3 Easy Dollar Store DIY Projects

Quarantine boredom strikes again! April is coming to a close, which means that I’ve been stuck in my house with nowhere to go for over a month now. Can you believe how long this has lasted?

While running an important errand, I noticed that the Dollar Store happened to be open. I decided to see what kind of DIY inspiration I could find there – and there was plenty! Here are three simple projects I created almost entirely with products found at the Dollar Store. Which project is your favorite?

Mini Succulent Garden

This project was super easy and probably my favorite of the three! All you need is:

1. Wooden Tray
2. Paint
3. Paint Brush
3. Stones or Glass Marbles
4. Succulents
5. Hot Glue Gun (Bought on Amazon — you probably can’t find one of these at the Dollar Store)

All I did to put this together was paint the wooden tray a nice grey-blue color. Once dry, I hot glued the succulents to the inside of the tray and then surrounded them with the rocks. It’s a beautiful and simple project!

Ribbon or Fabric-Lined Trinket Tray

1. Wooden Tray
2. Paint
3. Paint Brush
4. Tacky Glue
5. Ribbon or Fabric

Paint the tray and let dry. Cut the fabric or ribbon to fit the inside of the tray. Using tacky glue, attach the fabric to the inside of the tray. If using ribbon (like I did), attach it neatly in rows. Let dry. Put some treasures in your new trinket tray and put it on display!

Floral Wreath

1. Decorative Wreath
2. Faux Flowers and/or Butterflies
3. Hot Glue Gun (Again, you probably can’t find this at the dollar store)

All I did to create this wreath was remove the flowers from their stems and hot glue them into the pattern I desired. I also added some leaves and a single butterfly for a finishing touch.

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