Tips for Cheap Craft Supplies and Some Fun Kid Crafts


The kids are out of school and this summer, when we aren’t taking advantage of all the cool free stuff we can do around town, we will be working on some craft projects.

I love crafting with my kids, but it can be pricey to get everything needed for 3 months worth of crafts for 4 kids. Over the years, I’ve learned a bit of what’s a waste and what’s worth the splurge.

Here are a few resources to help you stock up, without breaking the bank, and a few of our favorites crafts.

Stocking Up on Supplies

Shop your home – It’s always best to take stock of what you already have on hand. You probably have a good deal of supplies around the house, or can quickly save them up (think cans, paper bags, corks etc)

Shop your yard – take a bucket with you on your next nature walk, and gather little twigs, sticks, rocks and pinecones.

Dollar Tree (or some other dollar store) – drawing pads, construction paper, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, paper plates stickers, etc can all be found for $1.00; some items are even 3 or 4 for a $1.00. (There is even a great site filled exclusively with crafts made from dollar store supplies.)

Oriental Trading – Such a great place for stocking up and getting ‘everything included’ craft kids. I find that waiting a couple of weeks into the summer, after the VBS groups have ordered, things go on sale as they try to clear out the warehouse in anticipation of fall and back-to-school stuff.

A Few Of Our Favorite Crafts

Here are a few of our favorites. Many are kept in rotation year after year, because they are enjoyed so much.

God’s Eye – remember these from summer camps? So easy to make and only a few supplies needed.

Paper Bead Bracelet – hang on to some old catalogs and magazines! This craft will put them to good use, and keep your kids busy.

Kaleidoscopes – I always enjoyed the ‘paper tube with melted crayon in wax paper’ version as a kid, but this takes it to another level, using stuff you probably already have on hand.

While crafting does take some planning, to ensure everything is ready and all enjoy the process, it doesn’t have to be pricey or difficult.

About Karla Archer (25 Posts)

Karla Porter Archer is a print and web designer, technophile, writer, speaker, gifted education advocate, and mother of 4. Teaching her children about making wise and healthy choices in all areas of their lives is of the utmost importance. She is passionate about eating well, living simply, yet comfortably, and eliminating the excess clutter that overloads daily life, as much as possible. She shares her (successful and unsuccessful) attempts and efforts on Living The Life Fantastic, which she started, along with Randy Archer, after they met on Twitter, fell in love and determined to live their lives purposefully and fantastically together. Find her also at: Karla Archer and Archer Creative

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