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This post is the third in a series on using the supplies you already have at home as a crafter. You can read the first post about how you don’t need a craft store to be creative and the second on how using what you already have can super-charge your creativity here.
So after reading the first two posts in the Use What You Have series, you might still be wondering HOW you’re supposed to be “using what you have”. You have the craft stash. Or you have the craft room. Or you have some things that might be able to be transformed, but you’re stuck. So, let me help you! :)
Use What You Have: 5 Ideas To Get You Started
1. Make an assessment. Look through the materials you already have in your craft room or supply area. Sometimes organizing your supplies will surprise you as to how much and what you actually own. I rediscovered a whole book of awesome iron-on transfers recently and decided I needed to make an owl t-shirt for my daughter as soon as possible. I still can’t believe I had forgotten about that book! It made me go through the rest of that drawer and wow, I found some treasures that I will be using in future posts. :)
2. Take a tour of your house. Really. Walk around your house or apartment and keep your eyes open for things that can be re-purposed. A stack of old t-shirts can be cut up to make t-shirt “yarn” which you can use to knit a myriad of projects. Toilet paper tubes can be made into art and toys for kids. And cardboard boxes make cute dollhouses. For tutorials on how to make these projects, see the next idea.
3. Research upcycled craft projects online. There are many sites that only use common household items for crafts. And honestly Pinterest is another great source. I had never seen so many upcycled crafts in my life before Pinterest came along. It looks like this is not a new thing. :)
4. Consider the project you want to make. What could you substitute? If this is your very first time making this project, then yes, you probably should stick to the instructions. But if you’ve made it before and are just missing an ingredient, then look around for an alternative. For example, I was working on a cute little decoupaged bird the other day and realized my Modge Podge was looking really wrong. (Guess I hadn’t used it in a while!) Instead of going out and buying a new bottle, I used plain white glue that had been thinned a little with water and it worked perfectly. Even dried with a nice matte finish.
5. Trade your craft stash items. Ask your crafting friends if they want to do a stash swap. That jar of buttons that you have could be traded for some fat quarters of fabric. If you don’t have anything to trade, you might just ask your crafting friends if they have fabric remnants or any supplies that they’d like to offload. Who knows, they might just take you up on it!
This has been such a fun series to write this month as it has been something that is a part of my life for so long. I hope you’ve been inspired and encouraged to “think outside the craft store” every once in a while and that your creativity has taken some new leaps and bounds! One of my goals here at Little Girl Designs is to provide encouragement to you as a creative person as well as craft tutorials that are not only easy on the budget, but that in many cases can be created with items you already have on hand.
Happy crafting, friends!