4 Creative Ways to Use Dollar Tree Caulk to Make Decor

I wanted to show you creative ways to use Dollar Tree caulk to create awesome DIY projects. I think spackle is a great medium to use while crafting. It adds texture, depth, and personality to what would normally be a bland piece. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I hope it gives you some ideas.

Stenciling project

We are going to start off with caulking or spackling. The stencils came in a huge pack on Amazon and they were very inexpensive. The stencils just have to be thick enough so the spackle can go over it without bending it. The details of the stencil will be slightly raised.

Taping the stencil to the wood

1. Tape stencil to wood

Take the piece of wood and tape the stencil to the wood. We do not want this stencil moving around.

Spreading the caulk

2. Spread caulk

Use a plastic putty knife to spread the caulk over the stencil. This putty knife comes from Dollar Tree. I am using it to smooth the caulk over the stencil. The stencils are thick enough to handle the caulk and they don't bend or move around. You want to coat enough of it so you don’t see the stencil outline under it.  

Smoothing out the caulk

3. Smooth it out

I’m smoothing the caulk over my stencil and you can’t see the outline of the stencil anywhere. 

Peeling back the stencil

4. Peel the stencil

While this is still wet, you’re going to slowly peel the stencil off the wood.

DIY Dollar Tree caulk art

It looks absolutely beautiful. You’re going to let that stay so it can completely harden up.

6. Clean up

Run these stencils and your tools under warm water and they will be good as new again. 

Sunflower stencil

Here’s another stencil I did with the caulk. It is so satisfying. Look at this pretty sunflower.

Painting the caulk design

7. Paint

Here’s the first painting technique. I painted the piggy stencil in all-black chalk paint. I’m using my chippy brush to get into all the nooks and crannies of the spackle. 

Waxing the caulk design

8. Wax it

Once it dries, I’m going to grab white DIY wax and lightly brush it over the wood. The little pig will come to life. The outline comes out so crisp. 

Painting the sunflower

Painting inside the sunflower

For the sunflower, I’m painting over the piece of wood with a paint called Sandstorm by Waverly. I’m making that the base color.

Painting the inside of the sunflower

I painted in the lines of the sunflower. It’s a great project for kids to teach them how to stay in the lines while they are painting. 

Painting the sunflower petals yellow

I used Moon Yellow by Folk Art to paint the petals.

Texturizing a sign with spackle

You can take a sign and bring it up to a high-end look.

Spackling the surface of a pumpkin sign

1. Spackle the surface

Smooth the spackle over a wood sign. Cover the entire surface with spackle. You are not making a design yet. You just want coverage. Use the putty knife.

Adding detail to the spackle

2. Detail the spackle

Use the putty knife to make “carvings” on the surface. Here I’m carving the pumpkin but you can do this with a Christmas tree or Easter egg. Go around the stem and the rest of the pumpkin and make some designs.

Adding details to the caulk design

3. Stem design

I put some lines on the stem to make it look real. Let it dry.

Painting over the caulk

4. Paint the body

I took Skeleton Key by DIY Paint and used a paintbrush to coat the surface. The texture still comes through.

Painting the stem of the pumpkin

5. Paint the stem

I then painted the stem with brown paint. 

DIY Dollar Tree decor with caulk

6. Wax it

I waxed over the paint to make it more textured and to give the paint a high-end look. This technique looks great on a sign with wording or on just a plain wood piece.

Canvas spackle project

You can paint canvas with spackle! Watch how I create a design. But you can do anything with spackle on canvas. You can even stencil over the spackle and then paint it. 

Covering canvas with spackle

1. Cover the canvas

Spackle over the canvas using the putty knife. Smear it all over and let it harden up. Or, you can do designs in the spackle without letting it harden up.

Smoothing out the spackle

2. Smooth it out

Smooth the spackle out on the canvas. I used a good amount on the canvas. While it’s still wet, I made it very smooth.

Using a comb tool to create a design

3. Comb a design

I used a comb tool to create a rainbow in the smooth, but still somewhat wet spackle. 

Painting over the spackle

4. Paint the spackle

I painted the entire canvas with cashew-colored paint as a base. Then I will add more color.

Adding details with paint

5. Add details with paint

I painted lines with Truffle by Waverly. I painted different lines with different colors. 

Embellishing with paper flowers

6. Embellish

I found little paper flowers that I hot glued to the canvas to jazz up the design. 

DIY fall decor with Dollar Tree items

This is a great, cute fall piece to add next to an autumn pumpkin. It has a very boho vibe.

Spackle a container project

Spackling a container

1. Spackle a container

Wear rubber gloves and use your hands to cover the entire flower pot with a thick coating of spackle. This didn’t really work out all that well, but I do like the method. 

Adding detail and patterns with a tool

2. Add detail

Let it set for about an hour so the spackle hardens up a bit but it’s still soft enough for you to make little indents. Add little details or divots into the spackle using the end of a brush or some other type of rounded tool. I’m going for a hammered copper pot look.

Spray painting the container

3. Spray paint

I used Rustoleum to spray the pot. The spackle absorbed the paint. You can see all the texture and cracking. It didn’t turn out like I expected, though! It’s a little rough around the edges.

Creative ways to use Dollar Tree caulk

Okay, not the best, but maybe it takes some practice to make it look better. But I thought I’d share the process. It looks pretty bad in person!

Creative ways to use Dollar Tree caulk

Thank you for joining me to see these spackle experiments. Dollar Tree caulk can be a great craft medium but you may need to experiment with the look. I think the wood signs and the canvas spackle art are easy and fun to make and can be great gifts.

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