8 Great Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Crafts

You love your local dollar store for its inexpensive home essentials and oodles of other fun stuff. (We're looking at you, beauty aisle.) But did you know that it's also a mecca for DIY miniatures craft materials? 

Intrigued? Good, because we'd love to share these eight super easy and inexpensive DIY miniatures crafts straight from the dollar store with you. Enjoy!

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #1: “Sew” Cool Plant Holders

Dollar Store Materials 

  • Sewing thimble
  • Fake plant (You can also use a real plant—but it will wilt rather quickly.)

Free Material

  • Dirt

Directions

  1. Pack a thimble full of dirt.
  2. Snip off a small piece of the plant. Place the snippet firmly in the dirt and voila— you now have your own miniature greenery!

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #2: K Cup Trash Can

Dollar Store Materials 

  • K Cup 
  • Rubber band
  • Blue plastic bag

Free Material

  • Old newspaper or advertising circular

Directions

  1. Empty the K cup of coffee grinds and clean it out.
  2. Cut about three inches off the bottom of the blue plastic bag.
  3. Place the plastic bag in the K cup, then fit the rubber band along the top of the K cup.
  4. Tear off a small piece of newspaper or an advertising circular, crumple it up, and place it in your mini trash can. 

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #3: Paper Clip Hanger

Dollar Store Material

  • Paper clip
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Loosen both ends of the paper clip, extending one side higher than the other.
  2. Bend the higher side down to create the hook.
  3. User scissors (pliers or a wire cutter also work) to cut the hook to size. 
  4. Bend the clip as needed to get the right shape.

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #4: Cool Spool Table

Dollar Store Material

  • Spool of thread

Directions

  1. Remove the thread from a spool. That's it! (You can glue a bit of fabric on top if you wish.)

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #5: Tissue Paper to Toilet Paper

Dollar Store Materials

  • White tissue paper
  • Toothpick
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Directions

  1. Fold the tissue paper on its edge three times lengthwise. 
  2. Cut out a strip about ½ inch wide. Then cut one more ½ inch strips.
  3. Unfold the strips and crinkle them into a ball—this will give the toilet paper a more authentic look.
  4. Uncrinkle and flatten the paper. (It's okay if it's uneven on the edges.)
  5. Start rolling the paper around the toothpick. Try to roll it tight the first few times—afterward, the paper can be looser.
  6. When you’re near the end of the first paper strip, use glue to attach the next strip to the first strip. (Don’t worry if it rips a little.)
  7. Slide the roll off the toothpick. The ends will likely be uneven—to make them even, simply flatten the roll and snip each end with your scissors. Then squish the roll back to size.
  8. Carefully rip one edge of the paper to "start" the roll.

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #6: Cardboard and Yarn Rug

Dollar Store Materials

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

Free Material

  • Cardboard

Directions

  1. Cut the cardboard into a circle. (It's okay if it's not a perfect circle—you can trim it with small scissors at the end.)
  2. Place double-sided tape over the entire surface of the cardboard.
  3. Starting in the center of the circle, coil the yarn over the cardboard until the entire surface is covered.

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #7: Pencil Cap Cup of Ice

Dollar Store Materials

  • Mechanical pencils with a removable clear plastic cap
  • Salt (bigger flakes work best)

Directions

  1. Remove the plastic cap.
  2. Fill it with salt. 

 

Dollar Store DIY Miniatures Craft #8: Pencil Cap Cup of Ice

Dollar Store Materials

  • Clear cap from a water or soda bottle
  • Small brush
  • Wall spackle

Directions

  1. Use the brush to apply spackle on top of the bottle cap.
  2. Let dry.

How about you--do you have any DIY miniature crafts that can be sourced from the aisles of a dollar store? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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