Quick Tips - Page 2
Candle rings are a quick way to
dress up your lampshades for any season. Just sit one on top of
each lampshade. Here, we've added fall colors.
If your dollar store potpourri
is short on larger pieces, add your own from nature. Include
pinecones, acorns bits of twigs and/or any other decorative pieces
you can gather from your backyard or the local park to make your
potpourri look more substantial. In this instance, we even snipped
a few wire curly-cues from a fall stem.
For a super-quick window
treatment for a small window such as you usually find in
bathrooms, simply fold a square (or round) lacy table topper in
half and hang it over a cafe rod. You could also mount the curtain
rod half way down. This idea could also work for a kitchen
window. If the window is wider, use two or more table toppers.
If you have a glass-topped
table, make it unique by putting seasonal accents under the glass.
Here, I've used window clings but any flat decorating accent has
potential. Just work with it to get a look that pleases. You could
also opt to arrange a collage of photo memories under the
Use colorful accessories to
brighten up a room when you can't paint or paper the walls. Faux
flowers, vivid cushion covers and brightly-hued candles are among
the many choices you have available to you at the dollar store.
Make summer barbecues with
family more fun by using small bottles of bubbles as party favors.
Encourage the adults to join the kids outdoors, too.
Use two dollar store chair pads
to give an old chair a fresh lease on life by simply tying them
Dollarama is now selling
Glade® plugins® scented oil refills in a two pack for only $3. I
discovered that these oil refills work with the cheaper Home Sense
oil warmer. Cool!
Rather than hanging pictures
willy-nilly on the fridge, try making a collage out of them to
give them a more intentional look. All you need are a few magnets
placed in strategic spots. Use your kids' artwork, postcards or
whatever else you want to display.
Use what nature has to offer.
Shells, twigs, wild flowers, pinecones, smooth stones - it's all
great for indoor/outdoor decorating and all free for the
you buy tissues in multi-packs, there are always designs on some
of the boxes that you don't like. Use this little trick to reuse
the boxes you love.
open one end flap on the empty box and on a new box with the
design you're not fond of. Then simply slide the whole pile of
tissues out of the new box and into the old box. Use a piece of
invisible tape to reseal the end flap. I have found that, in this
way, I can reuse the same tissue box several times.
Have you collected a few small
flower pots over the years? Use three or four of the more colorful
ones planted with individual bedding flowers as an outdoor table
decoration. Group them together on a summery tray or line them up
down the center of the table.
Many dollar store towels can
look and feel thin, not a good recommendation for absorbency but
you can sometimes find good quality hand towels and wash cloths.
I have found some that have a department store thickness and
softness to them. Let your fingers be the judge.
that haven’t been tested by an independent source like
Underwriter Laboratories (UL) or Canadian Standards Association
(CSA) could prove to be fire hazards. Look for either of these
certification marks on the packaging before buying things like
electrical cords and light bulbs at the dollar store or anywhere
else for that matter.
Always test to make sure lids
come off and go on smoothly before buying canisters and other
items with lids. Dollarama had some ceramic and plastic travel
cups recently that I couldn't recommend. Once removed, the lids
were simply too hard to fit back on.
Before buying items with
zippers in them, check to make sure that the zippers work
properly. A cushion cover I brought home once had a zipper that
wouldn't open all the way. Wonky zippers are a rare occurrence but
it's better to be sure before you spend the money.
Beach mats can be used to keep
the sun from making your deck or patio unwelcoming at certain
times of the day. Simply tack them to the wood on the inside of
any overhang with the ties at the top so you can roll up your
makeshift blinds when they're not needed.
Those handy zipper seal freezer
bags are good for more that just preserving food. Use one to keep
things like painter's tape from becoming dried out and brittle
from sitting unused over long periods of time.
I also use these bags to keep
other small objects like craft pieces, organized and easy to find.
Colorful beach towels are only
$3 each at
Dollarama and they’re an easy way to dress up plain patio chairs or perhaps disguise worn or mismatched furniture.
Make a magnetic memo board with a dollar store cookie sheet and some scrapbook paper cut to size and glued on. Use it in the kitchen to keep track of family appointments and school memos or in the home office to help you stay organized.
We made the butterfly magnets
by hot gluing the metal accents onto round craft magnets.
You can use outdoor garden
objects indoors by gluing some felt to the bottom to protect
furniture and floors. This piece was heavy enough to make it
useful as an attractive doorstop.
Dollar stores are beginning to
stock summery looking hooks for outdoor use. But they're so
attractive, why not use one indoors to display favorite pieces of
jewelry? If you put one of these hooks in the bathroom, you can
use it as a place to hang the jewelry you want to wear the next
If you're entertaining
this spring try scrapbook embellishments as table confetti,
instead of the usual. These fabric flowers come in a package with
three different sizes and each one has a rhinestone in its center
for added sparkle in candlelight.