Make a Glowing Bath
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: racheldomesticated
Make a Cheap Ice Pack
Kitchen sponges run about a dollar for two and you can use them to make the perfect ice pack for kids’ school lunches. Just soak your sponges in water, put them in a Ziploc bag and freeze. As the water melts, it will be reabsorbed back into the sponge, and held at bay with the zip top bag, so there’s absolutely no mess. Much better than those rather expensive plastic ice packs.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: thekitchn
Basket Storage for Stairs
Instead of tripping over stuff that’s piled up on the stairs, put these baskets down. Kids can drop their stuff in, or you can when you run across it, and then they can put it away as they head back upstairs. The baskets are really inexpensive and a great way to keep clutter off the floor. Plus, if they get really full, the kids can carry the entire basket up to put things away and then return it empty.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: mamawithideas
Everlasting Dryer Sheets
Make your own everlasting dryer sheets with some cheap sponges and liquid fabric softener. You just cut the sponges in half, soak in fabric softener, and keep in an airtight container. Squeeze out the extra fabric softener before you throw them in the dryer with your clothes. You can even wash them as needed, change fabric softener scents, and save a bundle when you use these instead of dryer sheets.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: lifecheating
Keep gym clothes, closets, dresser drawers, and lockers smelling fresh all the time with these easy to make sachets. You just need a few small mesh bags, which you can get really cheap at the Dollar Store, and then some dried lavender or a dryer sheet. Just fill the bags and toss them wherever you need to freshen things up a bit. These are great for gym bags or throw them under your car seat to keep your car smelling fresh.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: mycrazyblessedlife
Great American Doll Accessories
You’ll find loads of American Doll must haves at your local Dollar Store. Just head to the toy section for affordable tea sets and more that will perfectly match the size of your little one’s American Doll. The doll itself can be a bit expensive, so save yourself a bit of money and shop at the Dollar Store for all the accessories she needs for years of fun play time.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: karenmomofthreescraft
Make a Prize Box
Give little ones incentive to do their chores, be nice to their siblings, or be good in general. An inexpensive basket and some dollar toys are the perfect things to reward them with when you “catch them being good.” Rewards offer positive reinforcement that can go a long way, and you can choose toys or prizes that are appropriate for the age and personality of each child.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: agrandelife
Sensory Play Ideas
Fake snow, which you can get at the Dollar Store for around a dollar, is a great idea for sensory play. Just fill a plastic bowl or bucket with the fake snow and add animals, cars, whatever you want. Kids will have hours of fun playing on their “snow day” and if you use a Tupperware type bowl, you can place the lid on it and save it from being spilled until the next time.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: carrotsareorange
Organize the Medicine Cabinet
Plastic storage boxes make the perfect organization tools for medicine cabinets. Not only can you keep adults medicines and children’s medicines separated, you could also organize by type. Have a box with band aids and boo boo supplies, one for cold and cough, and another for headaches and fever. When you label the boxes, you’ll always be able to find those medicines in a pinch.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: askannamoseley
Jewelry Catch All
An ice cube tray helps to keep jewelry in check. Just use the individual sections to keep small items from falling to the floor. This is great for earrings, and other smaller items, and perfect for kids rooms. They can keep jewelry, hair bows, or anything in the ice cube trays, and they’re stackable so they won’t take up too much room on the dresser.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: popsugar
Organize Ponytail Holders
A Carabiner is a great way to organize ponytail holders and keep up with them. You just unfasten the clip and slide the ponytail holders onto it. Then store in a drawer or you can even hang these on a hanger or jewelry organizer. This is the perfect way to keep track of all those ponytails and rubber bands, and they’re really cheap.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: hiitsjilly
Gaming Supply Organizer
These neat little hanging baskets will help you to keep desks and gaming areas completely organized. You can keep games, controllers, and even cords in the baskets, which will hang nicely under shelving. So, clean up that gaming station and put all those games away neatly. This is also a great idea for organizing movies and other things that can be kept in the baskets.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: organizingmadefun
North Pole Solar Light
Give your home a nice Christmasy look and the kids a thrill with this solar powered stake light, complete with North Pole charm. This would look great on the mantel and the best part is it costs less than $5 to make. Create a couple of them and have them sitting around the house on every corner. This is such a wonderful project for the kids, and will add instant Christmas charm.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: dollarstorecrafts
Christmas Countdown Calendar
For around $5 each, you can make any number of these adorable Christmas countdown calendars, each of which holds goodies for the kids. Just choose your pattern and head off to the Dollar Store for your short list of supplies. They hold mini candy canes and other goodies that the kids will love. Each day, they get a new goodie! What a wonderful way to count down the days until Santa comes.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: simplykellyb.
