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52 Awesome Low-Budget Craft Projects

2 January 2011 96,781 views 27 Comments

by rhonda

Looking for some new year craft inspiration? We've rounded up over fifty great craft projects you can make with low-budget materials. What projects are on your list for the new year? We'd love to hear about them. Let us know what catches your eye on this list, and other projects you already have on your To Do list.


1. Vintage Tea Towel Notebook Cover at Lune Vintage

2. Recycled Plastic Bottle Flower Wreath

3. Book Page Apple by NoBiggie

4. Recycled Basket Stars by Gingerbread Snowflakes

5. Recycled Plastic Bottle Ring Wreath by Scene of the Grime

6. Wine Cork Bath Mat by Craftynest

7. Sew Cloth Diaper Inserts at CROQzine

8. Milk Jug StormTrooper Helmet by Filth Wizardry


9. Lego Star Wars Quilt by Modest Maven

10. Retro Red Cushion Cover by CRAFT-WERK

11. Stitched Subway Art at Brassy Apple

12. Long Mittens by A Lemon Squeezy Home

13. Deep Pocket Scarf by Delia Creates


14. Yarn-Covered Bangles by Maize in Montana

15. DIY Fabric Paper Tape by annekata

16. Silhouette Tea Towels by Bumblebaybees

17. Freestyle Crocheted Doily Wire Hanger by // Between the lines //

18. Doily Wall Clock by Free Pretty Things for You


19. Ice Candle Holder by Creative Juices for Decor


20. Book Page Necklace by Mandipidy

21. Limitless Strands Necklace (Anthro knock-off) by Flamingo Toes

22. Faux Metal Tiny House Pendant by Mich L in L.A. (such a clever idea!!)

23. Decal Penny Pendants by Just Something I Made

24. Fingernail Necklace by Aunt Peaches

25. Braided Headband at cakies


26. Pottery Barn Knock-off Mirrors (from the dollar store) by Madincrafts

27. Snowflake Specimen Art by RACKS and Mooby

28. Dresser Drawers Turned into Bookshelves by The Painted Studio

29. Mirror-Framed Art by Mich in L.A.

30. Organza Flowers at Reese Dixon

31. $2 Sunburst Mirrors at Nikki's Nifty Knacks

32. Chalkboard Chargers by Tatertots & Jello

33. Birdcage from Embroidery Hoop at Polish the Stars

34. Tiffany Blue Acorn Wreath by see kate sew

35. DIY Modern Art Plates by Craft Jr

36. Tin Foil Metallic Nightstand by Vintage Revivals

37. Doily Resist Stool by Mod Podge Rocks!


38. Art Paper Holder by Infarrantly Creative

39. Mr. Roboto Dress-Up Onesie at It's Toile Good

40. Homemade Wooden City Blocks by lilla a

41. T-shirt Trunks (aka "Fundies") by Nancy's Couture

42. Recycled Cardboard Yarn Snowflakes by Creative Jewish Mom

43. Animal Puzzle Blocks by Chasing Cheerios

44. I Heart My State T-shirt by Living With Punks

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45. Angry Birds Plush Series by Obsessively Stitching

46. Disco Bike Helmet by Dude Craft

47. 2-D Swedish Mora Clock by Shoestring Pavilion

48. Twig Dragonflies by Somewhat Simple

49. Fold Up Plastic Bags to Tiny for Storage at The Paper Pony

50. Freezer Paper Stenciling 101 by Punkin Patterns

51. Mini Cuckoo Clock from Wooden Birdhouse at Think Crafts Blog (by Dried Figs and Wood Spools)

52. Anthro Ruffle T-shirt from Dollar Store Tea Towels by Tatertots & Jello


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  • Care said:

    LOVE this roundup — and hey, there’s my birdies!


  • Shelley Smith said:

    Great projects! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Beverly @ Flamingotoes.com said:

    Wow!! What a great roundup!! Thanks so much for including my Anthro knockoff necklace! :)

  • jen @ tatertots and jello said:

    Those are all so great!! What a super wrap up!

    I shared it on my TT&J facebook page :)


  • creativejewishmom/sara said:

    Hi! Thanks so very much for including my snowflake craft in this great roundup, so honored to be amongst such great crafters. all the best to you in 2011!

  • Heather said:

    I definitely see some new projects in my future. Thanks for this awesome compilation!

  • J. Hill said:

    Thanks for including my PB Knockoff mirrors!

  • Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby said:

    Wow! Fabulous roundup! Bookmarking this for sure!! (and thanks for including my specimen art! :)

  • Peaches said:

    Well Golly Gee Thanks for including my fingernail necklace! (I’m seeing a lot of traffic through here, plus, it’s great to be in such fine company )…now Gtg scamper off to look at all these fabulous goodies :)

    Happy New Year Heather & Rhonda and everyone over here at DSC!!

  • Craftzilla said:

    Awesome roundup! I could end up surfing through these all day!

  • Mandi said:

    Hey Lady!! Thanks for the shout out!!

    love your guts

  • Allison said:

    Heather! Thank you for including me in this amazing round up of creativity! I am loving these projects!

  • andrea pokorny said:

    What a fantastic grouping of good stuff. Tweeted it! Thanks, Andrea

  • Michelle L. said:

    Whoo! What a year! Thanks for including my li’l silver house, Rhonda. So many inspirational artists here, and Dollar Store Crafts was my first inspiration.

  • Megan @ Polish The Stars said:

    Thank you so much for including my embroidery hoop birdcage! It made my week! :)

  • kami said:

    Thank you Heather for incuding me in this awesome round up! See you at CHA! :)

  • iHanna said:

    Some really funny and great tutorials in this round up. Me like!

    Happy crafty new year!

  • amanda said:

    What a great idea… and there’s something for everybody!!

  • Cheryl Heeb said:

    Great list (and not just because you included my dresser drawers shelves) :) Thanks!

  • Mod Podge Amy said:

    I never saw this – thank you so much for the feature! xo

  • chris said:

    Super.Bookmarked.Great ideas.Thank you.

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  • kelly said:

    i hated this. i can’t just go out and buy something.i wanted something that i could just find around the house.

  • kelly said:

    the only thing that i loved was those braclets that you put on the string and then make that design on it. but where do get the hoops???????????????????????????????

    (edited to remove some page-breaking extra ???s –heather)

  • heather said:

    @kelly, the bracelets are just regular thin bangle bracelets. You can find more info at the original project post: http://maizehutton.blogspot.com/2010/11/yarn-covered-bangles.html.

  • jen @ tatertots and jello said:

    What a great roundup!! Thanks for including my ruffled tee project!!


  • Krystal said:

    I like the little stool.