Unleash Your Inner Decorator: My Journey Decorating with Hobby Lobby

Finding Inspiration and Creativity in Every Aisle

As an interior design enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for new decorating ideas and affordable ways to make my home feel refreshed. Like many decor junkies, one of my favorite places to browse for home accents and get inspired is Hobby Lobby. From throw pillows and wall art to furniture and seasonal decor, Hobby Lobby is a treasure trove for creative home projects and decorating on a budget.

After many trips down the emerald green aisles, I’ve learned how to spot the latest trends and discover unique pieces that express my personal style. In this blog, I’ll share my tips and experiences using Hobby Lobby to decorate each room in my home. Get ready for lots of DIY inspiration, my go-to products for every space, and how I’ve used their seasonal offerings and workshops to help me decorate for holidays, parties and more.

Browsing Their Website for Endless Ideas

One of the first things I do when planning a decorating project is head to the Hobby Lobby website. Their homepage features gorgeous room vignettes showing how to mix and match their products. I’ll study the colorful combinations, patterns and arranging ideas to spark my own creativity.

Under Room Ideas and Solutions, you can browse room-specific categories like living room, bedroom, kitchen and outdoor. I’ll look through each section and save photos and product links of things that catch my eye. From a set of embroidered throw pillows for the couch to a distressed wood console table for my entryway, I’ll compile a wishlist of potential items to scout in store.

The website also has a whole section dedicated to Party and Holiday crafts, ideas and workshops. I’ll often browse for inspiration a few months in advance of a specific holiday or event. Their decorating experts put together complete themed collections of products like tabletop items, DIY project instructions, entertaining tips and food and drink recipes. I love replicating some of their suggestions to create a cohesive look for birthdays, Halloween parties and more using their supplies.

Best-Sellers for Every Room

Once I have a game plan from browsing online, I head to the store to hunt down must-have accents and check out the latest inventory. Hobby Lobby’s best-selling products often change by season, but there are some tried and true pieces I recommend for decorating each room:

Entryway Décor

  • Tufted Storage Bench – Perfect for removing shoes by the front door. I use the cushion top to hold hats, bags and other accessories.
  • Wall Mirrors – Frameless, rustic, round and more – a statement mirror makes a great first impression.
  • Faux Floral Arrangements – I love fresh flowers, but Hobby Lobby’s realistic stems last longer and add quick color.

Living Room Styling

  • Decorative Throw Pillows – available in all colors, patterns and textures to dress up a sofa.
  • Wall Art Sets – Affordable mix and match canvas prints to display above console tables or group into a gallery wall.
  • Accent Tables – sculptural side tables, nesting tables and accent cabinets provide surface space and visual interest.

Kitchen Organization

  • Spice Racks – Keep herbs and seasonings neatly arranged with countertop racks or wall mounted options.
  • Container Sets – Baskets, canisters and matching ceramic pieces keep pantries and countertops clutter free.
  • Farmhouse Signs – Rustic wood plaques with cute sayings like ‘Sink Full of Dishes’ give cottage charm.

Bedroom Retreat

  • Duvet Covers – Choose from many colors and patterns to instantly refresh bedding.
  • Throw Blankets – Cozy up any bed with knits and woven throws at the foot or draped on a chair.
  • Nightstand Lamps – Complete the bedside with elegant table lamps, like crystallized porcelain bases with tapered shades.

Bathroom Spa

  • Shower Curtains – Make the bathroom feel tranquil with fabric and printed shower curtains.
  • Wall Cabinets – Gain storage space above the toilet with hanging wall cabinets.
  • Soap Dispensers – Ceramic and metal dispensers add style to the sink.

Workshops to Inspire Holiday Decorating

Aside from the everyday decor, one thing I most look forward to is Hobby Lobby’s holiday offerings. I regularly attend their free in-store workshops to get hands-on advice for seasonal projects from their decorating experts.

During the Christmas season, they host classes on topics like:

  • Crafting custom wreaths and garlands from greenery picks and ribbon
  • Arranging poinsettia centerpieces with candlesticks and pinecones
  • Making mini snow globe terrariums with mini trees and figurines
  • Painting and distressing wood signs with holiday phrases to display

I always leave with festive samples I crafted myself, plus instruction sheets so I can recreate them at home. For Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, they offer workshops on patriotic wreaths, flower arrangements and centerpieces.

