5 Dollar-Store DIY Decor Projects from TikTok That Look Even Better Than the Price Tag
With many of us still spending most of our time at home, DIY projects have become a major hobby, and with the increase of recent supply chain issues, people are turning to cheap solutions to decorate their homes. One source of inspiration comes from what might be the most budget-friendly retailer: dollar stores. The hashtag, #dollartreediy, has almost 1 billion views on TikTok and counting.
Users can't get enough of these budget-friendly home decor projects—faux stone accents, custom plant stands, and a $7 side table, to name a few—using products only found at discount stores. We've rounded up a few of the top trending accessories that are easy to make, affordable, and look even better than their price tag. Get prepared to run to your local discount store and find the supplies for these favorite Dollar Tree DIY projects.
1. Faux Stone Bowl
With more than 2 million hashtags on TikTok, #diybowl is rising in popularity with projects ranging from vinyl bowls using old records to woven rope baskets. But you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to create contemporary stoneware for your coffee table. Faux stone bowls are easy to make with just a few supplies. This one, made by Laryssa Meira, features discount-store glassware and plasticware, a little bit of baking soda mixed with paint for a realistic finish, and textured spray paint to create the illusion of real stone. The paint makes this vessel practically indistinguishable from a real one. For a project that takes a relatively small amount of time, this DIY stone bowl will give your coffee table a luxurious final touch.
2. Custom Side Table
DIY tables of all sizes are trending on TikTok, and #sidetable has more than 215 million views on the platform, with plenty of tips for styling the surface and a variety of ideas for building your own.
A table for $7 is rare, especially one that looks as stylish as this creation by Lone Fox Home. Since this table is constructed out of plastic bowls, don't forget to add some cement mix to the bottom to prevent it from tipping over. Make sure to use lots of glue and take your time stacking the bowls to keep your table from looking similar to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This DIY side table is great for displaying some small succulents or books.
3. Propagation Station
TikTok users love showcasing their succulents, and propagating, in particular, has become a popular hobby. The hashtag #propagation has almost 200 million views and videos include explainers on what to propagate your plants in, how-tos with the best techniques, and more.
Make an adorable propagation station your houseplants will thrive in with this tutorial from @ystreetstudio. The planters are made from pencil holders with suction cups. Try placing these on a bathroom mirror or window for living wall art. The suction cups can also be switched out for nails for a more permanent solution. If you are worried about leaks, try attaching small plastic tubes inside the pencil holder or spraying the inside with water seal spray.
4. Fall Lantern
A fall decorating favorite, #diylantern has more than 4 million views on TikTok. But trendy lighting doesn't need to be store-bought, and TikTok users have featured impressive hacks, including upcycled Mason jars, wire baskets, placemats and more, for creating DIY lanterns.
Olivia's Romantic Home created this Pottery Barn-inspired lantern from just a few discount store supplies, optional stain, and a hot-glue gun. Personalize it with your favorite stain color or paint detailing on the top and bottom. Opt for battery-operated candles for a risk-free seasonal display.
5. Woven Wall Hanging
This macrame-inspired wall hanging is so simple to make and doesn't include the expensive price tag. Carley Elizabeth turns a discount-store plunger and brown yarn into trendy wall art. If you wanted to make this accessory bigger, try finding a long wooden dowel to use instead. The clear rubber bands disappear when tied around the brown yarn for a seamless finish.