Decorating on a Budget: Give Dollar Tree Products an Makeover

This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission. This helps support and improve my blog. See full disclosure here.

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!

 

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Continue Reading

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!

 

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Continue Reading

Dollar Tree Haul April 2017

I have many DIY projects coming soon. I went to the Dollar Tree and found many new items to use in my projects. I did a video about it and posted on my YouTube channel – Check out the video below! I had to record the video after work so I didn’t have any daylight in the bedroom and sorry about the background! I live in a small apartment with my husband so we don’t have a lot of space unfortunately. Y’all just have to deal with the boring background until we figure it out! I hope these items will inspire you to do your own DIYs. Let me know what you think. New DIY video and post coming soon! Stay tuned.

 

Continue Reading