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Top 10 Favorite Dollar Tree Purchases

I love the Dollar Tree. Can I get an amen? But not all Dollar Tree purchases are equal. Learned that one the hard way. After years of hits and misses, there are certain items I will always buy from the Dollar Tree. So, today, I want to share my top 10 favorite items I will always buy from the Dollar Store.

1. Storage Bins.

I mean, aren’t these on everyone’s list? $1 for a storage bin. Round, square, tall, short, small, large, and in all colors of the rainbow. I don’t feel like I need to say more. They even have canvas type storage bins if you aren’t feeling the plastic. I organized my kid’s entire closet with pink and blue dollar tree bins. Your next organizing project needs these. Go. Now.

2. Hair Accessories.

Brushes, combs, bobby pins, metal free hair ties, and elastic headbands are some things I always buy from the Dollar Tree. You can’t beat the price. And as fast as us girls go through hair ties and bobby pins, saving a few dollars each time really adds up!

3. Greeting Cards.

Quality greeting cards for such a steal. All these pictured were 2 for $1 and originally between $2.25 and $2.75 each! I stock up whenever I’m at the Dollar Tree. It’s so nice to save money on every greeting card and still be able to buy a quality card for every gift I give

4. Gift Bags.

Speaking of gifts, you can save even more money on your gift-giving by purchasing your gift wrapping at the Dollar Tree. Not just any gift wrap, but the gift bags and tissue paper specifically. I haven’t been as impressed with the quality and value of the wrapping paper but the gift bags and tissue paper are unbeatable! And the selection is impressive. From weddings, to showers, to birthdays, to babies, to generic colors, Dollar Tree has a gift bag for every gift at a steal.

5. Door and Wall Hooks.

Living in a small space, door and wall hooks are a space and sanity saver! (Relating? Check out some small space living and decorating tips here). From hanging towels, to space-saving tricks, to hanging play pots on my daughter’s play kitchen, to kitchen cabinet storage, to extra places to hang backpacks, I use these in every room.

6. Helium Balloons.

If you are going for a cute feel to your decor, then these are unbeatable. $1 a balloon ranging from solid colored stars and hearts to designs that are event specific with messages such as “Happy Birthday”, “It’s a girl/boy”, “Happy Anniversary”, etc. to Disney character designs like Frozen, Minney, Mickey, and more. Tons of options and a great price make this one of my first stops for any helium balloon needs I have.

HERE’S A TIP: Take a look at the balloon list in-store and get your balloons filled fresh, right then, to get the longest-lasting balloons.

7. Disposable Party Supplies.

Tablecloths, utensils, plates, napkins, straws, severware, etc in almost any color. Dollar Tree has it all in a one-stop shop at dollars less than most other stores. I love the square shaped plates for a more unique twist. Straws in a fun pattern or color are always a nice addition and, at $1 for 24, very affordable. And they have the tiniest, silver colored spoons and forks that are the perfect addition for an hors d’oeuvres party. Pop a mini fork into each meatball on a platter of meatballs or a mini spoon into a shot glass of soup topped with a crouton and you instantly step up your presentation.

8. Kid’s Crafts.

Stickers, coloring kits, pom poms, pipe cleaners, glitter glue, balloons, puzzles, and the list goes on. My favorite purchase in this category are the stickers. My 3 year-old cannot get enough stickers. Anyone relate? And thanks to the Dollar Tree I can now afford to supply her never ending need for stickers…Frozen stickers currently lol. They even have  play packs with princess stickers she can stick on and take off the included backdrop for a more interactive experience.

HERE’S A TIP: Anytime I need a little time to get something done I simply pull out my kid craft bin, all stocked from the Dollar Tree, and let my toddler pick out a few fun supplies to play with and explore. She is occupied and using her creative, little mind in a productive way, and momma can get dinner or a little cleaning done. Thank you Dollar Tree.

9. Mailing Supplies.

Small mailing envelopes, small boxes, and packing tape are so affordable at the Dollar Tree. Whenever I need to mail a package, I almost always stop by the Dollar Tree to grab my mailing supplies.

10. Glass Dishes.

I was complimented on my “Pottery Barn Emma dishes” a few months back. Imagine the surprise on my guest’s face when I told them that my dishes are actually Dollar Tree dishes that I bought 7 years ago.  I have seen the same or similar dishes at my Dollar Tree as recently as this week. It’s worth checking into your local Dollar Tree if you’re interested. 12 bowls and 12 plates for $24. Hard to beat that compared to the actual Pottery Barn 16 piece set for just over $140 on sale right now. Even if this style isn’t your cup of tea, they have a ton of options from plain white, to colorful, to floral, etc. At $1 a piece, why not?

HERE’S A TIP: Don’t see what you want at your Dollar Tree? Shop their website. A huge selection and free shipping to store make it hard to beat! (FYI: I already checked to see if they had the dishes I posted about above. They don’t have them listed on their site. They do have some similar bowls here, but are currently out of stock. As I mentioned before, it’s worth checking in store if you’re interested).

That completes my top ten favorite Dollar Tree purchases. What are some of your favorite Dollar Store purchases? Any that you hate? Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t already then please subscribe to get updates on all my latest money-saving tips and DIY ideas. If you like this post, then please give it a like so I know to do more like this one.

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DIY Gold Magnolia Leaf Centerpieces

10991117_10152828422202912_5980700450068655316_nThis post is part two continuing on from the previous blog post regarding easy, trendy, and budget friendly centerpieces. If you missed the first post check it out here. That first post discussed the first of two different centerpieces used to decorate for a Valentine’s Day banquet. The second centerpiece is the one pictured above. It is so easy and budget friendly I had to share. All this centerpiece is is a bouquet of magnolia leaves spray painted gold and displayed in a tall, slender vase.

To make this you will need the following supplies:

1. Four or five stems with 6-8 Magnolia leaves on each stem

2. Gold Spray paint

3. Vase of your choosing

To make this you will need to:

1. Spray paint your Magnolia leaves gold. This will take a few coats of paint to get all the different angles but you may find, as did I, that the gold spray paint dries incredibly quickly so it doesn’t take long.

2. Once paint is dry, make your bouquet by bunching your Magnolia stems together.

3. Secure your bunched stems together with a rubber band or twisty tie.

4. Place your secured stem base into the vase and fidget with the leaves until you have the desired shape and fullness. It really is that simple.

Also, If you want to make the vase that I used then simply buy two vases at the Dollar like this these:

20150122_103510And glue the bottoms together like so:

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imageVoila, you have a budget friendly tall and slender vase!

I added in a few vases filled with berries and floating candles as well as berry details around the table, more candles, and more gold magnolia leaves. This whole setting it centered around a gold charger used as the base. All glass was purchased at the Dollar Tree. The Magnolia centerpiece costs around $3 to make. The total table decor (centerpiece, charger, glass candle holders, and candles) costs just under $12 total. Seriously, you can get this same decor for less than $12 a table.

Another thing that I love about these centerpieces and that must be said if you plan to use these for a big event like a wedding is that you can make these Magnolia centerpieces ahead of time. I made mine two weeks before the event and it was still standing tall the night of the banquet. Such a great way to add drama and height to any table for about $3 a piece!

What do you think? And don’t forget to please share what arrangements you come up with! Check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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