Sunday, January 24, 2010

From the Dollar Store to Pretty Valentine Gift Box Giveaway


Last week our local dollar store had a stack of red foil heart boxes~

I loved their shape and $1 price,

but I didn't love their "shiny" red color.







I bought one anyway~ I knew that for a dollar, I could transform it into this pretty gift box.




I covered the top and bottom with old sheet music I bought for another $1 at an Estate Sale.

I forgot to get a picture before I started covering the box. Oops.





I painted the inside with pink craft paint. More interesting, don't you think, than the original plain white interior?





I love these old envelopes with the red stamps and strong black type.

Can you imagine sending a letter to Buffalo, New York without a street address?





Next a bit of pink crepe paper. Finished the top with a tea-stained flower and

a snippet of ribbon I had left over from another project.

If I add a hanger, the Valentine box could decorate my front door instead of a wreath. All for $2!!!!!!!


To see bargain other DIY projects and transformations see the links at the top of my sidebar.





Edited to become a Giveaway: Joy, one of my local blogger friends, suggested that I could make this Valentine Gift Box a Giveaway.

I think that is a good idea. If you would like to enter to win this Valentine box, just mention that you would in your comment. You can enter until Wednesday, January 27 at midnight. ENTRY IN GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

Remember to say " I want it" or... something else more creative to enter. And include a way that I can contact you when you win.

Also, my friend, Pam, from One Gal's Trash is having a giveaway. Hop on over to see how you can win.

If you want to become a follower, I would love that, but it doesn't get any extra chances.

107 comments:

  1. now that's a transformation to treasure if I've ever seen one! beautiful!!

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  2. Very pretty. I enjoy transforming things too! I did a couple that I had bought last year and also used the sheet music.
    Deb

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  3. ooooh lala ... you could do a give away .. mmmm
    yummy

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  4. It's beautiful and doesn't just scream "Valentines"...just love :)Love the way you did the ribbon!

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  5. I love it. What a great idea.
    So creative.

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  6. How very clever of you. It just gave me an idea...thanks:) (I especially love the musical notes against all the color.)

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  7. I say anything covered in sheet music is lovely! I love seeing inexpensive items be given a total transformation...this is a beauty! Would I love to win it? You bet!
    Joyce

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  8. Very Pretty! You did a great job. I have some heart shaped boxes I Had planned to do something with, but never did.

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  9. I WANT IT!!!!!!
    Oh, yes, sweet~ you've done an amazing job transforming that candy box!
    Did I mention that Valentine's day is my FAVE holiday EVER!?!?
    I would love that giveaway prize!
    OXOXO
    Christina

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  10. A beautiful transformation on the Dollar Tree box! And of course I would love to win it. Thanks for offering the giveaway.
    Jane

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  11. I saw those boxes too, but couldn't think what I'd do with one. Or when I'd have time :)

    Looks loverly, and I'd love to be put in a drawing to win!

    Glad you could Mi4M...

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  12. Love your little heart box and you've done a great job. I love the sheet music you've used.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. It is so pretty! I would love to win this!! Please enter me in the giveaway! I really love how this looks, great creative job!

    Linda @ A La Carte

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  14. that is absolutely amazing & sometimes the easiest projects turn out to be the most amazing things!

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  15. I love it! Thanks for linking up so I could see!

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  16. I love it! I want it! Not sure I can live without it! Can't wait to show you what I've been working on today...also a transformation project.
    xoxox
    Pam

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  17. I would love to receive your Valentine Box. Also what dollar store did you find these heart boxes? Thanks for a chance to win. Michle at michlemachala@gmail.com.

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  18. Sheet music is the best! Very pretty transformation.

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  19. I absolutely, positively, without a doubt, would scream and yell and jump up and down, "WANT IT"!!!
    XO
    Nancy
    fnhunter@cox.net

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  20. Very pretty, creative AND I WANT IT:) Great job!

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  21. Very pretty. I just love old sheet music. Perfect idea for gift giving or decorating.

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  22. Oh Sweetie...
    This box is just absolutely scrumptious. I love it and it is just perfect for love letters, or for homemade chocolates.

    The sheet music is just perfect to the tune of She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not. Especially with the little flower with petals on the box. So creative sweetie. I adore this little box.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. Any one of us will be so lucky.

    Have a beautiful day tomorrow sweetie. Please, pretty please add my name to the drawing. I need this box.

    Country hugs and much love, Sherry

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  23. It turned out very pretty. Now with that being said it would look gorgeous hanging on our front door. Yes ma'am I dearly would love to win this.

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  24. I wouldn't mind being your Valentine. ;-) Nice job on the $1 box, it really turned out so pretty.

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  25. I love your idea with a valentine heart box. Great job, it's just fabulous!

