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[4 Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | 2,421 views]
Make Trophy Cup Mini Flower Pots

What do you do when you like the shape of something but find the color tacky, ugly, or just plain obnoxious?  Attack it with a can of spray paint!  That’s what Jaderbomb did with a package of plastic trophy cup party favors she found at the dollar store.  A couple coats of teal later, they look entirely different and much more chic!  They work great …

$1 and Free, cheap crafts, From Our Readers, Headline, Kids, supplies »

[28 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | 3,798 views]
Make a Recycled Art Supply Caddy

How do you organize your art supplies?  I’ve got a shoebox full of crayons and markers and colored pencils sitting on my work table, and while it works great for keeping them corralled in one place, it’s not really what I would call “organized.”  To me, organized means not having to spend 10 minutes digging around to find the specific item I am looking for.  …

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[24 Aug 2012 | 8 Comments | 26,355 views]
Reader Question: Last-Minute Picnic-Themed Party?

Help us brainstorm with reader Amanda’s urgent dollar store party planning request coming from our Facebook Page:
I need help! My sweet 16 is a week from tomorrow and we have NOTHING done! I need food and decoration ideas bad. We are on a low money and time budget, and we want picnic style food . Help!
I found some great picnic-themed party ideas to get you …

$5 and Under, Decor, From Our Readers, Headline »

[23 Aug 2012 | One Comment | 6,779 views]
Make a Shabby Chic Mail Organizer

You may have seen us mention this mail organizer by Henrie at Simply Belle when we recently announced it as the winner of our most recent craft challenge.  We loved it so much that we decided it needed a proper featuring!  Not only is it beautiful, it is also incredibly practical.  (I don’t know about you, but mail is a challenge for me sometimes.  I …

$1 and Free, cheap crafts, Decor, From Our Readers, Headline, Tutorials »

[22 Aug 2012 | 3 Comments | 3,984 views]
Tutorial: Junk Mail Paper Crane Tree

Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe, and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter who’s life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! You can find my craft projects and recipes on my site, Glue and Glitter. I am super excited share a project today that uses two of my favorite reclaimed craft supplies: junk mail and fallen …

$1 and Free, Accessories, cheap crafts, Fashion, From Our Readers, Headline, Wearable Crafts »

[19 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | 3,487 views]
Turn a Book Cover into a Headband

If you’re like me, whenever you see something made out of fabric at the dollar store you see it more as a source of fabric than as the actual item on the shelf.  I love that when Nancy from Kibbles ‘N Knits spied some stretch fabric book covers for $1 each, she fell for the cute prints and patterns and snagged a stack of them …

$5 and Under, cheap crafts, Decor, From Our Readers, Headline, Party Crafts »

[18 Aug 2012 | One Comment | 11,373 views]
Make Colorful Candle Wraps

Have you eyed up those colorful plastic folders in the back-to-school section of the dollar store and wondered what wonderful things you could make out of them?  The other day we shared some chic plastic folder jewelry, but that’s far from the only thing you can do with them!  Pam from Frippery figured out that she could use them to make adorable candle wraps, and …

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[17 Aug 2012 | One Comment | 2,053 views]
Make an Eraser Bracelet

We recently asked for school supply crafts, and our readers responded with so many good ideas that we were completely blown away!  Among the cute ideas that rolled in was this one from Staci at lizard & ladybug.  Her use of pencil-cap-style erasers as beads is quite clever, and if you tire of wearing it on your wrist you can easily disassemble it and still …

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[16 Aug 2012 | 3 Comments | 11,746 views]
Make Sea Glass Wind Chimes

Growing up in a beachfront town, collecting bits of smooth, colorful glass from the shore is something I’ve enjoyed doing for almost my entire life.  But what to do with all of those gorgeous little bits once you’ve gathered them?  Over at Crafts Unleashed, Angie strung a bunch of pieces together to make a beautiful wind chime!  Not only does it sounds lovely when the …

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[13 Aug 2012 | 6 Comments | 3,418 views]
School Supplies Challenge Winner and Best-Of Roundup

It’s time once again to announce the winner of or crafty challenge sponsored by Dollar Tree!  I know we say it every month but it’s always true – it gets harder and harder to pick challenge winners because we keep getting so many incredible entries, and this month was no exception!  After much difficult deliberation, we’ve chosen our favorites, including a winner!  We know your …