Dollar Store DIY

What’s up guys - today I want to share one of my big secrets / guilty pleasures - the DOLLAR STORE.

I am not slightly exaggerating when I say I go to the dollar store minimum 2 times a week. It is my go-to spot when I need basic art stuff. I feel like most people are unaware of the variety at dollar stores because they usually go there needing one specific thing and are in and out in a rush. But when you take the time to walk around the dollar store you’ll notice there is soooo much stuff you could use for so many projects!!!

If you know me personally you know I am always on the hunt for a bargain… I am a HUGE fan of going on craigslist’s free section / facebook marketplace or just driving around on trash day to see what furniture/things people are throwing out. That sounds kind of gross and creepy as I type it out but I promise you they weren’t lying when they said one mans trash is another man’s treasure… I will definitely make a blog post about how I flip thrift store/ garbage furniture one day because that is a HUGE thing in my life right now especially as I am trying to find furniture/ storage to fill my new studio with!

Back to my dollar store obsession… Wine glasses, mason jars, sandpaper, glue, t-shirts, paint brushes, rope, yarn… you can literally find anything at your local dollar store (as long as it is well managed and stocked). I’ve definitely been to some nasty dollar stores but I am blessed to have such a well organized one in my town. (shout out Dollar Tree in Gloucester).

What i’m saying is sometimes there is no need to fall victim to the expensive craft store traps. I love a good trip to Michaels but 75% of the time I can find what i’m looking for at Michaels right at the dollar store!!


So one of my favorite Dollar Store DIY’s right now is mason jar terrariums! And they literally cost me $4 to make!!! (disclaimer not all dollar stores carry the same supplies so if you don’t see one of these items at your dollar store then just hop over to another nearby one and i’m sure they will carry it!)


  1. Mason Jar ($1)

  2. Bag of Craft Rocks (yes… $1)

  3. Fake succulent (so surprised / excited to find these at the dollar store)

  4. Twine (you guessed it….$1)

A whopping grand total of $4


This may be the cutest / cheapest / easiest DIY project you ever do and I feel like I don’t even need to write out the steps because its pretty self explanatory..but here it is!

  1. Fill your mason jar with your craft rocks (about halfway)

  2. place fake succulent(s) in the jar

  3. Wrap the twine around the lip of the mason jar a few times and finish with a bow (you can lock it in place with some hot glue if you stink at tying neat bows like me)

  4. Done! easy peasy!

(FYI this is not my photo… I am just on vacation right now and not home to take pictures of mine.. oops sorry guys).

(not my photo)

(not my photo)

So that mason jar terrarium is obviously a little more complex… but honestly I have occasionally seen fake moss at the dollar store. You could even run to the beach and add some sand if you wanted to get that layered look like the ones in the picture!

When it comes to the dollar store its all about the thrill in finding cheap stuff to make expensive-looking crafts! These little mason jar terrariums are just one of the thousands of ideas you can come up with by just walking through a few aisles and opening a couple bucks!

Hope this inspires you to go check out your local dollar store and save some money on craft supplies. Can’t wait to so another dollar store DIY blog and show up what I craft up next!



Cara Bev