16 Clever Dollar Store Home Decor Ideas Your Guests Will Want To Copy

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Transform your living space with these wallet-friendly dollar store gems.
Updated May 8, 2024
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Can you spruce up your home on a tight budget? Yes, if you check out your local dollar store.

Chances are good that the dollar store has plenty of accent pieces to add to your space. Or maybe you will find the pieces you need to make amazing DIY projects you can personalize.

So where can you start? Here are a few dollar store ideas that your guests are going to love — and that are affordable enough to eliminate some financial stress.

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Picture frames

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Grab several picture frames at a dollar store to make into an art wall.

Choose frames of the same size for a uniform look, or mix and match frames in different sizes for a more eclectic feel.

Greeting cards

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Many people fill picture frames with personal photos. But what if you want something a little different?

Check out the greeting cards section at your local dollar store and see if you can find art to put into those frames to make them stand out on your wall.

Canning jars

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See if your local dollar store has different sizes of canning jars that you can use for decoration on a fireplace mantle, bookshelf, or other space.

You can get different sizes and fill them with objects such as rocks and colorful stones. Or, fill them with shells and sand to give them a warm, beachy vibe.

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Decorative storage containers

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Square storage containers are often available in various colors that you can match to your decor.

Put some storage containers along the wall and fill them with your favorite books. Or, use the containers to organize the toys in your kids' playroom.

Artificial plants

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Even if you're one of those people who doesn’t have a green thumb, you can still spruce up your space with plants.

Check your local dollar store for artificial plants, especially succulents. These small plants with unique leaves have become trendy in interior design lately, and you won’t have to worry about killing them since they’re fake.

Glass vase

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A glass vase with real flowers is the perfect way to add a pop of color to a space. However, you can also do plenty of things with a glass vase that won’t require getting fresh flowers regularly.

For example, add some colored stones to a clear glass vase to give the room a pop of color. You can also create a fake flower arrangement or use it as a cash jar to motivate you to save extra money.

Candles

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Candles can create a sense of calm in all kinds of spaces, especially if they emit soothing scents.

Consider adding a candle to that glass column vase you bought at the dollar store. You can also add candles to table centerpieces to create some extra flare on special occasions.

Hanging wire basket

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There are plenty of uses for a hanging wire basket throughout your home.

Hang one in your kitchen to store fruit and vegetables so they’re easy to grab throughout the day.

You also may want to consider hanging baskets outside. Stock them with plenty of flowers to add flair to a covered patio.

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Wreath form

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Instead of spending a lot of cash for a decorative wreath, check your local dollar store to see if you can find the elements to make one yourself.

Your dollar store might sell wreath forms to give you a good base. Then, add different items to build it up and make it look unique. You might even find these items at the dollar store.

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Metal planter

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A metal planter can hold flowers to green up a space. Or, you can use it for items like books.

You can add some flair to your metal planter with paint from a local craft supply store or home improvement store to give it some extra color.

Clay pots

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Want to create a piece customized for a particular space in your home? Get some clay pots.

Clay pots are perfect for paint or gluing on glitter, ribbons, or pieces of burlap to give them a shabby chic feel. Add a few to some shelves in a guest bedroom to really wow your guests.

Candy jar

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You don’t have to store candy in a candy jar, so think about other ways you can make these cute jars work for you.

Fill them up with different small pantry items that you can easily see to organize your cupboard shelves. You can also decorate them and stuff them with treats that you know are your guests' favorites.

Dry erase board

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Grab a dry erase board to keep track of everyone’s schedule, make a grocery list, or add some reminders you may need each day.

The dry erase boards come with basic frames, so give them a fun makeover that draws extra attention.

Wooden crate

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Your local dollar store may have some basic items that can easily be personalized.

Take a wooden crate, for example. It’s the perfect canvas to paint in unique colors or add some extra crafty items for flair.

Crafting jewels and gems

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These crafting jewels and gems may come in various colors and shapes at your local dollar store and are the perfect addition to any home decor project.

Add some flair to a basic storage box for your kids' toys, or cover a whimsical basket for your guest bathroom that will amaze your guests.

Votive candle holder

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Find some cute candle holders that are the perfect size for little votive candles.

And remember that you don’t have to use them for candles. Instead, try something else, like candies or adding little plants or succulents to them.

Bottom line

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There are many ways to find cheap decor options to help you keep more money in your bank account.

Stop by your local dollar store and see what affordable items you can find to spruce up your home.

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