I’m a girl on a budget. Until this blog thing takes off, I’m counting pennies, especially when it comes to the “wants” like home decor. Fortunately for me a glue gun, a few supplies from the Dollar Tree and a little creativity are super cheap! Here are 15 DIY Dollar Store Decor Projects That Only Look Expensive.
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It’s hard to imagine that all of these pretty projects came from the dollar store, but with just a little imagination, these DIY’ers have really made their dollar go a very long way. I love looking for inspiration from some of the big brand names (Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie) and seeing if I can get the same look and feel of their decor pieces with dollar store items and my crafting skills. The DIY Custom Candles that you’ll see below were inspired by a similar item from Urban Outfitters.
15 DIY Dollar Store Decor Projects That Only Look Expensive
Plaster Dipped Flower Votives from Design Mom
Ok, these Plaster Dipped Votives from Design Mom look like they were ripped from the pages of an Anthropologie catalog. Stunning. I might need to make these for my Thanksgiving Tablescape. A few dollar store fake flowers and some Plaster of Paris from Michael’s and you’re good to go!
Update! I did try them, check it out:
How cute are these little mugs I made from the dollar store? With dollar nail polish! Nail polish crafts are so much and easy to do.
These would be cute as a teacher gift filled with some candy or pencils.
DIY Dollar Store Plate Decor from Average But Inspired
I love these plates from Average But Inspired! They are simple and graphic and look like you paid a lot of money for them at Crate & Barrel. I also love that they are not just another print hung on the wall. The plates give a little dimension to the room.
Rubber Door Mat Wall Decor from Salvage Dior
Genius! I love this idea from Salvage Decor. That thing looks like painted wrought iron which is totally expensive. It’s a rubber mat from the dollar store. I can’t even.
Candle Makeover from the Blissful Bee
It does not get more simple than sticking thumbtacks into a candle. I mean, right? I think there is literally nothing easier. But, boy do they upgrade your basic white candle. Well played, Blissful Bee!
DIY Vintage Mirror from My Best Friend’s Blog
This mirror from My Best Friend’s Blog is so pretty! It reminds me of a window frame. It definitely has that farm house chic vibe going on, but the straight lines keep it modern and minimal. Such a simple and inexpensive way to fill a blank wall.
Coffee House Style Chalkboard from Starfish Cottage Blog
These are amazing! Foamcore boards turned into custom chalkboard signs from Starfish Cottage. Just imagine all of the different ways you could make these. Another great, economical way to fill up a boring wall.
Cookie Sheet Organizer from The Crazy Craft Lady
I could use one of these organizers from the Crazy Craft Lady in every room of my house. A few magnets and I’d never lose an important piece of paper again. I’m might also have to start sticking magnets on the back of everything. Can you imagine?
Cotton Wreaths from the Crazy Craft Lady
Two in a row from The Crazy Craft Lady. If I had a prize, she’d win! I love these simple wreaths. They are totally farmhouse chic, but they would do well in any style of decor, really.
Gold Chargers from Red Head Can Decorate
Gold Chargers are expensive. I know because I’ve thought about buying them when I am rich and famous. Now I don’t have to wait thanks to this DIY from Red Head Can Decorate! I’m slowly pulling together an amazing Thanksgiving table with these ideas.
Bandana Pillows from Heathered Nest
Theses pillows from the Heathered Nest are perfect for a family room or a tween’s room. Love this idea! I can totally see these in a college dorm room. I love the bold colors and the classic bandana pattern.
Sunburst Mirror from Healthy Wealthy DIYs
$10 for that mirror from Healthy Wealthy DIY’s? No one will believe you when you tell them that. In fact, don’t tell anyone that. Just smile and say thank you when people compliment you on it. When they ask where you got, just say, oh, I picked it up at a little shop when I was out of town. No one needs to know that shop was the Dollar Tree a town over.
Hurricane Vases from My Blessed Life
These are super classy vases from My Blessed Life. I love how they are filled with gourds and other fall items. Of course, you could totally switch those out as the seasons change. I can picture them with Christmas ornaments and then filled with sand and seashells for the summer. Lovely.
Dollar Store Terrarium from the Budget Decorator
I’ve been wanting to do a terrarium for a long time. The only thing holding me back is that I’m a plant serial killer. I think this one from the Budget Decorator is filled with mostly dried stuff, so maybe I could try this one! I’m pretty sure I can keep a bunch of dried out plants alive.
Metallic Rope Throw Basket from Lydi Out Loud
This basket from Lydi Out Loud is easy, cheap and totally customizeable! You can’t ask for a lot more than that from your dollar store! Pick the paint to match your room and you have created instant cheap storage. Who doesn’t need that in their life?
DIY Custom Photo Candles from Lifestyle for Real Life
This is a super simple project from yours truly to update plain dollar store candles. Completely custom, too! You can change these out for different holidays, season, or with different color schemes to match your decor. And, yes, the candles are a dollar.
I definitely will be trying at least a few of these ideas! I have my eye on those plaster dipped votives. They are so dainty and pretty. What’s favorite?? Let me know in the comments and maybe you’ll see my DIY version on the blog!