Crafting is a wonderful thing! Craft supplies can be a budget breaker unless you think about ways to save money. Do you ever get home feeling like you need to hide the bag of supplies you just purchased? Does your hubby roll his eyes at the mere mention of a trip to the craft store.
Today I’m share a few of my own hints and tips to help you save money and still enjoy your crafty adventures.
1. Reuse and Recycle
So often we throw away great crafting supplies without even thinking about it. Glass bottles can be turned into lovely accent pieces, pallet wood can be turned into signs, cereal boxes can be turned into gift tags and embellishments and the list could go on and on.
Recycling jars, coffee cans and other items is also a great way to store and organize some of your supplies.
2. Shop Thrift Stores
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This holds very true for buying craft supplies at your local thrift stores. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, fabric, rubber stamps, vintage buttons, and so much more can be purchased for so much less than if you purchased them new. Often times there are used craft magazines that can provide lots of inspiration.
Look for thing that can be used for storage and organizing. What about an old tackle box, card file box, binders and other items for organizing your craft room.
Old housewares, frames and even men’s over-sized shirts can get a whole new look. I once made a piece of subway art from an old silverware case. My daughter still has it hanging in her house.
Thrift stores are also great from the standpoint that you’re often supporting community efforts when you shop at them.
Thrift store stamp to cute card
3. Shop Your Stash
We all have them right? The “stash” of stuff in our basements or craft rooms. That’s why thrift stores are so great for picking up craft supplies. People are ready to start over, move on, update… That needle point kit you bought 15 years ago, just doesn’t go with your decor any longer and now it’s out the door.
Patterned paper scraps from old card projects can be used for tags and embellishments. Pieces of felt can be turned into felt flowers. Use your left over beads, fabric and other supplies. You’ll be amazed at what you can come up with.
Tags made from scraps of decorative paper
4. Think Outside the Box
Re purposing is another way to save money when you’re crafting. The little gift packages above are really coffee filters that have been stamped and are ready to fill with goodies. Many crafters are turning to places like Dollar Tree and are turning out some very cool crafts with ordinary items they find.
Learn to think about every day items in new ways!
5. Shop Discount Stores, Sales and Use Coupons
The major crafting retailers have coupons all the time. Check websites for sales. Sign up for the app or the flyer. Make a list of supplies or tools that you would love to get. Now wait until you have that 50% off coupon to get some of those goodies. A paper trimmer or automatic tape gun is a nice item to save for, but using the 40% or 50% off coupon multiplies those savings very quickly.
I hope that I’ve given you a few ways to save money on crafting. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, there are still many ways to enjoy crafting. Remember the creative journey is yours. Have fun and keep on creating!
text 2018, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity
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