It's amazing what you can find at the dollar store. I've found so many great craft supplies there there -- including yarn, beads for my bead crochet projects, embroidered patches for embellishing all kinds of things, pompoms, pipe cleaners and so much more! You never know exactly what you'll find, so it sure is fun to browse through the craft supplies each time you go.
Not only that, many of the ordinary objects you find at the dollar store can be enhanced and improved on with a little craft-ivity!
The following is a list of some of the crochet projects and mixed media craft projects I've created using dollar store craft supplies. I hope you'll find the list inspiring.
You'll often find linens galore for sale at the dollar store. If you don't want to spend a fortune on your kitchen towels or hand towels, it's a great place to stock up.
The only problem: sometimes these linens can look, well, cheap. But it isn't expensive to transform your 99 cent store towels into unique treasures that look costly and desirable. The secret: add a pretty crocheted edging to each towel.
Usually, the bead selection at the dollar store isn't anything amazing -- but sometimes you can find really good buys. I've purchased both seed beads and plastic pony beads at the dollar store before. One lucky day when I went to the dollar store, I found several different colors of glass seed beads -- blue, green, pale pink, clear and red.
The link posted above takes you to my page of free bead crochet patterns; if you happen to find seed beads at your local dollar store, this page of patterns will give you some ideas for what you can do with them.
Pictured at left is a beautiful beaded edging I crocheted using one of the patterns in a book called The Beaded Edge. I've chosen to show you this particular sample because the beads I used to crochet it were purchased at the dollar store.
If you've purchased pony beads at the dollar store, the best place to find ideas is Sherri's Family Crafts site at About.com. Sherri has posted many fantastic kid-friendly beading ideas. One example: a Sports pin or magnet made with pony beads. You can also check out Sherri's introduction to beading for even more links and ideas.
Some dollar stores carry blocks of craft foam. There are lots of interesting things you can do with the foam, but my favorite is making flower arrangements -- especially edible arrangements.
At some dollar stores, you can even purchase the artificial flowers you need for arrangements, and maybe even some of the other components too.
When you make an arrangement using artificial flowers, you can hide the craft foam inside a vase if you like. Alternatively, you can crochet a simple cover for it using the free pattern we have posted on our website.
Flower arrangements have a certain reputation for being an extravagant luxury -- but really, they don't have to be!
When creating this arrangement, I used inexpensive yarn for the cover, and all the other supplies I used came from the dollar store:
- The sunflower stem
- The ribbon
- The craft foam
- The lollipops
All together, the supplies for this arrangement cost less than $5.00 US (not including the adhesive, which I already had on hand and of which only a small amount was used. Also, not including tax -- which was high in CA where I live, and which cost will vary where you live.)
Conclusion: Even if your gift-giving budget is small, there are creative ways you can spend it. A flower arrangement could possibly be a viable option for a gift, assuming you have a little time, plus five bucks to spend, plus a well-stocked dollar store close by.
A little ingenuity can go a long way to take the stress out of special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries!
I purchased almost all the supplies for this arrangement at the dollar store:
- The craft foam
- The artificial flowers
- The heart-shaped lollipops
- The curly ribbon
The only thing I didn't get at the dollar store: the yarn. You can often find yarn for sale at the dollar store, although at the time I made this arrangement, my closest dollar store didn't have any yarn. At the time, I was able to purchase the yarn I needed at Walmart.
After you've taken a trip to the dollar store, DO NOT throw away the bags you used for carrying all your purchases home! Instead, you can use the bags to make even more fun crafts.
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