DIY’ing a backsplash may seem like an ambitious project, but it can be quite easy and it just takes a little creativity to transform your kitchen into a one of a kind! Use these dollar tree backsplash ideas to get you thinking about what unusual materials you could use to achieve your perfect kitchen backsplash on a budget!


Dollar Tree DIY Backsplash Ideas


Dollar Tree Glass Stones Backsplash

Try this glass stone dollar tree backsplash project by ‘Mother Earth News‘.

  • Dollar tree glass stones, usually sold with vases for floral
  • Mosaic clear mounting sheets (craft store)
  • Mastic
  • Notched Trowel
  • Grout
  • Grout float

Mount glass stones on sheets of the mosaic mounting sheets. I suggest sheets no larger than 12 inches for ease of handling. See photo.

Apply mastic to the wall with a notched trowel. Here are some great basic instructions on grouting tile. Same process.

Apply the sheets of stones to the mastic, allow to set until firm, then peel off plastic sheets.

Grout as suggested by manufacturer. Wipe away excess grout with sponge.


Pallet Backsplash

Used pallets can often be free for the asking, and offer a creative material that is a green use as well. For this application, simply take the pallet apart, then cut the boards into the lengths you prefer. Apply to the wall with construction adhesive. Make sure you seal the backsplash with several coats of polyurethane to protect, as it is a porous surface. Learn how they did it as ‘Circa Dee‘.

Pallet back-splash


Wine Cork Backsplash

Wine corks can either be applied laid on their sides in a pattern, or cut in half and applied end up. Apply to tiles cut from thin sheets of plywood with a strong adhesive, then use construction adhesive to apply to the wall. Coat with polyurethane. Check out this one from ‘Houzz‘.

Wine cork back-splash


Scrapbook Paper Dollar Tree Backsplash

  • Colorful scrap-booking paper (usually found at dollar tree)
  • Mod Podge or polyurethane
  • Foam brush
  • scissors

This is a great idea for home decorators who are NOT faint of heart, and love color! However, with all the great papers out there now, you could be much more subtle with textures if you choose.

Cut scrap-booking paper into “tiles.

Apply Mod Podge or water based polyurethane to back of tile with foam brush. Apply to wall.

Brush more poly over the tile.

After all tiles are in place, allow to dry, then do 2-4 more coats of poly, allowing to dry between coats. This one is from ‘Art Bead Scene‘.

Scrap-book back-splash


Rock or Stone Backsplash

This is my favorite one. Love, love, love the look of this! However, as a DIY’er I would suggest only doing this in a small area, as the weight of stone can be tricky for a non professional to deal with. This could be considered a dollar tree backsplash idea if you get lucky and find the stone or rock in stock, otherwise you may need to find it at a craft or home improvement store. Basically, you apply the stone to plywood tiles with construction adhesive, then apply the tiles to the wall. No grout is required for this natural look, so it will take time to piece the stones together in a pleasing arrangement. Have all the plywood tiles together on your work surface just as they will hang on the wall as you glue the stones. This will allow them to all fit together well once up on the wall. Use a heavy duty construction grade adhesive to apply the tiles to the wall! This one is from ‘BHG‘.

Rover rocks back-splash


Pegboard Backsplash

We love this pegboard backsplash idea by ‘DIY Network‘. Easy to organize and clean, and looks good too!

Pegboard backsplash

And there you have it! DIY Dollar tree backsplash ideas for your perfect kitchen backsplash on a budget! And for more ideas, check out our post ‘How To install Backsplash

Image Credits: DIY Network, Circadee, Shelterness, Art Bead Scene

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  1. Laurie June 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Love the peg board idea for a backsplash. Would need to protect it from water though with a sealer.

    1. Kathy Woodard July 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Great tip Laurie!

    2. Vicki November 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Laurie, I was wondering the same thing. I would love to do the glass stone mosaic around my tub. Would I use regular tile mastic and regular grout? And, what kind of waterproof sealer would I need to apply? Thanks so much for your help.

  2. April September 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I have been wanting to do the pallet board back splash for some time.
    Would it be okay to put it all up and then polyurethane it?

    1. Kathy Woodard November 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I think it would be necessary to seal in a wood backsplash with poly…

  3. Marianne March 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    i don,t like backsplashs anywhere! They are dirt and grease catchers (especially that stone one). I prefer good old fashioned paint – easy to clean for one thing. Also, I try to stay away from anything “trendy”. HGTV has many terrible decorating ideas and they continually install the most horrible backsplashs. In a couple of years people will be saying “what were we thinking???”

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Everyone has their different taste, and their different tolerance of what works for them! I personally love the originality of todays decor! Thanks for commenting!

  4. Latisha May 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I love your ideas very creative:)

  5. shirley October 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I‘m a primitive designer,I think you have you orginal ideal.The diy backsplash is love ,thank you for your desin.

  6. Marilyn October 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    The stone backsplash is sort of attractive, I guess, but it looks like a terrible dirt, dust, and grease-catcher to me. I would NEVER put something that hard to clean in my kitchen.

  7. Jeanne C. January 12, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Love the peg board backsplash idea. I have pegboards in several places in my home but can’t figure out how to keep the pegs from coming off when I take off a tool.


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