Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Gifts That Won't Break The Bank


What do you get when you take

3 cylindrical glass vases
2 short glass vases
5 glass candlesticks
2 small glass prayer candles
Some ornaments, ribbon and peppermint sticks

. . . all from the Dollar Tree?

You get Christmas gifts that won't break the bank {and a hubby that says "what the heck are you making now?"}.


I read a blog post by Melissa at 320 Sycamore {she has such fabulous ideas; you have to check out her blog if you haven't yet}. I've already copied/adapted a couple of her projects. Melissa's inspiration came from the Williams Sonoma hurricane.

Melissa at 320 Sycamore

While I could not find the large vase she used at my Dollar Tree, I got the largest I could find. Unfortunately, the large glass prayer candle stuck out of the top, so I had to skip it.

Here are mine:



I used Gorilla glue {a favorite, I'm finding, among many bloggers}. Like Melissa, for the short vase I glued the candle inside the vase first. Then glued that to the candleholder. Vase, candleholder and candle ~ total $3.00.




The larger vases really became two gifts in one. After gluing the vase to the candleholder, I filled one with ornaments and one with peppermint sticks. The recipient can use the ornaments on their tree and the holder for one of their own candles or filler. Vase, candleholder, and one sleeve of ornaments ~ $3.00.






You can add ribbon or other embellishment, and if you get that at the dollar store, too, it's still under $5.00! Here's one with what was labeled a "mini wreath".



You could even monogram these with stickers! I think the possibilities are endless to what you could add to these.

Yes, these are gifts ~ I'm only keeping one for myself! Four gifts put together in about an hour at under $5.00 each ~ can't beat that!

Linking up with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.




It's So Very Creative over at It's So Very Cheri


DIY Day over at A Soft Place To Land.




Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous.




Be sure to check out our current giveaway from PaperAddict.com ~ ends Friday, November 27th!


40 comments:

Carla said...

Wow! I love these ideas!!! I LOVE the DT. Haven't been in a while. I think a trip is long over due, and I have the day off tomorrow . . .

Thanks so much for sharing. Back to my scrapbook shopping! hehe

Cathy said...

What great ideas!!! I love the candy cane candles...adorable...and I see the little peak of black and white...too cute!!!

Happy Sunday!!!
XOXO
Cathy

black eyed susans kitchen said...

These are brilliant ideas! I will be heading over to the dollar store this week for sure. I especially liked the candy canes in the glass...thanks.
Susan

Destination Seaborn said...

How pretty! I've been running myself ragged trying to find those hurricane vases...I'll have to get them @ Walmart. Yours turned out great...I especially love the candy canes. Thanks for sharing!
~Lisa

bj said...

Great gift ideas...thanks so much.

Fairy Footprints said...

Oh that is such a great idea, my mom and me were just going to make some of these, we went to the dollar store and found some that were so neat, and only for a dollar what a find.

Yours turned out so beautiful I love it.

God bless

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HeathahLee said...

Love. Them.

Honestly, they are so pretty! Sigh...I foresee a trip to $ Tree in my very near future...

Valeree said...

Thanks for the great ideas!! Such pretty, easy gifts to make and great to have on hand for last minute hostess gifts and little presents for unexpected guests. Thanks for sharing!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

These look just fabulous. I love them. What great ideas. These would make wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing. Love the ideas. Hugs, Marty

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Those are very cute. I especially like the one with the large peppermint sticks. What a great gift. (By the way, it's hard to type when you're missing the tip of your left index finger! Thanks for your wince on my behalf.)

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Oh, they look so expensive. Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely heading to the Dollar Tree. Rosie

dee dee said...

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful gift ideas! They are all so stunning and affordable! Great job!... Dee Dee

Atticmag said...

I'm snapping up the peppermint sticks idea. A long row of those as a centerpiece for a dining room table would look gorgeous. Thanks!
Jane T,

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

how pretty they are, I will have to try the gorilla glue and just steal the idea, thanks kathy for sharing...

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Awesome!! I need to get myself to the dollar store! Janell

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

They turned out great. I went to the dollar stoere today to try to find the larger vases, but my store was sold out. I think the smaller ones turned out great. I'd be happy to receive those as a gift. Great job!

Emily said...

Oh, how funny! I saw this craft a few days ago on Dollar Store Crafts (I think) and I made mine tonight. I hadn't thought about the Peppermint Stick idea, although that's perfect! I also used Frosted Glass Spray Paint, which I found at Lowe's for about $4 the other day and had been itching to use. I love how they turned out. I'll have the pictures on my Web site pretty soon.

Its So Very Cheri said...

I saw her post after I picked some up from the dollar store. I saw others post about it--such a great idea. come post it to my party--it's up tonight--great job

Cheri

Jeanette said...

I am loving these ideas. Wouldn't they be cute with reception sticks? You have my brain going a mile a minute. Such sweet gift ideas.

Julie said...

Hi Kathy, These are to cute cute cute...Love them all
xoxo
Julie

Chandra said...

Great tips and ideas! The peppermint and black and white are my favorites!

Design Esquire said...

You always have the best ideas!

The DIY Show Off said...

Great gift ideas! :)

Have a great Thanksgiving week!

Roeshel

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What creative ideas. Thanks for sharing, definetly going on the list of things to do this season..hugs ~lynne~

Greet said...

Kathy,
Thank you for these wonderful ideas! They look fabulous! I have to try it out!

Greet

One Cheap B*tch said...

Oh dear god, we definitely were separated at birth because I just bought an apothecary jar and told Scott yesterday I wanted to fill it with candy cane sticks. Got mine at Home Goods for $14.99. Hicks was charging $39.99 for the same thing!

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

Hey Kathy ,, those look great,, cant wait to make another trip to the dollar tree and make some more .

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I love them. I am sure I have some old vases around that I could use to adapt this idea. Thanks! It goes in the "Inspiration Spreadsheet".

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Do you sleep Kathy? You are amazing. And...I love these gift ideas.

pk said...

These are so cute! I love the idea of gluing the holder within a holder. might have to copy that one of these days. Great job!

pk @ Room Remix

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

I love them all! yay for you! love thriftiness!
gail

Carla said...

Hit the DT today! $35 spent brought me lots of goodies to play with. Thanks so much for sharing this idea! Can't wait to share my finished projects with my readers.

Reid said...

WOW! So many ideas are swimming through my head! LOVE them all--thanks for sharing!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I need to make another dollar store run! These are very cute and fabulous housewarming gifts. I think I might whip something like this up for the neighbors.

Rachelle said...

Love these! I went yesterday to find the supplies but our store was out :( So sad.

Yours motivated me to get my hiney in the car and go to the other store to check it out.

Must.Make.These! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Rachelle

Condo Blues said...

You can't beat The Dollar Tree. I'm amazing at the good stuff I find there. My favorite is the one with the black and white candle. Is that wrapping paper?

Pearl Maple said...

Looks fabulous, thanks for sharing your ideas, goes to show what a bit of creativity can do.

sweetjeanette said...

Very nice! You did a fantastic job - and very thrifty. Gotta love it!

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Jane said...

Kathy,

These gift ideas are wonderful, and so thrifty too...just perfect for Frugalicious Friday! I love seeing your ideas every week!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Denise Marie said...

Really nice..would be such an amazing hostess gift or favor for a special dinner party or brunch.

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