Dollar Store DIYs That Look Like Expensive Anthro Products

The finished results are like something from a magazine spread.

When it comes to DIY there are a lot of dollar store hacks out there. But, as many of us have found out the hard way, some of these hacks can fall short of what we were hoping for. Recently we found the rare successful high end looking dollar store hack video and the results are really nice. Megan from the YouTube channel, Glue Guns & Roses, has come up with some amazing tricks to turn dollar store materials into finished crafts that look like you got them at Anthropologie or West Elm. Check out these wonderful DIYs below.

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The first up is a DIY decorative orb like ones you’ll see in higher end home stores. The inspiration photo showed a bentwood bamboo orb, but the hack version is made from metal wreath form rings that have been wrapped with jute twine- both of which can be found at many dollar stores. Megan uses hot glue, one dollop at the beginning and one at the end, to secure the twine. She does this on 3 rings, then fits them together for a look that could be straight from the window display of a much more expensive store. As opposed to West Elm’s cost of $29 for this type of object d’art, the dIY version costs about $5 to make 3 of them.

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The second DIY is a rope-wrapped planter. For this craft, the base is a plastic planter pot that’s been wrapped with rope. The rope is also from the dollar store, but Megan splits it into 3 strands for triple the bang for her buck. Not all ropes are made this way, so double check which kind you’re buying. She wraps the planter with the rope, securing with hot glue at scattered points. Once about a quarter of the pot is wrapped she then paints the rope white using spray paint before wrapping the rest of the planter.

The final touch is to attach handles and a small tassel made from white dollar store yarn. The largest size of this style basket at Anthropologie costs nearly $90 so this is a huge savings at only a few dollars for the smaller size.

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For anyone who loves the rustic woodland look this next DIY is for you. Inspired by a $50 charcuterie board from West Elm, Megan uses two small bags of wood circles glued together with Mod Podge (all from the dollar store). She uses a circle of brown paper to serve as both the template and the backing of her rustic wood tray.

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The next two hacks are pillows. She uses dollar store bathmats- the kind that are made of a cotton backing with cotton loops sewn on. She turns them inside out and uses the side with stitching only. This is a nice effect that does mimic some of the boho pillows that are so popular in stores today.

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For one style she glues the edges together and for another style she sews the edges using a blanket stitch and some more white dollar store yarn. She then uses that same yard to make little pom poms. What a cute DIY! She estimates that these pillows cost around $5 each to make.

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See how to make all of these classy dollar store DIYs in the video below.