We all know that crafting can get expensive, but lets be real….we need crafting like we need food sometimes! LOL. So today I will share 10 things I do to help save money while crafting.
- I reuse old crafts – Many times I craft something that I use seasonally. Once the season is over, I break it apart and save what can be salvaged for other crafts (florals, ribbon, etc.)
- Avoid using hot glue whenever possible hot glue is my best friend when crafting, but it could ruin some crafts once removed. But if you use hot glue, it’s ok, just remove carefully so that the supplies can be reused as much as possible. An alternative could be using wire, ribbon, or jute twine instead.
- Keep scraps in a “scrap box”. Wood scraps, leftover ribbon, among other, can be reused for other crafts. You have no idea hw often I use scraps for projects, allowing me to save money while crafting.
- Use what you have at home; bottles, old pillow cases, old stuffed animals, old gift bags, old curtains, etc. I love using things that I have at home and no longer need for new things. Before going to the store to buy new things, think about what you already have at home.
- Use trash…literally. Cans, spaghetti sauce bottles, boxes, etc. All these things can be turned into beautiful home décor and organization items.
- Shop at thrift stores – this is a no-brainer. I shop at thrift stores all the time! You can find home décor that can be updated, fabrics from clothes , bedding or curtains that can be used for multiple projects. Click HERE to watch a video of me thrift shopping.
- Clearance sales at stores. Every store has a “clearance” section selling seasonal items at a very discounted price. Even if the season is over, think about saving it for next year. I do this all the time with florals and Christmas décor.
- Where do I buy craft supplies? It all depends on what I am looking for. If I need inexpensive temporary home décor I use a lot of Dollar Tree items. For supplies that I can reuse, tools , etc. I often go to Amazon. In my opinion their supplies are better quality. Walmart has really good craft items at a decent price. I avoid craft stores due to they tend to be more expensive, but when I do shop there I use coupons. Hardware stores are my favorite place to find free or inexpensive wood scraps. You can also buy a large piece of wood and have them cut it for you for a small charge, saving you money for buying in bulk. I also buy my power tools from them or Amazon. Click HERE to watch a video on how I find scrap wood at the hardware store.
- I wash my paint brushes after every single use with a wire brush. I used to save them in a plastic bag if I had multiple coats to do, but this caused some of the paint to harden on the base of my brush. Doing this has saved me a lot of money. Click HERE for a link to the wire brush I use.
- I stay as organized as possible. When I see clutter, I feel frustrated and often start cleaning and throw away more than I should. It’s good to clear out things that I won’t use, but having a place for everything, like a “scrap box” helps me save money and stay organized. Click HERE to watch a video on me organizing my studio.
Hope this information brings you a bit insight at some money-saving tips I’ve learned through the years. Have a great day!!
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