Monday, July 26, 2010


I have decided to instigate a non-specifically periodic craft challenge. I'm calling it the ??? Dollar Craft Challenge. Every once in a while I will go down to my dollar store and pick up a certain number of things that I will challenge my readers (if there still are any) to do something creative with. There is no prize. There is no time frame. But if you want to participate (and I'll pimp the hell out of this, on the off chance complete strangers are interested) post your results in comments, with instructions if you feel they are necessary. Link to a photo (I'm not sure you can put one directly into comments) if you have one. And bask in the knowledge that you are showing off your creativity.

Here are the rules

1. You have to use all of the items.
2. You may substitute for something SIMILAR if your dollar store doesn't have the same exact components. (String or yarn for the hemp cord in this one, for example.)
3. You may use what you have on hand only if you are using things you have on hand for many or all projects. Paints are okay, for example, as is thread and small amounts of stabilizing fabric. But you cannot pull fabric from your stash and use the components as minor parts of a larger project.
4. You can pull the components apart (the fake flowers in this one, for instance) and even alter them, so long as we can tell that you used the components.

If there is a good enough response, in the future I might even do these for prizes.

Here are the components for this first challenge, a Three Dollar Craft Challenge:

A pair of polyester (or cotton if your dollar store has more class than mine) dinner napkins
A fake (they ain't silk at the dollar store) flower
Hemp cord

Here's a picture of the components I picked up over the weekend:


Good luck, and let's have a whole heap o'fun with this!


PhantomMinuet said...

What is the time frame for participating?

That's MIZZ Gypsy To You! said...

I'm not really setting a time frame but I think by the end of August I'll be ready to start another one or give up entirely. So let's say August 31.

Do you want to participate? I can just imagine a hat made with those things!

Rebecca Everett said...

Looks like fun and I was planning a trip to the dollar store. I'll join ya.

That's MIZZ Gypsy To You! said...

Welcome aboard, Rebecca. I finally figured out what I'm going to do with my 3 things; it'll be interesting to see what others come up with.

I just realized I've never worked with shiny, slippery polyester before so this could be a real challenge for me! I hope you find things that'll work for this. (I think yarn can substitute for the cord if you can't find it or string for a dollar.)

Giggles&Grins said...

I'm in! This will be the first internet challenge for me! I already kno what i am going to make, just gotta go to to Dollar Store!

That's MIZZ Gypsy To You! said...

I have finished my project! (I actually finished it last week but it took me a while to get a decent photograph it.) I'm going to post the pictures and a less than perfect tutorial later this evening. But I wanted to be sure to brag on myself.