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Thrifty Craft Supplies Makes The Difference

Anyone of us could walk into the craft store and spend a fortune on supplies. Personally, I have enough fabric and patterns to make clothes for my family for a year, but I still go back for something new! When making craft projects like scrapbooks or pictures, I like to look around the house to see what craft supplies I can find.

You don't have to spend a fortune on craft supplies to make stunning works of art. You can find wonderful supplies in common places. For instance, look outside. You can find stones, sand, shells, sticks, dried leaves, and dried flowers. All of these can be used to create beautiful projects. Leaves and the right colors of paint can make creative pictures or stamps to use on your walls. Take a look around the house as well. You can find pictures, quotes, and other decorative patterns in magazines, cards, and even junk mail. Thumb through them before you throw them away. Cut out anything you like and keep it in a file.

You can save other items around your house to use as craft supplies. Save cans, glass jars, paper towel tubes, and shoe boxes. These items can come in handy, especially if you have school age children that need craft supplies for school.

If you want to create a special photo or scrapbook from a vacation, collect your craft supplies along the way. Collect brochures and take lots of pictures along the way. I created a decorative matte for a family photo at Disney World from the brochures, free gifts (a small keychain with the ring removed), and our room keys. Don't discard items like plane tickets, movie or amusement park tickets, or room keys. They can add a personal touch and a great reminder to any photo. Seeing the plane ticket stubs again may remind you of something that happened during the flight that you may other wise have forgotten.

When you are shopping for craft supplies, you should try looking online or at the dollar store. You never know where you are going to find great supplies. You can also buy supplies at wholesale, or in large quantities if you know that you are going to use the supplies. It is not a bargain if you are not going to use it all! Ask your local art supply, craft store, or child's school for left over materials that would otherwise be thrown out. Sometimes you can get left over paint, remnants, or other materials at a discount - or free!

There are also some inexpensive craft supplies you can keep on hand if you or your children decide to do an impromptu project. Keep simple materials like white and colored paper, colorful felt pieces, craft paint in primary colors, crayons, white glue, scissors, and paint brushes. Your kids will love using piper cleaners and googly eyes, too.

In the end, what supplies you need or use will depend on your project and your taste. No matter what you need, follow these suggestions to find great craft supplies without spending a fortune!

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Craft Supplies FAQ

Question: Where is the cheapest and best place to buy craft supplies for handmade jewelry?

Answer: Make Something ( http://www.MakeSomething.NET ) has some kits and things that you can't find anywhere else.

Just a word of caution: BAAAAAAAD experiences with Auntie's Beads mentioned previously. I'd avoid completely.

Question: Where can I find really cheap satin ribbon and craft supplies? ?
Is there some website that sells craft supplies online? There is a JoAnn's fabric store near me but they suck. I am making hair bows for my dog. Are there websites that sell ribbon by the yard or that sell remnant bags?

Answer: I have been using this company for years. I like the grab bag assortments they have very very inexpensive . They ship same day and have a free shipping promotion going on now.
This is the direct link to the assortments they offer , there are three pages.

Question: Need list of craft supplies for a 3yo for the next few yrs - moving overseas where they're $$ or not available
Hello --

I am moving to Doha, Qatar (Middle East) from Houston with my 3yo and 1yo for 4-6 years. Craft supplies, I am told are either expensive, shoddy, or unavailable. Summers are HORRIFIC (avg temp 112F + 90% humidity) so we'll be inside a LOT).

We'll be making trips back to the U.S. once or twice a year, but I'd like to avoid muling things back to the extent possible.

Sooooo. . .if you were to make a list of supplies for your kids for the next few years, what would you include? For what it's worth, my son is in a Montessori preschool now. . .may not matter, but perhaps someone has ideas that embrace that philosophy. If you have ideas that will pertain to my 1yo then please let me know those as well.

Here's my short list:
scissors (blunt and pointed)
finger paints
roll paper for easel
tempura paints
construction paper
playdoh (not really a "craft", but sorta falls in the genre)
drawing paper

Answer: Coloured paper for collage (my son is four and loves this)
chalk (this can be used on a chalk board or on concrete)
textas, felt pens (i know that y son is more likely to colour if he can choose what he uses)
colouring in books
Lead pencils (my son has learnt to write his name and it is good to do it in lead pencil so if he makes a mistake he can rub it out)

That's all i can think of for now! I hope I've helped!!

