One of my favorite things to do is buy something inexpensive at the dollar store. It’s even more fun to turn inexpensive dollar store items into pretty crafts to sell. Usually this is done by painting or embellishing. I love doing simple crafts this way. There’s a special painting technique I use that involves spray paint and turns out looking a lot like tie dye.
Ceramic suns are always popular.
In the summer of last year, I found inexpensive ceramic suns at the dollar store and had a lot of fun painting them this way. They’ve been added to my inventory of finished crafts. The unpainted suns were just plain terracotta. People can’t get enough of the repainted ones. Hopefully they’ll have the inexpensive dollar store suns for crafts again this year.
Next, I tried painting unfinished wood pieces in the shape of dragonflies.
They have a hanger already on the back. To make the dragonfly creations, I once again used my tie dye painting method. Then, I simply drilled a hole in the bottom to hang a pretty ribbon and bells from.
The dollar store also sells a lot of inexpensive metal wind chimes.
Last year they had frogs and such. The chimes were not prettily painted but had a nice design. Once again, I transformed them into beautiful crafts, using just my special painting technique. They were really different looking when done as some of the old paint was allowed to show through.
There were also some very pretty butterfly metal welcome hangers that got repainted.
This time I used a two toned approach that turned out quite lovely. I then took inexpensive multicolored ribbon and strung it down from the butterfly. The ribbon blows in the breeze for a pretty effect.
There were also some inexpensive dollar store wire suns with marbles sold last year.
The suns were pretty nice but lacking something. I decided to add bells to make pretty wind chimes. A lot of bells were used and they were not that inexpensive. Quite a few of these were sold to friends and relatives before they even got out the door.
In hindsight, I could have charged much more for my dollar store crafts.
I probably would have to if shipping were involved. Crafts are not inexpensive to make these days, even when using dollar store items. Paint certainly is not inexpensive nor are bells. Remember when crafts were an inexpensive way to stretch a dollar? Unfortunately that is not the case any more. Still these dollar store crafts were a fairly cheap alternative to some other crafts.
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