Living in a White Box: Dollar Store Decor

Are you a student who doesn't have much money for extras like decor? Or have you just started living on your own and would like to experiment with decorating? Or are you just a thrifty person? One of the issues renters face is how to decorate on a budget. With all the options out there it's easy to go overboard with spending, even at stores like IKEA or Target. This latest post in my Living in a White Box series will show you how you can decorate frugally yet beautifully with items that are only a $1 each. Living in a White Box Dollar Store Decor thumbnail The Decor Guru

When I first moved away from home, I didn’t have much money to spend on anything besides the necessities. Every piece of furniture I left with was given to me or was a hand-me-down. While I had some decor to use from when I lived with my parents, I still had a much bigger space to decorate in my new apartment.

This is when I really started taking advantage of all the goodies available at the Dollar Store. In fact, I still pop in there— this weekend I bought a few basic silver frames for a gallery wall I’m creating.

The key to decorating within a budget is that you usually trade the money you save for some DIY work. Thankfully, these dollar decorating ideas don’t require too much work, just a little bit of craftiness.

Check out these mirrored planters by Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff. These are super-easy to create yet are very chic.

Another glam piece of decor is this DIY tiered jewelry tray by Krista at The Happy Housie. Taking a little bit of time to use paint turns this project into a customized, decorative piece.

DIY tiered jewelry tray Happy Housie storage glass candlesticks baking pans paint Living in a White Box Dollar Decor by The DIY Homegirl The power of paint also allowed Tabatha from Chic By Tab to transform some wall decor that wasn’t her style into something just right for her home. (This would be great for those gifts you receive that you just aren’t feeling!)

DIY metal wall decor makeover by Chic by Tab Living in a White Box Dollar Decor by The DIY Homegirl

This DIY wax monogram art by Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling is an especially thrifty project, because you can buy all the items for a dollar each!

Wax Monogram Art by Delineate Your Dwelling diy wall art book pages candles Living in a White Box Dollar Decor by The DIY Homegirl

Thumbtacks are a great way to add a touch of glitz to a room. Check out how Virginia from Live Love DIY created this ampersand art with thumbtacks and a blank art canvas. (TIP: you can save money by buying an old canvas at a thrift store and painting over it.)

ampersand thumbtack art canvas Live Love DIY Living in a White Box Dollar Decor by The DIY Homegirl

Paper doilies are a cheap way to turn something plain into a romantic, feminine piece. Tamara from Etcetorize had a super creative idea of gluing paper doilies to a plastic shower curtain. You could add many doilies to give more privacy.

Lemons are a lovely way to add color and happiness to a space. You can easily do this by creating a centerpiece like Kelley from Kelley Highway did with artificial lemons and a decoupaged bucket.

These moss-covered candle holders and vases from Meegan at What Meegan Makes are also perfect for infusing a natural vibe to a room.

DIY moss candle holders vase centerpiece Living in a White Box Dollar Decor by The DIY Homegirl

$1 stores are known for selling loads of plain dishware. Pick up a few bowls to use for storage or decor and marbleize them with nail polish like Elisa from EnJOY It did.

Basic drinking glasses and wine glasses are also abundant at your local Dollar Store. Hop over to Juicing with Jennifer to see how she painted a tie-dye effect on her stemless wine glasses. Think outside the box and you can even use these decorative glasses as vases!

Do you love the thrifty decor as much as I do? Have you created any decor for your home from items at the Dollar Store? If so, feel free to link to it in your comment!


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30 Comments on Living in a White Box: Dollar Store Decor

  1. What is more fun than a Dollar Store craft? Great collections

  2. Thanks for the feature! I was pleasantly surprised to see my “mapougpage” bucket o’ lemons here on your inspiring blog. Have a great week!

    Happy highways,

  3. Awesome ideas! I love the dollar store. I have a tendency to buy tons of mason jars and then try and find ways to use them.

  4. Great ideas! I love the dollar store. I always find uses for mason jars and always tend to buy one or two every time i walk in.

  5. Looove the dollar store! These are some great ideas 🙂

  6. I love the mirror box! Going to have to give that a try sometime…

  7. Thanks for featuring my dollar store tray!! Great collection of ideas here!

  8. Great roundup of Dollar Store ideas – sometimes I just wander the aisles without knowing what kind of project to tackle! This gives me lots of good ideas 🙂

  9. I was just in the Dollar Tree last night – I heart the endless options available there! You have gathered several great ideas here – thanks!

  10. I for one love the dollar store. Great ideas. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  11. Love all these Dollar Store Porjects! The brass thumbtack ampersand is my favorite! I’m so excited to see your project on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Thanks for linking up with us!

    ~ Ashley

  12. etcetorize // 04/05/2014 at 10:53 PM // Reply

    So many great ideas! Awesome round up. Thanks for including my shower curtain project~

  13. So many awesome projects to try out! woot! 🙂

  14. I always love finding treasures at the Dollar store. Great roundup . Featuring you when my link party opens up tonight.

  15. Great ideas! I love the mirrored boxes and the thumb tack ampersand. I’m hoping to make one of my own sometime soon!

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