Dollar Tree DIY Easter Wreath

Whoooop! This DIY Dollar Tree wreath is super easy! I don’t normally make wreaths. In fact, I have a pin board on Pinterest that’s called, “Wreaths I’ll Probably Never Make”. If I can do it, anyone can!

Here’s what you’re gonna need: Glue Gun, glue sticks, scissors, zip ties

From Dollar Tree: 2 packages colored eggs, rabbit sign (they have several that would work), two round wire wreath forms, Spanish moss, wire ribbon.

Supplies Needed

1. When you take the eggs out of the packaging, save the carton part and the raffia that is tied around the package. You’ll use them both. Tear the packages up and hot glue the pieces to one of the wire forms. This will prevent the moss from falling thru the back.

2. Hot glue the moss onto the paper, creating a nest effect.

3. Hot glue eggs onto the moss. This way you won’t have to chase them around when you put the top on. They will stay in place better.

4. Place the other wire wreath form on top. Secure with zip ties and cut off the excess. I used three. You can use as many as you see fit.

5. Remove bunny from original sign. You may want to use the other parts of the sign later, so don’t throw them away. At this point, I took off the bow and used the raffia from the egg carton to jazz it up. Then I added back the original bow on top of the new bow. Cute!

6. I made a bow for the top out of the wire ribbon and hot glued it all down.

7. Ta-Da!!!


DIY Kitchenware Wind Chime

Who hasn’t seen a wind chime made from “junk”?  You can make a wind chime out of anything under the sun.  If it makes noise when banged against something else, string that sucker up!

It didn’t take me long to gather things for this project.  Any of the following list can be purchased at a local thrift store, flea market or a good ole fashioned yard sale.  Here’s what I used:

  • Strainer type thing (I think the one I used is actually part of a pot.)
  • Eating utensils


Here’s what you need to purchase or borrow, if you don’t already have it at home:

  • Fishing Line
  • Twine
  • 2 wire hangers
  • Beads (I took apart an old necklace.)
  • Knife or sharp scissors
  • Drill with 1/8 drill bit
  • Table Vise
  • Wire cutters


Once you’ve gathered all of your items, start by drilling all of the holes you’ll need.  I chose to hang my strainer thing so I could put a plant in it.  You can hang it however you’d like.  You may not need the extra holes drilled if you choose to hang it by the handle.  There is no way that two will be just alike.  You just do what you like…pretty much like most crafting:)

1.   Using a hand drill or drill press, drill extra holes in strainer thing in order to attach wire hangers.


2.  Drill 1/8″ holes in all utensils.


3.  Here’s the part where you can decide to do it the way I did it or your own way.  I think twine is ADORABLE!!  That being said, twine will also rot if left outside over a length of time AND beads are super hard to put through it.  Here’s what I did:

  • Cut even amounts of fishing line and twine.
  • Starting on the bottom of the strainer, put the twine and fishing line up one hole and back down a different hole.
  • Cut twine and line
  • You now can attach two utensils


  • Feed beads onto fishing line
  • Feed twine through 1/8″ hole
  • Feet fishing line through 1/8″ hole
  • Tie in several knots until secure


  • I attached my utensils in a “roller coaster” fashion, using shorter and shorter lengths of twine/fishing line.  You can attach yours however you’d like.
  • Repeat process until desired amount of clanger/tinklers are attached
  • Cut hangers and attach them to the strainer for hanging

Finish up by adding a favorite plant to the top or nothing at all.  I used my Grandma’s Mammie Moss…also called Gold Sedum.  This project takes only take a couple of hours to complete.  It’s so cute!!


TADA!!! *Twirls and Throws Glitter*

Get on out there and gather up some junk for your new treasure!

-That Book Mama-



Beach Craft Reality

Wahoo!  Beach season is upon us!  …not that I enjoy being in a swimming suit…or have anyone see me in one.  Nevertheless, I LOVE going to the beach!  I’m talkin’ love!  Have I used enough exclamations yet?

One of my very favorite things about going to the beach is collecting shells.  I quickly realized that there are “dream” shells and “reality” shells.  “Dream” shells are the ones that you read about in fantasy books and home decor magazines.  “Reality” shells are what you get when you are on the beach using your kids’ sand sifter and shovel.

Since I gave up on my dream of finding huge shells, I make it a goal to find the tiniest one I can.  …like smaller than a grain of rice…  I collect shells all week.  I’m like a maniac!  I can’t have too many and because they are so tiny, I don’t feel bad about picking up like 9000 of them at once.  Okay…not that many but close:)

Here’s what I did with the shells from our last trip to Orange Beach, AL.  It sits on my desk at work and mocks me while I slave away.


  • Small container with see through lid
  • Photo from your trip (wallet size)
  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks


Step 1

Place your container directly over the part of the picture that you would like to use as a background.  Use your pencil and trace around the container. Cut out the circle and glue it to the back of the container.


