Easy and Inexpensive Floral and Glass Decor

Late last year, Tyler and I took a weekend getaway to Phoenix to just get away for a bit. We I had a few on our agenda- Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, showing him around where I lived for a short time back in 2008/2009, South Mountain, and eating some good food. He had one request- Ikea. Our house is set up very different than the homes we lived in back in the Midwest. At any rate, he wanted to get two new shelving stands to replace our old ones in our dining area- which were unfinished, unstable, and just overall ugly (he used them in the house he used to own back in Tennessee when he was stationed at Fort Campbell…not sure what he was thinking). I was obviously down for this idea!

We ended up purchasing one tall stand and one shorter stand with two baskets that both had an espresso finish. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a “before” picture of what the dining room area looked like. *Note- if you make a trip to Ikea, bring your bigger vehicle. We didn’t even think about this and took his Lancer, haha. The drive back home was super comfy πŸ˜‰ I didn’t even bother decorating that area before we got the new furniture, but obviously wanted to add some things once it wasn’t such an eye sore anymore. However, mama is cheap and after browsing decorations at a few stores, I decided to take things into my own hands.

We have a large Thomas Kinkade painting in the room (Tyler’s from his old house)-

Streams of Living Water

While the painting is absolutely beautiful, it was just on the wall and it was completely random. I guess perhaps I was a tad bit weird about it as it was his and his ex’s…and it was us now- in our first home together- and I didn’t know how to make it feel like ours. Does that make sense or am I a complete lunatic? Anyways, I suddenly embraced he painting after the new pieces were set up in the room and wanted to bring out the colors in the decor.

I knew I wanted a serene and peaceful look as that’s what I feel when I look at the painting. As mentioned above, I couldn’t fathom spending $20 or whatever the price tag was on some of the shit I saw. Money don’t grow on my trees, so I took a little trip to the Dollar Tree to see what I could come up with. This is what I initially created that ended up being the inspiration for the rest:

Off white floral basket

I made two of these. Grand total- $4!

My mom had given me the small baskets before we moved. I bought the foam, moss, and two bundles of flowers from the Dollar Tree which was just enough to fill both of them. I saw things similar at stores going for $12-$20 bucks each- No flipping way!

After I made these, I was on a mission to fill in the rest of the shelves. Once again, I utilized the Dollar Tree (favorite dollar spot as literally everything is a dollar or less), Home Goods, Ross, and revamped some things I already had at home. The end result:


Still need to fill in the rock frame, whoops. Also, I display seasonal decor on top, but just made something special for the “regular” months that I’ll share soon πŸ™‚

The candles were from Home Goods and were on clearance for $3 and $4.

The rock frame was at Ross for $4.99 each (I bought 2). The glass filled vases were purchased from the Dollar tree, filled with small pebbles I already had, and I used twigs (not really sure how else to describe them) to add something extra.

The balls inside the glass cylinder were both from Home Goods ($3 and $5).

On the 4th shelve from the top you will see a frame. I’m not very religious, but the Serenity Prayer helped me through the miscarriage last year- plus I think it’s a great reminder for all things that life throws at us. I wrote it out on Microsoft Word, picked the font style that I wanted, and printed it out on paper that looked like the sky. Cut it out and placed it inside an antique looking frame I already had- simple!

The thing placed next to it was purchased at Home Goods for $2 on clearance.

We already had the vase on the bottom shelve and the rocks/potpourri that is filled inside of it.

This is what the end result is of the smaller shelving unit:

WP_20140503_006Frame and flower thing from Ross ($5). I added in the burgundy things to bring out the colors of the painting.

Had the glass cube already along with the pebbles and just added in extra flowers I had from the planted fake flowers I made.

You can read about what the mason jars are and how I created them here.

Where is your favorite place to shop for home decor?



8 thoughts on “Easy and Inexpensive Floral and Glass Decor

  1. I can so relate to the IKEA moments. the kids won’t even go with due to the last few trips (Em had to sit on the floor). We have 2 of the larger units that you have with the baskets… got the desk attachment for jeff, works well. Our cabin back in AZ… the whole kitchen, including appliances, came from ikea. You can just imagine all the new words that were invented during assembly. πŸ™‚
    Making a house a ‘home’ can be a challenge, especially when in the back of your mind you know it’s only temporary. Just remember it’s the love/joy/emotions/people etc that make it home not the things that fill the space. πŸ™‚

  2. I love Ikea! When I lived in Dallas, it was just a quick trip down the highway to get there. Before our first PCS, we went crazy buying up shelving and pieces for an entertainment center. Our car was all kinds of crazy looking (boxes sticking out everywhere!) on the drive home, but we managed. I have yet to make the drive west to Phoenix. One of these days!

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