Frugal Crafts- 15 Easy Craft Ideas

I love crafts that are inexpensive and easy on the pocketbook so that is what this hub is all about. You don't have to go out and buy a bunch of expensive craft supplies to produce a stunning finished project. Sometimes you have everything you need right in your own home. If you don't, there are stores out there like the Dollar Tree. It is one of my favorite places to shop.. when I am there I feel like a kid in the candy store! You wouldn't believe all of the potential crafts you can do with Dollar Tree items and they even have an actual craft section.

The crafts I chose to feature in this hub are made with things that you can find for free, things you already have or things you can buy super cheap at places like the Dollar Tree. These crafts have that definite wow factor you are looking to create. Click on each link below for the detailed tutorial.

One more thing- many of these would make beautiful handmade gifts as well :)

Colorful Tiered Trays
Colorful Tiered Trays | Source

First up are these pretty tiered trays that are made with silver plastic serving trays and glass candle holders that were purchased from the Dollar Tree. You could make these in different colors according to what occasion you are using them for. I think they would be nice to store jewelry on and things like that if you had the room for them or to hold party foods like cupcakes, etc.

Yarn Word Art
Yarn Word Art | Source

I fell in love with this yarn word art. It was made using pipe cleaners wrapped with yarn.. so simple yet so cute. Yarn isn't too expensive and you get lots of it in just one package so you can definitely get your money's worth using it for projects like this. This is also a great way to get rid of any left over yarn you might have from finished crochet projects in the past. I think these yarn words would make pretty wall art.

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These magazine paper bowls are amazing and perfect for those of you who love to recycle things and make them into crafts. What I love about these is how easy they are to make. You might have to put a little bit of time into it but it is worth it. If you don't prefer the natural look, you could always spray paint them your color of choice. One of my favorite colors is silver. It can make anything look fabulous.

Rosette Hair Clips
Rosette Hair Clips | Source

Make these cute sweater rosettes from old pieces of clothing. These particular ones were made from a felted sweater and they are darling! What I love about these is that you can use pretty much any material to make them unless it frays really easily and if that's the case, you can burn the edges a bit to stop the fray. You can make these into hair pieces, pins, brooches, etc. Be sure to click on the link for a wonderful tutorial on how to make a rosette hair clip.

Cute Post It Note Holders!
Cute Post It Note Holders! | Source

How cute are these post it note holders!? It is a great way to use up leftover scrapbook paper or you could even use the thin cardboard from old cereal boxes to make them. The post it notes themselves are cheap too, even at Wal-Mart but you may even be able to find something similar to them at the Dollar Tree since they have quite a large office supply section and that would be even better! I think these would make cute little gifts, especially for teachers.

Paper Bag Pumpkin
Paper Bag Pumpkin | Source

Another frugal craft is this paper bag pumpkin that would be cute for fall decorating. Lots of us have brown lunch bags in our homes already but if not, you can get a pack of them at places like Walmart and I think the Dollar Tree may even have them. Although this one is lunch bag size, I don't see why you can't make one out of any size brown sack. I think a whole family of pumpkins would be cute and you could also add the jack o lantern facial features for Halloween if you wanted :)


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Do you have a supply of paint sample cards you have been saving? I must admit, when I'm at Lowes or Home Depot I grab a few each time and have saved up quite a collection. You never know when "paint fever" will hit! Anyway, I fell in love with this heart punch wall art made using paint sample cards. It may look expensive to make but you don't have to pay full price for the supplies for this project. Use the 40% off coupons at Michael's for the punch of your choice and the pack of canvases. Once you have the punch and the canvases, grab your paint sample cards and start punching. It's simple to do and inexpensive too and I can't think of a better way to use up those paint sample cards. This tutorial was a guest post at IHeart Organizing via Honey We're Home.

Flower Ink Pen Craft
Flower Ink Pen Craft | Source

These flower pens are cute as can be as well as cheap AND easy to make. I'm not sure if the Dollar Tree has florists tape but it might, that store surprises me sometimes. If not, you can grab it at WalMart or Michael's for a few dollars. Then grab a pack of pens and some artificial flowers and a package of stones at the Dollar tree.. and you are good to go. You can use a small jar to hold your pretty flower pens like in the photo or I've even seen them held in a small terracotta pot with stones. It looks like a pot of flowers but it's actually pens. What a cute gift that would make!


zipper rosette
zipper rosette | Source

My new favorite craft is zipper flowers. Are these not the cutest things you have ever seen? Zipper flowers are another low cost craft option for sure. You can make these into hair pieces, brooches or whatever you like. I found for myself that zippers are fairly cheap on Ebay and Amazon. You basically just do a straight stitch down the edge of the length of the zipper, gather it up and roll it together and glue it. See the link for a detailed tutorial.

Newspaper Rose Wreath
Newspaper Rose Wreath | Source

I fell in love with this newspaper rose wreath. Did you know that you could take newspaper and make it into something like this? It's amazing! I love the pastel colors used but you could easily change up the colors to match any holiday or occasion. I can picture using these to make a large, full round wreath or even some sort of garland.. this is truly an inexpensive yet amazing craft.

