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Bonjour Broads! Today, I have seven amazing DIY dollar store gift ideas you can make in just a couple of hours!
Why do you need these ideas, you ask? Well, if you’re like most of us, when it comes to getting gifts, sometimes you put it off until the very last minute.
The worst feeling is when you finally decide on that one perfect item, and low and behold! It’s out of stock. You’re shitting me, right?
So I’m gonna help you out, because I’m nice like that. Now, most gift idea posts like this are round ups of D.I.Y. tutorials from different blogs. However, I really wanted to SHOW you how easy and quick these gifts are to make and how well they turn out. I want you to have the confidence to do these yourself.
What better way than to show you by doing them myself? If I can do it, you surely can! So, on my way home from work last night I stopped by the dollar store and grabbed a few items. Then I spent about 2 hours and 15 minutes working with these items, and I ended up with seven brilliant gifts.
Not only were they cheap, but they were quick and easy, and they are beautiful! I would love to receive any of these as a gift. The best part is, they don’t look like they came from the dollar store.
Here are seven do-it-yourself dollar store gifts you can make this evening!
**As you know, I’m a pretty savvy craft supply shopper, so I’ve included links next to most of the items I am using here to show you which particular supplies I myself would purchase to get the best deals. Please don’t feel pressured to purchase anything! The point is to show you what I get.**
Okay, so here are the items I purchased:
1 plain wine glass (here)
1 striped wine glass (similar item here)
36 pack clothespins (here)
2 bags glass beads/marbles (here)
Glass vase (here)
White mug (here)
White bowl (here)
Picture frame (similar item here)
I spent less than $10. Whoop whoop!
Here are the items I had at home that I used for these projects:
E6000 glue (here)
Mini glue gun (here)
Mini glue gun sticks (here)
Paint markers (shown below) or Sharpees (here)
Soy wax flakes, or any kind of candle wax, even the ends and pieces of old burnt candles (here)
Dye chips or crayons (here)
Fragrance oil, essential oils or perfume/cologne (here)
Candle wick (here)
Rubbing alcohol and cotton pads/balls
As you can see from the list above, you can substitute lots of different items and still achieve similar results.
I’m going to walk you through each project. Like I mentioned, it took me only 2 hours and 15 minutes total to make all seven gifts. So each gift is pretty quick, and also simple.
Before starting, you’ll want to grab a drink and a snack. I like a glass of wine usually, but tonight I’m going for this:
You pick whatever floats your boat, and let’s get started!
Wine glass candle:
My purpose for the striped wine glass is to make a pretty candle. There a couple of different ways to do this. I always have candle making supplies at my house. I get kits off ebay because those are the best deals, and they include your wax, wicks, dye chips, and fragrance oils (this is the exact kit I got, and I will be getting it always). However, if you don’t have those supplies, there are other ways to do this.
I always save my old store bought candle jars with the little bits of wax left in the bottom. I dig the wax out and dump it into and old ice cream container, to save for when I have enough to make a full candle. Then I scrub out the jars and save them for future candles.
Put a glass bowl over a saucepan of water, to use as a double boiler. Turn the heat to medium-low.
Throw your wax ends and pieces, or a few scoops of the wax you have on hand into the glass bowl. I like a bowl with a spout because it makes for easy pouring. I’m using extra wax because I’m making a few candles.
Let the wax slowly melt. Don’t hurry the process. While you are waiting, put your wick into your wine glass.
If you don’t have wicks, and don’t want to buy any, here is a great tutorial on making wicks from regular household supplies.
Once the wax is almost completely melted, you can add your dye chip. I used one green dye chip, but you can use a green crayon and it’ll work just as well.
Keep in mind, if you used the ends and pieces of old candles, that you’ll want to sift out the black bits and metal pieces that may floating around in the wax. Use a spoon or something mesh for this.
The last ingredient is the fragrance oil. If you don’t have fragrance oil, you can use essential oils, or perfume. I don’t really measure, I just smell. More is better! I’m mixing two flavors, cinnamon sticks and apple cinnamon.
