crafts http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5637/all en-US 10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-544716754.jpg" alt="Woman using things she already owns to make a tote bag" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Need a bag to carry your stuff around, but don't want to head to the store to buy one? No problem. You can make a sturdy tote by upcycling things you already own. It's possible to make a pretty awesome tote bag without spending any money at all. Here are 10 items that you can easily transform into a tote.</p> <h2>1. T-shirt</h2> <p>If you have an old T-shirt in your closet, try <a href="http://www.mommypotamus.com/no-sew-t-shirt-tote-bag-tutorial/" target="_blank">turning it into a tote bag</a>. This no-sew tutorial takes just 10 minutes to complete. You'll need some sharp scissors and a washable marker. Cut the sleeves and neckline area off your shirt. Then figure out how deep you want your bag to be. Cut fringe at the base of your to-be bag, turn it inside out, and tie the fringe.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can leave the fringe out for a more stylish look.</p> <h2>2. Wool sweater</h2> <p>You can make a <a href="http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-make-green-tote.html" target="_blank">felted tote bag using an old wool sweater</a>. Just wash the sweater using hot water and dry on high heat. This will make the fibers shrink and ultimately add strength to your bag. Cut the arms and neckline out of the shrunken sweater. Turn it inside out and then stitch along the bottom to close.</p> <p>You can also fold over the edges of the strap and hem if you like, but felted wool likely won't fray much if at all.</p> <h2>3. Jeans</h2> <p>Maybe you've recently lost some weight and are looking for ways to use your discarded roomy jeans. Make a tote out of 'em.<a href="http://www.craftymisadventures.com/2012/10/upcycled-denim-purse.html" target="_blank"> Upcycled denim</a> makes a particularly ingenious tote that has built-in pockets. What about a handle? Use the leg seams! It's super simple and will stand up to heavy loads. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Blue Jeans</a>)</p> <h2>4. Rice bag</h2> <p>Do you buy your rice in bulk? Keep the bag! Once you slice and dice it a bit, you can sew around the edges and <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Reusable-Grocery-Bag-Made-From-a-Rice-Bag/" target="_blank">make a durable grocery bag</a> that will last for years. You only need a few tools: scissors, a needle, and nylon thread. The rest is in the magic of folding it into the classic grocery bag shape and sewing it up.</p> <p>You can follow this exact same process using any stiff bag. <a href="http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/01/make-your-own-feed-bag-tote.html" target="_blank">Feed bags for chickens</a> and other livestock make great choices as well. This type of bag is exceptionally easy to clean. That's great news if you plan to use it to pick up produce at the farmers market.</p> <h2>5. Place mats</h2> <p>Use place mats for this<a href="http://www.papernstitchblog.stfi.re/2016/06/01/budget-friendly-diy-crossbody-bag/" target="_blank"> DIY cross-body bag</a>. To make it, lay the place mats atop one another, inside out. Start at the bottom seam and thread with an embroidery needle. Stitch along three sides of the mats, leaving the top open. Turn bag right-side out. To add a strap, pull a loop from the inside of the bag. The tutorial says to then thread a purse strap through the loop on both sides.</p> <p>If you don't have a purse strap to use, consider braiding a thick rope using old T-shirts to your desired length.</p> <h2>6. Rag rug</h2> <p>You can complete a very similar project using an<a href="http://atticlace.blogspot.com/2013/06/diy-rag-bag-i-recently-picked-up-some.html" target="_blank"> old rag rug</a>. Fold your rug in half and pick up one of the corners to invert it slightly. (This will give the bag a nicer shape.) From there, you stitch both sides using an embroidery needle and floss. The author of this project used a yard of burlap to create a strap. Divide the yard in half and then sew onto the inside of the bag by hand. Yes, by hand. As you can imagine, the rug is likely too thick to run through a sewing machine.</p> <h2>7. Bed sheet</h2> <p>Here's a tote bag that will also transform<a href="http://www.brit.co/tote-blanket/" target="_blank"> into a picnic blanket</a> for those on-the-fly gatherings. What do you upcycle in this case? A full-size cotton bed sheet! This project may take you an entire weekend to complete, but it's well worth the effort.</p> <p>Lay out the sheet horizontally. You'll first cut out a square of fabric that will serve as the blanket. Then you'll use what's left over to make the tote. You eventually attach the two pieces so it's all connected and handy. The strap for this bag is made from the thicker piece at the top of the sheet.</p> <h2>8. Beach towel</h2> <p>This<a href="http://www.morelikehome.net/2015/09/beach-towel-tote-tutorial.html" target="_blank"> beach towel tote</a> helps you carry stuff to the beach and then soak up sun without getting sandy. You just need two towels. To sew the tote, start by making a comfortable pillow that you fill with stuffing. I think this project could also work if you leave the whole pillow portion out. Either way, you'll end up folding in the sides of the pillow to roll into the bag form. Then you sew a fabric pocket on the outside and make your straps. Boom. Beach bag.</p> <p>For the pocket and straps, it's helpful if you have a stronger fabric. Duck cloth works well, but you may also use old jeans.</p> <h2>9. Broken umbrella</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VcQS27AnM1M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>We all have a wonky umbrella somewhere in a closet just waiting to be turned into this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcQS27AnM1M" target="_blank">DIY tote bag</a>. The bonus here is that the bag will be so compact that you can stash it almost anywhere. To make this bag, you'll need some thread, pins, and a needle. You'll also need to create a rough pattern and find a patch to cover the hole where the fabric used to attach to the umbrella.</p> <p>To detach the umbrella fabric from its frame, carefully snip the thread that attaches it. Check for any holes and patch them. Fold the fabric in half, trace and cut to your pattern. Then sew along all the edges by hand or using a sewing machine.</p> <h2>10. Plastic bags</h2> <p>Plarn is yarn made from discarded plastic bags. You make it by simply laying a plastic bag out flat, removing the handle portion, and cutting the rest into strips. You then tie two strips together, then three, and so on, before rolling your upcycled yarn into a ball to use as you like.</p> <p>Once you've made a ball of your own plarn, you can knit or crochet up dozens of cool things. Here's a tutorial for a<a href="http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/07/03/crocheted-plarn-tote-bag/" target="_blank"> plastic yarn tote bag</a> that will long outlive all your individual plastic bags. You'll need a size 9-mm metal hook and crochet skills. When you've completed the project, your bag will measure approximately 12 inches wide by 12 inches long with a 4-inch bottom that expands. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags?ref=seealso" target="_blank">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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They are full of good ideas &mdash; for people with money.</p> <p>Consider this advice: The cheapest way to remake a space is with paint. Yes, repainting the walls or your furniture is one of the more affordable ways to redecorate. However, I still cringe when I repeat this mantra to other budget decorators because I remember a time in my life when I was too poor to afford $60 in paint. Also, even if I had the money to repaint the places I lived in when I was a starving student (dorm rooms, my office), they didn't allow me to paint over the high gloss, Navajo White paint that covered the walls, ceilings, and moldings like a membrane of sadness.</p> <p>Fortunately, there's a fantastic, free design tool available at every paint store that you can use to spiff up your lodging: paint card (or chip) samples.</p> <p>In researching this story I realized that many of these projects are scalable. You can scale greeting card instructions up to make wall murals, table tops, and headboards, and scale quilt patterns down to make tiny art pieces. Use this list as a jumping off point!</p> <h2>1. Butterflies Are Free</h2> <p>Well, almost. For the cost of a <a href="http://amzn.to/2crmdHk">butterfly stamp punch</a> you can create a kaleidoscope of butterflies anywhere you want. (Vocabulary geeks please note that kaleidoscope is the <a href="https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/call-group-butterflies-fa80701d0ec8218">actual collective name</a> for a group of butterflies, I'm not just making a paint chip color pun)! Frame your paint chip butterfly collection <a href="http://vi.sualize.us/i_love_intricate_paper_from_family_business_almond_tree_designs_this_framed_erfly_artwork_is_189_but_there_are_many_more_beautiful_things_on_their_website_decor_erflies_color_art_picture_oPca.html">under glass</a> as a charming reference to the real thing, create <a href="http://www.itsnotbadatall.com/funny_pictures/html/Paper_Butterflies-2432.html">3-D sculptures</a>, or use them to <a href="https://www.blog.brightstarkids.com.au/decorating/butterfly-art-using-paint-swatches/">decorate your walls</a>, gifts, or cupcakes.</p> <h2>2. Bookmarks Galore</h2> <p>Turn a paint chip into a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Bookmark-from-Paint-Samples/">gift tag</a> or <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/550002173227282761/">bookmark</a> for your favorite bibliophile or design maven.</p> <h2>3. Channel Your Inner Jonathan Adler</h2> <p>I will see your <a href="https://urbanrusticblog.com/tag/tea-towel-wall-hanging/">Jonathan Adler tea towel</a>, and raise you a <a href="http://vivafullhouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html">Thanksgiving table runner</a>, a <a href="http://www.nestbuilding101.com/2012/04/cheap-trick-give-away.html">monogrammed door placard</a>, and <a href="http://rightathelm.tumblr.com/post/27175465334/diy-paint-chip-art">this giraffe family</a>.</p> <h2>4. Pantone Masterpieces</h2> <p>Own your own pixelated <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3042011/famous-art-recreated-from-pantone-color-chips/1">Van Gogh</a>, Vermeer, Munch, Magritte, or da Vinci, with the help of Pantone color chips.</p> <h2>5. Magnets</h2> <p>Turn your leftover Pantone chips from your pixelated masterpiece project into <a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-pantone-chip-magnets.html">magnets</a>.</p> <h2>6. Give New Life to Old Needlework Patterns</h2> <p><a href="http://design-milk.com/ixxi/">Ixxi</a> is a Dutch company that allows you to create large-scale wall art from a single image. You can get the same effects by using old cross-stitch, needlepoint, or intarsia knitting patterns and paint chips.</p> <h2>7. Mid-Century Modern Mosaics</h2> <p>Replicate your favorite midcentury public art in paper tiles. This can be a simple as recreating the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/474x/da/9b/75/da9b750084451101a6606f9bf0426894.jpg">rainbow pattern</a> from your public library's bathroom to the complexity of <a href="http://www.skibbereeneagle.ie/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/tcrTottenham-Court-Road-tube-011.jpg">Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's mosaic murals</a> in the Tottenham Court Road tube station.</p> <p>Broken full-length mirrors are one of my favorite things to trash pick because it's so easy to turn the frame into a <a href="http://p9.hostingprod.com/@moderncactus.com/mosaic_sun3.jpg">custom headboard</a> or panoramic art piece. Use the work of midcentury artists like <a href="http://www.ackermanmodern.com/mosaics.html">the Akermans</a> as inspiration for your own unique <a href="http://img0103.psstatic.com/158437996_vintage-mid-century-mosaic-tile-top-cafedining-table-.jpg">tabletops</a> or <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/53/0b/09/530b09fc1d3693c2a297940e271044b5.jpg">wallpaper</a>.</p> <h2>8. All Your Base Are Belong to Us</h2> <p>And all your paint chips too! Replicate your favorite <a href="https://laughingsquid.com/8-bit-video-game-pixel-tile-art-installation-in-stockholm-subway-station/">8-bit video game art</a> using paint chips. What do you mean when you say that <a href="https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/bMkwLf-XvpWaX0e6ep-xB9qMy_g=/570x0/2013/07/27/5edc7731-f4de-11e2-8c7c-d4ae52e62bcc/bl-106a-alt5.jpg">Space Invader</a> isn't chic? Unpossible.</p> <h2>9. Geodesic Paper Balls</h2> <p>Because of their similar weight, just about any craft involving <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/272077/recycled-ornaments-how-to">upcycling old Christmas cards can</a> be used to upcycle paint chips. Because I am an architecture nerd, my favorite way to preserve favorite holiday cards is to turn them into these <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/leticial/5267411783">geodesic ornaments</a>. For a video tutorial on how to make these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhlGRUr1owk">go here</a>.</p> <h2>10. Wreath</h2> <p>Unleash the stylist within with this <a href="http://www.styleathome.com/how-to/diy-projects/article/diy-project-paint-chip-wreath">paper wreath</a>. This would make a lovely centerpiece or host gift for holiday parties.</p> <h2>11. Bunting</h2> <p>When did bunting become a thing? While I wasn't paying any attention, DIY garlands have overtaken the holiday crafting scene. And by holiday, I mean <em>any</em> holiday. Check out this $17.50 <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/202547149/13-foot-halloween-garland-pennant?ref=listing-shop-header-2">Halloween pennant garland</a> you could make for much less. Or this mod <a href="http://www.creatingreallyawesomefunthings.com/halloween-c-r-a-f-t-2-paint-chip-garland/">Martha Stewart bunting</a> you could use to decorate your aluminum Christmas tree. Or this <a href="https://craftedincarhartt.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-diys-inspired-by-candy-corn/">candy corn bunting</a> you could make at Thanksgiving for that one person in your life who insists that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">candy corn is delicious</a> and not disgusting. Or this <a href="http://alanajonesmann.com/2013/02/diy-ombre-heart-garland/">ombre heart garland</a> for Valentine's Day. Or this <a href="http://modernparentsmessykids.com/diy-paint-chip-easter-garland/">Easter garland</a> inspired by plastic Easter eggs.</p> <h2>12. Gifting</h2> <p>For anyone who scrapbooks, paint chips are an obvious raw material just waiting to be turned into <a href="http://www.createcraftlove.com/paint-chip-gift-tags/">gift tags</a>, <a href="http://makezine.com/2011/12/21/paint_chip_gift_decoration/">ribbon</a>, and of course, <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Memory-Box-WOODLAND-DEER-metal-die-Christmas-/111524379875?roken=cUgayN&amp;nma=true&amp;si=9dqRkzsmOo6zeDpqw1aB2ilIfpU%3D&amp;orig_cvip=true&amp;rt=nc&amp;_trksid=p2047675.l2557">cards</a> for every occasion.