Friday, September 12, 2008

Another Trip to the Dollar Store

How about a cheap, quick and easy
craft for the weekend?


It involves another trip to the dollar store to buy this
cute little 3 opening frame.I'm thinking that the sales at the dollar stores have gone up tremendously due to bloggers. They don't need advertisement, they have women who love to blog and create on the cheap.I know it's a little early for Halloween,
but it's nice to be prepared, right?


I used a sheet of computer paper as a template
to cut apart an old newspaper.
Then I typed out the letters making sure to leave a lot of space between each one. I chose a different font for each letter. To get the right size, I chose to make the font sizes between 145 to 175.
When I was satisfied with the look, I ran the newspaper sheets through my printer.

All that was left was to cut squares around the letters and attach them to the back of the frame with tape, then reassemble the frame.



I told you it was cheap, quick and easy!
Have a wonderful weekend!

88 comments:

Sue said...

HOW CUTE!!!!! I keep thinking you can't get any better but...........
Wish I could find white pumpkins at the Dollar store here. No such luck.

Spottydotty1 said...

Love it! I feel like I have a personal decorator. I simply tune in here and you have great projects waiting for me. Better than HGTV. Have a great weekend. And it's never too early to think about Halloween decorations.

Valarie said...

again I am amazed!

My Place of Peace said...

Super clever! Love it!

Chris said...

You're brilliant. 'Nuff said. :)

Pajama Mama said...

LOVE This!!! I'm going to have to make a trip this weekend the the dollar store after all the blog chatter about it!

thanks,
kristen

Rambling Girl said...

Gosh Joy...you have so much imagination...I am still hunting down crows from the dollar store and no one has them...It seems everytime I go to the dollar store to get what some of you show they don't have it at my...Guess that is why mine is in a small town...you all must buy them out. Oh well love the idea and will look for the frames this weekend.

Melanie said...

I love this idea! I just found your blog and I love it! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

the undomesticated wife said...

Cute! I love the "eek" one! I love you thrifty, crafty ladies!

Also, you could use rubber stamps. I did something similar with my monogram in a few "single" cheapy thrift store frames I painted. I'm going to post those up on my blog one of these days. LOL

Shannon said...

What a great idea! So cute! I never would have thought to run my newspaper through the printer. :)

Manuela said...

Very cute idea - I like the "eek" one. If you could find a four picture one you could spell out "home" or "nest" - that would be could all year round.

Manuela

Sandy Toes said...

I love what you did with that frame! It is so cute and fun! I hope you have a fall open house so all your family can view and "awww"!
-Sandy Toes

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Fabulous idea! I am definitely "borrowing" this idea! ~Rhonda :)

MilkMaid said...

Way way cute, so easy, I am SO copying you. :)

What Dollar STore are you going to, I've hit three in our podunk town and...well.....I left with no fun stuff like you guys all have. Wahh!

Joy said...

I get my goodies at the Dollar Tree. I've learned that if you see a dollar item on someone's blog, it pays to call and talk to the manager about the item. I had to hunt down the crows that Susie Harris had on her blog. It turns out that all of the dollar stores in my area still had them in the back room, waiting to put them out!

Deb said...

Okay, now I'm going back to the Dollar Store. Great, great, great idea.

Christina said...

I absolutely love this. The old newspaper for the background is great.

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi again! 2x's in one day (sick of me yet?lol) Thanks so much for offering to get a chip from Home Depot. No need I'll investigate mine here in town (I should have know it was custom by you - that's why its perfect!!!) I was at the dollar store when you visited! You are right it was sold out of most pumpkin stuff!darn Thanks again - Sincerely, Jeannette

Libby said...

How absolutely darling is that?! Just love the dollar stores. The closest one is about 50 minutes away, but at least it is close to my in-laws. Maybe my husband feels like visiting his parents soon!

AliceAnderson said...

Love it. Now I've gotta go shopping! Where did the candle/pumpkin holders come from?

linda said...

Here you go with yet another very clever and cute idea...I just may need to head to the dollar store soon!

MilkMaid said...

Thank you Joy!!...I just went thru Dollar Tree here in town a few days ago and did find some really really nice fake apples, but no crows and no berry rings. I'll keep watching tho.

I did find my crows at Michaels, I live to copy all you smart cookies. LOL...have a good weekend.

carolz

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

FABULOUS Eek frame! I'll be linking to this project!

Darlene said...

