Dollar Store Style

Free Decorating Ideas and Tips by Marlene Alexander

Kitchen and Bath






Found this string of battery-operated pinecone lights at Dollarama for three bucks. These and similar unique mini lights come in sets of ten.


Wow! These faux leaves are at least twice as big as their  previous dollar store incarnations. Go ahead and add a touch of the tropical to your home. Found at Dollarama. 



Some dollar store tea towels are smaller than the tea towels you'll find in other department stores, but they can make great substitutes for more expensive cloth napkins. I folded this one in threes so that the embroidered message is front and center. 

(See how to make the sleigh ornament here.)

Peerless is a well-known name in bathroom fixtures, so when I saw this showerhead for four bucks at Dollarama, I knew I had to share the find. It has three spray/massage settings and, according to the package, you don't need any tools to install it. Bonus!


Normally, these small lampshades can cost $5 or more, depending on the style. These ones aren't fancy, but if you need new chandelier lampshades, or just want a change, these ones only cost $1.50 each at Dollarama. I saw them in three shades, white, brown and black.


I found this tea light holder at Dollar Tree. The layer between the outer and inner glass pieces has been filled with a gel that holds bits of nature; in this case leaves, berries and bits of twig, but there were two or three different designs to choose from.



Here's a cute glass pumpkin candle holder that I found at Dollarama for $3.50. It's a fair size and should hold a short pillar candle.



This large glass cookie jar is perfect for storing homemade cookies or other treats. Dollarama sells them for $4 each but, if you fancy one, you better hurry; they've been in stock before and quickly vanished.



This lovely white leaf-shaped bowl is about 10 1/2-inches long and would be a lovely way to serve the mashed potatoes this fall.


With autumn fast approaching, I thought I'd showcase these lovely linen-look fabric tablecloths in fall colours. They're 52 by 70-inches in size and have hemmed seams, rather than the scalloped edges you see on other fabric tablecloths from the dollar store. Dollarama sells these for $4 each. 

If you don't need a new fall tablecloth, think about other things you could make using this fabric. 



Everyone knows that the Rubbermaid name stands for quality plastic products. I don't know what these gallon pitchers cost in other stores, but you can get one at Dollarama right now for four bucks. 


If you're a knitter, you'll appreciate being able to buy these 87-yard skeins of cable knitting yarn in a variety of colours for only two bucks each at Dollarama. Get a head start on Christmas gifts and other winter projects.


This attractive set of small serving bowls costs four bucks at Dollarama. You can buy sets that are shaped like leaves or flowers.  If you're really ambitious, you could start your Christmas shopping early and put away a couple of these boxed sets to give to the hosts of holiday parties.


Found this plastic stool at Dollarama for four bucks. You could use it for extra seating or a side table either inside or outside. It come in dark brown as well as this beige colour.


Stencils are always handy items to have on hand if you're a crafter. I found these two-inch ones at Dollar Tree. There are four 5 by 7-inch plastic sheets that include the numbers 0-1 and seven common symbols. The package says that you can use them with any kind of paint, stains, chalks and inks, clean them up and reuse them over and over.  



Dollarama has a variety of these cement-look planters that cost from $2 to $4, depending on the size. Fill  a grouping of these with colourful flowers and put them on a table near your front door to make an attractive display throughout the summer.


This pretty cut glass canister cost $2.50 at Dollarama and lends itself to a variety of uses. It's about 5 1/2-inches tall overall, with the base about 3 1/2-inches deep; just the right size for a short pillar candle, storing sweets or adding a touch of elegance to bathroom storage of cotton balls or cotton swabs. 

Filled with a candle or candy, this lovely canister would make a stylish gift.


I've been using a mug warmer to keep my drinks hot for years, but I'm quite sure I paid more than twice as much, even way back then, than the four bucks I paid for this mug warmer at Dollarama. Granted, it remains to be seen if this one will last as long.

The thing I didn't realize about mug warmers is that you can use them to heat candles in glass jars to release the scent, rather than lighting them. I thought that was a really neat idea so I tried it and it works great. There are more ideas for using a mug warmer listed on the back label of this Betty Crocker product. 


I love the antique vibe of this 13-inch tall metal pitcher. It reminds me of the kind of thing my grandmother would have used to water her flowers. You could use it for that too, but it would also make a great place for a bouquet of wild flowers. It comes in different colours and cost $4 at Dollarama.


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.


For eight bucks you can add some new artwork to your home decor. I choose these floral pieces but you can also buy street scenes and architectural prints that put you in mind of a bygone era. These large frames measure approximately 16 by 14 inches and cost four bucks each at Dollarama. They also have smaller prints in the same style for the same price. 



A salad spinner is a handy thing to have in the kitchen but there's no need to spend more than four bucks for one, as my recent purchase from Dollarama proves. It's dishwasher safe and you can choose from different-coloured lids. The inner basket may be a bit flimsier than a more expensive spinner but, on the whole, it works great.


Keep things neat and hidden while adding a little class to your front closet shelves with fabric storage baskets. These were three bucks each at Dollarama and are generously sized at 13 by 10 by 7 - inches. 


Here's a neat idea for extending your charging cable when you have to use your tablet while it's plugged in. Adding six feet of cord to the three foot length that came with your device gives you plenty of wiggle room for moving around without fear of yanking the charging cable from your device. Do be sure that this cable is suitable for use with your device. 


This small pot of flocked poinsettias is about six inches tall. It only cost $1.25 at Dollarama and would make a bright and traditional decoration for any place in your home that needs a little Christmas cheer.


This is the time of year when more glassware might come in handy. Dollarama has a couple of different types packaged as sets for three bucks. These whiskey glasses would make a great gift for a fella on your Christmas list too, perhaps paired with his favourite libation.


If, like me, you have a brown thumb and houseplants don't stand a snowball's chance at your house, you can still brighten up your space with some greenery. These 3-inch pots of faux succulents don't need to be watered, although you may want to dust them on occasion. Group three on a kitchen window sill or anywhere else you want to give the appearance of natural growth.

You have a variety of types to choose from and they look quite life-like. Dollarama has them for $3 per pot.















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