Category Archives: Crafting From Your Stockpile

This shows you some crafting projects that I’ve done using items that I’ve gotten dirt cheap or free from using coupons. I’ve decorated my house using items like melted crayons, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste containers, dental floss and more!

How To Distress A Picture Frame From The Dollar Tree!

How To Distress A Picture Frame From The Dollar Tree!

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How To Distress A Picture Frame From The Dollar Tree!

Anyone have some classic oak frames that you’d rather be shabby chic or farmhouse style with some distressed white or light colored paint?  Here is an easy and frugal fix for that!

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Materials you need to make your own distressed photo frame from a dollar store:

2 wood 5×7 photo frames (I got mine at the Dollar Tree)

Unicorn Spit – Weathered Daydream and Rustic Realty colors

Satin Heirloom White spray paint

Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Kit Sanding Attachment

 

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I have recently fallen in love with Unicorn Spit!  I learned about it from a video tutorial over on Hometalk.com.  When I realized the possibilities, I ordered a few colors to test it out.  It is a non-toxic wood gel/stain that smells like jasmine!  It’s super fun to work with and I’ll be sharing some more projects I have used it on soon.

So I took my oak colored dollar frames and put some Weathered Daydream (the gray/blue color) in just a few splotches around the edge.  Then I gently rubbed that on the top of the frame so that the indents and grain of the wood would get highlighted with that color.

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I did the same with the Rustic Reality color – this darker shade gives the frame a bit more contrast.

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Here it is after it dried with the 2 different colors of Unicorn Spit- It sill has the oak background, the grains and indents and shadows all have a touch of gray/brown/blue tints that will come through after I cover it in white and distress it.

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Then I took my Satin Heirloom White spray paint and just put one coat on each of the frames.

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The next step is the most fun because it’s final step and is what makes them look distressed and antique.  I used a Dremel Multi Max tool with a sanding attachment, and used that to sand the edges just enough to officially make it look distressed.  There is no real correct way to distress – I just went around the edges with the sanding tool and let the darker shades pop through until it looked antique or old enough for my taste.

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I love how you can see numerous colors in this when you take a close-up look.  You can see some of the blue hue under the white paint.  The sanded edges show the original oak color – and some of the Unicorn Spit shades of blues and grays.

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I used these to frame up some scrapbook paper that matched my Display Shelf Makeover where these now hang in my guest room.

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Here they are paired up with the made over display shelf – perfect for my shabby chic/farmhouse guest room.

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Be sure to check out how to do your own Display Shelf Makeover!

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Or if you don’t want to DIY – then just go shopping!  Check out 20 Farmhouse Decor Items for less than $20! 

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Frugal Decoration Ideas | Shabby Chic Display Shelf Makeover

Frugal Decoration Ideas | Shabby Chic Display Shelf Makeover

Does anyone have an old and outdated display or knick knack shelf laying around?  If not – head to a local thrift store, and I bet it wouldn’t be too hard to find one for a dirt cheap price! I had the one pictured above sitting in a pile in the storage area of my… Continue Reading

Easy Melt & Pour Fall Scented Soap

Easy Melt & Pour Fall Scented Soap

School has begun, the temperatures are starting to fall, and pumpkin spice everything has arrived.  I recently made an easy melt & pour fall scented soap that I’ve just fallen in love with!  Close your eyes, and imagine inhaling clove, cinnamon and orange zest.  Sounds amazing, right? Today, I’ll show you how to capture that… Continue Reading

30+ Unique Upcycle Projects

30+ Unique Upcycle Projects

I always have fun with a “think outside the box” upcycle project.  I decided to gather up some ideas from other bloggers as well so we can uniquely inspire each other to re-purpose and upcycle some items you can find around your home or that you can cheaply find at thrift stores!   Upcycled Soup Can… Continue Reading

10 Mini Decorative Washi Tape Masking Adhesive Tape for just $2.11 + Free Shipping!

10 Mini Decorative Washi Tape Masking Adhesive Tape for just $2.11 + Free Shipping!

  Frugal Craft Deal:  10x Decorative Washi Rainbow Adhesive Tape for Scrapbooking & DIY for just $2.11 + Free Shipping!   A patterned roll of this tape goes for $2 per roll at Staples (but these rolls are a bit smaller)!  If you like the solid colors, then this is a must purchase item!  Just… Continue Reading

DIY Lunch Box Treat & Note Holder From An Altoid Tin

DIY Lunch Box Treat & Note Holder From An Altoid Tin

  While some may want to hold onto summer as long as possible, others are counting down the days until the kiddos go back to school. Either way, you’ll love this fun idea for making a lunch box note and treat holder. This simple DIY Lunch Note Holder is a great way to up-cycle an Altoids… Continue Reading

Turn Those Ugly Cookie Tins Into an Adorable Re-Usable Gift Box!

Turn Those Ugly Cookie Tins Into an Adorable Re-Usable Gift Box!

Who has an old cookie tin laying around their house that gets rarely used?  Especially an older one with cheesy and out-dated prints on them? Maybe you aren’t raising your hand.  If that is the case, then you can enter any thrift store and find a boat load of these seemingly lifeless containers for dirt cheap.… Continue Reading

Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl

Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl

Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl Here is another easy DIY project that only requires 2 materials – cotton rope and hot glue!  No sewing required!!  This is a very cute decorative item that can hold numerous items, from fruit to decorative wicker balls.  This would be cute in a nautical themed bathroom holding some… Continue Reading

$0.99 Satin Shave Gel at Wegmans + How To Make A Note Card Using Shaving Cream!

$0.99 Satin Shave Gel at Wegmans + How To Make A Note Card Using Shaving Cream!

Here is a new $0.75 off ONE Satin Care or Venus™ Shave Gel printable coupon!  Double it and combine it with a Shopper’s Club sale at Wegmans for a great deal! Here’s the deal at Wegmans: Satin Care Shave Gel – 7 oz – $2.49 $0.75 off ONE Satin Care or Venus™ Shave Gel printable coupon =$0.99 after… Continue Reading

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