Top Shelf Clearance Challenge – September 2019

It’s time for another Top Shelf Clearance Challenge!

Please check out my super creative, crafty and extremely talented blogger friends who also participated in this challenge.  Links to all their blogs and their Clearance Challenge Projects are listed at the bottom of this post.

About this Challenge…

The rules for the Top Shelf Clearance Challenge are as follows.  Buy at least one clearance item for $15 or less.  Take a photo of the clearance item and the clearance sticker(s).  Then take the item(s) and style them or transform them as you wish.

In case you missed any of my last Clearance Challenges, you can see them all here.

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Here is what I found…

I actually found several amazing things on clearance this month, but I am only going to talk about one.  The item below was found on the clearance shelves at Marshall’s for only $10!  After making these DIY Dollar Store Pumpkins I was searching for a large tray to display them on.  This item is 3 ft long, by 8 inches wide, so fit the bill perfectly, and the price was right.  Yet, it isn’t really a tray at all, but rather a ‘God Bless America’ sign that you can hang on your wall.  Cute as it is, I plan to use it as a tray.  It will be perfect to use all year long for seasonal centerpieces.

I thought I would show you three different ways to style this tray for the Fall season…

1. Give me all the Fall Colors…

Everything I used here is from Dollar Tree.  I bought a bunch of fall flowers and a bunch of stems of fall leaves.  The pumpkins are from Dollar Tree too but were given a makeover.  You can see that tutorial here.  I already had the vase in the middle (which is also from the Dollar Tree).  The vase is filled with sand, but  you could fill it with wine corks, or anything you want.  Anyway, here is how I styled it.  First I placed the pumpkins and the vase in the tray.  Next, I started placing the leaves in around them and moving the pumpkins around until I was satisfied with how it looked.  I literally just yanked the leaves right off the stems so I could use them in the tray.  Pretty easy, and it looks very colorful and festive.

2. Gone Coastal…

I wanted a more coastal, neutral vibe for this next centerpiece.  Therefore, I added some shells from my collection, these neutral colored decorative spheres or vase filler (or this kind would be great too) from Hobby Lobby that I already had, and some greenery I picked up at Fresh Market.  To assemble this centerpiece, I added in the greenery first, then I placed the pumpkins in next, then started adding in the spheres.  The runner is from HomeGoods and is reversible!  How cool is that?  Both sides are great and I couldn’t decide which I liked better, so I was having fun flipping it over for the photos.

Clearance Challenge September

Clearance Challenge September

Clearance Challenge September

3. Cheers to Fall…

Last but not least, I used the leaves from Dollar Tree and a bunch of wine corks.  I wanted to tie in the fact that I used wine corks for the stems.  Once again, I placed the pumpkins in the tray first, then placed the corks around them.  Lastly, I added in some leaves for color, however, I think it would look okay without the leaves too.  Very simple, very easy but still looks colorful and fun.

Clearance Challenge September

Clearance Challenge September

Other ideas…

You can add sand to the tray and more shells to make it even more coastal.  Or…add lots more greenery and less vase filler.  Or…add more pumpkins and less of everything else.  Or…you can add some of those little fairy lights (maybe I will still do that!!!).  There really are endless options here.

Which one is your favorite, if any?  Leave me a comment below.  What would you add?  How would you set it up?

Please check out all the talented blogger friends below and see what they found on the Clearance Shelves this month.

Emily from LeCultivateur
Dori from This Full Life 5
Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap
Shae from Sweet Southern Grace
Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip



  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap September 9, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Very creative! I love how you used a sign instead of a tray-thinking outside the box! Such cute styling ideas too!

  • Reply Terrie September 9, 2019 at 11:12 am

    What a creative way to use the sign !! I think I love it better used for a tray instead of the real purpose of it. ha! Love it Jodi! Love working with you on this challenge!

    • Reply Jodi House September 9, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Terrie! I am so glad you like it. I love working with you all on these challenges too. So much creativity! You all amaze me every month.

  • Reply Joyce September 9, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Love your ideas and that’s a lot of corks!! I just tried to “follow” you and received a message that you had been de-activated. ?????

    • Reply Jodi House September 9, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Oh no! I will look into that.

  • Reply Michelle September 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    That’s so pretty! What a great idea using a sign as a tray!

  • Reply Dori Turner September 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Jodi, what a creative idea! Love how you used the frame for a tray! And the pumpkins are so cute!

    • Reply Jodi House September 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you, Dori! I am so glad you like them.

  • Reply cindy@countyroad407 September 9, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Great idea to show 3 ways to style your new found bargain! Love them all. Even the different table runners are cute. 😉

    • Reply Jodi House September 9, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks and I am so glad you like it!!!

  • Reply Emily September 11, 2019 at 1:00 am

    This is such a great idea! Love that you used the Fourth of July tray and was able to style it three different ways!! Such a fun versatile piece! Great find!!

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