There are dozens of art projects you can make at home from already used products that can be very practical. For instance, do you drink wine? If yes, you can convert the wine bottle into a candleholder or a vase to hold flowers. Vases could also be made from mason jars or other glass containers that used to hold food. Check out Pinterest for more great ideas and easy tutorials.
Do you have a stack of old t-shirts just collecting dust in your closet? Look online for great (and cheap) tshirt quilts. Or, if they're just too old and worn out to donate, another great way to use what you already have and save a little cash is to make rags from the old t-shirts. Use the multiple rags that come from one t-shirt for cleaning the house. The t-shirt rags may even bring up great memories as you clean! Check out The Financial Stability Alliance’s Thrifty Crafts Pinterest Page for more repurposing ideas!
Kids can be difficult to keep entertained, but all those new high tech toys can get pretty expensive. Consider getting a little creative with your recyclables. One great project for kids is making a tornado out of a two-liter. All you need is an old soda bottle, water, glitter, and a little food coloring. Mix it all together and shake the bottle around to see the tornado form. Your kids will be entertained for hours and no money will have been spent. Check out the Financial Stability Alliance Crafts for Kids Pinterest page for more great money saving, kid-friendly activities.
If you have a yard, utilize the space! Go to the farmer’s market or a store and buy seeds for your favorite fruits and vegetables. You will save yourself some money and a trip to the grocery store, plus gardening is a fun and relaxing activity!
Kitchen supplies can also get expensive. Why not turn your kitchen into a rustic paradise with mason jars instead of traditional glasses? It’s fun and unique! Your friends will think you are super crafty and your wallet will thank you.