When you’re living on a budget, finding creative ways to stretch your dollar becomes an increasingly important skill. Perhaps you’ve taken to bringing your lunch from home instead of buying a fast-food meal. Or maybe you decided to slash your clothing expenses to increase your savings. These are all great practices to get the most out of your income.

Nevertheless, not all saving tricks have to be all about cutting back. In fact, there are plenty of DIY household hacks that you can employ by investing a few dollars on—drumroll, please—the dollar store!

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, and dollar stores give you the perfect opportunity to explore your creativity without splurging on expensive DIY materials. The following are some brilliant dollar-store buys that you can redesign and innovate for some fantastic DIY projects.

Turn Chopsticks and Manila Folders into a Modern Lamp

Do you think those kitchen bulbs need a little bit of dolling up? If you don’t want to spend another hundred dollars to purchase a stylish lamp, this simple trick is for you.

Turn a few folds of manila paper and a chopstick scaffold into a beautiful modern lamp. Not only is this project crazy easy to make; it also only costs $3, and it looks fantastic.

Use Cake Stands to Display Trinkets

A great way to save on your household costs is to find multiple uses for an item. If you have leftover cake stands from your last birthday party, chances are you’ve probably retired them for storage. This hack will get you to start rethinking about upcycling old materials.

A tiered cake stand is no longer just for desserts. They can also be repurposed into jewelry display trays, candleholders, a lovely indoor garden, fruit storage, bath-supply holders, and organize your whole household trinkets.

And the best thing about cake stands? They’re cheap! They are also easy to manipulate if you’re thinking about adding a bit of artistic design. Just use affordable craft supplies, and with a few DIY tricks, you should be able to make your organizer slash cake stand look more colorful and interesting.

Turn Plastic Animals into Awesome Bookends

Liz Fourez of Love Grows Wild did a cool job at upcycling a dollar-store plastic elephant into a gorgeous turquoise bookend. They look perfect next to your kids’ bedroom stories and coloring books. Without one of the planks, the bookend makes a perfect living-room display too!

For this project, you only need short wood planks, sanded and painted. A glue is also necessary to assemble the items in place. If you can’t find a plastic elephant in the dollar store, you can get creative with other animal pieces.

It doesn’t even have to be animals. A ballerina figure or a particular peculiar and expressive piece will work just as great. For variety, you can also put together smaller pieces on each platform. Feel free to experiment with various designs using whatever you can find.

Use Sticks to Create Colorful Wall Patterns

Looking for fresh and cheap ideas to decorate your bedroom walls? This magnificent dollar-store hack from Vintage Revivals may just be what you’re looking for.

The awesome couple redecorated their child’s bedroom with nothing but a couple of paints and a whole bunch of dollar-store sticks. Instead of spending a couple hundred dollars more on redoing the whole room’s paint job, they purchased dollar-store sticks, which they formed into octagonal patterns on the wall. Then they chose a citrus spectrum for their painting palette and just painted away—with amazing results.

If you’re thinking of doing the same or doing a similar version for your or your child’s room, make sure you do precise measurements of the wall’s surface area first. Then don’t leave out proper planning. This way, you will be able to articulate your plans right without recutting and regluing, which can be pretty annoying if you have to scrape off the dried glue from the wall’s surface.

You don’t have to do this for the entire wall. Just one side or a portion of the side will be fine, depending on the design you’re going for.

Use Dollar-Store Baskets to Organize Your Drawers

Can’t find your hairpins amid the chaos of your bedroom drawer? Tired of all the knotty wires that take eons to untangle? Worry no more. A single dollar-store splurge on plastic baskets can solve your chaotic drawer problems.

Small basket organizers such as these are perfect for creating a more orderly drawer interior. This effectively prevents your wires and cables from snaking around your batteries and hair ties.

Aside from adding a bit of color to your otherwise-plain drawer, it’s also cheaper than synthetically made drawer organizers. If you don’t like the colors, you can simply spray-paint them with the color you want, making them handy for simple crafting projects.

Final Word

These projects prove that you don’t need to be rich to have nice things. Sometimes, it only takes a few dollars and a little ingenuity to create something new and beautiful out of what is affordable and available. Try out these great projects, and don’t forget to share your own creations.

Published by rudds james