Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mod Podge the Christmas Elf

So now the cat's out of the bag.  I've admitted to the world wide web that I do not like to decorate Christmas trees. In the interest of equal time, and to keep myself from being dubbed Ebenezer McElf,  I think it's only fair to yak about the one kind of tree that I do like to decorate.

That would be The Dollar Tree.

I love that place. Truly, it's the Deco-Addict's paradise. You can drop by The Dollar Tree any hour of any day, and on every occasion, you can find some new piece of schlock upon which to glue leftover pieces of  paper.

Here's my latest. 
It's a recipe holder for me, 
but I guess you could just use it for decoration.


I started with one of these little things.
I think it's a cutting board, although I don't know who would want Betty's
 name all over her cutting board. 


Fortunately, I could just paint over it with Fusion pant. I would have painted it anyway. As I've said before, I think plastic stuff just looks less plasticky when covered with a coat of paint. I painted mine bright red to cover the bright red.

I gave the part I was going to decoupage a quick coat of white to keep the red from showing through, too.



Since I'm working on a candy cane theme for my kitchen this year, I used some striped tissue paper for the background. I was planning to use actual candy canes on here, but when I saw these little ornaments at a dollar a pair, I decided to use them instead.



Now, I don't know whether this part is necessary, but I really did want to be able to prop recipe cards on there so I gave the ornaments a little depth.  I just glued them to these little knobby things that I had in the craft closet. I think they are about a dollar a bag.


And there you have it. 
My Dollar Tree Christmas recipe holder. 



Total cost to me?
 $2.00.

Admit it. It's kind of cute in a Mod Podgey sort of way.
 I think I'll celebrate with a cup of peppermint cocoa

*****
Sharing this with the other Cheapskate Crafters
at the Dollar Tree Christmas Party


39 comments:

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Debbie, you're so funny. :-D You write as if you were in the room talking directly to us, which is just perfect. I love your Dollar Tree recipe holder -- the candy ornaments are so festive and perfect for a kitchen at Christmas! I have always liked the candy cane/peppermint stripe look at Christmas; it's so bright and cheerful.

Have a wonderful day!

Denise

Debbiedoo's said...

ummmm...Yes it is super cute in a dollar tree Mod podgy way. What a cute gift these would make too Debbie! Fabulous job. It was worth you being late..or should I say showing up a few days later. At least you have a recipe too:) Thanks Debbie for joining in on the fun.

Angel said...

Well, you've done it again! You are so creative. I never would've thought to do that and it is so cute! I think I'll call you Crafty McElf for being my craft inspiration. :)

xinex said...

Wow! What a great idea and so affordable too. Thanks for sharing this, Debbie....Christine

Debbie said...

this is just darling! Love it...

Vee said...

"I painted mine bright red to cover the bright red." ROFL! Oh my, and you have a theme for your Christmas kitchen, too? I am finding it hard to believe that you don't really enjoy decorating. Oh...perhaps it only pertains to the tree. Whatever! This is a sweet item and deserves to be pinned many times over.☺

Merlesworld said...

It is a sweet little thing and has a use too, well done you.
Merle.......

Barbara F. said...

I love $ Tree. I love those candies, saw them on another blog and I need to run out and get some before its too late!! Great idea for a recipe card holder. And what classy recipe cards!! xo

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

cute, cute and fun!

Amy Kinser said...

I love all of your craft ideas. You do a great job of making stuff look easy and so festive.

I hope you are doing great, my friend.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I think it turned out cute, very clever! I love the idea of decorating the kitchen in a candy theme-have fun:@)

Chatty Crone said...

Debbie I think those are ADORABLE - so cute. sandie

Gina said...

That is so darn cute! Your whole vignette is sweet!

Ann said...

Love, love, love it! But if you don't mind, I won't copy it just yet....my fingers are still healing from my last glue gun attempt.

Cheers!

Sharon said...

Such a clever girl.

I LOVE your Mod Podge adventures. This one is really, really cute! I'm bringing over my mug - peppermint cocoa sounds perfect right about now.

I can't wait to see what other Christmas schtuff you're going to craft - I just know that you have creative things up your little elf sleeve.

Ho, Ho, Ho.

Sharlotte said...

Hi Debbie!
This is cute, cute, cute! I love your theme and this recipe holder.
I was just in the Dollar Store today and yep...came out with a bag of goodies too!

Sonja said...

okay Debbie, this one is adorable!! I've gotten those red Betty Crocker kitchen things for one reason or another, but this one just takes the cake! I'm DEFinitely going to copycat. :)

Marla and Steve said...

Love it!! So cute and that's right where my budget is comfortable.

Kelley Highway said...

So Christ-mas-y in a delightfully non-Santa way! A keeper! You did a marvelously creative job on that, girl! Wow. And only $2!

*hugs*

bj said...

Well, I am pinning this so I can do it next Christmas. Too cute...
You, my dear, are a very talented lady.
xo

elizabeth said...

Love your cute dollar store recipe holder. I'd have never thought of that!
I just got the same message of no room on Picasa for my photos. So what did you do to fix the issue? Did you buy more storage? Resize all your photos?

Tricia said...

Completely adorable! And what a perfect teacher gift this would be! Hmm. Our Dollar Tree is over by Target. . . . a win-win situation!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOL! I love the JOY you have in your crafting!! Just LOVE it!! It IS cute!! blessings and {hugs}~ tanna

Shanee Duke said...

This is adorable! Love the part where you painted bright red to cover the bright red! Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Well crafty McElf, you've outdone yourself. It's going to look so cute in your kitchen. Glad you were able to find some time for crafting. I know how much therapy that is for you. I guess the $2 price tag was an added bonus. I currently have 4 crafts waiting to be completed. Want to come help?

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is a great ideal for decorating...I do not like decorating trees either but I am doing that today

kitty said...

What a super-cute project, Debbie! I love the $ Tree. I took a granddaughter there yesterday. There's always great stuff to find.

Mary said...

Debbie~ Decorating the Dollar Tree, LOL! This is genius and oh so creative~ I love the touch and accent of the candy on the bottom! I was in Dollar Tree a couple of days ago but was looking for something very specific. I have better luck when I stroll thru without a list in my head :) Thanks for the inspiration!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

It's very, VERY cute. Love this, Debbie. Great idea!

XO,

Sheila

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great idea to cover the bright red with bright red LOL! It's kind of cute in ANY sort of way!!! You always amaze me!

Carol

Sarah (Nikki) said...

what a fabulous idea and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing this Debbie....going to show it to my oldest...she'll probably love doing it.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That is super cute and would make a great gift! Love the candies on the bottom. I didn't know you were so craft :)

I like the Dollar Tree stores too. I'm always amazed when I go in there. I just bought a cheezy looking bow there for my front door wreath and it's so perfect! BTW, I said to my daughter "I wonder how much it is"...her reply "MOM it's the DOLLAR store!!"

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hi Debbie,
This project is definitely a keeper. I love the price range, too.
We have some low priced variety stores in my local suburbs and I love visiting them...you never know what you'll find.
Have a good day
Barb from Australia

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

S-W-E-E-T Debbie. What a great gift and minty cute for any kitchen!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Really cute, you smart lady. laurie

Laurie Ritchey said...

Yea! I will finally receive email notification of your blog posts! Thank you for guiding this old lady to the sign up place! laurie

Alycia Nichols said...

This would be a neat idea to take along as a hostess gift...along with the actual prepared food, of course!

Tina Devore said...

I'm new to your site and love the Christmas Recipe Holder. I want to make one for my mom and sister. How did you do the middle part where it holds the recipe. It looks as though the tissue paper stands out. I really think your ideas are so cute.

Sandra said...

I love this and definitely want to give it a shot - however, I'm kinda new to the crafting things and am curious how you get the tissue paper to stick to the cutting board? I've read it over and over to see if I've missed something and can't see it. Can you please help me?? Thanks!!

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