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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dollar Tree Valentines Day Heart Wreath Tutorial

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Dear Really Nice Lady wearing a cute retro green wool coat in the south Chicago suburban Dollar Tree at lunch time on Wednesday,

Hi! It's me the woman in the yellow jacket that you probably thought was stalking you.  I wasn't. Honest.
I was just loitering wandering around the Dollar Tree on my lunch break from work.

I realize that I may have seemed a little distracted. I was thinking about Valentines Day and looking for a little inspiration so really, I wasn't following you for the better part of an hour even though it may have felt that way at a couple of different points during our "mutual shopping excursion".


I know that it may seem unlikely but, there might have been something that I could have re purposed into a Valentines Day wreath in the Pet Supply aisle of the store.

Seriously..those little pink cat toy mice were pretty darned cute.

Well, except for the fact that I'm allergic to the catnip that they were filled with and my dog probably wouldn't have been real fond of them. That's the real reason that  I was so intently studying the wasn't because I was stalling while you chose a dog toy.

And while I was standing in the Cleaning Supplies aisle for ten minutes, as you were picking up sponges and those cute little  red measuring spoons, I was considering whether or not the pink and silver pot scrubbers could be cut apart and reused.

You may not know it but after a few minutes, I felt bad about the thought of throwing away the white molded plastic handle that they were attached to. I thought about explaining to you that I'm a blogger and that I like to make things and that I had come to the realization while standing  there holding five of them in my hands that  not even I can find a use for I put them back.

It wasn't just because you had moved on to the next aisle.


And those pink and white and red and white jump ropes in the Children's Toy Aisle almost made it into my cart.

I thought about wrapping them around the wreath form that I picked up over in the Floral Section. I had them in my hand while you were looking at  the coloring books but the lack of a re purpose for the handles forced me to change my mind.

I'm sure that you sensed my excitement in the fact that the Candy Aisle had so much potential for Valentines Day decor.  Seriously... who can resist candy hearts this time of year!?

I'm  using them to fill glass jars or to glue onto Styrofoam wreath forms.  With  three boxes for $1, that's the kind of deal that I really can't pass up.  I don't care what brand they are or whether or not there's a freshness date on the box which explains my reckless abandon in tossing eight packages of three into my cart.

You see, I did notice the puzzled on your face as you were putting the single bag of peppermints into your cart.  In case you were wondering, I was also seriously considering the cinnamon red hots, pixie sticks, and the individually wrapped strawberry hard candies but decided that I was better off with the hearts.

The Party Supply aisle yielded a pink plastic table cloth, some seasonally appropriate tissue paper, and some garland that might have had potential... but I wanted pink and it was red. You may have wondered why I was rifling through the sixteen pegs full of garland. I confess,  I was hoping against all hope that there would be a single strand of pink hidden among the so obviously all red selection.

One more thing,  I've always wondered how the paper napkins were..I saw that you got several packages...I presume that they must be okay, right?!


The aluminum foil pans and non-woven pink laundry bag from the Home keeping aisle went into my basket and I thought that it was lovely that you finally smiled at me and made a cute comment about how we "kept running into each other".  I hope that I wasn't making you nervous and I 'm sorry that we didn't get a chance to really talk any more as I'm certain that we'd have become BFF's by the time we reached the refrigerated aisle at the far side of the store.

But, I lost track of you when I rounded the corner into the Bath and Body aisle.  I think that I may have blacked out for a second or two when I saw them there, occupying  a 3 foot wide section of shelves that must have been five feet tall...

The largest display of plastic bath puffs that I have ever seen and if that wasn't enough, did you notice the  free-standing display with more of the silky soft, multi-colored, beauties just across the aisle?  I'm pretty sure that the florescent lighting in that section of the store dimmed for just a second. Did you see the rays of sunshine that suddenly illuminated the display?!  Did you hear the singing?!......

                                                                    No!?.....Really!?....I did.

After I regained my composure. I decided on three plain white puffs. Then, I quickly made my way back around the store, returning the tissue, the table cloth and the laundry bag to their rightful areas and grabbing a few bags of the flocked Styrofoam heart picks as I headed for the checkout.

I didn't see you on the line.  I'll admit that I never did make it to the refrigerator/freezer section.. Once I found the bath puffs, my search for the perfect wreath material was over. After all, I doubt that yogurt or frozen peas would really hold up very well on a wreath even though it is cold enough outside to preserve them.

Instead, I made this wreath:

with one wicker wreath form, two bath puffs and seven packages of Styrofoam hearts and if you want to make one, here's how:
  • Cut the tie holding the bath puffs.
  • Wrap and hot glue the puff material to the wreath form.  
  • Trim the loops. 
  • Hot glue the hearts in circles around the wreath.
  • Spray the wreath with adhesive and sprinkle it with mica flakes.

So, nice lady from the Dollar Tree, if you're reading this, maybe we'll meet again some day. I hope so. St. Patrick's Day and Easter are right around the corner and I'll be be shopping for supplies on my lunch break.

Besides, I'd really love to know what you were doing with all that ivy garland. There must have been eight of them in your cart...not that I was counting.



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  1. Your wreath is absolutely beautiful! I love it and your Dollar Tree story....I could go to the Dollar Tree everyday and sometimes when I am there I notice people glancing over their shoulder because I 'seem' to be following them but I just need to see every inch of the store...every single solitary inch!

