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I love crafting, but there are two things I don’t like when crafting – Spending a ton of money on craft supplies and crafts that take FOREVER to complete. So today, I am sharing 3 Christmas Crafts you can make with items from the dollar store, in one afternoon. And because I am a little obsessed with Fixer Upper, they are farmhouse style crafts.
First, while I found almost every item used at the Dollar Tree, I must say, not all dollar stores, not even Dollar Trees, are created equal.
When I decided I wanted to do some dollar store crafts, I put out a call on Facebook asking my friends and family where the best Dollar Tree in our area was. They did not disappoint and the one recommended by others was probably twice the size of my neighborhood one.
So if you have multiple Dollar Trees in your area, I definitely suggest surveying your friends and family to learn the best one.
3 Dollar Store Christmas Crafts – Farmhouse Decor
I was able to do all three of these crafts in one afternoon. I am not a patient person, so crafts that will take me weeks on end to complete, are not my thing.
While almost every item used was purchased at the Dollar Tree, I did have a few craft supplies on hand. I also utilized my Cricut Explore Air 2, and while I think this is the best tool, I will explain a workaround for this for those who do not have a Cricut or vinyl cutting machine.
Dollar Store Christmas Craft #1 – Framed Tin Lid
This is the easiest, and fastest of the three crafts so I figured we would start here.
This craft came about because I saw a cute tin at the Dollar Tree, and I wanted to use it on display, but I wanted it to look nicer than just a tin standing upright.
Here is what you will need for this craft:
- Tin from Dollar Tree (this also works with gift bags as well)
- Dollar Tree photo frame
- White Chalke Paint (or matte white paint)
- Dollar Tree holiday floral picks (Optional)
- Bag of Dollar Tree pine cones
- Glue (hot glue or E6000 will work)
Remove the back and glass from the frame. If using a tin, you may all need to remove the brads that hold the back in.
Paint your frame white. If you are going for a warn, rustic look the coverage doesn’t have to be perfect. I also took some black chalke paint and dry brushed the edges and few spots to make it look aged.
Take your floral picks and deconstruct them, getting a few pieces you would like to use to accent the frame. I also chose a mini pine cone from the bag of pine cones from Dollar Tree, but that is personal preference.
Glue your picks onto your frame, where you like them.
Using white paint, dry brush the tips of your picks to create a snowy effect.
Glue your tin lid into the frame. If using a bag, place it in the frame and replace the back.
That is it for this craft! It is ready to display! I chose to lean mine against the wall on a shelf, but you can also hang it, using the tin.
Dollar Store Christmas Craft #2 – Snowman Gift Box Tower
This next Dollar Store Craft is one of my favorites that I did. This will work well if you want to use it for decoration, but it also is great for creating a unique gift box tower.
For this craft you will need:
- 3 Dollar Tree gift boxes of varying sizes
- White chalk paint
- Ribbon (I picked all of mine up from Dollar Tree)
- Dollar Tree hat ornament
- Dollar Tree holiday floral picks
- Bakers Twine/Jute (from Dollar Tree)
- 3 Jingle Bells (I deconstructed a door handle decoration to get mine)
This whole thing started because I found this super cute hat ornament at the Dollar Tree, and immediately knew I wanted to make something with it. So I also grabbed 3 boxes of varying sizes.
Since I already had the chalk paint out for my picture frame above, I decided I was going to paint the boxes white and build a snowman.
Truth moment, I originally just planned on this being decor, but as I was building it, I thought how fun it would be to have presents in each box and give this as a gift to someone. So, this could be a creative way to wrap a gift.
Or, use it as both. wrap it up, have it as a decoration, then gift it when it is time.
Paint your boxes with white chalk paint. While it isn’t necessary for the coverage to be perfect, you do not want to see the design through the paint. It took me two coats to get full coverage.
After this paint was dry, I did also use some glitter paint on it, but if I were to do it again, I wouldn’t. I just lightly brushed it on to add a little shimmer to the paint in a few places. I didn’t coat the entire thing. You will be able to see the glitter in the pictures so you can decide if you like it or not.
