Looking for crafts to make that are less than 5 bucks? Making crafts don’t need to be expensive, so why should they be? Supplies can indeed get pricey, and sometimes I find I have spent more money on a DIY project than it would have cost me to buy it. Never again!
By now, you may already know that things you can make, even with less than 5 dollars, can be gems. And by gems, I think you know what I mean. Things like cool leather cuffs, cute and classy table decors, pieces of jewelry that are unique and one of a kind, key chains, wall decors, and really pretty crafts that are perfect for gifts to your BFFs, sisters, and even Mom. All these ideas can be made with less than $5 if you find the right materials, plus a little sprinkle of craft magic. In this post, we’ll give you an amazing list of projects that will surely spark your interest! Happy crafting!
Inexpensive Craft Ideas
1. DIY Rainbow Seed Bead Earrings
This adorable, inexpensive pair of seed bead rainbow earrings will keep that endless summer vibe alive, even if the pumpkin spice release date is just around the corner. If these colors don’t suit you, no problem! You can make them any color you would like, or multiple pairs to match with every outfit in your wardrobe!
2. DIY Two Tired Jewelry Dish
This amazing jewelry dish is a true IKEA hack. Not only can it be made in less than 20 minutes, but it will cost you less than $10 to make! So get crafting, this room accessory can make a great gift, item to make and sell, or just something for you to add to your nightstand!
3. DIY Popsicle Favor Boxes
These DIY Popsicle favor boxes are so cute and easy to make that you will feel obligated to make and pass them out at every party you have! Who said it has to be summer? Popsicles are great year-round! All you need is to make a quick trip to the dollar store and pick up some popsicle sticks, paper, and boxes. The free downloadable PDF will do the rest for you!
4. DIY 3-Ingredient Lip Balm Locket
Do you ever find yourself digging around in your purse, searching for lip balm to be the savior to your chapped lips? Well, if you are just like me and misplacing your lip balm is an everyday struggle, this 3-ingredient lip balm locket is for you. Not only will your lip balm always be in sight, but you will also have an adorable piece of jewelry to add to your outfit!
5. DIY Office Organizer
If you are in dire need of organization when it comes to keeping your workspace in order, but you can’t afford to make a trip to the Container Store to buy the newest most modern accessories for your desk, this DIY office organizer can come to your rescue. All you need is a couple of cork sheets to turn into whatever you are in need of, whether its a pencil holder, plant vase, or maybe something to hold your paperclips!
6. DIY Dragon Fruit Soap Popsicles
These dragon fruit soap popsicles are so cute, fun, and easy to make that you will never buy another soap from the grocery! If you have yet to try soap crafting, these are a great beginner one to try, because although they look complicated, they really only take a little bit of work to create.
7. DIY Printable Ring Dishes
Yep, you heard me correctly, printable ring dishes! Do you remember Shrinky Dinks, the ultimate childhood toy that turned from a piece of paper to a hard plastic accessory? Well, the process of making these ring dishes is very similar, one of the reasons being that they are very affordable! The only difference is that instead of belonging in a toy store, these ring dishes look like they belong in an Anthropologie!
8. DIY Box Lid Jewelry Dish
These super trendy jewelry dishes are so fun and easy to make, you will be blown away. All you need is some paint and some container lids that you have laying around, and talk about pro-recycling! If you can’t find any in your cupboards or the bin, no need to fret, you can find small Kraft box lids at Micheals (or you can knock out a container of Nutella — for the lid!)
9. DIY Animal Kingdom Key Chains
These DIY animal kingdom keychains can make affordable gifts, party favors, things to sell on Etsy, or a little accessory for your backpack or purse! And, you won’t even believe what these fashionable key chains are made with: plastic toy animal figurines that you may be able to find laying around the house (if you have children) or at any local toy or craft store!
10. DIY Hanging Planter
I may admit, this DIY hanging planter does look a little difficult and expensive to make, but that is where I am proud to say that it is indeed not! All that is needed to bring the step by step tutorial to life is $5 hanging planters from the dollar spot in Target, rope, scissors, washi tape, and any paint and paintbrush you have laying around!
11. DIY Pom Pom Magnets
12. DIY Dip Dyed Storage Baskets
13. DIY Paper Cactus Earrings
14. DIY 10-Minute Yarn Bowl
15. DIY Heart Shaped Tea Light Candles
16. DIY Ombre Taper Candle Holders
17. DIY Terra Cotta Jewelry Tray
18. DIY Painted Paper Plate Sunglasses
19. DIY Pastel Pom Pom Paper Clips
20. DIY Fabric Paper Mache Bowls
21. DIY Snowcone Surprise Balls
22. DIY Pretzel Stress Balls
23. DIY Watermelon Place Cards
24. DIY Pom Pom Photo Frame
25. DIY Mailing Tube Concrete Vase
26. DIY French Knit Monogram Brooch
27. DIY Mini Dinosaur Balloon Sticks
28. DIY Crepe Paper Tiger Lillies
29. DIY Juice Box Dioramas
30. DIY Pounded Flower Tote
31. DIY Ice Cream Garland
32. DIY Paper Mache Fruit Ornaments
33. DIY Mini Gradient Egg Cup Planters
34. DIY Coffee Filter Peonies
35. DIY Pasta Garland
36. DIY Hot Glue Glitter Hearts
37. DIY Fruity Cupcake Toppers
38. DIY Needle-Felted Heart Mug Cozy
How about these super cute and colorful mug holders? These make a super cute handmade gift idea and are perfect for keeping your coffee or tea warm and cozy. Plus, they just couldn’t be any cuter. Cheap and easy to make, you are going to want to keep a few for yourself. This is definitely what I will be making lots of for holiday gifts!
39. DIY Diffuser Necklace
This is one of my top favorites! I mean — who couldn’t love it! Cheap materials= the cutest handmade necklace?
40. DIY Shaker Glitter Heart Cards
If you are one for sparkles, and cheap crafts, then these shake glitter cards are perfect for you. Plus, no need to worry, they cost less than $5 to make!
41. DIY Metallic Washi Tape Rainbow Tags
How cute are these DIY rainbow washi tape cards?! Easy to make, this is one of my favorite last-minute gift ideas. All my friends end up keeping them, so, from personal experience, I know that they are worth making!
42. DIY Cork Coasters
Do you love wine? Well, then we both know that you definitely have some corks lying around the house;) What better way to recycle them than making the cutest coasters? Not only do they make the greatest gifts, but they also can be amazing accessories that will keep your tables free of marks (and are free!)
43. DIY Paper Plate Clock
44. DIY Water Balloon Luminaries
These luminaries are perfect for every event, are affordable, and easy to find — why not?
45. DIY Leather Cuff (from a Belt!)
Need to add some new items to your seemingly dull wardrobe, but don’t have the budget for fancy designer labels right now? Make some DIY fashion to fill that void! You can make your own, and they are super easy, plus they look better than anything you could possibly find in stores!
46. DIY Hoop Earrings
47. DIY Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves
48. DIY Bunny Tote Bag
49. DIY Twisted Friendship Bracelets
50. DIY Bird Nest Necklace
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