Cheap DIY

100 Dollar Store DIY Home Decor Ideas

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Decorate for less with these dollar store DIY projects. Here are some creative decorating ideas that use items found at Dollar Tree (e.g. candleholders, vases, jars, mirrors, picture frames, storage bins, art canvases).

Crafting Supplies You May Need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue (E6000 glue, craft or super glue)
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Tape
  • Paint or foam brushes
  • Ruler
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Marker

 Vases and Jars Dollar Store DIY Projects

Gold Leaf Vase
gold paint + painter's tape + vase + flowers

Dollar Store Ombre Vases
glass vase + acrylic paint + flowers

Washi Tape Tulip Vase
washi tape + tall vase + flowers

Enamel Painted Vases
different sized vases + dishwasher safe PermEnamel paint + PermEnamel Surface Conditioner

Kate Spade Rosebowl
round glass candleholder + gold paint pen + flowers

Spring Vase
vase + flat white spray paint + gold spray paint + flowers

Monogrammed Chic Vase
vase + stencil + etching cream + flowers

Anthropologie Inspired Spice Jars
primer + spray paint + acrylic paints + chalkboard paint + label stickers + jars with lids

Apothecary Jars
glass taper candleholder + jars with lids

Candles and Candleholders Dollar Store DIY Projects

Photo Candleholder
glass candleholder + vellum paper + candle

Glass Bead Candleholder
glass bead + round glass candleholder

Elegant Votive Candleholders
small vases + rubber bands + white matte spray paint + votive candles

Glitter Votive
votives candleholder + spray adhesive + glitter + votive candle

Candle Lampshade
wineglasses + scrapbook paper + LED tea lights + double-sided tape

Bamboo Candle
tall glass candleholder + bamboo + candle

Mason Jar Prism Candle
mason jar + round glass beads + ribbon or twine + tea light candle

DIY  Hurricane Candle
Smooth Glass Hurricane Candleholder + glass taper candleholder + small pillar candle

Washi Tape Tea-Light Votives
washi tape + tea light candles

Sparkling Spray-Painted Candles
metallic spray paint + tall jar candles + painter's tape

Thumbtack Patterned Candles
gold thumbtacks + candle

Hurricane Lanterns Out of Dollar Store Frames
5 frames + curtain ring + black marker

Picture Frame Luminaries
4 picture frames + vellum square mirror + LED tealight candles

Hurricane Candles II
vase + glass taper candleholder + pebbles or river rock

Wall Art Dollar Store DIY Projects

Sunburst Mirror
mirror + bamboo skewers + gold spray paint

Wall Mirror
compacts + wood base + spray paint

Rubber Door Mat Wall Art
door mat + spray paint + sandpaper

Contact Paper Wall Art
contact paper + old boxes (e.g. cereal or granola boxes)

Ampersand Art Using Thumbtacks
gold thumbtacks + canvas

Pottery Barn Mirror Wall Art
square mirrors + cheap piece of plywood + spray paint + wood glue + 1/2 in. trim

Anthropologie-Inspired Collage Art Plates
decorative plates +  art poster + Mod Podge + felt

Vintage Wall Art
vinyl shelf lining + silver serving platters + grosgrain ribbon {ivory}

Anthropologie Inspired Circles Mirror
mirrors +  gold spray paint + hex nuts & screws + paint can lids

Canvas Wall Art
canvases + scrapbooking paper + command hooks

Plate Wall Art
Plain plates +  black cardstock + Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Waterproof Sealer

Serving Tray Wall Art
silver serving trays + stickers + primer + white spray paint

Decorative Accents Dollar Store DIY Projects

Mirror Box
square mirrors + cork protectors

Book Topiary
candle holder + styrofoam ball + book

Mercury Glass Pedestal
glass candlestick + glass bowl + Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Spray

Faux Silver Birds and Flowers Pedestal Bowl
bird + taper glass candleholder + white spray paint + Krylon Shimmer Metallic Spray Paint  + silver shimmer +  black acrylic paint + flower beads


Dollar Store Picture Frame
frames + spray paint + glass taper candleholder
I can't find the original source with a tutorial, but it's fairly straightforward to make. Just spray paint both the frame and candleholder and use e6000 glue to attach the candleholder to the bottom of the frame.

Picture Frame and Message Board
glass taper candleholder + twine + paint or stain + clothespins + burlap ribbon

Painted Ombre Bead Frame
wood beads + pipe cleaner + acrylic paints + picture frame

Dresser Mirror
round mirror + round acrylic tray (dollar store) + accent gems  + plate stand

Decorative Bookends
glass square vases + decorative paper + vase filler

Animal Bookends
plastic toy animals + acrylic photo frames + spray paint

Pebble Bath Mat
river rocks + cement glue + rubber mat

Candle Holder Paperweights
small glass candle holders + scrapbook paper + pourable resin

Patio Lanterns
plastic landscaping solar lights + basket hangers

Hula Hoop Chandelier
hula hoop + ribbon + string lights

Japanese Lantern
manila folders + wooden skewers + tissue paper

Twine Pears
light bulbs + twine + twigs

Elegant Fruit (no tutorial link)
high gloss spray paint + fake fruit

Marble Accordion Rack
wooden accordion rack + marble self-adhesive film + white paint

Bandana Pillows
bandanas + pillows

Storage Dollar Store DIY Projects

Metallic Rope Throw Basket
round laundry basket + paint + jute rope  + 1 yard felt

Jewelry Tower
cups + saucers + taper candle holders + spray paint + glue
These dishes were found at Thrift Stores, but you can also find similar ones at Dollar Tree too.

