I wouldn’t consider myself a “crafter” per se, but we do feature crafts and projects fairly regularly here on the blog. One of the unintended consequences doing these kinds of posts is that we have a mountain of craft supplies that just does NOT stop growing! (That’s honestly one of the reasons we moved our operation out of my house and into our studio – we just needed more space!)
While our situation is a bit on the extreme side, I’m sure we’re not the only ones with a collection of craft supplies that only sees occasional use. So we thought we’d put together a few ideas of unique ways you can put that craft collection to good use.
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1. Make Craft Bags
We recently spent a fun day at our studio playing host to a group of girls who are part of a homeschooling cooperative. The girls and their moms were taking “field trips” to local businesses to learn about what they do, and we felt honored to be included! While the girls were arriving at the studio, we thought we’d keep them entertained inviting them to use some of our many, many craft supplies.
Our production manager Brittany had the idea to divvy the craft supplies up randomly into individual paper bags. This way, each girl would have their own supplies, but they could still trade and share if they wanted to. We were nervous that the girls wouldn’t be sure what to do with a bunch of mismatched craft supplies, but it turned out to be a huge hit!
The girls immediately began creating things, sharing supplies, and collaborating on their ideas. We loved seeing what they came up with, and they even asked if they could come back and craft with us again!
Craft bags would be an easy way to keep kids busy at holiday dinners, parties, or other gatherings. But why let the kids have all the fun? Have a craft bag night with a group of girlfriends for some low-key creative fun. Award a prize for the best crafty creation (or the best failed attempt). ;-)
2. Donate Them
If you’re looking to unload some of your unused craft supplies, consider donating them to a good cause. Organizations like after-school programs, womens shelters, and children’s hospitals often accept things like crayons, colored pencils, construction paper, and other craft materials. That same therapeutic feeling you get from crafting and creating can be incredibly beneficial for those who are at-risk.
Another place you may be able to donate your craft supplies is your local elementary schools. Education funds are stretched very thin these days, and arts programs are usually among the first to suffer. Contact your local charitable organizations and schools to find out if they are currently accepting arts and crafts materials.
3. Throw a Party
Have a party just for the fun of it, and decorate using your craft supplies. My daughter Britta decided to throw a “Harry Potter” themed Halloween party this weekend, and she utilized our stash of craft supplies extensively to make her decorations.
Use colored scrapbook or construction paper to make paper chains or banners. Use paint, markers, or colored pencils to turn a paper tablecloth into a custom masterpiece. And make sure to set some supplies out at the party for your guests to use! Crafting AND a party – it’s double the fun! :-)