Welcome! Dollar Tree Garland


Yikes, I have to use the last of my Dollar Tree shells, because I ordered a case of 36  more bags and they will be here any day now.  I get a case of shells at a time because I make a lot of beachy stuff!  Since it is shipped to my local store it’s free shipping.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADollar Tree has little rolls of bright colored raffia ribbon so I picked up some rolls this weekend.  I had been wondering if the idea for a Welcome Garland would be as cute on the door as it was in my head.  LOL

I make an “appointment” to spend an hour every month drilling holes in the shells with my Dremel and a brand new masonry drill bit. When the hour is up, and I have a drawer full of drilled shells……until the drawer is empty and it is time to fill it up again.  I do not look forward to drilling the holes, but it is better than going to the dentist! It takes about 10-15 seconds to make the hole if you have a fresh drill bit.

I use the drilled shells in my beachy valances, chandeliers, dream catchers, and Christmas ornaments.

I harvest font from magazines and decoupaged  the alphabet letters in vibrant summer colors.  I used little wooden beads on the end of the raffia so it wouldn’t slip through the hole in the shell.


This little garland is whimsical and a little sassy just like I hoped it would be!  I tucked the ends of the raffia into the large bead and used glue so the loop will not come undone.


Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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