Chic Buckets
vinyl numbers + black acrylic paint + white spray paint + buckets

Metal Storage Bins
storage bins + metal and oil rubbed bronze spray paint +  wooden chalkboard tags

Burlap Dollar Tree Bins
burlap fabric + plastic baskets + spray paint + labels

Vintage Storage Bins
dollar store bins + gray automobile primer + chalkboard paint + silver craft paint

Fingernail Polish Display Stand
black foam board + picture frame

Key Frame
picture frame + gold hooks + paint

Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray
wooden cutlery tray + paint + knobs  + cup hooks

Bathroom Organizer
jars with lids + saw tooth hanger + chalkboard paint

Industrial Farmhouse Storage Drawers
storage drawers + ORB Spray paint + metal labels + antique fasteners
+ balsa wood + furniture buttons + wood stain

Flowers, Plants and Garden Dollar Store DIY Projects

Moss Topiaries
foam balls + wood dowels + terra-cotta pot + moss + paint

Topiary Trees
faux greenery balls + pots + floral foam + skewers + moss + clay + paint (green, brown, white)

15 Minute Wreath
grapevine wreath + greenery + ribbon + floral wire
The person who made this got these supplies at Hobby Lobby, but you can get them at Dollar Tree for much cheaper!

Succulent Tiered Ceramic Bowls
ceramic bowls + glass pillar candleholder + potting soil + pebbles + fake succulent

Elegant Centerpiece
tall vase + glass taper candleholder + pebbles + branch + flowers

Metallic Flower Pots
metallic spray paint + primer + terra cotta pots

Stenciled Clay Pot
terra cotta pot + craft paint + brush + stencils

Gold Succulent Vases
succulents +  painter's tape + gold spray paint + cups

Scallop Shell Terra Cotta Pot
terra cotta pot + latex paint + fake stone spray paint + scallops

Faux Succulent Garden
5×7 frames + moss +faux succulents + twigs + paint

Flower Pot Makeover
dollar tree flower pots + rope

Dollar Store Terrariums
glass round candleholder + glass taper candleholder + pebbles + plants + decorative moss

8 picture frames + plywood + corner brackets + utility hinges + screws + white paint + furniture polish

Terrarium II
glass vase + potting soil + gravel + small plant

Serveware and Dishes Dollar Store DIY Projects

Marble Mugs
white ceramic mugs + nail polish  + wooden skewers  + nail polish remover

Dollar Store Cake Stand
tart pan + glass taper candleholders + white paint

Mirrored Cake Stands
glass taper candle holder + mirrors + strong magnets

Silver plastic serving trays + black latex paint + chalk +  nonsanded grout

Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers
tumbler or stemless wine glass + acrylic paints + sealer

Chalkboard Wine Glasses
wine glass + chalkboard  spray paint + chalk

Serving Tray
framed mirror + placemat

Tiered Serving Platter
plates + glass taper candleholder

Dollar Store Cake Plate
elegant cut-glass dinner plate + glass taper candleholder

100 DIY Household Cleaner Recipes That Will Save You Money

diy cleaner recipes

This is my go-to list of DIY household cleaning recipes. These recipes will help you clean your whole house (kitchen, bathroom,floors, laundry and much more) with very few ingredients.

Here are the ingredients that you will need for DIY Cleaning. It's a good idea to always have them in your pantry.

Why are DIY cleaners so much better than store-bought cleaning products?

  • MUCH cheaper
  • just as effective
  • chemical-free
  • environment-friendly
  • safer for children and pets
  • easy to make
  • customizable - you can add your favorite scents to your cleaners!


Shower Cleaner
1/4 cup water vinegar + 1 cup water

Tub, Tile, and Grout Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda + 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide +1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
Mix and add to a bottle. Squeeze onto affected area. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and rinse off with water and a sponge. For tough stains, apply it twice.

Hard Water Stain Remover
1 cup Epsom salts + 1/2 cup baking soda +1/4 cup liquid dish soap
Mix and rub onto tiles, spouts or shower doors with a cloth. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry with a towel.

 Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda + 1/4 cup castile soap + 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
+ 1 cup hot water + 1/4 cup vinegar
Tutorial here

Toilet Bombs
baking soda +  citric acid + essential oils
Tutorial here

Odor Eliminating Toilet Fizz Bombs
2 cups baking soda + 1/2 cup citric acid + 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide + 1 tsp of white vinegar + 30 drops essential oils
Tutorial here

Unclogging Toilet Bombs
2 cups baking soda + 1/4 cup Epsom salts + 1/2 cup liquid dish soap
Tutorial here

Heavy Duty Toilet Cleaner
3/4 cup borax + 1 cup white vinegar + essential oil
Scrub with a toilet bowl brush and let sit overnight

Antibacterial Toilet Cleaner 
1/2 cup baking soda + 1 cup distilled white vinegar + 1/2 tsp tea tree essential oil
Spray in bowl and on the toilet seat, lid, and handle. Let sit for 15 minutes and wipe dry with a cloth.

