UPGRADING your home doesn’t have to be a huge investment of money or time.
The One Dollar Tree expert shared the inexpensive, elegant additions she used to give her home an upscale finish.
Dollar Tree changes its offerings with the seasons, and Kathryn Snearly, the blogger behind Do It On a Dime, keeps track of each new item that graces the store’s shelves.
Snearly gave her 2 million YouTube subscribers a rundown of the discount store’s latest offering, which includes several items you can use to recreate high-quality home accessories for just a few dollars.
First, Snearly showed off a new style of small garden fence that she already loves. Now available in white and faux metal finishes, the short pieces are perfect for building a border around your flower bed.
You can also do what Snearly does and use them in a DIY craft. Snearly combined two white fences with a dollar tree floral wreath and used paint and zip ties to customize hanging wall art for her outdoor space.
“Put that on a patio,” Snearly said, showing off the artwork that hung on her own porch. “You will love it.”
If garden beds aren’t your style, don’t worry. In the outdoor section you will also find a wide range of containers to use for your plants.
“They’re adding new planters all the time,” said Snearly, standing amidst the plethora of offerings in the store. “I’m loving all textures this year.”
You can place the planters on your porch or patio, but if you want to try a new look indoors or out, Dollar Tree has a unique solution for that too.
Snearly paired one of the Dollar Tree’s macramé hanging baskets with a planter, allowing the plant to be hung anywhere in the home.
She decided to make the plant a welcoming addition to her home. “Dollar Tree suction cups are fantastic, especially on glass surfaces,” she said.
She slipped a stylish planter into the macrame hanger and hung the setup on her front door with a suction cup. “This is such an elegant DIY,” she added.
If storage solutions are your weakness, head to the crafting section, where the store has added a range of new DIY materials.
“Dollar Tree started selling all this lumber,” Snearly said, showing the crates, bins, and logs on the shelves.
“Buy some of the wooden boxes and you could paint or stain them,” she recommended. Two wooden baskets and two small wooden beams prettily stained and lettered then hot glued to make a stacked basket organizer for her countertop.
“Put all your tea bags in there or use them in your bathroom,” the home pro suggested. “Where would you use it?”
If you’re excited to refresh your tea station but want an iced drink for summer, there’s a great tool on the shelves that will save you freezer space and also prevent clutter.
“Dollar Tree sells ice cube trays, but look for the lidded trays,” Snearly shared.
The included trays are easier to stack while preventing spills that can mess up the inside of your freezer. “You open here to fill up with water,” she added, showing off the hinged chamber that makes staying cool a breeze.
If you have a hot glue gun, you can easily recreate Snearly’s adorable projects using Dollar Tree fabric.
The first, she says, is “perfect for updating your space on a budget.”
Purchase two of the pre-cut squares of fabric available at Dollar Tree, then place them face-to-face, “ugly sides up.”
Use hot glue or fabric glue around 3 of the four edges, then turn the connected squares inside out. You should have clean seams and a blank pillowcase.
You can fill the fabric with batting from an old pillow, or use it as a slipcover for a battered pillow that needs a refresh. Once the “shell” is filled, use your hot glue gun or fabric glue to seal it shut.
“These look great on the back patio, especially in the summer,” Snearly said, showing off the blue plaid cushions in her own outdoor seating area.
You can also use the shop’s small rugs and placemats to make practical storage baskets with trendy designs.
Simply fold the mat in half and then glue the bottom together, making a T-shape at the corner.
Once the glue has dried, turn the basket over and use it to hold extra washcloths or toilet paper in your bathroom, or use it to cover a flower box.
Finally, decorate any room in your home with wall stickers that will give a surprising and personal touch to even the smallest spaces.
“Wall decals just keep getting bigger,” Snearly told viewers. “The ones I love are these really cute succulents.”
She used the decals to add a floral touch to the wall beneath a shelf—if you want to implement subtle, elegant wall art, you only have to spend $1.25 with Snearly’s tips.