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Announcing the 30 Minute Crafts Dollar Store Challenge!

30 Minute Crafts is all about making crafting accessible. It doesn’t have to take a whole lot of time to get exercise some creativity – and actually finish a project! This month, Dollar Store Crafts is challenging crafters to make a project out of Dollar Store items… and in less than 30 minutes! This makes crafting doubly-accessable. Fast and Cheap!

You don’t have to use all Dollar Store items… you can find all the rules over on the Dollar Store Crafts website. And make sure you enter because I forgot the best part… I’m judging!

That’s right, I’m a guest judge for this month’s contest! I’m looking forward to all the awesome and creative projects that come out of this challenge!


Dollar Store 3D Picture Frame

Buy two frames at the dollar store, and with a few supplies you probably already have on hand, you can make yourself a 3D picture frame! Pop in a picture of the kids, and you have a fast, easy, and personal gift to give the grandparents, aunties, and uncles this Christmas!

Dollar Store 3d Picture Frame - Dollar Store Crafts


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Dollar Store Leaf Frame Decor


This leaf frame is such a simple, fast way to add some fall to your decor. And you can make it with all Dollar Store stuff… and stuff you have on hand. This video tutorial shows you how you can make your own… and you’ll see that you can make several in 30 minutes!

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Feature: Dollar Store Hula Skirt to Fall Wreath

Dollar Store items are great for repurposing. Just because a package says “Hula Skirt” does not mean it can only be used for Hawaiian decor. Check out this great idea for using the fringe from a Dollar Store Hula Skirt, and turning it into a fabulous fall wreath! Who knew that awesome could have such humble beginnings!


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Succulent Earrings

Jewelry can be so simple and easy to make! Even cute jewelry like these little Succulent Earrings! They take very little time to make, and you don’t need to be a master jewelry maker to whip up a pair for yourself or as a gift for a friend who loves succulents!

This project was made as part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Morena from Morena’s Corner are sharing crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less – all using clay pots! Which is where I got the idea for these succulent earrings – by finding these cute mini clay pots! Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out their fast clay pot crafts, as well as those from some of our craftiest friends on the internet who are all joining in this week!

DIY Succulent Earrings

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To make your Succulent Earrings, you’ll need:

Mini Clay Pots
Large glass gemstones
Small glass gemstones
Earring wires
Eye pins
Head Pins
Jump Rings
Hot Glue
Jewelry Pliers

succulent earring supplies

I bought my beads at Michael’s, but you can find whatever beads you like that look the most like succulents to you. I thought these looked like fun little cacti and would look perfect sitting in my little clay pot.

Go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun to get it warmed up.

String an eye pin onto your large crystal.

string eye pin

Twist the excess wire around the barrel of round-nosed pliers. You can start with a tight spiral, but it will sit more securely in the glue if you stretch out the spiral.

twist wire

Put two of the smaller crystals onto a headpin. Twist the wire just like you did with the large crystal.

twist up wire

Fill the pot with hot glue, up to the bottom of the rim.

put hot glue in mini clay pot

Before the glue cools, push both the twisted wires into the glue. Position the succulents the way you like before the glue cools. Watch the direction that the eye pin is going. You’ll want it facing the front of the earring.

insert jewels

Use the jump rings to attach the earring wire to the top of the eye pin. Repeat making a second earring that is a mirror image of the first.

Clay Pot Succulent Earrings DIY and easy to make! Full instructions

If you loved these succulent earrings, you’ll love all these quick crafts using clay pots!

Customize clay pots with your favorite fabrics – Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything shows you how!

How fun is this little bunny pot that Try it Like it made?

Annmakes shows you how to give a Terra Cotta pot an upgrade with decoupage and napkins.

Looking for a gift for a sewing friend? Re-purpose a clay pot into a pincushion like Albion Gould did!

Jessica at Mad in Crafts uses Dollar Store supplies to transform a terra cotta pot into a Fairy Garden.

Two pots and an air plant are all it takes for Carla Schauer to create this pineapple craft!