Toilet Draino
1 cup of baking soda + 1 gallon of boiling water + 2 cups of vinegar
Add baking soda and water into the toilet bowl and then slowly add the vinegar. Let sit overnight or until it flushes

Toilet Draino Method #2
1/2 cup dish soap +1 gallon hot water
Pour soap into toilet and let sit 30 minutes. Then pour in the hot water and it should flush after that!

All-In-One Bathroom Cleaner
2 cups warm water + 1 tbsp baking soda + 2 tbsp castile soap + essential oils
Tutorial here

Bathtub Scrub
1 tsp liquid soap  + 1 cup baking soda +  essential oil
Mix and scrub onto the tub with a sponge

Air Freshener
1/2 cup baking soda + 10 drops essential oil
Add to a small decorative jar and place in a small room like the bathroom or cat litter closet to make it smell nice.

Air Freshener #2
1/4 cup vodka + 1 tbsp water + 20 drops essential oil

Mold and Mildew Spray
1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar + 20 drops tea tree oil

Mirror Spray
1/2 cup vinegar + 1/4 cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol + 1 1/2 cups water

3-Ingredient Coconut Oil Hand Soap
1/4 cup shaved soap + 4 cups boiling water +1 tablespoon coconut oil
Grate soap. Mix ingredients until dissolved. Let mixture cool. Pour into bottle.

Poo Spray
vegetable glycerine + rubbing alcohol + distilled water
Tutorial here

Daily Shower Cleaner Spray
1.5 cups water + 1 cup white vinegar + 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol + 1 tsp liquid dish soap + 15 drops essential oil

Homemade Soft Scrub
1 cup baking soda + 1/4 cup castile soap + 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
Mix until thick. Apply with cloth. Let sit for 5 minutes. Wipe away.

Living Room and Bedroom

Hardwood Floor Cleaner
1/2 white vinegar + 1 gallon warm water + 2 drops lemon essence oil

Laminate Floor Cleaner
1/2 cup white vinegar +1/2 cup rubbing alcohol + 1/2 cup water

Dry Carpet Cleaner
2 cups baking soda + 1/2 cup cornstarch + 1/2 cup cornmeal + 4 bay leaves +1 tbsp whole cloves
Tutorial here

Carpet Cleaner
1 tsp dish washing liquid + 1 tbsp white vinegar + 1 cup warm water + 1 tsp baking soda
Add ingredients to a spray bottle. Add baking soda last and quickly screw the lid on. Spray onto carpet and rub into carpet with a sponge.

Carpet and Rug Deodorizer
1 cup baking soda + 20 drops tea tree oil
Sprinkle over carpet. Let sit 30 minutes and vacuum it up.

Carpet Stain Remover
3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide + 2 tsp baking soda + 2 tsp dish soap
Scrub into carpet with a sponge or cloth until stain is gone.

Homemade Pine-Sol
1 tbsp liquid castile soap + 4 cups warm water + 10 pine essential oil
Mix and pour into a spray bottle with a funnel. Shake and start spraying.

Furniture Polish
3/4 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar + 1 tsp lemon juice
Mix ingredient and shake up. Apply to a cloth and rub onto wood furniture to polish.

Glass Cleaner
1 Cup White Vinegar + 1 Cup Water

Glass Cleaner Method #2
1 quart water + 1 drop of dish soap
Add to spray bottle. Spray and wipe clean.

Steam Cleaner Solution 
2 cups vinegar + 1 cup hydrogen peroxide + 2 tbsp clear dish soap
Mix well and add to the hot water in the steam cleaner.

Mattress Deodorizer 
1 cup baking soda + 10 drops lavender essential oils
Add to shaker and shake to mix ingredients. Sprinkle onto mattress. Let sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum up.

Brass Cleaner
white vinegar + table salt
Pour enough vinegar on a sponge to absorb and sprinkle with salt.
Gently rub over surface. Rinse clean with washer and dry with a soft cloth.

Wall Cleaning Solution 
1/4 cup white vinegar + 4 cups warm water
Mix and apply with a cloth and rub on walls.

Wood Panel Cleaning
1/4 cup olive oil + 3 tbsp white vinegar + 4 cups warm water
Mix and apply with a cloth and rub on walls.


Heavy Duty Kitchen Scrub
1/4 cup baking soda + 3 drops water + 1/4 cup dish soap

Grease Cleaner
1 3/4 cups distilled water + 2 tbsp castile soap + 20 drops essential oil (optional)
Tutorial here

Dish Soap
2 1/2 cups boiling water + 1 tbsp Borax +1 tbsp washing soda + 2 tbsp white distilled vinegar + 1/2 cup liquid castile soap + 10 drops essential oil (optional)
Tutorial here

Metal Pot and Pan Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda + 1 tsp liquid dish soap + 2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
Spread the paste onto your pot or pan and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then scrub with a brush and rinse until clean.

