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on: May 31, 2005 10:18:04 PM 
Started by leah, Message by giggles1100
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OK First off Please tell me if my pics do not show up as this is my first time to post pics here.

I did two projects, the first one my 5 year old came up with and he helped me glue all the stones on.  We are doggy sitting a friend's dog and they neglected to send him his doggy dish, so we not only made him a special "Regal" dish as Colesays, we made him a fancy placemat so all the other dogs will know not to go near it!  Tee Hee
Total cost $3.46,  I had the eyelash yarn and fabric paint.

Here I started with a placemat, dog dish and some beads

The finished doggie dish, this after a 2nd degree burn by the dang hot glue gun on my finger!

Placemat and bowl

Critter enjoying his new dish

The second project is a babysitter checklist, this cost $4  and is a corkboard, some shiny tissue paper and a few flowers they sell at Dollar Tree, not that cute but useful! Smiley


on: May 31, 2005 12:00:21 AM 
Started by leah, Message by swalsh
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Here's my entry!
I call it a candlier - sort of a hanging candle-holder.

dollar store supplies:
package of colorful votives

wooden "spoons" - the kind you get with those little cups of italian ice, or, for those of you in the northeast, Hoodsie Cups

paper rope

the results:
top-view of the candlier


hanging view

hanging with candles lit

I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love the colors - especially for summer. I think I'm going to make more and hang them from the trees in my backyard for an evening bbq I'm having. The only non-dollar store supply used was glue. Also, extra caution was taken so the rope doesn't get too close to the flame.

I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with.
on: June 02, 2005 07:12:30 PM 
Started by leah, Message by swalsh
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entry number 2... (pardon the crappy camera-phone pictures)

4 picture frames
1 bag of army men

frame before

frame after removing all the pieces

*** finished product - bedside table ***

top view

close up 1

close up 2

table in action

the only non-dollar store supplies used were glue and nails. it's quite sturdy - much more-so than anticipated.
on: May 31, 2005 01:04:04 PM 
Started by leah, Message by dreamisle
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Ugh! I'm such a failure! Well, I can honestly say that I could have hunted out better stuff at other dollar stores, but my brilliant idea of making a checkerboard still can't outdo some of the projects I see here. Great job everyone!  Smiley

For my checkerboard centerpiece I spent $5 at the 1 Dollar Bargain place.
  • $1 - Foam sheets used for the board and decorations on the cups and the little throne pieces that go under 'kinged' pieces (not shown)
  • $1 - Muffin baking pan used for the base of this centerpiece to store the pieces in cups
  • $1 - Plastic glass-looking pieces for playing the game. 3 colors, 16 of each piece (12 and 4 replacement)
  • $2 - Two votive candle holders for the end of the board, either to hold captured pieces or for candles or sand or whatever I'd use if I wanted to make it adapt to the theme of a room.
  • Hot Glue not included in total
  • Use of exacto knives not included in total
The board part rests nicely atop the pan and the pieces fit beneath without making bumps. Since the pieces don't stack well (at all), I cut extra squares of thefoam to make little star shaped 'thrones' underneath the 'kinged' pieces. The votive cups stay in fairly well but I haven't exactly tried shaking the whole thing upsidedown yet. I used blue and white for the board because the yellow foam didn't match the yellowish-green-ness of the yellowish-green pieces.  Undecided

on: June 01, 2005 04:20:54 PM 
Started by leah, Message by muchachaK
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Well, after convincing myself I didn't have time for this challenge, my toilet plugs up (too much cat litter, sorry, TMI), and I have to go get a plunger...at THE DOLLAR STORE!!!  Somehow I suddenly had all the time in the world!

So, I spent almost exactly $4...it was $5.07 but I subtracted the price of the plunger Wink

Here are my original materials, a shower curtain liner and a table cloth, both plastic, and let me tell ya, if there's one thing I learned here, it's that you get what you pay for, this is some classic cheap dollar store crap!:

And some mysterious green crinkly plastic twine:

Perhaps the original intent of the manufacturer?  Mmm, delicious:

But here's what I did with it--Prom 1964:

I also made the straps out of the green twine, braided.

