One unlikely place that I find inspiration for crafting is the dollar store. Some of my favorite DIY holiday decorations came from there, and I always seem to get project ideas while roaming the aisles. You wade through rows of flimsy combs and off-brand toiletries long enough, and eventually the creative wheels start turning. I decided to challenge Tan of Squirrelly Minds to a friendly dollar store craft challenge. The rules were pretty simple…
I’m posting my dollar store project (ended up being only $2!!) on Squirrelly Minds today, and Tan is here to show us how her end of the challenge went. Check out what she came up with.
Tan’s Fringe Bag
Hi All! Tan here, and I should tell you that I spent more time in the dollar store than I care to admit, buying more than I needed just in case the original project failed. Good thing I did. That original project, gold sponge painted serving bowls and tray, did fail. Then the backup project, a confetti painted laundry bag, failed big time. (Note, make sure you know an item is not primarily made out of plastic before trying to iron it). Finally, backup #3, and I was hoping third time’s a charm and not that bad luck comes in threes. Friends, third time is indeed a charm.
I love getting plain white or kraft bags from the dollar store. They’re simple, cute and inexpensive but sometimes just a little too plain. So when I saw bags of “decorative filler” (aka shiny pink tinsel) I knew it was the perfect tool to jazz up this white gift bag.
FYI our dollar store lies. Everything is actually $1.25, meaning this craft cost me $2.50. The only extra materials you’ll need to make this gift bag are double sided tape and scissors, both of which you can pick up for an extra $2 (or $2.50!) at your local dollar store.
Step 1 Cut your tinsel into 3-4 inch strips. A quick way to do this is to grab a few strands, line them up, and hold them from the top. Then fold the long strands and cut along the fold. Repeat until they are the desired length. Or you can just go ahead and hack ’em up any merry way you like.
Step 2 Cut a piece of double sided tape the same length as your bag. Place each piece of tinsel along the sticky side of the tape, leaving about a 1/2 inch margin on each side. This will help make sure you leave a margin for when you place it on the bag and to make the double sided backing easier to peel off. For an even look make sure they are neatly lined up next to each other. Don’t worry about getting the top even as you’ll cut it off, and don’t be concerned about the lengths. It’s more fun if they’re all different.
Step 3 Cut the excess tinsel along the top of the double sided tape to create a clean edge. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to create one more strip of tinsel fringe.
Step 4 Remove the backing from one piece of double sided tape and cut off that 1/2 inch margin you left. Place tinsel fringe on your gift bag, approximately 4 inches from the top, leaving that 1/2 inch margin on each side of the bag. Repeat with your second piece of tinsel fringe, placing it approximately 2 inches above the first fringe so they overlap. Fill your gift bag with a little present and tissue paper and go make someone happy!
I love the idea Tan came up with, don’t you? Super festive and it beats the heck out of paying $5 for a gift bag from Target that a hundred other people already brought.
Below is a pic of my craft. Head over to Squirrelly Minds for the full post with instructions. Ok, anyone else up for taking the challenge? Have a free afternoon this week? Just take $20, head to the dollar store, and get crafting. It will stretch you (perhaps stress you), but you will be surprised what you can come up with!