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Question: Pick your two favorite projects from Craft Challenge #1  (Voting closed: June 09, 2005 08:07:03 AM)
Hanging Votive Holder by swalsh - 33 (2.4%)
Marine Theme Stationary by quartney - 46 (3.3%)
Spatula Mirror by Fonduie - 21 (1.5%)
Vellum Picture Lamp by peptogirl - 14 (1%)
Checkerboard with Muffin Pan Storage by dreamisle - 20 (1.4%)
Bamboo Placemet Bag by kiki_eks - 15 (1.1%)
Oversize-Fruit Shower Curtain by elmonerd - 61 (4.4%)
Zebra Shoes by Randommarble - 7 (0.5%)
Fancy Rubber Gloves by gg05 - 3 (0.2%)
Bulletin Board by guisi - 12 (0.9%)
Candle Holder by guisi - 1 (0.1%)
Accessory Hanger and Mirror by Vey - 9 (0.6%)
Pixie Doll by ladyKiwi - 19 (1.4%)
Bejeweled Dog Dish by giggles1100 - 9 (0.6%)
Babysitter Check List by giggles1100 - 1 (0.1%)
Flip Flops and Picture Frame by dooney - 6 (0.4%)
Picture Frames by momwith3kids - 2 (0.1%)
Candle Holder by momwith3kids - 1 (0.1%)
The Portable Oriental-ish Lantern by elmonerd - 58 (4.2%)
Checkerboard Bulletin Board by LiquidScissors - 5 (0.4%)
Placemat Clutch by Sharla - 65 (4.7%)
Tablecloth Prom Dress by muchachaK - 310 (22.3%)
Glam Poker Box by ilovepaper - 28 (2%)
Crafty Tote by craftyfingers - 18 (1.3%)
Light-Up Goddess Shrine by EmilyFlew - 70 (5%)
Photo Albums by candycanechild - 4 (0.3%)
Dish Towel Apron by VaxGirl - 45 (3.2%)
Plunger Doll by maps - 30 (2.2%)
Polishing Cloth Shirt by rickrackruby - 43 (3.1%)
Utlility Towel Apron by rickrackruby - 54 (3.9%)
Soda Bottle Birthday Cupcake by Crafty Kat - 3 (0.2%)
Box Purse by sighonthebreeze - 5 (0.4%)
Army Men Side Table by swalsh - 311 (22.3%)
Hardware Tiara by GoTo - 62 (4.5%)
Poker Accent Lamp by kellymac - 2 (0.1%)
Total Voters: 793

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Topic: [FINISHED] Craft Challenge #1 - Under $5 From a Dollar Store  (Read 154543 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2005 08:04:59 PM »

Ok, so here's what I came up with...

1  pack of foamy cushions, the kind you put on the bottom of your chairs so they don't scratch the floor (Cost: $1.00)
1 frame (Cost: 10 cents - the glass was broken so it was on a sale bin!)


Removed the glass...brought out my acrylic paints...painted the frame and the backing board...stuck the self adhesive foamy things onto the board and...



A pretty cool and colorful bulletin board  Grin

MMM...I'm not done posting yet!  Since we're allowed two projects I figured I'd show you guys this one, too! 
I started out with a box of black rubberbands and 4 packs of chopsticks (Total cost: $5.00)


I used the rubberbands to hold the sticks together and ended up with this...A CANDLE HOLDER!


A very bad picture of it with a lit candle inside!

In case you can't see the pictures here's were they're posted http://guisidoscrafts.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2005 08:09:41 PM »

Grin Hello all! Ok, here I go...

In Mexico we do have something similar to the dollar store, though I fell it doesn't have as many (or kooky) things as you might find at an American store, but I decided to give it a try and wandered around one of these stores for a few minutes trying to find inspiration...

This is what I found:

Yup, a kitchen chopping board and a rearview car mirror. They had so much potential I immediately took 'em home!

It only took me a few acrylic paint coats, a dozen of pins and some super glue to come up with this:

A display for accesories with a mirror! I hung it on my wall, so you can even see the reflection of my drapes. Those pins do a great work holding rings, glasses, bracelets, earrings, etc!


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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2005 09:24:33 PM »

This was so fun that I went back to the store to get more of these dolls. My daughters and their friends have claimed most of the ones I made already.

I started with a cheesy cheapo porcelain/ceramic ballerina doll

stripped her of her cheesy clothing and hot-glued on bits of fabric flowers. A little paint after the glue was cool and I have a pixie!

EDIT: Forgot to say, total cost for this doll was about $1.50 US. I bought more dolls and more flowers later - hey I have 12 nieces that need Christmas gifts!
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2005 10:18:04 PM »

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


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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2005 10:31:56 AM »


kids' flip flops, hawaiian lei, clear picture frame, and word beads. i was going to use the sand too, but decided not to.

the words say "wild about sun" and the kids are alex and robyn. they're playing in my backyard.
the word beads are attached to the picture frame on one side only and pulled tight behind the upright flip flop, so you can take them off and re-arrange the beads to say anything you want.

i forgot to take a picture of what inspired this. i live above one of those kitschy downtown shops, and there was a porcelain version of this. kind of ugly in my opinion, but it had potential. i like my version.

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« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2005 12:55:28 PM »

Here goes my two items on display..

finished                                               close up

It is a picture frame made out of coasters and sea shells.  All put together with wired ribbon.

set of coasters(I still have 3 left over , saving them for after the beach pictures)
wired ribbon
PLUS>>>>hot glue


This one is a candle holder, complete with candle.  On it are the infamous stone marbles from the dollar store.  I wrote "love" and "hope" on the sides with four.  On the big stones are a heart, spade, diamond, and club....yep, from the cards I love to play.

clear pink candle holder
stone assortment in clear
PLUS>>>>hot glue

Man I love my hot glue gun.

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« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2005 01:59:01 PM »

Here's my second entry. it's called,

The Portable Oriental-ish Lantern


1 red portable lantern - $1
1 pack batteries - $1
1 pack red chiffon stuff - $1
1 pack of red sequins - $1
1 pack of red hanging baubles - $1

Total = $5.00

the Lantern turned off

The Lantern in its full glory

I hot glued everything together basically, the little baubles are hanging off of a string of glued on sequins. Originally I was going to call it The Portable Burlesque Lamp, but I didn't want to give anyone the wrong idea! ha ha just kidding it just looks more oriental to me.
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« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2005 02:42:25 PM »

I didn't take a before picture of what I bought.  BUT I bought a checker set, a cheaply made corkboard, thumb tacks, and one of those doodlepads that when you pull up the film it erases, and made a better corkboard/message board thinger.

I glued the checkers to the thumb tacs, and glued the scribble pad onto the checker board which was glued onto the old corkboard, which I de-framed and cut into a smaller size.  =)

I spent 4 dollars!  yay!


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« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2005 04:02:32 PM »

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!
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« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2005 04:20:54 PM »

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...!

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