If you’d like to bring the feeling of spring to your home to celebrate the new season, but don’t want to spend too much, just head to the dollar store! Many of my favourite decor pieces from over the years have actually come from this super affordable place!
I had another “a-ha” moment recently when I was looking around my home after decorating for spring. This happens pretty frequently, actually, about once per season. 🙂 It’s hard to believe, but I realized that so many of my favourite home decor pieces that I reach for each spring actually came from the dollar store. Some of them were found more recently, but some are items that I actually bought close to ten years ago and are still available at the dollar store today! I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of my favourite dollar store spring decor pieces today and point them out to you so you can pop into the dollar store too if you want to spring-ify your home!
Pussy Willow Branches
I blame these for the fact that I still haven’t planted any real pussy willows on our property. 🙂 I think I’ve actually had these for longer than ten years and I just never feel like I’m missing out each spring. I was so happy to see that these were so available on a recent dollar store trip and they looked to be exactly the same as mine.
These have definitely become an all-season decor item for me, especially after I learned to age them using basic, non-toxic ingredients last year. I think they look especially good with garden-inspired spring decor though.
These bunnies are such a dollar store classic! I think they’ve had the exact same style of bunny every year for at least the last twelve years or so. These are really cute just as they are, but they’re also great spray painted with mirror finish paint like I did a few years ago. I also really love them painted with chalk paint like my neighbour Sarah did.
You need greenery and flowers for spring decor. You just do. I think it’s actually a little bit therapeutic to have all that greenery around you at the end of a long winter. If you don’t have any greenery outside that you can cut and bring in, faux plants still do the trick! Actually, I love a mix of real flowers and greenery along with my fake stuff. I’ll take all the greenery I can get! 🙂 If I’m being honest, dollar store fake plants have been some of my favourites over the years and I often like them even better than some that were much more expensive.
Mini Galvanized Metal Tray
I just have to give this little tray a shoutout all its own. This tray came from the dollar store as part of a set along with three little mini galvanized buckets. I thought it was pretty cute. Complete junk that I would never actually find a use for, but cute none-the-less. Well, I tossed it into the aging bath along with the mini buckets and it’s been in constant use ever since! I actually love it to group items together as part of a vignette in a larger tray. It just adds the perfect amount of rustic-ness without being too in the way.
You can just see it here in this photo peeking out from behind the clock on the coffee table/ottoman thing.
Galvanized Metal Watering Can
I know. So much galvanized metal. Spring really is the perfect time to go crazy with it though, and the dollar store is such an amazing source for all things galvanized! This perfectly rusty, character-filled watering can was once super shiny and cheap-looking and now it looks like it could be as old as our house. I love to fill it with flowers, or just tuck it in next to some planters for a little extra garden-y charm.
Wooden Handled Gardening Tools
I have to say: The dollar store’s garden tools seem to have gotten much better in recent years. I picked a bunch of these garden tools with wooden handles from the dollar store last year just because I thought they were pretty and I could use them in styling photos here and there. Well, of course, within a few weeks they were being used in the garden for real because we just never seem to have enough spades. They’ve been just as sturdy as any other spade in my ever-growing collection and I even used one that had accidentally been left out all winter the other day and it was in perfect shape. None of the usual bendy-ness or broken handles that you often end up with. So, bottom line: great for adding a fresh, garden-y flare to spring decor, and useful for the rest of the season as well!
These are perennial favourites around here and I’m not even sure how many of these boxwood balls I own at this point. There seems to be at least one somewhere in every room in our house. I bought my first one about ten years ago and they’re still available at my local dollar store today. I still often pick one up when I’m there. 🙂 They’re great in containers for kind of a topiary look and they’re great just on their own
More decor that isn’t really decor, but that adds a fun springy vibe to your space and that can be useful to you when you’re done with it! Or, if you’re feeling really crafty you can make a really fun wreath out of them! My friend Julie is the queen of non-traditional wreaths. 🙂 I just like to lay them out where I can see them to remind me that gardening season is starting. Then when I need them, I can just grab them and go!
Clear Glass Vases for Flowers, Votive Holders for Candles
When it comes to spring decor, you have to have lots of vases of all different shapes and sizes for flowers that you bring in from the garden, or buy at the store. The dollar store is the best place to go to build your collection of basic, classic clear glass vases! Earlier in the spring, before the flowers are really ready, I love to use a lot of candles around the house to give the place a little life, kind of like I did last year in my Spring Hygge home tour.
Over the last few years, I’ve often used a little shot of mirror finish spray paint on my dollar store clear glass vases and candle holders to give them kind of a mercury glass look.
What are some of your favourite spring decor items that you’ve found at the dollar store over the years?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.