</p> <h2>13. Change of Address Cards</h2> <p>Did you just finish repainting your new pad? Stamp or print your new address onto paint chips to create these clever <a href="http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/2011/05/anns-paint-chip-sample-moving-announcements/">moving announcements</a>. Cover the back of large chips with a white sticker, then stamp, and mail like a postcard.</p> <h2>14. Renovation Coasters</h2> <p>Leftover tiles? Paint chips? Marry two common renovation leftovers into these <a href="http://craftycpa.blogspot.com/2011/07/return-on-creativity-paint-sample.html">swell coasters</a>.</p> <h2>15. Decoupage</h2> <p>If you can make a coaster, you can <a href="http://frecklephoto.com/collaborative-collage-color-wheel/">decoupage a tabletop</a>.</p> <h2>16. Charmed, I'm Sure</h2> <p>Use photographs and paint chips to create this <a href="http://www.little-windows.com/blogs/project-center/8185963-pics-n-paint-chips">lightweight charm necklace</a>.</p> <h2>17. 3D Puzzle Animals</h2> <p>When I was in kindergarten, my aunt made me a set of <a href="http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-paint-chip-animal-friends/">these animals</a> out of leftover colored plastic sheeting, but paint chips will work just as well. This site has free animal templates, but don't stop there! Show your kids the assembly technique and then let them draw their own zoo full of fantasy animals.</p> <h2>18. Color Matching Game</h2> <p>All you need to create <a href="http://www.craftinginmycloset.com/search?q=matching+game">this learning tool</a> for toddlers are paint chips, clothespins, a hot glue gun, and scissors.</p> <h2>19. Hooked on Phonics!</h2> <p>Turn your kid's <a href="http://schoolofmonkeys.blogspot.com/2011/10/paint-chip-phonics-learning-game.html">phonics lesson</a> into a portable game with paint chip flash cards.</p> <h2>20. Layered Paper Art</h2> <p>Use this <a href="http://www.brit.co/3d-paper-art/">basic technique</a> to create paper art inspired by <a href="http://kidworldcitizen.org/2012/01/01/create-a-mola-folk-art-from-panama/">Panamanian Molas</a>. Or create sophisticated paper sculptures and <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/550002173227282648/">textured wall coverings</a> a la <a href="http://designcrushblog.com/2014/09/03/maud-vantours/">Maud Vantours.</a></p> <h2>21. Decorative Arrows</h2> <p>I'm not sure how and where I would ever use <a href="https://ideas.evite.com/diy/diy-valentine-arrows/">these arrows</a>, but this project proves that you can make stylish party decorations out of the contents of your junk drawer. For extra thriftiness, I would substitute bamboo takeout chopsticks instead of paying for wood doweling.</p> <h2>22. Party Pinwheels</h2> <p>While I am not sure how I would use decorative paint chip arrows, I am totally sure that <a href="http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/diy/how-to-make-pinwheel-straws">paint chip pinwheel straws</a> will be featured props at the next house warming party I attend.</p> <h2>23. Mobiles</h2> <p>Combine ornament and bunting projects to create shockingly chic mobiles for <a href="http://www.happinessishomemade.net/up-up-away/">babies</a> and <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/180687728/beth-collection-5-white-pom-poms-and?ref=shop_home_active_1">bohemians</a>. How cute are these <a href="http://www.lovethispic.com/image/83812/paper-balloon-crafts">hot air balloons</a>?</p> <h2>24. Lighting Design</h2> <p>Cover an ugly fixture with this glamorous <a href="http://www.heygorg.com/2011/09/diy-paint-swatch-chandelier.html">paper shade</a>.</p> <h2>25. Color Code for Organization</h2> <p>I thought I had invented a new upcycle when I used my old paint chips as labels for my file boxes. Even from across the room I know what is in every box just from the color of the paint chip! Yay organization! My feeling of genius was short lived when I found this design maven's blog. Her custom <a href="http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/06/in-artful-order.html">file tabs</a> made from old paint chips make me want to run out and buy the Rolodex that I don't need.</p> <p>What's better than a list? A <a href="http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/ideas-for-diy-journals-diaries-smash-books-and-all-the-extras/27/?utm_campaign=PostSharing&amp;utm_medium=Image&amp;utm_source=pinterest">color-coded list</a> that also acts as a bookmark for your Filofax.</p> <p>Why have a white board <a href="https://cheltenhamroad.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/paint-chip-calendar-tutorial/">calendar</a>, when you can match your dry-erase schedule to your décor?</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite upcycle project for paint chips? Please share your design savvy with your fellow readers in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home art crafts decor design paint cards paint chips projects recycling redecorating upcycling Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Max Wong 1785278 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Money on Etsy — No Craft Required http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_selling_clothes_75889247.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to earn money on etsy " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Etsy is a wonderful marketplace to sell crafts and other handmade goods. However, you do not have to be crafty to make a profit on Etsy. There are several individuals who make their living off of selling a wide range of art supplies (that do not need to be handmade or customized), as well as vintage items.</p> <h2>Selling Supplies on Etsy</h2> <p>For individuals selling art and craft supplies directly to consumers, there are not many online markets. Both eBay and Amazon can prove profitable, but the reach that Etsy has as a crafting platform and community is beyond compare.</p> <p>Generally, people who buy or browse Etsy are individuals who love handmade goods and are interested in crafting at some level. The benefit of selling supplies is that all crafters need it, both beginning hobbyists, as well as experienced craft makers who sell their work for a living.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods?ref=seealso">20 Places Besides Etsy to Sell Your Handmade Goods</a></p> <h2>How to Sell Supplies on Etsy</h2> <p>In order to be successful selling supplies on Etsy, you have to know the field. For example, if you want to sell yarn, you will need to know a thing or two about knitting. This doesn't mean that you have to be an expert knitter, but you do need to be willing to put in the research about yarns and yarn related crafts.</p> <p>Is important that you also have the ability to find quality products for inexpensive costs. When considering what to list, think of Etsy's fees. Having an Etsy shop is free, but listing a product costs $0.20, and Etsy then takes 3.5% from the selling price. Therefore, if you list a skein of yarn for $9, then you will pay $0.52 in fees. Calculating fees beforehand can ensure that you make the most possible profit for your item.</p> <p>Depending on the supplies you want to sell, you will be able to get inventory through local craft stores with coupons and a wholesale license, which allows you to buy the item tax-free. You might also need to purchase supplies in bulk, overseas, like through&nbsp;<a href="https://www.alibaba.com/">Alibaba</a>.</p> <h2>Selling Vintage Items on Etsy</h2> <p>eBay is a popular selling platform for selling used items, but many times the kitschy and fashionable items do not get the respect or views they deserve. Etsy allows individuals to sell vintage items in the same way as a boutique owner would sell their wares.</p> <p>Veronica Staudt, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageMeetModern?ref=hdr_shop_menu">Vintage Meet Modern</a>, used to sell her vintage jewelry finds on eBay before Etsy was popular. However, she has seen more success using Etsy, because it is a more personable platform. &quot;I did a lot of homework about where I could sell vintage goods and have them respected, understood, appreciated, and desired,&quot; she says. &quot;At the time there were not very many selling platforms that allowed for that. Etsy is one of the few that appreciates what makes vintage special and unique.&quot; She is more than just a username and seller ID, unlike on eBay. She was able to create a brand through Etsy, which just would not have been possible to do through eBay or Amazon.</p> <p>Heidi Ferguson, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/princessntheflea">Princessntheflea</a>, is another successful vintage shop on Etsy. She originally started selling her vintage finds on eBay in the late 90s, but took a five year break when eBay changed its business model and made selling vintage items harder. &quot;I started my Etsy shop in August of 2015 with about 10 items to get a feel for how the site worked and quickly sold out of items,&quot; she says. &quot;I started making goals of 20, then 30, then 40 items in the shop until I finally reached 100.&quot;</p> <p>Lauren Arkin, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/LABoudoirMiami?ref=search_shop_redirect">LABoudoirMiami</a>, says, &quot;My vintage business LA Boudoir started off as a brick and mortar shop and after five years of my clientele being mainly locals and tourists, I wanted to reach out to more potential clientele nationally and internationally. Through some research, I thought Etsy had a great platform to reach that goal. Now I have clients all over the world including those in Europe and Asia. It took about six to eight months to get my Etsy shop to where I am happy with it.&quot;</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business?ref=seealso">5 Ways Etsy Can Help Start Your Small Business</a></p> <h2>How to Sell Vintage Items on Etsy</h2> <p>The three women above are proof that selling vintage items on Etsy can be a successful side business, but how do you get started? First things first, find a niche that works for you. If you don't know anything about jewelry or designers, then those should not be your first choice of items to buy and sell, unless you are willing to put in many hours of research.</p> <p>Once you find your niche, research the best selling items in your area of interest. It is important to know how much certain items go for, so that you will know what buying price you need to stick to. You can find inventory at thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales. It can be tempting to want to buy a lot of inventory when you first start, but it is better to start off slow and buy items of the highest quality.</p> <p>If you are looking to explore a side business, don't overlook Etsy. Both crafters and non-crafters alike can benefit from Etsy's personable and tight-knit selling platform.</p> <p><em>Do you sell on Etsy? Share your experience below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods">20 Places Besides Etsy to Sell Your Handmade Goods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn">The 7 Best Objects to Pawn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sites-to-sell-your-arts-and-crafts">The 5 Best Sites to Sell Your Arts and Crafts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay">8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Extra Income arts crafts etsy online selling secondhand selling supplies thrift store vintage Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1777831 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby_white_crib_97471605.jpg" alt="Learning creative ways to upcycle used baby furniture" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every parent knows just how costly it can be to set up a nursery. From cribs and changing tables, to dressers and chairs, you can spend many thousands creating the perfect room. And then, after a few years, it's time to get rid of most of it. With safety regulations constantly changing, it may not be possible to <em>sell </em>used baby furniture on the secondhand market. But with a little creative thinking, you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes" target="_blank">repurpose these items</a>. Here are eight ideas to get you started.</p> <h2>1. Turn a Crib Into a Kids' Workstation</h2> <p>Cribs can be an expensive purchase, and yet they don't serve much of a purpose beyond a few years. However, with a little creativity and ingenuity, you can turn that crib into a wonderful desk/workstation that is the perfect height for you children. This <a href="http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-cot.html">instruction guide</a> gives you all the tips you need to create a workstation that's both attractive and functional, and reuses almost all of the crib. All you really need to purchase for the conversion is a piece of MDF or particleboard, and some blackboard paint.</p> <h2>2. Use the Crib Spring as a Drying Rack/Pot Rack</h2> <p>If you dismantle the crib and are wondering what to do with the crib spring, don't throw it out. With some chain, a few hooks, and a little paint, you can turn that boring crib spring into a drying rack for the laundry room, or a <a href="http://adiamondinthestuff.com/2013/10/crib-spring-drying-rack-wash-room-decor.html">pot rack for the kitchen</a>. Just make sure the ceiling hooks you use go into something substantial, you don't want the whole thing coming down on you.</p> <h2>3. That Old Changing Table Makes a Great Potting Station</h2> <p>The basic changing table &mdash; three shelves, the top one being used to hold a changing pad &mdash; is a functional piece of furniture for any baby room. Of course, once the toddler is out of wearing diapers, there's not much call for it. Well, the way it is set up makes it an ideal potting table. You really don't need to do much to it, other than painting it a color that matches your new set up. If you have a little more time and materials, you can add a handy hutch to the top, making the changing table into a <a href="http://www.shelstring.com/2011/06/baby-to-potter.html">fully functional potting station</a>.</p> <h2>4. An Old Dresser Can Become a Kitchen Island</h2> <p>This doesn't just apply to the baby dresser, but any old dresser you have that has outlived its usefulness in the bedroom. <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/painted-dresser-as-kitchen-isl-97355">Take an old dresser</a>, apply a new coat of paint, and add some hooks, a paper towel holder, a stone top, and some new hardware. The result is a kitchen island that completely transforms the look and feel of the room. If you don't like stone, you could make the top of the island a butcher block. Add wheels, and it could move from kitchen to dining room, making a handy serving station.</p> <h2>5. Crib Sides Make Great Magazine Racks</h2> <p>Turn a crib on its side 90 degrees, and you suddenly have a whole lot of real estate that will hold dozens of magazines comfortably. The best part is, this is as simple as remove the side and propping it at a slight angle against the wall. Voilà, <a href="http://nodimedesign.blogspot.com/2012/04/reduce-recycle-reuse-and-renew.html">instant magazine rack</a>. If you want something a bit more permanent, you can mount it to the wall, either at an angle, or flush (leaving enough room to let the magazines easily slide over the rails). A touch of paint can really make this one stand out as a feature on a wall.</p> <h2>6. Turn That Crib Mattress Into Outdoor Seating</h2> <p>While you're busy turning the crib into something cool, don't ignore the mattress. With a little ingenuity, you can quickly turn it into a fun and <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/8c/34/85/8c3485907e9c997e1704c0ac41983288.jpg">functional outdoor seating station</a>. It can be as simple as a crib mattress cover, some old palettes, and some throw pillows. Many crib mattresses are designed to be waterproof, for obvious reasons, so they hold up well outdoors. You can also <a href="http://fabrehabcreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/repurposing-crib-mattress-into-kids.html">turn it into a daybed</a> for use indoors.</p> <h2>7. A Changing Table Can Be Transformed Into a Bar Cart</h2> <p>Or a dessert trolley, if you feel the need to wheel out your impressive confections on a regular basis. However, <a href="http://www.rusticrediscovered.com/2013/08/my-new-bar-cart.html">the bar cart</a> is a fantastic use for that old changing table, and with some wheels and a new paint job, few people will recognize it as a piece of old baby furniture. Adding a cheap accordion-style wine rack is a great finishing touch, especially if you paint it the same color as the cart.</p> <h2>8. Use Crib Ends to Create a Cool Chalkboard Easel</h2> <p>If you happen to have a crib with a solid headboard and footboard, you can quickly and easily turn them into a <a href="http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2010/02/crib-to-easel.html">very cool easel for signage</a>. Use chalkboard paint (or whiteboard material), and you can make it customizable on a daily basis, which is great for small businesses. But it's also a very handy thing to have to announce birthday parties, anniversaries, play dates, and so on.</p> <p><em>What have you done with furniture the kids have outgrown?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY Home baby furniture changing tables crafts cribs decorating repurposing upcycling Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Paul Michael 1757120 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_pinecone_69865273.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to sell free items on eBay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have a house full of kids who are just itching for something to do this summer? Why not inspire them to start their very own mini-business? With just a bit of research and patience, your kids can sell products online, make extra cash, and learn a few important money lessons along the way &mdash; all without spending a dime on inventory. Here are eight totally free items they can sell eBay.</p> <h2>1. Empty Toilet Paper Rolls</h2> <p>Wipe away that look of disbelief. Empty toilet paper rolls can be turned into cold hard cash. Used for all sorts of school and craft projects, 200 of these cardboard cylinders will fetch about $35.00 on eBay.</p> <h2>2. Four-Leaf Clovers</h2> <p>Searching for four leaf clovers is a great way to help kids unplug and enjoy the great outdoors. Each one of these dry pressed lucky charms sells for about $6.00 on eBay. Not bad for an afternoon spent lounging in the warm summer breeze.</p> <h2>3. Paper Currency</h2> <p>Sure, cash isn't technically free, but certain bills can be worth far more than their face value. Check your wallet and piggy bank; modern bills that feature distinctive (collectors call them &quot;fancy&quot;) serial number combinations can bring big bucks.</p> <p>Look for large groups of the same digit, repeating sets of digits, sequential digits, and very low or very high numbers. Last week, a 2009 one dollar bill sold for $11.00 on eBay. Its eight-digit serial number was 18611111. In April, a 2013 one dollar bill with the low serial number of 00001004 brought $30.00.</p> <h2>4. Sea Glass</h2> <p>Crafters and jewelers are drawn to the subtle beauty of surf-tumbled sea glass. While all colors sell, deep purple, orange, and red glass are the rarest and most highly prized. Recently, a single piece of ruby red sea glass (part of an old soda bottle bottom worn smooth from years in the ocean) sold for $99.00 on eBay.</p> <h2>5. Driftwood</h2> <p>Large sculptural pieces of driftwood are used in landscaping, terrarium design, professional taxidermy projects, and as decorative elements in aquariums. Simple forms can fetch $10.00, while more interesting shapes can bring as much as $85.00. But don't ignore the tiny bits of driftwood. Smaller 2&quot;&ndash;10&quot; twigs can be sold in bulk to crafters for all sorts of projects. A 14-piece lot recently sold on eBay for $15.00.</p> <p>Remember, before gathering driftwood on public land, check with local park officials. Many areas have restrictions that forbid the removal of any natural materials.</p> <h2>6. Large Pine Cones</h2> <p>Believe it or not, pine cones can be a modest cash crop. Particularly hot around the holiday season, they're a staple in home décor, flower-arranging, wreath-making, and other craft projects. A lot of 40 longleaf pine cones recently sold on eBay for $18.99. Hmm&hellip; maybe money <em>does</em> grow on trees.</p> <h2>7. Empty Perfume Bottles</h2> <p>Perfume bottles are charming vessels for floral centerpieces at weddings and bridal showers. Don't worry about the rarity, size, shape, or color. In March, a collection of 15 miniature perfume bottles sold for $39.99 on eBay.</p> <h2>8. Perfume, Makeup, and Skin-Care Product Samples</h2> <p>Samples appeal to customers who want a low cost way to try something new or who are simply looking for more travel-friendly sizes of their favorite products. If you have samples to sell, be thorough in your listing. Specify the product amount in ounces or grams, its age, and the expiration date. Sixteen free samples of Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant recently sold on eBay for $10.00.</p> <p>Remember, the key to successful online selling is research. Take a look at what's selling and what's not, explore niche markets, try to anticipate what people will be clamoring for during the next big holiday season, and &mdash; before you toss it out &mdash; check to see what it might be worth!</p> <p><em>What freebies have you sold online? Which items surprised with you the highest sales price? </em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Totally%2520Free%2520Things%2520You%2520Can%2520Sell%2520on%2520eBay.jpg&amp;description=8%20Totally%20Free%20Things%20You%20Can%20Sell%20on%20eBay"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Totally%20Free%20Things%20You%20Can%20Sell%20on%20eBay.jpg" alt="8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-earn-more-on-ebay">11 Easy Ways to Earn More on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income crafts driftwood eBay four leaf clovers free items money samples sea glass selling toilet paper tubes Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 1738702 at http://www.wisebread.com Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/father_son_fishing_70352103.jpg" alt="Father and son beating stress with inexpensive pastimes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Expensive activities are stressful for me because paying for them weighs on my mind. I enjoy cheap or free pastimes, and even some pastimes that make money. Here are some inexpensive pastimes that you can enjoy to stay blissfully preoccupied without spending much money.</p> <h2>Exercise</h2> <p>The payoffs for regular exercise are immense, not least is the relaxation.</p> <h3>1. Bicycling</h3> <p>Bicycling can be a very inexpensive hobby. I picked up a cheap used bike for $28, rode it for five years, and then sold it for $35! In addition to a bike, there are a few other things you&rsquo;ll need to get started: a bike helmet and a bike lock to keep yourself and your bike safe. If you buy an older bike, you may need to change the tires and inner tubes, but you can do this yourself for only a few dollars. A cheap bike provides transportation, exercise, and entertainment.</p> <h3>2. Walking</h3> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t have any money at all, you can still enjoy walking. Walking is a convenient way to spend time outside and enjoy the seasons with no special equipment or planning required. When the weather is bad, I enjoy walking indoors in shopping malls.</p> <h3>3. Hiking</h3> <p>Sometimes I like to go to go hiking in a park or trail away from roads and sidewalks. Hiking takes a bit more effort than simply going for a walk near your home or workplace, but provides more opportunities to get close to nature. Most hiking trips are free, but I recently paid $10 to go for a five-hour hike among the redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument while visiting San Francisco. This was the most entertainment I have ever gotten for $10!</p> <h2>Cerebral Activities</h2> <p>After you've worked your muscles, challenge your noodle.</p> <h3>4. Reading</h3> <p>Reading can be free if you get books at a public library or find free classics to read on your electronic devices via sites such as <a href="https://www.gutenberg.org/">Project Gutenberg</a>. It seems like there is a nearly endless supply of new books coming along, plus the old classics to catch up on.</p> <h3>5. Writing</h3> <p>Writing has been a great pastime for me. It is exciting to see my work published, and I have even been able to make some money along the way from writing books, articles, and through advertising on my blog. If you are not ready to publish your work for the world to see, writing a journal for yourself or stories to share with your friends and family is a great way to get started writing.</p> <h3>6. Crossword Puzzles</h3> <p>Crossword puzzles help keep your mind sharp and some people seem to really enjoy doing them. I have tried doing crossword puzzles a few times, but it is too much like doing a homework assignment for me to enjoy. Maybe I need to find some easier crossword puzzles to build up my skills.</p> <h3>7. Brain Games</h3> <p>I have tried brain games on my computer, such as the free trial version of <a href="http://www.lumosity.com/">Lumosity</a>, and I sometimes play Math Blaster on my Android device. There are all kinds of free brain games that exercise your skills and help you stay sharp as you try to beat your high score. Some games even allow you to compare your scores with others.</p> <h3>8. Educational Videos</h3> <p>You no longer need to wait until Sunday evening for NOVA to come on PBS. You can get a wide selection of educational programs any time on Netflix ($8 per month) or YouTube (free). I like to find TED Talks on YouTube to find interesting perspectives on everything from physics to social sciences.</p> <h3>9. Online Courses</h3> <p>There are all kinds of online courses you can take for free, including subjects such as computer programming, statistics, and science. Here are some places to check for online courses that interest you:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm">MIT OpenCourseWare</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses">Open Culture</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/">Khan Academy</a></li> </ul> <h3>10. Jigsaw Puzzles</h3> <p>Some people get excited about doing jigsaw puzzles and like to receive them as gifts. Jigsaw puzzles can provide many hours of entertainment for not much money, and you do get a sense of satisfaction &mdash; or relief &mdash; when the puzzle is complete. You can pick up used jigsaw puzzles at garage sales for a dollar or two that provide hours of entertainment, but you might find out that there are missing pieces.</p> <h3>11. Ancestry Research/Genealogy</h3> <p>You can make a serious hobby out of researching your ancestry. It is easier than ever to research family history and find links to your family&rsquo;s past. You can get a long way without spending much money and produce research on your family history that will be invaluable to future generations.</p> <h3>12. Learn a Foreign Language</h3> <p>When you learn a foreign language, you learn more than just a bunch of foreign words. You learn about another culture and open up opportunities to meet and learn about new people.</p> <h2>Nature/Outdoor Enjoyment</h2> <p>When you tire of puzzles and brain games, re-connect with nature.</p> <h3>13. Camping</h3> <p>Camping can be a great way to get away and see things from a fresh perspective. You can find places to camp for free, but even if you pay to stay in a campground, you can find places to pitch a tent for around $20 per night.</p> <h3>14. Fishing</h3> <p>Basic fishing equipment doesn&rsquo;t cost a lot of money. You can get an inexpensive rod and reel good enough to catch your dinner for around $25. I still have a lot of the same fishing tackle I used when I was growing up. The price of a seasonal fishing license varies by location. I paid about $20 and was able to go fishing whenever I wanted all summer.</p> <h3>15. Bird-watching</h3> <p>It is hard not to watch the birds at my house. I have seen orioles, blue jays, cardinals, robins, hummingbirds, geese, and even bald eagles. I put out bird feeders to attract birds near my house for easy observation. Even if you don&rsquo;t put out bird feeders, you can probably find interesting birds to watch and enjoy. Binoculars are useful to be able to observe birds high in trees or too far away to see easily.</p> <h2>Food-Related</h2> <p>While you don't want to use food as a coping tool, lots of the activities around food prep are satisfying and relaxing.</p> <h3>16. Gardening</h3> <p>You get to enjoy planning your garden, watching it grow, and then harvest lots of free vegetables. Gardening can be very inexpensive if you start your own seeds and make your own compost to use for fertilizer. Even if you don&rsquo;t have a yard, you can grow vegetables in pots on a patio or deck. If you don&rsquo;t want to rototill a traditional garden, you can grow vegetables in straw bales or build raised beds for easy access.</p> <h3>17. Cooking</h3> <p>Cooking is a great pastime since it reduces the probability that you will spend money on expensive restaurant food. Watch some cooking shows or videos to learn cooking techniques and get ideas for recipes you want to try out. You can get started cooking with only a few pans and utensils.</p> <h3>18. Canning Food</h3> <p>If you have a successful garden, you&rsquo;ll need to do something with all of those vegetables. The first thing I remember canning was salsa we made with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro we grew in the garden. It was messy and a lot of work, but it was fun to make those cans of salsa to save for winter and to give to friends. If you have a freezer, you can use an inexpensive <a href="http://amzn.to/1Y6gll8">vacuum sealer</a> to pull the air out of plastic bags and seal up your produce to freeze without getting freezer burned.