10+ Dollar Store DIYs That Look Like You Dropped Mad Cash

Diply 25 Oct 2018

Do you have luxurious, over-the-top style but feel constricted by your budget? If so, I'm there with you. Thankfully, these DIYs only look expensive. That's because their materials all come from the dollar store.

Yes, it is possible to satisfy your champagne taste on a ginger ale budget, and these glamorous projects prove it.

1. Chic night-light

Homemade Ginger | Homemade Ginger

How cute would this look on your nightstand? Homemade Ginger updated this night-light from the dollar store into a stylish bedroom accessory. I'm loving the gold trim.

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At first glance, you would never know that this night-light came from the dollar store. 

Homemade Ginger | Homemade Ginger

A little paint, Mod Podge, and some tissue paper go a long way. The best part is that you could customize this night-light in any color you want.

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2. DIY serving tray

Cutefetti | Cutefetti

Serving trays are the epitome of luxury, but you can easily make one for a few dollars thanks to this DIY from Dawn Lopez at Cutefetti. All you need is a frame and a placemat from the dollar store.

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Simply pop the placemat into the frame and set it on your coffee table or ottoman. 

Cutefetti | Cutefetti

Now you can binge Netflix while being surrounded by style. I can't get over how cheap and easy this project is.

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3. Gold picture frames

YouTube | Lily Ardor

Here's a tip: Frames from the dollar store are a great deal. DIY blogger Lily Ardor snagged these gold frames from her local dollar store, and then took them to the next level with a few simple materials.

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She painted candlesticks gold to match and mounted them to the frames with a wooden dowel.

YouTube | Lily Ardor

Talk about a gorgeous way to display your photos. If pictures say a thousand words, then these frames must up the value at least a bit, right?

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4. DIY mirror boxes

Hi Sugarplum! | Hi Sugarplum!

I've always wondered what people do with these packages of mirrors. Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! has a great project that turns these mirrors into a unique addition to any home.

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These mirror boxes are a modern way to display your plants.

Hi Sugarplum! | Hi Sugarplum!

Once you've built your boxes, you can line up a few for an eye-catching table presentation. Pop one on a shelf or on an end table, too!

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5. Jeweled napkin rings

Tatertots & Jello | Tatertots & Jello

Have a dinner party coming up? Tatertots & Jello came up with the prettiest, easiest, and cheapest way to upgrade those boring old napkin rings.

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Wow your guests with these napkin rings, but we can keep the price a secret. 

Tatertots & Jello | Tatertots & Jello

I think jeweled napkin rings should be a staple at every dinner party now that we know they can be so affordable.

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6. Malachite planter

Gina Michele | Gina Michele

Gina Michele turned a run-of-the-mill terra-cotta planter into a stunning display for her plants. All you need is a pot from your local dollar or garden store, some paint, and a fan brush.

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From a distance, the paint pattern looks exactly like malachite. 

Gina Michele | Gina Michele

I bet you could also create a marble-effect using white, black, and gray paint. Get creative with the colors you love.

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7. Rose globe centerpieces

Good Home Design | Good Home Design

Add a pop of color to any room or table with these jaw-dropping centerpieces. Who says silk flowers can't look like the real thing? I might actually prefer these.

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This project would also make great wedding decor if you're on a budget. 

Good Home Design | Good Home Design

Thanks to the folks at Good Home Design, we can all add a little flower power to our lives.

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8. Golden deer candle

Clever Pink Pirate | Clever Pink Pirate

This might be the easiest DIY on the list. Pick up a candle and some gold spray paint and you're all set to create a woodland fantasy.

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I might just have to make a dozen or so of these for Christmas. 

Clever Pink Pirate | Clever Pink Pirate

Thank you to The Clever Pink Pirate for showing us how to upgrade on a budget. No one has to know it isn't made from real gold.

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9. Upgrade your shades

The Pretty Life Girls | The Pretty Life Girls

Liz and Sam from The Pretty Life Girls have a great idea for turning dollar store sunglasses into the ultimate summer must-have. All you need is a little nail polish and some creativity.

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How gorgeous do these look?

The Pretty Life Girls | The Pretty Life Girls

Honestly, these could pass as Gucci or Prada shades. Only you'll know that you scored them for just a couple of bucks.

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10. Wooden bead blanket holder

Francois et Moi | Francois et Moi

Wooden beads are something I always see in the craft section, but I never know what I would use them for. Francois et Moi paired them with some homemade clay beads for a unique blanket holder.

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You wouldn't normally think of wood as a luxury material, but clearly it is.

Francois et Moi | Francois et Moi

The other thing I love about this project is that it turns your blankets into an art display.

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11. Cracked glass gemstones

Dollar Store Crafts | Dollar Store Crafts

You can buy marbles by the bag at the dollar store. They look pretty enough, but if you really want to up your DIY game, try cracking them for a cool effect with this DIY from Dollar Store Crafts.

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Snap, crackle, and pop with these stones!

Dollar Store Crafts | Dollar Store Crafts

Once you've added that extra crackle, they make great pendants for DIY jewelry projects, or would look pretty filling a vase with some flowers.

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12. Floral mirror

Better Remade | Better Remade

This project is for a mirror, but it would really work with any frame. Grab some paper in a favorite pattern and your Mod Podge and get to work.

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People will think you picked this mirror up from Anthropologie. 

Better Remade | Better Remade

Better Remade brought us this chic DIY and said that you can also try it with patterned fabric instead of paper. Love it!

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