These cute little Dollar Tree signs are a cinch to make, and they’re the perfect size for tiered tray decorating or tabletop decor.
Okay, so Handan told me something the other day on our daily walk that I had a really hard time swallowing.
I mean, c’mon!
(but i checked when we got home, and she was totally right!)
So apparently (my babes was telling me) the new huge thing (among certain people) is to take those tiered stands that seem to be all the rage these days and decorate the bejeezus out of them with all sorts of miniature signs and figures and doodads and doohickeys.
She told me that some people no longer decorate their houses for the holidays. Instead, they pour all of their creativity and effort into decorating something that was meant to hold cupcakes and croissants.
I tried to picture these adults adorning their trays with little gnomes and cutesy phrases and *gulp* miniature rolling pins??
What in the Sam Hill has become of the world?
I snorted and barked out a laugh and congratulated my babes for having the common sense not to give in to the urge to relive her Barbie days in our kitchen just because it’s fashionable.
She didn’t respond, so I glanced at her.
She was looking at me.
“I ordered a tiered tray from Walmart yesterday, my babes,” she said.
“I also ordered some mini rolling pins.”
“You’re going to make some little tiered tray scenes for me.”
I looked this wife up and down and wondered if I could trade her in for a newer model. She seemed defective.
Now, madam, you could be forgiven for thinking right now that this post is going to about those tiered trays and the ridiculous mini rolling pins.
Nope, this post is about some of the little things you can put on a tiered tray. See, Dollar Tree sells these table decor boxes with cornball generic farmhouse sayings on them.
Farm to Table!
You get my drift. As if everyone is out back working an acre of land and tossing the bounty through the kitchen window onto a dinner plate.
Anyway, my babes made whole slew of pint-sized printables to fit in those little 3-D frames.
But the fun doesn’t stop with tiered trays!
You can plop these puppies on a shelf or just leave them strewn about your counterspace.
The choice is yours, madam!
And here’s the great thing about these little Dollar Tree Signs – since the sign part (that’s the printable) is only held on with 4 dots of hot glue, you can swap them out each season for other totally awesome and non-generic printables that Handan will be making in the future!
Now that’s a whole lotta bang for your buck!
DIY Dollar Tree Signs
First I needed to get the backing off. I found it was easiest to push with my thumbs until the top part gave with a *snap*.
From here I was able to gently pull some off with my hands.
Others had more glue and required a putty knife to work the backing off.
Either way, removing the backs is an easy job.
I used the putty knife to remove any excess glue and wood splinters left around the edges that might otherwise be seen.
To get rid of the tractor and other parts sticking up above the box, I used a straightedge and a razor to score the wood along the top of the square backing.
And then I snapped along the score line.
I turned it over and bent the other way, and the tractor came right off. Some others had more stringy wood, and I was cutting against the grain, so I simply flipped it over, laid the ruler on the back, and cut from the backside.
This one looks good. Let’s cut it out!
I used a glue stick to adhere the printable cut-out to the backing.
One dot of hot glue in each corner is more than enough to hold the printable and backing in place. It also makes it easier to swap them out for new printables in the future.
Press until the glue sets.
And that’s it! It couldn’t be easier!
Well, I suppose it could be easier. I know! Get your S.O. to do it for you! That’d be easier, wouldn’t it? It’s high time you put up your feet and had a glass of wine!
And just in case these dinky shadow-box wannabes are too small for your taste, you can upsize them, like we did these 6 x 6 Dollar Tree frames. I just sprayed painted them white first, added 6 x 6 printables and then used ribbon and hot glue to make a hanging display.
I used another loop of ribbon to make a hanger.
Oh, I almost forgot! Here’s the
tired tiered tray display I made for my babes.
You may be wondering where the ridiculous mini rolling pins are.
Well, madam, I assure you they were in the kitchen as I took these photos. In fact, they were in a bag just out of the camera’s frame. I just couldn’t bring myself to add one to the scene.
I have standards, you know!
Anyway, my babes tells me I’ll be decorating more of these tiered trays in the future.
She also insists I’ll be using those absurd mini rolling pins because she’ll be giving our free SVGs for them.
Oh, the humanity…
dollar tree sign printables
As usual, here is some information on today’s free printables: we designed these 12 sets of free printable Christmas signs in two formats – JPEG and PDF. The PDFs can be printed on 8.5×11 size paper and have (4) 3.5×3.5 inch signs on each page. The JPEGs are prepared as 12×12 inch, but they are high resolution, so they can be scaled up or down as necessary to any square size. If you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them on your home printer, then please check out Handan’s “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post.
Note: If you don’t have a large format printer like the Canon i8720 Printer (prints up to 13×19 inches) and are wondering the best place to get these large printables printed bigger than 8×12, we recommend trying Staples in your area or Amazon print shop. Both stores offer custom-sized prints on matte or glossy paper, and they both cost about the same. Staples also offers Engineering Prints, which are really affordable for large-format prints, but in some areas (like ours), they must be ordered from their online print shop.
Now it’s time to click on the button below to download the free printable Christmas signs – You’ll find these free printable Christmas signs under the “Christmas” section of The VIP Patch!
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