holiday display for under $10

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Here we go...back to the Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby! I have a shelf in my built ins on either side of my fireplace that needs something holiday on it, so we're going to come up with something without breaking the bank. I buy:
At the Dollar Tree:
  • two rectangle tin trays (this is the back of one)

  • a 3-opening frame (I got mine back in Sept and they actually had white! My store still has the brown, so you could spray paint it white) $1
  • 2 ceramic candlesticks~these ones were sponge painted blue, so I just spray painted them Wal-mart white (can you believe not the cream???) $2 for both
  • 2 snowflake ornaments from Hobby Lobby for $2 a piece ( I have also seen almost identical ones at Target and Michaels, or use some of your favorites, or the dollar tree has some great ones as well!)
  • go into my scrapbook stash and pull out some glitter letter stickers, and some cute red and green tags. If you don't have these, head to Michaels or HL to round some up, and you'll probably go over the $10 mark. Sorry! Or, you could just print out the letters on some cute paper.
  • I dig out a red candle from my candle drawer and slice it in half, since I only have one. I know, I could have bought another, but I really didn't want to head out again, so I improvised. Again, if you don't have red candles, grab some at the Dollar Tree.
My total is $7 ~yea!
Then, I spray paint my trays with an Oregano color left over from a box I did for my girls' room. I attach a little piece of velcro to the ornament and the tray and attach. Hot glue didn't cut it for holding the ornament, so I resorted to velcro. It took a cheap looking tray very quickly to a nice little backdrop frame for my ornament. I love the little beading around the edges!

I put my letters on my gift tags and assemble them in the frame. I think big fat letters spelling JOY would be smashing as well, but I worked with what I had:
Put everything together on the shelf!
I went a little crazy at the dollar tree, so I'll be back with some fun finds for inexpensive (yet oh so chic!) holiday decor.
Happy Wednesday to y'all~I'm going to go face the mountain of laundry that is clean, it just needs to be folded and put away. I know, I should have just folded it as it came out when everything was nice and warm and wrinkle free, but decorating for Christmas is just much more fun.
I am not going to touch my computer until it's done. I'm not....


  1. I love it! I think I need to make a trip there later. :)

  2. Love it! I should be doing laundry as well:)

  3. dang...those are tooo cute!!!!

  4. I'm a fairly recent lurker but wanted to come out and say thanks for all your wonderful ideas! I actually did "JOY" after seeing your Halloween ones and it turned out really cute.

  5. SO cute. I love the trays!!

  6. Oh - I never would have thought of that for the space above my kitchen cupboards! Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing your creativity :)

  7. How very cute!! You are so clever!!! I love how you just cut the candle in half!! Those trays are just gorgeous with the snowflake!

  8. Wow! Very pretty project and great idea!!

  9. Oh dear, do I need you. I just haven't been able to get ino the Christmas spirit yet. Anyone who thinks of ornaments on a tray...that'll do it! I am so thanksful for you!!!!!!

  10. So cute!

    I can't wait to hit the dollar store.

    Thanks for the ideas.

  11. ok thats is the BEST idea I have ever seen! your awesome! and LOVE the colors! and you did it will little ones underfoot-you are the woman!

  12. What a great idea and what a charming holiday display. Thank you so very much for sharing with us both the instructions and your photographs! ~Arleen

  13. Oh my goodness...I bought those trays back a good while ago and have had them just put up....thanks for sharing this project cause I am going to get my spray paint out and have fun to.

  14. So cute! Thanks for sharing these cute (and easy) ideas!

  15. How great! I'm falling in love with the frame.

  16. I'm a huge fan of spray paint! Love the frame - it looks really cute!


  17. I don't know how I missed this on your blog before (because I thought I read had EVERYTHING - I love your crafty ideas!). But somehow I did. This is the cutest project!!! Thank you so much for linking back to it.

  18. I just found your blog and can i say how much i am loving it?! I hope you never get sick of decorating and blogging because i could never get sick of your ideas! You are motivating me like crazy, haha!

  19. great idea :) 


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