DIY a Dazzling Holiday Table With Dollar Store Finds

This year, save your money for what really matters by decorating your holiday table with frugal and festive items from the dollar store.

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A Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table Setting With Faux Trees

A Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table Setting With Faux Trees

These stems are decorated with leaves cut out of construction paper. The leaves are used to write things guests are thankful for and then pinned to the stems with mini clothespins.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

The key to hosting a picturesque holiday dinner party lies within the details. The dinner table will be the centerpiece of the evening, so it needs to be practical and functional, but most importantly, it needs to make a major impact. Instead of letting sticker shock get in the way of beautiful table decor, think outside the box and head to the dollar store.

Put Plates in Their Place

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Before you get started, we have some good news: If you have a blanket scarf, you have a tablecloth. That’s a major money saver. Now that the background of your tablescape is taken care of, let’s focus on place settings. Instead of paying premium prices for stylish table chargers, buy cheap gold ones and accent with complementary chalk paint. Use painter’s tape to tape across the plate and paint a small portion with chalk paint for a beautiful modern charger that looks much more expensive than it is.

Serving Up Style

A Vellum Menu Sitting Between a Glass Plate and Gold Charger

A Vellum Menu Sitting Between a Glass Plate and Gold Charger

This menu has been printed on vellum paper and cut to fit inside a gold charger. It is visible beneath a clear glass plate.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

To upgrade your guest’s dining experience, offer a menu to guide them through the dishes. Quickly and easily make elegant menus by using your home printer to make copies on vellum paper. Then, cut the menus out in circles and place on top of the chargers and beneath a dollar store glass plate for a splash-proof display.

Bye-Bye Paper Products

A Festive Table Setting Ready For Thanksgiving Dinner

A Festive Table Setting Ready For Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving dinner table is beautifully decorated using items found at a dollar store. The gold charger has been painted to look more expensive than it is.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Skip the paper napkins and repurpose cute kitchen towels as cloth napkins. Instead of rolling, opt for an accordion fold and slide the towels into a DIY napkin ring. To create the napkin rings, wrap strips of scrap fabric around shower curtain rings, secure with hot glue and finish off with a festive string tied in a bow.

Seating Made Easy

A Placeholder Card Made Out of A Mini Picture Frame

A Placeholder Card Made Out of A Mini Picture Frame

This table features placeholder cards made out of miniature gold picture frames. The names are written on the back of the sample picture in the picture frames.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Ensure your guests know where to sit the moment they see the table with these adorable framed place cards. Just buy mini gold picture frames, slide out the sample pictures, flip them over and write your guests’ name on the backside. The framed place card and saved seat are sure to make them feel extra special!

Pump It Up With Pumpkins

A Table Setting With Painted Plastic Pumpkins

A Table Setting With Painted Plastic Pumpkins

These plastic pumpkins have been dressed up using gray chalk paint. The gold stems stand out against the muted gray tones and make for beautiful table decor.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Make your table ultra-festive by spreading an assortment of plastic pumpkins down the center. Upgrade the pumpkins’ aesthetic by painting them in various shades of chalk paint. If the original pumpkin color works with your overall look, leave a few unpainted to mix in.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Light Up The Night

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Upgrade a standard pillar candle by writing or drawing on the outside using a gold paint pen. We chose to write the word “thankful” for the perfect nod to Thanksgiving.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Shake It Up

A Pair of Painted Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers

A Pair of Painted Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers

These ceramic salt and pepper shakers have been spray painted with matte gold spray paint. The pair are shaped like pumpkins and sit in front of other pumpkin decor.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Instead of passing a single set of salt and pepper shakers around the table, spread several cute ceramic shakers around the table. To add a touch of style to them, simply coat them with a matte gold spray paint.

“Leaf” A Note of Thanks

Thanksgiving Dinner Leaf Cutout DIY Pinned to Stems

Thanksgiving Dinner Leaf Cutout DIY Pinned to Stems

These leaves have been cutout of construction paper using a leaf-shaped cookie cutter. The leaves are used to write things you're thankful for and then pinned to decorative stems.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

As a final festive touch to your Thanksgiving feast, dress up your table by placing large stems in glass vases. Next, use a pencil to trace a leaf-shaped cookie cutter on construction paper and cut the leaves out using scissors. Spread the leaves around the table along with mini clothespins and pens to encourage your guests to write what they are thankful for and pin the leaves to the stems. It’s the perfect activity to end an even more perfect meal!

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