</p> <h3>19. Grilling</h3> <p>You can start grilling with a $20 charcoal grill. If $20 is too much for you, you can even make a grill for free! My kids build a kebab pit for free using concrete blocks they found and it works great. I also have a gas grill which is more expensive, but very convenient. Grilling outside is one of my favorite activities, followed closely by eating the food that I grill.</p> <h2>Creative Activities</h2> <p>Nothing is as satisfying as zoning out while making something. The doing is its own reward &mdash; but you'll also be rewarded with some of your own handiwork.</p> <h3>20. Wood shop</h3> <p>One of my favorite pastimes is working in my wood shop. I like to repair things, build small projects, and just spend time in my shop organizing my tools and thinking. A wood shop does not need to be expensive. I built one of my workbenches from a kit and others using recycled kitchen cabinets and countertops. Many of my tools were used tools that people gave me.</p> <h3>21. Photography</h3> <p>You can take surprisingly good photos with a cellphone or cheap digital camera, especially in outdoor lighting. A quality digital SLR camera with a zoom lens runs around $300 and will allow you to take your photography to the next level, providing more control over the camera settings.</p> <h3>22. Musical Instruments</h3> <p>You can pick up cheap used musical instruments on Craigslist or at consignment or pawnshops. Of course, buying the instrument is the easy part &mdash; learning to play it well takes work and practice.</p> <h3>23. Sewing</h3> <p>With a sewing machine, fabric, and a pattern, you can make your own clothes. Collecting bargain fabrics is part of the fun of sewing.</p> <h2>Social Activities</h2> <p>It's a fact of life that other people can be the cause of so much stress. It's also a fact of life that other people are often the cure.</p> <h3>24. Volunteer Work</h3> <p>There are lots of opportunities available to volunteer some of your time working for a good cause. Volunteering can be a good way to do something you enjoy and meet other people with similar interests. Some ideas for volunteering: animal shelter, food pantry, political campaign, church organizations.</p> <h3>25. Visiting</h3> <p>If you get bored hanging around your own house, try going to someone else's house! Visiting friends or family is a cheap way to get out of the house and do something different for a change of pace. Having people come over to visit at your place can inspire you to get cleaning and projects done.</p> <h3>26. Playing Cards</h3> <p>Playing cards is a classic cheap pastime, as long as you aren&rsquo;t placing bets. Poker, bridge, and euchre are some popular card games that allow you to play competitively with others.</p> <h2>Cheap Entertainment</h2> <p>Finally, it's okay to be a couch potato from time to time.</p> <h3>27. Sports Fan</h3> <p>Some people spend a lot as sports fans, paying big money for tickets to games and buying team jerseys and other paraphernalia. But being a sports fan doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. I don&rsquo;t subscribe to any TV service, but I can find many of my Iowa Hawkeye football games for free, either on over-the-air TV or on radio broadcasts. Sometimes I can find a free video stream of the game on the Internet.</p> <h3>28. News Junkie</h3> <p>I listen to National Public Radio (NPR) for about an hour every day to keep up on news and world events. When I miss my chance to listen to the news for some reason, I feel out of touch and usually end up going on the Internet to check news stories I am following. Keeping up with the news is a cheap pastime and makes it easy to have an intelligent conversation with anyone you meet.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite cheap pastimes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget">8 Ways to Keep Boredom from Destroying Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment crafts exercise fun games hobbies learning leisure pastimes projects things to do Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1728607 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/empty_glass_bottles_000056169688.jpg" alt="Finding smart ways t reuse empty glass bottles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was in a secondhand store recently and saw a beautiful corked bottle on the shelf for sale. It wasn't until I had it in my hand, reading the $3 price tag, that I recognized it as identical to the empty tequila bottle I'd tossed into the recycling earlier.</p> <p>Maybe you're embarrassed (like me) by the loud jingling sound when you push your bins to the curb, or you'd rather spend your money on a fine vintage than on home decor (like me); either way, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash" target="_blank">turning empty bottles into art</a>, light fixtures, and useful household objects is a smart move. Here are some ideas.</p> <h2>Without a Glass Cutter</h2> <p>If you don't own a glass cutter or any other fancy tools, you can still get artsy with intact empties. For all these ideas, start by soaking the bottle in warm soapy water to get the label off. If there is any residue left after the soak, a solvent such as lighter fluid can get it off.</p> <h3>1. Bird Feeder</h3> <p>All you need to make an inverted <a href="https://thechickenstreet.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/wine-bottle-bird-feeder/">wine bottle into a bird feeder</a> is one plank of wood and some basic woodworking tools.</p> <h3>2. Candy Jar</h3> <p>Fill a clean, dry bottle with candy as an alternative to a treat bowl on your desk &mdash; or use mini bottles for candy-filled adult party favors. To dress it up, add a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Chalkboard-Painted-Wine-Bottle/step3/Actually-Painting-the-Bottle/">stripe of chalkboard paint</a>, where you can write the name of the gift recipient or party guest, or the type of candy.</p> <h3>3. Yard Torch</h3> <p>Anyone can stick a candle in an empty wine bottle, but with a few dollars' worth of supplies from the hardware store, you can <a href="http://helloglow.co/diy-wine-bottle-citronella-candles/">turn your empties into torches</a> that could stylishly illuminate your whole backyard. Just fill the bottle with marbles and fuel, stick a tiki wick through a metal coupler, and light it up.</p> <h3>4. Table Card Holder</h3> <p>At a rustic-style wedding, a wine bottle with a cork in the top could handily <a href="http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/09/24/natural-chic-wedding/">hold a table number</a>. Slice the cork halfway down from the top, and place the card in the resulting slot.</p> <h3>5. Vase</h3> <p>While an unadorned empty bottle can hold flowers as is, you can also dress it up by painting the surface, swirling paint inside for a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/craft-of-the-day-paint-swirl-vase_n_1466328.html">Venetian glass effect</a>, or spraying it with adhesive and wrapping with a pretty ribbon.</p> <h3>6. Candelabra</h3> <p>Line up half a dozen identical empties (hello, six-pack discount) and put candles in the tops to make a casual candelabra. For more polish, spray the bottles with metallic paint. Or spring for one of these <a href="http://www.beveragefactory.com/wine/wine-gifts/fleur_wine_bottle_candelabra_42-232.html?CAWELAID=1372128416&amp;CAGPSPN=pla&amp;CAAGID=28020747258&amp;CATCI=pla-93389998458&amp;catargetid=320012430000341573&amp;cadevice=c&amp;gclid=CjwKEAjw6sC5BRCogcaY_dKZ2nESJABsZihxgCrTjzNzhxPcnCAvSK_Iox2dRDGStb08-ayllmuLmBoCqunw_wcB">candelabra bottle toppers</a> to hold all your candles in a single bottle. You could <a href="http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2015/03/diy-wine-bottle-wall-sconce.html">attach your bottle candelabras to a sconce</a> to make them into permanent wall decor.</p> <h3>7. Rolling Pin</h3> <p>Keep a clean empty in the kitchen for this purpose.</p> <h3>8. Boot Holder</h3> <p>Have tall leather or vinyl boots that flop over on the closet floor and get unsightly creases? Put some pebbles in the bottom of empty bottles, and stand them up inside the boots to make them stand at attention.</p> <h3>9. Vessel for a Gift</h3> <p>A pretty, very clean bottle can be repurposed to hold so many homemade goodies: infused oils, homemade infused vodka, bubble bath &mdash; the options are endless. If the gift will take a long time to use, securely attach a fancy drawer pull to the cork to make the bottle easy to unstop.</p> <h3>10. Garden Edger</h3> <p>Bury your bottles upside down to demarcate the borders of your garden. This idea is probably best used in a yard not frequented by children who could break a bottle and get hurt.</p> <h3>11. Slow-Drip Irrigator</h3> <p>Drill a small hole through the cork, fill the bottle with water, replace cork, and place upside down in the planter.</p> <h3>12. Leveling Tool</h3> <p>When hanging framed pictures on the wall, use a bottle to make sure it's exactly straight. Fill the bottle with water even with the top of the label and hold it so that it's bottom is perfectly aligned with the frame's top. Adjust until the water in the bottle is level.</p> <h3>13. Bottle Tree</h3> <p>Popular in the <a href="http://ritamonette.blogspot.com/2010/12/legend-of-bottle-tree.html">American South</a> and linked to folk beliefs about trapping bad spirits in the glass, trees festooned with colored bottles can be a beautiful landscaping feature, especially in winter. There are many <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/2309jrw/bottle-trees/">spectacular ways to arrange bottles</a> on real trees or frames specially built for the purpose. Blue is the most popular color for these, so bring on the Bombay Sapphire gin, Skyy vodka, and Blue Nun wine.</p> <h2>With a Glass Cutter</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2210p40">Glass cutting tools</a> run from about $5 to $30 (not as fancy as I thought!). They can come in the form of a simple hand tool, or in the form of a drill bit. What they do is score the glass so that you can break it off along the score line. To break it, you need to alternately heat and cool the glass a few times. Or, you can knock the portion of the bottle below the score line off using a hammer. Then you need to sand the sharp edge. Using this technique, you can remove the bottom or top from a bottle, opening up more ways to reuse it.</p> <h3>14. Hanging Planter</h3> <p>Remove the bottom, then <a href="http://diyready.com/wine-bottle-crafts-how-to-make-wine-bottle-planters/">fill with plants</a> wrapped in moss for a cool upside-down, sun-catching planter.</p> <h3>15. Drinking Glasses</h3> <p>You'll see a lot of online tutorials on turning empty wine bottles into drinking glasses. While this is possible, keep in mind that the freshly cut edge of a bottle will be extremely sharp, and <a href="http://thespacebetweenblog.net/cut-bottle-string-trick-really-work/">may not cut cleanly</a>, depending on your method and skill. You'll need to do a lot of <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Drinking-Glasses-from-Wine-Bottles/">grinding and sanding</a> to get the edge smooth enough to raise to your lips.</p> <h3>16. Bottle Chandelier</h3> <p>There are many, many possible designs for chandeliers made of wine bottles online. What most designs have in common is that you cut your bottle open, <a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-chandelier-from-old-wine-bottles">string a light inside it</a>, and attach it to a wood or metal holder to suspend from the ceiling. What with the glass cutting, the wood or metal working, and some minor electrical work, it's a bit of a project. But the results can be stunning, and would be great decor for a rec room, man cave, or deck.</p> <h2>With a Drill</h2> <p>Using a tile and glass bit, you can <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/drills/how-to-drill-a-hole-in-glass/view-all#step2">drill a hole in a glass bottle</a> with a little practice and care.</p> <h3>17. Lantern</h3> <p>Drill a hole into the back of a wine bottle and thread through a string of small LED lights to make a beautiful lantern. This technique could also be used when making a chandelier.</p> <h3>18. Party Lights</h3> <p>Drill a hole in the bottom or side of a bottle, then <a href="http://witandwhistle.com/2009/11/03/diy-wine-bottle-light/">shove in a string of holiday lights</a>. You could also push the lights in the top of the bottle, but it wouldn't look as elegant.</p> <p><em>Any clever re-uses for glass bottles we've missed? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living crafts decorating eco friendly empty bottles glass bottles lighting projects recycling Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1721636 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Places Besides Etsy to Sell Your Handmade Goods http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sewing_machine_000041228042.jpg" alt="Woman finding places besides etsy to sell her handmade goods" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>First launched in 2005, Etsy rose as the leading ecommerce website for people looking to buy or sell unique handmade items, including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, and knick-knacks. With the potential to sell to over 50 million customers, Etsy has been able to gather over 1.5 million active sellers. All <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business" target="_blank">Etsy sellers</a> are looking to make it big &mdash; like top sellers BohemianFindings and Clbeads, who boast over 730,440 and 411,130 sales, respectively.</p> <p>However, sellers of handiwork are savvy to avoid locking themselves to Etsy. Since its IPO on April 16, 2015, the price of Etsy stock [<a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?d=t&amp;s=ETSY">NASDAQ:ETSY</a>] has lost over 71% in value. Take action and list your items somewhere else. There is a plethora of places to showcase your wares, after all. In alphabetical order, here are 20 places besides Etsy to sell your handiwork.</p> <h2>1. Aftcra</h2> <p>Launched on 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, <a href="http://www.aftcra.com">Aftcra</a> is an online marketplace that only sells &quot;Made in America&quot; handmade products. If you currently live in the United States and your products are handcrafted by you or your small team, you can become a seller on Aftcra. Given the niche market of Aftcra, this marketplace charges a selling fee of 7%, which is double of that of Etsy. However, Aftcra charges no other fees, unlike Etsy's $0.20 charge per listing, $0.20 per auto-renewal fee for unsold quantities, and variable multi-quantity fee.</p> <h2>2. Amazon Handmade</h2> <p>In 2015, the ecommerce giant entered the handmade market with its <a href="http://services.amazon.com/handmade/handmade.html">Handmade at Amazon</a> offering. In its push to compete against Etsy, Amazon is waving its $39.99 monthly fee for a required professional selling plan until August 1, 2016. However, you can only take advantage of this fee waiver as long as you sell fewer than 40 items. If you sell more than 40 items in categories on Amazon, you'll have to pay the $39.99 monthly fee right away. Handmade at Amazon charges a 12% referral fee, with a minimum applicable of $0.5 per item, on sales of goods.