DIY Retro Deer Christmas Candles with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge

DIY Retro Deer Christmas Candle with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge

We whipped up these easy DIY retro inspired candles with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge!  Craft Attitude is a printable film than can be applied to tons and tons of surfaces.  Here we used them on Dollar Store Candles.  The deer clip art is from on of my favorite sources….. The Graphics Fairy.  The diamond mesh trim is from my party supply shop and the velvet holly leaves are from my craft supply shop.



graphics fairy craft attitude

Choose your image and adjust the size if needed.

This deer came from The Graphics Fairy.

print and trim vinatge deer clipart

Print onto Craft Attitude and trim around the image leaving a small border.

mod podge dollar store candle

Clean a glass candle and dry.  Gather Mod Podge Gloss and Sparkle.

apply a thin coat of mod podge to glass candle

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the glass candle.

remove image from backer sheet

Remove the image from the backing sheet.  Try not to touch it too much.

apply craft attitude to the project

Apply the image to the candle in the Mod Podged areas.  Top-coat with Mod Podge if desired.  Continue adding deer around the entire candle.

add highlights with glitter mod podge

Add Glitter highlights with Sparkle Mod Podge.

add mod podge to the base of the candle

Apply Mod Podge to the base and sprinkle “snow” glitter into the Mod Podge.

glue trims

Glue trims and embellishments to the top.

vintage deer clipart close upAdd gems to the deer!

DIY Retro Deer Christmas Candle with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge

For more project ideas using Craft Attitude visit the links below!


Make a Ghostly Candy Bowl with Cheese Cloth and Mod Podge

candy corn halloween bowl cheese cloth

This ghostly candy bowl began as a plastic bowl from the dollar store. The cheese cloth is attached with Mod Podge – it dries fast so you can make this last minute with awesome results!

What you need….
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 16 oz.
Foam paintbrush
Large clear plastic bowl
Cheesecloth – 2 yards
Hot glue
Ornament balls
Paper flowers


1. Place the bowl upside down on a tall sturdy object so it is about 5” from your work surface. Coat the outside of the bowl with a thick layer of Mod Podge.

2. Cut the cheesecloth into 5 pieces; place the pieces in the Mod Podge on the bowl. (let the pieces hand over the edge in a ghostly manor) Add more Mod Podge to the cheesecloth until it is completely glued to the bowl. Allow to dry.

3. Using hot glue attach lace, feathers, balls, flowers, etc. to the edge of the bowl. Fill with candy.

Dollar Store Halloween Candle Makeover with Mod Podge and Paper Napkins

mod podge skull candle makeover

We love making over dollar store items and this skull candle blends both a 7-day candle and party napkins from the dollar store.  Project Tip: Napkins become transparent when Mod Podged so choose your background papers wisely.

What you will need:
Mod Podge ® 3 Piece Silicone Finger Caps
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Glass candle
Scrapbook paper
Foam paintbrush
Halloween paper napkins
Hot glue
Burlap scrap


1. Cut a strip of scrapbook paper to fit around the candleholder. Tear the top edge for a distressed look. Apply Mod Podge Gloss to the back, position onto the candleholder, smooth with your fingers, Allow to dry. Top-coat with more Mod Podge if desired.

2. Cut a motif from a Halloween napkin. Mod Podge over the first paper in the same fashion as step 1. Allow to dry.

3. Hot glue a scrap of burlap around the base.

Project Tip: Napkins become transparent when Mod Podged so choose your background papers wisely.

Dollar Frame Makeover with Mod Melt Crowns

Oh La La ~ We love making over dollar frames! Over the years we have painted them, Mod Podged them and even thumb-tacked them.  Now we are Mod Melting them with gold crowns and rhinestones.

To get the shabby look ~ paint the frame with White craft paint.  Dry-brush paint the frame with a Robin’s Egg Blue paint.  Using a loose bristle coarse paintbrush, paint a few highlighted spots with gold craft paint.

Make a handful of Mod Melt crowns.  Paint the crowns with Gold craft paint.  (We like FolkArt paint).  If needed seal the Mod Melt with a coat of Mod Podge Gloss, Matte or Sparkle depending on the look you like.

Glue the Mod Melt crowns and rhinestones to the frame.  Glue a funky trim around the outer edge of the frame.

DIY Teacher Gift: Mod Podged Hand Sanitizer

altered hand sanitizer teacher gift
DIY Holiday Gifts for Teachers: Altered Hand Sanitizer

This project we designed with our new Mod Podge Papers and Podgeable Snowflakes.  (Available at most Michaels Craft Stores.) Check out our page at Plaid to view all our Mod Podge projects.

What you need: 
Mod Podge Holiday Papers or holiday themed scrapbook papers
Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
Mod Podge ® Hard Coat, 8 oz.
Foam paintbrush
Mod Podge Podgeable Snowflake or other snowflake shape embellishment
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun HelpersHot Glue


1. Trim holiday paper to fit the front of the hand sanitizer. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the paper and position on the bottle. Smooth any air bubbles with your fingers. Wait 15 min. and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Layer small cut-outs

2. Trace the snowflake shape onto holiday themed papers. Cut out the shape. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the paper and position on the back of the snowflake Podgeable shape. Smooth any air bubbles with your fingers. Wait 15 min. and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.

3. Hot glue rhinestones to the bottle and to the snowflake. Thread a ribbon through the hole on the snowflake and tie onto the bottle. Add twine around the neck of the bottles.

PROJECT TIP: Use markers, paint or stickers to add a teach name or school year.

altered hand sanitizer teacher gift

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Happy Holidays!
Cathie and Steve

Dollar Store Makeover: Glitter Deer

Have you seen the cute glitter deer at the dollar store?  Mine had gold and silver ones – only a buck each.  I hot glued some velvet leaves {{from my supply shop}}, some gold velvet ribbon and a bunch of buttons from my button stash around the neck.  I made a few deer to match the new stockings I made this year.  Have a look here to see the new stockings.

These are the velvet leaves.  Visit the shop here.

Happy Holidays and Dollar Store Hunting!
XO – Cathie

Make it: New Years Eve Party Hats

new years eve party tiara craft

You can custom make your own New Year’s Eve party hats with a few simple supplies and some basic hats from the dollar store. I found several different varieties for altering. Happy New Year!

FolkArt paint – silver anniversary 506
FolkArt Extreme Glitter – silver
Mod Podge matte
Dollar store party hats – cardboard
Foam paintbrush
Scrapbook papers
Hoot glue
Feathers and feather trim
Chipboard shapes
Silk flowers


1. Begin with dollar store party hats. Disassemble the hats.

2. To make a glitter hat, paint the hat with the silver anniversary paint. Next, topcoat with three layers of silver extreme glitter. Once dry reassemble the hat.

3. To make a Mop Podge hat, trace the hat shape onto the back of a piece of scrapbook paper. Trim the paper. Apply mod podge to the back of the paper and position onto the cardboard hat. Use you fingers to press out any air bubbles. Apply Mod Podge to the front of the paper if desired.

4. Decorate: Using hot glue, add feather trims, decorative trims and loose feathers to the hats. Add chipboard shapes or rhinestones letters to the hats. Hot glue silk flowers to the hats.