Jute Wrapped Bottles
Jute Wrapped Bottles | Source

I love the natural look of jute and you will find no project easier to do than these pretty jute wrapped bottles. Just save or collect old bottles of different shapes and get some jute. The last two times I bought it I got it at the Dollar General but I'm sure other dollar stores have it too. It was a large spool and I was able to do many projects with it. For these bottles, you simply wrap the jute around and around and glue in place. I think the finished bottles look very nice.

Jute Wrapped Mason Jar Luminary
Jute Wrapped Mason Jar Luminary | Source

As inexpensive and fabulous as jute is, I couldn't settle on sharing just one jute project. Here is a jute and lace covered jar lantern and I love the shabby chic look of it! Think how pretty this would be with a flameless tea light inside or even with some pretty flowers in it and I love that it has a handle for hanging.

Constellation Jar
Constellation Jar | Source

I think this DIY constellation jar is a really neat craft and inexpensive too. You basically take a disposable tin pan and punch some holes into it, put in a jar and add a light inside and viola, you have made your own constellation. You can punch an accurate representation of the constellation with the big dipper, etc or do it however you like. The result is a pretty star filled room. This project was found at Design Mom via this heArt of mine.

Button Snowflake Ornament
Button Snowflake Ornament | Source

I really fell in love with this button snowflake ornament. I can picture my Christmas tree full of them. The reason why I thought this was a good inexpensive craft is because many of us have buttons and wire hangers on hand and if not, I have seen buttons super cheap on Ebay, especially if you buy them in bulk and as far as wire hangers, I have heard that cleaners will give them away for free if you ask but even if not, you could easily substitute any good and sturdy wire for this. It is reasonably priced in the floral section of craft stores.

Egg Carton Ladybugs
Egg Carton Ladybugs | Source

I just couldn't leave out these egg carton ladybugs. What a cute little craft this is! Lots of us purchase eggs, so start saving the cartons and make some of these cuties. These look to be made out of the cardboard/paper type egg cartons but the foam ones would work well too.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Lots of good crafts here and I particularly like the tray with candleholder among the others. Thanks for sharing all of these Jamie. They will go into bookmark archives, voting up and worth sharing to all the possible crafters out there. And Pinned.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great ideas Jamie! I'll link this to my frugal hubs to give everyone more options. Love this hub!


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tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

thank you so much for this great hub! i think these are some really cute ideas...especially the constellation jar, which i may just happen to try at home! blessings!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Cute ideas and awesome pics! Crafts are fun, but then again, my crafts end up looking like a third grader's half the time, LOL. Fun hub! Shared and tweeted.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

carol- Glad you enjoyed it :) I finished it last month but completely forgot about it until recently when I was going through my hubs and notice it wasn't published. Sometimes I have to wonder about myself LOL! Thank you so much for the votes up, sharing and for pining!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Bill- Thank you for dropping by...It's always nice to see you :) Thank you so much for linking to my hub here... I really appreciate that!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

tiffany delite- You are so welcome.. glad you enjoyed it. That constellation jar is really neat.. I thought about how cute it would be to punch small shapes out of it, things besides stars, even somehow cutting a name out.... I think it would be really neat to see it lit up on a wall... Let me know if you decide to make one. Thanks so much for all your visits to my hubs!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

cclitgirl- Ya know what.. it's okay- as long as you are having FUN that's all that matters :) Thank you for dropping by! So glad you enjoyed the hub, thank you for sharing and for the tweet too!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cute crafts. I really love the button snowflake..all of them are totally awesome craft ideas. Great job!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

rebeccamealey- Thank you so much :) I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love the rope ideas and the flowers. I am certainly going to keep these in mind for when I get a moment to create. Voted up++ and shared.


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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

There are some lovely ideas in this hub. I shall have to go back and check them out again, but I do like the constellation jar and the rope bottles, newspaper wreath - actually they were all cool. Thanks for sharing.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

teaches- I loved those wrapped bottles too...especially since I know I can get a big spool of jute at the dollar store! I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub...thank you for the votes up and for sharing :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

tebo- You are welcome.. thank you for stopping by! I love all of them too.... I can't wait to make a few of them!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You know how much I enjoy your craft articles! This is another great round up of ideas. I love projects that don't require expensive materials.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Love the button snowflake.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Rose- Thank you :) I am dying to do some of those jute wrapped bottles!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Maren Morgan M-T - Thank you for dropping by.. the snowflake is one of my faves as well :)


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

They are very interesting ideas for crafting and those amazing creations are really made of materials which are readily available so that encourage readers to try. I vote up this hub useful, beautiful and interesting.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great ideas I love the paper frame and the snowflake. Enjoyed your hub voted Up...


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great hub and all great craft ideas within this well written hub !