</p> <h2>3. ArtFire</h2> <p>Boasting seven million shoppers per year and 10,000 active shops offering two million products, <a href="http://www.artfire.com">ArtFire</a> offers three seller plans. The Shop plan only charges a 9% final commission fee on sales but limits your offering to 24 active listings. The Webstore plan charges a $20 fee per month, allows you to have up to 1,000 active listings, and tacks on a 3% final commission fee. The Commercial Store plan charges a $60 fee per month, allows you to have up to 5,000 active listings, and tacks on a 3% final commission fee.</p> <h2>4. Big Cartel</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bigcartel.com">Big Cartel</a> is a good option for sellers that are comfortable with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and who like to customize their online storefronts directly. This online marketplace doesn't charge you a penny if you're selling up to five products. However, Big Cartel is designed only for small stores that sell up to 300 products and charges a monthly fee of $9.99, $19.99, and $29.99 for stores of up to 25, 100, and 300 products, respectively.</p> <h2>5. Bonanza</h2> <p>Formerly known as 1,000 Markets, <a href="http://www.bonanza.com">Bonanza</a> is a good option for sellers already selling on Amazon, eBay, or Etsy because it allows you to import your inventory directly from those marketplaces. Bonanza charges sale fees fees based on final offer value (FOV), which is the price plus any portion of the shipping charge exceeding $10. Items with a FOV under $500 receive a 3.5% sales commission, and items with a FOV greater than $500 receive a fee of $17.50 plus 1.5% of the amount over $500. The maximum possible fee is $250. Bonanza also offers an advertising service within the platform at an additional cost.</p> <h2>6. Craft Is Art</h2> <p>Started in 2009, <a href="http://www.craftisart.com">Craft Is Art</a> originally focused on jewelry and fashion accessories. Nowadays, the Las Vegas-based company accepts sellers of all types of handmade goods. If you're comfortable with up to 100 listings, you can enroll in the pay-as-you-go plan that charges only a 5.5% sales commission. Or you can pay $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year to have an unlimited number of listings and pay no sales commission.</p> <h2>7. Craigslist</h2> <p>With more than 60 million users each month in the U.S., <a href="http://www.craigslist.org">Craigslist</a> is a great resource to sell your goods. While Etsy users have <a href="http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/discussions/discuss/8875680/">mixed reviews</a> about selling handmade goods on Craigslist, you really can't go wrong with zero charges for listing and making a sale. Additionally, you get to potentially increase the exposure of your handiwork at a local level.</p> <h2>8. DaWanda</h2> <p>Sellers who believe their products have great sales potential on international markets should take a look at <a href="http://www.dawanda.com">DaWanda</a>. This marketplace allows you to list your handiwork on the English site, as well as the German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Polish sites. Of course, you will need to be able to provide the product descriptions and shipping details in those languages. DaWanda charges a 10% commission on the sales price of any item sold.</p> <h2>9. eBay</h2> <p>Within <a href="http://www.ebay.com">eBay</a>, you can list your handiwork under several categories, including handmade crafts, handmade jewelry, and many others. eBay recommends you be as detailed as possible in the description section of your listings, include keywords that will draw potential buyers to your listing, take high-quality photos of your goods from different angles, and determine whether an auction-style or fixed price listing is the best format for your products.</p> <h2>10. eCrater</h2> <p>Launched back in 2004, <a href="http://www.ecrater.com">eCrater</a> is an alternative to eBay. The main benefit of listing your handiwork here is that the costs are minimum. It's free to open your store and you don't pay a commission on sales that are directly from your store. For sales that come from the site, you pay a 2.9% sales commission on the sales price of your item.</p> <h2>11. iCraftGifts</h2> <p>Based in Toronto, Canada, <a href="http://icraftgifts.com">iCraftGifts</a> offers you the opportunity to offer your handiwork to both Canadian and American audiences at the same time. iCraftGifts charges a $25 non-refundable one-time fee for setting up your store and offers three plans: starter (up to 50 items for sale for $5 per month), professional (up to 100 items for sale for $10 per month), and elite (unlimited items for sale for $15 per month). There is a 10% discount when you pay annual fees upfront.</p> <h2>12. MadeItMyself</h2> <p><a href="http://www.madeitmyself.com">MadeItMyself</a> is another marketplace that charges no listing or monthly subscription fees. You only pay a flat 3% commission charge on sold items.</p> <h2>13. RebelsMarket</h2> <p>Craftspeople of alternative lifestyle and cultures, including goth, steampunk, or rock, can find in <a href="http://www.rebelsmarket.com/">RebelsMarket</a> a great channel to reach out within those niche markets. If your application to open a store is approved, you pay no listing or setup fees and have no contract to maintain your store open for a minimum period. You'll be charged 15% of the total item price, excluding shipping.</p> <h2>14. ShopHandmade</h2> <p>You can't go wrong with free. At <a href="http://www.shophandmade.com">ShopHandmade</a>, you're charged no fees at all for selling your handiwork. You can list and sell as many items as you want and you keep all your revenues. Besides your handiwork, you can also sell your gently used craft supplies, genuine vintage items, and arts and crafts services.</p> <h2>15. Shopify</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shopify.com">Shopify</a> is a turnkey ecommerce solution that you can deploy at your existing website or registered domain name, or that you can use to register a domain within Shopify. This online marketplace is appropriate for sellers looking for a flexible solution that can grow with their business and are willing to pay extra for add-on services, such as an in-store point of sale that connects to Shopify in the future. Shopify is a very robust platform, but all the bells and whistles come at a price. With monthly plan prices of up to $179 and credit card rates of up to 2.9% plus 30&cent; per per transaction, Shopify is a platform for intermediate to well-established online sellers.</p> <p>One important point for sellers considering Shopify is that the marketplace only imports and exports products by CSV file.</p> <h2>16. Silkfair</h2> <p>Some sellers of handiwork also deal other types of goods, such as books, magazines, collectibles, and electronics, and are looking for platforms that allow them to list all kinds of items. Besides Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon, <a href="http://www.silkfair.com">Silkfair</a> is another online marketplace for such sellers. Silkfair doesn't charge you to setup your online store or list items, but tacks on a standard 3% transaction fee on sales across all of its plans. This online marketplace offers templated online stores with limited features and no fees, and customizable stores with extra features starting at $7.99 per month.</p> <h2>17. Squarespace</h2> <p>You may have first heard about Squarespace from its 2015 or 2016 Super Bowl commercials. The reasons why <a href="http://www.squarespace.com">Squarespace</a> can afford to spend so much in marketing is that many companies, including Cisco, Lyft, and Fast Company, use this platform to build not only online stores, but also websites. The main advantage of Squarespace is that it can provide a wide range of possibilities ranging from a single-page websites to a full-fledge online store. Squarespace charges $7 monthly for a cover page, $12 for personal websites, $26 for business websites, $30 for basic online stores, and $80 for advanced online stores. There are discounts for paying in advance for an entire year.</p> <h2>18. Storenvy</h2> <p>Focusing on the indie brand market, <a href="http://www.storenvy.com">Storenvy</a> currently hosts over 44,350 sellers of goods made by hand. This online marketplace aims to stand out from the crowd by curating indie craft makers through its social shopping marketplace. Storenvy claims that its marketplace works like a social network and that it provides you exposure based on feedback from other users (such as &quot;envies,&quot; Storenvy's equivalent of &quot;likes&quot;) and followers of your store. The more activity your business gets in the marketplace, the greater the chance your business has of being featured on Storenvy's collections at the front page.</p> <p>All sales made through the Storenvy marketplace are charged a 10% commission of the total sale, including shipping. There are no additional fees for setting up a store or listing your items. However, all customer payments are processed through Stripe or PayPal, both charging a 2.9% plus $0.30 fee to you.</p> <h2>19. Supermarket</h2> <p>Featured on GQ, InStyle Magazine, and the Food Network, <a href="http://www.supermarkethq.com">Supermarket</a> focuses on attracting talented makers and connecting them with discerning customers. Supermarket claims that its customers are very interested in knowing who made the goods, how those goods are crafted, and where are those goods made. So, being a great storyteller is an asset to sell on this online marketplace. At Supermarket, designers pay a 15% commission, including payment processing, on sold items only.</p> <h2>20. Zibbet</h2> <p>Home to more than 51,200 independent sellers, <a href="http://www.zibbet.com">Zibbet</a> only accepts independent sellers and sticks to a strict definition of handmade. When in 2013 Etsy revamped its seller guidelines to allow vendors to hire additional employees and work with outside manufacturers, some Etsy sellers vowed to let their listings expire and list all of their items on Zibbet. Unlike most online marketplaces, Zibbet doesn't charge a commission or transaction fee. Instead, Zibbet offers three plans: starter ($5 per month, sell up to 50 items), pro ($10 per month, sell unlimited items), and unlimited ($20 per month, sell unlimited items, additional features).</p> <h2>The Bottom Line</h2> <p>Besides Etsy, there are plenty of online marketplaces in which you can showcase your handmade goods. While some of them charge no fees, most of them do. Make sure to check for applicable fees to determine whether or not it makes financial sense to post your items on certain marketplaces. Whenever possible, sign up for a free trial to get a sense of the ins and outs of the platform before you start paying any recurring fees. If you're satisfied with the performance of a specific ecommerce solution, paying monthly fees in advance for an entire year often provides savings.</p> <p><em>What are other places to sell your handiwork?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required">How to Earn Money on Etsy — No Craft Required</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay">8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-why-you-should-get-a-3d-printer">8 Reasons Why You Should Get a 3D Printer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-start-flipping-items-for-cash-online">What You Need to Start Flipping Items for Cash Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping art crafts etsy handiwork homemade goods independent seller online stores selling Mon, 09 May 2016 09:30:25 +0000 Damian Davila 1703950 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holiday_decorations_000053976300.jpg" alt="Woman making easy and festive diy holiday decorations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to jazz up your place for the winter season ahead? Making your home feel festive is as easy as grabbing a glue gun. Here are a bunch of simple and inexpensive projects that will warm your heart throughout the holiday season and beyond. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips?ref=seealso">7 Frugal Fall Decorating Tips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Thankful Pumpkins</h2> <p>These <a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-traditions-thankful-pumpkins/">thankful pumpkins</a> give everyone in the family a chance to showcase what they're thankful for this year. Coat the pumpkin in a light paint color and then use a Sharpie marker to write anything you wish. They'd make a wonderful centerpiece at your Thanksgiving dinner.</p> <h2>2. Photo Board</h2> <p>With this <a href="http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/09/thankful-photo-board.html">thankful board</a>, everyone will know whom you love and cherish this season. You'll need a 1&quot; by 8&quot; pine board to sand and stain. Then, use the free template to print out the word &quot;thankful&quot; on card stock. Stick the letters to the board with bronze nail heads and use super glue to attach a few clips to hold the photos. If you change up the lettering, this project would also make a cool holiday card holder.</p> <h2>3. Dollar Centerpieces</h2> <p>If you're hosting the big dinner this year, try wowing your guests with a <a href="http://www.blesserhouse.com/2014/11/dollar-store-thanksgiving-tablescape.html">Dollar Store tablescape</a>. The author found orange candles, fake pumpkins (that she painted), and poster board for placemats. Accent everything with pine cones and other free nature finds from your backyard.</p> <h2>4. Thrifty Finds</h2> <p>Take a stroll around your local thrift shops to see what holiday decorations are on the shelves. I recently found a deal on a ceramic holiday village &mdash; 10 houses for $5! I've seen anything from limited edition snow globes to porcelain ornaments to vintage tree toppers. Most everything is gently used and offered at a fraction of its original price.</p> <h2>5. Moving Makeover</h2> <p>If you do come across something you like, remember that you can personalize it with paint. That holiday village I bought? I'd love to give it this <a href="http://www.the36thavenue.com/loving-the-dollar-store-christmas-village/">chic makeover</a> using some ivory shades. Make sure your village is clean, then spritz the paint just enough to get a light coating. Do some detail work with watered down acrylics before letting everything dry.</p> <h2>6. Tricky Sticks</h2> <p>Make <a href="http://www.momendeavors.com/2013/12/diy-giant-popsicle-stick-snowflakes.html">gigantic snowflakes</a> to adorn on your walls with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00380E7RQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00380E7RQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5WSJ4HEM47HW5IEH">popsicle sticks</a>. Grab a big pack of sticks, then attach them together in different patterns using a hot glue gun. Let set a while before hanging. You can also give them a coat of colorful or sparkly spray paint for extra flair.