Dollar Store Decorations

Dollar Store Decorations

Knowing which items to purchase at the Dollar Store, or in my neck of the woods, the Dollar Tree, is a great tip for those of us that want to stretch our decorating dollars.

Today I will be spilling the beans about what I keep on my standard shopping list when it comes to the Dollar Tree.

Hopefully, you will be able to save some cash now that you know some of my “insider secrets”. (wink!)

Let’s play a little eye- spy game around my house!

Dollar Store Decorations

Chandelier Light Bulbs

Get the two pack clear, interior chandelier bulbs.

farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree

Shower Curtain Liners

Who wants to scrub a mildewy shower curtain?

“Not I!”, said the cow.

Then, don’t!  Just replace it with one that costs $1!

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Our “shower curtain” a thrifted duvet and Dollar Tree liners tied up with ribbon.

Glass Bottles

Adding glass bottles along a window to catch the light is a favorite use of a windowsill around here.

farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree

River Rocks

Our little plastic grate was getting all crusty in our fridge’s water dispenser. I called to replace it and it cost $30! Gasp.

No way, Jose!

I’ll just put some little rocks in there.

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Don’t they lend a spa feel to the whole look?

farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree

Picture Frames

They are not all great, but it’s worth browsing the frame aisle once in a while.

farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree

I found these cute, beach house style frames for the kids’ school pictures and had them over their school workboxes for years.

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One of my favorite summer time decorations!

farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree

Brown Paper

Buy this kraft paper in rolls and use it as your go-to wrapping paper year round.

farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree


farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree



Holiday Decor

You just never know what you will find from year to year, I have found gorgeous Christmas tree ornaments and vintage style decor.

farmhouse style decor from the dollar store, dollar tree


Doilies for Valentine buntings

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And I got some peat pots for Easter table decor this year!

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Now I know I have some clever readers. So tell me.

 What are some other Dollar Store decorations that you have found that I should know about?

Sharing at these parties!





  1. Michelle
    February 19, 2017 / 8:12 PM

    Wow thank you for sharing. I’ll have to look for the brown paper the next time I’m there. It’s hit or miss when I shop my local Dollar Store. I like to buy little match boxes and cover them with decorative paper. I give them with homemade candles during the holidays. French rolling pins, stemless wine glasses and tissue paper are also somethings I usely buy.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:52 PM

      Love your match box idea and French rolling pins! Oh my!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:55 PM

      Sherry, I am so pleased that you got some good inspiration. And I really appreciate your invite to the link party, I am not able to attend any more link parties right now, but I hope yours goes very well! xoxo

  2. Carol Landt
    February 20, 2017 / 11:30 AM

    Your fridge solution is clever! Also love your Easter decor with the grass in the peat pots. At my dollar store I have to be careful or I spend too much b/c everything is so inexpensive.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:55 PM

      I hear ya, girl! It adds up, doesn’t it?

  3. February 20, 2017 / 11:31 AM

    I LOVE the DOLLAR TREE STORE!! I was there to buy some fabulous cleaning spray for my bathrooms, etc but will need to go back soon and see what I goodies I can find and report back! Loved your ideas!!!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:56 PM

      Yes, I would love to hear your ideas, as well!

  4. Tanya Hulbert
    February 20, 2017 / 11:55 AM

    So funny! I also hit the brown wrapping paper and was just there Wednesday and bought the paper pots for seeds! I’m sure this list will help others see what will work for their homes!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:56 PM

      Your flower pot gifts turned out so well, you are so talented, Tanya!

  5. Brenda
    February 20, 2017 / 11:59 AM

    I buy cards, as they are lovely and so much cheaper than at a card shop.

    For gifts, I buy the gift bags and the tissue paper. My favorite bags are the brown ones with handles. It makes gift giving so easy, no wrapping, just tucking the gift into the bag with tissue all around it. Sometimes, for bigger gifts I buy the fabric bags that are colorful and can be re-used as shopping totes.

    For those not wanting to use deodorant with aluminum, I find it at the dollar store at less than a third of the price it is found elsewhere.

    And… reading glasses, for those of us who are older. I have a pair in various rooms, ready for use.

    Lovely spatulas, oven mitts, potholders and plastic gripper type fabric are some other of my favs.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:57 PM

      Tissue paper, that is something I need to check out and reading glasses! Oh my, your list is fabulous!

  6. liz
    February 20, 2017 / 12:11 PM

    The Dollar Store is great because you never know what you will find. I purchased lots of the small succulents and put them in planters. I’ve bought the grapevine wreaths and used them under my white dishes as chargers. You also can’t beat it for seasonal decor and paper goods.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:58 PM

      Ok, the charger idea is pure genius! I love it!

  7. Teddee Grace
    February 20, 2017 / 3:47 PM

    About two years ago, one dollar store in our area started carrying individual succulent plants in tiny plastic pots. I loaded up since I’d been decorating with faux succulents for some time and was tired of paying what the chain craft stores were charging. Just removed them from the pots and have used them in a variety of ways ever since. I told the store manager to order more because they were starting to trend and I was able to find more the next year. Not sure I’ve seen them since, though.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 6:58 PM

      Oh wow, I would love to find succulents, what a great find!

