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The 5 Dollar Challenge

Posted: March 29th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |


I LOVED the idea of this challenge!


Goal: Spend five dollars or less, only at a dollar store and create a spring item!

Only one major problem —  I really don’t decorate that much for spring and besides what I have — I wasn’t needing to do or make anything else. So I needed inspiration and Pier One provided. I was going there specifically for this flying bunny that Southern Hospitality so generously showed off when I spotted this:


So for weeks I have been drooling over all of your fabulous wreaths made with eggs so I knew it could be done but I already had a wreath on the front door - so I didn’t know what to do?! I loved the browns, creams, and black and the stripes - so whimsical but still neutral.

Then I thought that the one thing I wanted this year was to have an Easter gift basket that can be used every year to put the boys’ gifts in.  It could sit on my fireplace and on Easter morning we could fill it with gifts to celebrate the holiday!

So with my new flying bunny in hand, we soared to the Dollar Store.

Although I have already told Lindsay that I felt like I was on Top Design or Design Star and I even gave myself a time limit.(Well Chili’s really gave me the time limit because I was also picking up food to go). But anyways - I was like a mad woman on a mission - I knew I needed eggs, a basket, something to fill the basket with and something to write a “Happy Easter!” message. 

Eggs - easy - ✓

Basket - uggh - lots of pastels and tiny ones- but I found one that was not in the easter section and it was square and bigger than the others - ✓

Filling - I found a cool, soak an egg in water and it turns into a towel but new that it wouldn’t really match the brown and tan look I was going for — then found moss - love this stuff - ✓

Something to write a message on - this one took me the longest - I really couldn’t find what I needed and I had a hand towel with an embroidered egg on it that I was going to cut out, or a bunny’s head attached to a bottle that I was going to decorate - but neither of these felt right at all so I just kept looking. And looking at my watch - I was out of time - then — this crazy ornament popped into my vision - I knew it was perfect. ✓✓

15 minutes and I was done - and if you have ever shopped with me and know how much I second guess myself - this was GOOD!

Here are my goodies all for under five dollars!dsc00843

Actually, for the record, $4.00 but I did get side tracked and found these cute memo pads that match my “To Do List” perfectly. 


Back to my Basket - Now my main supplies might have cost $4.00 but think this might have taken me close to 4 hours to complete!

I spray painted, decorated, spray painted more, polyurathaned, hot glued, hot glued more and finally was complete!


I actually had all these spray paints - yes, remember my love for browns


and black.

I then just used craft paints to decorate the eggs with stripes and polkadots. I also, by accident, realized that if you barely spray the spray paint little drops will come out and give that speckled look. Easy!


I spray painted the ordament white and then added black stripes on it and later added brown polkadots in the gaps of the stripes. 

Polyurathane everything.


Then the hot gluing began…


I filled it with moss, and lined the top of the basket with extra ribbon I had with, what else, hot glue.


I used extra sticker letters I had to spell out, “Happy Easter!” on the plaque and then hot glued that too along with a bow of ribbon to the front of the basket.


Seriously - $4.00 and more than 4 hours later it landed on my fireplace and awaits to be filled with Easter gifts.


But, very well worth it! I am so glad I did it and I had SO MUCH FUN!

Thanks again Lindsay for the fun challenge. I’m excited to see what everyone else came up with too! Head on over to Living with Lindsay’s 5 dollar Spring Challenge!

♥ Katie




17 Comments on “The 5 Dollar Challenge”

  1. 1 Amanda@mydomesticdisaster said at 7:48 pm on March 29th, 2009:

    Very, very cute! I love the colors - perfect for boys or if you don’t really want those “springy” colors. Great job - you worked hard on that!

  2. 2 Sarah said at 7:54 pm on March 29th, 2009:

    Great job! So cute!

  3. 3 Mrs. Petrie said at 8:10 pm on March 29th, 2009:

    That came out awesome! I wouldn’t have thought of painting those types of eggs. I, too, have been coveting the egg wreath, but I am waiting until they are dirt cheap after the holiday.

  4. 4 Kimm at Reinvented said at 3:56 am on March 30th, 2009:

    Wow!!! That turned out great, I LOVE the colors. I especially like your idea for the ornament, not sure I could’ve been so creative. :) Great job!

  5. 5 Holly said at 6:12 am on March 30th, 2009:

    Love it! I had seen that chocolaty egg wreath on another blog somewhere and it is just gorgeous. You did a fantastic job recreating the look!

  6. 6 gina said at 6:30 am on March 30th, 2009:

    amazing! And you made it for so little- the effort must seem so worth it!

  7. 7 songbirdtiff said at 9:27 am on March 30th, 2009:

    This is really cute! I’m amazed that you got all of this at the dollar store. Very creative.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. 8 Andrea said at 12:11 pm on March 30th, 2009:

    You and your letter stickers. I love it.

    So, you can paint on plastic with regular spray paint? I have always assumed it would just run off. You’ve enlightened me!

    Off to go get my eggs!

  9. 9 Stephanie said at 3:12 pm on March 30th, 2009:

    I loved that wreath too and your basket turned out soo cute!

  10. 10 sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said at 4:17 pm on March 30th, 2009:

    I saw these eggs at Pier One and thought they looked like chocolate.
    Yummy idea!

  11. 11 Gone Overboard said at 5:16 pm on March 30th, 2009:

    Love it, so much work, but a nice payoff

  12. 12 living with lindsay said at 6:51 pm on March 30th, 2009:

    Holy Cow! That is adorable! You SHOULD be on Design Star!

  13. 13 queenbee said at 7:00 pm on March 30th, 2009:

    Soooo creative. Great idea!!!!

  14. 14 Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said at 9:50 pm on March 30th, 2009:

    This is the cutest! You did a great job! I love that they are chocolatey!

  15. 15 Kathryn said at 2:06 am on March 31st, 2009:

    Cute basket! I love the neutral colors with dots and stripes on the eggs.

  16. 16 mub said at 5:34 am on April 1st, 2009:

    This is really wonderful! I wouldn’t have thought to paint the eggs, that sure gives a lot more options.

  17. 17 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said at 5:37 am on April 3rd, 2009:

    How adorable is that & what a difference from when you brought it home from the store. A great $5 challenge!! Glad you found a flying bunny too.

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