I’m typically not one of the smart bloggers that has genius ideas when it comes to Dollar Store items. Not that I’m too good to shop there, mind you. I like cheap stuff! It’s just that it’s packed in there & I never can think in packed spaces. But I guess it was finally “my turn” about 2 weeks ago. I finally had 2 light bulb moments on the same shopping trip to the Dollar Store! whoo hoo!
You can read all about the first idea in this post from last week.
But for this post (my second light bulb moment) ~ I took these mini silver chargers from the Dollar Store (found in the dish aisle)
and…used some chalkboard vinyl, along with a pencil for tracing, scissors & a razor blade & traced the outline of each silver charger.
To come up with chalkboard chargers.
~I’ll stop right here, and admit that this project was *almost* a major craft fail. I started out with chalkboard paint. But unless you have a steady hand, I do not recommend using chalkboard paint. I almost just threw in the towel. But I thought – why not give chalkboard vinyl a try. And sure enough – it worked! And almost covered all my painting goofs.~
I ended up placing these over my mantel. Inside my frame I purchased from Goodwill last year. My mantel was in major need of a switch-er-o! I wanted a clean simple mantel for Summer. Something that could take me into early Fall. I’m not 100% sold on the plants on the other side, but for now it will do. I don’t like a lot of layers when it comes to mantel decor. Our house is busy enough with toys scattered around. I like empty quiet spaces when it comes to decorating. Especially in the Summer.
My hydrangeas were free, btw. There is this ‘secret’ place in town I go, after the office is closed…the bush is hid in an alley by some trash cans, for heaven sake. I honestly don’t think the trash guys will notice if I grabbed a few flowers. I have no idea why someone would plant a hydrangea bush in an alley, but sure enough they did. So there. That’s one of my guilty confessions. Now that you all know, you all need to pinky swear that you wont tell a single soul. Promise?
P.S. A couple of years back, I also painted a larger charger/tray in chalkboard paint – check out the before & after in this post here. It’s an oldie but a goodie, I promise!
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