How To Decorate with Target Dollar Spot Decor

Most of us have been to Target, and you've probably stopped once or twice or a hundred million times. I can't tell you how many times I've walked in and repeated to myself 86 million times "I WILL NOT STOP AT THE DOLLAR SPOT, I WILL NOT STOP AT THE DOLLAR SPOT.." and then it's like somethings calls my name. A table runner? $3? Yes! I need 16 of them! A candle holder? $5!!!? WHAT? I need 20. And so on and so forth and then I end up with a cart full of crap that I probably don't really need but want anyway and before I know it, I'm walking out of Target $200 poorer then I was walking in. 

Just me? 

Okay, so anywho, one probably wonders what becomes of all that said Target Dollar Spot Decor.. I think it's super easy to make Dollar Spot decor more appealing. But if not done correctly it can be totally cheesy. Today I'm going to share some of the ways I incorporate a few dollar spot items in my decor to make it blend it and not look so cheap.

I'm not trying to ruffle anyone's feathers of course, we all have our own ways of decorating and truly, there is no right or wrong way! But I have been asked several times how I make Dollar Spot items look so unique and different, so I wanted to share some of my tips and advice on the topic. 
1. Use Dollar Spot Items In Moderation:

What doe's this mean? Didn't you just say you bought 16 table runners? (I was kidding by the way..) but by this I mean DON'T decorate an ENTIRE SPACE in Dollar Spot items, Incorporate them in small ways here and there. I like to use a MAX of FOUR Dollar Spot items in a single space. For instance, the only Dollar Spot Items here, are the tree stir sticks, the little mini mason jars, the chalkboard and the little tree. These are all small items that blend in and placed with other items, you can't really tell how cheap they were. Which brings me to my next bit of advice..
(PS. I guess I could have swept my floors for this post. Oops.. I see you mini apple jack. I see you.)

2. Mix in with your regular Decor:
This will keep the decor items alone from looking cheap and cheesy, mixing them in with your every day decor makes them look more authentic. Like here on my coffee table, I used the Merry & Bright sign, placed alone or with tons of other dollar spot items it could easily look "trendy" and commercial, and match everyone else's decor, but placed in a fun and unique way in the basket mixed with more unique decor, it looks better and more appealing. Who's to say the sign didn't cost $20? I mean, people pay that for signs you know. Not me, but... people. 

3.  Buy Basic Items:
I know it's so easy to get sucked in to all of the adorableness that the Dollar Spot has, trust me, I've been there. You are not alone. 

But I've found that it's best to buy the basic stuff- like this super cute ticking inspired pillow that is really timeless, it doesn't look like it came from the Dollar Spot, because it's a pretty basic piece. 

I think some of the other pillows can look kind of silly mixed in with my decor because you can tell they're cheap. So I like to stick with basic patterns when buying table runners and pillows. 

4. Always buy the banners!
Target Dollar Spot has THE best banners I have EVER seen. Truly. I buy one almost every holiday for every season, they are usually only $3 and you can do so many fun things with them! I use them in my entryways and on my buffet in the dining room! A great, easy and inexpensive way to add some Holiday fun to your spaces! You pretty much have to buy the cute ones as soon as you see them though, they always seem to sell out super fast! Probably because they're awesome..and duh. $3!

5. Get CRAFTY!
The really fun thing about the Dollar Spot is just how crafty it can make us! This year (2016) the selection was AWESOME for DIY'ers. I am NOT crafty. While I love a good DIY project- I'm not crafty. Yes, I believe there is a difference. However, this season of goodies inspired me and I ended up making some easy sled ornaments for our Rustic Plaid Christmas Tree.

and these wreaths I made for the back of our chairs in the kitchen using the boxwood garland. 
At the end of the day, I just think it's really important to mix in bits and pieces of your own style. Be it Vintage, Modern, Fresh, Farmhouse- WHATEVER! Just make sure that when putting together spaces you're buying things because YOU love them, and not because someone else does! 

So what are your thoughts? 

Do you decorate with Dollar Spot Decor? I'd love to hear from you! Let me know your thoughts and/or tips of your own- below or over on Instagram or Facebook! I just love to hear from ya'll! 


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  1. The Target dollar spot is SO hard to avoid! I love your tips of mixing in the pieces with your other decor. You have a style that I love.

  2. LOVE this post! That darn dollar spot...gets me every.single.time! I love what you've done with your finds for Christmas, Target was killing it in the dollar spot Christmas décor this year!

  3. I pretty much buy something from the dollar spot every single time I go to Target... it's terrible! I can't NOT buy stuff!

  4. I'm obsessed with the dollar spot. Clearly. My favorite were the galvanized items they had last year. Or two years ago? I would have issues if they brought them back.

  5. Thanks for all of the great tips when shopping in the Target Dollar Spot! I, too, enjoying stopping and "taking a peek" when I am at Target, and something (or several somethings!) get me every time! I'll have to remember your tips when shopping.... Love your ornament craft with the sleds & deer - so fun and they look great on your tree! Blessings....