5. Once you are finished, compose your first message on the board.  I chose one that is very close to my heart!

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This project was SO MUCH FUN!  I hope you give it a try!  If you would like a more detailed tutorial of this project, check out the video I shared on my YouTube channel!

When you try this project, make sure you share a picture with my on my social media!

XOXO,
Kieren

Dollar Tree DIY|Crayon/Colored Pencil Organizer!!!

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If you are anything like me, you have a giant pile of crayons or colored pencils laying somewhere around your house or classroom!  I often find classroom supplies like crayons or colored pencils at garage sales and thrift stores.  Although this is usually a good way to get a cheap price it also means that they usually aren’t in a box.  My attempt to easily keep them ‘organized’ is to put them all in a big fabric bin.  However this usually leads to chaos and frustration in my classroom when my students are trying to find a particular color or shade.  Luckily, I have found the perfect solution using Dollar Tree products!

For this project, you will need:

Crayons or Colored Pencils to Organize
Foam Board (Two Sheets)
Scissors
Packing Tape
Washi Tape or other Decorative Tape

The first step is to measure out your base.  The base will consist of as many bins as you need spread out in rows.  Determine how many you need by how many different types of crayons and colored pencils you have

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Once you have measured and traced your base you will cut it out with a pair of scissors.

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After the base and side pieces have been cut, you will start assembling the box using packing tape.  Make sure to reinforce the inside and outside of the box.

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Now to make the organizer a little prettier, add some decorative tape or washi to the outside.  Don’t worry about the inside, no one will be seeing that!

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Now it’s time to organize!  Here, I am organizing my colored pencils.  I simply sort them by color.  Each color will have a variety of shades within it.  I think that sorting this way is the most effective for this project.

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There is nothing more beautiful than organized classroom supplies!

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If you would like to see a more detailed description of this project, check out the video tutorial on my YouTube channel!

I hope you give this project a try!

XOXO,
Kieren

Dollar Tree DIY | HOBNAIL MILK GLASS

DIY MILK GLASS

If you are OBSESSED with anything milk glass like me, then you will LOVE this DIY!  This project combines two of my loves…Milk glass and the Dollar Tree!

This project is SOOO simple!  Here’s how I did it!

 

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To get started, you will need glassware.  For this project, I chose two different pieces from the Dollar Tree.  The first piece is a small glass bowl that I have purchased previously for other Dollar Tree DIYs.  I really like this bowl because of it’s compact size!  Perfect for cute little projects.  The second piece I chose is actually not glass, it is plastic!  I chose this piece because of it’s unique shape!

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Next, you will need these sticker strips from the Dollar Tree.  These strips are AMAZING!  They made this project so easy!  I was able to easily peel off strips of these stickers and evenly apply them to the glassware for a streamline look!

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Finally, you will need SPRAY PAINT!  I tend to go with RUST-OLEUM spray paints, but you can use whatever you have on hand.  Walmart has some new spray paint colors out right now that are SOOO pretty!

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The first step of this project is to apply the stickers.  The part of the project required a lot of focus and patience!  From start to finish, it took me about 30 minutes to apply the stickers.  I tried to focus on keeping the rows of sticker strands applied at even distances from one another.

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The next step is to spray paint!  I decided to go with white for this first attempt at replicating hobnail milk glass.  I would advise applying at least two coats of paint.  Both pieces were practically covered with just one coat, but I wanted to make sure it was completely even, so I applied a second coat.  Once I applied multiple coats, I set the pieces out and let them dry!

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Once the pieces have dried, set them out and enjoy your hard work!  This project is so simple, but the pieces make such a dramatic statement!  I love admiring these pieces in our home, and find that they fit in seamlessly next to authentic hobnail milk glass!  This completed project cost less than $10!!!

I hope you enjoyed this Dollar Tree DIY!  I highly recommend that you give this a try and share the finished project with me on Instagram!

Check out my YouTube tutorial for this project!

XOXO,
Kieren

Dollar Tree Organization | Pantry

My husband and I have lived in our first home for a little over a year and a half.  In that time, we have learned many of the ins-and-outs of our home that we couldn’t have known before we purchased it.  We have learned little things about our home that make us smile, and some things that make us want to pull our hair out!  Our kitchen pantry (or lack there of) causes the latter.

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We don’t have a designated pantry area in our kitchen at this point.  We are using the two cabinets on either side of the stove as a pantry.  As you can see from the picture above, prior to the organization, the pantry was not in a good state.  Everything was just tossed into the pantry with ZERO organization in place.  I had no clue how much of anything I had!  I was constantly buying duplicates and triplicates of everything because I could easily access what I had!

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When I saw these soda can organizers at the Dollar Tree, I knew that they would be the perfect solution for our pantry!  These easily fit multiple cans and are the perfect width and depth for our cabinets!  Organizing our space was going to be the EASIEST project!

