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20 Festive Dollar Store Projects for Gorgeous Home Decor

It’s time to deck the halls, and I’m sorry to say my holiday decor is looking a little sad. Most of it was purchased on Christmas clearance throughout the years, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

A hodge-podge of kids’ crafts, clearance knick-knacks, and random gifts has been a part of our Christmas decor for as long as I remember. I have longed for a classy, cohesive look throughout our home, but all new holiday decor just not in the budget for me.

And, then I found Pinterest, which is full of amazing decor made from a few simple dollar store items. Check out these 20 awesome pieces you can make yourself:


  • Candy Cane Vase 1 of 20
    Candy Cane Vase
    It's been awhile since the hubby has brought me fresh flowers (ahem), but I may have to buy some for myself just for this adorable candy cane vase.
  • Christmas Bulb Decor 2 of 20
    Christmas Bulb Decor
    I actually have a set of vintage Christmas bulbs that I snagged from my grandmother's estate. I think these bulb balls would be a great way to display them.
  • Festive Magnets 3 of 20
    Festive Magnets
    This magnet craft is one of my favorites to do with kids. It's simple, inexpensive, and turns out cute no matter what, even from the youngest children.
  • Floating Candle Centerpiece 4 of 20
    Floating Candle Centerpiece
    A vase full of water, cheap Christmas ornaments, and a package of floating candles are all you need for a fabulous centerpiece.
  • Framed Ornaments 5 of 20
    Framed Ornaments
    I would have never thought to frame ornaments, but what a fun way to showcase a few favorites! Spray paint an old frame, and use festive ribbon to hang a couple ornaments for display.
  • Glass Hurricane 6 of 20
    Glass Hurricane
    I've seen glass hurricanes before, and they are gorgeous — and expensive! Making your own out of a few dollar items? Genius!
  • Glass Jar Votives 7 of 20
    Glass Jar Votives
    I can't even begin to count the number of glass jars we recycle each month — salsa & applesauce are staples in this house. This month, I'm adding a candle & some ribbon for a classic, festive candle display.
  • Glass Jar Centerpiece 8 of 20
    Glass Jar Centerpiece
    Clearly, I like the glass jar look. This one is super easy — just fill with pine cones, beaded necklaces, and ornaments. And, if you don't have enough to fill it, check out Dandelions & Dust Bunnies' brilliant idea for beefing it up with a hidden toilet paper roll.
  • Glitter Christmas Bulbs 9 of 20
    Glitter Christmas Bulbs
    Here's another fun way to breathe new life into old Christmas bulbs. Maybe I can add some to all those glass jars!
  • Holiday Hand Sanitizer 10 of 20
    Holiday Hand Sanitizer
    Deck your soap, too! This was part of our teacher gift a few years ago — the girls had a great time adding seasonal decor to bottles of hand sanitizer. Or, you can make Santa-tizer!
  • Kissing Ball 11 of 20
    Kissing Ball
    Now, I don't have a boxwood hedge in my backyard, but I'm thinking I could put something together for this kissing ball craft. Centsational Girl has a few other gorgeous crafts in that post as well.
  • Ornament Garland 12 of 20
    Ornament Garland
    Ornament Garland — why didn't I think of that? String several cheap ornaments onto ribbon, and hang the swag on a mantel or doorway.
  • Ornament Wreath 13 of 20
    Ornament Wreath
    I love this ornament wreath, not just because it includes super easy, step by step instructions. It's also got a beautiful, unique color scheme to it. I think the girls would really like this.
  • Painted Pinecones 14 of 20
    Painted Pinecones
    Pinecones are a simple, frugal way to decorate for the holidays, but these painted pinecones add a fun flair for the season.
  • Plate Stand 15 of 20
    Plate Stand
    I've never had a holiday plate stand before, because I'm just not willing to invest in something I'll use so rarely. But, for $3 in dollar store supplies? I think I'll be displaying my holiday cookies & candy with a little more style this year.
  • Ribbon/Scrapbook Paper Candles 16 of 20
    Ribbon/Scrapbook Paper Candles
    I'm amazed at all the ways you can dress up a candle display. This quick craft uses scrapbook paper, but you could glue ribbons around the candles, too.
  • Snowflake Wreath 17 of 20
    Snowflake Wreath
    All you need for a beautiful snowflake wreath is a package of snowflakes and a hot glue gun.
  • Sock Wreath 18 of 20
    Sock Wreath
    I'm sure I could make this sock wreath from the many single holiday socks lying around, but they also sell them at the dollar store.
  • Twinkle Garland 19 of 20
    Twinkle Garland
    Fabric scraps + light string = twinkle garland. You can make this in any color scheme you want, with whatever you have around. I think blue & white with snowflakes makes for a gorgeous winter wonderland.
  • Upcycled Candles 20 of 20
    Upcycled Candles
    Double stick tape, glitter, and a pillar candle. So. Totally. Genius. Here are three easy candle crafts for your holiday decor, but they'd make great gifts, too! (We bedazzled votive candles for teachers last year.)

Does the holiday decor in your home have a theme?

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