Valentine’s Day Tabletop Decor: A Dollar Tree Upcycle

Today is the 10th of January and that means it’s time for our $10 on the 10th blog hop. I’m joining a group of lovely ladies for this month’s theme: Valentine’s Day. Each one of us has created a DIY that will cost you less than $10 to make! This month I made an adorable Valentine’s Day tabletop decor piece that you can use to decorate your home until the day of love. You can also use it as beautiful gift box for those special people in your life. Who doesn’t like a two-for-one project?!

To make this Valentine’s Day tabletop decor piece you need:

  • 2 Dollar Tree wood boxes with drawers- $1 each
  • blush pink & white paint (or other Valentine’s Day color)- acrylic paint is $0.50 at Walmart or $1 at DT.
  • paint brush
  • small Jenga blocks or 10″ piece of wood from Dollar Tree- each $1
  • E6000
  • hot glue
  • gold vinyl $0.99 or cardstock $0.33
  • wired ribbon for a bow- I used an old spool from Michael’s that I got for 50% off. It was $3.99

I paid $3 for this project, but if you need to purchase everything except the basic supplies like paint, you can make it for $8 without paint or $9 with paint. I’m sure most of you ladies have ribbon and paint so you probably just need the wood!

Valentines Day tabletop decor supplies: small Jenga game, E6000, two wood boxes with drawers, sandpaper, and gold cardstock.

Glue Wood Together


The boxes from Dollar Tree are more like drawers. They come wrapped in plastic, and they have a variety of shapes cut in the front of the drawer. In my case the shapes are butterflies, but it doesn’t matter what shape you pick since they won’t be seen. Unwrap two boxes and glue them together side by side with E6000. If you need to you can add a little hot glue as well. Press the two boxes together and hold them for a minute or so to allow the glue to start to dry. Set them aside and allow them to dry for a few hours.

E6000 about to glue the two boxes of the Valentines Day tabletop decor piece together.

Jenga Pieces

There are two different types of wood that you can use for the top of the Valentine’s Day tabletop decor piece. I initially was going to use pieces from the small Jenga game from Dollar Tree. Once I had three glued together, I decided I wanted it wider. I already had the pieces painted, so I changed tactics and used a 10×1.5″ piece of wood that they also sell at Dollar Tree.

If you already have Jenga pieces or your DT doesn’t sell the wood separately, let me tell you how to glue them together. Put E6000 on the small end of a game piece and add a small amount of hot glue on top of that. Next press another game piece to that one. Wipe off any excess glue that squeezes out.

Then glue another one to the end of that until you have a line of three game pieces.

Now stack three more on vertically. Continue adding pieces until you’re happy with the height and width.

If you’re using the 10″ long piece of wood, you’ll need to cut it down to size. Place it on top of your boxes and mark where you need to cut it with a pencil. I used a simple handsaw to cut it off. They sell them at Dollar Tree if you don’t have one already. Sand down any rough edges and the surface.

Paint the Pieces of the Valentine’s Day Tabletop Decor

Once your boxes and game pieces are dried together, give the surfaces a light sanding. The wood from Dollar Tree usually has a lot of scraggy pieces hanging off. Remove the drawers from the boxes, place the pieces out on a piece of cardboard, and spray paint each one. Two coats of Rust-oleum Vintage Blush covered the wood well. When they dry, turn the shape to the back of the drawer and slide it into the box so that the front of the drawer is flat.

I painted the wood for the top of the boxes with white acrylic paint. You can spray paint it if you’d rather. It took three coats to cover it well.

I painted the Jenga pieces before deciding to go with the wider piece of wood.

Glue the White Wood on Top of the Boxes

Put E6000 on the bottom of the wood that you painted white. Squeeze some hot glue on top of that, then center the white piece on top of the boxes, flush with the front of the drawers.