Dishwasher Tablets
1 cup baking soda + 1/4 cup citric acid + 1 tbsp dish liquid
Tutorial here

Dishwasher Bombs
2 cups baking soda + 3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide + 10 drops essential oil + 2 cups vinegar + 1 tbsp dish detergent
Tutorial here

Fresh Lemon Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
lemon + water + white vinegar + salt
Tutorial here

Dishwasher Rinse Aid
vinegar + small cup
Tutorial here

Dish Soak Fizzies
1 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup salt + 1/2 cup citric acid + 2 tbsp dish soap
Tutorial here

Microwave Cleaner
water + bowl + citrus
Tutorial here

All Purpose Cleaner
2 cups water + 1/2 cup white vinegar + 1 tsp dish soap +1 tbsp baking soda
Add to a spray bottle and apply to surfaces. Then wipe clean with a cloth.

Scouring Powder
1 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup salt + 1/2 cup borax
Sprinkle the scouring powder on a wet surface. Let it stay on for 5 minutes then scrub clean.

Drain Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup white vinegar + 1 cup boiling water
Tutorial here

1 cup water + 1 cup rubbing alcohol
Put ingredients in a bottle and shake. Spray surface after cleaning.

Garbage Disposal Refreshers
3/4 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup salt + 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap + 1 lemon
Tutorial here

 Stove Cleaner
1 tbsp table salt + 1 tbsp baking soda + 1 tbsp water
Scrub onto surface with a cloth.

Stainless Steel Cleaner
vinegar + olive oil + water
Tutorial here

Oven Cleaner
1/2 cup of baking soda + 3 tbsp of water + white vinegar
Mix and spread onto dirty and greasy spots in the oven. Let sit overnight.
Wipe off with a dish cloth. Spray with vinegar then wipe the remaining foam away.

Oven Rack Cleaner
dollar store dryer sheets + dish soap
Tutorial here

Rust Remover
1/2 cup Borax + 3 tbsp lemon juice
Mix until a paste is formed and spread onto rusty area. Let sit at least for 30 minutes. Use a brush to scrub the paste.

Granite Countertop Cleaner
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol + 2 cups water + 8 drops dish soap
Pour into spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix and start spraying.

Fridge Cleaner Spray
1/2 cup white vinegar + 1 cup hot water + 3 drops essential oil

Wood Cutting Board Cleaner
1/2 lemon + coarse salt
Sprinkle cutting board with salt. Scour the board with lemon. Let sit for 5 minutes. Scrap off and rinse with water.

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar + 1/2 cup water  + 1 tbsp dish soap

Homemade 409
2 tbsp. distilled white vinegar + 1 tsp. borax + 1/8 cup dish soap + 1 cup hot water
Tutorial here

Keurig Cleaning Solution
water + white vinegar
Tutorial here


Cleaning Wipes
1/2 cup lemon juice + 1/2 cup water + 1 cup vinegar +1 tbsp rubbing alcohol + 1 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp Dr. Bronner's soap + paper towels
Tutorial here

2 Ingredient Leather Cleaner
olive oil + vinegar
Tutorial here

Eyeglass Cleaner
1 part water + 1 part isopropyl alcohol
Fill a spray bottle with ingredients, shake and spray onto glasses. Wipe off with a microfiber cloth.

Citrus Spray Cleaner
2 cups lemon peels and orange peels + 2 cups white vinegar
Tutorial here

Goo Gone
2 tbsp vegetable oil + 3 tbsp baking soda
Mix until a paste is formed and apply on a sticky surface to remove the residue. Wipe away with a cloth.

Upholstery Cleaner
3 tbsp dish soap + 1 tbsp Borax + 1 cup boiling water
Mix. Let cool. Pour into a spray bottle. Spray onto a cloth and wipe down upholstery.

Dusting Spray
1 cup water + 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar + 2 tablespoons olive oil + 10-15 drops essential oil


Washing Soda
Bake 1 cup baking soda in the oven
Tutorial here

Dry Laundry Booster
2 cups washing soda + 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
Tutorial here

Stain Remover
1 tbsp dish-washing liquid + 1 tbsp baking soda + 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
Mix and apply to stained area with a toothbrush

Laundry Detergent 
1/2 cup washing soda + 1/4 cup Borax + 1 cup boiling water + 1 tbsp castile soap + 1/4 cup white vinegar
Tutorial here

Chemical Free Liquid Laundry Detergent
2 gallons water + 1/2 cup washing soda + 1/2 cup baking soda + 3/4 cup castile soap + 30 drops essential oils
Tutorial here

Premium Laundry Detergent
4 lbs Baking Soda  + Washing Soda  + 1 box Borax + 1 box of BIZ + 4 bars of Zote Soap + Purex Crystals
Tutorial here

"Pennies Per Load" Laundry Detergent 
65 oz box Borax + 55 oz box Washing Soda + 1 Fels Naptha Laundry Bar + 18 oz container Purex Crystals
Tutorial here

Powder Laundry Detergent (HE safe)
1 cup. Fels Naptha + 1 cup baking soda + 1 cup borax + 1 cup washing soda
Grate soap. Mix. Add 2 tbsp per load of laundry.

