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How to upcycle a Dollar Tree wood shape

Well, I finally did it! I broke down and bought some wood cut out shapes at my local Dollar Tree store. I didn’t have super high hopes of making something awesome with it, but I was willing to give it a try! I was truly amazed at what a little paint, some ribbon and Chalk Couture supplies can do! I think you will be too!

This wood ornament shape was just screaming for an updo, don’t you think?

Here’s the before and after pic… keep reading to find out how I did it!

Supplies needed:

Here are a list of supplies you’ll need to upcycle your wood shape into this pretty holiday door hanger:

  • Wood ornament shape from The Dollar Tree (or your favorite craft store)
  • Paint (use whatever you have – chalk, acrylic – even stain!)
  • Ribbon to make a bow (or purchase a pre-made one – I won’t tell!)
  • Artificial florals ( grab them from the dollar store, too!)
  • Your favorite Chalk Couture transfer, your choice of Chalkpaste colors (I used Shimmer Black and Candy Apple Red) and a squeegee
  • Hot glue gun

How to transform your wood shape:

  1. First, paint the wood shape. These tags are pretty dry and soak up the paint pretty quickly, so drying time is quick! Once it’s dry to the touch you can go to the next step.
  2. Either make your bow (I like making a 6 loop bow for this size project, but use what you like best!) or grab the pre-made bow you bought. Arrange the bow and the artificial greens to the top of the wood shape to get a sense of where your Chalk Couture transfer will go. Hold off glueing it in place until you’ve taken the next step.

Here’s what mine looked like at this point:

3. Now it’s time to chalk on your saying! This is truly the easiest part! Just lay your transfer on the painted wood surface, with the adhesive side down. Make sure you smooth out any air bubbles so you’ll have a nice clean transfer of the design. Then, dip your squeegee into the paste jar, loading it up so you have enough to spread over the design. Squeegee off any excess paste, returning it back to the jar to be used for another day. Carefully peel back your transfer and place aside. (You can wash it up with water and re-use for another project!)

4. Once your chalkpaste is dry (it takes just a few minutes!), you’re ready to attach your bow and greens. Feel free to add other embellishments (like this cute mitten I chalked and stuffed) if you’d like.

That’s it! Easy peasy!

Here’s how it turned out:

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you’d like more ideas and project inspirations, be sure to follow me on Facebook, IG or Pinterest!

If you’d like to learn more about Chalk Couture, purchase products or even learn about becoming a designer, please feel free to message me! I’d be happy to help you!

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