Dollar Store Style   

  Home Decor From The Dollar Store!  

  Easy Decorating Ideas From The Dollar Store Diva, Marlene Alexander    


Hi and welcome! I'm Marlene and I love to combine my two passions, home decor and dollar store shopping, to make inexpensive accents and improvements for my home. Please join me! 

Contact Marlene Alexander


If you're looking for home decor on a budget, check out our Decorating Articles Library where you'll find over 155 articles on a wide range of easy decorating ideas and gift ideas.            

About Us


Get Marlene's Monthly Budget Decorating Newsletter - It's Free!

Each issue includes:

1. New article 
2. Worth A Closer Look - new stuff at the dollar store
3. Dollar Store Product Review 
4. Quick Tip 
5. Reader Questions/Suggestions 

To get Marlene Alexander's free budget decorating newsletter each month please enter primary e-mail address below along with your name. Once you press submit, check your e-mail to verify your request.

Privacy Policy

Wagner, The Dog With No Tail wonders how he'll ever be adopted if he doesn't find a tail he can wag to show he's friendly.  Follow Wagner's comical adventures to see the end results. Find out more about Wagner here.  A great book with an important life-lesson for young readers.

(Great book! My son loves it! Definitely recommend. - Jennifer S.)

Wagner - The Dog With No Tail is available on Amazon  in paperback or e-book versions. 


Find of the Week:

These rock-like solar garden lights are 3 1/2-inches wide and boast a weight that mimics real stone. They also have an on/off switch. Each one costs three bucks at Dollarama. There's a wide array of garden lighting at the dollar store this year.

See past Finds here.

Quick Tip

Now that the weather is getting warmer, many of us want to hang our clothes outside. I love the fresh smell  my clothes get after they've been hanging outside to dry! But there's a problem. With small backyards being the norm these days, we are limited to using portable clothes racks, rather than a clothes line. On a windy day, these racks tend to tip over. 

Here's a solution using garden staples. The picture on the left is a 5 1/2-inch long garden staple. These staples come in a package of ten for $1.50  at Dollarama. The picture on the right shows how you can use three or four of these staples to anchor your clothes rack into the ground so it won't blow over on a windy day. 

See past Quick Tips and more easy decorating ideas from the dollar store

Contact Marlene  Found something exciting at the dollar store? Got a beef with a dollar store item? Do you have an easy decorating idea for a craft? I love to hear from my readers!


April Features: 

New! When I was a kid, my mom had a button jar full of all the buttons she’d removed from old clothes before they were discarded or turned into rags. Not even something as small as a button went to waste at our house! 

Recently, I found myself looking at my own button collection and wondered what use I could put them to in my decorating. Granted, the idea of a “button jar” is a somewhat old-fashioned idea so, if you don’t have a collection of buttons on hand, head to the dollar store. Dollarama has buttons packaged by colour and Dollar Tree is where I found the patterned buttons you’ll see below.

Then, after seeing what I came up with, see if you get the notion to become “all buttoned up.” 

See All Buttoned Up for the full story.



With the warmer weather on its way, many of us feel the need to lighten up our indoor spaces. Make one of these easy and inexpensive vignettes the center of your dining experience or top a coffee table to make an inviting area for tea and conversation. 

Don’t be afraid to make use of smaller outdoor items. Garden birds, lanterns and other decorative summer pieces from the dollar store are all fair game for use inside, as well as out. 

Read Centered on Summer for the complete article.


If you like to create faux snow globes and cloches for Christmas, think about using the same method for making summertime accents. 

For these projects, I used round glass vases but you don’t need to limit yourself. Any kind of clear container, from mason jars to any clear vase can be used effectively.

Read Elements of Summer for the full article.

















Home Decor From The Dollar Store!

Powered By:




For many more easy decorating ideas from the dollar store click here.

Kitchen & Bath

Valentine's Day

Outdoor Living
Storage and Organizing
Easy Creative Things to Make
Christmas Decorating and Gift Ideas
Gifts For All Seasons 
Odds and Ends
Get The Look For Less
Ideas For Kids
Pet Project
Autumn and Thanksgiving
Wedding and Shower Ideas
About Marlene Alexander
Site Map


Copyright © 2006-2017 Marlene Alexander 

All Rights Reserved