If you’re anything like me, you get excited when it is time to purchase the materials your want for a new project. In fact, it can get to be a bit of an obsession!
It is so easy to spend lots of time in the evening browsing new bits and pieces for future projects. But when you come to add up the whole cost of what you want, it is astronomical! But don’t stress! Check out my tip below for some cheaper ways to get your craft fix.
Firstly if you have a yarn addiction, then you’ll know that it’s pretty hard to pass up that amazing ball that they have just brought out. The problem is that one ball is rarely enough to complete any project. So you have to play it on the safe side and get at least a few balls to make sure you have enough. Then, of course, you have to find somewhere to store all your yarn.
While there are some fantastically creative ways to keep your wool organized, it might be better to lay off the yarn shopping for a while. But this doesn’t mean that you have only to use the wool that you already have.
You can cut up old t-shirts to make jersey yarn, perfect for chunky blankets or rugs. Or you can even save some serious money by buying old jumpers in the goodwill shop. Then unravel them to use the yarn again. Just make sure that you give them a good wash and dry before you do this.
Another great way of being crafty with things that would normally just get thrown out is papier-mache. This French art involves making objects out of torn up paper soaked in a glue mix. It’s a brilliant way of using up all your paper recycling.
You can make all sorts of things from papier-mache from decorative wall hangings to bowls. You can even use it for more complicated sculptures if you make a wire armature to go inside. This gives the model a structure and helps the weight of your sculpture to be held up when it’s dry.
You can also feed you craft habit without breaking your budget by looking out for coupons and vouchers. Michaels promo codes are widely available on the internet. You can also search your local publications for clip and save coupons which will help you get your overall spend on craft materials down.
Upcycling is great for the environment because it gives a new lease of life to an item that would have otherwise been discarded. It’s also great for your creativity because upcycling a piece of furniture will challenge you to both repair and redecorate it.
You can get second-hand furniture cheap from yard sales or auction site and stun them into OOAK pieces that are bespoke to your home. For some guidance on how to do this go here.