Buying new ornaments can be really expensive. Today I’m showing you an inexpensive way to update dollar store ornaments to match any colour scheme.
I change up the colour scheme of my Christmas tree every year – mainly to provide content for the blog – but also because I think I get a little bit better each year and/or I want to try something new.
This year I’ve gone with a “natural neutrals” tree – browns, beiges, with a hint of lilac.
So you can see that these adorable little dollar store ornaments:
would not fit in at all.
I needed to bring a few more ornaments into my stash to fill out my tree, but I’m cheap and knowing that I won’t likely go brown again next year, I don’t want to spend much.
I came across these adorable park benches for $1.50 each and couldn’t resist!
This post might be a bit unfair to a lot of you…. because I have a stash of spray paint leftover from other projects, so I didn’t have to invest anymore into this project.
BUT, if you don’t have a leftover paint stash, then this can get pricey, especially if you’re only making over a few dollar store ornaments. I went to the home improvement store the other day and spray paint was $23 CDN per can! A year ago it was only $12!
Yes, I’m sounding like an old lady.
BUT 100% inflation?! I don’t think so – shame on you Home Depot!
Anyways, I had some brown chalk paint that fit the bill for my colour scheme, so I removed the little pine bow cluster and gave the dollar store ornaments 2 coats each.
Wow! That turned out a lot more bland than I’d hoped?
I Googled photos of park benches to see what I could do to ramp these guys up a bit, and the answer was obvious; snow!
I had some leftover snow flock that has been sitting in my garage since I flocked my trees years ago (I knew I hung onto it for a reason! 😂)
I painted a bit of the Mod Podge on the bench arms, feet and a bit in the seat corners, then flocked my dollar store ornaments with a bit of snow.
Now it looks like a park bench!
The tiny pine bough is on a wire, so easily removed and easily added back on.
It is SO CUTE!
So, for me (with a ton of leftover crap from other projects) this dollar store ornament update came in at a whopping $4.50 CDN for three bench ornaments.
Less than what I’d pay for one ornament at most Christmas stores.
Plus it was fun!
So take a second look at Dollar store ornaments; if you like the shape and size, the colour can easily be swapped out to match your theme.
I write that, but I’m also not going to show you the shit show I made by painting some large dollar store ornaments brown.
Shit show – hah! (because I painted them brown).
I know, I’m an idiot.
But I’m an idiot with these updated and adorable dollar store ornaments.
Have a great one!