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Monday, November 4, 2019

Dollar Store DIY: Easy Diamond Dust Ornaments

Add a touch of vintage and a bit of sparkle to inexpensive Dollar Tree ornaments.

It's a new month and time for a brand new Dollar Store DIY!

I have a few holiday projects planned, but today is all about updating simple Dollar Tree ornaments to better fit my style and decor.  I combined simple techniques and supplies that I've used in the past to create easy vintage-inspired diamond dust ornaments. 

Dollar Tree Vintage inspired diamond dust ornaments
My favorite types of craft projects are ones that are easy and can be created using supplies I already have on hand.  These sparkly Dollar Tree ornaments checked off those boxes and turned out exactly as I imagined.

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- Paintbrush 
- Sandpaper
- Q-tips
- Ornament hooks

Sometimes less is more, which in this case, meant stripping away the color and decorations on 4" Dollar Tree ornaments.   
Dollar Tree ornaments before
I picked up three ornaments from my local Dollar Tree and although there is nothing wrong with them as is, they just weren't my style.
Removing decorations from Dollar Tree ornaments
I knew I wanted to tone them down and add a little sparkle and vintage vibe, so I removed the metal ornament tops and burlap that covered the front of the ornaments.
Decorations removed from Dollar Tree ornaments
I used fine grit sandpaper to sand the fronts of the ornaments then covered both sides of the ornaments with 2 coats of white chalk paint.
Painting Dollar Tree ornaments with white chalk paint
While the second coat of paint was still wet, I sprinkled on a generous amount of diamond dust.
Painted Dollar Tree ornaments
I used the same technique I used on the Dollar Tree industrial jars to "age" the metal ornament tops.  Basically, I combined layers of Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff and Metallic Gunmetal paint to create the perfect aged look.
supplies for aging ornament top

Adding rub 'n buff and metallic paint to ornament hardware
Once the ornaments and metal tops were dry, I attached the aged metal pieces to each ornament using Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive then finished off the ornaments with vintage ornament hooks. 
           Gluing on ornament hardware

Dollar Tree diamond dust ornaments

DIY Dollar Tree ornament using Diamond Dust

Easy Dollar Tree Diamond Dust ornament

DIY vintage inspired Dollar Tree ornament

These DIY Dollar Tree vintage-inspired diamond dust ornaments are perfect for decorating gift boxes or bags (you can write "To" and "From" on the back),  trimming a tree and they even make great favors for holiday parties.  

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DIY Dollar Tree diamond dust ornaments

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  1. WOW! Who knew you could create so many great things from Dollar Tree finds? I love this site/blog! --Cynthia