Dollar Store DIY Christmas Decorations

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Wandering around the dollar store was a great way to come up with an idea for how to make some pretty, yet bargain priced Christmas decorations.
Yes, I started buy picking up several plastic bats from the dollar store.
I painted my bats green.
I drilled some holes in my bats. A hole all the way through toward the bottom of the bat, one near the top and a pair of the holes in the handle.
I wrapped a piece of chicken wire around a piece of floral foam.
I used those chenille stems to attach the chicken wire covered foam to the handle of the bat.
Using green faux garland from the dollar store, I covered the foam by using greening pins to secure it to the foam.
When I had the foam covered I wrapped it around the rest of the bat, securing in a couple of spots with hot glue.
Using greening pins I secured some red mesh ribbon to the foam and then pulled the tail down and hot glued it in a couple of spots to the end of the bat.
In the spots where I had secured the ribbon I attached some unbreakable Christmas ornaments.
I have a beautiful Christmas swag. A pair of these would look lovely on double doors. I will be using these on my porch and stair railings at my house. This one came in at $5!
These are so easy to personalize however you would like them. This one has a snowflake theme with a red ribbon with snowflakes on it, white snowflake ornaments and faux silver and white poinsettias.

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  • Donna Donna on Nov 14, 2016
    Cute idea and looks really good. BTW, can you tell me the color of the paint on your front door? I love it.
    • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 14, 2016
      Oh, I am sorry, we moved in here last year and have not painted the house, that is the color it was when we moved in.
    • Donna Donna on Nov 14, 2016
      Well, phooey :0) Sorry you don't know, but do appreciate your taking the time to tell me. It's such a nice, rich color. Thanks anyhow!
    • Mike Wagner Mike Wagner on Nov 25, 2016
      Go to some store that sells paint and look at their display of paint chips!! Like Home Depot or Lowes. I'm SURE you can find something that strikes your fancy!
    • Donna Donna on Nov 25, 2016
      You're right, of course. But, sometimes the paint chip doesn't quite match the actual color, especially if it's applied out of doors where paint always looks lighter than the paint chip. Knowing the actual name and brand would have been easier...and faster. But, not a real problem after all.
    • Lynn Lynn on Jun 14, 2017
      Donna, I grab paint chips in colors I like in store to take home. Then I tape them to the wall, door, etc of where I'd like the paint. I usally narrow it down in a couple days to 2-3 "I can't make up my mind" colors & finish.

      Back to the store for sample paint, 8 oz of "help me decide" jars.

      Paint a strip about 3 ft long and 5" wide of each color, and look at them throughout the day and evening. When you have the color you know you'll love, back to the store for the amount necessary to finish your project.

      I know its a lot of back and forth, but the cost of time & gas is so worth it compared to the cost of paint and not loving the color on the wall. I can honestly say I've only had ONE time painting that I didn't love the color on the wall, and it cost me more money and time to change it. (Been painting walls, doors & etc for 40+years)
    • Donna Donna on Jun 14, 2017
      I have always picked up the paint chip cards and taped them to my walls to narrow the choices, but never bought the sample colors because often not all colors are available in 8 oz sizes. But, I can usually narrow my choices down via the paint chips. For some reason I'm having more trouble in choosing outdoor colors and usually end up with colors that are lighter than I thought they'd be. My house has white siding and that can't be changed, but I'm still dithering on a door color that goes with my dk taupe roof...need to paint the shutters too. That's why I always try to find the specific name of any door color I really like ! Thanks for the helpful suggestions !
    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 11, 2017
      Any photo would not really help because of the photo and it's shading, weather and angle that could affect what you see on which screen and in your mind's eye. But that's what paint chips and samples are for.
      Btw, I was picking up some paint chips the other day and found two for Rustoleum. They were approximately 8 1/2 x 11 inches! And they were removable from the backing so you could just place them on the wall. Clearer idea, plus they peeled right off the wall. Best wishes 😇
    • Donna Donna on Jul 11, 2017
      THAT sounds like a winning idea. I've never seen anything in paint stores like you described. I've been known to paint a piece of poster board and tape it to the walls. That works, have to BUY the paint in order to do it. Thanks for the info!
    • Joanne D Joanne D on Oct 18, 2017
      In New Orleans that color is called French Quarter green. I just went into the store and asked for it and they knew what to give me. If you call Sherwin-Williams in the French Quarter and explain that you live out of state, they will probably be able to give you the color mixture. The number is (504) 525-3507.
    • Joanne D Joanne D on Oct 18, 2017
      Also looks like poker green on this online sample card.
    • Donna Donna on Oct 19, 2017
      Thanks SO much for all of the suggestions!! I'll definitely make that call! And thank you also for the Valspar paint site...I like the poker green. :0)
    • Sharon Whitehead Sharon Whitehead on Nov 06, 2018

      try sw andiron, great dark green.

    • Randa Gutierrez Randa Gutierrez on Feb 01, 2020

      They will mix the 8oz can to the color you want.

  • Dawn Dawn on Jun 15, 2017
    No ?....I just want to say I LOVE YOU! Could watch and listen to you always. You remind me of a DYi Julia Childs. Breast projects, thank you.
    • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 15, 2017
      THANK YOU! You are so sweet! I am getting ready to do a dollar store summer decor post and video! I hope to hear from you again soon!
    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 11, 2017
      If you have more great ideas like this one, I'll be following you, too.
    • Laura Stockdale Laura Stockdale on Aug 20, 2018

      Breast project ever! Lol! Watch the spelling before posting. Lol.

    • Dawn Dawn on Aug 20, 2018

      I use my Kindle and at times it throws out a "close" word instead of the correct word.😂

    • CapnChaos CapnChaos on Dec 15, 2019

      Sometimes those "oopsies" are the best 😉 we think we got it right, so we don't edit ourselves and some of the funniest things come from it....

    • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Dec 15, 2019

      @celebrate & decorate (Chloe Crabtree) I live in Panama City beach Florida and can’t wait to see your summertime one it should be great. I have customers lawns who would love a nice inexpensive sprucing up.

  • Christina Ladd Christina Ladd on Sep 20, 2018

    What is the purpose of the hole drilled at the bottom of the bat? I see the hole at the top and the two in the handle are used to tie on the foam block, but the tutorial doesn't mention the hole on the bottom.

    Love this idea, BTW, great alternative to a wreath.

  • Winkler Winkler on Dec 15, 2019

    Very clever! I like it 👍🏼

  • Pattie Pattie on Dec 15, 2020

    Talk about thinking outside the box!! Amazing!!


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  • Leslie Leslie on Dec 18, 2020

    Hi Chloe, VERY nice on both designs and thank you for sharing your process which is very unique and as Pattie said "thinking outside the box".

    I must correct you on one of your supply items. Floral Oasis is used for wet arrangements that have REAL flowers. It is totally soaked so that it helps to keep greenery and flowers hydrated. What you should be using is regular styrofoam, either in block form or cutting from a sheet. The chicken wire is a great idea to help support the styrofoam/Oasis and to tie onto the bat.

    The floral oasis you are using would be great for outdoor use IF you will be using real greenery such as pine and spruce pieces(which would be lovely in your design). Since you used chicken wire AND if it is decided to use real greenery you can reuse the oasis maybe one more time but make sure it is dried out before bringing inside. My sister and I owned a Florist Shop and this is how I know and my comment is only to help. Please have a Merry Christmas

  • Patty Patty on Jul 09, 2021

    A plastic bat, chicken wire, etc.🤣 I couldn't imagine how pretty this would turn out! 😍Very clever.