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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mercury Glass Birds at Dollar Tree?



This weekend, Ashley (in the middle) and I went to see Crystal for the weekend. Ashley is going to be a foreign exchange student in Japan for 5 months and this was Ashley's final time to see Crystal before she leaves. ( I can't figure out, my hair is so messy in every picture..I probably need to use a comb next time, before pictures are taken!)

We try to fit in a craft project or two in between shopping and so we made a trip to Dollar Tree.
Have you seen these birds that they have?


They really are cute just the way they are...


But I wanted to change them up.


So why not turn the into mercury glass birds?


First step, we gave each bird a base coat of Precious Metals but really you could use regular silver craft paint.


And then we laid on the silver leafing (I had this left over from when we guilded gourds.)


And here they are done..



I don't think anyone would ever think they came from Dollar Tree!



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43 comments:

Patricia said...

Beautiful!!!

Beth said...

How cute!

Patti said...

I like how these turned out...they look so expensive!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Birds are certainly all the rage lately and yours look terrific.

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

LOVE what you did to those birds - I bought one of them and just might have to try this.

Good luck to Ashley in Japan.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

They turned out very pretty. Thanks for sharing. I have not seen those birds at the DT I go to, but then I have not been in while.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

these are fantastic! they turned out sooo pretty!

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

Gorgeous! I want some!

beckaboots said...

I'm going to have to see if I can find these at my dollar tree! So cute!

Shaunna said...

They are absolutely PRECIOUS! Found you through diy showoff...so glad I did! I'm definitely going out and getting some of those cuties. :)

Linda said...

I bought one of these the other day and I luv what you did with yours...maybe I will be a copycat...hope you don't mind! Come by and show them off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party:)

Blessings,
Linda

ashley morgan said...

Very cool! It makes me want to try silver leafing.

The DIY Show Off said...

They look like the real thing! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade. :)

Roeshel

Ann said...

Wow! I have seen those birds and liked them a lot, but I really, really like what ya'll did to them. They are adorable!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Too cute! I saw those little birds on my last trip to DT...they looked perfect for a great project like this!
Michelle

My Cozy Cubby said...

Cute! Cute! Dollar Tree?! Who knew!

Pamela

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great Idea!! You make me want to go the the Dollar Tree with you!! I found you from Make it for Monday. I am your newest follower!!! I can't wait to see what you do next!
Bonnie
http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com

Red Couch Recipes said...

Love your birds and I hope my Dollar Tree has them. Joni

Jessi said...

I must get these birds! All the Dollar Trees are going to be wiped out soon. ha! Love your metallic versions.

Tardevil said...

I didn't even see those birds in my DT, but mine had the ugly ones everyone is re-purposing in Blogland. Yours turned out great!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Those are GORGEOUS!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Adorable! I LOVE dollar tree...and there is one right around the corner. thank goodness it isn't Hundred Dollar Tree!
Cass

Dining Delight said...

You really dressed up those birdies! They turned out wonderfully and look so elegant beside your pillar candle holders. Hope you had fun with Ashley before she leaves - my daughter, "Ashley" went to Japan for a little exchange trip a few years back - she loved it!

DD

"m" said...

SoSo cute! Love mercury glass, and you did a great job!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a super idea. I love it. This is so pretty. I bought some of those birds, I will have to give this a try. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

northern cottage said...

love, love, lovely! These are cute before but they are Stunning after - well done!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

You are right, they were cute before but now they are fabulous! I love the idea and have some silver leaf, I'm definitely going to give this a go. Love it!

Cheers!
Tina

Ally said...

Super cute! I love them!

The Persimmon Perch said...

Wow! What a change! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Laura said...

I would have never known they were just a dollar. Love them!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Wow. The transformation is impressive!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I would never guess those came from the dollar tree!! You did a great job transforming them!

Gretchen said...

I love the way your Dollar Tree birds look. I actually like them better than I do the Mercury ones.

I'm stealing this great idea for sure.

Hugs, Gretchen

Nichole said...

I had to leave a comment because I see you're from SD, so am I! :o) I rarely run across another blogger from SD!

Love your birds...very nice! I just bought the same bird last time I was in SF.

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

These are awesome! I got some of those lil' birds too!


Blessings, Grace

Tina said...

My favorite bird make-over that I've seen in some time.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great project! You are a clever and crafty girl. Happy Spring!

Kim said...

Very cute! I tried this with just silver paint and they aren't as nice.

Stephanie Lynn said...

Very cute you did a great job! I love mercury glass!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Great idea!

Infarrantly Creative said...

I haven't seen them done like that. I really like it. I might have to try some for my bathroom that is blue and silver! Thanks for the inspiration.

Staci K. said...

I painted my birds like this too try to get that effect - it was an epic fail. I ended up painting them white instead. Yours are gorgeous!! The silver leaf makes them look so expensive!

Jess @ Just a Blink said...

Classy! I saw those birds at the store too. I had them in my hands to buy but I ended up going a different direction for my $5 challenge entry.

I love the mercury glass craze.

Nicely done.

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