    Melissa

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  26. I Heart your heart box! : ) You really transformed that dollar store find. Love the sheet music and the flower!

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  27. I would LOVE to win that! I'm a heart nut..everything I buy turns out to be a heart! Very nice job.

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  28. Let's see... You said to ask for it in a creative way... Hmmmmm..

    You had a buck
    To get your muse unstuck..
    You bought a heart.
    Well, that's a start.
    It turned out fine...
    I so wish it were mine!!!

    How's that???? Hugs...

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  29. Oh yea, I want it! What a clever way to spend $2! Thanks for the chance to win! uffda_68787@yahoo.com

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  30. Hey Joan
    You are so clever... I really love the results... and yes I want it!!! It would most likely be my only Valentine gift this year.. haha here in Aussie land we don't give gifts to each other unless it is of the romantic nature... and there ain't no romance going on right now.. That's all she wrote.. xx Julie

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  31. Joan,
    Now that's clever! I love the idea and the use of music...love the old envelopes too. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Sharlotte

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  32. Dollar store, here I come!!! I have some original music my grandmother wrote when she was young, I think I'll copy it off, tea stain it and use it! You got my creative juices flowing!!Have a wonderful week and stop by sometime to visit me. I'd love to see you there!

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  33. Oh can it be
    That box is for me?
    I want it I'll say
    And you'll sent it my way.

    It is precious,
    Annette

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  34. Would be such a fun giveaway to receive this oh so pretty box! I love the use of the old paper and the flower is beautiful too!

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  35. So pretty and creative! I love to take things like this and remake them! I would love to win this!
    Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  36. Bravo, well done!
    I was all about the dollar store for my Christmas decor, so I see that I'm going to need to pay them a visit again this week for V-day, too.

    Oh yeah, I WANT IT!!! ;-)

    Have a great week!
    Anne

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  37. Love this!! You did a beautiful job!! All it needs is chocolate!!!!

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  38. What a marvelous little makeover. So lovely now. A perfect little giveaway. Those envelopes are awesome too. Blessings for your day. :) Tammy

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  39. Oh I love those envelopes!!! I was a "foreign student" in Buffalo 2 years ago...but I am originally from Romania. Great coincidence that the first time I'm visiting your blog I find this, hehe! Cute! :) But now that this happened (and also because you have an amazing blog) I will be back...

    Even though it was not intentional (how could it be) you managed to make my day by recalling so many lovely memories. Thanks, hugs, Erika

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  40. You did a great job on the box! Love it! I've tried to do similar projects but the paper never ever looks as good as your's does!

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  41. I heart sheet music and definitely want you to include my name in this giveaway! Thanks!! I am crafting with sheet music today too -- very cool! :)

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  42. I'm so glad Joy mentioned that to you!
    I think placing that beautiful heart on a door would be just dandy and I know JUST the door to put it on!
    Can you say Stone Meadow?
    I am always so impressed with your speediness in getting projects accomplished. I, on the other hand, spend too much time reading about you doing it.
    Enjoy the day!
    annie

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  43. LOVE IT! GOTTA HAVE IT!! IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT DECORATIONS ON MY DOOR!!

    Am I entered yet? =0))

    Blessings, and thanks

    barbara jean

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  44. So pretty and elegant! thank for linking to the party!
    Kaysi Keeping it Simple

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  45. How sweet and pretty. Great job of transforming.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Blessed Week,
    Sherry

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  46. Very cute. How did you cover the box? modge podge?
    Please enter me to win.
    kalleenk@hotmail.com

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  47. Very Clever!!!! A gorgeous make-over! Lovin' it!
    Rhonda

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  48. Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    If I don't win your lovely box
    I will be blue!

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    Sharon
    slw_kerr@yahoo.com

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  49. Totally want it! Love it.

    rebarice@gmail.com

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  50. So cute. I would love to have one!
    Thank you.
    sixtyfifthavenue@sbcglobal.net

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  51. I especially like the flower, and I've never seen those envelopes before. Very nice!

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  52. I love your Valentine box - I would love to try and make one, but then if I won yours then I wouldn't have to - but then I would have one for inspiration and be tempted to make more. Whatever, I wish I could win!

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  53. Of course I WANT IT...I'm not talented enough to make my own and it turned out darling!

    Sue

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  54. Glad I came back to your blog...
    I would love to have your altered heart box!!
    I WANT IT!!!
    Thanks :)
    Deb

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  55. You did wonders to that box. That looks fantastic!

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  56. Oh yes, this little box has become an object of my desire! Please enter me in your sweet giveaway.

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  57. Joan, that is beautiful! I saw those heart boxes too, but I sure didn't have such a great idea to change them up! Thanks for linking up, I would love to win!

