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Deck Your Halls With These Clever Dollar Store Decorations


Decking your halls doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here, we’ve rounded up a slew of decoration ‘elves’ to share genius ways to create priceless decor for pennies! Style expert Taryn Whiteaker shows us how to make a festive frosted gift, while Amy Rattlef gives us a clever idea for a new Christmas mantelpiece. Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less shares her gorgeous candy cane bouquet, while Amanda Formaro created some easy-to-recreate lighted mason jars. Last but not least, Bob Richter, author of Vintage Living: Creating a Beautiful Home with Treasured Objects from the Past ($30.28, Amazon) tells us how to use your kitchen’s cookie cutters to get a cheery centerpiece. Read on for their cost-effective Dollar Store Christmas decoration ideas! 

Frosted Vases

Photo courtesy of Taryn Whiteaker

Gift Festive ‘Frosted’ Vases 

Whiteaker is a huge fan of Dollar Tree, whose glass cylinders inspired these winter wonderland vases. To make your own, use painter’s tape ($6.29, Amazon) to create horizontal stripes on your vase, then, with a stencil brush, dab on faux snow (Snow Tex ($4.49, Michael’s). “The frosted white snow effect against the clear vases allows you to pair them with any accent color, making them easy to customize for anyone on your gift list,” says Whiteaker. “I bought all the fillers at the Dollar Tree too.” 

Candy Cane Bouquet

Photo via Ruth Soukup

Wow Guests With a Candy Cane Bouquet 

Tired of overspending on holiday flower arrangements, Soukup made her own “statement bouquet” using candy canes! “I hotglued 28 candy canes [$12.40, Amazon] around a 15-ounce aluminum can,” she says. “Then I wrapped a scrap ribbon and a matching bow around the candy canes and filled the vase with faux poinsettias [$12.89, Amazon] — so cute!” 

Silver Spruces

Photo courtesy of Michael Rattlef

Add Glitz to Your Mantel With Silver Spoon Spruces 

Who needs a white Christmas when you can have a silver one? To create these sparkling saplings from Rattlef, paint Styrofoam trees ($10.99, Amazon) with silver craft paint ($2.99, Michael’s), then glue on silver plastic spoons ($7.99, Amazon) Rattlef decorated one tree with the spoons and a second with the handles. “I glued them to dollar store candle holders — gorgeous and cheap!” she proclaims.


Photo courtesy of Living4Media

Light Up Your Home With Glowing Luminaries 

To create “merry Mason jars,” just fill with ornaments, pine cones, and faux greenery. Or follow the lead of Formaro, who rimmed hers with lace and a bit of faux snow. “I sprinkled Epsom salts ($7.49, Amazon) about an inch deep and added candles. They’ll look beautiful lining your walkway!”

Cookie Cutter

Photo courtesy of Living4Media

Enjoy a Sweet Cookie Cutter Centerpiece 

“Even ‘non-ornaments’ like your grandmother’s cookie cutters make lovely decorations,” says Richter. “Just tie them together with ribbon to form a circle, then place dollar store candles in the middle for an inexpensive-yet-meaningful centerpiece.”

This story originally appeared in our print magazine. 

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