Clay pots become unicorns when they are in the crafty hands of 365 Days of Crafts.

Over at 5 Little Monsters, clay pots will get you Easter ready – how fun are these clay pot bunnies?

And my Crafty Co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how easy it is to customize a clay pot with paint!


Come back tomorrow for more fast and fun clay pot crafts in 15 minutes or less!

Make your own Cookie Exchange Plates

If you’re planning a cookie exchange, or giving cookies as gifts this holiday season, make these cute cookie exchange plates – they are fast to make, and super inexpensive! These DIY Cookie Plates look better than a plain paper plate, and hold up much more nicely. And after your recipient eats all their cookies, they’ll still have the cookie plate you made them – it is like two gifts in one!

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You’ll need:
Plain plates – I got these at the Dollar Store
DecoArt Glass Paint Pens
Paper Towel
Rubbing Alcohol

Wipe the plates off with the rubbing alcohol and paper towels.

Draw your designs on the plates.

draw on plate

Have fun with it! You can even let the kids decorate!

paint plates

Though these paint pens are labeled as non-toxic, they have not been FDA approved as food safe. You might want to write “for decorative use only” on the back of your plates. Or just decorate the edges, where the food won’t touch. Up to you.

make plates for cookies

Add lots and lots of cookies, wrap with plastic wrap, and give all those calories to someone else. Because Christmas is for giving, right?

Free Printable Crayon Valentine

Looking for a simple classroom valentine? For the price of a big box of crayons (or a couple smaller boxes from the dollar store), you can make these simple no-candy classroom valentines!

Free Printable Crayon Valentines

You’ll need:
Crayon Valentine Printable (see below for download instructions)
Paper Cutter (or scissors)
Craft Knife

supplies for crayon valentines

Start by printing the printable.


Cut out your crayon valentines.

trim valentines

Cut an X on the circles with a craft knife.

cut into circles

Sign each valentine, then insert one crayon into each.

crayon valentines

Your Valentines are done!

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Halloween Spider Wreath

Looking for a different and creepy way to decorate your door this Halloween? This spider wreath is simple to make, takes only a few supplies, and adds a little creepy and a little whimsy to your entryway! An oversized spider makes the perfect wreath for your door this Halloween.

Make your own Halloween Spider Wreath with just a few simple supplies!

This wreath only requires a few supplies. You’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Giant Pipecleaner
Large Yarn
Small styrofoam ball
Black paint
Hot Glue

supplies for Spider Wreath

Start by cutting the oversized pipe cleaner into 4 pieces. This is fun stuff, I found it in the craft aisle at Michael’s, and it it makes the perfect legs for this spider wreath! Fold each piece in half, wrap around the wreath, and twist to secure.

wrap pipe cleaner around wreath

Start wrapping the large yarn around your wreath.

wrap yarn around wreath

Keep wrapping all the way around.

finish wrapping yarn

Cut the yarn, then tie and tuck in the end.

tuck away end

Using a sharp knife, cut a small styrofoam ball in half. Paint the eyes on, then glue into place with hot glue.

Bend and shape your creepy spider legs, and your Halloween spider wreath is complete! I covered my door with creepy faux spider webbing before hanging my wreath. I think I have the creepiest door on the block!

Halloween Spider Wreath DIY

If you’re in the mood for Halloween crafting, check out these other fun Halloween crafts!

12 Halloween Projects


Craft Lightning Day 5 Roundup!

It is the final day of Craft Lightning Week – I’m a bit late in getting today’s roundup posted because I’m off on a fun trip… you can check out my personal Instagram if you’re interested in details. Since I’m behind, we’ll get right down to it, and I’ll share with you all of today’s awesome fast crafting projects!!

I love it when inexpensive items get a simple update that really classes them up, like these jute wrapped utensils from Bonnie at Uncommon Designs. You’d never guess that they were from the Dollar Store!