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To start, I needed to clean out my pantry!  I took EVERYTHING out of both cabinets and organized it!  Would you believe that I had not duplicates, but TRIPLICATES of several products?!?  I couldn’t see exactly what I had with my previous system of organization!  Embarrassingly enough, I found a few cans that had expired a several years ago…We have moved since they expired…We were moving expired food…How embarrassing…

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Once I organized all the product I was keeping and disposed of what was no longer wanted, I needed to label the organizers.  Luckily, the Dollar Tree had the perfect product for this project!  These Adhesive Label Holders work PERFECTLY to label each container!

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These were such a great invention!  Simply write the name on the provided yardstick and slip it into the adhesive sleeve!  Then, you can just stick it onto the organizer!

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There you have it!  A simple, easy, DIY, inexpensive way to organize your pantry!  Total investment for this project for me was $16!  Now, I love to go to my kitchen, open my pantry, and admire how organized the space is!

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Want to do this project in YOUR kitchen?  Want to have the same set that I used to organize my pantry?  As a way to say thank you to all of you for your love and support, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY!  I will be giving away 20 of these organizers and 2 packs of adhesive labels to one lucky winner!  Here’s how you can enter!

You must be a subscriber of my YouTube Channel and my blog!  To subscribe to my YouTube channel, click the video below.  Once you have watched the video, click the red Subscribe button below my name!  To subscribe to my blog, click the blue Follow button on the right of the blog post!  You must also post a comment on THIS blog to be entered!

Rules for Entry
Must be 18 years old
Must be a resident of the United States

***DEADLINE MARCH 4TH, 2017***

Check out the video below to see exactly how I organized our pantry with Dollar Tree products!

Need more Dollar Tree?  Here is my most recent Shop with Me Dollar Tree video!  I also explain all the details of the giveaway in this video as well!

Thank you all so much!  I wish you all the best of luck in this giveaway!

XOXO,
Kieren

Five Thrifted Valentine’s Day DIYs

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays!  I love all the hearts, the colors, the doilies, and the candy!  (Except for chocolate…I’m allergic to chocolate!)

For Valentine’s Day 2017, I want to share five easy DIY projects that you can create for your home and loved ones!

If you are here from my Youtube channel, I feel that I owe you an apology!  This content was originally intended to be a video.  However, when I saw all the pieces put together, I wasn’t happy with how it looked!  I felt that shots were better suited for my blog!  So…here we are!

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This picture proves that this was intended to be a video…lol

I have to thank all of the AMAZING creators on Pinterest for my inspiration for many of these projects!  If you would like to see all of the original pins, please check out my Thrifted Living Pinterest page

1. Cutting Board Print

During my garage sale excursions this summer, I found several BEAUTIFUL cutting boards!  I LOVE using these for crafting!  The grain in this particular cutting board was sooooo STUNNING!  I felt that it would be a great piece to paint with a festive message for Valentine’s Day!

First, I wrote in pencil the desired writing.  Then, I simply used an Elmer’s Painters Marker, in white, to scribe this lovely message.

I felt that it was still a little plain, so I decided to add gold on each corner of the cutting board.  I used some painters tape and painted the corners.

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This was SOOO easy!  The final product is simple and bright!

2.  Key to My Heart

Here is yet another cutting board that I found this summer at a garage sale!  I love the style and wear on this little board.  I think it’s so petite and cute!  I thought this little board needed something to make it even more ADORABLE!

I simply cut a heart shape stencil of out card stock.  Then, using that same painters tape, attached it to the board, making sure that it was centered.  Then I found the most vibrant red paint that I had on hand and painted inside the stencil.  I let it dry for several ours, then removed the stencil.

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As a final touch, I added a key that I found at Michael’s!  I love the look of the wood, with the metal key, and the red heart!  The contrasts are STUNNING!  This project took very little time and make a BIG impact in our kitchen!

3. ‘I love you because…’ Dry Erase Frame

These frames are a relatively recent addition to my collection!  I found these at the an estate sale not too long ago.  What beautiful detail there is in the gold frame.  I have seen many people take frames and turn them into dry-erase boards.  What an easy way to make these beautiful frame, into a functional piece of decor.

The frame had a piece of cardboard behind the glass, which I removed.  I then replaced that with a piece of copy paper.  I printed my message in pencil, then added a red construction paper heart.  I finally traced the writing with a Sharpie marker and put the paper in the frame!

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As my sister lovingly pointed out, my line is not straight.  However, I think it gives the piece a little more personality.  Simply set a dry-erase marker next to the frame and write a quick note to your sweetheart!

4. Mason Jar Love

My crafternoon wouldn’t have been complete without using a Mason Jar.  I find these ALL the time at thrift stores and garage sales!

For this project, I used a Mason Jar, doilies, construction paper, and twine!  I simply cut out a heart, placed it on top of a doily, then wrapped the jar with twine.  I secured the twine on the back of the jar with hot glue.

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Easy…simple…classic!  Maybe I should put a tea light inside the jar!  What do you think?

5.  Valentine Organizer

One of my favorite parts of Valentine’s Day is receiving Valentines!  I have always love sharing Valentines!  As a child, one of my favorite celebrations at school was the Valentine’s Day party!  I always loved creating a mailbox and writing each of my friend’s names on a card!  I decided to take one of the MANY frames that I have found at garage sales and use it to organize Valentines!

