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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What to Buy at Dollar Tree: The 50 Best Items

The ultimate list of the 50 best Dollar Tree items to hack, transform and makeover!

What should you buy from Dollar Tree?  What Dollar Tree items are best for crafting, updating and hacking?  

I've written many Dollar Tree posts, transformed countless Dollar Tree products and even wrote about the best Dollar Tree items for crafters and decorators.    I've been making over Dollar Tree products for so long that I wanted to share an updated list of the 50 best items to buy at Dollar Tree.  I picked items geared towards crafters and decorators and projects and materials that will help you craft and decorate your home for less. 
what to buy at Dollar Tree
The products that Dollar Tree carries are always changing and every store may not have the same inventory, but these are the best items that I've been able to come by.  I tried to categorize them into groups of how they are found in the store to help you shop easier. 


1. Dollar Tree Storage Drawers 
These little plastic drawers are perfect for updating into modern industrial farmhouse storage.  You can use them to organize craft, hardware or small household supplies. 

Dollar Tree storage drawers

Industrial farmhouse Dollar tree drawers makeover

2. Dollar Tree Storage Baskets
You can't go wrong with Dollar Tree storage.  They carry a wide variety of baskets and bins in various sizes and colors.  They're also super easy to update and customize to fit your decor
Dollar Tree storage baskers
My favorite are the plastic woven baskets that can be turned into vintage locker baskets and the small plastic bins that are easy to update with spray paint
Updated Dollar Tree storage baskets

3. Dollar Tree Storage Jars
Dollar Tree storage jars have so many great uses.  From organizing to creating unique holiday and season projects and decor.  
Dollar Tree storage jars
Updated Dollar Tree storage jars

The Best Dollar Tree Floral Items

4. Dollar Tree Succulents
During the spring and summer, Dollar Tree has some pretty amazing succulent picks.  I stuck a few in terra cotta pots that I updated with paint and ribbon from Dollar Tree.

Dollar tree succulents

5. Dollar Tree Floral Picks
Dollar Tree has a wide variety of floral picks that are perfect for sprucing up your home.  I especially love using their spring florals in my home. 
Dollar Tree floral picks

6. Dollar Tree Floral Foam
Floral foam is a must for keeping your florals picks in place and creating beautiful arrangements.
Dollar Tree floral foam

7. Dollar Tree Floral Tape
The perfect craft accessory for creating beautiful wreaths.

Dollar Tree floral tape

8. Dollar Tree Foam, Wire and Grapevine Wreaths
Dollar Tree has a few options when it comes to floral wreaths.  Add floral picks to foam wreaths, mesh to wire wreaths or succulents to grapevine wreaths.

Dollar Tree wreath forms
9. Dollar Tree Reindeer Moss
Reindeer moss is perfect for adding to wreaths or floral arrangements or even to pots to give faux plants a more realistic look.
Dollar tree reindeer moss

10. Glass Gems
Add these little clear glass gems to the bottom of vases or use them to make adorable personalized glass bead pendants and magnents.
Dollar Tree clear glass gems
11. Dollar Tree Clear Vases
Dollar Tree has a wide variety of clear vases that can be filled with stones from Dollar Tree or updated with a little paint and Rub 'n Buff.  They're the perfect foundation for many DIY projects.
Dollar Tree clear glass vases
12. Dollar Tree Natural Raffia
Raffia is a crafting staple that can be stitched, weaved, braided or coiled.  You can keep it in it's natural state or die it for endless color combinations.
Dollar tree natural raffia

13. Dollar Tree Ribbon
Dollar tree has a wide variety of ribbon and lace perfect for sprucing up basic towels or making bows, wreaths, keychains, wreaths and wall hangings. Dollar Tree ribbon
The Best Dollar Tree Craft Items
14. Dollar Tree Craft Sticks
The projects you can make with Dollar Tree craft sticks are endless.  From kid and seasonal crafts to unique decor and labels.  

