Years ago back when this blog was brand new, it seemed I was on a mission to create projects with items I found at Dollar Tree.
This was my first Dollar Tree post back in August of 2010, two months after I began blogging.
It went downhill after that. Or uphill depending on how you look at it.
I couldn’t stop myself.
I threw fuzzy rocks into mini terra-cotta pots and called it a “craft”.
I used scrapbook paper, little frames and stickers to create little cryptic messages.
I created these:
One of my most popular blog posts to date, thanks to Pinterest.
What purpose do they serve?
I have no clue.
But they were cute, held things like gourds and ornaments. I only spent two bucks to make them.
There are tons more Dollar Tree posts I have written over my six plus years but the point is this: apparently I see entering a store where everything is a dollar as a personal challenge.
I don’t just go in there to buy poster board for a school project or a birthday card for a distant relative.
I must create something.
Something magical that will make the blog Gods bow down to me and say
LO, LOOK AT ALL THY CRAP CRAFTS SHE MAKETH IN HER SPARETH TIME. GO FORWARD AND GIVE HER PAGE VIEWS.
*there are no blog Gods
I hadn’t actually been to the Dollar Tree in over a month and a half when recently I ventured in to my local store innocently in need of hair ties for the girls.
My first mistake was wandering in a week before Thanksgiving because Christmas was in full bloom there.
I do love Dollar Tree for stocking stuffers.
And we do have stockings that are in need of stuffing.
And I mean, every single thing in the store is only a dollar.
It’s like Dollar Tree is paying me to shop, if you think about it.
*They aren’t, by the way.
As much as I love Christmas tree ornaments, some can be really pricey.
I have a hard time spending more than 10 dollars on something that hangs on a tree once a damn year.
As soon as I walked into my Dollar Tree and smelled the familiar Dollar Tree smells (a mix of paper, cheap cologne and my hopes and dreams taking a nosedive), I felt another challenge coming on.
I WILL MAKE ORNAMENTS FOR UNDER FIVETH DOLLARS!
THEY WILL BE THE BEST ORNAMENTS IN THY LAND!
PEOPLE WILL BE WOWETHED BY MY ORNAMENTS AND WILL PIN THEM PROFUSELY!
* No pressure on your part.
This is what you will need:
Large plastic ball ornaments
something to fill them with
(I am making doggie ornaments as well as ones for my girls so two packages of Snausages; two pairs of Christmas socks; a package of Christmas chocolates )
ribbon or twine
All of the above is available at Dollar Tree, so I spent a total of $11 for 4 Christmas ornaments which works out to be $2.75 per ornament.
Let’s work on the doggie ornaments first!
Wrap your twine around the top of the ornament and cut so that you have enough length to tie it.
It’s easier if you take the metal clasp off first and you will need it off any way because you will be filling these ornaments.
Start filling your ornament with the doggie treats.
Did somebody say doggie treats?
Who knew you could make Snausages look so good?
Important step that I didn’t think of until AFTER I added the Snausages on the first ornament. Wash the ornament out because the treats will be sitting in here and if you intend to feed them to your canine friends, it is a good idea.
Unless you want to save the Snausages and see how many Christmases they last.
My guess is “a lifetime”.
On to the girls ornaments.
So I wasn’t really thinking about logistics whilst perusing through the dollar holiday sock section.
I hadn’t at all thought about how I was going to stuff the socks through that tiny hole.
Kind of like reverse child-birth.
I also wanted to add little chocolate balls to my, well, balls.
This you need to know about sibling rivalry: they will count EVERYTHING to make sure it’s even.
If you say your children aren’t like that, to you I say THEY ARE LIKE THAT WHEN YOU AREN’T WATCHING.
So I had to count the balls in the bag and divide them up evenly because my daughters will count each ball.
But there were 29 balls which meant I had to eat one to make it even.
Which is the law of physics.
It was at this point that I realized I could put my balls in a bowl so they wouldn’t fall over while trying to take pictures of them.
Add some ribbon and you have an ornament and a gift in one.
By the way, here is where the magic happens:
Get your filthy minds out of the gutter.
The BLOG PHOTOGRAPHY magic.
Yes my balls are on a deviled egg platter.
WHO SAYS I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM DOING?
Buddy, get down.
It’s all smoke and mirrors, baby.
And laminate flooring.
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