Vote up and more !!!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I love all these ideas! My favorites are the zipper flowers and egg-carton ladybugs. So cute and creative :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

agusfanani- Thank you :) I'm very happy you enjoyed it!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

moonlake- Thank you for dropping by... I love that snowflake too.. in fact, I'm thinking about making a few of them soon because I have a ton of white buttons just waiting to be used :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

kashmir- Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Om Paramapoonya- I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! About the zipper flowers, I've made a few of them and I have to say, they are very easy and quite addictive! Thanks so much for dropping by :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What great ideas -- some of them even work as moneymakers for service organizations. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

alocsin- Thank you :) Yes, I think lots of these could be great for that.. what a great idea! Thank you so much for visiting and for the votes up!


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Hae Eun Park 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great craft ideas! They make me excited for the Holidays and what I'm going to make my friends this year :D

Keep on hubbing!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hae Eun Park- Thank you! So glad you found this hub inspiring. Hope you have lots of fun creating cute stuff for your friends :)


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Many favorites in this group--no surprise. This is a neat group of outside-the-box crafts--the punched paint chip art is delightful, and the lady bugs make me want to cut up my egg cartons and go wake up the neighbors' kids, but I think I'm going to put either the sweater rosettes or the newspaper rose wreath at the top of the list. :)


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MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

Cute ideas, love the ladybugs!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni- Thank you... so glad you enjoyed the hub! My faves were the sweater rosettes and newspaper flowers. I just love flowers that are made from anything. I'm planning to make some of the egg carton critters with my little one.. was thinking the other day how cute a caterpillar would be made from those as well. Thank you for dropping by here!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

MomsTreasureChest- Thank you.. glad you like them and appreciate you stopping by!


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alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I love the tiered trays and the constellation jar ideas! I think I'll be making some of the tiered trays as Christmas gifts. Such a cute idea and super affordable! Thanks for sharing. :-)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

alisharenee- Oh yes.. those tiered trays are so easy and would make very nice gifts for sure! So glad you enjoyed the hub... thanks so much for dropping by!


Traci {Beneath My Heart} 3 years ago

Thank you so much for featuring my post it notes and for telling me about it. :)

Blessings!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Traci- You are welcome.. thank YOU for taking the time to do a tutorial and sharing it on your blog. I think your post-it note holder is super cute! Also, thanks for dropping by to see the round-up :)


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

So many cute ideas! The ladybugs, the flower pens, and the magazine bowls are my favorites. Voted up.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Millionaire Tips- Thanks for dropping by and for the vote up! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.. I have been wanting to make some of those flower pens for quite some time now :)


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afaceristonline 3 years ago from Romania/Severin

Very good work good post success


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

afaceristonline- Thank you, glad you enjoyed this and thank you for dropping by!


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carozy 3 years ago from San Francisco

These are very creative re-uses of household objects. Fun projects and great hub!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Carozy- Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Another bunch of inexpensive but cute and pretty craft ideas! I always enjoy reading about the great craft ideas you come up with! Or find on the Net so I don't have to hunt them down myself . . .

I especially like the yarn word art, the sweater rosettes, and the post-a-note holders. I always like newspaper crafts too.

So many of these things could be jazzed up to be cool for Valentine's Day. A little paint, sequins, rhinestones, or glitter added to the yarn word 'love' or 'hugs' or 'kisses' and you have a keepsake valentine.

Voted up, beautiful, useful, and awesome! Will share.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Au fait- Thank you for dropping by and so glad you enjoyed the hub! Yes, I think lots of these would make super cute Valentine's gifts... especially with a little sparkle added. Thank you for the votes, feedback and for sharing. I really appreciate it :)


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dragonflyfla 3 years ago from South Florida

Love the trays! I am going to have to try that one.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

dragonflyfla- Thank you.. I love the trays too. I hope to be able to give that one a try sometime :)


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Green Art 3 years ago

If I had to choose a favorite of any of the projects listed here, it would have to be the paper roses. They look so awesome I'll have to try to make some.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Green Art- Thank you for dropping by.. so glad you enjoyed the hub! I know what you mean about the paper roses.. I love that you can take something as common as newspaper and turn it to something so fabulous!


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Wow! I love the Constellation Jar and the Paint Sample Punch Art. You are so creative!


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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Great ideas, awesome hub!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

SidKemp- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

IslandBites- Thank you so much :)


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Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

It's great to make such great crafts out of such limited resources and funds. Excellent and voted up.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Hezekiah- Thank you so much for dropping by and for the vote up! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)


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rls8994 3 years ago from Mississippi

I love the constellation jar and the egg carton ladybugs are precious!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

rls8994- Thank you! Yeah, the jar is one of my faves too :)


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BNadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

Love all these ideas, I like using what I already have, too. These are all great ideas that I'll be pinning. I especially like the tiered trays and all the things to do with jars since I have so many at home. :)


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Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas Author

BNadyn- Thank you so much! I'm glad you found this hub useful!!


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Robilo2 3 months ago

Pinned this article to my DIY Board... nice article- still relevant.

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