Even if you can’t attend an in-person workshop, Hobby Lobby has free project idea guides online with step-by-step tutorials. I’ll print these out to help me turn dollar store finds and Hobby Lobby supplies into amazing DIY Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas projects.

Affordable Furniture Finds

While Hobby Lobby is best known for its endless home accents and seasonal goods, I’ve also uncovered some stylish and affordable furniture pieces hidden in their aisles. They have an ever-changing assortment of tables, dressers, desks, cabinets, shelving units and more. I’ll share a few of my favorites:

Vintage Chic Dressers

The distressed wood dressers come in muted tones like mint, blush and gray washes. The chippy paint creates a vintage feel, while the shabby chic look works in a farmhouse, cottage or eclectic room. I added vintage glass knobs to mine for extra charm.

Mirrored Sideboards

For a glam vibe, Hobby Lobby carries tall mirrored sideboards with clean lines and glass shelving. The reflective surface makes rooms appear bigger and bounces more light. I styled mine with decorative boxes, frames and a table lamp for a bold entryway statement.

Industrial Pipe Shelving

These open metal shelves on a pipe frame have an industrial edge. I’ve used them in my living room to display books and photos. For the kitchen, add S-hooks on the bottom pipe to hang mugs!

Woven Baskets and Trunks

The natural storage options, like seagrass hampers and lidded wicker baskets, provide texture contrast to sleek, modern furnishings. I stacked them as a nightstand alternative. The vintage trunks work as coffee tables or toy chests.

By keeping an eye on new deliveries, I’ve scored some charming accent furnishing finds that inspire the rest of my room decor.

DIY Wall Decor

One of my favorite projects is creating custom art and wall decor pieces using Hobby Lobby materials. They have every artistic supply I could need to make Pinterest-worthy wall art on a small budget. Here are some of my easy DIY ideas:

Shadow Boxes: I collect small mementos from trips like ticket stubs, pins, shells, etc. I’ll arrange them artfully in a square wood shadow box frame from Hobby Lobby and hang on the wall. It becomes an instant memory collage display.

Painted Canvas: I like to recreate abstract paintings I admire using their multi-packs of canvas stretched over wood squares. Following a YouTube tutorial, I’ll splatter, dot and blend acrylic paints purchased there to make a DIY Jackson Pollock-style masterpiece!

Framed Fabric: I cut my favorite fabric into a square, wrap it around foam board to make it taught, then slip the edges into a basic wood poster frame. It adds some softness and texture to any blank wall space.

Faux Flowers: I’ve filled empty picture frames with an assortment of faux succulents, eucalyptus stems, roses and wildflowers to hang in a group. It looks like an Instagrammable boho flower market!

The options are endless with all their craft supplies and my imagination.

Expert Decorating Advice

While I consider myself pretty handy with interior styling and crafting projects, sometimes I reach a creative dead end or I’m just not sure how to pull a room together. That’s when I turn to the true decorating experts at Hobby Lobby.

In addition to the in-store guidance provided at seasonal workshops, they also offer Custom Frame Design and Home Decorating Consultation services.

For a small fee, their Frame Shop designers will help you select the perfect frames and mats for your cherished art pieces or photos. This includes prints, paintings, drawings, posters and documents. Let their experienced staff handle the specialized cuts, fittings and moldings so your art is displayed flawlessly.

For a full room makeover, you can book a Home Decorating Consultation. Their design professionals will visit your home, get to know your needs and style, identify problem areas, and provide suggestions for improvements. They’ll edit your existing furnishings and décor, provide new furniture and accent recommendations, help select paint colors, and offer tips on lighting, organization, layout and more.

The consultations help turn DIY projects into designer rooms. Their guidance takes the guesswork out of how to pull off your dream design scheme with confidence.

Seasonal Touches

While I rely on Hobby Lobby year-round for core decor needs, I really love how they help me completely transform my home for the holidays. They carry the widest selection of themed décor so I’m ready to celebrate in style.

For Easter, they have everything from faux flowering plants, impressed egg decorating kits and pastel distressed wood signs to arrange a whimsical spring vignette on my entry table.

