The dollar store is a great place to find cheap, inexpensive supplies for your DIY dollhouse furniture and accessories. While you certainly need to be discerning about what you get and it’s quality, we found some really adorable things our last trip there! So we’ve decided to make a list of all the things to look for when shopping at the dollar store for your dollhouse.
Here’s our Dollar Store Dollhouse Shopping List:
Toothpicks – Great for just about anything, and it even came in a cute canister. If you need a LOT of toothpicks, it’s probably more economical to buy at a big box retailer, but we loved the canister it came in!
Battery Operated Tea Lights – These little lights can be used in a number of ways, for lighting fixtures, for a fireplace glow – you name it!
Hair Clips & Accessories: We found all sorts of cute hair clips and barettes and headbands and more that would make for excellent accessories and decor in the dollhouse!
Socks: Dollar Store socks come in all kinds of colors and patterns and sizes, and this would be great fabric to use for bedding, or a rug, or even curtains!
Artificial Flowers: I was surprised to see an artificial flower section, and there were some cute ones that could be used for different things. They also even had packages of mini-rose petals!
Floral Wire: Floral Wire is great for making things like hangers, bending and twisting into a number of furniture pieces and accessories, fastening things together and more.
Photo Frames: What can you do with a photo frame? Make a decorative coffee table, or snag one of the small sized ones for a large photo or mirror.
Binder Clips: These are great to use as clamps when gluing and assembling dollhouse furniture and accessories.
Duct Tape: Know that super expensive cute patterned duct tape? Yup – the dollar store by me now carries it!
Stickers: Not for everyone, but can be cute for a number of different dollhouse DIY projects. For example, you could make a character themed room and use the stickers as wall decals! There are also many stickers now for card and scrapbook making at some dollar stores, so these can be great to use for easy wall decor.
Greeting Cards: We found a number of greeting cards that you could use the photos or verses for and make some cool wall art with!
Beads: Beads have a lot of different uses in dollhouses, and it’s always good to have some on hand!
Jewelry: Our dollar store doesn’t have a lot of jewelry, but sometimes you can find some nice things that will work well for various decor and accessories.
Popsicle Sticks: Great thing for many uses!
Miniature Toys: The toys at the dollar store aren’t the greatest, but with some plastic paint you can give them a decent makeover!
Party Favors: We found cute little baby carriages for a baby shower that would bave been perfect for a dollhouse.
Foam: You can carve and cut just about anything out of foam!
Stones & Pebbles: Use for making a fireplace, stairs or path leading to the entranceway or in the dollhouse garden.
Floral Marbles: So many uses for these! They are basically marbles, but they come in flat shapes and multi-colored too!
Floral Moss: Great for the dollhouse garden or if you’re creating a nature/fairy inspired scene.
Decorative Sand: Build a sandbox or accent your walkway, or maybe use for a beach scene.
Plastic Containers: All types of plastic containers you can use for your dollhouse creations!
Cotton Balls: Can be used in a number of ways, for example for filling pillows or for other applications.
Q-tips – These can be great for painting or can be used for adding other paint finishing details to small pieces.
Paperclips – Can do much with the lovely paperclip!
PushPins – Another useful thing to have handy.
Ribbon: We were impressed by the nice selection of ribbon at our local store!
So many great finds at the dollar store, and this is just the beginning of the list! They often carry seasonal items, so you never know what you can find!
Have you found anything cool at the dollar store for your dollhouse DIY projects you’d like to share with us? Anything else we should add to our shopping list? Tell us about it in the comments below!