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  58. Aw, those hearts came out so pretty! Love the old letters. :)

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  59. O.K... "I WANT IT!" Please do enter me into your giveaway drawing for this very pretty valentine box! Thank you! ~tina

    Email: bleighs8793@yahoo.com

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  60. me, me, me...jumping up and down...waving hands frantically... I Want it! :)

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  61. I'd LOVE to have one of those valentine boxes...SO creative!

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  62. of course I want it! I heart hearts!

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  63. So pretty and creative! I would love to have it!

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  64. What a beautiful transformation - and all for $2.00.

    I love that, and would love to win it. Please count me in.

    Blessings,

    Jo

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  65. Wow what a transformation. I love it!! I want to win it for sure!

    I am hosting a napkin ring giveaway on my blog stop on by to enter in http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2010/01/napkin-ring-giveaway.html

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  66. I "heart" it, I want it...hahaha

    Hugs..
    Sylvia

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  67. That pretty little box would have a loving home with me - please! Thank you for offering it as a giveaway!!

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  68. You are very talented my friend!
    This is such a pretty transformation...love it!!
    xOxO Nerina

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  69. You gotta love the good old dollar store! I love anything with sheet music on it, so.....I Want It!
    xo,
    Carol

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  70. I would feel like the luckiest girl in the world if I won!!!!

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  71. MINE, Mine, mine...& MINE! how was that for good measure :) I would love to have this beautiful lil heart box you created :) and I will become a follower for the simple reason that I really like your blog and your beautiful ideas :) besos, Rose

    ps..please visit my lil blog too if you ever get the chance :)

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  72. Cute & clever...
    When anything goes one can turn blah into beautiful.
    Charming ;-)

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  73. Very cute!!! First time here and I will come back to "look around " again...so now I follow! Nice to have another friend!
    ~Nancy

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  74. Your heart is just LOVELY! I NEED this heart for my twin daughters bedroom! I hope you pick me!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  75. Who WOULDN'T like to win that darling valentine's box! Please count me in!

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  76. Oh my gosh, I would love to be entered in your giveaway. It is awesome. Please add me in for your gift. Stop over at my blog, I am having a giveaway also.
    Debby

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  77. My kind of project! One of my resolutions this year was to make stuff out of all the stuff I hoard- or else sell the parts and pieces. So, I have been selling some pieces, but also making lots of stuff and having a BLAST!

    Where do you get your crepe paper or do you fold it like that yourself?

    Great work.

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  78. This is awesome!! I want it!!:)
    laura gerencser at roadrunner dot com

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  79. I want it!! Wow, you have a creative gift, lady!! REally nice. Looks Etsy style!!
    Thanks.
    Margaret
    dotsonhotpads@gmail.com

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  80. Oh How I wish I had your creative talent. This turned out so beautiful..what a neat idea
    Thanks for sharing
    Maggie

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  81. I'm at the bottom of a long list but I still want it :-)

    Darla

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  82. It looks fantastic! I love the sheet music look.

    Thanks for taking part in Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family! Don't forget to come back next week!

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  83. I'd love to win "your" heart! I'd place it on my piano where piano students would ooooh and aaaaah over it :)

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  84. That turned out so very cute!
    simplydesigning@gmail.com

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  85. Ahhhh, you have the eye for possibilities - and the talent to make them happen. Lovely piece. How could you bear to give it away?

    Why don't you come on over to my blog and visit a while

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  86. This is so pretty! Nice work!

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  87. It's so romantic! I loooove the sheet music!!

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  88. It's beautiful--thanks so much for linking up!

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  89. Cute and much better than you found it. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  90. I love it!!!

    How beautiful is that box?!?!?!

    You make a dollar look gooooood!!!!!

    I am totally digging the tea stained flower as well!

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  91. That is so pretty!! I just love the $ store!

    Thanks for joining my party Get your craft on Thurs. I hope you join me next week. Mr. Linky disappeared for a while tonight I thought I lost all of my guest, but it finally came back. I will not be using Mr. Linky anymore!

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  92. How pretty! What a clever idea. Thank you for sharing it with us today.

    ~ Tracy

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  93. I love this, sorry I missed the give away :( but wondered if you could let me know how you tea stained the flower? Thanks

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  94. I love that you covered them with old sheet music! What a transformation!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my "Make it Yours" party!

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  95. This is gorgeous! Love the sheet music, flower and letters! Simply beautiful.

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  96. Thanks for linking up to my blog hop. Nice blog! I'll be back.

    Michelle
    www.TrashToTreasureDecorating.com

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  97. I always love your whimsy style.

    AND just an FYI -- I have a give-a-way starting tonight.

    Cheri

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  98. wow! great item for giveaway and I miss the train! still you emblished the pretties box!.. thanks for sharing..

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