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Save $220,000 With Dollar Store Crafts That Look Expensive

Why buy designer, when you can knock it off yourself? Save $220,049.97 with these expensive-looking but super cheap dollar store craft ideas.

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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



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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


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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


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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

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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

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