Saturday, September 17, 2011

DG & DT Porch Decorating & Craft Supplies

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Went back to To the Dollar Tree yesterday with my daughter and got a couple supplies for crafting.

But before I show you that, I wanted to share what I got at Dollar General.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

They had the cutest silicone molds.

Well, actually they are calling them ice trays, but I am going to use them for making tarts.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Aren’t these just the cutest!

They are bendable too! Not that horrible hard plastic.

And can’t beat the price! $1.00

A Primitive Place ~Tammy


I also picked up these silhouette Owls, but I have no idea what I will do with them.

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And aren't these wonderful.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I bought the candy corn color, but they also have solid orange and black ones.

I believe the price for these were around $3.00.

Which brings me to the crafting part of my post.

I wanted to make a twig tree for my front porch.

So yesterday Mom and I gathered up some branches and carried them home with us when we went for our morning walk.

I decided to drill a hole through the top and bottom of one of my faux pumpkins and stick the branches through it.

I wanted the branches to go all the way through, so I could stick them into the dirt that remained in the chamber flower pot.

I thought this might help secure it when the fall winds begin…. we will see. ;)

Then I took one box of my DG Halloween lights and wrapped it around the branches.

Still needed more though.

Which brings me to what I got at the DT yesterday.

I picked up 3 black crows.

They have wire sticking out of their feet so it made it easy to attach them to the branches.

Now before I show you how it turned out, I want to say…

I don't consider it finished yet, I want to pick up some berry garland and wrap it around the branches like I did with the one in the foyer.

Plus I am wanting to stick some Spanish Moss where the sticks go into the pumpkin, just need to run to Wal-Mart and pick some up.

But I wanted to go ahead and show off how it looks so far.

It was simple easy to make!

Here it is for now….

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Kinda Cute, huh?!

A little bare yes, it needs those berry for color and to help hide the cord.

But I think it is a really cute idea!!

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

See there’s my wreath I made the other day. ;)

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I’ve been working on decorating my porch the past few days.  Still not done yet.  I will be sure to show it off as soon as I get it finished.

Here is a close-up of the Dollar Tree crows.

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And a close-up showing how simple it is to stick the branches into the pumpkin, once you drill out the orange exterior.

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The pumpkin centers are star foam and these type of pumpkins can be found pretty much anywhere.

I believe mine came from either Wal-Mart or Target.

And here is a shot of it all lit up at night.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Before I sign off I wanted to show the little ice trays molds I picked up at the Dollar Tree.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I think I like these better than the ones I got a DG. 

These are more Fall, rather than the Jack-O’ Lantern design, which makes me think Halloween only.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Now I must go sew!!

I have so much to get caught up on.

The deadline for the charity auction is getting closer and closer and I haven't finished anything for it.

Plus I still have those bear orders to get finished!!

I need more hours in the day. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Take Care & Talk Soon,

A Primitive Place ~Tammy


prims by olde lady morgan said...

Tam, Love the porch and I love the twig tree just as it is!!! Great crows for the tree too! Good luck on your creations... Painted the last of pumpkins today... NO MORE! Snowmen next.... Havea great weekend! OLM

Cyn said...

Love it! I do not live in an area that I can pick up branches on a walk..BUT next month we are going to a cabin and I am going to load up on them!

basketsnprims said...

Tammy, you are just the most clever girl. I may just have to copy this idea, it's so cute. I know our little grandsons would love it and everyone teases me about how much I love crows. Thanks so much for sharing! Your porch looks wonderful!

Raymond Homestead said...

Those are neat molds! I would love to have some of those dollar store crows! I think your little tree turned out cute!

Penny said...

Love your Crow Tree Creation!! I, too, may just have to steal the idea!! I have lots of those pumpkins -- I picked them up a few years ago at Joann's for my oldest daughter's Halloween b'day.... she was turning 30 and we had a big party for her. Now I have about 8,000 faux pumpkins (just a bit of an exaggeration, but there are MANY!) in my basement waiting for me to do something with them. Your's is so cute.... you are so creative and come up with some of the best ideas! Thanks for sharing....

michelle said...

