Hello friends! I am sharing a new Dollar Tree craft that I am super excited about! What gets me super excited? Fun, cute and easy DIYs that are…(pause for added drama)
For this, you could only get cheaper if it was free because I used extra wood we had around the house, three Dollar Tree signs and craft supplies.
Donnie had a 2×4 that I asked him to cut into three sizes: 1 foot, 9 inches and 5 inches. I used a hand sander with 120 grit paper to sand it. I wasn’t looking for it to be perfectly smooth but did a good sanding to remove the splintered edges and to avoid any rough areas.
I painted each wood block a different color. I used regular craft paint for this. Two coats covered the blocks well but I did paint the white block three times so it didn’t look so streaky. I took the blocks back outside and lightly went over them with the sander and wiped the blocks with a paper towel.
Here’s where our Dollar Tree sign comes in…
I removed the sign from the flowers and then pulled the flower apart. Wire cutters were used for this.
I did not like the blob of white on the blue flower so I spray painted each of those with my own royal blue spray paint to try to reduce/eliminate the white center.
I just shared how I made a wood pallet into an American flag HERE. I used the same flowers from Dollar Tree to decorate around the flag. These came on a metal stick to put in the ground and didn’t have a white center. When I went back to DT to buy more, only the hanging signs were left. If you find the ones with the metal sticks at your store, I’d recommend getting them.
Also, I did not want the same color-on-color when I put the flowers on the blocks so I spray painted a few other flower pieces. (At this point I probably am confusing you so feel free to scroll down and see the finished product so you’ll know where I’m heading with this…)
For the next step, I pulled out my Cricut. If you don’t have a Cricut, this step can be completely eliminated OR you could purchase alphabet stickers from the craft store. I printed the words “red”, “white” and “blue” in lowercase using a font that looks like a typewriter. I used black vinyl.
I used a weeder to remove everything but the lettering. Using contact paper from Dollar Tree, I lifted the letters by pressing them to the contact paper and then applied the letters to the top of each wood block. I am very new to the Cricut. This was my first unsupervised time with the Cricut so I kept it very very basic. I even surprised myself that I was able to make this on my own. I have let that machine intimidate me for months so I am now taking baby steps with it.
Needing a little added texture to this piece, I pulled out some twine and wrapped it in a semi-neat way around each block, tied it in the back and placed a small amount of hot glue at the knot for stability.
The last step was hot gluing the flowers onto the blocks. For some strange reason, I didn’t take photos of me gluing on the flowers.
That’s it! Here’s the finished product!
Seriously…how simple was that?
I am so happy with how they came out!
That’s all for today. I appreciate you stopping by Mulch and Paint!
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