I think I can say with 100-percent certainty that we are all waning from the affects of all that is now just simply known as The Infamous 2020 — a year that will most certainly go down in the history books as one of the most perplexing, confusing, intense, and downright disturbing years in the history of time. UGH!
So, what do you do when times get rough? I can tell you that I head straight to my craft room for creative therapy.
I know many of you are thinking, “How can she spend any more time in her craft room than she already does?”
To that, I say, “There’s always room for more!”
Besides, it’s what calms and soothes my soul. Each time I’ve been called into a dark space, I’ve run to my craft room for solace and peace — and answers. We all must find what heals us and I’m grateful I’ve found my “fix.”
On election night, I went into hibernation and while my husband was glued to the television, I was listening to The Doors, The Beatles, and a bit of Adam Levine while crafting.
These projects were completed using Dollar Tree items and both projects are really so simple you can complete them in less than an hour.
pages from Dollar Tree’s “Be Brave” 2021 calendar, holiday wooden signs, decoupage, paint, paint brushes, sand paper, scissors, wire clippers, hot glue gun, and any florals and ribbon you might want to use.
Let’s get started, but remember these are just examples. Get creative and come up with your own ideas. Both projects are done with exactly the same steps, so below you will see photos from the Christmas sign.
If you’re using Dollar Tree’s round ornament sign, remove the metal ornament hanger and set aside for later. Turn the ornament over and paint the back side (I used white chalk paint). You can use your hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
Once the paint is dry, apply a nice, even, thick-ish coat of decoupage and then quickly lay the calendar page on top of the still-wet decoupage. I used the December page from the “Be Brave” calendar. Take the time to flatten it and work all the air bubbles out. There is no need to cut the circular shape out before placing the page onto the decoupage. Add at least two more layers of decoupage to the page and let each layer dry before applying the next layer.
When the decoupage has completely dried, sand the edges down, which will remove any of the calendar page excess.
In all honesty, you could just go ahead and glue the metal ornament hanger back onto the piece and call it “Done.” But I wanted to take it up a notch, so I reached into my leftover-from-Spring greens and began hot gluing small branches down onto the calendar page. I added some red berries and a big bow.
I love it.
Okay, ya’ll have to admit this is a simple project that will brighten your home in just minutes.
Here’s the second one I made, which will hang in our little camper trailer. I used the August page from the Dollar Tree “Be Brave” calendar.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful and that you’ll send me pics of your projects. But most of all, I hope each of you is finding your perfect balance in today’s new world.