Dollar Tree craft sticks

15. Dollar Tree Clothespins        
These little wood clothespins are perfect for making banners, hanging important dates and information to chicken wire frames or displaying Christmas cards from an antique window.
Dollar tree clothespins
16. Dollar Tree Bakers Twine
 I've used bakers twine for everything from wrapping gifts to making Dollar Tree Christmas votive holders.  Dollar Tree bakers twine

The Best Dollar Tree Art Supplies
17. Dollar Tree Art Palette
You can't beat the six-pack of art palettes at Dollar Tree.  They're easy to clean, but also super affordable that you can toss them and not feel bad. 
Dollar Tree art palette
18. Dollar Tree Mod Podge
Mod Podge is by far my favorite crafting glue.  This versatile glue is perfect for making DIY coasters or adding scrapbook paper to clothespins, canvases or glass beads.  The possibilities are endless!
Dollar Tree Mod Podge

19. Dollar Tree Self Ink Stamps
Are you a scrapbooker or crafter?  Dollar Tree self-ink stamps make fun additions to scrapbook pages, cards and craft projects.
Dollar Tree self ink stamps
20. Dollar Tree Decorative Tape
Deco Tape is another great Dollar Tree item perfect for scrapbooking or adding a fun pop of color and texture to just about any craft project.
Dollar Tree decorative tape
21. Dollar Tree Foam Board
From drawing to art projects to DIY signs, Dollar Tree foam board is great for so many craft and DIY projects.
Dollar Tree foam board

22. Dollar Tree Stretched Canvas
Just like foam board, the stretched canvas and canvas panels from Dollar Tree are great for creating customized DIY art.
Dollar Tree art canvas

23. Dollar Tree Adhesive and Poster Letters
Dollar Tree has a variety of adhesive and poster letters that are perfect for adding to Dollar Tree foam board or art canvases to create beautiful DIY signs. 

The Best Dollar Tree Party Supplies
24. Dollar Tree White Table Cloth
The plastic white tablecloths from Dollar Tree aren't just for parties.  You can lay them down to protect your table while crafting or cut them up and make a DIY Dollar Tree plastic tablecloth wreath.
Dollar tree white plastic table cloth

25. Dollar Tree Tissue Paper
Grab some Dollar Tree Mod Podge, art canvases and a pack of tissue paper and have fun decoupaging and creating DIY art.
Dollar tree tissue paper

The Best Dollar Tree Kitchen Supplies

26. Dollar Tree Burner Covers
Burner covers aren't just for your grandma's stove.  Grab a set and make a couple stylish caption mirrors. 
dollar tree burner covers

27. Dollar Tree Wire Baskets
Use Dollar Tree wire baskets to organize your kitchen drawers or create a DIY message board.  Either way, these versatile baskets are perfect for organizing or creating beautiful home decor. 
Dollar Tree wire baskets

28. Dollar Tree Dish Towels
Dollar Tree dish towels may not be the best quality (I like to use them for cleaning), but they're easy to spruce up with a little Dollar Tree lace
Dollar Tree dish towels

The Best Dollar Tree Garden Supplies

29. Dollar Tree Plant Markers
You can't beat a pack of 10 plant labels for a dollar!  Print out these free herb garden printables and you have the perfect garden accessory. 
Dollar tree plant markers

30. Dollar Tree Terra Cotta Pots
Paint, age or leave them as is.  Terra cotta pots from Dollar Tree are perfect for starting a plant or herb garden or simply displaying your favorite faux greenery.
Dollar Tree terra cotta pots

The Best Dollar Tree Games 
31. Dollar Tree Puzzles
Not only are Dollar Tree puzzles fun for kids, but you can also update them to create a cute personalized gift
Dollar Tree puzzles

32. Jenga
The small wood pieces of this fun wood block game are the perfect size for creating distressed number tags.
Dollar Tree Jenga

33. Dollar Tree Rubik's Cubes 
Just like puzzles, Dollar Tree Rubik's cubes are great for personalizing.  Simply print out pictures of your family or favorite vacation spots, use Mod Podge (from Dollar Tree!) to apply them to the Rubik's cube and have fun personalizing.
Dollar Tree Rubiks cube

The Best Dollar Tree Seasonal and Holiday Decor

34. Dollar Tree Pumpkins
So many possibilities when it comes to updating Dollar Tree pumpkins.  My favorite is to cover them in chalk paint for a quick and easy update. 
Dollar Tree pumpkins before and after
35. Dollar Tree Carrot Jump Ropes
The Dollar Tree carrot jump ropes aren't just for kids.  A little paint can easily turn them into perfect neutral spring decor
Dollar Tree carrot jump rope before and after

36. Dollar Tree Garden Stakes
I've found garden stakes at Dollar Tree in the spring and fall and love to update them to create customized yard signs. 
Dollar tree garden stakes

37. Dollar Tree Metal Flower & Garden Planter
Dollar Tree has some great planters in the spring, my favorite being the metal flowers and garden planter that I easily aged for a rustic look
Dollar Tree metal Flowers & Garden planter

