Saturday, April 9, 2011
A spring gift on a yard sale budget
It began as a 25 cent gaudy, gold, musical "gazebo" with a Christmas tree in the middle of it from a local yard sale. (sorry, no before photos~but they wouldn't have been pretty anyway!) I lifted the top, pulled out the fake tree and unscrewed the music box. I covered the glass with newspaper and spray painted it white. Then I roughed it up a bit with sandpaper, tore off the newspaper and cleaned the glass.
Then I remembered that my friend Melissa posted genius idea for a coconut liner bird's nest here. So off to the dollar tree I went to make my own. I made the nest thicker and added a few pieces of twig like greenery that I already had. I put in a few faux bird's eggs (I know you can buy them, but I found some fake olives from a kitchen store and painted them blue and then splattered brown spots on them). I replaced the top, and added a green ribbon. I love how it turned out, and I ended up giving it as a gift. The box next to it came from the dollar store also. I put a decorative bird in it, similar to Melissa's, and tied it with ribbon and a tag that I made in Microsoft Word. It was such a fun, inexpensive project. (around $3.50 for the entire project!) Whenever you hit yard sales, try to think past what you see, and look for the potential of an item~especially if you were to spray it with a coat of paint!