I can not believe that we’re already starting a new season! Â I want to thank all of you amazing readers for coming back time after time to see the fantastic inspiration and to make your vote count. Â And I most definitely have to thank all of the crafters – past and present – for all the hard work that they do for this contest so we all have something to come look at. Â You’re all amazing!!
Now enough sounds-just-like-an-acceptanceÂ speech mush (but I really do mean it). Â Lets get on to the new season. Â Here is a list of the 10 talented ladies that will be competing.
Kim @Â Bugaboo, Mini Mr & Me
Tori @Â Apostrophy Designs
Charity @Â Cannwin
Shannon @Â GoogieMomma
Kate @Â See Kate Sew
Amy @Â Nap Time Crafters
Tone @ Bless by Tone
Jill @Â Made it on Monday
Becky @Â Beckymae’s Journey
Macey @Â Olivia Renn
This first week they all made a project using Dollar Store Items. Â How do they come up with this stuff?! Â Most of the time I walk into the dollar store and just see a bunch of nothin.
The voting will be open until 9pm MST on Friday, April 2nd. Â Vote for your favorite and tell all your friends to do the same!
Craft #1 – Sick-In-Bed-Set – Charity @ Cannwin
Craft #2 – Anthro Inspired Ruffle Shower Curtain – Kate @ See Kate Sew
I know what you’re thinking… Anthropologie inspired at the Dollar Store!?
It can be done! When I walked into the dollar store my mind was flooded with ideas. And then I remembered this awesome shower curtain from Anthropologie. I needed it of course. Needed. But at $168 it was a few (hundred) dollars above my budget. They have since lowered the price to $118. (Maybe they weren’t selling or something??!)
So then I saw the plain boring shower curtains that were available at the dollar store.
So I picked up a few and made my own, with an all-white color palatte, which is trendy and oh-so-Anthro!
I made this baby for 5 bucks. That’s really good for a shower curtain to begin with, and with the Anthropologie look that is even better! It just goes to show that aesthetics don’t have to mean $$$$! Now I’m showering in ruffled style. And for only 5 bucks!
Craft #3 – Spring Grass Sunburst – Kim @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr & Me
If you’re like me, you’re pretty much over winter. Â Over the snow. Â Over the cold. Â Over the bundling up. Â Bring on SPRING!
My dollar store project is the perfect way to welcome spring onto your wall.
Have you ever looked at the um… UNattractive faux grass by the fraying flowers and wondered what in the world it could possibly be good for? Â With a few bunches of that, and just a smidgeon of other dollar store products, you can create a focal point on your wall that screams Spring. Â The curly tendrils of grass, the vivid green colors, the bright reflective mirrors, the sunshine inspired shape…
Craft #4 – Forever Tulips – Amy @ Nap Time Crafters
Craft #5 – Portion Control Plates – Macey @ Olivia Renn
Craft #6 – Inspiration Station – Jill @ Made it on Monday
Using an unusual assortment of Dollar Store itemsâ€”wire cooling racks, fake flowers, jumbo paper clips, grosgrain ribbon and a bamboo place matâ€”I was able to make an inspiration station for my crafting space!
I love wire baskets, but donâ€™t always love the cost. 7 cooling racks (only 50 cents each!) were kept whole, clipped, tied and glued together to make the perfect size baskets to hang on the wall. I cut up the bamboo place mat to create a solid bottom in the baskets so items wouldnâ€™t fall through. One basket holds patterns while the other holds hanging files with my sorted paper cut-outs in them. The flower tag holders are strung through what would be the feet on the cooling racks.
The flower tag holders were made by taking apart the fake flowers and gluing them back together. A button was glued to the center to add a touch of cuteness and a jumbo paper clip was glued to the back to hold a tag or a picture or anything else I feel like putting in there! The grosgrain ribbon was tied to look like leaves on the stem. And that stem is from the bamboo place mat!
The flowers were too cute and fun to make, so I added a few to a vase, tied some of the ribbon around it and had to add buttons for some more cuteness. Just put some pictures of my favorite ideas Iâ€™ve found online in the clips and itâ€™s an idea bouquet!
Craft #7 – Date Night Clutch – Becky @ Beckymae’s Journey
Date Night Clutch Handbag…..made from dollar store items!
Craft #8 – Dish Towel Outfits – Tone @ Bless by Tone
I’ve been to the Dollar Store several times. The first time I came
home with some cheap yarn. I started to knit, but decided it was too
boring. Then I went back and I found these dish towels and fell in love
with the fabric used. I bought two of the pink/white towels and made a
pair of pants from them. I loved them so much, I went back and got some
more towels – and some in the other color (which I didn’t use) and some
Out of six towels, I made three looks. This one with a coat and pants. One
with a vest and pants and one where the coat is worn as a dress. I can
even dress two girls from these looks.
I used the (tiny) scraps that were left to make a hair clip rose and a pin
rose. The pin is really neat – I can use it to close off the coat – making
it a dress, it can be worn as an accessory and I used it to keep the vest
closed. I made the patterns my self.
I am really happy with the look – and even better, so was my model.
Craft #9 – Springtime String Lanterns – Tori @ Apostrophy Designs
Craft #10 – Dollar Store Monogram Wall Hanging – Shannon @ GoodieMomma
The Dollar Store challenge, no pun intended, presents a challenge–namely–how do you make stuff from the $1 Store NOT look like it’s from the $1 Store???
That’s a tough one–for me at least! So I wandered around looking for inspiration, and finally decided my motto for this one would be “Go Big or Go Home!” I figure a nice big statement piece that makes an impact–done right–has a good chance of looking like more than the sum of it’s parts.
AndÂ here’s what I came up with: