Decorating on a Budget: Give Dollar Tree Products an Makeover

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I really enjoy decorating and crafting. Combining these two is a great way to create unique pieces and save money at the same time! Every time I visit department stores such as TjMaxx, Pier1, and atHome, I find many decor products for our home. However, it can easily be very expensive just by buying two or three products alone! It is very tempting to buy everything because many store are carrying more and more farmhouse style products which is my biggest weakness. I am all about not breaking our monthly budget and enjoy things in life at the same time. That’s why my goal is to always find new ways to save money without going over our budget. This is the reason why I decided to start a new blog series called “Decorating on a Budget” to share with you different ways to transform products into expensive looking pieces.

Decorating on a Budget: Give Dollar Tree Products an Makeover

The first post in this series is about giving basic Dollar Tree items an makeover. There are many decorating items at Dollar Tree but most of the time they sell the same products or they tend to look too cheap. However, this is necessarily not a problem! In this post I will show you how to transform Dollar Tree frames into expensive and unique looking decor pieces.

What you need:

TIPS: You can purchase the Martha Stewart paint at Michael’s and use a 40% off coupon to save more money! That’s what I always do! 

Decorating on a Budget: Give Dollar Tree Products an Makeover

 

Decorating on a Budget: Give Dollar Tree Products an Makeover

 

Instructions:

  1. Start of by removing the backside, glass etc. from the frame.
  2. Paint the frame with any color you want. I used the color “Cloud” by Martha Stewards’s product Satin Acrylic Craft Paint. There are 78 other colors available!
  3. Let the paint dry for at least an hour before adding the second coat.
  4. Place the backside of the frame on the white poster board to outline and cut the background for the frame.
  5. Use any wall stickers from the Dollar Tree and place them however you want on the white paper board.
  6. Place the glass back on frame, add your new white background with the stickers you have chosen, and lastly, place the backside of the frame and seal back the frame.
  7. DONE!

This project is so easy to make and the only thing that is time consuming is the painting because you have to wait for a while between each coat. Also, I only spent around six dollars for both projects. Lastly, the best part is you cannot tell the that this project was made by using almost only Dollar Tree products.

 

What do you think about the frames? Do you want to see more of this type of series on the blog? Please leave a comment below! Your opinion is very valuable to me! Thank you!

 

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Fall Decor: Five Dollar Tree DIY Ideas + Decor Tips on a Budget

Fall and winter are my two favorite seasons of the year. I was born in Sweden and didn’t really enjoy the summer. However, I live in Georgia now and the summer can be a torture! Our apartment place have a pool, so it makes it a lot easier to deal with the heat.  The summer is pretty much over any moment now and fall is almost at our door step. I visited Michaels and Hobby Lobby last week and I was really happy to see the fall decor. To my surprise, I saw Christmas items as well! It’s so tempting to buy… But I am patiently waiting until the last week of November before planning the Christmas decoration for this year.

Me and my lovely husband live in a one bedroom apartment and we don’t have a lot of space to decorate. Even though it’s a challenge, it doesn’t stop me from buying more decorations and switch them out for different seasons. If you are in the same situation, make sure to invest in a few clear bins to store your decorations for all four seasons. With that being said, I dumped all of our summer decorations in a bin and started to decorate the apartment with our new fall decor. In this post I will share with you a few of those items. I still need to visit a few more stores and work on more projects because my fall decor is not complete yet. I will of course share them with you once I’ve put them together! Let’s get started…

 

Fall Decor DIY Dollar Tree

 

Candleholder

Candleholder

I bought candleholders from the Dollar Tree that I thought would fit perfectly for my fall decoration. I tried to find the candleholder on Dollar Tree’s website but had no luck. The original candle holder is black. I decided to use chalk paint to cover the black color and used sand paper to give it more of a aged look. You can find chalk paint both at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby and the prices range from 2 to 4 dollars. Very inexpensive! Also, you can purchase sand paper (36 sheets!) from the Dollar Tree. Once the color was fully dried, I used the sand paper to buff some of the edges off. Easy! I decided to put mini pumpkin decorations above the candleholders. You can pretty much place what ever you want on top of the candleholder!

Products mentioned:

Estimated cost: 3 dollar

Flowers

Fall Decor Flowers

One way I love to save money is to reuse some of the items I already have. The vase on the picture above is from the Dollar Tree. I used it both for my winter and summer flowers. I picked two different color of flowers and mixed them together. One is more of a yellow color and the other is orange. I bought four total, which cost me 4 dollars. I also bought a door hanger from the fall decor section at the Dollar Tree and put it in the center of the flowers. This project cost me 5 dollars total!