Halloween is the ultimate fun decorating holiday. I load up on pumpkins, wreaths, garlands, banners, and tabletop accents all in black, orange and purple hues. Then I unpack all my creepy Halloween figurines like skeletons, ravens and haunted houses stored the rest of the year and arrange elaborate vignettes. My home becomes the spookiest haunt on the block!

Thanksgiving decor takes a more traditional and neutral tone. Bales of faux wheat stalks, woven cornucopia baskets with gourds, wood signs with ‘Give Thanks’ quotes, and rich creamy accent colors give off major farmhouse vibes.

But Christmas is when I really pull out all the stops! I could spend weeks adorning every surface with perfectly curated holiday flourishes. Some top items that make my home merry and bright include:

  • Full size faux trees of all types – frosted, flocked, silver, neon
  • Winter villager and nutcracker figurines
  • Countless ribbons, wreaths, garlands and greenery
  • Felt stockings personalized with my family’s names
  • Mini villages with snowy cottages and shops
  • Glittery white deer and reindeer statues
  • Fancy glass ball ornaments
  • Pine scented candles that smell like Christmas trees
  • Table runners, placemats and ceramic serveware

The list goes on and on! No yuletide decorating detail is left uncovered.

Decorating on a Dime

As much as I love all things related to design and decking out my home, I don’t exactly have an HGTV-sized decorating budget. Luckily Hobby Lobby understands us regular folks need to decorate affordably. That’s why they frequently offer 40% off any one item coupons!

I’ll store the coupons on the Hobby Lobby app on my phone and use them strategically when I spot that higher priced must-have accessory. Sometimes if I wait, I can catch special 50% or 60% off sales around holidays.

On any given trip, I probably only buy one or two bigger decorative pieces, then supplement with smaller accents from their bargain-priced seasonal clearance sections. I can’t resist taking home armloads of deeply discounted holiday knickknacks to stock up my decor stash after each season ends!

For gift-giving, I always keep an eye out for special décor finds my loved ones will appreciate. The selection provides unique options beyond typical store greeting cards and generic presents. As an example, my sister is an elementary school teacher so I’ll often discover cute posters with inspiring quotes or fun desk accessories to brighten her classroom on a budget.

Part of the thrill of decorating with Hobby Lobby is finding wonderful home goods at even better prices.

Which Items Are on My Wishlist

After each trip exploring the latest Hobby Lobby arrivals, I’ll leave with pages of photos and notes documenting potential pieces I’d love to purchase someday. Here are a few of my current wishlist items I’m coveting:

Oversized Wall Clock

Their collection of extra large wall clocks makes a huge statement. I have my eye on a 36-inch chunky wood frame numeral clock to mount above my living room console table. The hand painted rustic ivory face contrasts nicely with the warm woodgrain edges. It instantly becomes the focal point.

Pearlized Ceramic Lamp

Ceramic table lamps are so on trend. I adore the creamy faux tortoiseshell finish with bronze base detailed with a pearlized glaze that gives it a shiny opalescent sheen. The curvy lines feel almost organic. I’d use it on my nightstand to add soft ambient lighting.

Flocked Faux Tree

How gorgeous and whimsical are these snow covered flocked faux trees? The full 6 foot size has branches randomly “frosted” with snow. The warm white needles combined with icy accents feel magical. I’d put one in a corner by my fireplace as the ultimate winter accent.

Framed Butterfly Specimens

Hobby Lobby has an entire collection of vintage insect prints framed under glass. The antique style illustrations of vivid blue morpho butterflies are my favorite. Grouped together in the office or above the bed, they’d add natural artistry with an elegant, feminine vibe.

I could go on but you get the idea! My decorating vision board runneth over. Thank goodness a trip to Hobby Lobby for a fresh dose of inspiration is never far away.

Happy Decorating on Any Budget!

Hopefully you enjoyed this glimpse into my decorating adventures using Hobby Lobby to create a home I’m proud of. I believe you don’t need a huge budget to pull together spaces you love. With a bit of creativity and careful selection, their enormous variety of accessories and furnishings helps me decorate affordably.

The next time you feel your home needs a refresh or you seek holiday inspiration, I highly recommend perusing the Hobby Lobby aisles or website. Let your inner decorator run wild mixing and matching their inventory to design rooms that reflect your personal taste and style. With the right affordable accents, you can love the space you’re in.

Happy decorating on any budget!

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