33 Ideas for Leftover Craft Supplies
. Wrap a piece around a gift package or tie a bow and it makes a creative alternative to ribbon.
. To learn how to make pom-poms, visit our easy how-to.
. Knot the ends of your strands together into one long thread. Then wind the thread around a small ball until it's covered, adding more strands as needed. Finish by tucking the remaining end into the ball. Use it as a decorative object on a shelf or desk.
. Otherwise called "crazy crayons" for their marbled look, give old crayon stubs a second chance by baking them in a shaped tin mold.
. Crayon shavings and wax paper come together to create adorable, translucent adornments for your windows that the sunlight will shine through to totally transform the room.
. Light things up in style by dipping plain white candles in crayon-tinted beeswax and giving them a colorful base.
. All you need is a roll of washi tape and a little imagination. Create funky patterns or a single statement design piece, like an origami crane.
. Using a craft punch, make your own shapes, and use them to decorate everything from school book covers to drink coasters to Easter eggs.
. Plus, you can coordinate your charger and phone by embellishing your phone case with tape, too.
. Talk about arm candy! Work with one color or print per bangle, or mix multiple fabrics to create a patchwork look.
. These pretty pansies are guaranteed to never wilt. Craft a whole bouquet for decorative brooches, gift packages, hairclips, and more.
. When filled with dried florals and herbs (like lavender), these satchets can be tucked into a drawer to freshen up folded clothes and linens.
. This does double recycle duty by beautifying a set of empty bottles too.
. Or, add a small decorative detail using a stencil and leftover paint to something like a nightstand.
. Plain, nondescript storage jars and canisters get a practical upgrade with the help of some paint and letter stencils.
. Tired of your tops sliding off hangers? Buttons are a super simple fix, adding reinforcement to padded hangers and keeping your articles in place.
. Buttons add a nice textural touch to handmade cards, making them extra special.
3. Make magnets
. You can hot-glue miniature magnets to the back of old buttons and use them on your fridge.
. Of course, you know how to tie a bow. But when combined with various colors and widths, they make a genius pinstriped giftwrap look.
. If your old cardigans are looking like it's about time for a refresh, ribbon can be turned into a belt wrap, a colorful collar, or a fabric tie.
. Coat a few strips of grosgrain ribbon with fabric stiffener and you have miniature flags to top off your cake.
. It makes a decorative statement and protects the surface from accidental spills — no need to worry about stains!
. Small pieces of wrapping paper are perfect for fashioning handmade stickers with the help of a paper cutter and some glue.
. Got a delicate package to send? Shred up your old, unused wrapping paper for some easy package filler.
Beads and Baubles
. If big enough, single beads can give drawers with missing knobs an unexpected touch of style.
. Function meets fashion with these DIY trivets that use painted beads to create a kitchen accessory that looks just as good as it works.
. Dress up a basic zipper by threading a bead right onto it. (The hole is there because the pull is meant to be accessorized, right?)
. The fuzzy, padded fabric gives your pincushion an extra soft feel.
. Make sure that you're never without a Kleenex when you need it most! These felt pouches are perfect for carrying around a few tissues in your bag.
. A felt corsage is easy enough for the youngest crafters to put together, but the finished product is stylish enough to add some fun flair to anyone's ensemble.
. They make a chic addition to bags, scarves, tablecloths, and more. Make some of your own using monochromatic threads, or mix and match colors for a more eccentric look.
. Safety pins are often used for functionality above all else, but some threaded detailing instantly transforms them into stylish accents that you can clip onto a purse or other accessory for a subtle burst of color.
. A few embroidery stitches can add more than just a pop of color to an outfit.