Dollar Store Decorating Week!

Dollar Store Decorating Week!

I have really been looking forward to this week.  I’m joining up with my friends and doing some dollar store Christmas projects. Whoop!  Whoop!

Before I show you my project, I’ve got to introduce you to my dollar store peeps.  These are some amazing women that I am blessed to call my friends. Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage (one of my besties and by the way has an AMAZING holiday room tour you don’t want to miss!), Lindsay at Makely School for Girls  (has so many cute projects on her blog I can’t stand it), Stacy at Kids Stuff World (my partner in crime and such a special person you don’t want to go through life without knowing her), Andrea at The Cottage Market (her blog is just a cheerful place I can go when I’m feeling down), Richella at Imparting Grace (who I’ve gotten to know this year and have fallen madly in love with), Karen at The Graphics Fairy (she is one of those people that generously spreads joy to the people around her) and Tonya at Love of Family and Home (she is such a treasure and so talented I can hardly stand it!).

Whew!  That packs a punch!  What a great group.   OK, now I’m all swoony from thinking about my friends.  But on to the dollar store project.

Last Friday night James and I were going to go out for a date.  So after dinner I said, “Hey, want to do something really romantic?  Let’s go to the dollar store!”  He went for it.  While I wandered around in serious mode looking for something to make a Christmas decoration with he walked around the store with an elf hat on waving cheap toys at me and saying, “Let’s get this!”  Fun.

Finally I saw some nutcrackers and decided to make something to put on my piano.  It needed a little jazzing up for the holidays.  I also found little frames, so $18 dollars later I was ready to tackle my idea.

I printed out some pictures from our recent family photo day and put them in the little frames.  My plan was to glue the frames onto the nutcrackers to look like they were holding pictures of the kids.  Occasionally I had to break the weapons off of the little men….so sad.

Then I GLOBBED (technical term) hot glue onto the hands and pressed the backs of the frames onto them.

It held pretty well, but I’m going to be brutally honest with you, it didn’t look that great.  It was hard to get the picture straight, they were all kind of boring and tipped over too easily.  It needed more work.  Bummer.

I went out to my workshop and cut some scrap wood into blocks of different heights and spray painted them.  I also cut a long 1×4 and painted it.  It’s times like these when I’m glad I keep spray paint around.  I can knock out a project with spray paint.

I globbed more glue onto the blocks and put the nutcrackers on them.  Then more globbing to glue each nutcracker to the long board.  I used about 3 sticks of glue on this sucker.

Some of the pictures are still crooked.  I guess I could take them off and re-glue them.  But I probably won’t.  I’m tired now.

I like it.  It’s a fun new addition to the Christmas decor.

All week you’ll get more dollar store ideas from these other ladies and on Friday…YOU can join in the fun!  Come back Friday and link your dollar store holiday ideas!  It can be anything….decorating, crafts, clothes…anything from the dollar store.  I can’t wait to see what you make.

Let’s get our dollar store idea hat on!


  1. That’s a wonderful idea you had! Love it!

  2. These turned out so cute and look so great sitting on top of your piano! Great idea Lisa!

  3. How FABULOUSLY ADORABLE is this!!!! You sure rocked the dollar day project my friend and created something that will last a lifetime! AWESOME!!! Applause and Appaws from me and mine!!! : ) hugs..

  4. Lisa, that is really adorable. You are brilliant! And how cool that you have a handy bunch of kids, in a nice neat odd number, so that you have wonderful photos to place in those frames! 🙂

    Your introduction is so kind. I still can’t believe I’m in this auspicious group. My project is not nearly so impressive as yours–but I think (hope? pray?) it’s fun.

  5. I’ve been waiting all day to get home and take a peek at your project!! I just knew it was going to be fun and I was right. I saw those nutcrackers at my Dollar Store and would have never dreamed of doing something like this! That’s what I love about challenges like this, everyone comes up with something unique and different. Great job Lisa

  6. This post is so wonderful. I would NEVER have thought to do any of this. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to decorate this year. I love being able to see what everyone else is doing. It really puts me in the holiday spirit. Oh, how I wish my granny could sit down at your gorgeous blue piano and play Christmas music. We lost her in 1998 and none of the family has kept up that tradition of singing. I hope that you and yours will get plenty of use from it this Christmas. 🙂

    Because I don’t know proper blogging protocol yet, I just wanted to let you know that I linked to your site from mine. I just mentioned how grateful I am for your encouragement and willingness to give me advice. Thank you.

    God bless,

  7. Lovely. I kind of like it looking a little higgly piggly, adds to it’s charm

  8. Stop it! This is WAY too adorable!

  9. Such a clever idea. I love it! i just found your cute blog. Happy holidays.

  10. So cute Lisa, and such a clever idea! I’m finally just getting around to see everyone’s projects now. I’m so glad Gina put this fun event together!

  11. As always LOVE! You are the most creative girl on the block! 🙂

  12. Very unique idea! Great job making it work.

  13. What a brilliant idea! I just love the dollar tree! I bought a bag of ornaments for me tree this year.

  14. What a great idea!

  15. This is great! I love it so much!
    Thanks for sharing, I think its fun to participate to this initiative, although we don’t have a Dollar shop in the Netherlands where I live.
    But there are lots of other stores were you can get nice decoration stuff for just a few euro’s!
    I will mention this party on my blog too!
    Enjoy all the participants

  16. The Piano is GORGEOUS !!!!

  17. I so might do this next year