Laundry Pods
laundry bar soap  + super washing soda  + Borax + OxiClean + vinegar
Tutorial here

Laundry Bombs
1 1/2 cup washing soda + 1/2 cup Fels-Naptha + 2 tbsp Epsom salts +
3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide + 1/4 cup vinegar + 15 drops essential oil
Tutorial here

Fabric Softener
2 cups distilled white vinegar  + 10 drops essential oil + fresh herbs (rosemary, mint, etc)
Add 1/4 cup to your fabric softener dispenser per load of laundry

Wool Dryer Ball
100% wool yarn + pair of pantyhose + embroidery floss
Tutorial here

Reusable Lavender Laundry Sponges
2 cups of water + 2 cups of liquid lavender fabric softener
Tutorial here

Homemade Oxy-Clean
1 cup water + 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide + 1/2 baking soda
Mix ingredients and use 2 tablespoons per load

Reusable Dryer Sheets
3/4 cup white vinegar + 1/4 cup water + 3-4 drops essential oil
Tutorial here

Homemade Febreze 
1 cup fabric softener + 1 cup white vinegar + 2 cups water
1/4 Cup of Downy Unstopables – You can use less but I had some nasty odors lingering

Homemade Febreze (without fabric softener)
4 tbsp baking soda + 1 cup hot water + 1/4 cup Downy Unstopables
Tutorial here

Laundry Scent Booster
2 cups epsom salt + essential oils
Tutorial here

 Bleach Alternative 
12 cups water + 1/4 cup lemon juice + 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
Use 2 cups of this solution per wash load.

Oxygen Bleach 
2 cups water + 1 cup baking soda + 1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Lavender Linen Spray
vodka + lavender essential oil + water
Tutorial here

Wrinkle Release Spray
1 tsp conditioner + 1 tbsp white vinegar + 2 cups water
Tutorial here


Flea Powder 

1 cup food grade diatomaceous earth +  1/2 cup neem powder + 1/2 cup yarrow powder
Tutorial here

 Pet Stain Remover for Carpets

2 cups white distilled vinegar + 2 cups of lukewarm water + 4 rounded tbsp of baking soda
Thoroughly spray onto affected area. Let sit for 5 minutes, then gently rub with a cloth.

Homemade Cleaner for Pet Urine Odors

1 cup peroxide + 2 tbsp ammonia
Spray area throughly. Use a sponge or cloth to rub into carpet. Blot dry.

Deodorizing Cat Litter 

 Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the litter box before pouring in cat litter

100 Cheap & Easy DIY Pet Projects

You will save so much money with these DIY pet projects and ideas! I know I have. I will never again buy cat furniture, beds or toys when I can easily make it for 75% less than what it costs at Petsmart or Petco. I have saved at least $200 a year by doing some of these DIYs!

You will need basic tools and supplies for these projects that you probably already have:

  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • drill
  • nails
  • saw
  • scissors
  • sewing machine, needle, thread, etc

DIY Cat Furniture and Scratchers

Modern Cat Scratcher
sisal rope + two pieces of wood + staple gun

DIY Cat Tree with Hammock
ladder + blanket + drill + mat

DIY Cat Window Perch
old tray- brackets + pillow

DIY Cat Tipi
fabric + leather cord + safety pin + cushion + sticks

DIY Cat Tent
t-shirt cardboard + two wire hangers + safety pins

Self Scratcher
brushes + hinges + screws + double sided tape

DIY Cat Scratcher Pad
wood + sisal rope + leather cord

DIY Cat Self Petting Station
wood + fabric + toilet bowl brushes + small wood cube

Cat Hotel
You can get an old TV stand from a thrift store for about $10 and transform it into a cat hotel with some paint and add hammocks, beds or scratchers

DIY Cardboard Cat Scratching Post
corrugated cardboard + wood dowel + plywood board + wood screw + X-Acto knife

Traffic Cone Scratcher 
traffic cone + sisal rope + yarn + spray paint (optional)

Cat Cardboard House
large cardboard box + tape + paint + scissors + blanket

Mess-Free Cat Litter Box
18 gallon bin + sharp scissors or knife

Pet Station
old dresser + paint + pillow or cushion + wood boards. There is no tutorial, but you could just remove the bottom drawers, add a wood base on the bottom with holes for food/water bowls. Make a wood overhang with wood scraps for the top and paint the whole thing. Then add a pillow or cushion of some kind (there are many tutorials for the cushion under DIY Pet Beds).

IKEA Cat Shelves
(great for people who don't have enough space for big cat condos)
Lack shelves & Ekby brackets from IKEA + rug fabric.
The cost for this project will vary depending on how many cat shelves you want to build.
Regardless, it will still be cheaper than buying a cat condo.

Cardboard Cat Scratch Pad
corrugated cardboard + cutting mat

DIY Pet Beds

Upcycled Sweater Pet Bed
sweater + 2 towels + stuffing (minimal sowing skills needed; only need basic sowing supplies like needle and thread)

No Sew DIY Dog Bed
 fabric + stuffing + elastic

DIY Dog Pillow
dish towels +  foam + iron-on Velcro fasteners

DIY Wooden Crate Bed
wood crate + wood legs + wood glue + paint + blanket

Upcycled Footstool Pet Bed
old footstool + wood trim + feet + paint + pillow or cushion. No tutorial for this one because i couldn't find the source, but it's fairly simple to figure out!

