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I found the joy of creating in my teenage years. It soothes my nerves, helps me to sit still, helps me to listen to others, and gives me something to share with those I love.
Crafting can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few ways I have discovered to keep the cost of this passion within my means.
JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s all have e-mail programs you can join to receive coupons. I recently found a great article on Pinterest about using all these coupons at one store to simplify your savings.
2.Shop Thrift Stores
Most of my fabric for my locker hooking comes from thrift store finds. I get yards and yards of never used fabric for often less than $1 per yard.
3.Shop Yard Sales
Yard Sales are great for picture frames, baskets, ribbon, and even fabric finds.
4.Use What You Have
All of us have at least one or two projects that we never finished. You might not be interested in using the supplies in the way you originally attended but I bet if you searched Pinterest you could find a way to use them for something that interests you now.
5.Use It Up to The Last Drop
I save all my leftover pieces from locker hooking until I have enough to do a crazy runner.
I use up the last of my dish cloth yarn for making soft scrubbies.
6.Use Your Library
Obviously libraries are a great place to get books on crafts for free, but they usually also have low cost or free classes available for you to learn new crafts.
7. Reuse What You Have
Look at what you already have, and try to view it in a different light. I love what this one lady did with the plastic containers that we all get several of each month.
I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to what can be made out of old t-shirts.
I once made several outfits for a baby out of a plus size skirt I got for .25 cents.
All craft stores have clearance bins where you can find marked down supplies. Fabric stores often have remnant fabric bins that make small projects very inexpensive.
9.Shop Dollar Stores
My local Dollar Tree has an entire row dedicated to craft supplies. With a little creativity other dollar store items can be turned into amazing pieces of art.
Check out the blog Dollar Store Crafts for great ideas.
I sell my dish cloths to buy more yarn to make more. It makes my addiction self supporting.
So far I have kept my selling system simple. I have an “Crafts For Sale” album on my personal Facebook page that I keep updated so that local friends can easily see what I have available and contact me with their orders.
I would love to hear how you save money on craft supplies.