  8. February 20, 2017 / 7:03 PM

    To Teddee Grace, Whenever I have asked at a Dollar Tree about whether they can order something, I’ve been told they just get a weekly shipment, and cannot order ~ they take what they get! So maybe that’s why you didn’t ever see more of what you want.
    Sarah, these are great ideas ~ as varied as the items I’ve found. I use their plates for a project for my small business, and have found a neutral color nail polish I wear all the time. I’ve used the peat pots, too! I purchase decorations for the holidays, and often paint them for a unique look! (Usually no one else uses $1 Tree Christmas items, but that is changing!) And, imagine! ~ I put rocks in our bath sinks, because of a “tarnish” look on the stoppers. It IS a real spa look, isn’t it?! My fridge dispenser is the next “fix.” I never have seen the bottle brush trees there, but I’ll definitely grab those if I do ~ I use them each year! As you can see, I’ve found many items … and I’ll go back soon to find others you mention here.
    Thanks for these ideas, Sarah (and commenters!) … I knew I would enjoy your posts!

    p.s. Just a personal discovery, tho. Be careful with the metal utensils that are covered with black “plastic”: I soon noticed that on the edges, the black trim “material” was melting when used in a hot skillet, so fearful, I tossed!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 7:00 PM

      Great advice, Kathleen, and I love that our shopping habits have so much in common.;)

  9. Dawn
    February 21, 2017 / 6:26 AM

    Pour peroxide into the fridge dispenser bottom and let it sit for a bit and a toothbrush gets rid of the crusty junk that mysteriously builds up from supposed “filtered water” lol!! Love the ideas you have, thanks!! With little ones in my house I have to pass on the spa rocks in the dispenser or I’d find them all over the place!! 😩

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 7:00 PM

      I can’t wait to try this, Dawn. Thanks for the tip. xoxo

    • February 26, 2017 / 8:52 AM

      I do that too Dawn. I’ve also used ammonia when I was out of peroxide….both work wonders!

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        March 11, 2017 / 12:23 AM

        I love this advice, I am totally trying these tips now. xoxo

  10. Kenny
    February 22, 2017 / 9:48 AM

    I buy my raffia at the Dollar Tree, comes in a package of three. I use it decorating swags, holiday decorating, gift wrapping, etc.
    I also like buying my gift bags with handles at the Dollar Tree, I decorate then seasonally!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 7:01 PM

      I love raffia for gift wrapping, as well. I will have to check this out!

  11. February 24, 2017 / 3:36 AM

    I rarely ever get to the dollar store, but these are some fantastic finds! My favorite thing to get there is actually gift bags. They have some very cute options, and they’re so much cheaper than the ones at Target. I’m going to have to look into the brown craft paper. I’ve been keeping a giant roll from the hardware store, but if I can get a smaller package for $1, that might just be better! Love the idea of using river rocks to hide the crusty water dispenser. Though, my kids would be playing with them constantly.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 24, 2017 / 7:02 PM

      Gift bags, I haven’t looked at those lately, I forgot how cute they can be from there. Thanks for the reminder!!

  12. February 25, 2017 / 7:32 AM

    You created a list of attractive Dollar Tree items that don’t look “junky”. And, I love that you showed creative ways to use them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 11, 2017 / 12:22 AM

      That is a wonderful compliment, thank you, my dear!

  13. February 26, 2017 / 4:02 PM

    Hi Sarah!
    I’ve been reading here for a few months, but this is the first time I’ve commented. I wanted to chime in on the Dollar Store ideas, as I have a very tight decorating budget, but love antiques. We seem to live in an antique/thrifting/yard sale black hole which means I’ve had to get pretty creative and the Dollar Store has helped me out. I’ve taken the “silver” platters they have and sprayed them with a vinegar and dish soap mixture, let them sit for a while and they rust and patina really nicely. I spray painted some of their clear glass candle sticks with mirror finish spray paint to look like mercury glass. I took one of their frames, glued lace hem tape to it for texture, then painted it with oil rubbed bronze and antique gold paints. My favorite project so far though, was taking three frames and gluing them together, painting them antique gold then aging it, and using mirror finish spray paint and black and copper craft paints on the glass to make a “mirror” to put on our mantle. They have pretty decent battery operated pillar candles, and occasionally moss sheets. I noticed ours just got in tiny terra cotta pots as well.
    I thoroughly enjoy your posts! After getting married and having my own house 13 years ago, I’ve finally nailed down my decorating taste and you always have something the inspires me. Have a wonderful week!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 11, 2017 / 12:25 AM

      Bonnie, you are my hero!! These ideas are amazing and I have been wanting to work with mirror paint for a while now.

  14. March 1, 2017 / 1:01 PM

    Thank you for sharing some fabulous finds at the dollar store. it is amazing what you will find. Thanks for linking with DI&DI.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 11, 2017 / 12:32 AM

      You just never know what you will find there.;)

  15. Brenda
    May 23, 2017 / 12:41 PM

    I also buy the clear plastic shower liners, and save the old one for a paint drop cloth. Seems I always have something to paint and the shower liners are a great size.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 27, 2017 / 12:48 PM

      Oh, great idea, Brenda!!

  16. ruby
    August 6, 2017 / 10:29 AM

    oh! i love all these ideas!! dollar tree, here i come!! thanks for starting something Sarah!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2017 / 6:16 AM

      Haha, go get em, girl! Isn’t it fun to know decorating secrets?

  17. December 20, 2017 / 4:45 AM


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