Easy 4th of July Centerpieces (From Target One Spot)

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Target’s Dollar Spot is the first stop I make when looking for cute, inexpensive holiday decor. You can bet I was thrilled to find these gems just in time for Independence Day decorating. The wooden stars came in a set of three for $3 and the flags were $1 for the package of three.

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

To make these 4th of July centerpieces you’ll need:

  • 3 wooden stars
  • 3 flags
  • drill

These couldn’t be simpler to put together. All you need to do is take your drill and make a hole for the flag to sit in. I used a 3/16″ drill bit which fit these flags perfectly. Drill at least 1/2″ into the star so the flag won’t topple over.

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I like that the stars already come painted with a slightly distressed look, but don’t be afraid to put your own DIY spin on them. What kind of patriotic decor have you picked up from Target’s Dollar Spot lately?

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Decoupaged Wooden Letter

Decoupaged Wooden Letter with supplies from Target

If you’ve walked through Target’s arts and crafts aisle I’m sure the plain wooden letters caught your eye like they did mine. There are so many fun possibilities with them, but once I spotted the small bottles of Mod Podge in the Dollar Spot I knew I couldn’t resist a quick decoupage project.

You’ll need:

  • wooden letter
  • Mod Podge
  • scrapbook paper
  • foam brush
  • scissors
  • pencil or marker

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Flip your letter right side down on the back of the scrapbook paper. Gently trace around the letter and then cut the shape out.

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Use the foam brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the wooden letter. Place the letter cut from paper on top and smooth it down with your hand.

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Add another layer of Mod Podge to the top and edges of your letter which helps to seal it. I chose matte Mod Podge, but if you want it to have some shine you’ll want to go with the glossy Mod Podge.

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Let the Mod Podge dry completely and your letter is ready to display. Wouldn’t it be fun to combine a few letters together and place them on a bookshelf or even hang them on the wall?

Target DIY Decoupaged Wooden Letter

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Teacher Appreciation Gift

Teacher Gifts with Buckets from Target Dollar Spot

The school year is coming to a close that means it’s time for teacher appreciation gifts.  My kids get out of school this week.  Crazy!  I can’t believe it’s time for summer again.  Looking outside, my weather definitely didn’t get the memo…rainy and cold all week.  Not exactly fun weather for field trips to the zoo.  Although the weather may not be sunny, these fun little buckets are sure to bring a little sunshine to a favorite teacher.

This is a perfect gift for the end of the year the best time to buy supplies when they are on sale just before school starts. You may want to tuck this idea away for next year and stock up on extra supplies when you are buying them for the school year.

Supplies:
• Bucket (from the Dollar Spot)
• Foam block (the kind for flowers)
• Skewers
• School supplies
• Ribbon or tulle
• Wire (thin)
• Glue (hot glue or glue circles)
• Pre-shredded Filler
• Rocks

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To start, put a few rocks in the bottom of the bucket, this will add weight and help stabilize it.  Next cut the foam to size, use a serrated knife and trim down the foam so that it will fit snugly in the bucket.  Trim the top of the foam if it is sticking up above the bucket.  There will be some extra space in the bucket, cut small pieces of foam and fill in the gaps.  It doesn’t have to look pretty.

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Now take your pencil and add a line of glue or a few glue circles and attach the skewer. You are trying to have the skewer hidden as much as possible, so make sure it is below the eraser.

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Next take a piece of ribbon or tulle, scrap pieces work great for this, and tie in around the pencil and the skewer. Continue the same process with the remainder of the supplies, leave a few pens and pencils without a skewer, they can be put directly into the foam.

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Try to create some height variations by cutting off some off the skewers shorter and some longer. Poke the supplies into the foam, some in the front and some in the back. You want the taller ones in the back and the heavier ones, like a glue stick close to the front, resting on the foam.

Instead of a card I thought it would be nice to include a clip and a sticky notepad. I wired the clip onto the skewer. The clips I used were too small for a full notepad, I broke mine in half. I had my girls write a nice note to their teachers. Put the notepad in the clip and stick the skewer in the foam.

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When all of the supplies are where they need to be you can glue the filler to the foam, hiding all of the foam. Some glue on the skewers is okay, but it is better not to get in on the supplies.