Upcycled Wood Pallet Pet Bed
pallet + cushion + screws +nails + drill and saw

Dog Cot
PVC pipes + corner pieces + plastic mesh + screws + PVC cutter

DIY Sweatshirt Pet Bed
sweatshirt / hoodie + pillow + needle and thread

Upcycled End Table Pet Bed
old end table + bun feet + paint + cushion or pillow

Drawer Dog Beds
old drawers  + paint + knobs (optional) + cushion or pillow

DIY Pet Hammock
 wood boards + fleece fabric

DIY Four Poster Cat Bed
old table + +scrap wood trim + finials + wood blocks + foam/fabric

DIY Metal Tub Dog Bed
metal tub + pillow + paint

DIY Dog Bed
4 pillows + blanket

Suitcase Pet Bed
hard shell suitcase + pillow + pillow sham

Cardboard Box Cat Bed
cardboard box + fabric + stuffing + buttons (optional)

Basket Cat Bed
basket (thrift store -$3) + fabric + wool batting

DIY Pet Princess Canopy Bed
end table + spray paint + ribbon + T-shirt + stuffing + sheer fabric + decorative knobs

Easy Washable DIY Dog Bed
fabric + velcro + ribbon + batting or foam

DIY “Envelope” Dog Bed
heavy fleece + pillow stuffing + sewing machine

DIY Pet Water and Food Bowls

Modern Pet Bowl Stand
wooden dowel + wood screw + drill + sandpaper + wood glue

Drawer Storage for Pet Bowls
Just add an appropriately sized wood board into the bottom drawer and cut holes for bowls

Chalkboard Dog Bowl
ceramic bowl + tape + chalkboard spray paint

DIY Pet Bowl Stand
wood boards + screws + jig saw + brackets, wood stain + primer & paint + pet food bowls. This one does require some intermediate skill, but it's very elegant looking and inexpensive!

Upcycled Ombre Dog Feeder
duckboard + paint + craft paint sealer

DIY Dog Food Tin Storage Canister
empty popcorn tin + spray paint + ribbon + lettering + paw print

DIY Crate Dog Feeding Station
I can't find the source for this photo so there's no tutorial, but it's fairly straightforward to make!

DIY Pet Toys, Leashes Collars


DIY Fishing Pole Cat Toy
wooden dowel + colored ribbon + colored feathers


DIY Catnip Fish Toy
catnip + fabric + thread + needle

Yarn Ball Catnip Toys
 foam ball + yarn + mod podge + catnip

Feather Cat Toy
wool felt + jingle bells + satin cord

DIY Catnip Mice
fabric scraps + catnip + stuffing +  embroidery floss + cotton cord

Sock Fish Cat Toy DIY
sock +stuffing / paper + sharpie

Menswear Mouse Toy
fabric + fusible webbing + foop turner + stuffing + embroidery floss + embroidery needle

DIY Toy Wand for Cats
yarn + leather cord + feather + beads + wood dowel

No-Sew Catnip Toys
flannel + polyfill + catnip + fabric strip

DIY Cat Pom-Pom Toy
cotton or wool string

Party Shaker Toy
duct tape + cardboard tube + colored ribbons

Knotted Spider Toy
milk container ring + 2 sheets of felt

DIY Cat Toy
felt + leather cord + wooden dowel


Paracord Dog Collar
paracord + plastic buckle + d-ring

Rope Ball Dog Toy
cotton rope + twist ties + scissors

DIY Ombre Rope Leash
cotton rope + waxed cord + fabric dye + snap hook + rope clamps

Old Sweater Dog Bone Toy
old sweater + squeaks + stuffing

DIY Squeaky Doggie Bone
fabric + squeakers

Dogs Tug Toy from Recycled T-Shirt
recycled stretch knit (assorted colors)

DIY Denim Dog Toy
denim jeans + scissors

DIY Woven Rope Bone Dog Toy
rope + 2 small balls + duct tape + pins

DIY Fabric Dog Collar
fabric + thread + buckle and slider + d-ring

Rope Dog Toy with Tennis Ball
tennis ball + fabric

Ring Rope Dog Toy
just need rope

DIY Tug Toy
 old t-shirt + tennis ball

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100 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

gift wrapping

Here are 100 cheap, easy and beautiful DIY gift wrapping ideas. Not only is making your own gift wrap thrifty, it is also a great way to personalize your presents and make them one-of-a-kind. You can use what you have in your backyard (pine clippings, pinecones, berries, etc.) and what craft supplies you already have (like burlap, chalkboard paint, acrylic paints)

A lot of the supplies needed for these DIY projects can be found at Dollar Tree. Some examples include:

  • Twine (jute, cotton, red and green twine)
  • Kraft Paper
  • Ribbons (They have a large assortment of Christmas ribbons!)
  • Christmas Gift Wrapping Paper
  • Gift Boxes and Bags (of all shapes and sizes)
  • Burlap
  • Christmas Picks
  • Christmas Pom-Poms
  • Paper Dollies

Materials You May Need:

  • Tacky Glue
  • Glue Pen
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks ($3- Walmart)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paint Brush ($0.50 – Walmart)
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Ruler