LOve,Love,Love it!Great job!Have fun sewing!big hugs michelle

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh I'm loving that little twig tree something fierce...I don't think you need any berry garland - maybe a few more crows tho ;o) Love it!!! I'm so leery of putting anything on our porch - it's small, and whatever I put on there usually ends up in Kansas or other places unknown! Hmmm...maybe I could hollow out one of those pumpkins and fill it with plaster of paris or cement or something....Can't wait to see the tarts you make either! Happy Saturday! Craft On! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Rock River Stitches said...

Oh my gosh! I love everything you got at the dollar stores!!! I must get there to get me some Halloween goodies too!! Your tree is so freaking cute!!!


Bobbi Jo Nichols said...

I think your front porch looks amazing. You did a great job! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Christie said...

Love, love, love the pumpkin/crow tree. It is fantastic. You are so clever. ~~ Christie

My Colonial Home said...

You are such a great crafty Lady and come up with the best ideas...I love your twig tree and it's a keeper for all year to store it...won't loose and leaves or
Adorable Silicone molds...I'm sure your tarts will turn out just darling.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your Fall twig tree!! What a great idea. It looks awesome on your front porch.
Hope you are having a great weekend.

Unknown said...

your tree looks awesome!

you do a great job on everything. :)

God bless and keep you,

Pamela@ The Sampler Makers Farmhouse said...

Wow, I love that crow tree!
Great dollar stuff!

Brenda said...

What an awesome idea Tammy, love it!! You have great ideas!


Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Loving your twig tree. Your soooo creative. Thanks for sharing.

LibbiesHome said...

Your porch looks so inviting! And I really want to copy your twig tree!

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

I just bought the same molds at DG!! Didn't see the light though, better head back and look. Love the tree, yet another idea sparked from your creativity!! Isn't Halloween the best!! ~Kriss~

frontporchprims said...

You know what? I think you just solved my problem!!!
I can't put anything on my front patio because the sun sets on it and it gets 100+ degrees there, even in the fall. My pumpkins cook, flowers die, paint bubbles and chips, etc. But this tree would work. It's already dead!!!
The lights are already made to stand some heat too. It is sooooo cute and I love the crows. I think I can afford it too. So thank you for the idea. -Steph-

Beckyjean said...

Hi Tam~

Love the front porch & your crow tree. I need to dig out my stuff & get decorating.

Have a wonderful Sunday~Becky

Roberta said...

I never thought to look at Dollar Tree for those little molds! Great tip. Your tree turned out great and looks eerily festive at night. Your blue door sets off the fall colors so nicely! You've inspired me to dress up my doorway for the soon as it stops raining! ~Roberta

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Tam, I love the way you decorated the pumpkin outside with the lights. At night it looks o invitng. Your whole homestead looks amazing!!!!!

You sure did great at the dollar store. You are so creative!

Fall Blessings Trish

Unknown said...

eeeeeeeeeekkkkkk!!! So in love with this one!!!

The Stitch Fiddler Bethann Scott said...

Hi Tammy, Your porch looks wonderful and so welcoming. We moved to a big 2 story home this year with a big front porch.I too can't wait to decorate...thanks for sharing your ideas!


Linda said...

Your front porch looks great and i love the tree. I happen to pick up a pumpkin tray like that at a second hand store for a quarter. I have not tried it yet though.
Again everything looks great.

Debbie Geiger said...

I absolutly love the tree with the crows. I may have to copy that for my front door if you do not mind.

Dawn Buie said...

Hey Tam, Gotta love those Dollar tree stores.. Hey your tree turned out pretty cool.. I love how you placed it in a pumpkin. Thanx for sharing.

Deppen homestead 1862 said...


love them twigs & the crows~ so pretty all lite up~