38. Dollar Tree Ornament Wall Decor
Add a bit of sparkle and glitter to an oversized ornament for the perfect neutral holiday decor.
Dollar Tree Ornament wall decor before and after

39. Dollar Tree Ornament Necklace
Light up your ugly Christmas sweater or transform a Dollar Tree light bulb necklace into vintage inspired Christmas bulbs
Dollar Tree ornament necklace
40. Dollar Tree Clear Ornaments 
You can create so many fun projects with Dollar tree clear ornaments.  Dollar Tree even has a ton of craft items that you can use to fill the ornaments. 
Dollar Tree clear ornaments

The Best Dollar Tree Home Decor

41. Dollar Tree Clear Pillar Candles
These glass taper candle holders are probably one of the most popular Dollar Tree decor items.  They're great as is or update them with a little chalk paint for the perfect farmhouse look.  
Dollar tree taper candle holders
42. Dollar Tree Pedestal Candle Holder
The black and white pedestal candle holders from Dollar Tree aren't much to be desired as is, but you can easily update them with paint to look like wood
Dollar Tree pedestal candle hodlers
43. Dollar Tree Votive Holder
Dollar Tree has a few different glass votive holders, which I love using to create little gifts or favors for the holidays.  Simply add tags, greenery and bakers twine (from Dollar Tree) to the silver mercury glass votives or create your own mercury glass votives for a fun Valentine's Day project
Dollar Tree glass votives

44. Dollar Tree Frames
Dollar Tree frames are not only great for decorating your walls, but you can turn them into fun projects like lanterns and terrariums. 
Dollar Tree frames

The Best Dollar Tree Auto and Tool Products

45. Dollar Tree Hardware Storage Case
Not an item you're going to update, but these little clear hardware storage boxes from Dollar Tree are perfect for organizing small craft and hardware supplies.  
Dollar Tree hardware storage case
46. Dollar Tree Cotton Twine
Macrame anyone? The cotton twine at Dollar Tree is perfect for all your macrame and crafting projects.
Dollar Tree cotton twine
47. Dollar Tree Foam Brushes
If you do any crafting projects then you know how important these foam brushes are.  Perfect for applying Mod Podge or stain and cheap enough to throw away.
Dollar Tree foam brushes
48. Dollar Tree Foam Mounting Tape 
49. Dollar Tree Glue Dots
Two more great Dollar Tree products perfect for scrapbookers and a variety of crafting projects.
Dollar Tree foam mounting tape and glue dots

 50. Dollar Tree Jute Twine
Who doesn't use jute twine?  Use it to wrap gifts, make wood bead tassel garlands, wrap bottles or create unique bracelets.  So many great project ideas with this three pack of jute twine from Dollar Tree.
Dollar Tree Jute Twine
I hope this list of the best Dollar Tree items helps you save money on craft supplies and inspires you to get crafty and transform your own Dollar Tree finds.  

What are your favorite Dollar Tree items?
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  1. Wow, you have an awesome Dollar Tree. Our's does not carry this nice of items... Love your ideas!

  2. You must have one great Dollar Tree because our Dt doesn't carry a lot of these items. of these items. Lucky you.

  3. I head straight to Dollar Tree to grab seasonal and holiday decorations - especially after seeing a DIY on DT blogs, and I always buy silk flowers there first for my cemetery arrangements and wreaths for my home. Love their picture frames for printables, etc. seasonal decor.

  4. I actually hadn’t been in the local Dollar Tree in a year or so, since I lucked into a book I’d been looking for. It was pretty empty the other day, but I did see a few things from the list

  5. Hi Ladies. I just thought that I would mention that Dollar Tree does sell things online now. The shipping is reasonable or free.

  6. Great ideas..I absolutely love yr Carrot makeover from the jumping rope. I am going to do that one for sure.You just have to look at things in a different way and then ta da you made something amazing for a little money..😆

    1. Lorri, totally agree with your thinking there. I say the same when selling stuff at my garage sale. Don't think of it as it is, think of the item in what it COULD be! =)

  7. I don't know where YOU live, but MY Dollar Tree does not have about 75% of the things you listed in this article. Great ideas, though. Just wish my store had more items.

  8. I love DT my favorite gifts are the stepping stones and garden markers. I love brightening them to match my friends and family's homes and giving personalized gifts...

  9. I’m not sure if this is the right place to share this review, but i love Dollar Tree.

    1. I have all of these in my Dollar tree and I love to save there!

  10. Great tips and ideas. Thank you for sharing.