Are you thrifty? I must admit, I fall into this category; however, I don't like to skimp on style. That's why I am always on the lookout for ways to achieve a high-end look for a lot less money. Garage sales and yard sales are one place to find great stuff for a great price, but it's not always practical to scour the local sales, hoping to score just the right thing.
Fortunately, "dollar stores," such as Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree regularly stock items that are versatile and cheap, and can be turned into expensive-looking home accessories to suit any taste. Learn the tricks for how to use dollar store items to maximum effect, by either massing certain items, deconstructing others, or combining several things to make gorgeous home accessories that would fool even the most discerning eyes.
01 of 07
Create this gorgeous gallery wall out of simple black picture frames. From experience, I can tell you that dollar store frames are not high-quality; however, when grouped for maximum impact and hung in a grid like this, they look quite beautiful. The black and white photos lend class, as well as an artistic look to the display.
You can also upcycle dollar store frames into something entirely new. Be inspired by these upcycled picture frame projects.
02 of 07
There are a lot of reasons mirrors make great wall accents, but they can be expensive. Home Made Modern made this grid of mirrors out of six individual ones from the dollar store. Just one of these mirrors hung by itself looks cheap; but, inexpensive items can achieve a high-end look when massed together.
Dollar Store Crafts made a mirror similar to one from Pottery Barn using this same idea.
03 of 07
Faux Birds, Branches and Nests
These items vary by the season, but if you keep your eyes open, you can find faux branches, birds and nests to make holiday and seasonal decor that mimics those found at retailers like Pottery Barn.
Although the artificial flowers and branches at dollar stores aren't as realistic as more expensive ones, the individual blooms or leaves can look simple and beautiful when deconstructed.
04 of 07
Make hurricane vases from glass vases, candlesticks and candles found at your local dollar store. These were inspired by a pair at Williams-Sonoma for $80, but were made for $3 each! Hurricane jars can be filled with a variety of objects such as leaves, acorns, spring blossoms...really anything!Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Use inexpensive acrylic box frames to make home accessories in one of today's hottest materials: lucite! These frames are lackluster when hung on a wall as originally intended; but, when repurposed they make beautiful and expensive-looking accessories, such as this lucite tray.
06 of 07
Terra Cotta Pots
Make pretty planters from inexpensive terra cotta pots, which can regularly flound at the dollar store. A little spray paint, some glass beads (which, incidentally, are also in the craft aisle of most dollar stores), and you'll have a planter that looks expensive...even though it wasn't.
This article offers ideas for how to spruce up plain terra cotta pots, giving you even more reasons to stock up at the dollar store.
07 of 07
Around the holidays, dollar stores often stock miniature trees and figurines perfect for creating Christmas villages or winter scenes. Bottle-brush trees like the "snow"-encrusted ones used in these Christmas tree jars can be expensive at some stores; but, the dollar store offers them in packs of two for $1, making it simple to group loads of these on a holiday mantel.
These days, miniatures are also popular for creating fairy gardens.