Products mentioned:

  • Flowers
  • The door hanger is not available on their website

Estimated cost: 5 dollars

Lantern

Fall Decor Lantern DIY

Dollar Tree Lantern

I bought one LED lantern from the Dollar Tree as well (not available on their website anymore) and used the same chalk paint to cover the black color. This gave the lantern a more realistic look and less “plastic”. I also used sand paper to buff some of the edges to make it more distressed. Afterwards, I removed the handle and the LED candle on the inside. I replaced the candle with LED wire lights. Next, I cut a few pieces off from a wall stickers sheet and put it on the outside of the lantern.

Products mentioned:

  • LED wire lights
  • Wall stickers (there are random stickers at each Dollar Tree store)

Estimated cost: 3 dollars

Frame with Owl decor

Dollar Tree DIY Fall decor Owl Frame

Dollar Tree Shadow Box

 

Another thing I found at the Dollar Tree was shadow box frames that I really liked. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the colors. I decided  to use the same chalk paint color to paint the frame and sand paper the edges. I was to lazy to go back to Hobby Lobby and buy another color. Afterwards, I used Pod Modge on the owls to apply the loose glitter I purchased from the Dollar Tree. You can find loose glitter at any store, but I thought it was a great bargain to buy 6 colors for only 1 dollar!

Products mentioned:

Estimated cost: 5 dollars

Centerpiece

Dollar Tree DIY Fall Decor Centerpiece

Dollar Tree DIY Fall Decor Centerpiece

Do you remember the candleholders and silver plate I put together in a previous DIY? Well, I decided to reuse and incorporate them in my fall decor. I wrapped the plate in a dark burlap color. Afterwards, I placed the candleholders, the pumpkins and acorns around the plate. Finally, I added the bronzy glitter leafs around the plate. I had to use two bags since there were not that many of the glitter once in each bag.

Products used:

Estimated cost: 7 dollars

…Grand Final

Dollar Tree Fall Decor Owl

 

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with owls! Of course I had to purchase one at the Dollar Tree… It’s only a dollar! I think you should do the same! You can never have to many owls. I placed it above our shadow box with our wedding photo along with LED leaf lights.

Products mentioned:

 

What do you think? I hope you liked the pieces and wish to see more! I know it was a long time ago I posted something. This is only a hobby at the moment and I’m trying to balance this with other things going on in my personal life. It’s hard to blog full time when I already have a full time job at an investment firm. However, I want to promise you that I will do better but my ADD can easily make me feel overwhelmed and distracted. I appreciate all of the support and love I’ve gotten from you!

 

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DIY mini farmhouse style inspired decor using Dollar Tree items

I thought I should share another post with a new project creating small decorations with inspiration from farmhouse style design. As you probably know by now, I really enjoy buying items from the Dollar Tree and turn them into beautiful items to display in the apartment. This project turned out really great and I’m really excited to share it with you. Let’s jump into it, below you will find the instructions and products needed in order to complete these two projects.

DIY farmhouse style inspired decor

What you need for the first project:

Instructions:

I added twine (this is optional) around the tin bin. Use as little glue as possible in order to make sure you will have an flat surface around the bin. The next step is to cut the flower foam into a round shape so it fits inside the bin. Once that is done, cut the hardwood dowel into a smaller piece and paint it with the wood colored paint. In this phase, you can decide how high you want the topiary to be. Make sure it has the right hight so it fits with the size of the tin bin. You don’t want the topiary to be bigger then the tin bin because then the decor may fall and not be as stable.

The next step is to cut a few pieces from the fall wreath and add it into the bin along with the hardwood dowel. This will give the topiary a more realistic look with the wood sticks. If you want, you can collect wood sticks from a tree outside. The next step is to choose the size of the white foam craft ball you want for your mini topiary. Remember, when you add the topiary leaves to the ball the plant will look bigger. You can probably find a mini topiary ball online or at a store to save you time from this process. I didn’t find anything so I choose to buy a medium sized topiary from Hobby Lobby and cut the leaves from it. I also used a 40% coupon to save some money. Once you have cut enough pieces glue each individual piece into the white craft ball. Once you are done, add the mini topiary on the dowel and wood sticks. Viola! You’re done.

