Welcome to the start of Season 9! {dollar store crafts}

Here we are again at the start of a new season.  I’m so stoked for this time around. Don’t those 10 ladies look so fun!  I can’t wait to get to know them all better.  Here is a list of their blogs. You should all run over and look at them real fast.  You won’t regret it 🙂

Jessica @ Mad In Crafts
Bessie @ Besserina
Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations
Carlee @ Lady Bird Lane
Celeste @ Celestial’s Creations
Margo @ Art Surrounds Us
Robin @ The T-Shirt Diaries
Heather @ Dragonfly Designs
Terra @ Mama Says Sew
Emily @ Nap Time Creations

There is also a little bio about each of them here that will also list all their SYTYC projects as the season progresses, so be sure to keep up to date with that, too.

So here you have it.  Week 1 of season 9 – the Dollar Store Craft challenge.  Voting will be open until 9pm MST on Friday the 9th.


Craft #1 – Magnet Travel Games by Carlee @ Lady Bird Lane

Since I live nearly 60 minutes away from the nearest ‘dollar’ store, I
thought it only appropriate to make car activities to keep my kiddos
busy!  I created interchangeable magnet car games using mainly
dollar store items.

 Dollar Store Items:

  • 12 inch metal platter (it has about a 1″ lip around the edge)
  • ABC magnets (SCORE!)
  • Dinosaur figures
  • Decorative towels

Non dollar store items include craft magnets, magnet paper, and modge podge.

Magnet ‘Game Console’ has a super cool main game, and additional
games that can lay on top.  I adapted the car bingo game from a
free printable, and created the rest of the games in Photoshop.
This is such a FUN project because it is so versatile, and you can
keep adding new games!  I also love the fact that the tray and
all of the pieces can be stored in a simple drawstring bag I made from
a dollar store towel!

Homemade magnet car game console…………………………$6.75 each
A happy car ride………………………………………………………priceless!

Craft #2 – Plastic Animal Bookends by Jessica @ Mad In Crafts

bookend materials
I can’t tell you how many different project ideas I had for this first week’s challenge!  My goal for this first theme was to show how easy it is to make something useful and expensive-looking from dollar store materials.
I chopped some plastic animal toys in half and glued them to acrylic photo frames to create fun, silly bookends.
sytyc dollar store kids tiger bookends
The dreaded dachshund/tiger hybrid Smile with tongue out makes an adorable set of bookends for a child’s room.  Since the acrylic frames are clear, it looks as though the tiger is pouncing right out of the book!  RAWR!
sytyc dollar store faux bronze animal head bookends
For a more sophisticated look, I applied a coat of ORB to both an elephant and a lion head (made the same way as the tiger) to create faux bronze bookends.  Real bronze bookends are pricey, but these will only set you back $4!  They are a majorly simple way to add some global flair to your bookshelves.
For a funkier look for a teen’s room, you could swap the ORB spray paint for a neon or metallic color.  The dollar store stocks a wide variety of plastic toys, so let your imagination run WILD!

Craft #3 – The Undie Cuff by Celeste @ Celestial’s Creations

For this challenge, I was in the mood for something bright and happy.

Know what was the cutest, brightest, happiest thing I could find in the dollar store?

These pairs of underwear!

I’ve always thought it was sad that they make such cute underwear, but there’s not really an appropriate way to show them off.

At least, there wasn’t before….

 The Undie Cuff.

Using just the elastic waistband and the knit, you can make a soft, comfy (don’t forget bright and happy) cuff with very little effort and only $1.

Craft # 4 – Hand-Braided Rug by Emily @ Nap Time Creations

This dollar store challenge had me a bit nervous… I wasn’t sure what I would find when I went “shopping”. Fortunately as soon as I saw these plastic table clothes, I knew what I would be making! The colors I found are actually perfect for our kitchen and match great!
I used a five-strand braid for the rug (I cut up the table clothes into long strips to braid) and laced it together with more plastic thread.  It seems very durable and great for a kitchen where it will get wet and need to be cleaned. I think I can just wash off the whole thing when I need to. I varied the colors as I was braided to give the different circles in the rug different looks.
I’m really loving the way it turned out and its great to stand on while washing the dishes (barefoot in the kitchen)…. Don’t you just love how it matches my curtains, artwork and towels.

Craft #5 – Petal Butterflies by Heather @ Dragonfly Designs

This challenge was a fun one for me. 
I love that you can find all sorts of things at the Dollar Store.
I threw together this project using wooden clothes pins, fabric petals, gold sequins, copper wire and a whole lot of hot glue!
And created over twenty clothes pin and petal butterflies to accent my space.   
I love having things around the home that are multipurpose.  These butterflies were no exception.  I can use the clothes pins to hang hair accessories, jewellery or even the kids’ art projects!!
And finally a detailed look. 
Oh what a little creativity and a hot glue gun can do.

