The Dollarama Fake Grass Square

Even though I haven’t done a Dollarama post in a long time it doesn’t mean my love affair with the Dollar Store has ended. I’ve still been visiting the happiest place on earth, I just haven’t been posting about it. Things like chickens and gardens and kitchen renovations have gotten in the way.

I still can’t believe I remodelled my kitchen. It makes me feel like such a grown up. You know. Like paying bills and getting shingles, only better.

If you read yesterday’s post you know that I had an outdoor decorating epiphany at Dollarama. I left the store with 3 bags of fake grass squares with the idea of making them into a table runner for my outdoor patio table.

It did it, it looks great, but I had 1 bag of fake grass squares and 1 bag of fake moss squares leftover. So I sat myself down, got myself into a meditative mood and ruminated over what to do with the rest of the fakes. Before my ass even hit the dirt I was standing back up again knowing exactly what I was going to do.

Squares On Wall

Grass Squares On Wall

6 moss squares at $2 each = a pretty cool lookin’ wall for $12. Of course it suits my backyard because even though the house is 170 years old, the actual landscaping is very contemporary.

The final DIY with these fake grass squares goes up tomorrow and it’ll probably be the most popular. The one that most people will be able to use and like no matter what style of home you have.

There’s nothing like making something you absolutely LOVE with scraps of crap. Buying expensive, beautiful things is nice too of course, but there’s a certain satisfaction that comes with making something out of nothing. There’s a feeling of self reliance. Of innovation.

Kind of like, if things got really bad, you’re the one who could not only survive the apocalypse but the hole in the ground you call home, would be incredibly attractive too.

Ironically, if the apocalypse were to hit, I’m pretty sure one of the few things to survive would be fake grass.

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42 Comments

  1. Cathy says:

    …and the roaches. They always say that.

  2. motherhen says:

    What happens when you fire up that fancy barbeque and the toxic fake moss ignites and melts down the brick wall and into the chicken coop – just wondering!!!

  3. Cynthia Jones says:

    See that limey green, maple-leaf shaped thingy in your pot? I am pretty sure that is the same as the one I planted in my garden and it took off like wildfire. It is beautiful.

    I do remember a movie I saw when I was a kid where man was shipwrecked on an island surrounded by lots of fog and a weird mossy vine. At the end of the movie he rowed his boat through the fog to speak to a ship that came to rescue him.

    He would not get off the rowboat and onto the ship. As he rowed away the fog lifted for a moment and there was the shape of a man completely covered in the vine as it had taken over his body completely.

    I ripped mine up!

    Don’t worry yourself over it, I still can’t take a shower with the curtain shut after seeing Psycho.

    Funny how the mind sometimes wanders away from the information one is presented with for educational purposes and sharing of fabulous design.

    • Toronto Boy says:

      The limey green, maple-leaf shaped thing in Karen’s pot is called a sweet potato vine. It’s a relatively cheap plant that adds a zest a color to my outdoor planters.

      Karen what took you so long! 2 years of waiting for a “$” store post is just too long! We neeed our fix of more Dollar store posts ya know! Walking into a Dollarama always puts me in a happy sorta let’s go hunting for cool things to repurpose for my home sorta mood!

  4. Tara says:

    Yaaassss to “scraps of crap” – those are the DIY materials I live for. Your idea is ingenious, Karen. Love it!

  5. Tigersmom says:

    Enabler!!! My husband will be very upset that you are enabling my hoarding of crap habit.

    You know the thin sheets of perfectly white cardboard that come in packages of sheets and other folded linens? I save those. And I actually use them for all kinds of things, none of which I can recall at the moment to prevent me from sounding completely looney.

    The only instance in which my hoarding paid off that I can recall with this little coffee in my system happened one year at Christmas. We needed a shim for the cheapo Christmas tree stand to make the tree straight and I danced to the rescue with a thick square of styrofoam packaging that I had saved thinking, “I can use this for something.”

  6. Dagmar says:

    Oh good, thanks motherhen, yesterday I commented that I could imagine the table runner going up in flames- with it being ehem, plastic and all. I am so glad that I am not the only one who wonders about practicality. Either way, the squares on the brick are an artsy juxtaposition.
    Karen, do you think that I could attach enough squares to make a carpet for my balcony? I mean my balcony is about 54″ wide by about 144″ in length. Am I better off with the squares or the fake grass carpet? Or maybe you have another genius idea that won’t cost me an arm and a leg? It’s a large space, but currently only being used for storage- what a shame.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dagmar – It would be cheaper just to use actual fake grass. You can usually buy it in large hardware stores where they sell sheets of outdoor carpeting. ~ karen!

  7. awesome idea…love it! and your post totally made me lol 🙂

  8. Kathy says:

    ‘ruminated’ – over fake grass – good one

  9. Laura N. says:

    This looks great too!