Mini topiary

 

What you need for the second project:

Instructions:

This DIY is a lot easier and less time consuming compared to the first one. First thing you will need to do is to cut the foam flower block into a smaller size in order to fit into the tin bin. Next step is to cut the flowers into shorter pieces and place them into the bin. In addition, use your glue gun if you want to make sure that the flowers stay in place inside the flower foam. Once the flowers are in place add the white marble stones to complete your piece. Easy!

Mini decor

 

If you want to see a video on how this was made, please leave a comment below and I will post it here. Also, don’t forget to comment if you liked this and if you want to see similar DIYs in the feature. I appreciate all feedback!

Also, If you liked this DIY decor make sure to look at my previous DIY farmhouse inspired decor project I made!

 

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DIY: How to make Dollar Tree candle holders look expensive

I enjoy decorating our apartment but buying decor can be really expensive. This year I am all about saving money but at the same time I still want to enjoy my hobbies without spending a fortune. As you already know, Dollar Tree is my favorite store to buy items for my DIYs. So far, the Dollar Tree stores I’ve been to in Atlanta are OK. I haven’t found a big store yet! If you are in the Atlanta area, please let me know which Dollar Tree store you recommend. Recently, my local Dollar Tree restocked on candle holders so I decided to buy three (different sizes) to use in this DIY. The candle holders are very plain and simple so I decided to use rhinestone boarders to make them look more expensive. The best part with this DIY is that you can use these candle holders for different things. I will share different ways you can use them in your home!

Dollar Tree DIY Bling Candle Holders

 

What you need:

  • Three long-steam glass tealight candle holders from the Dollar Tree ($1.00/each)
  • Two 3-Piece Iridescent Clear Rhinestone Borders by Recollections from Michaels ($4.99/each or $2.99/each with 40% coupon)

Instructions:

Before you place the rhinestones on the candle holders (no glue needed) make sure you cut them into pieces and add one row at the time. Since the candle holders are round, the square shaped rhinestones wont be able to lay flat on the round edges. That’s why its important that you work on one row at the time until you have covered the entire candle holder. The rhinestone boarders are easy to cut and easy to apply. This makes the DIY simple and doesn’t require a lot of time. It took less then 30 minutes to add all the rhinestones. 

Flower centerpiece

These candle holders are great to use as centerpieces in weddings. The total amount for each candle holder is four dollars. This is a great way to save money for that special day! Just buy round styrofoam balls and flowers from the Dollar Tree and you will have a beautiful centerpiece. You can also use this centerpiece for your dining table and you can use any flowers you want! Another great idea is to glue a small vase or candle holder on top of the candle holder to create a bigger center piece. There are so many different ways you can incorporate these candle holders in your own DIYs.

 

I decided to use the candle holders as centerpieces in our living room. I bought a silver colored charger from Michaels for $1.99 and two bags of fillers from the Dollar Tree. They had the fillers in two different sizes so I decided to buy both. I think this centerpiece is so beautiful and elegant! The best part is that I didn’t spend a lot of money on this project.

Comment below and let me know what you think about this DIY. Also, let me know how you used these candle holders for your own DIYs!

 

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DIY Dollar Tree Candle Holder

I love shopping and I know I’m not the only one who loves going in to a store and buy new things. However, I know my bank account hates it since everything is so expensive nowadays. That’s why Dollar Tree is my favorite store to buy new things without spending a fortune. I went to the Dollar Tree last weekend and they finally restocked on candle holders. Of course, I grabbed four of them to make this awesome and simple DIY. It only cost me two dollars to make one candle holder! Unbelievable!

 

DIY Dollar Tree Candle Holders

 

What you need:

  • Two (2) round glass candle holders – $1.00/each (Dollar Tree)
  • Two (2) glass taper candle holders – $1.00/each (Dollar Tree)
  • E6000 clear adhesive glue – $3.99 (Michaels
  • One (1) bag of “Mix Glacier Gem by Ashland” – $6.99 (Michaels) OPTIONAL

Instructions:

  • Put glue on top of the glass taper candle holder. 
  • Place the round glass candle holder above the glass taper candle holder. Put as close to the center as you can. 
  • Let the glue cure for 24 hours before you start using the candle holder. 

I decided to use gems inside my candle holders since I thought they match with the decor in our apartment. They are so elegant and look so expensive. You can use the candle holders to put candles, make up brushes, etc. Another great idea is to spray paint them to any desired color or create your own mercury candle holders. If you want taller candle holders then you can glue two glass taper candle holders together before you add the round glass candle holder on top.

Let me know what you think about this DIY project and if you want to see more of this! If you tried this DIY, please share pictures with me so I can see your finished project!

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