How to Buy Craft Supplies On a Budget

Last updated on June 13th, 2019
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Once upon a time, making handmade gifts used to be the cheaper and more meaningful way out. Unfortunately, those golden days of inexpensive crafts are long over.

Nowadays, in almost every circumstance using your creativity to make a beautiful handmade gift will cost you far less than simply buying one off the shelf.

The reason?

Crafting products are an extremely lucrative business venture. Like us, if you’re looking to buy craft supplies on a budget, then today’s article has been written just for you: read on to unleash your inner frugal side. You’ll never be the same again.

Don’t buy.

You heard us right. The best way to buy craft supplies on a budget is… not to buy them at all.

Step back for a minute and take a look around your own home; you’ll be surprised at the things you can find. Merely snooping around the kitchen will yield you empty milk cartons, egg cartons, cardboard from cereal boxes and other packaging, rolls of paper towels, glass jars that once held food and so much more!

Upcycling existing materials is the most efficient and affordable way to unleash your inner creativity. Once you’re done scourging the house, then you can move on to the actual buying.

Find a yard sale

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Local yard sales are a great way to find craft supplies for cheap. Scroll through the garage sale section in Craigslist and search for “craft supplies”; you’ll find an entire list of garage sales near you where you can buy supplies and fabric at an affordable price. It’s good to remember that some of these may be second hand and not in peak condition – the point though, is they’re budget friendly.

Thrift stores

Thrift stores are your go to place to find amazing and affordable anything! Their modest exterior hides a collection of treasures that your wallet will fall in love with. Thrift stores have all sorts of new and used items. As well as taking a look at the crafts area, be sure to keep an eye out for the following:

  • Fabric in the form of pretty bed sheets and table covers. If there’s a lace trim or embroidery, then that’s simply an added bonus: it gives you a great starting point for your craft.
  • Jewelry and beads which you can dissemble and reuse in your crafts.
  • Magazines which you can either read and/or use in scrapbooking.

Head on over to

If you’re unfamiliar with this infamous site, then prepare to have your eyes opened. is honestly every fabric lover’s dream. As well as the ordinary cottons and synthetics, the site offers unique fabric pieces including a lot of character prints, patterns and notions. You can save a great deal when fabric shopping by buying things in bulk. The site offers discounts of 5%, 15%, and 20% for 2-14 yards, 15-34 yards and 35+ yards of fabric respectively. By buying your fabric in bulk you can save a great deal of money in the long term.

Online retail stores

Nowadays, we can get just about anything online. Sites like Amazon, eBay, and Overstock offer exclusive craft supplies to tempt even the most resilient of buyers. The trick with shopping online is that you need to lookout for the budget-friendly discounts in order to buy. Regularly check in with the retail stores and buy your supplies in bulk when there’s a sale going on. This way, your wallet stays safe and you are also happy.

Dollar stores

Dollar stores are your one-stop shop if you’re looking for all sorts of craft items for just a single pound. As well as checking out their craft section, make sure to take a look at office supply and party supply too. Some great things to buy from these stores are glitter, washi tape, glues, vases, beads, paint brushes, etc. Glitter

Shop from Ebates

If you’re new to Ebates, then do check out this budget-friendly store. Ebates hosts a bunch of different retailers, many of which provide amazing cash-back offers upon purchase. Moreover, you get a generous bonus when signing up for the first time too. If there are no sales and discounts nearby and you just have to get craft supplies aaand your wallet is drawing its last breath, then this online store is definitely the place to go.

The unconventional things we either have or can buy for cheap

Crafting is all about letting your inner creative powers flow. Below are some unconventional, yet highly useful, supplies which you can both use in your art and save a good deal of money on at the same time.

Nail polish and old makeup

Trusty polishes come in extremely pigmented and bright colors which make them a great material as paints. They also dry quickly and provide a beautiful enameled finish (just make sure you leave the room’s doors open when using them).

In the same way, you can also use old lipstick, eyeliner, mascara and just about any piece of old makeup that either didn’t match or has simply become too dry to use.

Nail polish and old makeup

There really is no better substitute compared to mother nature itself. Colorful petals, leaves, fir, bark, seeds and even gorgeous little seashells and rocks are sure to brighten up your art any day.

Old books

We all have one or two in stock that we either completely regret buying or have read so many times that the whole thing is in tatters. Use these pages as scrap or take some aesthetic bookstagram pictures with them too – don’t throw them away.

Did you use one of these tips?

No matter how frugal they try to be even the most careful of crafters accidentally end up binging from time to time. Don’t worry – as long as you can save for wallet on most days, the odd shopping day or two are alright. 

If you used one of these tips let us know in the comments below!

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