Christmas Tablescape ~ Dollar Store Challenge

When it comes to decorating, there are definitely things that don’t come easy or natural for me; this tablescape was one of those things. No doubt about it, I LOVE a great deal, but the dollar store isn’t where I generally shop for my home decor. But, I do love a challenge, and love to use my creativity, so when some of my blogging buddies asked me to be part of this challenge, I was all in!

The challenge was to create a Christmas/winter tablescape, using items purchased from Dollar Tree.

What I purchased…

•Kraft paper and gift wrap, for my table runner.•Gold charger plates.

I painted them in white chalk paint, and then slightly sanded them, to expose some of the gold underneath.•Gold rimmed dinner plates.

With a gold marker, I drew polka dots on the edges of the plates.•Holiday salad plates•Wine glasses•Jingle bells.

I painted them, and added name tags.•Glass vases.

I taped them off, and painted them with gold spray paint. When the spray paint was almost completely dry, I sanded the paint with a piece of wet, fine grit sand paper.And, on some, added a stencil.•Village pieces.

I spray painted them in flat white paint. Then, while the spray paint was still wet, I sprinkled glitter on them. I taped over the “post office” and “hotel” signs on the houses, before I painted them.•Small Christmas trees.

I flocked them, added SnowTex, and glitter. And switched the stands.•Snowflakes

I spray painted them in flat white paint, and while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled glitter on them. I then tied them to the chandelier that hangs above my dining table.Something that I love to use whenever setting a table is candles! These little votives are always a favorite.And then of course, taper candles for my old brass candlestick holders. There you have it, a tablescape that came almost primarily from the dollar store. The only things not purchased from Dollar Tree, the brass candlestick holders, the buckets that the Christmas trees are in, and the fresh greenery.

What do you think? If you didn’t know better, would you have been able to guess that this is a Dollar Tree tablescape?

Do you want more Dollar Tree inspiration? Be sure to visit my blogging buddies that have participated in this challenge too, just click on their names below.

Tara @stilettosandshiplap

Terrie @decorateandmorewithtip

NJ @thecolorfulwingsjournal

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  1. Your tablescape is beautiful, and you were very creative in designing it! Can you please tell the source for the stencil you used?

    1. Thank you so much! It’s a Martha Stewart stencil that I got at Michael’s.💗

      1. Thanks so much! Hope my store has it!

        1. You’re very welcome! I hope they have it too! I’ve used mine a lot!💗

  2. Emily I’m completely speechless! I mean it! You have outdone yourself especially for someone who says she isn’t good at this sort of thing! What’s funny is, I almost went with the little village pieces on my tablescape and I was planning to paint them white as well! Now I’m glad I changed my mind (only because I had set up a little village with some of them elsewhere and didn’t want them all over my entire house) or our tablescapes would have been almost the same!

    1. You’re so sweet! Thank you! I so love your tablescape too!!!💗

  3. This is truly a work of art. It’s incredible how you can transform dollar items and make them look so expensive. Gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  4. Wow!!!!!! This is stunning!!!! I absolutely love what you did with the chargers and those sweet lil village buildings!!! Fabulous job!!!!

    1. Thank you, my friend!💗

  5. Emily, your table is breathtaking! I am loving every single item. You have created a lovely table and budget friendly! I am pinning this to use for my next tablescape so I can remember what you did and how you made it. Great job sweetie!

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  6. Emily,
    You have out done yourself. I thought there would be one or two things from the dollar store after seeing the beautiful image on IG, but this is outstanding! I’ll probably steel some of these ideas for a winter wedding I’ll be doing in a few years for my niece. As you known decorating a wedding can be such a budget buster! 😍 😍 😍

    1. Your the sweetest!! Thank you for the sweet words! I’m sure the wedding will be amazing!!💗

  7. OK you’re amazing Emily! You are so creative in all of the things you re-did and you did it in such a cool way that I’m totally inspired! Good job hun!

    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you, my friend!!💗

  8. Just Beautiful on a budget!!! WOW! Thanks for the inspiration! Great job!

    1. Thank you so much!!💗

  9. Amazing! I love your creativity and craftiness – you’re so talented. I have to try the little house ideas and the gold on the cylindrical vases. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much!!💗

  10. So many clever ideas for this challange! You did an amazing job Emily! I am so impressed with every little detail! Just Gorgeous!

    1. You’re so sweet! Thank you!!💗

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