Sharing 3 rad dollar store DIY projects for my home (with a fall theme!) including one macrame that’s crazy affordable with this hack!
Last month I partnered with my friend Christine on a YouTube challenge to make some home decor pieces with items from the dollar store. I had so much leftover from that challenge after making 3 different projects that I thought I’d make 3 more! These ones are my favourite out of them all. Especially the macrame! It turned out so good and I can’t believe it’s a dollar store craft, honestly.
I intended these all to be ‘fall decor’ DIYs but they are all perfect for any time of the year with a couple tweaks. Like letter something different on the chalkboard… or swap the fall look florals for spring ones. Put a heart on that magnet instead of a leaf. You get the idea.
Alright… ready to see the three created? And the one scrapped? Ha! I didn’t take any photos of that but put some of the footage of me making it at the end of the video. Not everything I try turns out ;P
I always am reminded of how much you can do with just a few dollars in supplies when I make these videos. Working on BIG renovations all the time it’s nice to take a break and work on something crafty with a big reward for not a lot of time or money. Kind of the opposite of a renovation- ha!
Let’s talk about each of the DIYs!
DIY Wood Round Magnets
These little magnets are so cute. And they’re simple to make… But I’d definitely change one thing. And that’s the magnet. I used the strip magnets from the dollar store craft section, but with such a small section of it- it didn’t hold much weight. The magnets stick but after one piece of paper… if you slam the fridge, they’d slide down a bit. There are little round magnets at the dollar store too that hold a little more weight. I’d switch to those with some super glue next time!
I made a few with fall leaves (because I was trying to theme this as a fall craft, you know), I made one for our dishwasher to tell us clean/dirty, and I made one for each of my kids to hold their art work. It’s awesome having only one piece of artwork from then on the fridge right now.
They’re both hand lettered with a fine tip paint pen from Michaels that I had on hand.
DIY Cork Chalkboard
This one is actually a remake. You can see a full tutorial from the first cork chalkboard I made… YEARS ago, right here! It broke somewhere along the way so it was fun to make it up again!
This cork was thin enough to cut with scissors but the thicker ones need cutting with a knife. I pour the chalkboard paint right on and brush it out roughly for a bit of a messy look but if you prefer clean lines, just use painters tape to tape off a border. I used a knife to make holes in the cork to tie a hanger on. I used leather cord I had on hand, but you could use any ribbon or rope of your choice.
Make sure to prepare your chalkboard before drawing on it. You can do this by rubbing chalk on it’s side all over your chalkboard first up and down, then back and forth. Use a rag to really rub it in, then wipe it off. This will leave chalk in the pores/grooves so when you erase your designs it won’t leave them etched into your chalkboard.
DIY Macrame Hoop
Guys… this one I’m so happy with. Macrame from the dollar store?! Heck yes! So they don’t sell macrame cord… but most macrame is really just cotton rope. Some is much thinner (the stuff I typically use!) and do you want to know what else is also just thin cotton rope? Or thick cotton string, depending how it’s marketed… Butchers string. Like, the stuff you buy turkeys with. So this whole thang only used one ball of that which was sold for a buck. Awesome, right?! Dollar Store DIYs, here I come.
This macrame project is based on an embroidery hoop and uses the larks head knot, double half hitch, and square knot- all three of those are in my macrame foundations video/post if you’re interested in making this- that is definitely the video to watch, it goes over it slowly and troubleshoots a bit.
I hot glued fall faux flowers along the bottom for a wreath kind of hoop. You could easily pull these off and swap in different seasonal foliage. Some evergreen for the holidays or springy blooms- tada! Good all year round.
Alright… I’ll leave it at that! Three dollar store DIYs that are modern and beautiful. And now that I’ve figured out this little macrame hack, I think I’m going to be making a lot more macrame! Have any project suggestions? I’ll take ’em ;)