</p> <h2>7. Sweater Trees</h2> <p>Make a set of cozy <a href="http://finditmakeitloveit.com/2013/12/sweater-trees-easy-cheap-free.html">sweater Christmas trees</a>. You'll cut out a sturdy tree template from an empty cardboard box. Then, cut a few pieces of knit fabric out of old sweaters and hot glue them around the tree. Slap a square of burlap on the trunk and you're done!</p> <h2>8. Pinecone Garland</h2> <p>Bring the outdoors in with this <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/10/diy-fall-garland/">pinecone garland</a>. Collect pinecones of all assorted shapes and sizes. You can paint them different colors or add accent flower, berries, and other items. Just hot glue everything to a piece of twine. You can even use some fine wire for extra support.</p> <h2>9. Woodland Sign</h2> <p>Get a little rustic charm going with this <a href="http://livelaughrowe.com/diy-woodland-sign/">woodland sign</a>. Attach a few boards together (or use a single piece of wood) and then stain and distress. Then use a stencil to paint on whatever saying you like. You may also try free-handing, if you're talented like that. Seal your board and hang with jute.</p> <h2>10. Sparkle Branches</h2> <p>Bring some bling to your living room with these <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/diy/170919-holiday-decorating-making-sparkly-branches/">sparkle branches</a>. Scour your backyard for the best woody specimens. Once you've found them, spray with paint and then adhesive. Sprinkle glitter onto the branch and admire your crafting powers.</p> <h2>11. Snowball Garland</h2> <p>All you need is fishing line and cotton balls to make this classy <a href="http://www.jamiedphoto.com/diy-snow-and-white-trees/">snowball garland</a>. Hot glue the cotton balls to the line and then use it for whatever you think needs some winter spirit. I love the idea to use the garland as a festive backdrop for photos.</p> <h2>12. Sweet Aroma</h2> <p>Not into decorating? You can make your house smell like the holidays with these amazing <a href="http://tipnut.com/fragrant-home-13-simmering-pot-recipes/">simmering potpourri</a> recipes. My favorite combines cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. Fill a pot with water and simmer the ingredients on low all day long.</p> <h2>13. Frosty Candles</h2> <p>Leave it to Martha Stewart to show us how to make these gorgeous <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/264490/frosty-salted-pillar-candles">salted pillar candles</a>. Fill a rimmed tray with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010813796/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B010813796&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GR3JS45QJUQFOH7X">epsom salts</a>. Coat the outside of your candle with some Mod Podge, and then roll in the salts. Let dry before lighting.</p> <h2>14. Spiffy Lights</h2> <p>Want to keep your Christmas lights up all year? Try <a href="http://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2014/12/gold-christmas-decor-mantel-details.html">spray painting them</a> to spiff them up. Simply take the bulbs out of the sockets, coat the cord in gold spray paint, and let everything dry before you plug it back in. While you're at it, use the rest of your can of gold paint to make matching accents that will last the whole season.</p> <p><em>What are your clever holiday decoration tricks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought">18 DIY Christmas Ornaments That Are Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-holiday-lighting-hacks">10 Easy Holiday Lighting Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending">8 Seasonal Side Hustles That&#039;ll Cover Your Holiday Spending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year">8 Reasons to Skip the Big Holiday Dinner This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Christmas crafts decorations Holidays Homemade lights Thanksgiving Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1615577 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 More Cheap and Easy DIY Toys Kids Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colorful_crayons_000051716822.jpg" alt="Creating cheap and easy DIY toys kids will love" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a great birthday or Christmas gift for your child? There are lots of toys you can DIY to give a personal touch. Check out the projects below for some major inspiration. And share your favorite do-it-yourself toy projects in the comments. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy?ref=seealso">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>1. Colorful Crayons</h2> <p>Melt together a bunch of <a href="http://ourbestbites.com/2012/02/how-to-make-muffin-tin-crayons-and-a-printable/">old crayons</a> using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=silicon%20molds&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=LK2BUROPZI6ZG46O">silicone</a> molds or cupcake tins. You'll be giving new life to something that might otherwise be tossed out &mdash; and even young kids can help with this project! Just take all the broken remnants, remove the paper labels, toss them in your molds, and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 20 minutes.</p> <h2>2. Drum Set</h2> <p>Have a bunch of old paint cans you need to recycle? Try assembling this crazy <a href="http://www.floridaysmom.com/paint-can-drum-set/">drum kit</a>. You'll clean your cans and then give them a coat of spray paint. Attach the cans together with bolts and screws. And don't forget to add some fancy stuff like cymbals. Grab a pair of sticks to start jamming.</p> <h2>3. Felt Food</h2> <p>Here's a quiet toy your kids will play with again and again: <a href="http://everydaydishes.com/creative-crafts/diy-felt-play-food/">felt food</a>. Find a stack of felt in assorted colors, print out the free template, and get cutting. Adhere everything together with hot glue and stuff some of the foods (like bread) will <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YZ7G44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000YZ7G44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7CMLIPMBEOLX5657">poly-fil</a>. You'll make watermelon, bacon, pizza, and more.</p> <h2>4. Sand Blocks</h2> <p>Got an old Jenga game hanging around? Use the wooden pieces to make these cool <a href="http://adventure-in-a-box.com/make-rainbow-sand-blocks/">rainbow sand blocks</a>. Glue three of your blocks into an open-ended rectangle, then do it again. You'll make the rainbow sand using cornmeal and food coloring. Then, place the sand into a plastic bag and glue the bag in the middle of your blocks. Add two more blocks on top to finish the frame.</p> <h2>5. Nature Blocks</h2> <p>For kids who would rather be outdoors than anywhere else, you can make <a href="http://adventure-in-a-box.com/how-to-make-waldorf-inspired-nature-blocks-creative-challenge/">nature blocks</a>. These blocks are inspired by the Waldorf toys and are simple to make if you have access to a hand saw. Go into your yard and find branches of different diameters. Then, let them dry someplace for a few weeks. To finish, just cut them into sections.</p> <h2>6. Kinetic Sand</h2> <p>Stop spending all that money on store-bought play sand. Try making your own with this <a href="http://gimmiefreebies.com/make-your-own-kinetic-sand/">kinetic sand</a> tutorial. You'll need plain sand, corn starch, dish soap, and water. Mix everything together and consider adding some tea tree oil to the mix to keep it fresh.</p> <h2>7. Magnetic Fishing Set</h2> <p>If you have a sewing machine, you can whip up these <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/09/diy-toy-fishing-pole-that-reels-in-and-magnetic-fabric-fish.html">DIY magnetic fish</a>. Buy some round magnets, cut out fish shapes using scrap fabric and batting, and then sew the magnet into the fish. Make a quick pole using wooden dowels, spools, and rope. Don't forget the magnet at the end of the line so you can catch the fish!</p> <h2>8. Fruit Stand</h2> <p>Forget the play kitchen &mdash; try making a <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pernfors88/4212633525/">fruit stand</a>. The maker of this project used an Ikea Rast table as the base. The rest is a creative mix of scrap wood, shelf supports, fabric, and little bins. Your finished product might not look exactly like the original, but the idea is to have plenty of places to stash play fruits and veggies.</p> <h2>9. Car Mat</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.ragamuffin-baby.com/2012/09/vans-car-playmat.html">car mat</a> is absolutely adorable. The only problem is that it took the author over 20 hours to cut, sew, and embroider everything together. You can make something similar by picking up some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O7312OO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00O7312OO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QLAJSUJV67RORM44">duck cloth</a> (or other thick, sturdy fabric) at the hardware store, cutting it to size, and painting on a roadway, houses, and other cool spots with craft paints.</p> <h2>10. Hideaway Tent</h2> <p>Give your children a hideaway with this simple <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/07/collapsible-fabric-play-tent-for-kids.html">play tent</a>. Create a foldable A-frame using 1&quot; x 2&quot; boards and dowels. Then use five yards of fabric to sew the cover that will tie onto the frame. This project takes around three hours from start to finish.</p> <h2>11. Painted Treasures</h2> <p>Don't feel like making a toy from scratch? Try finding something old and making it new again using spray paint. This <a href="http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2011/09/pimp-that-cozy-ride-little-tikes-car.html">Little Tikes car project</a> is amazing and only took a couple cans of paint. Clean the toy well before disassembling and painting. You can try this makeover with play cars, houses, and anything else that needs freshening up.</p> <h2>12. Play Road</h2> <p>Before you toss out your old jeans, try using them in this <a href="http://www.howdoesshe.com/easy-diy-road-for-toy-cars-made-out-of-your-old-jeans/">DIY road project</a>. After you trace a pattern for both curved and straight pieces, cut out your fabric from the old jeans. Then use glue and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IKES5O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001IKES5O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Z4K4CH2V7TPJ75D5">Mod Podge</a> to fix everything together. Paint on some yellow lines and let the races begin!</p> <h2>13. Lego Table</h2> <p>Your kid will go crazy for this <a href="http://www.chaosandlove.com/targets-toy-emporium/">DIY Lego table</a>. You'll need an old table (a square works wonderfully) and some of those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K5W9TLY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00K5W9TLY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VDJG4GHI7R2K4CI2">Lego bases</a>. Use glue to adhere the base plates to the table and give them some extra support with a few Lego bricks on the edges. Let the glue dry, and this project is done in around 20 minutes.</p> <h2>14. American Boy</h2> <p>Boys deserve dolls too! So, when I saw this <a href="http://ginadwagner.com/how-i-created-an-american-boy-doll-for-my-son/">American Boy</a> doll in my Facebook feed, my jaw dropped. The mom took a standard girl doll (new or used would be fine), cut its hair, washed off its makeup, and dressed it in some clothes she found on Etsy. You can also sew your own for a personal touch.</p> <h2>15. Doll House</h2> <p>Make a super <a href="http://turkeyfeathers.typepad.com/turkey_feathers/2006/06/in_an_old_house.html">doll house</a> using an old dresser. You'll need a relatively tall dresser as your base, and I recommended checking places like the Salvation Army and garage sales before buying new. Leave the bottom drawers on for storage. Then take the upper drawers out to make space for your rooms. Paint and fill with doll furniture to complete the project.</p> <p><em>What are your kid's favorite DIY playthings?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-free-or-cheap-toys-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">14 Free or Cheap Toys That Will Make Your Kid Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-child-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">10 Homemade Child Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY children crafts gifts kids playing projects toys Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:15:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1612421 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000019777216.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting tired of the same old board games? Why not make your own? Several clever DIY games can be made with stuff you have in junk drawers or otherwise hanging around the house. Others come together as quickly as you can print a template. Liven up your game night with these awesome DIY options. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Fun Toys You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>1. Guess Who</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.almostmakesperfect.com/2015/01/07/diy-guess-who/">DIY Guess Who</a> will have your whole family laughing. Get photos of 25 of your nearest and dearest friends and family and print three copies (one for each board and one for the bag). Then cut them into squares and attach to plywood squares using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Podge-CS11302-Original-16-Ounce-Finish/dp/B001IKES5O">Mod Podge</a>. Drill pilot holes into your base for the hinges that will attach each individual person's block to the board.</p> <h2>2. Monopoly</h2> <p>If you're bored with your Monopoly game, try creating your own using these <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/monopoly-download/">free templates</a>. The maker of the templates also offers a <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/easy-editable-monopoly/">totally customizable</a> one for just $2. You can print these out at home and then glue or tape onto an old board. Park Place can be whatever you want. I suggest getting them printed onto a single sheet of high-quality paper at a local office supply store.</p> <h2>3. Checkers</h2> <p>Is there anything more classic than a game of Checkers? <a href="http://niccolaontuesday.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/play-on-tuesday.html">Make your own</a> board and pieces using milk jug lids, fabric, and paint. You'll pencil in a grid and then color in alternating boxes. Then decorate your milk jug lids with permanent markers.</p> <h2>4. Tic Tac Toe</h2> <p>Here's a super way to keep your little ones occupied: <a href="http://sweetpenniesfromheaven.com/despicable-diy-tic-tac-toe/">DIY Tic Tac Toe</a>. Find eight smooth rocks and pick up an inexpensive chalkboard at a craft store. This particular game has a Minions theme &mdash; but you could paint the rocks however you'd like.