I did a combination of sewing and taping to contruct it, and yes, it is wearable, I made it to fit me.  I cut the top based the shape of a shirt I already had and then I free-cut the skirt from memory based on a pattern I used once.  It is a wrap around and just clips in the back with a hook and eye closure.  The top also closes at the top with a hook and eye closure.  The underskirt is just something I had in the closet.

Woohooooo, Craft Challenge!  Now I have time to admire all the other craftiness on this thread...!

on: June 02, 2005 03:49:37 PM 
Started by leah, Message by maps
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Okay, here is my contribution to this awesome contest:

I spent $5 at my local dollar store and bought:  1 toilet plunger, 1 pair black, knee-high nylons, 1 glass scrubber, and 2 christmas stockings.  I also used some old batting that I got for free.

I added some straight pins, acrylic paint, and a couple beads to make this doll.  I don't know what to call her, but she kinda reminds me of some opera-type character.

Here's the back side with "button" detail:  (I guess they're hard to see, but there are tiny black buttons down the back)

Face detail:

... and a close-up.  She has a heart-shaped mouth, bead earrings, and painted bead eyes.  Her choker is a twist tie, and she has some collar detailing that was hard to capture.

I've never made a doll before, and this was so fun!  I used the plunger for the base and armature, the handle of the scrubber as the arms, and the head of the scrubber as the head.  I wrapped some batting aroung the plunger handle and then covered it all with the two nylons.  My husband said you'd never tell that all came from a toilet plunger.  LOL

on: May 31, 2005 07:14:56 AM 
Started by leah, Message by Fonduie
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First of all yeah for Dollar Tree!

I Bought a metal spatula, a little grooming set that included a small hand mirror, a bag of small decorative stones and a bag of large decorative stones (and had a dollar left over for snacks!.)  I used my handy glitter glue gun to put it all together.

and I turned it into a hand held or hanging (as shown hanging from my kitchen wall where I normally keep my oven mitts) little vanity mirror.  We're talking about a glamor spatula turned mirror, baby!  Who says that you can't check yourself out whilst cooking!

Anyway, thanks for this contest.  I had a blast for $4!
on: June 02, 2005 07:17:01 PM 
Started by leah, Message by GoTo
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Wow!  What an interesting assortment of products this challenge has inspired.  OK, here's my entry:

The dollar store had a lovely assortment of hardware, so I bought three packages of various sized screws, bolts, nuts and washers.  I also bought a three pack of spooled wire, for a total of $4.00.  I used some glue, some of those infamous glass gems I had hanging around and a dot of tinfoil, <edit>I forgot to say my FIL happily added the lovely star washer and bolt to my supplies to top off my project (small picture on right)<edit>:

My tiara:

on: May 31, 2005 11:25:32 AM 
Started by leah, Message by peptogirl
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I don't know if this will qualify for the contest, since I used some additional parts that cost more than $5. But I still wanted to show off my project.

4 - 99Cent Store Photo Frames w/ mats ($4 or 99 cents x 4 to be exact!)
1 light bulb (99 cents)

Additional Parts:
Photos printed on vellum, with my photo printer
Lamp Kit

I printed my family photos on vellum with my photo printer and inserted the photos into the frames. Then I cut some drawing paper and slid it behind the photos as a backing (this is an optional step). I glued the 4 photo frames together to make a box. Then, I added a lamp kit (this one was made for a hanging lamp). The lamp kit came with a hook so I improvised by screwing the hook into the back of one of the frames so that the cord and bulb could hang down from the top. I made sure the bulb wouldn't touch the sides of the lamp, of course! When the lamp is on, the light shines through the pictures.

on: June 01, 2005 04:02:32 PM 
Started by leah, Message by Sharla
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I whipped up this little number yesterday after I was inspired by everybody else's designs.
This is what I started with (all from the Dollar Tree):
1- plastic placemat $1
1- pack of six wine markers $1
1- lime dish towel $1
1- emergency repair kit $1

And turned it into this:

What a fun clutch ( not the most original, I know)!

