$40 Dollar Tree Haul | Christmas DIY Crafts

$40 Dollar Tree Haul | Christmas DIY Crafts

Green living is driven by the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Making crafts is a great way to fulfill the three R’s and earn hours of entertainment. You can make decorative items for your home and involve your children in the activity. You can even make some Christmas gifts at a very low cost.

Decoupage is a great example. The only materials needed are old magazines, a pair of scissors, some white glue, and something to decorate. I’ve seen people use this art form on everything from wooden boxes to bed headboards.

Once you have the item(s) you want to decorate, you can put them aside and start looking through the magazines for pictures and words that will jump out at you or help you convey something you want to say. The good thing about Decoupage is that there is no “wrong” way to do it. Some people use an entire ad including the background. Others may cut the person or object out of the background. The idea is to put a piece of a page on the object to be decorated.

After you’ve cut out enough pictures and words, you can start decorating your object. From this point on, everything is determined by your ideas and creativity. For example, you can use all the cut flowers and birds to decorate your project, or you can cut out all the pictures of a dog and see how many you can use to decorate your recycled art project.

Arrange your cut-outs on the surface of whatever you want to reuse or decorate, and apply a coat of glue over the entire project. Using White Glue or Mod Podge will give you a clear coat over your artwork. When the first coat is dry, reapply it. Continue painting until you are satisfied with the appearance. The adhesive layer protects your artwork, and if you use a glossy layer, your artwork will also have a nice shine.

My sister started making “blessing boxes” for the Christmas gifts she gave to her children’s teachers. Reuse an old shoebox and cover the whole exterior with pictures cut out of magazines. The main purpose was to cover the shoe label on the outside of the box with the pictures and words, which adhered to a central theme. Souvenirs, perhaps a ticket stub for a baseball game or a birthday card or invitation to a party, can be placed inside the box to commemorate those events. The recipient can then open his or her “blessing box” to be reminded of the events or happenings at any time.

The boxes can be made for many other purposes: treasure boxes for children, storage boxes for photos, birthday gifts for friends and family. There are other similar ideas for reusing recycled materials for arts and crafts projects. The best part is that since all materials are reused and recycled, no extra money is needed to make these items. This is a great way to integrate the three R’s into your green lifestyle.

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I have so many different ideas for holiday gifts that Audrey and I can send to our families. Have you picked up anything from the DT this week?

What was your favorite item that I hauled?

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