Once you’ve added the fragrance oil, immediately turn off the heat and pour wax into prepared jars. I made four candles.
Doesn’t it look purdy??? Lay a dowel or a pencil across the top of the glass to keep the wick centered. Let it cool and solidify and that’s all there is to it!
This trivet is so pretty and useful. You can spray paint it when finished or cover it with a clear varnish. Or you can leave it natural, like I did.
You’ll need to take apart the clothespins. Once done, get your glue ready. This trivet is all about the glue. I use E6000 because I think it works better than anything else.
First, you basically want to glue the pieces in twos, flat sides together (below).
Glue them all back to back. Make sure to wipe off any excess glue that squeezes out the sides. Once they are all glued, let them dry for a few minutes.
While waiting, work on one of the other projects.
After they’ve been drying for a few, glue two pieces together, as shown below.
Do the same with the rest of the clothespins, and then let them sit again to dry for a few.
Next, you are going to glue each of these pieces together. You are basically repeating the process over and over, glue pieces together and letting them dry, and each time the pieces are getting bigger, like so:
Finally, you will have glued them all into a nice trivet.
Set it on a completely flat surface and leave it to dry overnight. Don’t mess with it, because it can easily come apart and weaken if it’s not completely dry. That’s it!
Glass Bead Picture Frame:
This is so simple, but the results are fantastic. Dollar store frames always look so cheap to me, but with this little tweak, you turn it into an expensive looking frame. Add a sentimental photo, and it’s the perfect gift!
You’ll need your glue gun warmed up for this project and the next one, and make sure you have plenty of extra glue sticks nearby.
I’m using the flatter marbles for this project. All you need to do is put a healthy dot of glue onto each glass bead, and line them around the frame.
They don’t have to be perfectly straight, because your glass beads aren’t all exact. It’ll still look great when finished.
Once you have the beads around the entire frame, you’re done! Easy peasy!
I love pennies as decorations! The shiny copper adds a great texture to any project, and they give off sort of a high-end eclectic look. I used a medium sized vase, 150 pennies, and the glue gun for this project.
First, I let the pennies soak in hot water and dish soap. Then I rinsed them well and dumped them onto a towel to dry.
After the pennies are dry, it’s pretty simple, just like the picture frame. Just put a healthy blob of glue on each penny, and stick them to the vase. I put all my pennies heads up because I like how that looks. It’s also okay if your pennies are different colors. It adds to the look to have shiny, medium and dull pennies in the mix, like so:
Once the whole vase is covered, you are dunzo!
The last three gifts are done essentially the same way, so I’m combining them into one section. You’ll need your paint markers or Sharpees, rubbing alcohol, and cotton pads or balls.
First, preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Then you’ll want to wash your bowl, mug, and wine glass in warm soapy water. Make sure you dry them very well.
Next, put a generous amount of rubbing alcohol onto your cotton, and clean off each dish to get any residual oils from your fingers off, so the paint/Sharpee will stick properly.
At this point, you need to decide what kind of pattern or drawing you want to do. You can do ANYTHING. I’m not the best at drawing with markers, so I’m going to stick to patterns. Once you have your idea, start drawing!
Don’t let yourself get too nervous. These don’t need to be perfect. In fact, they have more character if they aren’t perfect!
Once you have your artwork done, make sure it dries for a few, and then put the dishes on a baking sheet and pop them into the preheated oven. Bake for 2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Right about now, you can put a fork in it, because you are DONE!
So, for less than $10 of money, and only a couple hours of my life, I went from this…
Aren’t they gorgeous??? (Ignore my crooked dots inside the bowl, I think the Guinness was starting to kick in). Anyone in your life would be lucky to receive one of these gifts. Not only are they super snazzy, but they were made from the heart. Is there anything better?
So instead of feeling overwhelmed and settling for a gift card, AGAIN, try making one (or all) of these do-it-yourself gifts!
Now grab ten bucks and get on over to your dollar store!
You got this!
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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.