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DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hacks for Under $10.00


Hello friends! Today I am super excited to share some fun “DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hacks” that I came up with using a vinyl decal with Rae Dunn style font that I found at our local Dollar Tree. I am actually going to be showing you how to make a few different items from one decal for under $10.00!

I love authentic Rae Dunn pottery and I have quite a few pieces, but it can be extremely hard to find from time to time, and in some places it is nearly impossible to find altogether. We have had a “Rae Dunn drought” in our area recently, so it has been fun to add some new knock-off  pieces in with my collection to change things up a bit.  If you have a Dollar Tree near you, you can make several Rae Dunn inspired pieces too! *This post contains affiliate links.


Rae Dunn Inspired Pottery using Dollar Tree Items

The “chocolate” platter, “drink” mug and “eat” bowl were all made from one single decal and dishes that I recently purchased at Dollar Tree. The font is a little bolder than authentic Rae Dunn, so I put the new pieces on top of my Rae Dunn display cabinet instead of directly next to the dishes on the shelves. From a distance the difference is hardly noticeable, and the faux pieces are cute anyway.




I love displaying my Rae Dunn collection in this old 1940’s cabinet that belonged to my grandparents. The year before last I gave it several fresh coats of paint and lined the shelves and back with cute scrap booking paper.


DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hacks using Dollar Tree decal,

This summer we are doing a small renovation in our kitchen which will mean having to move this cabinet to a new spot and finally moving the pendant light (it is in an awkward spot since we took out an odd shaped island that used to be where the cabinet is now). There will be a built in china cabinet along this same wall so I will have more room to display my dishes.


Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hacks

I love spending time at Dollar Tree just wandering around trying to find anything that has  farmhouse or French country  craft possibilities. I was so excited when I spotted this decal with Rae Dunn style font.



Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hack vinyl letters from Dollar Tree Decal  At first I only planned to use the “chocolate” words but then I noticed that I could make several different words if I cut out the letters individually. I have always loved the game where you have to make as many words as possible from one word or phrase.



After coming up with more words and phrases I decided to use the little clay pots that I had also found at Dollar Tree to make some Rae Dunn inspired pots. My younger sister Ashley, recently fixed up her craft and art room in her basement. She is an artist and graphic designer who also loves Rae Dunn and boho-farmhouse style, so I made her these little pots for her art room.



3.5-in. Terra-Cotta...

3.5 inch clay pots 2 for $1.00


Painted Terra Cotta Pot from Dollar Tree

I used white chalk paint and a sponge brush to fully paint each pot.  I sanded the pots lightly after the first coat. After the second coat dried I buffed the pots with clear wax using a paper towel. This isn’t absolutely necessary, so if you don’t have wax, no worries. You can also use acrylic paint to paint the pots if you don’t have chalk paint.



Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hack Mug and Bowl

After realizing that I could make different words using multiple decals, I went back to Dollar Tree to purchase a few more. That is when I discovered that they also carry plain white dishes. How perfect for this hack! Using just one decal I was able to make several pieces for under $10.00.



Classic White Stoneware Collection



 I made an “eat”  bowl and a “drink” mug. Of course these pieces will be for display only since the decals would not withstand washing. Up close you can tell that they are decals but when they are displayed on a shelf and seen from a difference it is nearly impossible to tell.


Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hack personalized mug

In addition to making a “drink” mug, I created a personalized mug for Ashley with the left over letters.


Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hack Art Lover GIft Idea

I think these pieces turned out so cute! I texted Ashley this picture on Valentine’s Day and she loved the little gifts!  We live 2 1/2 hours apart but I am excited to give them to her when she visits in a few weeks!


I already had a small oval ironstone platter for the “chocolate” piece, but Dollar Tree has plates that would also work for the chocolate decal if you don’t have a platter.






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DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Dishes Dollar Tree Farmhouse Crafts


Well friends I hope you have enjoyed seeing these Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hacks! Coming from a family of artist and musicians, I would never promote the idea of  “copying” ideas from artists or selling “knock-offs”  because I understand that an artist’s livelihood is dependent on the sale of his or her own original artwork. The pieces I shared today were inspired by Rae Dunn using a commercial decal in a similar farmhouse style font and were created for personal enjoyment and decor purposes only. I love Rae Dunn and will continue to purchase original pieces when they are available in my area.