Question: Looking for help with craft suppliers!?
Does anyone know of a craft supplies website that might sell ceramic animals, figures, sea themed stuff that is flat backed for using in a mosaic picture that Im doing for a college project?
Bit of a long shot, but worth a try!

Answer: You can find hundreds of craft suppliers with complete contact details from You can even send the suppliers online trade inquiry for free.

Question: Where do people get wholesale craft supplies like knitting needles and yarn to sell on Ebay?
I've looked around for wholesale dropshippers that sell this sort of item and haven't found any, yet there is a lot of that kind of product being sold on Ebay.

There is one Ebay seller in particular, wkf0316, who sells tons of double pointed knitting needles on Ebay, and the brand of needles are U-nitt.
I've researched and can't find these particular needles anywhere else. I'm sure she wouldn't tell me her source. Any ideas?

Answer: I think you need to set up wholesale accounts (for retailers) at companies that sell the items. You might call and they will want to check that you run a legit buisness. I know provocraft sells lion brand yarn and knifty knitters. My mother has a wholesale account because she runs a craft buisness.
Start contacting companies like skacel (they sell the addi turbos)

Question: Childrens arts and craft supplies online?
what are some websites that you can buy chilrens arts and craft supplies online


They have all kinds of fun and easy crafts for kids and they are affordable

Question: Looking for a catalog from kemmerlines that sells craft supplies or attachements to make wood products.?

Answer: Golf League at Fox Den and Banquet at Kemmerlines - August 12, 5:00 PM ... clean and dry newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office and school papers, and mail. ...

Question: Miniature craft supplies?
I am searching for tiny tiny plastic figurines, like animals or any kind of objects, for kids to make their own decorations for doll houses. I can't seem to find anything as tiny as they need, most of their ideas need the figurines to be 1/2" or under. Do they even make figurines that small to sell? If they do can you tell me where? I never imagined this being so difficult when the girls said they wanted to make the dollhouse and everything theirselves.

no, thats no typo, I really need things that tiny. The best thing I have found so far is tiny keys for scrapbooking, but thats the only thing I could find that would work

Answer: My first thought is to explore model railroading supplies. I know you could find items for exteriors that way. Maybe some animals, too, but not sure about interiors.

Question: What kids/toddlers craft supplies do you have?
I have 2 toddlers and I'm starting a craft cabinet. I was just wondering what some of the basic supplies that I should buy up front, not necessarily special materials for special crafts. I'm more looking for a general list that most people have that will get us going! Also, I'm trying not to totally break the bank when getting these, so if you can suggest a cheap place to find most of this stuff that would be great!

Both are boys...ages 2 & 3, I have the crayons/markers/paper, but not much else--usually we like to just play, but they seem to like to do the craft when they go to a MDO program, so I thought I'd continue when it lets out for the summer. So I just needed some ideas on some supplies.

Answer: *construction paper in variety of colors
*googly stick-on eyes
*washable markers
*washable paints
*washable stamp pads
*stickers (Target's $1 bins/Michael's $1 bins, etc)
*wooden things to paint (magnets, ornaments, picture frames--all $1 at Michael's)
*plaster animals to paint (99 cents at Michael's for set of two)
*tissue paper in variety of colors
*different papers in eye-catching patterns/colors
*apron that covers front and snaps in back (Ikea for like $3, I think)
*foam letters/numbers/animals with adhesive backing

How old are they? My daughter is three, so we use beads and pipecleaners or string to make jewelry at home, too.

Question: Catalogs/website w/ cheap craft supplies/ideas for young kids?
I'm going to be doing day care. I'm looking for catalogs that you can order inexpensive craft supplies for entertaining young kids. know of any catalogs or websites I can visit for ideas & supplies?

Answer: Oriental Trading has an awesome catalog for kids' crafts. Check out their website here:

Another great magazine for kid's activities is Family Fun. Here is their website:

Here is a site for free craft ideas for kids. Has a lot of stuff on there.

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