If you craft, that is if you craft a lot, you will understand the absurdity of this post.
I don’t have an official crafting room unless you count my kitchen table and several huge plastic storage bins of ziplocked supplies. And possibly a lot of stuff floating around my husbands garage hogging his work bench from real projects vs “What does my wife want me to miter saw for her next”.
For the record the most recent answer to that was wood slices. Because that’s why you need a huge ass 12″ sliding saw. To cut wood slices smaller than a nickle.
The thing with craft supplies is they breed like Gremlins. You buy one thing, say a package of beads because you needed a small specific bead for one project and now you’re stuck with 100 other beads that you have no use for in the package that you bought for that one bead.
This is a terrible habit by the way. If only because craft supplies cost money. Sometimes insane amounts of money. And I am not rich and I am very frugal and I will repeat this over and over, but this is also one of the main reasons you see me reusing everything under the sun in dozens of different projects and upcycling everything I can.
However after some time there comes a point where you will even look at the craft supply that you once loved and say “I seriously cannot think of one more Project Runway style, what can I turn you into” project. And then think what do you do with all those extra supplies floating around hogging your precious storage space (and if you read my blog you know I have issues with storage space).
The logical answer would be to stop buying as many craft supplies. But we’re not logical people, rather manufacturers are smart people. Let me give you a more detailed example. If say you want one key ring, you almost always need to buy a package of 80 and not just one. And if by some fluke you manage to buy one key ring, that one key ring will probably cost you half of what the 80 key rings will. So do you buy the one or the 80? It’s a vicious cycle.
In which case after you have the 80 key rings, approximately 75 of which you no longer have any use for after 5 more projects, what do you do with them and other craft supplies? Well I donate them to thrift stores or ask my daughter’s teachers if they could use anything. Or most recently I started to make this.
The Kids Craft Box Birthday gift.
Lots of my daughters friends are at the age where they are really into doing crafts, so I decided to start making craft boxes to go along with a gift certificate to Michael’s as a birthday present. They get cool new stuff to make crafts with, I recycle craft supplies, it’s a win/win!
This is a wooden tea box that I picked up at our local Dollarama for $2.
Got rainbow ribbon? I wonder where that came from.
Extra foam shapes. I think I step on these in my sleep.
Then there’s the I need no introduction IKEA PYSSLA beads.
If you’re wondering how long one container can last you, I’ll let you know (as the fabulous Gilit from Shoes Off Please suggested in my Instagram photo) when my grandchildren make me bracelets with them.
Add a gift card, wrap it up and you’ve got a happy, crafty birthday kid.
Make that a happy, crafty occupied kid which should lead to a happy parent. Which let’s face it, is the person who had to figure out where to put the new 100th Barbie or Transformer that their kid just opened up.
They can just step on PYSSLA beads instead. Hey it’s better than me putting in glitter…