Actually this was my 2nd trip to the Dollar store. I have a big apothecary jar that I normally store seashells in, and a couple of days ago I outfitted it with cheap Dollar Store ornaments and gathered pinecones. I liked it so much I decided to make a smaller version to sit alongside.
The large ornaments are about 3 1/2 inches across. They were each $1 and the smaller ornaments came in a tube of 6 for $1. Just cheap plastic and glitter so I have no idea if they will be durable enough to last more than one year.
The pinecones I gathered by the lake near our house. I baked them for about 30 minutes in a 250 degree oven to make sure any critters that may have been hiding inside perished.
I had been watching this smaller version of the same style apothecary jar in Michaels for a few weeks. It was regular price $30. This week there was a half price coupon in their ad so I moseyed on over and picked it up for $15. The Dollar Tree is across the street so I got a couple more large ornaments and a tube of a dozen smaller round balls. There was also a bag of tiny pine cones with a couple painted silver, and a few little glitter balls so I grabbed that too.
There were a couple other things that caught my attention, these big white bells and little white bottle brush trees. Not sure what I'm going to do with them but for a buck I had to have them.
Here are the finished glass jar Christmas decorations. Just randomly tossed in the glass jars - no specific method.
And here they are sitting high on a shelf in my dining room where they will work their magic making my Christmas guests feel festive. Total spent including the smaller jar - under $25 including sales tax.