When there's a dollar store challenge, you know I'll be there. Heck, I even hosted my own dollar store challenge way back when.
The latest challenge was on Craftster, and invited participants to "make something fabulous and hopefully totally unexpected out of items you buy at a dollar store that cost a total $10 or less."
My idea was to make a yurt for Chuy. Yurts, of course, are very fashionable with the environmental set. So, why not make a yurt for our favorite pooch?
Supplies (all from the 99 Cents Only Store):
~ Rubber bands
~ Masking tape
~ Velour baby blanket (had to go back and buy another one)
~ Picture frame
~ Kite (for string)
(Chihuahua not from dollar store)
Total spent: $9
Basic plans found here (modified heavily based on lack of supplies and know-how)
The frame was constructed using double-strength chopsticks and rubberbanding them together at the joints (imagine a diamond pattern). This made a very flexible frame. It was then attached to the picture frame as a doorway.
The roof was made by sticking chopsticks into the lid of the strainer and then covering it with the second baby blanket.
This yurt was made possible through the help of our pal, Evie. She was a real trooper to sit though the process of figuring out what to do with a bunch of sticks and rubber bands. She even fashioned a little rain fly out of the kite for the roof of the yurt
A stylish, environmentally-friendly (well, probably not considering most of this stuff was made in China), and economical abode for our dog, Chuy.
There is some pretty stiff competition this year. Voting for the dollar store challenge is over here. (Note: You must have or set up a free Craftster account to vote!)