The dollar store is a treasure trove of value. From cheap birthday cards and envelopes, to discounted candy and candles, you can't beat it when it comes to inexpensive products at a moment's notice.
One of the reasons why we love the dollar store so much is that its products can be used in all sorts of DIY crafts. Since they're so cheap, we don't feel bad about breaking them apart and turning them into something else. For example, check out all the unique things you can do with cooling racks.
Primarily used for cooling cookies, cakes, and other baked goods, these racks have a ton of other handy uses beyond the kitchen. Here's a list of 11 of our favorite cooling rack hacks.
1. Spice Rack
Spice racks are a common feature in most homes, but did you know that you can craft one out of a simple cooling rack? All you need are some pliers and a little elbow grease. Don't waste an entire cabinet on storing spices - craft this rack and start saving space today. You can learn more about this project here.
2. Shoe Rack
Drying racks like these are a must for any entryway, especially during the winter months when tracking in snow is a regular occurrence. A setup like this will ensure that your shoes always dry quickly. Learn how to build the perfect drying rack here.
3. Lid Organizer
If you're anything like me, you have too much Tupperware. Every time I go to store something, it feels like the most boring scavenger hunt ever as I sort through plastic lid after plastic lid. By placing a shallow basket underneath a cooling rack, you'll have all the plastic lid storage you could ever need.
4. Scarf Hanger
Scarves are always tough to organize and keep straight. All you have to do is attach a cooling rack to a clothes hanger to give your closet an elegant and effective scarf hanger.
5. Fabric Organizer
Just like the scarf hanger, cooling racks are a great way to organize your fabric. This is vital for anyone who likes to sew. Simply take a small cooling rack like the one pictured and tie it to a hangar. We recommend using some fun ribbon to give it a little more personality!
6. Christmas Card Display
You can use cooling racks as a cute way to display Christmas cards, birthday cards, or to make a unique photo-collage. Mount some racks on the wall, then use clothespins to secure each card or photo in place.
7. Earring Organizer
Tired of digging through your jewelry box to find that one earring you always seem to lose? Never let an earring escape again by hanging your jewelry on a cooling rack. With a couple of command hooks holding it up, this DIY earring organizer can go just about anywhere.
8. Jewelry Display
Or, if you make and sell your own jewelry, lay that cooling rack down and use it as a simple display.
9. Sunglass Rack
Just like with your earrings, cooling racks are the simplest solution when it comes to storing your sunglasses.
10. Office Organizer
Want to keep your kitchen or office organized but corkboards aren't quite your style? Use a cooling rack and some of these trendy clips to store coupons, pens, and notepads. You'll never forget to pick up milk or send that email ever again!
11. Artsy Chandelier
Everything so far has been pretty practical, but this artsy chandelier just looks plain awesome, not to mention it's easy to make. Click here for a full tutorial.