I have recently rediscovered etching cream, and I love what Marilyn over at 4 You with Love did with these adorable polka dot etched votives.

etched votive holders labeled

How beautiful are these watercolor Thank You cards that Carissamiss and her sister made? This is one card that would get framed at my house!

watercolor thank you cards

I love this scrapbook photo frame over at Albion Gould – how cute is this?? These would be fun to make for a party, using photos of the guest of honor at different ages… but it looks cute just like this as well!

scrapbook photo frame

I almost fell off the bed when I saw these fake marquee letters on Daisy Mae Belle! This is genius. And the fact that you can whip one up in 15 minutes? Double genius with a cherry on top.


Fawnda over at Fireflies and Jellybeans is sharing not just one fast craft, but THREE that can be done in just 15 minutes! Aren’t these simple hairbows adorable?

Easy DIY Hair Clips 1

Kimbo from a Girl and a Glue Gun made this fun and fast floral fabric bracelet! I love me some fabric fast crafting…


My crafty partner for this series, Angie from the Country Chic Cottage made these awesome DIY rustic wedding signs. Wedding Crafts in under 15 minutes? Amazing.


It seems like forever ago, or at least a flight and some jet-lag… but I whipped up my fifth simple jewelry project for the week – a circle pendant necklace.

Simple Circle Necklace

I hope you’ve enjoyed crafting along with us this week! All of our amazing bloggy friends have really knocked this one out of the park! If you missed any of this week’s awesome fast crafts, go check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.

See you soon!




Craft Lightning Holiday Edition – Day 4 Roundup!

Day 4 of Craft Lightning… haven’t all the crafts so far been awesome? If you’ve missed anything, check out the Day 1 Roundup, Day 2 Roundup, and Day 3 Roundup… Craft Lightning is a week of fast crafts – each takes 15 minutes or less. I put together these weeks with my bloggy buddy Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, and we round up some of our favorite bloggy pals to create their own quick crafting tutorials around our theme. This week, the theme is holiday crafts… so hold on to your glue guns… because I have another awesome roundup to share with you:

First, if you haven’t caught the rainbow loom craze, this project might be the craft that sends you over the top. Check out how easy it is to make a fishtail rainbow loom bracelet.

Rainbow Loom Fishtail Bracelet - Dreamsiclesisters

This holiday project is both fast and inexpensive. Less than $5 worth of felt shapes from the dollar store makes a fast and simple felt table runner.

Christmas Table Runner - Bombshell Bling

Do you love the smell of the holidays? To me, the spices are a big part of bringing that holiday feel into my home. These Cinnamon Stick Icicles are a great (and fast) way to get both the scent and the look of the holidays!

Cinnamon Stick Icicle Ornaments - Shaken Together Life

Maybe you’re buying gifts this year, but want some fun DIY wrapping ideas… this decoupage gift box is simple to make, and a great way to add handmade to a store-bought gift!

DIY Holiday Gift Box - Pet Scribbles

Need a simple gift? Sharpie mugs are a hit all year long… so make a personalized holiday sharpie mug for your neighbor, friend, teacher, or loved one!

personalized snowman mug


I always appreciate wine as a hostess gift (seriously – write that down or something), and wine in a handmade wine bag is that much more special!

Wine Bag Gift packaging - 365 Days of Crafts

Want to add some sparkle to your wardrobe? Or have a girl you want to create something fun for this holiday? These crafty hairpins are simple to make, and oh so cute!

Holiday Hairpins - Chica Circle

Want some holiday decor that you can put up early and will last well past New Year’s? This snowflake wreath is a great way to start celebrating early, and keep the holiday feeling going long after the wrapping paper has left the house.

Snowflake Wreath - Lauras Crafty Life

My crafting partner for this series has made the cutest owl gift tags. Fast, simple, and a super way to spruce up a package.

washi tape owl ornament - the country chic cottage

Oh, and I whipped up a cute little snowman thumbprint frame. A great keepsake for any family member!

Simple Thumbprint Snowman Frame

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for the final day of Craft Lightning Holiday Edition!