  10. Ruth says:

    Cute 🙂

  11. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    i want fake grass. My dollar store does not have fake grass. I can’t believe i want fake grass

  12. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    What did you use to attach the squares to the brick wall with? You made me shutter when you mentioned SHINGLES!!! I’m just getting over shingles. I guess I grew up?!? I’m only 57 come on…already???

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melissa – Yikes. Hope you get over your shingles. I hear they’re awful! I hung the squares with little nails pounded into the mortar. ~ karen!

  13. Kerry says:

    “There’s nothing like making something you absolutely LOVE with scraps of crap. Buying expensive, beautiful things is nice too of course, but there’s a certain satisfaction that comes with making something out of nothing. There’s a feeling of self reliance. Of innovation.

    Kind of like, if things got really bad, you’re the one who could not only survive the apocalypse but the hole in the ground you call home, would be incredibly attractive too.”

    THIS! It says it all!

  14. Sandy says:

    Had I known Dollarama had fake grass squares I wouldn’t have bothered to buy my mini battery-operated lawn mower for my mini lawn. Nope, I would have gone with the fake stuff!

  15. kim says:

    love this!
    Also, I do have an actual request for advice for you… 🙂 I noticed that you have both a propane grill AND one of those cool Kamado/Big Green Egg kind of grills… I’ve been trying to figure out which kind of grill to get – what would work best, etc. Things to keep in mind – single mom/single income; just me and 2 girls half the time; I do like to cook and never had much opportunity before (HE enjoyed the cooking, so, HE got to do it all the time…), so, plan on doing a bit more; full-time career; etc. You get the idea…busy…just like everyone else… 🙂
    I LOVE your posts – thanks for all of the time you put into them and for always being a bright spot in my day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim – If you can only get one grill get a regular propane grill. The smoker I use mainly for smoking because its a bit of a pain to get going. It takes much more finesse and fiddling to cook on it. It’s the best thing there is for smoking things like bacon or cooking ribs but for regular daily cooking you’re better with propane. You don’t want it to take an hour of screwing around just to make a hamburger! Besides, if you can get the temperature on your propane grill low enough you can add a smoke box and get a nice smoke effect from that too. ~ karen

      • Amber says:

        Hi, my mum is a great cook, and uses the big green egg all the time! Do you have the barbeque coal chimney? It’s super quick, makes life much easier when you’ve got hungry kids (like me) bugging you about dinner 🙂

        • Karen says:

          Hi Amber – Good for her. I love it when people love cooking, lol. The big green egg is actually supposed to use lump coal, not briquettes. A propane grill is just faster and easier to use and there’s no wait time for things to heat up so if someone decides they want a hot dog for lunch, you can have it on the BBQ and cooked within 5 minutes. With the Big Green Egg (or equivalent type smoker) it isn’t possible to cook that quickly. ~ karen!

    • Toronto Boy says:

      As Karen mentioned, go with a propane grill. Personally, I would opt for a grill that is maneuverable and folds for easy storage away from the elements. A good grill will last for years if you take proper care of it.

  16. toekneetoni says:

    again very clever, quite cute!

  17. Kelly L says:

    I LOVE make stuff from scraps of crap!
    Several years ago I made a bag out of my grandfather’s worn out suede coat (pictures here: http://unshatteredny.wordpress.com/why-unshattered/).

    Last year I figured out how to turn that into a project supporting an amazing place that does the same thing with people – rebuilding women’s lives that have have been shattered by addictions.

    Now the women in the recovery program are making bags out of scraps (curtains, leather coats, etc) to raise money for the Walter Hoving Home and the business is called Unshattered! http://www.unshattered.org

    Repurposed materials, wholeness from pieces, Unshattered lives!

  18. Karen says:

    “There’s nothing like making something you absolutely LOVE with scraps of crap. ”

    Best.sentence.ever. 🙂

  19. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I really like this Karen..it brightens up the whole wall!

  20. Debbie says:

    Making something out of scraps of crap, its a whole life style here. Lol

  21. Mary Edmondson says:

    Hi Karen – I have a new house! Actually an older house that now has all new honey colored (sort of) hardwood throughout, and lovely new white baseboards. Just had to share my excitement with you. I wondered if you could post some pictures of some of the more interesting Dollarama aisles. Here in Portland, OR, we only have Dollar Tree and some other generic less well known dollar type stores, none of them seeming as fabulous as your Dollarama. Kudos to you for all the finds you turn into beautiful accents. I wonder how many of your legions of fans have copied. I would be one of them.

  22. Becky says:

    It just keeps getting better and better! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us tomorrow.

  23. Laura Bee says:

    I keep all those little scraps of crap-it drives him nuts. But it keeps me sane. Or so I like to think…
    The little potted fake plants with the same leaves as your squares look great in the cheapie white IKEA pots. I have three of them around here somewhere…stashed them away last fall.

    I can’t wait for tomorrow!

  24. Kari says:

    I LOVE this! I have a brick wall with a grill and have been wondering what to do with it! Can I copy you? Lol I always make things out of crap , it’s so much more fun.

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