Cut the Vinyl or Cardstock

While your paint dries it’s time to cut the design for the boxes. I created an image in Cricut Design Space, with “February” for the top wood piece and “1” and “4” for each of the boxes. You can get my design here if you have a Cricut. I used my Cricut Access subscription, so it didn’t cost me anything extra. If you’d like to buy the font and lines to keep, I believe they are $4.99 and $.99 respectively.

Use transfer paper to add the vinyl on to the sign. I’m not going to go into detail on how to use the vinyl, but if you need a tutorial on that, you can check out my Cricut tutorial posts. Center the “1” on the left box drawer, and the “4” on the right drawer. Center “February” on the white piece of wood. Remove the transfer paper once the vinyl is secure on the wood.

Free Printables to Mod Podge on the Valentine’s Day Tabletop Decor Boxes

If you don’t have a Cricut, or you do and you don’t want to pay anything extra, I made some free printables just for you! You can download each piece, the month (5.75″x1.5″) and each number (2″ tall), then you can print it. Make sure your printer settings are set to print the size you want it to and doesn’t “fit to page.” You can cut it out by hand or use the print then cut feature on your cutting machine. If you don’t want to cut out each letter in “February” out by hand, you can trim it as short as you’d like then Mod Podge it on to the wood at the top of the boxes. Then cut each number out and Mod Podge them on to each drawer.

As always, these printables are for your personal use only. Please send your friends and family to this URL to print and don’t print multiples for others. You can share it directly with them using the buttons at the end of the post.

Add a Bow

Finally add a simple bow to the top of the piece of white wood. I made a simple two loop bow and secured it in the middle with a piece of floral wire.

A simple two loop bow being made for the top of the Valentines Day tabletop decor piece.

To cover the floral wire, I used a piece of white 1/8″ ribbon and secured it with hot glue.

The final step is to hot glue the bow on top of the Valentine’s Day tabletop decor piece. There are a few ways you can do it. You can sit it straight up and add hot glue to the bottom of the loops then sit it on top of the white piece of wood. Or add a dot of hot glue to the center of the bow and center it on the white wood. You can adjust the loops so they lay flat on top, or pull them forward a bit so they face out. I made mine face out a bit.

Your Valetine’s Day tabletop decor piece is complete!

That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? How is that for a $3 Valentine’s Day decoration? You can also use it for small gifts or to store mints or other wrapped candies in on your side table. Here are a few shots of my sign along with this Valentine’s Day globe.

I have a lot more Valentine’s Day projects and free printables coming, so make sure to follow me via email or on social media using the buttons in the sidebar! Stick around and check out my Valentine’s Day wreaths and other decor!

$10 on the 10th Blog Hop

I know you can’t wait to see what the other lovely ladies in the hop have cooked up for Valentine’s Day! I know I can’t!

Tammie – Patina & Paint (main blog)

Valentine’s Day Tic Tac Toe Bags

Terrie – Decorating & More with Tip (main blog)

Rolled Page Heart Craft

Patti – Pandora’s Box (main blog)

Valentine’s Day Washcloth Cupcake Gift

Allyson – Southern Sunflowers (main blog)

Valentine’s Day Painted Jewlery Box

Corine – Junk to Gems (main blog)

A Neutral & Easy Valentine’s Craft

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23 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Tabletop Decor: A Dollar Tree Upcycle

  1. Nicki this is soooo cute! I never would have thought to have made this and I love it! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try making it.

    1. Thank you Tammy! I really love how it turned out. It didn’t start out like it ended up though lol. You know how that goes! Happy hopping!

    1. Luckily I bought everything back in November. I need to check out what they have before my doctor’s appointment tomorrow. Hoping they have some good stuff out. The one I can walk to never has any good stuff. Go figure lol!

  2. Fantastic and well done. Thanks for sharing at @esmesalon #SeniorSalonPitStop I love your work and wish I had time to do these type of stuff

  3. What a fantastic project.
    Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Sheryl xx
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner{My Blog}