</p> <h2>5. Memory Game</h2> <p>This paper <a href="http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-paper-popsicle-memory-game">Popsicle Memory Game</a> is a great exercise for the mind. Print out the free template, cut out the pieces, and attach them to sticks using double-sided tape. Then mix them up, face down, and let your kids try to find the matching treats.</p> <h2>6. Rainbow Game</h2> <p>The <a href="http://mrprintables.com/rainbow-board-game.html">Rain and Rainbow Game</a> will give some color to your rainy day. It's a fun variation of Snakes and Ladders. After you print and assemble the game, the rules are easy. When you reach the bottom of a rainbow, climb up. When you land on a black cloud, slide back down.</p> <h2>7. Cereal Box Game</h2> <p>You probably already have all the materials you need to create this <a href="http://www.thecrafttrain.com/1/post/2014/01/diy-cereal-box-board-game.html">Cereal Box Game</a> on hand. Simply cut up your box, draw a path, and color it in. The rules are up to you. This is a wonderful project for younger kids who might just be learning how to play.</p> <h2>8. Family Memories Game</h2> <p>If you're looking for an inexpensive, personalized gift to give family this holiday season, try crafting this <a href="http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com/2011/12/diy-family-board-game/">Family Memories Game</a>. Take an old board game, cover it with white cardstock, draw your path on top, and decorate it with family photos. Use more cardstock to make your deck of questions. Ask about anything about birthdays, anniversaries, and even personal jokes.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite DIY board game for when you're bored?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Amazing%2520Board%2520Games%2520You%2520Can%2520DIY.jpg&amp;description=8%20Amazing%20Board%20Games%20You%20Can%20DIY"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Amazing%20Board%20Games%20You%20Can%20DIY.jpg" alt="8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-frugal-things-to-do-with-origami">8 Fun and Frugal Things to Do with Origami</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-recipes-for-slime-your-kids-can-make-and-even-sell">23 Recipes for Slime Your Kids Can Make — and Even Sell!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Entertainment Family board games crafts DIY family time fun game night Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:15:22 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1603198 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Best Hobbies for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camera_photo_000054266132.jpg" alt="Woman trying out best hobbies for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an introvert myself, I find it challenging to engage in many aspects of life. I'm not one for big gatherings, competitive sports, or taking weekly classes filled with people I don't know. If <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">you're introverted too</a>, or know someone who is, this list of eight hobbies is well worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Take Up Origami</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486432920/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0486432920&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XMYLKHJ5MGUUSTSG">Origami kits</a>, which include starter paper, can be bought very inexpensively on Amazon or from your local discount bookstore. You can also find thousands of patterns online, and YouTube is filled with instructional videos that take you step-by-step through the process. Put on a little relaxing music (or head-banging rock, if that's your thing), and enjoy a hobby that relieves stress and results in some wonderful paper sculptures.</p> <h2>2. Make YouTube Videos</h2> <p>While being a famous celebrity may not be ideal for an introvert, becoming a YouTube personality might be. These days, all you need is a webcam, some very basic video editing software, and&hellip;an original take on an idea! If it becomes big enough, you can do your hobby full time, and make millions. Yes, millions. Here's a list of the <a href="http://www.tvguide.com/galleries/youtube-stars-make-more-1089689/">biggest YouTube stars</a>, and as you can see, they do pretty well for themselves &mdash; and it all started by doing something they love, at home. If you don't like to be on camera, consider <a href="http://www.alistdaily.com/news/ion-ranks-youtube-s-biggest-unboxing-stars">unboxing videos</a>, or even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie">gaming videos</a>. Do it well, and you can retire!</p> <h2>3. Learn Magic</h2> <p>You don't have to become a magician to learn magic, and you don't have to go big when you first start out. In fact, all you really need is a deck of cards, and access to YouTube or any other site you find that hosts free magic lessons. Once you master sleight of hand, you can move on to bigger tricks. It can take months, or even years, to get a trick right. But the satisfaction you get when you finally nail that first trick is well worth it. Master a few of these, and you'll always have something to do at parties besides feeling awkward!</p> <h2>4. Play an Instrument</h2> <p>With access to free lessons online, and resources like Craigslist and Facebook for private, one-on-one tutoring, it has never been easier to learn to play an instrument. Your library is also a great resource for these kinds of books and videos, and it's free. If you can't afford to buy the instrument you want immediately (for instance, not many of us have a piano), you can find alternatives. Perhaps start with an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UN8O5VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00UN8O5VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XRJVENGIA3GFMOT2">inexpensive keyboard</a> (some instruments are even available for rent). And there's always eBay!</p> <h2>5. Write</h2> <p>Some people blog as a hobby, and have thousands of followers. Others write screenplays for TV and the movies (and if you get good at it, it could launch a new career). Stephen King's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439156816/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1439156816&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TII5U5RFGMTXBY7E">On Writing &ndash; A Memoir of a Craft</a> is an excellent place to start if you've never written anything before. They also say everyone has one novel in them, so why not try coaxing yours out?</p> <h2>6. Photography</h2> <p>As a professional photographer, you need excellent social and people skills to do your job. But as a hobby, photography is perfect for introverts. These days, everything is digital, and you can find some good quality digital SLR cameras on eBay. If you prefer, you can go the old fashioned route and try film cameras (although getting a hold of film is nowhere near as easy at it used to be). Whichever way you try, keep a blog or online gallery of your favorite photos, and share them with the world.</p> <h2>7. Learn a Language</h2> <p>Or several languages. You can find many of the tuition books and videos you need online for free, or a small price. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=rosetta%20stone&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=N5UZSK4DKT7ADP6U">Rosetta Stone</a> gets rave reviews, but has a higher upfront cost of several hundred dollars. With the Internet, you can also watch foreign language TV and movies, and even engage in chat rooms, anonymously if you wish, to hone your skills.</p> <h2>8. Build Movie Prop Replicas</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-23%20at%2012.10.53%20PM.png" width="605" height="372" alt="" /></p> <p>I've made everything from a Bane vest to an Iron Man arc reactor. My latest two props are from Ghostbusters &mdash; a proton pack and a ghost trap. Everything you need to build movie props, like these, can be found in hardware stores, thrift stores, and on eBay. You don't have to spend a lot; for example, all of the parts used in my ghost trap came to less than $40. Instructions for almost any prop you want to build can be downloaded from a fan site. You can use them to Cosplay, to dress up at Halloween, and to decorate your house or office.</p> <p><em>Are you an introvert with an interesting or unusual hobby? Tell us more about it.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting">25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-take-stunning-travel-photos">8 Simple Ways to Take Stunning Travel Photos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks activities crafts hobbies introverts photography shy people YouTube Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:15:35 +0000 Paul Michael 1598469 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Pets http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_halloween_costume_000076280051.jpg" alt="Dog wearing DIY Halloween costume made by owner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don&rsquo;t leave your favorite furry friend out of the Halloween fun this year! You can make a cute costume for your pet in just minutes. Most of these comfortable getups work for either dogs or cats, so gather your crafting supplies and check out these 13 spook-tacular tutorials.</p> <h2>1. Piñata</h2> <p>My heart skipped a beat when I found this <a href="http://www.studiodiy.com/2012/10/22/haunted-housewarming-our-costumes/">DIY piñata</a> costume. You'll need a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=dog%20sweater&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1445350976&amp;rh=n%3A2619533011%2Cn%3A3024176011%2Ck%3Adog%20sweater&amp;rnid=2619534011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AMYI34SSSATT5VGK">dog sweater</a>, crepe paper, hot glue, and some time. Just cut the paper into fringe and glue it to the sweater. Throw in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=dog%20sombrero&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=GK2SS5ME4TY33I3J">pet-sized sombrero</a> to finish the look.</p> <h2>2. Beanie Baby</h2> <p>Strapped for time? You can whip up this <a href="http://www.doodlekisses.com/photo/enzo-ready-for-halloween?context=latest">Beanie Baby</a> costume in a few minutes. Grab a piece of white card stock, a pencil, a red marker, and a hole punch. Draw a heart on your piece of paper, cut it out, and then lightly outline the TY logo with pencil. Color the tag red, punch a hole, and attach to your four-legged friend.</p> <h2>3. Ballerina</h2> <p>Give your pooch the night of her dreams with this whimsical <a href="http://pitlandia.blogspot.ca/2012/09/diy-dog-tutu.html">ballerina tutu</a> costume. You&rsquo;ll need a wide elastic band, tulle, and piece of cardboard. Once you&rsquo;ve looped the elastic, just wrap the tulle around your cardboard form, cut, and then tie to the band. Poof it out and slip it onto your pet.</p> <h2>4. Angel</h2> <p>A little paper and glue can go a long way. Dress your cat in this divine <a href="http://petdiys.com/diy-cat-angel-costume/">DIY angel</a> costume. Twist together some white pipe cleaners to make a halo. Then cut wings out of paper and use elastic to wrap them around your cat. Done!</p> <h2>5. Elsa From <em>Frozen</em></h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t need kids to jump in on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=frozen&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Afrozen&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=YLRTYHXCK2J2XBU6">Frozen</a> trend. Doll up your pup in this <a href="http://jaderbomb.com/2014/10/15/homemade-halloween-costume-for-dogs/">Elsa snow queen</a> costume &mdash; complete with a wig. Use blue tulle to fashion a flowing skirt made for a princess. And the wig is just white yarn hot glued onto some felt.</p> <h2>6. Teddy Bear</h2> <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a cuddly stuffed animal? Turn your pet into a <a href="http://www.i-heart-pets.com/munchkin-the-shih-tzu/">Teddy bear</a> with this nifty tutorial. Find an old stuffed bear, cut its face out, and cut open the back of the toy. Leave stuffing in the arms. Then attach using some Velcro or string.</p> <h2>7. Lion</h2> <p>Maybe your pet wants to feel like the king of the jungle. Try this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Lion-Dog-Costume/?ALLSTEPS">lion costume</a> on for size. It&rsquo;s especially perfect for larger dogs and requires a bit of sewing knowledge. You&rsquo;ll start by measuring your pet&rsquo;s head and neck so you can sew a simple base layer. After that, you&rsquo;ll pin fur to the base and then sew it into place. Don&rsquo;t forget the ears!</p> <h2>8. Candy Corn</h2> <p>This <a href="http://diymaven.com/2009/09/09/crochet-a-candy-corn-pet-sweater/">crochet candy corn</a> sweater will look cool and keep your kitty warm. You&rsquo;ll need orange, yellow, and white yarn. The project is completed in just 16 rows of various stitches. Definitely a great project for beginners looking to learn a new craft.</p> <h2>9. Bat</h2> <p>Martha Stewart&rsquo;s team came up with this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/852545/bat-wings-harness-costume">bat wing harness costume</a>, and it&rsquo;s a winner. You&rsquo;ll print out a wing template, cut the shape from three pieces of felt, and then stitch them together. Then cut a small rectangle of felt to secure to your pet&rsquo;s harness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart?ref=seealso">The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart</a>)</p> <h2>10. Spider</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pwsuWyZM9O4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwsuWyZM9O4">DIY spider</a> costume that's creepy and crawly. The best part? Your pet won&rsquo;t mind wearing it. All you need are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VG5KPM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VG5KPM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MZW442XVXRWZC5JS">pipe cleaners</a> and a dog (or cat) collar. Twist pipe cleaners until you get a nice, thick leg that&rsquo;s around 15 inches long. Then tie the legs to the collar, four on each side. Use the giant pipe cleaners for more drama.</p> <h2>11. Construction Worker</h2> <p>If you have an hour, you have enough time to make this <a href="http://chasethestar.net/2015/10/diy-pet-costume.html">construction worker</a> costume for your animal. Take two squares of orange felt and cover it with a strip of metallic silver duct tape and yellow felt. Cut a small hole into this new vest and loop elastic through for a custom fit. Finish off with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00567GDAI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00567GDAI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AMVNNLCNC7A6XKE3">foam construction hat</a>.