Remember the pool noodles? Well, here’s another great idea. Make foam swords with them so that the kids can have some active play without actually being too risky. You can create handles from cardboard and then let them at it. This is such a great idea for boys, although I’m sure girls will love it, too, and the noodles are soft enough that if someone gets hit, they won’t get hurt.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: oneshetwoshe
Scarf and Glove Storage
These plastic cups can be used to create the perfect storage for gloves, scarves, hats, and other outdoor play necessities. You can get four of the cups at the Dollar Store for a dollar, and then use tape or a magic marker to put the kids’ names on them. Hang them on the wall and have them keep gloves and things in them so that they can find them easily when it comes time to go outside.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: madiganmade
Bath Toy Storage
Organize those toys in the bathtub with this great basket hook idea. You need a shower rod, some small plastic baskets, and you’re all set. You just stretch the rod across the back of the tub and use the hooks to hold the baskets. No more toys all over the bathroom floor or falling into the tub while you’re showering. If you really want to be organized, use a different colored basket for each child’s toys.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: frugal-freebies
Nursery Drawer Organizers
From tiny little clothing to blankets, you can find something at the Dollar Store that will be perfect for keeping the nursery organized. Match up little outfits and have them ready for the entire week, or make sure that you never lose those matching socks again. These are all great organizing tricks and all of them can be picked up for just a few dollars each.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: mysocalledhome
A silverware drawer is the perfect organizer for kids’ bathrooms. These things are about a dollar each and you can use them to perfectly store toothpaste and toothbrushes, without worries of a mess. If they kids drop toothpaste all over them, just pull them out and rinse them off. You can use the silverware drawer for other organizing, too, but this is by far one of my favorite hacks.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: cinnaberry-suite
Note how I just love that word “organizer”. Here’s another great Dollar Store hack turned organization tip. You can get these little foam hangers for a dollar, there are several in a pack. Then, you can use them to label your kids’ clothes for the entire week. Just write the days of the week on each of them, and put them around the hanger that has outfits for those specific days. No more missing the bus because they couldn’t find their clothes.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: thehometeacher
Themed Party Dishes
Want to make your kids’ next party a huge success? These DIY themed serving dishes are great, and because they’re DIY, you can use whatever animal you want to make them. You could make smaller versions so that each child has his or her own special plate or make a larger one for a centerpiece server. These are so adorable, so cheap, and so easy to make.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: threelittlemonkeysstudio
Pool Noodle Door Stop
So there’s that pool noodle again, and this time it’s keeping your little ones’ fingers from being hurt. If you cut just a strip of the noodle off and cut a slit in it, you can position it up on the door, where little ones can’t get to it, and it keeps doors from slamming on their little hands. One noodle, which is about a dollar, can be cut into about six door stops.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: reddeliciouslife
DIY Baby Bottle Holder
Help your baby to develop motor skills and give yourself a break with this great DIY bottle holder. Actually, you don’t even have to do anything to do. Just pick up an Oball. They’re about a dollar and made of plastic. They have holes in them, where bottles will fit perfectly. Plus, because they have holes, baby can hold them much easier than she can her actual bottle. This is a great trick for car feedings.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: parenthacks
DIY Animal Key Chains
A cheap bag of plastic animals make the perfect key chains that you can use as treat bag gifts for your child’s next birthday party. One bag should give you around 25 to 50 animals and then you just add the key ring. These are great for party favors or you could use them to hold your kids’ keys.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: gingersnapsblog