How many of you remember when you had time to do crafts? Crafting is a great stress reducer, and it can also help you change things around your house for very little money. It may even be a way of adding income to your household.
Have you ever made a rag basket? A rag rug? Ever thought about quilting? Taking worn out clothing or linen and turning it into a gem for your house or a gift, or even for sale at a craft fair? How about caning? Reeds are free when you pick them yourself. Caning old chairs or making baskets might be a thought.
Save candle wax from old candles. Clean it up and remelt it into used containers. Stick in a new wick and you’ve got yourself a whole new candle. You’re recycling and getting new candles for the price of a wick.
Refinishing old furniture or, as one of my friends does, painting old furniture can spruce up your house. If you buy used furniture, you could inexpensively turn it into a quality piece.
How about making a sculpture of used items? A cork board from wine corks? Or even a mosaic out of old glass? There are so many ideas out there. I would love to open this blog up to you all and hear what crafty ideas you have. Please do so in the comments.
I’m not going to get into the details of each crafting project we’ve mentioned here because, frankly, I don’t know how to do all of them. But there is a website one of my colleagues told me about for both inspiration and an online store for selling your crafts. http://www.etsy.com. Another I found on my own is http://www.suite101.com/content/recycled-family-crafts-a17404. One more great site for DIY project ideas is http://www.instructables.com/.
Have an idea for a craft project? Look up instructions online. Make it a hobby and sell your wares at craft fairs, yard sales, or online. It’s fun, relaxing, and can bring in some extra money!