Well, Joy could you get any more clever??? Actually, yes I know you can!! Does your mind just think crafty and creatively ALL the time??? I can barely go out and buy the stuff for one project and you come up with something else!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this....can you tell I LOVE it?!? I guarantee Dollar store sales have gone up due to the blogging network....you and Susie should be getting a commission....lol

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Really cute, Joy! I love your whole vignette. I just did some white pumpkins for my foyer table, I'll be sharing next week.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Joy, question for you...did you find that Sea Glass spray paint at Lowes?? Or where? I'm looking for that color & it's not at my Lowes. Maybe Walmart? I love that one. I've seen a few other aqua colors, but yours is a nice one. I've got an aqua spray paint project coming up!

nikkicrumpet said...

I'll be your brain is the size of MONTANA!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Joy,
Your project is adorable! I just did a post today using my Dollar Tree stuff.

This may sound like a dumb question...but how do you increase the font that big? I thought most of them went only to 72.

Thanks,
Diane

Traci said...

Yep, that was BOOtiful!!! I'm heading to the dollar store.....thanks for the ideas.

Our Complete Family said...

I would have never ever dreamed of doing that! Love this idea! Fun, fun, fun stuff! TGIF~ Les

Peggy said...

Hi, Joy. I found your blog from a link from somebody else's blog. I gotta tell you that I just love your stuff! Looks like I'm gonna have to look around for some fall decor!

12 weeks at a time said...

I found some beautiful little white porceleon(sp?) pumkins there the other day, SCORE!! You have a beautiful blog, take care,~ Becky~

Joy said...

If you want a larger size font than what's available, you click on the font button then type in a higher number then push enter.

Virginia said...

Stop! I'm getting addicted. What a clever idea. Love it!
Blessings,
Virginia

Sarah Kate said...

I love the Boo one...I am going to have to do that!

JoAnne said...

How cute!! I'm going have to do this one!

candiceschenk said...

OK seriously, that is adorable!!! I went last week and stocked up on pumpkins, now I need to go to get frames! You have such great ideas!!!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

cute table arrangement and more great ideas!

Rae said...

What an amazingly brilliant idea! I never would have thought to print on newspaper!! You never fail to amaze me!

Mimi Sue said...

Very cute. My daughters and I have a craft night a couple times a year and this would be a great project. Mimi

Amy said...

Great idea!!

Girl, Where do you store all of your stuff when out of season? You must have oodles of bins!!

paintedladyrachel.com said...

I really MUST get to the Dollar Store. Thanks for sharing!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

The dollar store should hire you. What great ideas, and so inexpensive. Even the spray paint company's should read your blog for new ideas!!!!!
Love it!
Blessings,
Debbie

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I was at the dollar store today and saw the frames and went about my merry way. Guess I'll have to go back.Thanks for sharing such a great idea !
Warmly, Deb

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love that. Simple and fun...too funny you have two of those white lamps rofl. I already had the toile shade...stole it from another lamp. Always love your projects. cherry

onlymehere said...

Very, very cute! I love Halloween and I love the colors of fall. I need to get decorating!

Bella Casa said...

Another cute project!

I love those candlesticks!!! So pretty :)

Bella

Kate The Great said...

I'm going to the Dollar Store on Monday! Thanks for all the beautiful ideas...

Bella Casa said...

Saw this and immediately thought of you!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12767862

Bella :)

ceekay said...

Very cute idea and I love the dollar store too!

Meghan said...

Fab-U-Lous!
Absolutely fabu!

Hmm...I am home, husband is playing race car, I feel the need to have some fun. AS soon as that toddler wakes up, it's off to the dollar store! LOL

Sweetie said...

What a great post! Even our very small town has a Dollar Store. I'm on the way!
Sweetie

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

I just love this idea! I was at the DT today, and trying to remember what other word you spelled out besides BOO! I tried FALL and that didn't fit! LOL! Couldn't remember EEK to save my life! Super cute inspirations! ~Rhonda :)

Lorilee said...

Wow, I gotta go to the Dollar Store! My kind of project, cheap and quick! Gotta love it!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Annie said...

Hey Joy! I got my frame done....and gave you credit, of course!

Rue said...

Good morning Joy :)

That turned out really cute!

rue

Kacey Randolph said...

FUN! I'm going to the Dollar Tree today and I am going to do this little festive piece for sure! Great job!

chelle said...

another clever idea;0

Jen r. said...

Super cute!

Brandi said...

I love your mantle.. so pretty and cozy! Where did you get those candles.. so sweet!

Inspired Kara said...

SO CUTE!!! And, you can change out for Christmas with JOY!!!

Marie said...

