Top 10 Craft Supplies From The Dollar Store

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

A week or so ago, I was at the dollar store picking up some supplies for the magnetic puzzle I was making when I realized how much craft stuff I buy there.  Now, granted, there are some really crappy items at the dollar store that are definitely not worth your dollar, but we’ll save that post for another day.

Today I’m sharing the top 10 craft supplies I buy at the dollar store.

Baker’s TwineThe dollar store sells baker’s twine over in the craft section by the pipe cleaners and pom-poms.  It comes in a variety of colors and comes in a pack of three, so it doesn’t cost much to get a bunch of different colors.  Baker’s twine is great for scrapbooking, wrapping around jars or vases, attaching tags and so many other things.  It adds that little bit of color that just ties everything together (no pun intended).

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Glass Vases
If you’ve seen my tutorial for hurricane vases, you might remember that I bought the vases and the candlesticks from the dollar store.  They have a surprising amount of glassware in a decent variety of sizes and shapes.  You can paint over the glass to match your home, use the vases to give away a small bouquet of flowers, display candles or candy.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Wire Wreath Forms
Earlier this year, I shared a tutorial for my Valentine’s rag wreath.  The wire wreath form was purchased at the dollar store, saving me a few dollars.  They only had one or two sizes, but the sizes they had were perfect for my door and the rag wreath.  I found them on the aisle with the floral supplies.

Washi Tape
Oh, washi tape.  How do I love thee?  There are so many uses for washi tape and it comes in so many different colors and patterns and textures.  Surprisingly, the washi tape they have at the dollar store is really cute and you can’t beat the price.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Poster Board/Foam Board
I always like to keep a couple of pieces of poster board around just in case.  It’s useful to make signs, of course, but you can also cut it down to size to make separators for binders or organize pictures in a box.  If you have school age kids, poster board and foam board are great for projects and presentations.

Scrapbook Paper
Every once in a while, I find scrapbook paper at the dollar store.  Sometimes it’s adhesive sticker sheets.  Other times it’s specialty paper (glitter or corrugated paper). I generally scrapbook using 12×12 sheets and most of their paper comes in an 8 1/2×11 size, so I use it more for embellishments.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Glue Sticks
My daughter goes through glue sticks like nobody’s business.  Most of her projects are just gluing pieces of paper onto other pieces of paper and she doesn’t really need anything quality to hold it on, so I will buy a pack of four glue sticks for a dollar and that holds her over for a little bit.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Glass Accent Gems, Rocks and Shells
You’ve probably seen the glass stones that people put in glass vases to hold flower arrangements.  The dollar store sells glass, rocks and shells for much cheaper than craft stores and they are the same thing.  You might not get as much variety in color, but the colors they have are common colors to decorate with.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Colored Sand
Same thing goes for colored sand when it comes to variety in color, but they do change out the colors they have occasionally so if they have what you’re looking for, them grab a few bags, because you really don’t need to be paying a bunch of money for colored sand.  I like to use sand to layer in glass vases, but you could also use it to help your kids with their letters or spelling by putting it in a container and having them use their finger to draw in it.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Foam Craft Balls
If you have ever gone to a craft store searching for foam balls, you know they are kind of pricey.  At the dollar store, you can get a pack of eight in 3 sizes for, you guessed it, one dollar.

Do you have favorite craft supplies you buy from the dollar store?

Travel Hack: Magnetic Puzzle

Use a dollar store cookie sheet, magnetic tape and a puzzle and you've instantly got an activity to keep your kids busy in the car!

Driving in the car.  We’ve all been there.  Screaming, crying kids in the car.  I think it’s pretty safe to say we’ve all been there too.  I remember growing up and driving to every. single. vacation. we went on.  I grew up in Utah and we drove to California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and Texas.  (It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that we finally took our first plane ride to Florida.)

Me and my two younger sisters shared the backseat, so inevitably we started arguing or fighting about something or other.  “Mom, she’s touching me!”  “I need to go to the bathroom!”  “Stop looking at me!”  “You’re breathing on me!”  “I’m bored!”  “Can we get out yet?”  We got tired of our books and games within an hour or two of the drive and the rest of the time was spent asking the ever-popular: “Are we there yet?”
Fast forward to today.  There are seemingly endless options for staying busy in the car on long trips, from portable DVD players to handheld games to iPads.  But what about the times when you want your child to do something with their time that doesn’t include electronics?

I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned that when they took their most recent roadtrip to California, she bought a dollar store cookie sheet for each of her kids, a roll of magnetic tape and let her imagination (and Pinterest) take it from there.  It got me thinking about some ideas for my own kids and what I could do with a cookie sheet and a roll of magnetic tape.

Which leads me to today’s project: magnetic puzzles.

I was at the dollar store over by all the Disney/Marvel stuff and saw a couple of 24-piece puzzles in a metal tin.  The metal reminded me of magnets so I grabbed on for each of my kids, along with a couple of cookie sheets.  When I was at Walmart later that week, I bought a 10-ft roll of magnetic tape for $3.50.

Use a dollar store cookie sheet, magnetic tape and a puzzle and you've instantly got an activity to keep your kids busy in the car!