Step 2

Add sand and shells. Replace the lid.  Voila!


Step 3

Place it on your desk at work so it can mock you like mine does every single day.



That Book Mama

Bucket Lady

Starting this blog is HARD because I want to talk about EVERYTHING…all at the same time.  I’ve been toying with several ideas over the past few days and finally decided on sharing Paint Bucket Wisdom (insert echo, echo, echo).  This was actually a heck of a lot harder than I thought it would be…not the bucket part but the blogging part.  I’ve made about a gazillion and one of these things and each takes about 2 hours from start to finish.  This time…like 14 days…or that’s how long it felt like.  So, here we are 20 photos and 2 pages of hand written notes later, instructions on how to decorate paint buckets.  Enjoy!

First Things First – Supplies

  • Gallon paint bucket (purchased at the hardware store)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Cutting mat, Circle cutters and cutting cartridges (I used Creative Memories)
  • 2 pieces of 12 x 12 patterned scrapbook paper
  • 2 different colors solid scrapbook paper for letters (I use scraps because an entire sheet isn’t needed)
  • Various ribbon
  • Stencils
  • Embellishments
  • Scissors (I use Cutter Bee.  My kids know better than to take these…because I will hunt them down…)
  • Glue sticks
  • Tacky glue
  • Pencil



Once you have all of your supplies, the next thing you need to do is start on the letters.  I like to do the letters first because you have to let the Tacky glue dry.  I use stencils because it is easier to grab them rather than drag out the Cricut machine for a small project (call me lazy…go ahead).  I turn the paper and the stencil over on the back side so when I trace the letter the pencil marks won’t ever show on the front.  Providing no one has used your scissors out in the yard, cutting the letters should be a breeze.  When you have them cut out, glue them to the second sheet of paper with the Tacky glue and let them dry for about 10 minutes.  Then, cut again leaving a slight edge to reveal the second color or “mat”, if you want to get all fancy.  Lastly, embellish with whatever you’d like.  This time I used brads, charms and ribbon.  Anything that you use while scrapbooking, you can use on these buckets.  If you need to glue something to the letters, use the Tacky glue.  Let the letters dry an additional 15 minutes.  Moving on…



Take whichever piece of 12 x 12 you’d like to be on the bottom of the bucket and make the following cuts.

  • Make a 1 1/2″ cut
  • Divide the remaining paper in half, creating two 5 1/4 pieces


Starting with the back of the bucket, use the glue stick and glue one piece to the bottom half of the bucket.  Make sure you get as close to the lip of the bucket as possible.  You want to start with the back because the paper will overlap and you want it to overlap towards the back not towards the front.  Add the remaining piece to the front of the bucket.


  • Next, use the 5″ circle cutter from Creative Memories with the blue blade and cut as close to the edge of the second piece of patterned paper as possible creating a 5 1/4″ circle
  • At this point my cats were helping…of course they were…
  • Wrinkles are okay.  I dare you to find the wrinkles once the paper is glued on…I dare you!


  • Cut as close to the circle as you can and create a new straight edge.
  • Divide the remaining paper into two equal pieces creating two 3″ pieces or there about (here “there about” means “pretty close to 3”
  • Since my paper trimmer is literally almost 20 years old, it gets wonky sometimes.  Today it has left a sort of fringe on the edge.  FEAR NOT!  We will cover this up with stuff and things and no one will see it!


The two 3″ pieces (or there about) will go on the top half of the bucket.  We have to work around the handle here so we need to make some additional holes.

  • Measuring 1 1/2″ from the top and 5/8″ from the side make a mark
  • Use the smallest circle cutter and the green cutting blade and cut a circle for the handle



Again, starting with the back, glue the two pieces on the top.  This time, make sure you get as close to the top edge as possible.


  • Take the circle you’ve cut and glue the 1 1/2″ strip to it.
  • Then trim the strip to match the circle.
  • Glue the circle to the lid.



See!  No crinkles!  Bhhhhhahahahahaha (gasp) hahahahaha!!!!


Next, you want to cover up that 80’s fringe seam.  I use ric rac a lot.  A.  Lot.  You could really use whatever you’d like to cover the seam but you should use Tacky glue or something similar so it doesn’t fall off.  Put a bead of glue all the way around the seam and then glue whatever you’d like onto the seam.



Next, glue the letters on starting with the middle first.  Center the letters between where the handle goes in and along the seam.  Use your Tacky glue here too.  You may have to press the letters down a few times to make them stay while the glue dries.



Here I’ve tried to do a panorama shot and failed miserably.  Oh well, you get the idea of what it should look like, right?



Using several different kinds of ribbon, cover the handle.

  • Cut the ribbon in 6″ pieces.


  • Knot the ribbon on the handle
  • Alternate different styles of ribbon
  • This is seriously not a hard concept


You are officially done!!!  Ta Da!!  (throws glitter)


Couple more examples:

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