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Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Decorating With Dollar Store Items!


I bought this huge old tool tote several years ago, when I was in my Northwoods decorating stage. I filled it with greenery and those electric candles that you can get at Dollar Tree. I decided to give it a little makeover.

I gave it a whitewash, and decided to go with blue accents. I have never really cared for blue in the past, but this year I have been drawn to it again and again.

I added blue glitter to the candles, and made the bow from Dollar Tree ribbon.

I think I will go back to Hobby Lobby tomorrow and get more of those glittery berry picks, because I think it needs just a little something more. I'm so not good at this type of thing, so I'll probably keep tweaking it 'til I get it right. Any suggestions are very welcome!

These are just those snowflakes that Dollar Tree sells in a box. I added fishing line, and I hope you can see that I added tiny little mirrors all down the line. Enlarge the picture if you can't see. They add a pretty sparkle as they twirl when you walk by.

These are supposed to be trees, again from Dollar Tree.....

but I flipped them over and added silver pipecleaners to make them into cones to hang from the knobs on this chest. I want to put something inside them, but I haven't decided what yet. Probably just some greenery, but I would like something a little more spectacular than that. Ah well, no hurry. It is still just November! I just wanted to show that it's easy to decorate using inexpensive things, and let your creativity turn them into something great. I am in no way affiliated with Dollar Tree. I just love that store!

19 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great way to decorate! I love your Dollar Tree finds. Guess I better get there before everything is gone :-)

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh you young girls and your paint brushes. While your tool box is very lovely all white and blue and reminiscent of blue/green '70's Christmases - - - - I am of the old school who find the real wood to contain the true beauty.

Wood, real pine, red ribbon, and candles - - - - ahhhhhh the essence of Christmas past - - -

Linda said...

I love the make over! So striking! I was in Dollar Tree the other day and was amazed at the colorful Christmas decorations. That Blue caught my eye as well. Yes we can decorate with out a lot of money. Keep on tweaking and show us more!

Linda

kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

you never know what you'll find at the dollar store!

kelly

Protector of Vintage said...

Such creativity! Everything looks beautiful. I think I need to make a trip over to the dollar store!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Pretty clever to turn the trees upside and make them cones!!!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Carol!!! You blog looks amazing with all the Christmas decor and red colors! I just love what you've accomplished here. And your banner is sooooooo cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing and have a great day and fabulous week! Hugs, Coralie

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I love your decorations! The toolbox looks great painted and I love the window in it! Hope you have a great weekend! Twyla

SueLovesCherries said...

Yes, Dollar Tree is an unsung hero! LOL! Great idea for the cones!

Unlike Keetha, I like painted furniture - I drive Mister crazy, who likes natural, too!

Sandy said...

Carol,
What great ideas!!! I like the white and blue that you re-did the box with, and I really like the red trees that became Christmas cones! Very clever!!!!!
Go Dollar Tree!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jane said...

Great ideas!! I was at our Dollar Tree recently and walked away spending too many dollars! They had some fun stuff though. I love the snowflakes and the red trees turned into cones...that was a brilliant idea!
Jane

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Love the new tote...maybe something taller in the middle to balance the decor. Looks great and love the dollar store items.
Blue rules :)
Warmly,
Deb

Karen said...

Dollar Tree can really be addictive! :D

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Very clever with the red Christmas trees/cones! I like the changes to your box, but I liked it before too. Such good finds at Dollar Tree.

Shelley said...

Hi Carol,love your frugal ideas...I love Dollar Tree as well....it has been a blessing to me shopping there while living on a very low income.....I really love the tree/cone idea and plan to use it myself. It will be fun finding little trinkets,toys etc.to fill them....thanks so much for sharing this post and ideas......blessings

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Very well done! I especially love the little cone trees. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Charla

Michela said...

Hi Carol! love your Christmas stuff..I've been to our local "1 euro shop" yesterday, but decs were so boring and sad..I wish we could have your assortment.
Have fun and happy weekend! x

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

*sigh* Well I wish I were affiliated with Dollar Tree! I would love to have some of their stock -- the paper kind and the kind they sell!!! I get a lot of things from there...you are so creative with the little pretties you found!!!

Funny but I NEVER liked blue at Xmas before...then it started growing on me...lol...something in the air I guess...

Lisa said...

Oh you are so clever!! That is so smart to use the trees as cones! I love all your neat Dollar Tree redos! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Lisa