Before you begin your DIY project, you should check out this article: How to Wrap a Gift Perfectly

kraft paper + twine + evergreen sprig + chalkboard clothespins

Brown craft paper + Used book + Utility knife + Alphabet templates

wood ornament + ribbon + black wrapping paper

potato + stamp pad + white wrapping paper

kraft paper + twine + pinecone and evergreen sprigs + snow spray

kraft paper + rope + pine clippings + wood star + chalkboard paint + chalk marker

red and white paper straws + baker's twine + kraft paper

wood slices + chalkboard paint + chalk + black wrapping paper + evergreen + twine

kraft paper + kraft gift tags + baker's twine + leaves and pines

jute twine + kraft paper + alphabet stamps and stamp pad + Christmas button

Lint roller + Craft foam + Baker’s twine + Ink pad, green

baker's twine + kraft paper + pine clippings + paper ring

retro stamped letters + kraft paper + baker's twine + pine clippings + jingle bell

Trader Joe's grocery bags + peppermint twine + white gift tags

newspaper + ribbon. Here is how to make the rose:

Twine + Stamp pad + Paper bags + Hole puncher + Alphabet stamps + Green clippings

chalk + twine + chalkboard paper roll

white raffia + kraft paper + scrapbook Christmas stickers

map + red cord + button

Circle wood disks + White glitter + Twigs + White String + Mini Christmas village pieces ($0.74 - Walmart)

fine-tipped pen + three wooden beads + white yarn + ribbon for scarf

cinnamon sticks + white string + washi tape + kraft papers

various stamps + glitter + glue + buttons or other accents + twine + kraft paper

burlap ribbon + twine + free printable banner + craft paper + floral wire + green sprigs

black and white gift wrapping + twine + pinecones and leaves + white acrylic paint (for snow on pinecone) + kraft gift tags

floral holly berries + kraft pape rand gift tag + evergreen clippings + cotton twine

white stamp pad + pencil + ribbon + floral accents + kraft paper

twine + black gift wrapping paper + gold metallic Sharpie

jingle bells + music sheet paper + black ribbon

kraft gift bag + printable music + sprig of evergreen + twine

kraft paper + twine + evergreen + wood rectangle + black Sharpie

paper + white string + kraft paper + star template. Use a paper star garland instead of a ribbon

brown craft paper + cotton twine + white buttons + white printer paper. Here is a tutorial for how to make the snowflake:

kraft paper + brown baking cups + red felt + old book + vinyl letter stickers

Kraft paper + wax paper + fabric remnant + twine + red ribbon + white lace

black butcher paper + white paint pen

gingerbread biscuits + narrow ribbon + kraft and red wrapping paper

Create a collage with PicMonkey and get a large print at Staples Print Shop

Rectangle hole punch + Ribbon + Wrapping paper

Green felt + gold jingle bells + red string + kraft paper

old sweater + ribbon + Christmas pick +
sewing machine

Paper card stock + sewing machine + rubber eraser + stamp pad

washi tape + brown kraft paper

kraft paper + Sharpie

white and black acrylic paints + kraft paper

old shirt + brooch + sewing machine + fabric scissors

Free chalkboard wrapping paper and gift tag printables

wood slices + green felt + twigs + greenery accents + glitter

kraft paper + chalkboard paint + marker + ribbon + snowflake ornament

kraft paper + red ribbon + gold metallic Sharpie

Learn how to tie the perfect bow

red flannel ribbon + burlap + evergreen sprigs + bead

mini pinecones + sprigs + ribbon + whle vintage sheet music + burlap

paper doily + self-adhesive rhinestones + metallic rick-rack + mini pinecone + ribbon

cupcake liners + cotton twine + kraft paper

kraft paper + needle + thread

butcher paper + construction paper + newspaper + twine

Reindeer template is here

white gift paper + twine + mini round ornament

felt + twine + kraft paper

Twine + White card stock
kraft paper

Kraft paper + Tape + Duct tape

newspaper + tape

washi tape + gift wrapping paper + bag handle from shopping bag

wide burlap ribbon + mini pinecones + tinsel

yarn + kraft paper

red felt + red bow

kraft paper + Baker's twine + mini Pom Poms

kraft paper + small dolly + narrow red ribbon

yarn + pencil eraser + stamp pad + kraft paper

Here is how to make the pom pom

spouncer + glitter + glue + kraft paper

celery + white stamp pad + kraft paper

twine + gold washi tape + kraft star + gold marker + 3/4 inch circle labels + gold paint + gold ribbon + gold thread

burlap + old sweater + ribbon + fabric straps + buttons

magazine + kraft paper

e red foil wrap + plaid ribbon + buttons + white paper

foam board + kraft paper + black pompoms

washi tape + kraft paper + strips of patterned paper

Boxwood stems + 10″ grapevine wreaths + Floral wire

card stock + string + star punch + kraft paper

twigs + thread + kraft paper

fabric + ribbons or other accents

twine + kraft paper + pinecones + holly berry branch + dried fruit + paper dolly

Here is how to make the dried orange slice

chalkboard paper + chalk pen + kraft paper + twine

kraft paper + ribbon twine + tissue paper printed with old-fashioned typewriter type

white gift paper + baker's twine + paper straws

pipe cleaners + paper straws + beads + snowflake sticker + baker's twine

paper dollies + kraft paper + string + alphabet stamps and stamp pad

50 Cheap & Easy DIY Coastal Christmas Decorations

coastal christmas decorationsBring the beach to your home this holiday season with these affordable and easy DIY coastal Christmas decorations.

