I love to make things. I don’t think that I’m especially artistic- I’ve never been able to paint or draw. But I really enjoy sewing, doing needlepoint, collage, paper maché and many other ‘crafty’ hobbies.
But crafts can be a great way to save money too.
For example, after we moved, we had room for a coffee table in our living room again. We didn’t want to get something that was too big, because we were luxuriating in the feeling of almost having too much space. We didn’t want to get something too heavy, because it would have to be moved whenever guests pulled out the sleeper sofa. And it had to be something that could stand up to the tests of the young kids.
I found the Lack table at Ikea, and although the regular price is only about €5.00, I scored a deal in the reduced area and only paid €3.50. Then, inspired by this post in IkeaHacker, I decoupaged some already owned fabric onto the top of the table. I really like the end look, although I’m thinking of redoing it, because the edges are coming up.
Crafting also helps you save money when you take an item that you were going to throw away and turn it into something useful. I’m sure you’ve all seen how to melt plastic bags to make the into a sort of fabric. If you haven’t, then you should check out this post, which shows you how to fuse bags together. And then there’s the ultimate in turning something disposable into something useful, although I don’t know if I would qualify composting as a craft…
My kids’ nanny knits and quilts, both time-tested ways to save money that later turned into hobby crafts. The wave of home-decorating blogs (oh, how I love thee!) also illustrate how a hobby can save you money as many of these talented and crafty women combine frugality with decorating to make their houses homier.
I don’t have time to do as much crafting as I like, and I still do most of my crafting for the joy of creating rather than looking for a way to save money. But I’m certainly happy I can do both!
Do you have any crafty, money saving hobbies?