5 Dollar Tree Frame Projects with Cricut
As some of you might know, l love Dollar Tree projects! Along with this passion comes quite a large stash of various things to do projects. When I organized my supplies not long ago, I noticed a quantity of these little shadow box frames. There were square ones and house shaped ones. I had snapped up as many as I could get and there they sat in a box! Time to challenge myself and see just what all I can make with them. So let me show you my 5 Dollar Tree Frame Projects with Cricut.
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First Dollar Tree Frame Project
My friend asked for something to hang her keys on by her front door. Then she said something with maybe ‘home sweet home’ or something. Ding! I have these house shaped shadow box type frames and figured it was perfect!
First thing is to prepare the surface to paint. After removing the sticker, it left a rough place so I sanded the entire back until the rough patch was gone.
Mineral-by Waverly was my choice for the base paint. I applied it with a sponge and it took 2 coats. Then I did a little dry brushing with ink and mineral mixed.
To do the dry brushing, dip your brush into the paint and pick a a small amount. Now swish it on a paper towel to remove most of the paint. Take the brush and lightly stoke the house leaving faint streaks to give it a distressed look.
Apply the Design
For the Home Sweet Home design, I thought black would show up best. So I used Cricut premium permanent vinyl. I centered it on the house once it was cut. Use the scraper tool to smooth all over the design and peel the transfer paper back. Get the design here at my resource library.
I know that you all might not have everything in your stash to make this, but since I did, it only cost $1 and some time to make this cute, little present.
I had two small cup hooks, but the screw was going to come through the bottom and poke sharply in the shadow box. Sign, what about turning it over and putting the saying on the back? Solves the problem of how to hang it as well as hides the hangers pinning through. I did wrap the tips with a bit of black tap just to keep anyone from getting scratched by them.
Use Everything for Dollar Tree Frame Projects!
I took the circles out of the square frames then took the backs out. Some of them needed to be sanded where the circles were attached. Using the print and cut feature in design space, I cut some different designs out for holidays and everyday decoration. Any design that would look good small and fit in a 5” square.
Dollar Tree Frames are Versatile
Hey, I use everything I can! So check out what I did with the circles from the frames. Spooky Dollar Tree Halloween Sign with Cricut I also used one in my 2 tiered display. Dollar Tree 2 Tier Stand with Cricut
Something Different from Dollar Tree Frames
This is my favorite! I took four 1” square pieces of wood and cut them all at the same length. You could also use 10 dowel rod for this too. Along with 2 of the square frames, I painted them all acrylic black. Use a 1” dowel if you don’t have scrap wood. Apologies, accidentally deleted my photos of this step. This is the wood piece before painting.
I spray painted both sides of the backs of the frames and because the sticker leaves a rough patch, I sand it down and painted it by hand with acrylic black paint. When dry, pick the best sides of each back. Place them back in the frame so that the best side is the backside of the frame.
I used E6000 and a little hot glue to glue the 4 pieces of wood in the 4 corners of the bottom frame. After letting that set for a bit, I repeated the process and attached the top frame. This can be a little messy so I just wiped and picked all excess glue that I could clean up.
I plan to change the decorations with holiday or seasonal ones over the coming year. I’ll update.
Cheap Holiday Decorations
Although this is not a frame project, I thought it was cute so I included it. Re purposing Dollar Tree signs is a cheap way to create your own unique sign for any occasion. For fall, I redid this pumpkin.
So there you have it. 5 Dollar Tree Frame Projects with Cricut. What do you think? Are you inspired to make a Dollar Tree sign? Please share any project photos or thoughts in the comments below.