12 Brilliant Dollar Store Hacks Every Parent Should Know

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Who doesn’t love the dollar store? It is a treasure throve of inexpensive items that can be useful if you just use your creativity. Here are some of the amazing things that you can find in the store and how you can transform them into something you can use in your home:

1. Mercury glass vases

 

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Over the last few years, mercury glass vases have become very popular. Their shiny, reflective surfaces can add sophistication to your home. They are also used as decorative pieces in events such as weddings. However, mercury glass vases can be quite expensive but luckily, we have a hack that will save you tons of money. Just purchase an ordinary glass vase from the dollar store and turn it into a mercury glass vase by coating it with mirrored spray paint.

2. Animal book ends

 

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Animal book ends are a really cute way to finish off your child’s shelf. However, they are often hard to find and can be quite expensive too. The solution? Create your own! Visit your local dollar store, pick an animal (or your child’s favorite animal), gather some wood blocks and grab a spray paint. The best part about this project is that you can match the color with the décor of your home. If you want a more sophisticated look, you can opt for a gold or silver spray paint.

3. Rope basket

 

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Woven baskets are typically used for decoration and storage. We love them too but they always come with a hefty price tag! Fortunately, we know of an inexpensive alternative that is just as gorgeous. All you need is a laundry basket from the dollar store, some rope and glue. Just wrap the laundry basket with rope using glue to secure the rope in place. With this project, you can get creative and make the basket match any room in your home without busting your wallet.

4. Popsicle mold organizer

 

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A popsicle mold has more functions than creating delicious treats for your kid. You can use it as an organizer for odds and ends like crayons, for example. You can organize them by color to help your kid’s coloring process go more smoothly.

5. Shower cap cover

 

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Would you spend $100 on a simple food cover?  Believe it or not, food covers have a price tag that can burn a hole in your pocket. Instead of shedding out your hard earned money on boring and expensive food covers, purchase shower caps at the dollar store and use them to cover your bowls and other food containers. Not only are they affordable but they also come in different colors and designs!

6. Magnetic display board

 

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you have a magnetic display board where you can place your grocery lists, messages and pictures on? You can put it up in your kitchen to hold your delicious recipes or along the hallway so everyone in the family can use it. You can create a magnetic display board from metal burners available at the dollar store. You can wrap it with a fun fabric that matches your home décor or you can have it framed like the one shown here in the picture.

7. Pool noodle garland

 

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Do you have an upcoming event at home like a birthday party, perhaps? Instead of splurging on expensive décor, get creative by using pool noodles from the dollar store. Cut them up, put them on a string and hang them up. They are great for outdoor events because you won’t have to worry about them getting wet or being in the sun.

8. Pool noodle door stopper

 

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Prevent your kids from slamming the door with an inexpensive door stopper. Just purchase a pool noodle from the dollar store, cut a piece off, slice it down the middle and slide it on your door. What a simple and genius solution to a common mommy problem!

9. Hurricane vases

 

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Hurricane vases are popular décor pieces that are commonly used in living and dining rooms. Whether your home has a modern or traditional style, it can easily fit in and add more beauty to your space. Most hurricane vases cost a fortune but it is possible to make one without spending a lot of money. All you need are some vases and candle sticks from the dollar store. Just attach the vases to the candle sticks with a strong, reliable glue and voila! You now have a hurricane vase that you can fill with lots of fun items.

10. Enamel painted vases

 

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Does your home need a splash of color? Bring in more hues into your dull space with bright-colored enamel painted vases. They are pretty and scream modern! These pieces of décor can go for an unfriendly price but nothing is impossible with creativity. Just purchase some fun and interesting vases from the dollar store and coat them with bright enamel paint. Go ahead and make as many as you want!

11. Permanent marker plates

 

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Wouldn’t it be fun if you can customize your plates, mugs and other utensils? You can scrawl your favorite words and quotes on them using a permanent marker. Grab some white plates from the dollar store and go ahead, have fun! You can ask your kids to join so they can also create their own personalized piece. If you are looking for an inexpensive gift idea, a customized plate is a great one!

12. Gold leaf vase

 

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Gold leafing is a currently a huge trend in home décor. Bring the trend into your home with this inexpensive DIY project. Head over to the nearest dollar store and look for glass vases and with some gold paint, paint them however you’d like. Throw in some fresh flowers and display your gold leaf vases proudly.