    Have a lovely day.

    1. I honestly go there just to "browse" some days....I'm starting to know the cashiers by name. xo

  2. Your wreath is pretty amazing. You are so creative--never would have thought dollar store, plus your story is super funny.

    Have a great night!

  3. Hahahahaha.
    Remind me to run the other way next time I see you at the Dollar Tree.
    Kimberly, you crack me up!!
    You have once again, made me go OMG, that is SO CUTE! The wreath is darling, darling, darling, the glitter-glam sparkle take it over the top.
    I love it!!

    1. Thanks Shannon! I'll put you on the list of people to "warn". xo

  4. Cute, cute, cute!!! And the wreath ain't too bad, either! lol! Just kidding ~ love both your story AND your wreath. Very creative!

  5. Holy moly cuteness on a Sunny day!~ LOVE it Kimberly. Thanks for sharing. I am having some gal pals over tomorrow and challenging them to this dollar tree Valentine craft off. I only gave them a 5.00 budget LOL!

    1. It could be done with $5...a smaller wreath form, only one bath puff and fewer hearts....of course, you'll have to "front them" some glitter! xo

  6. Very pretty, Kimberly! I was looking at those pink hearts when I was there, too, but wound up going a different way {still did a wreath though}.

    1. Oh my gosh, I can't wait to see what you did. I'm going to your blog to look...and if it's not there, I'll check back!

  7. Alright, I was kind of cracking up while reading this!

    The wreath is completely adorable, too. I can't imagine seeing bath poofs and envisioning them on a wreath, but they totally work :)

    1. Hi Ash! Thanks..they were a little, well...."poufy" until I cut them. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I'll admit, I was a little nervous! xo

  8. This is a great idea, it's so cute. I also love the part that it doesn't cost that much too. I really love your site very much.

    1. That's one of my FAVORITE things about $$ Tree...I can generally get a sack full of supplies for $10 or under!

  9. Your wreath is so pretty! Love the idea of using the white bath thingies for the base, that's ingenious! :)

  10. Bath poufs?? Who would have thought to make a wreath, certainly not me. Glad you did. It's so pretty. New follower visiting from Debbiedoo's party. Love your Dollar Store story.....made me chuckle. I spend hours walking around looking for inspiration, picking things up, putting things down. I'm sure the employees must think I'm trying to shoplift. :)

    1. Hi Laurie! I do the same darned thing! It's a process! :)

  11. Very very fun valentine's wreath and the story was the best! Loved reading it!

  12. This is so cute, you're a genius! That's a funny dollar store story, there's something about that store that's just mesmerizing!

  13. Too funny!! Your wreath is adorable and your trip to the $ store was quite entertaining!

  14. Hello and nice to meet you.Darling blog that I just found.Visiting you and perusing around was a lot of fun and quite interesting so I'm now your new follower.When you have time drop by My place for a visit Denise from Coffeeberry Cottage.

    1. Hi Denise! Welcome and Thanks! I'm off to visit you! xo

  15. What a beautiful wreath!I need to go to the dollar store more often!

    1. Hi Anne! They've got great supplies! I go once or twice a month. Things don't change that much but seasonal supplies change often.

  16. A very savy and smart crafter you are! Great Wreath!

  17. What a fun story about your shopping foray! And your wreath turned out ever so cute! Inspiration for me to hit the $Tree!

  18. Oh that is such a pretty wreath! I love it! So clever to use scrubbies! I would have never thought of that...not in a million years. You have a fun blog and it makes me laugh out loud to read! I'm happy to be following you via GFC and looking forward to more!

  19. Such fun!!! The read & the wreath ;) I so enjoyed your post! Thanks for entertainment & the genius craft idea! ;) Pinning & following you immediately {not through the Dollar Store, through GFC ~ teehee! ;)}

    ~ Brenda

  20. VERY CUTE WREATH! I also have a dollartree wreath-form but only 2 packs of sparkly pink hearts. I have been looking thru photos of valentine wreaths for probably hours. i know it's after valentines day, but i have all my supplies and potential wreath material spread all over my kitchen table and still want to make the darn thing! I also want to make a mardi-gras door decoration, as I have a really cool mask and some mardi-gras beads etc. then it would be on to an easter wreath.I wrapped my dollar-tree wreath in pink satiny ribbon and glued it in place already, but now i am loving the fluffy-style wreaths i have been seeing! Such an awesome idea, the scrubbies as the fluffy base! One question: Do you have any ideas for what to use, where to find,(and also cheap!), a cute animal to use on a wreath? I did find some really cute bunnies at dollar-tree, which I was planning to use, but now I'm not sure I want to glue or wire to my easter wreath. I've also shopped my house and thought about resale and salvation army, but haven't made it there yet. I really don't want to spend any more and shouldn't need to what with collecting, finding, saving and buying craft supplies and materials for what- 20-25 years?! I should be able to make anything without ever leaving my home again!

    1. Hi Cheryl! If you have (or can make) yarn Pom Poms, there are lots of really cute patterns out there for bunnies and chicks made from Pom Poms and scraps of felt...basically free (if you have yarn) and you can make them as large as you'd like by cutting cardboard circles to wrap the yarn around. Let me know when you finish your wreath(s), I'd love to see them!


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