</p> <h2>12. Painted Pet</h2> <p>Do you have, like, zero crafting skills? Check out <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=pet%20paint&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apet%20paint&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=2JQC5MLQO5RB5TA6">pet paint</a>, a veterinarian-approved pigment spray that washes off your pet with mild shampoo. You can safely spray a costume &mdash; like this <a href="http://www.mypawsitivelypets.com/2013/10/i-painted-my-dog-to-look-like-tiger.html">tiger dog</a> &mdash; in no time at all. You can even get <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=pet%20paint%20stencil&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apet%20paint%20stencil&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=SGQQ7TD2V6OHLPWT">pet stencils</a> to make the process easier. Rinse and repeat for another event.</p> <h2>13. Ghost</h2> <p>Or go with this <a href="https://instagram.com/p/e79EeZMW6d/">classic ghost</a> costume. It&rsquo;s so easy, a kid could make it. You&rsquo;ll need a small white sheet or piece of fabric. (It looks like the author may have used a white t-shirt.) Cut holes large enough for your pet&rsquo;s eyes and snout. Slip it on and spook your friends.</p> <p><em>Are your pets dressing up for Halloween? Share their costumes in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-halloween-treats-you-can-make-in-an-instant-pot">9 Halloween Treats You Can Make in an Instant Pot</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY cats crafts dogs Halloween Holidays pet costumes Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:16:47 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1597936 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/diy_halloween_decorations_000050085508.jpg" alt="Making Halloween frights you can make from trash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween will be here before we know it, so here's a bunch of awesome ideas for decor that will cost you only pennies. Better yet, a lot of the supplies you'll need for these projects can be found in your trash and recycling bins. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash?ref=seealso">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Milk Jug Ghosts</h2> <p>Talk about easy! These <a href="http://www.isavea2z.com/easy-halloween-craft-ideas-milk-jug-ghosts/">milk jug ghosts</a> take only minutes to make. Clean out your jugs, draw on a spook-tacular face with Sharpie marker, place several mini LED lights in each one, and line them up outside your home. Don't forget to weigh each one down with a few pebbles.</p> <h2>2. Milk Jug Skeleton</h2> <p>Apparently milk jugs are made for Halloween crafting. Check out these <a href="http://www.thepartyanimal-blog.org/milk-jug-skeleton-fun-recycled-craft-decoration-halloween/">DIY skeletons</a> made using seven old milk jugs, string, and patience. The tutorial walks you through the specific bones to cut from each jug. After you have them all ready, just punch holes in each so you can connect with your string. You can even coat your skeleton with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GLG7HS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GLG7HS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IC3LRAEQHZXV6QNE">glow-in-the-dark spray paint</a> for extra fun.</p> <h2>3. Acid Bath</h2> <p>Are you lucky enough to have access to an old oil drum? Creep out your neighbors with this <a href="http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/new_props_9.html">acid bath</a> decoration. Slip yourself (or a dummy) into the drum with a scary mask on. Then use spray foam to create that skin-bubbling look.</p> <h2>4. Monster Yard Lights</h2> <p>Clean out a few plastic jugs and make these <a href="http://craftsbyamanda.com/halloween-monster-yard-lights/">monster yard lights</a>. You'll decorate them however you want before placing a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R7PM36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R7PM36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AWPOITLNTF4LSXQB">tap light</a> inside to illuminate. To finish, insert a broom handle or another sturdy stick into the spout. Then place them wherever you need a little fright outdoors.</p> <h2>5. Poison Bottles</h2> <p>Use recycled jars, bottles, and boxes to make freaky apothecary <a href="http://magiamia.blogspot.com/2013/08/it-glue-gun-plastic-time-again.html">poison bottles</a>. You'll create your designs and words on the recycled bottle of choice and then paint over it with several layers of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DCTH2G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DCTH2G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GOP6VWKMNZ5WJZ6E">chalk paint</a>. You can leave them plain or coat with another color to cultivate a more distressed look.</p> <h2>6. Paper Jack O'Lanterns</h2> <p>If carving standard pumpkins isn't enough for you, try using your discarded newspaper in this giant <a href="http://www.spookyblue.com/halloween/giant-jackolantern/index2.htm">papier mache jack o'lantern</a> project. The author uses a vintage plastic pumpkin as a form, but you can build one from chicken wire or another object. Rip paper into 10 inch lengths, slather in a glue mixture, apply to your form, and let dry. Then get creative with cutting or painting your faces.</p> <h2>7. Specimen Jars</h2> <p>Okay. These <a href="http://laura.moncur.org/archives/2012/10/08/specimen-jars-for-halloween-decorations/">specimen jars</a> are beyond disturbing. Disassemble an old baby doll and distribute its body parts into recycled pickle jars. (I warned you, right?) Fill with water and a drop of red and green food coloring.</p> <h2>8. Bottle Lanterns</h2> <p>Or give your wine-loving friends a boozy spook with these <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Wine-bottle-jack-o-lanterns/">wine bottle jack o' lanterns</a>. Drink a bunch of cheap wine, then clean out the empty bottles. Spray paint the widest section (under the neck) orange. Draw their faces on with a Sharpie marker.</p> <h2>9. Bulb Spiders</h2> <p>Recycle all those burned out Christmas lights by making these <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20150209234231/http://www.flickr.com/photos/34241256@N07/4221641924/">bulb spiders</a>. You'll wrap metal wire around the bulbs to create the legs. The author of this project left them colorful. I'll give them a coating of matte black spray paint.</p> <h2>10. Spooky Eyes</h2> <p>Use a couple used toilet paper rolls to make these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMPwGMts-ho">spooky eyes</a>. You'll draw eyes onto each roll and then cut them out using a hobby knife. To finish, place an LED light into each roll and position them in a dark area.</p> <h2>11. Living Dead Dolls</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but my daughter has tons of half broken Barbie dolls laying around the playroom. I might collect them up, spray paint them white, and make these <a href="http://www.madebygirl.com/blog/images/savers6.jpg">Dolls of the Living Dead</a>. After they've dried, accentuate their eyes using a fine tip Sharpie marker. I've seen similar projects using vintage dolls that are even more frightening.</p> <h2>12. Trash Corpse</h2> <p>While you're taking out the trash, snag an extra black bag to make this <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/39/99/47/399947e85bff575332e601bbfa2aaf72.jpg">trash bag corpse</a>. Fill the bag with crumpled newspapers and tie off different areas with rope to form the shape of a body. Bonus points for adding caution tape to section off your creepy crime scene.</p> <h2>13. Trash Ghosts</h2> <p>Only have white or clear bags? No problem. Try assembling these incredibly convincing <a href="http://www.monstertutorials.com/2015/03/27/ghost-1-how-to-make-a-packing-tape-and-trash-bag-ghost-tutorial/">trash bag ghosts</a>. You'll use a dress form or friend volunteer to frame out the body using packing tape. Then carefully remove your form by slicing it down the back. Do the same with the head before attaching the pieces with more tape. Distress and decorate however you like and hang with fishing wire.</p> <p><em>What are you decorating your home with for Halloween?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes">12 Cute Ways to Upcycle Shoeboxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living arts crafts decorations Halloween recycling trash to treasure Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:15:37 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1591933 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Cute Ways to Upcycle Shoeboxes http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_diy_toy_000041049236.jpg" alt="Little girl learning ways to upcycle old shoeboxes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I wear shoes. You wear shoes. And you know what all these shoes come in? That's right, say it with me: shoeboxes. As it turns out, they can a do lot more than just house footwear. Check out of a few of these smart ideas, and feel free to share your own genius upcycling projects in the comments! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects?ref=seealso">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <h2>1. Charging Station</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.tashachawner.com/diy-tuesday-recharge-station-for-all-of-your-devices/">DIY recharge station</a> will blow your mind. First, cut sections out of an old shoebox to thread your USB and other charging cables through. You'll connect these guys to a power board you'll place inside. Then spiff it up with paint and bookplates for a more finished look.</p> <h2>2. Wall Shelving</h2> <p>To add instant storage place to any room, try creating these <a href="http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2012/05/diy-wall-shelves-from-shoebox.html">shoebox wall shelves</a>. Just take the bottom of the shoebox, coat it in spray paint, and use patterned paper or other accents to decorate. Of course, you can't put heavy stuff in these shelves, but they'd work great for office supplies, small personal care items, and trinkets.</p> <h2>3. Play Guitar</h2> <p>Kids will love this <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/crafts-hobbies/make-a-shoe-box-guitar">shoebox guitar</a>. You'll need your box, a paper towel tube, some rubber bands, some funky paper, and basic crafting tools. After you cut a space to thread in the tube fingerboard, carve out a sound hole, you'll add the rubber band strings, and personalize it. The <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/toys-you-can-make/shoe-box-guitar">finished product</a> is adorable.</p> <h2>4. Ultra Organizer</h2> <p>Or try making this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu2pJLID0Ec">shoebox organizer</a> to keep on your desk. To get started, cut the lid off the box and save it for later. Draw a triangle on each side of the box and then cut it out. Fold everything over and use tape to secure the sides. From there, you'll make a few more cuts and attachments before covering the whole thing with pretty fabric and filling with whatever you need to organize.</p> <h2>5. Projector</h2> <p>When I first saw this project, I blurted out: &quot;No <em>way</em>!&quot; You can make a <a href="http://content.photojojo.com/diy/turn-your-phone-into-a-photo-projector-for-1/">DIY projector</a> out of a shoebox (and your smartphone) for just one dollar. All you need to do is cut a hole in the box that's big enough to accommodate a magnifying glass. Make a quick stand for your phone using a paperclip. To display your images, rotate your phone's screen, fool with focusing, and turn your brightness option all the way up.</p> <h2>6. Blackboard Art</h2> <p>Here's a project that's all about those lids. You can easily make portable <a href="http://stowandtellu.com/chalkboard-painted-box-lids-fall-decor/">blackboard art</a> using just a couple tools to help. First, paint your shoebox lids with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006BAEI6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006BAEI6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YQPWWNM424YDLUF7">chalkboard paint</a>. After it dries, draw lists, signs, art, poems, quotes, or whatever else comes to mind. I've used chalkboard paint many times, and I love how it comes in all sorts of different colors now.</p> <h2>7. Mini Foosball</h2> <p>Keep this <a href="http://www.handimania.com/diy/mini-foosball-table-kids.html">mini foosball table</a> in your office or give it to your kids. This project is super easy. Clip wooden laundry pins to small dowels. Use a hole punch to make holes all along the side of your shoebox. Give everything a coat of paint or cover it with cool paper. Then play until your wrists get tired.</p> <h2>8. Cord Organizer</h2> <p>Here's another take on a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/TP-Roll-Organizer-Box-instructable/">shoebox organizer</a>. This project is going to help you wrangle all those rogue cords strewn about your house. Gather up a bunch of toilet paper rolls, tape them together, and place them in the box. Place once cord in each roll. Make it pretty or keep it purely utilitarian. I might just have to try this one &mdash; my phone charger recently fell prey to my cats.</p> <h2>9. Shoebox</h2> <p>Stay with me here. This project to make a <a href="http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/06/i-love-my-shoe-boxes.html">windowed shoebox</a> is written for an IKEA box. But you can easily apply the same idea to your leftover shoeboxes. Cut a rectangle in the side of the box using an X-Acto knife. Then use double-sided tape to fill that space with a sheet of PET plastic. Decorate the box however you like. Use it to store shoes, craft supplies, toys, and other small items.</p> <h2>10. Play Oven</h2> <p>I have a preschooler at home who would play with this <a href="http://madebyjoel.com/2014/01/diy-shoebox-pizza-oven-toy.html">shoebox oven</a> for hours. You'll cut some slots in your box to accommodate a door for the pan to fit inside. Then use excess cardboard to make a pizza peel. And if you don't have a play pizza, create one out of felt with an assortment of toppings.</p> <h2>11. Jute Bin</h2> <p>Skip the storage aisle at the store and make this cute <a href="https://southernflaircrafts.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/upcycled-kleenex-box/">storage bin</a> out of a box and jute. The project is written for a tissue box, but the idea is the same. Take the base of your shoebox and use glue to adhere the jute around it. Then use some canvas fabric to finish it off with a clean look. You can use it to store towels or anything else in plain sight. The cost of this project might only be a couple dollars versus the $10 or more you'd spend for something similar at the store.</p> <h2>12. School House</h2> <p>We'll end here with yet another crazy shoebox toy. Check out this <a href="http://mollymoocrafts.com/back-school-crafts-shoebox-school/">school house</a>! Cut windows out of your box using an X-Acto knife, finish off raw edges with duct tape, and take some time to make a few accessories (blackboard, posters, etc.). By the way, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=lego%20people&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=NVIAAEGJXAXAUNS5">Lego people</a> make perfect pupils.</p> <p><em>What do you do with your old shoeboxes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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