Make a nice big bow and glue it to a skewer then insert it into the bucket.

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You are ready to brighten a teacher’s day.

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This post was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kamee.

Painted Floral Chalkboard (Great to Personalize for Mother’s Day)

Painted floral chalkboard - Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Day you mothers all alike reading this post. Here’s a little tutorial for yourself or to give to a mother that means so much to you!  We all know how crazy it was during the Lilly Pulitzer collection, if some of you missed out on getting the collection. Here is DIY tutorial so you can add some Lilly to your life! It was so much fun making this! I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chalk Board & Dry Erase Easel (Dollar Spot $3)
  • Craft Paint (pinks, reds & greens)
  • Chalk or chalk marker or metallic colored pencil (used in post for a more permanent job)
  • Paint brush or paint sponge

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I mixed a few pinks together until I got a colored I like. You will use 3 different pinks for layering the colors you would like. For the flower all you do is create half circles starting in the middle moving outwards. Make the half circles different sizes, close together and not, but make sure to leave some space so you can fill in with other pinks. The key is the less the better at the beginning and then you will just keep adding on top of one another until the whole flower is filled in.

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For the leaves I drew a leaf with a light green filled it in and used a darker green to draw lines in the inside to give it contrast. Voila! Inside you can write a sweet note to the mother, grandma, sister, aunt who you love dearly. I wrote the definition of mother. I wanted it to be more permanent so I used a metallic pencil. Metallic colored will show up more on a chalk board.

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Mother’s can use it for decor, or can write on it. Its also fun because on the back is a dry erase board. You can also use this for teacher appreciation day or at the end of the year gifts for teachers!

Have a great week fellow Target lovers!

This project was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kimiko.

“Color Your World” Party

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I earlier this week I had a party for some of the young girls from my neighborhood. The theme was “Color Your World.”  It was full of bright fun colors, they loved it!  I found some things in Target’s Dollar Spot that were perfect for the party.

Here’s what I found:

  • Easels (big and little)
  • Sprinkles
  • Rainbow boxes
  • Bakers twine
  • Mini gel pens

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I used the cute chalkboards as easels to display pictures rather than writing on them with chalk.  I love that they are versatile and can be used over and over for so many different things.  I put those on the table with the food and at the entry table.

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The food table turned out super fun. I totally forgot to take a picture with the food on it, just imagine all of the yummy fruit and cookies there. We had cookie “canvases” the girls could each color their own canvas with fruit and sprinkles. The rainbow boxes from the Dollar Spot worked great for utensils.

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We had a pretty small budget for decor, so I was looking for ideas that would be inexpensive but add a lot of color.  The poms and paper chains were perfect. Both of them were super inexpensive and easy to make.  The chains are just like the ones you made in first grade, cut strips of paper, loop it inside the previous link and lap to the two ends one on top of the other and staple.  I had some of the girls help make these, they had fun helping.

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I love the poms in the background. I was lucky enough to borrow these ones from a friend but I will explain how to make them so you can add some fun color to your next party. They are super simple. You take several layers of tissue paper, the regular kind for wrapping presents and fan fold all of the pieces at once until you reach the end. The more layers you have the fluffier it will be. These ones had about 8 sheets. Tie the center with string or a twist tie. If you want a scalloped, or jagged edge cut through all the layers at once and shape the ends how you want. Gently pull one layer out at a time until it is nice and fluffy.To make the centerpieces glue a dowel into the pom and place in a jar, vase, a little bucket from the Dollar Spot would also by fun. Fill your container with rocks.

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To hang them from the ceiling; tie a string or fishing line around the center and use a push pin or tack to attach it. They are super easy to make and they add a big impact with minimal expense.

We had a great turnout, about 35 people. Everyone loved the fun colors and the good food.  When the party was over each girl took home a notepad with a mini gel pen tied with bakers twine.

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I hope these ideas will inspire you to add some color to your next party!

This post was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kamee.

Decorated Flower Pot – Teacher Gift

Decorated Flower Pot - Great Teacher Gift

National Teacher Appreciation Day is just around the corner. This decorated flower pot is a fun way to say thank you to that special teacher in you and your child’s life.

