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Decorate for spring with this easy dollar store hack

Decorate for spring with this easy dollar store hack

How to make an industrial style airy grass pot from Dollar Tree items

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This Saturday with Kelli was all about spring cleaning and adding some simple and cheap spring decor. I made this airy grass industrial pot for only $6.00. One of the easiest and quickest Dollar Tree hacks so far. 

Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring shows itself with new chive shoots and the chatter of birds-- hints to new beginnings. Spring also means it's time to do some cleaning and rearranging.

Amidst furniture being moved to other rooms, the master closet gutted in preparation for a much needed makeover, and laundry (Wouldn't you know it the dryer decided to be temperamental!), I took a moment to make this super easy and cute airy grass industrial container all from the Dollar Tree.

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Last weekend I spent some much needed family time with my mom, sister, and aunt in Spokane, WA. We spent a day antiquing and craft shopping. For them this isn't that big of a deal as they can hit-up these stores any time. But for a country girl, this is big time

Sure, I can shop on-line but I want to mosey down each isle...lifting and touching items that strike my fancy. So when I came across this, I was intrigued.

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At Hobby Lobby the asking price for an Airy Grass Gray Pot was $14.99. Hmmm...a bit more than I was willing to pay. Michael's was about the same price. My sister and I looked at one another and I think we had the same thought, we could make this

So off to the Dollar Tree we went.

I bought the Flowers and Garden tin container, Styrofoam, and 3 bunches of artificial grass.  

You guys, this was so simple to put together. And, bonus, it turned out even better than I had imagined.

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Once I placed the floral brick in bottom of container, I used scissors to cut the grass at the base. Starting in the middle, I arranged the grass working my way to the outside edges.

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Once the grass was arranged, I then used moss (also a Dollar Store item) to cover the Styrofoam. You could also fill with rock as seen in the Hobby Lobby image. 

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The pillars were also pretty simple to make. Click here to read what inspired this DIY project.

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Spring is also about the singing of birds which I thought would be fun to display them together. Oh, and a quick and cheap way to add some spring to a room...flower contact paper (another Dollar Tree find). 

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Another cheap way to add decor is to make your own signs. This one was made from reclaimed wood and free-handed. Since I already had the paint and stain, only cost me time. Good reminder to live life simply (Ok, so this sign mocks me every time I decide to rearrange and tackle yet another project.). Want to see some more DIY signs, click here.

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Here's a side-by-side comparison. 

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And that's it! This project took all but 15 minutes to put together and only cost me $6.00! I think that's a pretty sweet deal.

Now to paint the closet, build some shelves, and figure out why the dryer keeps shutting itself off. 

Dollar Store Materials:

  • 1 tin pot

  • 1 floral brick Styrofoam

  • 1 moss package

  • 3 artificial grass stems

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What do you think? Share and tell me what your favorite Dollar Store hack is. 


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