We’re 5 months into living in our new house. Everything is unpacked and it’s feeling more like home every day. However, we’re still missing some personality in most of the rooms. I’ve been waiting to hang pictures and add decor items until after we’ve painted the walls. Well, we’re nearing that point so I’ve been having fun looking for inspiration on Pinterest!
BUT… decorating a home isn’t always easy or cheap. In fact, making a house feel more like home with decor items can be downright expensive! So, I’ve been looking for really simple and budget friendly ways to decorate. There are some crazy creative people out there that have turned everyday dollar store items into near works of art.
From practical to pretty, I’ve rounded up my favourite Dollar Store DIY’s that Will Make Your Home Look Fantastic.
DIY Hurricane Lanterns
Seriously, how beautiful are these hurricane lanterns? One of these would look so nice as a table centerpiece or on a shelf.
Metallic Rope Basket
From Lydi Out Loud
Can you believe this basket is made out of a laundry basket, some rope, paint and felt? So pretty and practical!
Industrial Wire Mail Baskets
From A House Full of Sunshine
Here’s a quick and simple transformation that is sure to get your important papers more organized. Find some similar chalkboard signs on Amazon here.
Metallic Flower Pots
Your house plants will be blingin’ on a budget with this simple terra cotta planter makeover.
This is going to be the very first thing that I am going to make. It will be perfect outside by our front door!
Dollar Store Wreath
From The Crazy Craft Lady
Once again talking about the front door, I think that a DIY wreath like this would look so pretty!
Elephant Book Ends
From Love Grows Wild
Have you got a few books to wrangle? These elephant book ends are so cute and simple to make!
Dollar Store Craft Caddy
From Simply Frugal
This DIY craft caddy isn’t just for craft supplies! Stylishly round up your cutlery, cooking utensils and so much more with this easy DIY.
From Craftberry Bush
I’m a big fan of succulents and I happen to think this DIY would look so pretty on a shelf or tucked in a kitchen corner. Or maybe the seldom decorated bathroom?
Check out these dollar store decor ideas and let me know which one is your favourite in the comments below!
Anna from Noodlehead has a great tutorial that teaches us how to make two beautiful and simple snowflake pillow covers! I’m sure there is at least one person on your list that would love these!
7 Ways to Decorate Your Walls on a Budget
Are you looking to add some wow to your walls on a budget? Well the good news is, there are plenty of ways to add a pop of color, texture, and fun to your walls without spending a lot of cash. Take a peek below at 7 ways to decorate your walls on a budget so you can get the look you want while still keeping some cash on hand!
1. Peel and stick decals.
Peel and stick decals won’t harm your walls or paint and are easy to apply. You can find them at dollar stores, and even discount and craft stores. Choose a pattern you like, quote, or bold graphic and simply peel and stick for some instant décor.
2. Pretty plates.
Head to the thrift store and find a collection of pretty plates you like. Look for different sizes and colors. Find some plate hangers (sold at most discount stores) and attach to each plate. Then simply arrange in a collage pattern on your wall.
3. Frame collage.
Gather some picture frames from garage sales and thrift stores. Remove the inserts. Spray paint the frames in a variety of colors and hang on the wall in a collage fashion. It is like instant wall art that anyone can afford!
4. Old architecture.
If you love a vintage flare, try hanging an old window, old piece of fencing, old lattice work, or other vintage architecture pieces from your wall. It offers a rustic, vintage look and these are pieces you can find at most yard sales or even on the side of the road.
5. Hang a chair.
Find a colorful, lightweight chair and hang it from your wall. You can then use it as a shelf and it also doubles as an excellent conversation piece!
6. Stamps and stencils.
Craft stores offer a variety of stamps and stencils perfect for making walls pop. Kids especially might like the fun designs, so give these a try on an accent wall or small bathroom. Even if you aren’t artsy, they are easy to use and you can get some excellent results.
Run a piece of twine from one end of the wall to the other. Secure with a screw. You can then hang your child’s artwork from the twine, securing it with rustic clothespins or even painted ones. This way, the décor is always changing!
Don’t live with drab walls; instead, give these tips for decorating your walls for less a try!
5 Creative Ways to Use Those Fallen Leaves
Are you up to your ears in leaves? If your yard is wooded or home to numerous trees, you might find yourself overwhelmed this fall season. So what exactly can you do with all of those leaves beside rake them? Well the good news is they do have a few fun uses! Take a peek at these 5 creative ways to use those fall leaves, in ways that are both fun and frugal!
1. Craft a scarecrow.
Fallen leaves are perfect for stuffing and filling scarecrows. Save leaves so when you are ready to craft your scarecrow, you have plenty to create the body, legs, arms, and of course head. Leaves make perfect stuffing material and fill up the scarecrow nicely.
2. Make giant yard pumpkins.
Buy orange yard waste bags found at your local home improvement store. Some are plain orange while others might have the pumpkin faces already on them. No worries if you can’t find one with faces, you can always add your own with black marker. Simply fill the bags up with leaves, then tie the top for yard pumpkins that make the perfect outdoor fall décor.
3. Craft spooky ghosts.
Take white trash bags and fill the bottom with a handful of leaves. Twist the bag and tie it to create a round head shape. You can use a black marker to craft a face of a ghost directly onto the bag, and then add string for hanging. Place the ghost in a tree or porch for a spooky effect.
4. Make spooky yard spiders.
Take a black trash bag and fill it with fallen leaves. You can then use white paper to craft eyes and attach them with craft glue. Painted PVC piping can make legs as can long cardboard tubes or even pool noodles. These don’t hold up well outdoors and are best used indoors for décor.
5. Create a leaf fort.
Find a large cardboard box that can be used as the fort’s main foundation. Cut a square to enter. Spray the box with spray adhesive and apply the leaves to the outside of the box. One or two layers is sufficient. When you are done you should not be able to see the box and it will look like the entire piece is made from leaves.
Did you ever think that leaves could provide so much fun? Start raking up those fall leaves and then give these fun ideas a try and see all the ways you can put those fallen leaves to use. You are sure to enjoy lots of family fun with very little cost to you. Happy soon to be fall!
Gemma sent me a link to her wonderful DIY Abstract Artwork she made for her home in 30 minutes!
Artwork is one of those things that can totally MAKE a home. Inject a room with artwork that you love, and all of a sudden it will feel so much more personal and like you. It brings life to a space, you know? The hump that people sometimes face is that it can be expensive. However, if you look around and get creative, there are so many budget-friendly ways to bring interesting artwork into your home (I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to collecting DIY artwork
ideas). I recently needed a piece for above our mint and gold buffet, and had a very specific colour scheme and look in mind (and a zero budget). The solution? Paint my own DIY abstract art!
Check out her DIY project here.
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