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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.