Making the puzzle was super simple.  First, I built the puzzle to make sure all the pieces were there (sometimes you never know with the dollar store).

Then I took the first piece and held it up to the magnetic tape to see what size it needed to be.  I cut the magnet, peeled off the tape and stuck it on the back.  Most of the tape didn’t need to be cut down, which made it pretty quick to make.  I got both puzzles done in about 15 minutes.

Use a dollar store cookie sheet, magnetic tape and a puzzle and you've instantly got an activity to keep your kids busy in the car!

Use a dollar store cookie sheet, magnetic tape and a puzzle and you've instantly got an activity to keep your kids busy in the car!

And there you have it!  The pieces can be stored in the original metal tin they came in and the cookie sheets are small enough that they won’t take up too much space in the car should you choose to store them in there.

*Caution: the cookie sheets can get pretty hot if left in the car so be careful.

Share your travel hacks for kids in the comments!

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

When it comes to home decor, I have a hard time committing.  I can find colors that I like, but figuring out the details can be challenging.  Or I find a knick-knack that I love but I’m not sure it’s the right fit for my house.  (This is probably partially due to the fact that I am still trying to nail down my own personal style.)  However, I do have a few items that I consider classic pieces.  One of these is hurricane vases.  I love them because I can easily change out what I put inside to match whatever decor I have up, whether seasonal or part of my everyday home decor.  There are various sizes, shapes and even colors to fit any style.

The unfortunate thing about hurricane vases is that they can be so blasted expensive, with prices ranging from $15-$100 and up depending on the size and material it’s made of.  Yikes!  I don’t have that kind of money in my budget so I started looking around.  Something I noticed is that the name of an item can affect its price.  If you search for “hurricane vase” online, you get higher prices than searching for “glass flower vase”, even if they look like the exact same thing.  And it got me thinking, “Where can I find cheap glass cylinder vases?” The answer is: the dollar store!

So off I went to the dollar store and I found exactly what I was looking for–short and tall glass cylinder vases– and I picked up two of each.  I had decided I wanted them up on a small stand so I also grabbed some glass candlestick holders to glue to the bottom, also from the dollar store.  I brought my purchase home and did a little research on the best type of glue to use for glass.  I’ve used various brands of super glue before on other projects, but not glass and I wanted to make sure the candlestick didn’t come off.  I also wanted the glue to dry clear.  The best solution I found was to use Loctite GO2 Glue.  I bought it at Walmart for about $4.  Armed with glass and glue, I was ready to start.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

Before gluing the pieces together, I removed the stickers using Goo Gone, then wiped them clean of any residue and let them dry for a few minutes.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

Then I opened the glue and gently squeezed it around the top part of the candlestick (see picture).  I was fairly generous without letting it get too goopy.  Then I turned the candlestick over and tried to get it as close to center as possible.  This particular glue has a repositionable time frame of 5 minutes so I didn’t stress out about getting it exactly in the right place the first time.  I basically just rotated the vase around and eyeballed it and moved it around until I thought it looked centered.  Then I repeated the steps on the other 3 vases/candlesticks.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

The cure time for the glue I used is 24 hours, so after a few hours on the counter to let it set, I moved the vases to a more out of the way place to avoid getting them knocked over or touched by curious little hands.

*Note: If you use a glue other than the one I used, be sure to check the repositionable time, set time and cure time so you know how much time you are working with.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

After the 24 hours were up, I turned the vases over and inspected my work and they looked awesome!  The glue dried clear and strong and they looked store bought rather than handmade.

Since I’ve got a Thanksgiving/fall theme going on at my house right now, I filled one small vase with popcorn kernels and a small votive candle.  The larger vase is filled with small pine cones.  I also tied some cute ribbon around my vases to add to the overall look and tie it into the theme.  When Christmas (or any other holiday/season) comes around, I will swap in something else.

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!
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Not sure what to put in your hurricane vase?  No problem!  I’ve compiled a list of ideas of items for both holidays and everyday decor.  They would also be great to use for parties and fill with treats or other items.  You can get a lot of these items from the dollar store!

Items to fill vases (Holiday)

  • Valentine’s Day: red cinnamon candy, conversation hearts
  • St. Patrick’s Day: plastic gold coins, rainbow candy (like Skittles)
  • Easter: Peeps, plastic eggs
  • Independence Day: flags, sparklers
  • Halloween: skulls, plastic rats, candy corn, anything you’d fill an apothecary jar with
  • Thanksgiving: popcorn kernels, acorns
  • Christmas: small ball ornaments, bells, cinnamon sticks, pine cones

Items to fill vases (Everyday)

  • Shells
  • Candle
  • Flowers
  • Potpourri
  • Plastic fruit, like lemons, limes or oranges
  • Sticks/Branches
  • Glass beads

Hurricane vases are so versatile and for a few dollars you can use them year round as part of your decor!

DIY Dollar Store Hurricane Vases--Use dollar store glass vases and candlesticks to make these inexpensive hurricane vases!

What do you like to decorate with year round?  Do you have other suggestions for what to put in hurricane vases?