rafting is a great way to express yourself and keep your creativity in check.

However, it can also be quite expensive if you're not careful. Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks out there that will help you save money while crafting! Here are five of our top tips:

1. Sharpen your scissors with sandpaper

If your scissors are dull and won't cut through fabric, use fine grit sandpaper to sharpen them. The sandpaper will remove the burr which prevents the blades from moving smoothly and cutting effectively.

2. Pick Up Glitter with a Lint Roller

If you're like me, you love glitter. It's a versatile crafting tool that can be used for everything from scrapbooking to party decor to jewelry making. Unfortunately, glitter is a pain to clean up after.

Instead of sweeping up the mess or getting down on your hands and knees with a dustpan and brush, try picking up these tiny plastic shards with a lint roller (or even betterÔÇöan anti-static dryer sheet). A quick swipe across your workspace will pick up all but the smallest pieces of glitter in just a few seconds!

3. Cardboard Box Spray Paint Booth

The cardboard box is your friend when it comes to working with spray paint. It's easy to create a DIY spray paint booth using a cardboard box, newspaper, and some tape. Here's how to do it:

4. Freezer Prevents Stringy Glue Sticks

A freezer is a great tool for preventing your glue from drying out. If you have a lot of glue sticks, or even just one or two, it's important to keep them in the freezer so they don't get stringy and unusable when you need them most.

5. Store Really Small Items in Ice Cube Trays

In a pinch, ice cube trays can be used to store small items like paper clips, bobby pins, or beads. Simply fill each section with your desired object. If you use a tray with lids (like these), you can also label each compartmentÔÇöthe labeling process itself may take longer than the actual storage!

In the end, you have to decide what works for you. Will it be cost-effective? Will it enhance your creativity and enjoyment of your crafting? Keep these things in mind as you make your choices, but also try the hacks above.

If you want to learn some ways to create crafts from your recycled materials, check out our class: Recycled Crafts: Making the Most Out Of What You Already Have.

Jul 25, 2022

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