Decorating on a Dime? Make Your Home Extra ‘Christmassy’ with These Cheap and Easy Dollar-Store Ideas
There’s one aspect of Christmas we’re not big fans of, and it would be the cost associated with buying gifts and decorating our homes. Turns out, getting in the holiday spirit can cost a fortune. Which is why spending some time at the local dollar store can be useful when you’re on a budget and need to pinch a few pennies. The dollar store has everything from ornaments and stockings to festive place settings and floating candles. With a little know-how, you could basically trim the tree for less than $20. No, really. All it takes is a few bucks and a little creativity to transform ordinary dollar-store items into expensive-looking décor that truly reflects the season. If you want it to look like you hired a professional holiday decorator, without actually spending a boatload of money, the dollar store can be your secret Christmas weapon. The best part about decorating on a budget is that you’ll have more cash to purchase presents or plan that winter getaway you’ve been dreaming of all season. Scroll down for some festive and frugal inspiration. We promise discount decorations never looked so good!
Looking to spruce up your holiday table? Instagram user delightnoted posted these elegant, gold-dipped candles, with this caption: "Lots of you had questions about those gold-dipped candlesticks last week on my stories. Can you believe I found them at the Dollar General?! They had silver and copper."
Miniature Christmas Trees
If you have a tiny cloche snow globe or bell jar at home, you can fill it with faux snow and these tiny trees from the Dollar Tree. Leah White is a fan, as she captioned on Instagram: "You can find some cute inexpensive decor at some of those places [dollar stores]."
Your first stop at the dollar store should be to the ornament department for bright and shiny baubles. Of course, the dollar-store versions are usually plastic, as opposed to glass. But if you have curious pets or lively kids, the plastic ones may come in handy to hang on the tree.
To make them look more expensive, just spray on a coat of paint or add some glitter. You can even display them in a tall, fancy vase or in a glass orb on the table to use as a centerpiece, just like Instagrammer Cindy Brugioni did.
Adorable Tree Skirts
Speaking of hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree, you're going to need a pretty backdrop to show off all those presents underneath. So adorn yours with this companion piece. Luckily, as Instagram user "V" can attest to, the dollar store has plenty of tree skirts to choose from to complement your tree.
According to Diana's Instagram, she made this wreath with dollar-store items totaling $12. Of course, she endured a few burns from using a hot glue gun, but it was all worth it in comparison to what she would've spent for one that was already made.
"Better than paying $50 for someone else’s glue gun burns. Merry Christmas!! #crafter #hotglue #dollarstorefinds #cheapsupplies #gluegunburns #christmaswreath #bekind #tistheseason #merryandbright #lovetodecorate #doityourself"
'Tis the season to be merry, and you can do it with these spirited stickers aka wall decals. At just $1, you can affix them to the wall, refrigerator, or the front door, like Jamie Aznive.
Santa's Hat Chair Cover
Adorn your chairs with these felt Santa hat covers from the Dollar Tree. They're an inexpensive and simple way to add some Yuletide joy to your dinner party.
Holiday Card Wreath Holder
According to Emily May, who is the founder of Go Haus Go, this card holder disguised as a wreath took 30 minutes to make and all the materials totaled $11. She purchased the clothespins from Dollar Tree, but you should be able to find beads and ribbon at most dollar stores as well. Create your own version by following the tutorial here.
Sparkly Tree Topper
Your tree isn't complete without an attention-grabbing topper. Sparkly ones like this one found at the dollar store will add the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas decor.
Winter White Christmas Trees
You can mimic Lori Graziano's dollar-store centerpiece creation in your home by purchasing two white faux trees from any bargain retailer. Set off the snowy effect with silver ornaments and metal containers used for the base.