If you love to craft but are strapped for cash, don’t despair. There are a number of really neat ways to channel your creative energy without breaking the bank. Five-dollar crafts make excellent gifts or are a fun way to decorate on a tight budget. Here are four neat ideas to try.
Coffee Bean Tea Light Holder
Perfect for either a romantic dinner or even a festive party, these coffee bean tea light holders cost next to nothing to make and add a great deal to any table.
To make one, get a small, decorative glass bowl and fill it halfway with coffee beans. Set the tea light on top of the beans and fill the remaining portion of the dish. This project is very simple, so find additional ways to personalize it and make it your own.
Designer mugs are so cool, but they can be expensive. Save a ton of money by using a cheap ceramic mug (which works best for this project anyway) to create your own personal design. This craft is perfect for the coffee or tea lovers in your life and allows you to embellish the mug in a truly unique manner.
Take a piece of paper and trace out the surface of your mug to give yourself a planning space. Make a mock drawing of your mug design, freehand or using stencils. You can choose to isolate your design to one side of the mug or even have it wrap around the entire thing if you feel like it.
Once you’re satisfied with your mock-up, clean the mug thoroughly with alcohol wipes to prep it. Draw your design on the mug this time, using eyeliner first so that it is easy to rub off if you make a mistake. Paint over the eyeliner with the paint pen, and allow it to dry for 24 hours.
Next, you’ll want to put the mug in a cold oven and allow it to warm to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Once preheated, allow the mug to bake for 30 minutes.
Let the mug to cool completely before filling it with tea, candies, or anything else you wish to add. Whether you’re keeping it for yourself or giving it as a gift, make sure everyone knows to wash this mug by hand to preserve the designs.
Decoupage Wood Box
If you need a box for storage or even a place to put a gift for someone special, decoupage is a fun and inexpensive craft. You can buy small wooden boxes at most craft stores.
First, you will need to prep the project. Cover your work area with newspaper, and gather all your decorative paper and embellishments. Cut the paper into small strips or other shapes as desired and get an idea of how you want to lay them out on the box.
Wipe your box with a clean cloth to remove dust that will interfere with adhesion, and coat a small area of the box with glue. Then, do the same on the back of your paper pieces and start placing them on your box, overlapping them a bit. Smooth out the pieces with your fingers as you go. Once you have the box covered, allow it to dry for 24 hours. Add a second coat of Mod Podge after the first is dry. Apply embellishments using more Mod Podge or hot glue.
If you love candles but don’t have the money for the expensive ones you want, try making your own version. The supplies for this craft are inexpensive and making several candles of different heights gives you a really fun and modern grouping that is perfect for a table centerpiece or just to set around the house.
Pour your sequins in a shallow bowl; this makes them easier to pick up. Starting at the bottom of the candle and working your way up, cover the candle with sequins, using the straight pins to hold them in place. Space the sequins, leaving as much room as you desire in between.
When your decorating is done, place your candle in a small holder or on a glass plate. You can even repurpose a saucer or other small plate to keep the budget for your project down.