How to Turn Dollar Tree Items Into a Cute Vintage Craft Scale

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If you're a fan of vintage farmhouse style, you know that finding the perfect decor pieces can be a challenge - and an expensive one at that. But what if I told you that you could create an adorable vintage kitchen scale, made entirely from pieces from the Dollar Tree.

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This project is easy, inexpensive, and perfect for anyone who loves a good vintage craft. So, let's get started and create a unique piece of old-world decor that will add charm and character to any room!

Clear, square plastic container

1. Gather Materials

Next time you're at Dollar Tree, grab one of those square clear plastic containers.

Two small wooden candle holders sitting on top of a clear plastic cube

Two wooden candle holders.

Clear, round plastic garden dish

A round garden dish.

Silver and white plastic wedding plates

And some of these silver and white plates from the wedding aisle. 

You will also need the following:

• Appliance epoxy spray paint

• Gray chalk paint 

• Gray and black acrylic paint 

• Metallic spray paint 

• Dune grass paint 

• Stencil pouncer 

• Mod Podge, and 

• A printed vintage scale face

These items are all easy to find at your local Dollar Tree or craft store and will cost you only a few dollars in total. With these supplies in hand, you'll be ready to create your very own vintage scale décor piece.

Glue the wooden candle holders onto the bottom of the clear plastic container

2. Building the Base of the Scale

To build the base of the scale, begin by placing the wooden Dollar Tree candle holders on top of the bottom of the clear square container. Use a bit of E6000 to secure them into place, then let them dry. 

Glue the garden dish onto the two wooden candle holders

Next, glue the round garden dish with E6000 on top of the candle holders, and let it fully dry.

Spray paint the scale with appliance epoxy

3. Painting the Scale

Once the base is dry, it's time to paint the scale. Begin by spray painting the entire scale with a coat of appliance epoxy spray paint. 

Glue the silver and white plastic plate to the front of the scale

4. Apply the faux scale face

The next step is to glue one of the wedding plates onto the front of the epoxy-covered scale using E6000 glue.

Spray paint the whole scale with grey chalk paint

5. Adding the Faux Galvanized Look

To give the look of galvanized metal, start by spraying the whole scale with gray chalk paint. 

Texturize the sides of the faux vintage craft scale

Now you need to come in with some gray acrylic paint and use a foam brush to give it texture on the sides.

Add black craft paint to the sides of the scale

Also, work in some black for definition. 

Vintage scale décor

Now, add some metallic spray paint to the scale.

Metal painting techniques

Dry brush the piece with white paint.

Vintage crafts

To brighten up the bottom of the scale, use muted green paint and a sponge to lightly pat a layer over the top of the base.

DIY faux Galvanized metal vintage scale

Next, grab a stencil brush and pounce on some shimmery silver metallic paint on the top garden dish. 

Cut out the print of a vintage scale face

6. Adding the Scale Face

Print off a vintage scale face and cut it out. 

More Vintage Upcycling

For more ideas, check out this brilliant faux apothecary jar tutorial.


Stick the print of the scale face to the front dish with Mod Podge

Use Mod Podge to glue the scale face to the front of the scale. Apply Mod Podge over the top to seal it in and ensure that there are no air bubbles. 

Tip: For easier application of the print, you can remove the plate from the front of the scale, apply the print, and then glue the plate back to where it was originally placed.


Farmhouse scale décor

Vintage craft scale tutorial

And there you have it, a beautiful vintage scale that looks like it came straight out of an antique shop, all for just $5! 

This is an affordable and fun DIY project that adds a touch of farmhouse charm to your kitchen decor. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it has inspired you to get creative with plastic pieces from Dollar Tree. Don’t forget to share your finished project with us in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, and happy crafting!

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