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21 Ingenious Dollar Store Ideas You'll Want To Try

Insanely creative on a budget.

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Zoe Burnett

1. Use dollar-store paint trays as cupcake-decorating plates.

You can pick up the candies and sprinkles at the dollar store too.
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You can pick up the candies and sprinkles at the dollar store too.

2. Turn a dollar-store pencil cup into something beautiful.

Find the embroidery tutorial on The Craft Patch.
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Find the embroidery tutorial on The Craft Patch.

3. Give your laptop an upgrade by covering it with wood-grain contact paper from the dollar store.

Learn how here.
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Learn how here.

4. Mount dollar-store ice cube trays to the wall to display Shopkins or other small toys in style.

Use Scotch indoor mounting tape to affix the trays to the wall. This cool idea comes via thegrantgirl.
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Use Scotch indoor mounting tape to affix the trays to the wall. This cool idea comes via thegrantgirl.

5. Cool dorm decoration alert: Use ice-pop sticks to display fake succulents in impressive fashion.

Watch a tutorial here.
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Watch a tutorial here.

6. Use plastic wineglasses to serve cupcakes (and a generous helping of M&M's).

Via Cakelicious by Shawn.

7. Rubber gloves — and a few other items found at the dollar store — can be made into fun finger puppets.

Kids will have as much fun making these as they'll have playing with them. Find the tutorial at Raising Memories.
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Kids will have as much fun making these as they'll have playing with them. Find the tutorial at Raising Memories.

8. Give sandals a tropical feel by garnishing them with balloons.

The sandals and balloons are dollar-store staples, of course.
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The sandals and balloons are dollar-store staples, of course.

9. Have a lot of cats? A dollar-store vegetable tray makes a purrfect feeding station.

Via Charinaann.

10. Transform a dollar-store hula hoop into a stunning chandelier.

Find the tutorial on Sarah With an H.

11. You can also make an unforgettable chandelier using dollar-store clothespins plus wire fencing or a tomato cage.

Find a DIY here.
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Find a DIY here.

12. Paint a round placemat to make a cool and colorful decoration.

Watch the tutorial here.
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Watch the tutorial here.

13. Use a small dollar-store canvas to turn a favorite old T-shirt into wall art.

Via naomiofrobbins.

14. Paint plain cork coasters with nail polish to make them a whole lot more fun.

These are terrific for a game room. Via Phirho.
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These are terrific for a game room. Via Phirho.

15. Add a pop of color to your bathroom by filling soap dispensers with glass gems and faux flowers.

Via happywife_happy4life.

16. DIY this colorful, Mexican-inspired decoration using a reed wreath and tissue paper.

Via Crafty Lady Abby. Learn how to make Mexican tissue flowers here.
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Via Crafty Lady Abby. Learn how to make Mexican tissue flowers here.

17. You can also make this impressive-looking wreath with just a few dollars.

You'll need a foam wreath, Mod Podge and split peas... all stuff you can get at the dollar store. Find the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.
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You'll need a foam wreath, Mod Podge and split peas... all stuff you can get at the dollar store. Find the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.

18. Wow your kids or guests by making a s'mores station out of dollar-store cake pans and candlesticks.

Drool. Find the DIY at Our Southern Home.
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Drool. Find the DIY at Our Southern Home.

19. Light up an outdoor walkway by sticking solar lights into cups filled with rocks.

Via mrslagerbadger.

20. Personalize a dollar-store phone case by decorating it with jewelry and Mod Podge (also found at the dollar store, btw).

This is a Japanese trend called Decoden. With a little practice you can make almost anything look amazing. Watch a tutorial here.
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This is a Japanese trend called Decoden. With a little practice you can make almost anything look amazing. Watch a tutorial here.

21. Lastly, throw an epic Beauty and the Beast party.

Most of the decorations — detailed on Life is a Party — can be made with goodies from the dollar store.
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Most of the decorations — detailed on Life is a Party — can be made with goodies from the dollar store.

Dollar store for the win!

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