Adventures in Card-Making

How to keep costs down

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Do you love your crafts but don’t have the money to pursue them to the full extent you’d like? There are some ways to make this happen:

  • Choose crafts that require time, creativity, skill and knowledge rather than money or lots of tools. If you’re intent on learning how to make soap for instance, you can save for the fancy molds.
  • Share tools with a group.
  • Stay close to home. You don’t have to travel to another state to learn about your craft.
  • Learn the craft well before you buy expensive equipment. You can learn a lot about photography if you buy a second-hand camera and practice. Look for used equipment on-line or on the newspaper.
  • Try not to jump from one craft to another. It’s ok to drop one’s you don’t like but it can get expensive. Plan for your supplies to last a long time.
  • Keep your tools in good working condition.
  • Buy only the supplies you’ll use. Don’t stock stockpile yarn or paper.
  • Compare prices. Buy used if possible. If your craft is seasonal, look for supplies at the end of the season.
  • Choose crafts that can translate into gifts. For instance, I make getting cards. I haven’t seen the inside of a Hallmark store since 1995!
  • Volunteer your time to teach our cart.
  • Keep travel and event costs. Figure in admission, Fees and gas.