32 Cheap and Easy Crafts You Can Make from Dollar Bin Items

Michael’s, Target, Walmart, Jo-Ann’s… it seems that a lot of retail stores now have a dollar bin section. It never fails; I stop and look every single time. I noticed I have done a lot of crafts incorporating these fun little finds, so I thought I’d do a round-up of cheap and easy crafts you can make from dollar bin items.

Plastic Containers

Target especially carries a ton of different fun and cool containers and they change them out every season. You can make toy storage containers or Washi tape holders.


Make a succulent garden for a hostess gift. You can see our plastic container Dollar Bin Challenge and find out how to make a well-organized creativity corner, DIY doll bed, organization center, succulent planter, and decorative basket.

Glass Containers

One time for a blog Dollar Bin Challenge we used test tubes from the dollar bin to make homemade bath salts, candy holders, Valentines, candles, and strawberry milk favors out of them. You can read all about it here.


You can also find milk bottles in the dollar bins. For another Dollar Bin Challenge we made turkeys, a kid’s table centerpiece, candy corn scrub, and Halloween milk bottles. You can read all about that challenge here.

Bags and Pouches

Stencil little burlap sacks to use as creative gift wrapping or to hold jewelry.

Upcycle dollar bin pouches with embellishments from flea market finds.

Use small recycled bags as party favor gift bags for the holidays or other special occasion.



Plain or glittered headbands are always at the Jo-Ann Craft Store dollar bins. Make these pretty floral headbands with them.

Turn a headband into a party top hat.

Alter one to make a holiday themed headband.

Mini Frames

Make a shabby chic inspiration board for the office.

Make name place card holders for a special party or holiday table setting.

Odds and Ends

Add a little oomph with Mod Podge to dollar bin candle tea light holders.

Embellish a silly hat.

Make photo booth props for a party.

Make the coolest Bachelorette party favors ever!

Embellish a recycled paper garland.

Make one of a kind Christmas Ornaments.

32 Cheap and Easy Crafts You Can Make from Dollar Bin Items

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