Adorable DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Dollar Tree Hacks using supplies from Dollar Tree Rae Dunn style dishes and pots Farmhouse Style Dollar Tree Hacks

If you are having a hard time finding Rae Dunn or if you are decorating on a budget and love farmhouse style, then head to your nearest Dollar Tree to see if you can find the decals, dishes and pots. As of Valentine’s Day there were still several decals available at our local stores. Use your creativity to see what words you can come up with. If you decided to try out these hacks I would love to know what you come up with!

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  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Cute. I bought a couple of white mugs from Dollar Tree and wrote on them with sharpie. They need to be hand washed but I was only using them for decor anyway. I like the stickers on the flower pots. Cute hack.

    February 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Tania

    Well, how cool is that! That Dollar Tree… they’re really stepping up their game!


    February 17, 2019 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Those turned out so cute! I’ll have to hunt for that fun decal!

    February 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    What a cute idea! I love the way you displayed them too. Have a great week!

    February 18, 2019 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Pat

    Your Dollar tree hacks are adorable, but I l o v e the real deal!
    Awesome how you applied the scrapbooking paper to your vintage cabinet!
    Great photos!

    February 18, 2019 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Babychaser

    I love these! My mom just bought a set of those letters for a whole different purpose. I could easily do this. I’ve pinned it for later. 🙂 I keep meaning to try my hand at hand drawing the letters on with a water based paint pen. I’ll post something on my blog if it works out. 🙂


    February 18, 2019 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Christine

    That, hands down, is the coolest dollar tree hack ever! Love it.

    February 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Beverly

    Very cute! Love them thank you for sharing them.

    February 18, 2019 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Kari @ Me and My Captain

    Amber, I love your cups, etc. I especially love the bowl?? with sheet music in your cabinet. Did you make that one too? I am looking forward to blog hopping with you next week.

    February 19, 2019 at 11:47 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Kari, no the bowl was a lucky TJ Maxx find.

      Thanks for visiting!

      October 3, 2019 at 10:16 pm
  • Reply Clearissa Coward

    These are so cool. I love the hack. I haven’t spent the money for original Rae Dun but I will definitely try this. TFS with #OMHGWW.

    February 20, 2019 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply jeanie

    Dollar Tree is the BEST! And this is a great hack! Well done, you, and great instructions, too!

    February 21, 2019 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Off to Dollar Tree! Love those pots! So smart, Amber!

    February 22, 2019 at 12:11 am
  • Reply T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet

    I’m a Rae Dunn collector, and I love these! I’d love a Rae Dunn inspired mug with my name on it! Hmmm… maybe I should make one! Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party!

    February 23, 2019 at 2:59 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      You should make one!
      Thanks for stopping by!

      February 24, 2019 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Candy

    How do you actually make these? Found you at Bloggers Pit Stop link party

    February 23, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hello, I used a decal that I purchased at Dollar Tree that had Rae Dunn font. I cut the individual letters out to make words and stuck them on white dishes that I found at Dollar Tree. If you can’t find the decal at your local Dollar Tree, there are listings for Rae Dunn letters and words on Etsy.

      February 24, 2019 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    So smart, Amber! I haven’t seen this decal at our Dollar Tree but I am on the lookout! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    February 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Where did you get the black/white diamond paper showing in your cabinet? Love it! Is this wrapping paper or true shelf paper? TY!!

    February 27, 2019 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Julie, it is scrapbooking paper from Hobby Lobby. Thanks for visiting!

      October 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Our Hopeful Home

    Congrats on your Vintage Charm feature for this fabulous hack, Amber! I couldn’t get myself to the Dollar Tree fast enough to pick up that decal! As a heads up I’ll be featuring my own version of these in a post on the blog this week, with a direct link back to you, or course, and your ingenious idea and lovely blog. I hope that’s ok! (If not please let me know.) Thank you again for linking up and for sharing such great ideas:) Pinned! xo Kathleen

    March 3, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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