Cute! I love the 3 opening frame. :o)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Joy, NO...I didn't find that Sea Glass at my Lowes. Maybe another one might have it, but I think I found a good sub at Hobby Lobby, so I'll get some of that today. It looks to be very similar. It's raining today, so I may not be able to get it done until the weather dries up.

Can't wait to turn them aqua!

Rhoda

Mrs. Trixi said...

Cute, Cute, Cute.

melissa*smith said...

Joy, I love your blog~you have great taste and are creative beyond creative. I did this little project over the weekend with scrapbook paper~thanks so much for the inspiration!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

Found you through Rae...just LOVE the idea! TOO CUTE! Love the accessories with the frames too!

CompareTop5.com said...

Great ideas for Halloween party table decorations! Thank you.

Monica said...

How very cute!
Love your pumpkins and candle sticks too :)

Weeksie50 said...

Cute. I am so doing this..

Bettsi said...

Oh lordy, you are so clever!!! I have to try this!

melissa*smith said...

I had to lol at your dollar tree moss balls comment. Do you know how many times I have used that line? My friends always tease me because I always say (when we're at yard sales, etc.) "nothing that can't be fixed with a can of black spray paint!" You are such my friend!! :)

Solei said...

i found your site through becky, and omg!!! am i ever so glad i did. I'm on such a tight budget right now, we just bought our first home & the girls are just crazy about wanting to decorate it! I don't even want to think how much store bought decorations cost!!! And here you are making it so easy with DOLLAR items... Woohooo!!! I heart you!!! lol

can u tell how excited I am???

I will definitely have to add you to my blogroll, if you don't mind of course.
=0D

Linda Bien said...

Joy -- My daughter pointed me to your blog and the really cute dollar store Halloween tablescape you did. WHAT AN INSPIRATION!! She gave me two ceramic pumpkin and goard from Kohls that was the base to my tablescape. After visits to two different $1 stores, I accumalted a lot of things to include in my creation. I also found a frome (four pictures) that I used to create the word FALL. I printed it out on some decorative cardstock and brayered fall colors onto the white mat and added some stamped images of pumpkins, fall fruits and leaves colored with my markers. It all turned out really nice and I'm so proud of myself!! Thank you for your inspiration!!
Linda Bien (Bedford Texas)

Tina said...

Great decor, looks so cozy and warm. Where did you find your white pumpkins?? I hope you don't tell me you found them 5 years ago...

Creations With Heart said...

WOW! You are so creative and inspirational! I love fall and all the warm cozy colors it brings! Time to decorate!! I'll be back to read more!! :)

Michelle said...

Love, love, love your projects and decor!! You're ideas are unique!! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely tune in a lot here. :)

tidymom said...

I just LOVE this idea - one question, did you run just one sheet of newspaper thru the printer? or did you attach it to a heavier piece of paper, then run it thru the printer?

~Tidymom

The Canterbury Family said...

I went last night to Walmart and found a 3 opening black frame for only $2. I'm excited to finish my little project tonight!

Thanks for the GREAT ideas! I just found your blog and it is the BEST!!

Kate

tidymom said...

I got my frame today - any chance you can tell me what font you used for the "B" I've been looking at fonts for an hour and can't find one like it. Thanks

~Tidymom

Unabashed Repetition said...

I adored your project so much that I've completely copied you :)
Thanks for the fun project!

Kels said...

Great Idea! I made one - just a bit different - and linked you to my post. :)

Check it out if you get a chance and let me know what you think!

Thanks!

-Kelsey
http://workplaycreate.blogspot.com

Anthony, Valerie & Tate said...

Hi Joy I am new to your amazing blog! I made a version of the eek sign. Thanks :)

Lori said...

I just discovered your blog, it is incredible. I am so enjoying the inspiration. I made a picture frame with the text today. Here is the blog post http://girlsinthegarden.blogspot.com/2008/10/distractions.html

jenjen said...

I just love your blog. You are so creative! I made the BOO 3-frame project today and posted it on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Brenda said...

Thanks for the inspiration - I posted my 3 opening frames today!
http://goodintentionsqueen.blogspot.com/2008/10/dollar-tree-halloween-project.html

Mandy said...

I loved this so much that I copied it. And when I say copied it, I mean pretty much EXACTLY copied. Thanks for the idea!

Tammy said...

I finally got a photo of my "BOO" frame posted. Thanks for the inspiration for fun and easy projects!

Kaye said...

Love your Blog! I'm inspired and will have to use some of your ideas! Thank You, hope you can visit my space as I'm a new blogger! kayeskreativekorner.blogspot.com
I would love any advice you have on how to become as famous as you have.

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