To start, I took the frame and painted it gold! (…of course…)  Then I flipped it over and attached three pieces of twine with hot glue!  Then I took some miniature clothespins that I found at the Dollar Tree and hung some Valentines that I made for my husband!

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I.love.this!!!  This piece perfectly displays the homemade Valentines that I made my for my husband!  The best part is that I can change these out to work during other seasons and holidays!

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Here is a closer look at the Valentines I made!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I prepared our home for Valentine’s Day!  These projects were so simple and quick!  The projects were also very inexpensive, since I used items that I found at the thrift store or garage sales!  I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!

XOXO,
Kieren
Thrifted Living

 

 

Bottle Brush Trees and Apothecary Jars…Oh my…

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I believe my obsession with bottle brush Chrismtas trees began as a small child.  My mother had a little wooden village that she displayed at the holidays.  One of the most important parts of this village were the absolutely adorable bottle brush trees, lightly dusted with snow.  I have such fond memories of my mother setting up that little wooden village!

It was then the creation of Pinterest that helped further develop my obsession!  I searched bottle brush trees, and found so many beautiful pieces using such simple materials!  I knew that someday, somehow, I needed to make my own bottle brush tree masterpiece!

There was always one Pin on Pinterest that caught my eye!  It was this stunning Christmas scene inside of an apothecary jar!  At garage sales and thrift stores, I searched and collected beautiful apothecary jars.  All I needed were bottle brush trees.  Unfortunately, I never found any at garage sales or thrift shops.

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A few weeks ago, I was struck by luck!  My mother called me one more and told me that Michael’s Craft Store was handing out free $10 gift cards to the first 50 people that entered the store.  At first, I didn’t believe her.  I quickly got dressed and ran to the nearest Michael’s!  Sure enough, as I entered the front door, I was handing my very own $10 gift card!  I knew what I needed!  My mother and I found the Christmas decor and a HUGE section of bottle brush trees!!!  As luck would have it, the trees were 50% off!  A set of 21 bottle brush trees cost me only $11!  That means, with my $10 gift card, I only paid $1 for these trees!  I then ran to Joann Fabrics where I found white sand and glitter to complete my masterpiece!

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This project was SOOO easy!  I simply mixed together the white sand and glitter in a resealable bag!  That way, if I had any extra, I could save it for a future project!

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Last, I placed the tree in the apothecary jar, and I just simply poured the sand and glitter mixture over the top!  Simple, easy, elegant, vintage…etc…I could find thousands of words to describe these pieces!

If you have an obsession of bottle brush trees, apothecary jars, or BOTH, I highly recommend you give this project a go!  If you are feeling particularly adventurous, try finding everything you need at a thrift store or garage sale!

Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel!  I have a ton of fun Christmas content coming your way!

XOXO,
Kieren

Thrifted Teacher Wardrobe | Lookbook

***YOUTUBE LOOKBOOK VIDEO BELOW***

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Yaaaaaaaay!!!!  It’s back to school!!!!!

Ever since I was little, I have always loved back to school time!  I always loved to go through my wardrobe and put together outfits for every day of the week!  Creating this lookbook gave me all the nostalgia feels from my schooldays!

As a child, my family struggled financially, so it was never a guarantee that we would be getting new clothes for school.  When we did get new clothing, you can bet that it came from the Goodwill or Salvation Army!  This was the original inspiration for my love of everything thrifted!

Now as an adult, I LOVE putting together a completely thrifted wardrobe!  Finding those stunning pieces is like going on a treasure hunt!  I never tire of searching through the racks for hidden gems!

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I should probably add that I competed in the Miss America Program, so this lookbook brought out my best MAO poses!

I have always been a firm believer that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look SUPER CUTE!  Each of the tops in this lookbook ranged in price from $1.50-$3.00!  Each pair of pants were only $2.50-$5.00!  Paying so little for each piece allows me purchase a variety of pieces to really expand my wardrobe!

If you are a new teacher and would like some tips for how to complete your wardrobe for the upcoming school year, here are some tips!

  1. Select pieces that are comfortable!  I am an elementary school teacher, and I am always on the floor or at a little table with my students.  I need pieces that are flexible, comfortable, and functional.  I don’t choose pieces that I will be tugging at or pulling up all day.
  2. If you live near a Salvation Army, shop on Family Day!  Find out what day Family Day is in your area.  In my area, Family Day is on Wednesday’s!  On this day, everything (except for one color tag) is 50% off!
  3. Look for several staple pieces!  If you notice in my lookbook, I am wearing the same pair of white pants with multiple tops.  There is nothing wrong with wearing the same pair of pants several days a week.  A change of top can completely change the look of your outfit!  (No one will notice your wearing the same pants…again!)
  4. Examine the pieces before you purchase them!  I have been burned several times by not checking closely for staining or tears!

Check out my Thrifted Teacher Wardrobe Lookbook!

I hope these tips will help you complete your own thrifted wardrobe!  As teachers, we know that so much of our own money goes to furnishing our classrooms.  Why not save a little money by thrifting own wardrobes?

Have a great school year!

XOXO
Kieren