After the paint is dry, put the lids back on the boxes (with gifts inside if desired) and start working on the different snowman pieces.
For the head, I used holiday floral pick pieces and pine cones.
I then used green burlap ribbon around the box to hold the lid on, almost like a scarf tied around to be used as ear muffs. Remember that the hat will go on top.
For the middle box, I put a burlap and lace ribbon around the box. I then deconstructed this doorknob hanger to use the jingle bells to make the buttons.
I used the red ones, and left them attached to the ribbons. They were varying lengths, so I then glued them to the top of the second box, keeping it as flat as I knew I needed to stack the boxes.
For the bottom box, I probably didn’t need to do anything but I took Burlap ribbon with a snowflake print and wrapped it around the bottom.
Then I stacked the boxes, and put the hat on the top box. I glued mine on but you don’t have to.
I then snipped the ornament hanger from the hat. Again, this is optional. Leaving it unglued and with the hanger makes it reusable as an ornament later.
I then used jute to tie all the boxes together. Of course, then my kids decided they needed to weigh in…
If you wish to have “arms” for your snowman, like my children insisted, you can take a bit of jute and cut small pieces to tie on each side to the jute that goes around all the boxes.
Finally, I had some fabric scraps that I cut a long strip of to make a scarf for my snowman.
My kids were very insistent on the arms and the scarf, but you could definitely go without them if you prefer.
Now he is ready to enjoy or gift.
Dollar Tree Christmas Craft #3 – Photo/Memo holders
This last craft could actually be made into a BUNCH of different things. I debated whether to make a wall hanging, or what I ended up doing, photo/memo holders. I will share how you can make both.
Note: This is also the craft I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 on, but this step is optional.
For this craft you will need:
- Wall hanging from Dollar Tree (or 3 small display pieces)
- Chalk paint (I used white, red and black)
- Holiday floral picks
- Little wood blocks from Dollar Tree (or the Dollar Tree Jenga game to use some pieces out of)
- Clothespins (available at Dollar Tree)
- Vinyl (optional)
I saw this sign at the Dollar Tree and knew I wanted to do something with it. I wasn’t sure exactly what, but I bought it anyway.
Before I started the craft, I removed the ribbon from the back and sanded off the glitter on the words.
Paint the pieces with white chalk paint. It may take a couple of coats again. Try to go with what looks like would be the grain of the wood.
Using a black Sharpie and a ruler, draw lines to make the piece look like shiplap. (Picture Chip Gaines going “Shiplap, Shiplap” in a high pitched voice.)
Using black chalk paint, dry brush the piece to make the wood look rustic or worn.
If you wish to paint your clothespins, do so now. I had some white ones left from Michael’s (though I did pick up dollar store ones as well) so I used those and painted the tops red.
While that dries, cut out vinyl on your Cricut. You can simply browse the design studio to find a shape you like, then size it on your template.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CRICUT: If you do not have a Cricut or other vinyl cutting machine, you can either skip this step or you can paint a shape on in black (or your preferred color)
Place the vinyl on the pieces.
CRICUT TIP: Use one piece of transfer tape for all 3 pieces. It might look a little gunky (see above) but it comes out just fine.
After I placed vinyl I dry brushed it with white chalk paint to give it a chalkboard look. I also dry brushed over the Sharpie lines to make them look more natural.
Attach your clothespins.
Using holiday floral picks, decorate each stand.
Dry brushing white chalk paint on the items will give them a snow effect but also helps hide cheaper looking materials.
Glue wood blocks on the back if you want them to be free-standing. You could also use jute or rope to attach them together or create a way to hang them separately.
Some other ways I thought of using these boards was still to hang like that, but to spell the word JOY down the boards, making a mini wreath for the O. I even toyed with using the mini garlands from the dollar tree to do the entire word.
If you do any of these crafts, let me know. Or leave a review on Pinterest by pinning this post and commenting with how your item turned out. You can even put a picture there I believe.