Pinterest has a superb surplus of creative ideas. I recently saw one from the Dollar Store Crafts Blog inspired by the Alien Abduction Lamp. The blog states the importance of being original. I agree. I always look forward to seeing what others come up with, and even more when it comes to children, it is amazing what they can create on their own. In this case it was this particular child of mine and the birthday gift he made for his dad.
This is his version using even less:
now you see it
This reminds me of something we joke about when we say in Spanish: "con las uñas".
It translates to: "with the fingernails".
It refers to doing or making something without supplies or almost no money at all.
There are different suggestions on its metaphorical meaning but this is my interpretation: for example, a task requires tools like wrenches and screwdrivers, and if you don't have tools then you use other objects like forks or sticks, but if you don't have that either then you use the nails.
Uñas/Limits can enhance ingenuity. I make the comparison because what can be less expensive and more out-of-this-world than a collection of repurposed objects to recreate a 5 dollar craft that recreates the original $110 design. Here it is in all its splendor: