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8 Projects That Take 30 Minutes or Less (including our challenge winner!)

7 March 2013 138,620 views 8 Comments

by rhonda

Eight dollar store 30 minute crafts

Our most recent craft challenge sponsored by Dollar Tree was a 30 minute craft challenge - just how much crafty can you cram into a half hour?  We asked, and you answered with an amazing assortment of projects!  Choosing just one winner was so tough this month - if only we could give a prize to everyone!  But alas, we only had one $100 gift card to give away, and we know you're anxious to see who is the quick crafting challenge champ!

Meet Our Guest Judge

This time around our guest judge was Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts.  As you can guess, she is quite familiar with the idea of quick crafts!  Her site is chock full of projects you can squeeze into just about any schedule.  What can you make in a half hour or less?

Washi Tape Flags

[Washi Tape Flags]

Glass Jar Roses

[Glass Jar Roses]


[Ribbon Labels for Cords]

And now...  Let's get down to business.

Organization Challenge Top Picks

5.  Menu Plan Board

Menu Plan Board

[Menu Plan Board by Frugal Family Ties]

4.  Miniature Dollhouse Dog Crate

Miniature Dollhouse Dog Crate

[Miniature Dollhouse Dog Crate by Todd & Lindsey]

3.  Hobo Bag

Hobo Bag

[Hobo Bag by Crafty Leslie]

2. Microfiber Cleaning Slippers

Microfiber Cleaning Slippers

[Microfiber Cleaning Slippers by Housing a Forest]

And The Winner Is...

1. Rainbow Night Light Cover

Rainbow Bead Night Light Cover

[Rainbow Nightlight Cover by Suzi's Crafts]

We love seeing simple materials turned into something spectacular, especially when it's a cheap and quick idea.  Suzi from Suzi's Crafts used tri-beads (an item often relegated to kiddie crafting) and safety pins to make a tiny lampshade that fits over a standard night light.  Imagine how this would make you smile as you passed it in the hallway at night!

Congratulations to Suzi, who will be the recipient of a $100 gift card from Dollar Tree.  Make sure you check out all of the entries as well - there were so many great ones that we didn't have room to mention here!

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  • Robin from Frugal Family Times said:

    Thanks so much for choosing my Menu Board as one of your Top Picks! I’m honoured.

  • Lindsey said:

    Thanks for featuring our dollhouse dog crate!!! There were so many wonderful ideas and entries! :)


  • Nisha said:

    congrats Suzanne for being the winner! Loved the project at first sight only!

  • Suzanne said:

    All the projects I saw submitted are super awesome! I’m really surprised it won! Thank you so much for choosing the night light! :)

  • Nikki F. said:

    Cool idea for a night light but where can you find tri-beads other then the craft stores? I’ve never seen them at a dollar tree and the craft store charge too much.

  • rhonda (author) said:

    @Nikki – you can get a package of 1180 assorted tri beads at Consumer Crafts for about $3: http://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/jewelry-plastic-and-acrylic-beads/0601-21

  • Janet said:

    Really wonderful ideas, congrats to all those featured!

  • Panya said:

    The nightlight cover looks awesome [I LOVE rainbows], but it seems like a fire hazard to have plastic touching a light bulb…