Supplies You May Need:

  • Mod Podge with a Foam Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks ($3- Walmart)
  • Paint Brush ($0.50 – Walmart)
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic and spray paint. You can get acrylic paint for $0.50 each at Walmart. Spray paint cost $1-$3 at Walmart.
  • Dremel, pin vise or small drill bits to make small holes in shells for hanging

Craft Materials You Can Get at Dollar Tree to Save Money:

  • packs of shells
  • sand
  • burlap ribbons
  • wreath forms
  • ornaments
  • garlands
  • twine (jute and cotton)
  • clear ornaments

DIY Coastal Christmas Indoor Decorations


foam cone + scallop shells + starfish

Glue shells to the foam cone using a hot glue gun.


oyster shells + foam cone + starfish + wood skewer

Glue the shells onto the foam. Put a wood skewer through the top of the cone and glue starfish onto it.


starfish + sand dollars + garland + cotton twine

You will need to make small holes in the shells to string them through the twine.
You could use a dremel or a pin vise for that.


driftwood + plywood + white spray paint + d-ring hook

Tutorial here


burlap + white picture frame + white shells


driftwood + wood glue + ornaments


large bowl + assorted shells + starfish + white ribbon + sisal rope + base for the tree


tiny shells + starfish + foam cone

The small shells that wash up on shore are perfect for this project.


driftwood + burlap + wood sea star

Also, you will need a saw and wood glue


starfish + twine or thread

You will need to make small holes in the shells to string them through the twine.
You could use a dremel or a pin vise for that.


small shells + thread or twine


pine garland + pinecones + various sized starfish + white candle and glass candleholder for accent

You can make the garland letters from white foam or poster board. Print out large letters on your computer. Trace the letters with a pencil onto the board and cut them out. Brush them with Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter on. Make small holes at the tops of the letters to string the ribbon through.


greenery + large starfish + nautical rope


grapevine wreath + small shells + small starfish


You can decorate your tree with large seashells. Simple yet beautiful.

You will need to make small holes in the shells to string them through the twine.


large jar or vase + ornaments + tinsel garland + pebbles + starfish

You can get everything but the jar and starfish at Dollar Treeromantic-beach-christmas-ideas

decorative bowel + white and silver ornaments + starfish + gold mercury glass candle holder

You can make your own mercury glass candle holder with this tutorial.


conch shells  + basket + garland + white string lightsbeach-christmas-lantern

lantern + ornaments + starfish + sand


Christmas center piece + ornaments + cockle shell(s)


apothecary jars + blue oranemts + sprigs of green + starfish + large shells + sand + pinecones

You can get apothecary jars at thrift stores for less than $5


branch bowl + blue  and silver ornaments + starfish

I see the branch bowls at thrift stores all the time for less than $3.


blue pillar candles + large starfish + ribbons + garland + pinecones


large coral + white pillar candles ($4 for a 3 pack at Walmart) + pine clippings + silver ornaments


sea urchins + garden urn


sea urchins + sea fans + sea horses


pine garland + large shells + burlap ribbon

DIY Coastal Christmas Ornaments


white poster or foam board + burlap scrap + seashell stencil (or printable to trace)
+ white and red acrylic paint + small red bow + twine + white pom-pom


starfish + small shells


rope + clear ornament + ribbon or twine for hanging


twine + ornaments + starfish

Here is a tutorial that shows you how to make the netting. It's pretty easy!


sand + small shells + painter's tape

Wrap painter's tape around the areas that you don't want to add sand to. Mod podge the other areas and sprinkle on sand. Then use a glue gun to add the shells.


clear ornament + vinyl stickers + sand + small shells



Here is the tutorial for how to make the knot


starfish + ribbons

You will need to make small holes in the shells to string them through the twine.
You could use a dremel or a pin vise for that.


clear ornament + sand + small shells + ribbon or twine for hanging


rope + medium sized shells + clear ornaments + neutral colored ribbon or twine for hanging


scallop shell + small ark shells + white pebble for head + small white ribbon + thread or twine for hanging

DIY Coastal Christmas Outdoor Decorations


 twig wreath + white spray paint ($1 - Walmart) + small ornaments + starfish + blue ribbon


wire wreath form + small pieces of driftwood + starfish + acrylic paint (for starfish-optional) + rope for hanging


netting + starfish + wide blue ribbon + clear ornaments + small shells like conchs or whelks


You need some nails, stencils, white acrylic paint and white spray paint.

You could also add lights or ornaments to it.


burlap + wire wreath form + large starfish + ribbon

Here is a tutorial for how to make the burlap wreath


foam wreath + lots of shells (you can get a bag of these types of shells at Dollar Tree) + Christmas ribbon

starfish + white spray paint + foam wreathshell-wreath

pine wreath +  berries + shells and small starfish + satin ribbon


blue and white rope + red burlap + white acrylic paint + stencils

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