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50+ Dollar Store Holiday Christmas Crafts

[pinit]50 Plus Dollar Store Christmas Projects from @savedbylove #christmas #dollarstorecrafts[pinit]

Dollar store crafts are some of my favorite things to make.  I love browsing the aisles and trying to imagine what I can create from the $1 products.  Today I am sharing over 50 of my favorite dollar store holiday projects from decor to gifts and more.  Enjoy!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree and Advent Artist Blocks

[pinit]DIY Advent Calendar Reclaimed Wood Tree #stencilGirl #Christmas with @eileenhull @artistsontheblock @Sizzix_US @savedbyloves[pinit]
Make a Reclaimed Wood Advent Calendar Christmas Tree

Today’s project is a rustic, reclaimed wood Christmas tree advent calendar that you can make for little to no cost!  Building from salvaged wood and paper crafting all in one project! I created the blocks using Eileen Hull’s (soon to be released) Scoreboards Block dies.  The die makes blocks in three sizes, for tons of creative potential.  Think about artist trading cards, but 3-D!  Last Christmas I showed you how to make an advent calendar from wooden blocks, and that is the first thing I thought of when I saw this die.  Read on to see how I used stencils from Stencil Girl, spray ink, number stickers and washi tape to decorate my mat board cubes.  Watch the video to make your own tree, or display your blocks freestanding.  These would make great Christmas gifts and decor for your holiday get togethers.

How to Make a Reclaimed Wood Advent Calendar


For the Blocks

Mat Board

Heidi Swapp Spray ink Gold, Green, Red

Stickles in red, green, gold

Washi Tape in Christmas Patterns

Stencils (I used Stencil Girl)

Mod Podge Antique

For the Tree

Scrap wood

Mitre Saw

Nailer or hammer and nails

Wood Glue


5 gallon paint stirrers



You may want to decorate your cubes before assembling them into the 3D shape.  First I will show you assembly, then how I decorated my cubes.

Artists on the Block


I chose the smallest of the three cubes for my calendar.  This is what the mat board looks like after it is cut with Eileen’s awesome new die!

Paper Craft DIY Christmas

Fold cubes along score lines.  Two of the scored rectangles are needed for each cube.  Place them together to form the cube.  You can glue the tabs in place if you would like, but I didn’t find it necessary with the mat board.  I haven’t tried other paper.

Stencil Girl Stencils

Place stencils over blocks and spray.

How to Make an Advent Calendar

Clean up excess ink that’s on the stencils for a reverse image on the blocks, and you waste less ink!

How to make Paper Advent Calendar

I used red, gold and green sprays, allowing about 10 minutes dry time between each color.

Mixed media Artist Blocks

Once that dried, I adhered washi tape to some blocks, the black sticker numbers and coated with the front surface with Mod Podge Antique for an aged look.  I thought it needed some sparkle, so I added stickles in red, green and gold.


I made the tree like I showed you in this  DIY wood pallet Christmas Tree post, and in the video at the end of this post.  The only difference is I used chippy, weathered 2×4 scrap wood I found at a demolition site.  I determined the dimensions of my tree based on the 1.5 inch advent cubes.  The base is 19 inches, and the height is 20 inches without the frame.

I made the five shelves from paint stirrers, cutting them with the mitre saw to lengths that allowed 2 inches for each block.  So the first one is 2 inches, then 6 inches and so on, 10 inches, 14 inches and finally 18 inches for the bottom shelf.  I laid the tree flat and added a thin line of E6000 to the back of the paint stirrer and placed them on the tree where I wanted the shelves.

DIY Advent Blocks Pallet Christmas Tree

I decided to use scrap wood strips to frame the tree, just cutting to length with my mitre saw and using my Ryobi nailer to attach.

I hope you enjoyed the project and the blocks as much as I did!  Visit Artists on the Block for more news, updates and projects as artist trading blocks take over the mixed media community!