Craft #6 – Movie Night In by Margo @ Art Surrounds Us

When cruising the Dollar Tree  I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I saw these supplies.  Like most families now a days we are having to cut back on some of the outings that we do. One of the big ones for us is going to the movies, with a family of 4 and a price tag of $35 just to get in not to mention concessions, its just something we really can’t bring ourselves to do anymore. So we have movie night at home with a movie rental and movie candy and popcorn from the dollar store which can all be done for the price of just one ticket.

For our new movie popcorn bowl I used a plastic punch bowl, tickets and mod podge. I switched back and forth between the two ticket colors and put an extra layer of mod podge over them all to seal the bowl.This project only cost me $3, you can’t beat that!

 Then simply add popcorn and the movie candy we are ready for movie night!!!! Now who has the remote?





Craft #7 – Flower Sack Outfit by Bessie @ Besserina

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about this weeks theme “Dollar Store Crafts.” I went to 4 different Dollar Stores in neighboring towns searching for inspiration.  One item that continued to catch my attention at each store was a package of flour sack kitchen towels.  They were simple, white, 100% cotton and best of all, $3.00 for a package of 3!  On the drive home, I drew this little outfit for my baby girl in my head, I couldn’t wait to get started!
 I appliqued the bird, branches, flowers and leaves with  fabric scraps. (I’m always excited to dive into my scrap bin. Makes me feel so resourceful!)  All around the bottom I sewed 2 layers of ruffled strips of the flour sack towel. Sewed up the sides and arm holes, and gathered it up. Then I added a ruffle around a pair of her jeans, and made a sweet flower for her hair out of scraps and another strip of ruffled flour sack.
She plans to wear it while visiting her Meemaw’s garden & playing with her kitties, Rosemary & Peppermint.
I think it’s adorable, and she loves it too!

Craft #8 – Triple Braid Necklace by Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations

From this……
To This!!
Materials Used:lace window valence ($6) and (actually 3-had to go back for more) women’s necklaces ($1.50 each) all found at Dollar General
What I came up with: a fun and playful triple-braided lace necklace with interchangeable accents: a flower and a bow.
Here’s a close-up of the braid. It’s kinda hard to tell how many braids I actually did to make it that thick, but I think it turned out super cool looking. I used the chain from the extra necklaces I had to go back and braided them in with the second set of braids so there’s just a touch of shine to the braid.
 I used velcro to attach the bow and the flower so they could be changed.
This challenge was so fun! At first I never dreamed I’d come up with this upon browsing through several dollar stores. I’ll have to pop in dollar stores more often and think about how I can repurpose some cheap items! Hope you like it!!

Craft #9 – Chevron Shower Curtain by Robin @ The T-Shirt Diaries

I love the Dollar Store Crafts challenge. I mean what better challenge than to work with products from a store not known for its mad crafting supplies.

So while I was there I had a genius idea. I would make an ombre ruffled shower curtain. I grabbed a bunch of shower curtains and headed home to get started.

Then I realized that I saw something similar done during S.Y.T.Y. C. Season #7 by See Kate Sew. Bummer, but great minds think alike?

Now I had several shower curtains and nothing to do until it struck me, make a Chevron Shower Curtain.

Chevron is hot right now (an understatement) and I have paint so why not.

I got things started on my basement floor, added chevron stripes and…

I need let it dry overnight. Now I just needed to hang it up.
I love Chevron, now I want to remake my bedroom into a  black and white haven.
Oh and the total cost for the new shower curtain $1.00. Not bad because when I looked up Chevron Shower Curtains they run between $78.00 and $95.00 each.

Craft #10 – Twine Vase by Terra @ Mama Says Sew

The Dollar Store category had me shaking in my boots.  Dollar stores are not usually a place I go when I am looking for craft supplies.  After a couple of trips, during which I spent almost as much time cleaning up after my children as I did searching for ideas,  I came up with this twine covered vase.
I’ve seen rope bowls around, and I liked the idea of tweaking that to make a rope vase, but unfortunately all the rope was bright red, blue or yellow. I did find a nice neutral twine.  And there were lots of different glass vases to chose from.
So I got the twine and the vase and after wrapping and wrapping and wrapping I ended up with this pretty vase for only $2 {plus I don’t know how many gluesticks}.
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  1. Missy says

    K everybody…The poll should be fixed now. I have no idea why it decides to show up some weeks and some weeks it doesn’t. So weird…


  2. says

    I am so excited to be participating with all of these talented ladies!! Fab projects this round! Thanks for putting this all together each season Missy. Let the good times roll…

  3. Janna says

    Love this blog! You have found another bunch of talented ladies! So hard to decide which one to vote for! This is going to be an awesome season!

  4. Janet squire says

    I vote for #1. it would be nice to have something to entertain my children on long trips, something besides movies.

  5. JoAnn Marshall says

    I have voted for #7…the flower sack dress. It is absolutely amazing and the little one is adorable, too.


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