DIY

31 Cheap And Brilliant Dollar Store Hacks

More money, more problems, amirite?

1. Pencil grips make crochet hooks more comfortable.

From here.

2. Turn pool noodles into waterproof garlands.

How-to here.

3. S-hooks and binder clips as pot storage.

Not THAT kind. From here.

4. Use some picture frames to make a terrarium.

Directions here.

5. Organize crayons by color with popsicle trays.

For those of you with kiddos or regressive tendencies. You’ll never have to wait for an orange again. From here.

6. Manila folders + chopsticks = modern lamp.

OK, the lightbulb kit may require a visit to the hardware store. Instructions here.

7. Pick your favorite plastic animal and turn him into a bookend.

You don’t even have to cut them in half this time. Instructions here.

8. Sponges can be ergonomic keyboard things.

You could cover them in fabric if you don’t dig the kitchen look. From here.

9. Picture frames work as dry erase boards.

HA! Designs - Artbyheather / Via Flickr: hadesigns

Drop plain white paper in there if you’re not into the scrapbooky look. From here.

10. Dropcloths can be curtains, too.

From here.

11. These wire easels want to keep your laptop cool.

Instructions here.

12. Turn cooling racks and lasagna pans into juicy steaks.

(Close enough.) How-to here.

13. Cover oddly shaped kitchen items with shower caps.

From here.

14. Spraypaint and patience can turn beads into a chandelier.

Pinterest-ers will be familiar with this one. Original tutorial here.

15. Get crafty with two colors of paint and some vases.

From here.

16. Mercury-ize any sort of glassware you happen to find.

Tutorial here.

17. Dino butts can help your phone stand up.

You just have to ignore the plastic dino’s screams of anguish as you cut it in half. Instructions here.

18. Make a little magnet board with a burner cover.

Aww. From here.

19. Cups can be custom modular storage.

You’ll need a toolbox. Tutorial here.

20. Use contact paper as a laptop skin.

DIY here.

21. Mirrors become little boxes.

With just a little help from your good old friend, the hot glue gun. Tutorial here.

22. You too can have a spa-like bathroom for only like $5.

Instructions for this pebble bath mat here.

23. Never ever misplace your keys again…

…as long as you remember to hang them in the teeny frame. Directions here.

24. Keep your beer at hand all summer long.

Gotta be a little handy for this. Tutorial here.

25. Fancy pants topiaries (assuming you can find moss).

These will depend on your dollar store. Directions here.

26. Keep your toddler from slamming the door with pool noodles.

Who knew these things were good for more than straddling in the water? From here.

27. Highlighters = glow water. WHAT.

So, I’m no toddler but I’m going to do this anyway. MAKE SURE THE HIGHLIGHTERS SPECIFICALLY SAY “NONTOXIC.” Directions here.

28. Turn paint can lids into a pretty outdoor mirror.

Also an Anthro hack. Directions here.

29. Find a microfiber towel and sew it into a Swiffer cover.

From here.

30. Turn a laundry basket into a pretty striped basket.

Tutorial here.

31. Binder clips can hold your cables.

The page is in Dutch, but this transcends language. From here.

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