Ok, I know that title is silly but, laugh it’s okay. I won’t judge you 🙂 On a serious note. Do not under estimate the Dollar Tree. Decorating can be expensive. I used to live next to a lady who decorated her house for every occasion. At first I thought her house looked silly, like Hallmark threw up on it. But, I began to anticipate her changing for the holiday’s. I’d go to the kitchen when it was close to time to change and I was excited to see what in the world she was going to do next.
On to my point. I love to decorate certain spots in my house. I’m not one to redo EVERYTHING. However, I’m not saying I won’t one day. Just not today. Let me find the right clearance rack & we might even have a Christmas BATHROOM!
The other day I bought a wooden pumpkin from the Dollar Tree, which I will be sharing in another blog later. While I was painting I decided I’d like a few more. Being that it’s only September I headed out to the Dollar Tree to find out that EVERYONE in Randleman & Asheboro had wiped out the Fall Décor. So, lesson learned if you see it at the Dollar Tree & you like it, buy it THEN! While I was there I found some leaves & wooden owls. Thus the idea for the Dollar Tree Swag was born. No, I don’t NEED it. That’s not the point. The point is I found these cuties & they deserve to be used. Right??!!
To begin, I gathered up all of my goodies & spread them out onto my workbench. Placing all of my idea items together helps me to settle on colors for the ribbon or paint, etc.
While the base paint is drying on the owls I went ahead & made the eyelets for my fall leaves to hang from once placed on the swag.
Here’s a quick tip. When decorating use odd numbers. Things flow better if they are not matchy, matchy. Generally I decorate in 3,5 or 7.
So, in picking my leaves for my banner I have 3 different colors and started with 1 leaf, then an owl, 2 leaves, owl, 2 leaves, owl, ending with 1 leaf.
Pictured above you can see the step by step process of how I painted my Owls. I wanted mine to have a very whimsical/folk art look. I am not talented enough to take myself too seriously when it comes to art. So, this is what I came up with.
I painted these cuties using Plaid Acrylic Craft paint. It’s not expensive & I like the body. Some craft paints tend to be too thin for me. I probably could have done a second coat on the wings. However, I decided not to because I like the aged, distressed look they have. At this point it’s personal preference.
It’s time now to start loading my streamer for my banner. I used a piece of garden twine cut at about 1 yard (3 feet). I didn’t want a lot of color because I went a little crazy with my owl color. So I took 3 small pieces of string ( 1 green twine, 1 natural twine & 1 orange ribbon) Simply tied a shoestring knot above the owls head.
As I stated above I placed my Owls and Leaves on in a pattern. I feel like a banner needs repetition. This is your creation so feel free to place them however they make sense to you. I left mine loose so they slide around on the main string. My reason for that is I use my items over & over in different settings. there may come a time that I need to move the owls farther apart.
Here is the finished product and how I displayed it in my hallway on my shelf. Listed below I will give you a supplies list and a total cost.
I hope that I inspire you to create beautiful things for your house. The simplest things bring a smile to our faces. You would be surprised how simply decorating your home can change the atmosphere that you live in. Home is a feeling and when you take pride in decorating something you get the burst of energy you may need to keep it neat and organized.
Garden Twine (green & natural)
Wooden Owl Ornaments (2 packs)
Burlap Fall Leaves (3 packs)
Not including the cost of my paint this project cost me $8.00 before tax. It gave me a 3 Ft. Banner. I over purchased because I wanted all three colors. So, I have plenty of supplies left over for future projects.
Not sure about you but, I’m so excited about Fall this year. Our weather today has been amazing here in NC. I just want to cover everything I own with pumpkins, burlap & leaves.
Thank you for reading, I pray that you are blessed. I’ll be back with more tips, tricks & décor!!!
Leigh Ann 🙂