You’ll need:

  • plastic planter (found in Target’s outdoor section)
  • gold metallic Sharpie
  • kraft stickers from the Target Dollar Spot
  • toothpick
  • flower

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Use the Sharpie to decorate the planter however you’d like. I decided to write “Teachers plant seeds that grow for a lifetime” on the front and mark the rest of it with dots. When you’re finished decorating, transfer the flower into the pot.

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The metallic sharpies are a lot of fun to play with. It’s a little difficult to tell in pictures, but the gold shines beautifully!

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Write a short note on a kraft paper sticker. Place a toothpick between two like shapes and you’ll be able to easily stick it in the dirt.

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Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Embellished Storage Basket (from Target One Spot)

Embellished storage basket from Target dollar spot

Hello, All Things Target readers, I’m excited for the opportunity to be able to share some craft projects with you over the next little while.  I LOVE the Target dollar spot, it is one of my favorite things about Target. On my recent trip I found these fun baskets.  There are so many uses for them, they will be perfect for my craft room.

I love the baskets but they weren’t quite perfect for what I needed, yet!   They needed a little sprucing up.  Here is what you need:

  • wire basket
  • chalkboard stake
  • bling/embellishments (I used pearl strands, jute, and stick on pearls)
  • scraps of fabric
  • scrap of felt
  • scrapbook paper
  • poster-board
  • glue gun
  • school glue stick or spray adhesive
  • spray paint

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Let’s get started.   The first thing I needed to do was add an insert in my basket to add some color and then reduce the chance of something getting snagged, they are made of wire after-all.   Yes, I am speaking from experience.   Numerous scarves have been snagged on wire baskets in my closet.  I’m so glad to have a cute solution now.

These baskets are just the right size for a sheet of poster board. Trace the bottom and side of the basket on scrap paper and cut out. Put them inside the basket to make sure they fit correctly, if not trim them down. This is important, if they are too big the insert will not fit properly.  Once trimmed, trace the base pattern in the center of the poster-board and trace the side pattern on each of the four edges of the base square. Cut it out leaving the sides attached to the base square. Fold up the sides along the tracing line for the base.

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You need four sheets of scrapbook paper, one for each side of the basket insert.  Using a glue stick or spray adhesive attach the scrapbook paper to the side pieces on the poster-board, the bottom is not  necessary.  Insert it into your basket.

Now for the embellishments.  To paint the chalkboard frame, tape off the chalkboard and spray paint the frame.   Add the pearl embellishments to the corner.  Even though the pearls have adhesive on the back, I did add some glue to make sure they would stay.  Thread some pearls onto jute and wrap it around the chalkboard frame, glue it to the back.

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For the flower; cut squares of fabric, mine were approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″ for the first layer, and .5″ smaller each layer after.  Fold them in half, with the edges uneven, kind of in a triangle, then fold the outside edges to the middle.  foldStart with the bottom layer and glue the middle of your petals onto a felt circle.  Continue with the next layers gluing them in the center on top of the previous layer.  I added some strips of strung pearls onto the back and also some jute loops and a pearl in the center that matched the frame.

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I love how it turned out.  There are some many uses for these basket, I may just use this one for Easter and then for my craft room.

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Chalkboard Welcome Sign

DIY Chalkboard Welcome Sign

I just can’t pass by the Dollar Spot without taking a peek. I’m always finding something fun like stamp sets or seasonal ribbon. It is a thrifty crafter’s dream! My last trip to Target I spotted this chalkboard sign for $3. I’d love to share with you how easy it is to embellish and turn it into something worthy of your front door.

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You’ll need:

  • chalkboard sign
  • acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • washi tape
  • chalk and/or chalk markerfoam brush

Did you know that washi tape works well in place of painter’s tape for small projects like this? Tape around and then use a foam brush to paint. Let your first layer of paint dry and then finish with a second coat. While the plain chalkboard is nice, I love giving it this pop of color.

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After the second coat of paint has dried remove the washi tape. You should have nice, clean lines.

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Now you get to have fun decorating your sign with chalk! I drew the sun with regular chalk and used a chalk marker for the words. I’ve seen both of these in the Dollar Spot before so be sure to look around.

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I’m going to be using this as a welcome sign for my front door, but I think it would be cute anywhere in the house. Wouldn’t it be great to decorate seasonally or even daily? Sometimes the simplest things can be so much fun!

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Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!