Wednesday, January 28, 2015

5 Decor Ideas Under $5

One thing about me is for sure: I love decorating. But I don't like how expensive it can get. I remember how much money I used to blow through whenever I moved into a new apartment because I just HAD to have all of the newest and coolest things to fill a space.

When we moved into our house this past summer, I finally started to accept the fact that I needed to simplify my habit a little bit. So today I'm going to share some of my favorite decorating ideas that I've used, and the best part? They are all under 5 bucks! :)

#1 Plates

Our kitchen cabinets don't go all the way to the ceiling, which leaves us with a huge blank piece of wall. And while I love our espresso painted cabinets, they seemed a little bit dark at first. So I hung up a few cheery plates and the kitchen instantly felt brighter, just like that!

I found this set online at Walmart. It was $24 but included dinner plates, salad plates and mugs so if you break it down, each plate was really only $2. I got the plate hangers on sale at Michaels, they're normally $2.50 for a small and $5 for a large.

Okay okay I know my set up didn't fall under $5, but you could shop the dollar store for plates. If you haven't checked out the plates at your local dollar store, I think you may be surprised with what they have as far as plate designs go. You could easily pick a couple up, throw some plate hangers on, and give a wall an instant new look for cheap!

#2 Painted Vases

Awhile ago I shared my tutorial on painted vases. This is probably one of my favorite little secrets. I also find that I'm somewhat obsessed with them haha.

The dollar store has a huge variety of vases to choose from, and you can either use leftover wall paint or acrylic paint that can be as cheap as $1 at the craft store.

#3 Painted Twigs

And yet another dollar store find! (If you've seen my post Dollar Store Decor, you probably are aware that place is my little paradise when it comes to decorating!)

These can easily be made in your backyard with some twigs and a can of spray paint. You can even change them up for the seasons. Glittery during Christmas, soft pastel colors during the spring, oranges in the fun would that be?!

#4 Twine Wrapped Jars

I've been incorporating a lot of beachy and nautical decor in the basement, which is what inspired me to create these.

There isn't much to them, you only need a roll of twine (I found mine at Walmart for about $3), a jar and a hot glue gun.

You could go all the way up, or just halfway like I did.

#5 Sand and Candles

Last but not least, one of my favorite looks is a sand filled candle holder. These are all over the place in our basement.

The mason jars with the wire handles came as a set from Ross, but could easily be made with ones from the dollar store. The sand can be found at hobby stores, Walmart or if you're lucky enough to live by a beach, you can get some for free.

See, decorating doesn't always have to be expensive! Don't live with blank walls and empty shelves for fear of breaking the bank. You just have to get a little creative.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a little splurge here and there. But I don't feel as guilty when I do since I can look around and see how much money I've already saved .

Do you have any other cheap ideas that you would like to share? I'd be happy to hear them! :)

We leave for Vegas on Friday morning, so I'll be back next Thursday with some Vegas pics to share! Have a great week/weekend everybody!!

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  1. Thanks for sharing such cute ideas. Love the jute wrapped jar!
    Visiting from the linky party.

  2. Cute ideas - and they look great in your home!

  3. Nice frugal ideas (: Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love your ideas! (Here through the DIY linky party - even though I'm not participating - yet.)

  5. Great ideas I love the plates and the sand with the candle which you could also use colored sand with. Followed you here from My two Favorite Things on Thursday link up.

  6. I love these ideas they are so sweet and I especially love the plates above the cabinets! I wish I could do that in my kitchen.


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