This project was inspired by a similar set of plates that Anthropologie is selling for - are you sitting down? - a whopping $1,500! Create each plate yourself for about a dollar.
Money saved: $1499.00
Crack a single dollar store glass marble to create a jewel-like focal point for jewelry. Your cost: about two cents for the stone. It’s $299 for a 1/3 carat diamond necklace, but this stone is about 9 carats. We’ll just use the conservative estimate:
You save $298.98
This easy DIY was inspired by a $400 Michael Kors cuff and uses an unexpected material - a recycled can.
You save: $399, plus you get chili for lunch.
Spend $290 for a pair of Prada baroque sunglasses, or DIY your own with dollar store specs for about $10.
You save: $280
Buy a $150 light fixture at West Elm, or make your own for $7.
You save: $143
Pottery Barn-ish sectioned mirror. Make it for $10, or buy it for $299.
You save: $289.
Anthro’s version of the circle-y mirror is $428, but you can make a dollar store version for about $25, for a savings of…
Buy Mercura sunglasses for around $575. Or, DIY your own for about $3.
You save: $572
Gild a dollar store bug toy and add some jewlz to make it all pretty, sparkly, and look like you spent way more than fifteen cents for it! Pop the bug on a ring or a pinback and you got yourself some stylin’ jewelry.
You save: Bank
Make this Anthro-inspired neon statement necklace out of… BEANS!
You save: $50 plus you get to tell your friends your necklace is made out of beans.
Confetti Tumblers: Spend $30 per cup at Anthro, or make your own for a dollar a piece.
You save: $29 per glass
Dolce & Gabbana sold out of their $476 bowtie pasta necklace, but you can still get the $60 version from Diana Eng. Or make your own. The pasta bowties cost like a penny.
You save: $475.99
If you spend $30 for plates at the dollar store, you can create this Anthro-inspired wall art for a savings of…
It’ll cost you about five bucks to make this teacup sculpture inspired by a piece at Urban Outfitters for $65.
You save: $60
You could spend $118 at Anthropologie for the “Fori” bracelet, or you could follow the instructions at Flamingo Toes to make this bracelet for a buck or two (depending on how blingy your craft stash is).
You save: $116
Recycle your old watch and a skinny belt into this charm watch, inspired by a similar piece that cost $165.
You save: $165 if you use stuff you already have in your closet!
Okay, as far as I know, you can’t even buy a wooden Macbook, although wooden it be nice if you could? (bah-dum-dum!). For a dollar store roll of woodgrain contact paper, you can personalize your laptop and look all faux bois (that’s “fake wood” in french). You can buy a wooden iPad case for $79, so let’s make that our benchmark for savings:
You save: $78
Spend $159 at Vivaterra for this quote pillow, or make your own pillow cover for about $3.
You save: $156
Spend $2 to make your own version of the world’s most expensive handbag, the Hermes Birkin, which retails for $200k.
You save: $199,998
Christian Louboutin designed the “Déjà Vu” heels - black slingbacks that are covered in googly eyes, and Kristin over at Glitter ‘N Glue made a pair of lookalike Louboutins featuring wiggle eyes. The Louboutins cost $1595, but you can make these for about $3 worth of dollar store googly eyes.
You save: $1592