Turn Cheap Craft Supplies Into Pretty DIY Décor
For many crafters, the secret to staying within budget is buying supplies from the dollar store. All dollar stores are different, but each one carries tons of items that can be transformed into things like cute shelves or decorations for your home.
You can also make great gifts from dollar-store items and make them look high-end with just a little bit of imagination and creativity. Many brides make DIY wedding decorations from these low-cost supplies to save money, too. Whatever the occasion, check out these ideas for inspiration!
Craft Ideas From Dollar Tree (and Other Dollar Stores)
- Cute Storage Basket
- Fall Wagon
- Arched Lantern
- Picture Frame Lantern
- Apple Crate Shelves
- Foam Dice Tic-Tac-Toe Set
- Salt Shaker and Butter Dish Planter
- Miscellaneous Crafts
Cute Storage Basket
You can easily transform many different items into adorable storage containers, like this wire basket storage idea.
- Candle holder
- Wire basket
- Burner cover set
- Mini teatime set
- e6000 glue
- Spray paint
- Begin by gluing your mini teapot onto the burner cover.
- After the glue dries, spray-paint your burner cover, basket, and candle holder.
- When the paint is dry, glue your basket to the candle holder.
- Let the glue dry, then place whatever you want in the basket and use the burner cover as your lid.
More Blinged-Out Container Ideas
Go from "blah" to glam by upgrading plain jars and baskets with new lids, new colors, and a little sparkle. The photo gallery below contains tons of additional ideas for containers.
This would make a great decoration for a fall-themed event or a seasonal piece for your home. These materials were found at a Dollar Tree, but you may find similar items at other dollar stores.
- Brownie pan
- Two packs of magnetic tins (four tins total)
- Paint (red, black, and other colors for decoration)
- Begin by painting the brownie pan red and the tins black.
- Glue the tins to the brownie pan for wheels.
- Glue the spatula to the bottom of the brownie pan for a handle.
- You can now decorate the wagon how you like and fill it with seasonal items, like cute pumpkins.
This lantern would make a fantastic decoration or centerpiece for a wedding, and nobody will believe it was made with dollar store items!
- One package of Hot Wheels race car tracks (two tracks per package)
- One 8″ square box sign
- One ping-pong ball
- Scrap cardboard paper and foam board
- Faux greenery and/or flowers
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Spray paint
- Battery-operated tea light
- Bend the race track to form the lantern arch.
- Place the arch in the square box sign, using the corners to hold the arch.
- Glue the race track in place with the hot glue gun.
- Glue the ping-pong ball to the top.
- Paint the arch the color of your choice.
- Once the paint dries, add whatever decorations you like, including a battery-operated tea light so it lights up.
More Arched Lantern Ideas
Try constructing these lanterns for different holidays and events. You can paint them a wide variety of colors and use various items for decorating them, from ribbons to rope to wooden beads. Check out more ideas in the photo gallery below!
Picture Frame Lantern
Here's another DIY lantern idea. Can you believe this is made out of dollar-store picture frames? Using black electrical tape for the "leaded glass" is an ingenious hack!
- Four black picture frames
- Black electrical tape
- Black cardboard or cardstock
- Battery-operated candle (do not use a flame candle; it's a fire hazard)
- Remove the glass from the frames.
- Cut electrical tape into thin strips and tape it onto the glass in a criss-cross diamond pattern (see the photo for an example).
- Put the glass back in the frames.
- Glue the frames together to form a box. Use black cardboard to create a removable top or bottom.
- Place the battery-operated candle inside the box and turn it on to enjoy your lantern!
Apple Crate Shelves
Most dollar stores have a section of plain wood items in a variety of fun shapes, including apple crates or other rustic crates. With some creativity, you can turn these into cute little shelves!
- Three apple crates (mini crates were used for this project)
- Two wooden arrows or other long wooden pieces for the sides
- Stencils for writing (optional)
- Paint the crates and arrows in the colors of your choice. Leave the areas where you'll be gluing them together unpainted so the glue adheres well (you can pencil out these areas).
- If you want to paint words onto the crates, do that now. Use a stencil if you need some help making neat letters.
- When the paint is dry, glue the arrows and crates together to create a shelving unit. Start by gluing one of the arrows to each crate, then glue the other arrow on the other side.
- Let the glue dry, then fill the shelves with whatever you like.
More Cute DIY Shelf and Crate Ideas
There are tons of other crafts you can make with these simple wooden pieces. Scroll through the gallery below for more ideas!
Foam Dice Tic-Tac-Toe Set
Most dollar stores carry large foam dice that can be turned into letter blocks, cute characters, and other crafts for your home. This idea changes the blocks into a chunky tic-tac-toe set that works both as a decoration and as a fun game!
- Nine foam dice
- White paint or white balloons
- Black paint or decals
- First, decide if you want to paint the dice or cover them with balloons. If you're using paint, then paint the dice. If you're using balloons, stretch the balloons over the dice and snip off the ends with scissors. Watch the video below for an example!
- Add a design to one side of each die, either by painting it with black paint or adding a decal. Use one design for five of the dice and a different design for the other four. The project shown above used chickens and eggs, for example.
- Dry-brush on a little black paint along the edges for a rustic look, if you like.
- Display in a 3″ x 3″ square on their own or in a wooden tray.
More Foam Dice Craft Ideas
You can do so much with these chunky pieces of foam. It's hard to remember they started out as dice! Scroll through the photo gallery below for more ideas, from foam snowmen to seasonal messages.
Salt Shaker and Butter Dish Planter
Nestle some salt shakers in a butter dish, then fill each one with faux flowers to create a gorgeous planter—on the cheap!
- Three or four salt shakers
- one butter dish
- Faux flowers and greenery
- Other decorations of your choosing, like jute rope, ribbons, and buttons
- Remove the tops from the salt shakers.
- Paint the salt shakers and the butter dish. You can paint them all the same color or use contrasting colors.
- When the paint is dry, decorate the items however you like. In the photo above, the crafter wrapped jute rope around the shaker tops and the dish, then glued on rustic buttons.
- Arrange faux flowers and greenery into the shakers and display.
More DIY Salt Shaker Planters
You can have so much fun with this idea! Use more salt shakers, use different paint colors and decorations, and swap out the greenery every season. Scroll through the photos below to see some examples!
Miscellaneous Crafts Made From Dollar Store Supplies
The photos below show a grab-bag of other things you can make, from wreaths to beehives to light-up lighthouses! It's really remarkable how you can transform simple items into beautiful decorations.
Enjoy Your Next Shopping Trip!
The next time you visit your local dollar store, look at everything from a crafter's perspective. It's not about what it is; it's about what you can turn it into!
Good luck finding some inexpensive crafty supplies, and share your ideas in the comments!