UpCycle A Dollar Tree Sign

Upcycle a Dollar Tree Sign

Welcome to my first Creative Crafts blog hop! I’m so excited to be a part of this talented group and  can’t wait to see what everyone has created. Today I’ll be sharing how to upcycle a Dollar Tree sign!

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This hop takes place the third Thursday of the month and is hosted by Sara at Birdz of a Feather. If you are coming here from Sara’s  welcome!  I am so happy you are here. Once you are finished here, be sure to check out all of the other participants too. I’ll list them at the end so that you won’t miss any of the fun!

Dollar Tree sign

If you’ve been to the Dollar Tree lately you know that they are killing it in the Valentine department.

I found this cute sign there recently.

While I think it’s super cute, it doesn’t really match my decor.

Powder room towels

I knew that I wanted to add a touch of Valentine’s Day decor in my powder bath so I decided to make the sign match my favorite towels!

Lots of pretty color with almost a hint of a watercolor feel to them.

removing paint from glass

Take The Sign Apart

The fist step was to take the backing off of the sign.

Next, remove the word love from the glass using a sharp blade.

Be sure that it is sharp or it will scratch the glass.

Once the word had been removed, it was time to clean the glass and set the frame and glass aside.

watercolors, paper, paintbrush

Painting a Watercolor Heart

Step 2 was to paint the watercolor heart.

I pulled out my watercolors, watercolor paper, paint brush and pencil.

Lightly drew a heart on the paper.

Then it was time for the fun!

painting a watercolor heart

Slapping paint onto the drawn heart.

I’m serious.

I painted water over the heart then started adding watered down paint to the heart using colors that were found in my towels.

No rhyme or reason.

And you don’t have to be an artist to do this.

Just let your inner kindergarten self come out to play!

Painted watercolor heart

The last color I used was the hot pink, as that was the color I wanted to be most dominant.

mounted watercolor heart

Mount Your Watercolor Painting

While my heart was drying, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper out the size of my cardboard sign backing.

I have to tell you that the photo does not do justice to how pretty this glitter paper is!

It has all of the colors in my towels and is just beautiful!

Once my heart was dry, using glue dots, I applied the heart painting to the scrapbook paper.

upcycled Dollar Tree sign

Put The Sign Back Together

Now it’s just a matter of placing the mounted watercolor into your frame and placing the backing onto the frame.

Tip: This sign had brad nails nailed into the frame through the backing. When taking the sign apart, I gently removed the brads trying not to bend them. This made reassembling the frame and backing a breeze! Simply put the brads back into the holes and tap them in with a hammer. Your signs ready to go.

Upcycled Dollar Tree sign

Embellish The Sign

At this point I could have left my sign just as it is and it would have been super cute.

However, I wanted to add a little something extra.

I thought about adding a bow with all of the colors, but decided to go with something a little more tailored.

I took three different colors of bakers twine and wrapped it around the top of the sign twice, then tied it in a knot.

Next, I added this sweet little key to the twine and tied the twine in a bow.

watercolor Valentine sign

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

I hope that you enjoyed how to upcycle a Dollar Tree sign and invite you to head on over to Donna’s at Modern on Monticello with me and see her  Pom Wreath!                  .

Once you are done there don’t forget to hop on over to all of the other talented bloggers listed below  to see what they have created!

My First Pom Pom Wreath

Valentine Plaque – Quick and Easy!

Paper Cone Heart Tutorial

Creations Floral Picture Frame

How to Salvage Candle Remnants

Mesh Bling Heart Napkin Rings

Easy Valentine’s Day Sticker Decorating Ideas

Wooden Air Plant Holder

Upcycle A Dollar Tree Sign

Until next time….


Upcycle a Dollar Tree Sign graphic

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  1. I love that you tapped into your inner kindergarten Tammy and that added touch with the key! Your one of a kind heart looks amazing with those towels!

    1. You are too sweet Terrie. That truly makes my day. Although I promise that you could do this watercolor – I’ve seen you paint and you’ve got some skills too girl!

  2. Hi Tammy! Your painting captures the colors of your inspiration perfectly, and I’m a huge fan of floral decor! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. That is an amazing transformation, Tammy. It’s a perfect match to your towels which make me think of Spring. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the hop!

    1. Thanks Ann, the towels do make you think of Spring. I never realized it, but that’s probably why I love them so much!

  4. Hi Tammy, this is too adorable! I love your watercolor heart and the way you embellished the frame with bakers twine and a key. So cute the way it matches your towels perfectly! Very creative and clever, love it!

  5. Tammy, first I’m so happy you have joined this blog hop. Your talents are so welcomed. Your watercolor heart is so sweet. It’s the perfect compliment to your pretty towels. You’ve inspired me to use my paints more in a similar way. Pinned for future so I can follow your instructions.

    1. Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I’m so excited to be a part of this group. Super happy that you are inspired to try something like the watercolor heart. I hope that you have as much fun with them as I do!

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