Be sure and visit other projects using the blocks in the Stencil Girl and Sizzix Artist Trading Blocks Hop

Blog Hop Order


Baldwin Hardware Giveaway

Baldwin Hardware

***Disclaimer:  I have received compensation from Baldwin Hardware for sharing this giveaway.  All opinions are 100% honest and mine.***

Anyone else a little addicted to hardware?  I am always on the lookout for the perfect pieces to finish my furniture builds.  Imagine my excitement when I learned about this amazing giveaway from Baldwin Hardware.  An american company based in Reading, Pennsylvania, they have been handcrafting luxury hardware since 1946.  You can check out (swoon over) their product line and learn all about the company at

So what can you win?  Grand Prize winner will score $10,000 worth of Baldwin Estate hardware, plus professional installation.  Second prize winner gets $2,500 worth of Baldwin Reserve hardware and third prize winner $500 worth of Baldwin Prestige hardware.

How do you enter?

1.  Like Baldwin Hardware on Facebook.

2.  Follow Baldwin Hardware on Pinterest.

3.  Pin one of the images found in the giveaway link above.

4.  Complete the entry form also found at the link above.

5.  Share your entry with your friends on Facebook.  Why?  Because using the referral link you get when you submit your entry, you get a bonus entry for each of your friends that participate!

Hurry and enter because the contest ends Dec. 16th!  It is super simple to enter and took me less than 5 minutes.  Well worth the chance at any of the three prizes!  Good luck.

Check out 60 Plus Adorable Christmas Cookie Recipes

60 Plus Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes by @savedbyloves


Head over here (this post has been moved from Taste Every Season to Saved By Love Creations) and check out the 60+ Christmas Cookie Recipes we rounded up for you!  These make great neighbor gifts and treats for your holiday parties and potlucks.  We are making some as we write this.  Enjoy!

Dollar Store Framed Reindeer Silhouettes

Reindeer Crafts




Reindeer Dollar Store Christmas Craft @savedbyloves #quickcrafts #christmascrafts


This Dollar Store Christmas Decor DIY is super fast, cheap and pretty awesome looking.  If you are looking for a quick way to create a festive Christmas feel for your holiday get together, this is your project!

Dollar Store Christmas Craft Idea

All you need:

The sparkly, glittery reindeer come in 2 a pack for $1

Grab as many 5×7 frames as you will need

Foam Mount Stickers


Christmas Patterned Paper


Cut out the paper to fit the frames and stick inside just like you would a photo.

Dollar Store Framed Reindeer Quick Christmas Craft

Tape the reindeer to the outside of the glass with foam mount stickers, which you can get at any craft store and most department stores.  You are ready to display!  See, I told you it was fast and easy.

Dollar Tree Christmas Craft DIY

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DIY Washi Tape Storage and Vintage Trunk to Craft Organizer

[pinit]DIY Craft Storage from Repurposed Vintage Steamer trunk and reclaimed wood/cafe rod washi tape storage @savedbyloves[pinit]

This is your first peak into my new studio, unless of course, you follow Saved By Love Creations on Instagram.  It is finally coming together in an awesome creative space after a couple of months of building and repurposing.  Today I am sharing with you a vintage steamer trunk I scored and converted into storage for my supplies, as well as a scrap wood + curtain rod washi tape organizer I threw together with my Kreg Jig.

DIY Washi Tape Storage

The vintage steamer trunk organizer is self explanatory.  I just opened it up and stored my stuff in there.  It is so cool looking that I didn’t have to do much.

Washi Tape Organizer DIY

Build your own craft storage

My friend gave me these random thingies.  He knew I would use them eventually.

How to use a kreg jig

I attached scrap wood planks between them using my Kreg Jig, like I showed you in this DIY Pallet Sign Tutorial.

Make your own ribbon storage

I removed the “legs” and distress painted the piece like I showed you in this DIY Distress Painting With Vasoline Tutorial.

Next I attached curtain rods to the front that I got for $2 each at Wal Mart, screwed wire onto the back and hung on a hook to the wall.

Pretty simple project, and I cost next to nothing.

While we are on the topic, you may want to check out last year’s budget friendly craft storage ideas we brought you:

Wood Pallet Storage DIY

Wanna see how I made that handy dandy hanging marker storage up there on the left?  Click the following image…

How about some free, stylish book storage?  Click the image below…

And here is a quick and easy dollar store 3 tiered organizer DIY: