GORGEOUS Summer Decor DIYs... made using dollar store supplies and a FREE download

If you love SUMMER, FREE things, CHEAP decor, and craftting... this post is for you! Today, I'm sharing gorgeous summer decor DIYs that I made using dollar store supplies, and I am sharing a summer print that you can download for free.

First up... is this beautiful piece of porch decor I made using dollar store supplies.

I started with this galvanized planter that I found at my local Dollarama. 

I used my Cricut to add a decal to the front, but you could leave it plain, paint the front, or add stickers. It's totally up to you.

I finished by inserting floral foam into the bucket and inserting dollar store florals and greenery. Cute, right?!? For a closer look, you can check out the YouTube video here.

It looks great on my porch next to the dollar store bird house planter I made last year.

Next up... is this FREE summer downloadable print I designed for you. 

To get your copy: click on the photo below, right-click, and save it to your computer. Then, print it like a regular 8x10 photo.

You can display it on a dollar store clipboard embellished with ribbon and paper flowers.

Or, you can pop the picture is a dollar store frame (or a frame you already have). I have a frame in my house dedicated to seasonal and holiday prints, and I just switch out the photo periodically.

The last project I have to share today is a fun way to upgrade a wooden dollar store shelf. The dollar store has tons of these shelves with words on them. 

I painted mine with white chalk paint, added some wooden beads for feet, and secured a bit of ribbon around it with hot glue. I styled mine with dollar store greenery and lemons.

You can get a closer look at the "before" and "after" here.

Look how cute the tray looks with the free print. No one would guess that this summer decor came from the dollar store!

I also made a short little video showing how I made ALL these projects. Check it out below!

What do you think of these dollar store DIYs? Which one is your favourite? If you would have done something different, let me know in the comments below. I'm always looking for inexpensive home decor ideas.

Gina Bell
 (aka East Coast Mommy)

You can find more budget friendly DIY ideas here.

FREE Spring Watercolour Print

Seasonal decorating is a fantastic way to periodically refresh your home. And one of my favourite EASY things to do is to update the artwork on a clipboard frame I made using dollar store supplies. Today, I'm sharing a FREE print for Spring that you can download and use. You are going to love this idea!

Isn't this print simple and adorable for Spring? I printed it at my local copy store, and I absolutely love it!

To download your own copy: click on the photo below, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a normal 8x10 photo.

I put the print I designed on a dollar store clipboard that I dressed up with a bit of ribbon and some dollar store paper flowers. I love how easy it is to update this budget-friendly frame with new seasonal prints, don't you?

Alternatively, you could stick your free print in a frame. I love how it looks with some dollar store florals.

What do you think? Do you love the muted colours I used for this free Spring print?

Do you prefer the clip board frame? Or is the framed print more your style?

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

You might also be interested in the budget-friendly Spring decor ideas here.

*NEW* DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (made using DOLLAR STORE supplies)

Mother's Day is coming up, and it's time to start thinking about getting a gift for the special lady / ladies in your life. Today, I have FIVE fantastic Mother's Day gift ideas that are super-cute, thoughtful, and budget friendly. They use almost all dollar store supplies. I even made a video to let you see how simple they are to make.

1) Chocolate bar bouquet - I absolutely love this idea. I started with a dollar store pot, chocolate bars, dowels, and floral foam. 

Then, I used hot glue to attach dowels to the backs of chocolate bars.

I used my Cricut to add words to my pot, but this step is optional.

To finish my bouquet, I placed a piece of floral foam in the pot, inserted the chocolate bar "flowers", and filled in the blank spaces with tissue paper.

2) Personalized candle - This is an adorable personalized gift, and a great way to upgrade a dollar store pillar candle.

To make it, I printed a photo on my picture, cut it out, and positioned it on the candle. Then, I covered the picture with wax paper, and applied heat with my heat gun. I let it cool for 5 minutes and then peeled off the wax paper. That's it!

Note: The picture is paper, so if you aren't just going to use it for decorative purposes, make sure you only burn it until you reach the top of the picture.

3) Gorgeous Faux Flower Arrangement - Fake florals can look cheap, but with a little effort they can look high end. I started with these dollar store roses and dollar store milk jug.

I added some twine and beads to the milk jug, separated the flowers, and arranged them until the bouquet looked full and beautiful.

4) Custom Cutting Boards - These dollar store cutting boards are inexpensive and great for DIYing.

On one of the cutting boards, I used a wood burning tool to trace out one of my son's drawing. On the other one, I added a vinyl monogram and ribbon bow. I think they both make great gifts!

5) Unique dollar store find - You can always find unique items at the dollar store, and it's fun to "gift" them in a creative way. Recently I found this "wine buddy" cooler, and I absolutely love it!

I put a bottle of wine in my portable cooler, and poped it in dollar store basket. Then, I added a bag of chips (for the dollar store), and it's ready to go!

For a closer look, check out the YouTube video I made here.

Aren't these Mother's Day gift ideas fanstastic?

Let me know which one you like the best. I think the candle might be my favourite, but they are all fantastic.

Happy Mother's Day!

Gina Bell
 (aka East Coast Mommy)

You might also be interested in the Mother's Day gift ideas here.

The BEST ***NEW*** Dollar Store DIYs for SPRING 🌸

I love seasonal decorating on a budget, don't you? And Spring is the perfect time for a bit of a decor refresh... and little dollar store DIY. Today, I' sharing a few NEW dollar store DIYs for Spring.

One of my favourite DIYs I made this year was a fence I crafted from dollar store plant markers. They are inexpensive and perfect for crafting a versatile piece of Spring decor.

I started by painting the plant markers with white paint and dry brushing them with a bit of grey paint. Then, I used hot glue to attach the posts together with another one of the posts.

I love this fence as a back drop for other Spring decor items. 

These great rounds are another fantastic dollar store crafting material. I bought this package of 6 rounds for $4. You can't beat that!

I taped off sections of the round, and painted them in different colours.

Then, I used my Cricut to cut out the words "Hello Spring", and I hung my round over a wreath I purchased at the dollar store a couple of years ago. 

If you don't have a Cricut, you can use a stencil, paints, stickers, or window clings attached with Mod Podge. 

Another great project uses the clay pots they sell at the dollar store. I started by painting them with white chalk paint.

Then, I taped them off and painted the rims with different Spring colours -- one light green, one light pink, and one light blue.

When they were dry, I used my Cricut to add the words "Plant", "Bloom", and "Grow" to the pots. Then, I filled the pots with floral foam and fake flowers. I think it looks great in front of the fence I made. Not bad for a couple of dollars, right?

The last craft was a tiny faux book stack I made with scraps of wood. You could also use dollar store jenga blocks glued together.

I painted one dark pink, one light pink, and one white. Then, I attached them together with hot glue, and wrapped them with twine. 

I finished by attaching a bit of Spring greenery to the top.

I displayed them on top of a dollar store candle holder I painted with white paint, but they would be adorable on a tiered tray too.

How great are these dollar store DIYs for Spring? Which one is your favourite?

For more information on crafting these simple projects, take a peek at this short video.

I hope you enjoyed these dollar store DIYs. I love easy and inexpensive home decor, and the dollar store is a fantastic place to get inspiration and supplies. 

I'll be back soon with even more ideas, so don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter and YouTube channel.

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

You might also be interested in these fantastic Spring Dollar Store DIYs here.

NEW Spring Decor DIYs... using dollar store supplies

As winter comes to an end, I love adding inexpensive Spring decor to my home. Don't you love how the colours and textures of Spring make your home feel bright and re-freshed? 

Today, I'm sharing a few NEW Spring Decor DIYS that I made using dollar store supplies. (And don't forget to check out the short, easy-to-follow "how to" video below.)

One of my favourite dollar store hacks is making use of their seasonal florals. This year I found these fantastic apple blossom and pussy willow stems.

I cut pieces for the stems, and arranged them in this dollar store milk jug. Then, to dress up the milk jug, I added some twine and wood beads. Cute, right?!?

Bird houses are another option for Spring decor, and I love this unfinished wooden one I found at my local dollar store.

I ripped the hanger from the top, painted the birdhouse white, used hot glue to attach strips of twine to the roof, and wrapped a ring of greenery around the base. It's a perfect piece of decor on it's own, but it's also perfect for a tiered tray.

And... if you are looking for an inexpensive Spring tiered tray option, I have a simple (and inexpensive) DIY option you are going to love.

I started with two plastic plates and a candle holder from Dollarama.

Then, I painted the candle holder with white chalk paint and used hot glue to attach the plates to the candle holder. I decorated it with the birdhouse, wooden beads and some Spring florals. No one will ever guess this is a dollar store DIY!

To see the step by step instructions for all these dollar store crafts / dollar store DIYs, check out the "how to" YouTube video I made below.

I love how all the projects look together, don't you?

Are you interested in more Spring DIYs? I have more great easy and inexpensive projects coming soon, so make sure to take the time to follow me on social media so you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

You might also like the Spring DIYs here.

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