The lining (and my pants!):

A close up of the decorations:

Hope you like it! This is my first post with pictures-hope it turns out ok!
on: June 01, 2005 04:37:14 PM 
Started by leah, Message by ilovepaper
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I hope this counts... I bought the box and furry bag at my dollar store but the cards, dice and musclemen came from the Dollar Spot at Target, I used a few squirts of black spray paint that was in the garage also- Total $5.00 plus tax:


I came up with this handly little poker box-


 Inside it holds poker chips (not included in the challenge purchase) and a deck of cards-

on: June 02, 2005 07:09:10 PM 
Started by leah, Message by sighonthebreeze
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Here's my entry. I wish I had remembered that we could have two, then I would have made the discoball nightlight. Anyway, on to what I did make.


Baby washcloths, reflective 48" dog leash, scrabook letter stickers, and small storage box
Not used from picture: super glue [does not mix with porous materials Sad]
Used but not shown: saftey pin, irridescent blue nail polish, and tacky glue [great for everything!]

After, front:

The letters say Terrys Box, and random stickers for looks


Words - jump quick up joke mind why ha (and) gab [these are on all sides]


I originally planned on having a green washcloth inside as a pocket, but that plan went awry with the super glue.

Total cost:

I actually plan on using this purse! Unless anyone else wants it, my mom makes me get rid of a bag everytime I get (or make) a new one. Happy voting and thanks for looking!
on: May 31, 2005 05:57:48 AM 
Started by leah, Message by quartney
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I bought tissue paper, "go fish" cards, kraft paper, envelopes, and sticky notes.  I wanted to make myself some much-needed stationery in a cute marine theme.  I got everything from Dollar Tree, except for the kraft paper (from Big Lots).

To make the brightly colored envelopes:  I took apart the envelopes, spray-glued the tissue paper onto them, and then reassembled the envelopes with a glue stick.  Then I spray-glued the sticky notes on the front of the envelopes as address spaces.  I also put some fish postage stamps (I already had these) on the envelopes.

I cut the kraft paper to fit the envelopes and sewed a "go fish" card to the front of each.  Then, I lined the inside with scraps from an old nautical map that had been discarded from the library.

on: May 31, 2005 01:57:19 PM 
Started by leah, Message by kiki*eks
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Just have to say so far - WOW to all you craftsters - loving all the ideas and craftyness...  Kiss
Heres my booty from my local Dollar Tree:
One gift bag with sturdy wooden like handles, one bamboo place mat, and one 3/pack cloth napkins = $3.00 even (no sales tax in Oregon Wink) and one purse.

I know we are only to submit 2 but just wanted to share. So these are NOT submissions but just wanted to share my first two tries:

$3 @ Dollar Tree - I hated the smell of the glue and I have no patients to grout it. So I have banned this from the house and its sits outside I will use it as garden art...

This was my first try and spent $5 at the Dollar Shoppe - its a candle and I weaved the beads into the sticks for a candle base - not really my style so I have no Idea on what I am going to do with it.
on: May 31, 2005 02:46:27 PM 
Started by leah, Message by elmonerd
Relevance: 5.5%
Here's what I found at the dollar store, yummy fruit!

Oversize-Fruit Shower Curtain

The supplies:

1 clear shower curtain - $1
1 Strawberry plastic Placemat and Coasters Set - $1
2 Orange plastic Placemat and Coasters Set - $1 each

Total = $4.00

The Supplies

The curtain

Scary Jumbo Strawberry

i tried to glue the placemats onto the shower curtain with regular white glue Tongue it wouldn't dry, so I had to tape the ends of the big fruits and then I put it up, amazingly they're still stuck on!

I love this craft challenge it's so fun to see everyone elses stuff, good job guys.
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