Friday, September 11, 2009

Dollar Store Decor

So last week I bragged about the crafty finds I scored at the Dollar Tree. Today for Amy's Round Robin I thought I'd share some of the ways that little trip has helped me get into the spirit of fall!

Remember I told you about these awesome fall leaves that came in a 10 pack? They are even more awesome than I first thought! They're poseable! So you can just crinkle them a little and they look SO REAL! But that's not what I used them for first. First I rounded up a couple of sheets of scrapbook paper, this dollar store picture frame that I roughed up a little with some sand paper... And also my handy-dandy can of glitter spray. This my friends is a crafters best friend. You know my motto "Everything's better with glitter!"

I sprayed the leaves with glitter, followed by a coat of clear acrylic spray to keep it from wearing off, cut the scrapbook paper down to size and glued it all how I wanted it (glue stick on the paper, and just a couple of dabs of hot glue for the leaves) and there you go!

The picture doesn't do it justice, it's very pretty and sparkly! This project cost me $2, because I already had the paper and glitter spray. It helped me turn this:



Into This!: Next I took these fun little gourds. They have those little plastic beads on them that make them kind of sparkly, you know what I mean? Anyway, I confess that these actually came from Walmart, not the dollar store...but they were still only $1!


These flowers that WERE from the dollar store,



And I glued the flower heads around the base of the Gourds...I love how they turned out! I used them to replace the candles I had in my candle holders on the mantel.







My mantel BEFORE: And AFTER!:

See how cool the leaves look, just scrunched a bit? And the glass and vase on the left are just filled with little mini-gourds I picked up from the dollar store...something so simple, but it really adds a lot to the mantel.


Last I took more of those Dollar Tree flowers, and this grapevine wreath that also was from Walmart...it cost me $3! (gasp!). I rounded up a few pinecones from my backyard, glittered them with my spray, and also used a few small pumkins I had left over from another project. I arranged everything how I wanted it,then went through and secured it all to the wreath with my hot glue gun.

Again, the picture doesn't do justice, you can't see the sparkles! And the flash doesn't show the true vibrancy of the colors. Please excuse the messy work surface, it's still on my craft table!




Here's a little close-up so you can kind of see how full it is!
This whole project cost me $8...Do you know how much one of these is at a boutique, or a home decor store?

I have had the best time getting in the mood for fall! Could any of these treasures show up in my Handmade For Fall Giveaway? Perhaps...You'll just have to wait until October 1st to find out!

Thanks Amy for hosting another fun Round Robin!

38 comments:

Kelli said...

Fall decorations just make a house feel warm and cozy. I love your mantel. You did such great things with your great deals.

Jenny-Jenny said...

Good work. You are amazing with a couple bucks in your hands.

Felicia said...

I love the framed leaves!

Shawn said...

Once again you have left me awestruck with your craftiness and now I get to add thriftiness!

Fall will be coming out of the attic this weekend, it's way over due!

Sheila said...

Jealous!! I am totally 100% jealous!!! You did AWESOME!!!! Congrats!!!

Amy said...

This is great. I have to check out the Dollar Store by my in-laws it is much bigger. I need some leaves. This is great. What is the Oct. 1 thing. I have to check it out.

Amy said...

Where are my manners today? Thanks for playing along. I wanted to say you being so crafty makes me want to do more. I have an idea for the next challenge you have. I just have to find my stuff. Thanks...

kimert said...

Awesome!!! I still need to learn to be crafty. Well, I'm crafty but have so little time! Aaaah. lol
Love what you have made! Everything looks great. :)

Emmy said...

So awesome!! Oh you are so inspiring me to start doing some fall crafts.

Rachel H. said...

YOU ARE SO BRILLIANT!

jacque4u2c said...

these look awesome!!! You really perked them up with the glitter spray! Cha-ching - they look like a million bucks!

Amy said...

Great crafts. I love the gourds - what a great idea. Don't you just love fall?

Jo said...

Those all look great!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I love decorating for the seasons, but try to do it on a budget! This is great and I never thought of those. Thanks so much! sTopping by from Amy's RR :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...these are beautiful creations you've made over here. Kudos to you! Great job!!! Don't you just LOVE the dollar store?? And Fall? : )

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

CUTE, cute, cute, Xazmin!!! :) The wreath is especially adorable. :)

shortmama said...

I have never decorated for fall before and have been so inspired this year after seeing other peoples decor! So far I only have some pinecones and pumpkins lol. But I figure if I buy and make a little each year that it wont take too much time to build up a cute little collection of fall!

Love how everything turned out!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

You should be on a game show. "What can you do with $5 in 5 hours?" I wish some of your creativity would rub off on me!

Just Add Walter said...

wow, those are amazing!!!!

Tiffany said...

Okay, so how super cute are those??? I love how crafty you are and how you share the talent Heavenly Father gave you with us! You make me want to be more crafty!!!

Mama Mel said...

Ooh! I LOVE all of these! Mostly because I am seriously in love with Fall! I am starting to see pumpkins in the grocery store, and I am so excited! It is still very hot here, so we won't have Fall weather until later on... Great ideas for decorations! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Have a great day!

Grace @ One Craft Girl's Corner said...

Those turned out really cute! I love Dollar Tree! I found one by my mom's house that's twice the size of the ones I've been to. It was awesome!

Wendy said...

Those all look great! Everyone adding fall stuff to their houses makes me want to get mine out!

Thanks for stopping by & helping with my dilemma!

Holly said...

Loving the new decor! Dropping by from SITS.

Stay@homemommy said...

I love your decorations! You are so creative. I have new inspiration now Thanks for sharing!

Susana said...

How on earth do you come up with this stuff?! You are so crafty it's unreal! I LOVE all of your projects. I need like a few weeks without my kids so I can actually do all that I've bookmarked from your blog:-).

Carol Kennon said...

Neat ideas. I'm so ready to decorate for fall. Especially after seeing your decorations.

greedygirl1 said...

Hi www.greedygirlsguide.com checking in from SITS

I love these decorating ideas. Find at the dollar store can truly be a gem if you know what to do with them

Room to Inspire said...

I love that is it time to bring out the fall decor! I am definitely going to have to get me hands on the spray glitter!

Chelsea

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, girl! Those leaves are fabulous, and I looove the glittery pumpkins! I hardly ever go to Walmart, but those may get me there! Thanks for the heads-up, I'm so glad I came by!

Jenette said...

I love all the fall decorationgs! And the leaves in the frame great idea! Turned out super cute!

MiMi said...

I honestly can not tell you which is my favorite, I LOVE THEM ALL!
I NEED to get to Dollar Tree. I am SO going there tomorrow. :)

Taren said...

i LOVE the leaves in the frame thing! sooo cute!

Charmaine @ randalswife said...

Wow, you sort of rock! I love that wreath! And thanks for reccommending Liberty Pulpit. I went and checked it out - GREAT! Can't wait to read more!

Yaya said...

That leaf picture looks awesome! Aren't you creative!?

Kado! said...

you are SOOO darn crafty...I love it...I really like the leaves and the wreath you made! awesome!

Vivienne said...

Fabulous! Fall is my favorite time of year.

jennykate77 said...

You've done some FABULOUS things with your Dollar Store finds!!! I love adding glitter to anything! It just made me think of a mod podge crafty thing I could share on your Mod Podge Mania in a few weeks!! YAY. I hope I don't forget, you may need to remind me. LOL. I love your new fall mantel. It looks beautiful! I'm so going home tonight and breaking out some of my fall decor!

Hope you're having a good week so far!♥