April Use It Up Challenge – Craft Supplies

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Grab your yarn, paint, ribbon, and glue! It’s time to put those crafting supplies and skills to good use with the April Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on crafting supplies. Whether you are a veteran crafter or just starting out, there is a good chance you have more crafting materials lying around the house than you thought. Perhaps you had intended to start a new craft hobby, bought the supplies and never got around to it. Maybe you are planning to make an item for someone’s birthday or an upcoming holiday. Now is the time to find those items and put them to good use.

So far, we have tackled notebooks, candles and cleaning supplies. With each month that passes, a new focus will be put up to help us use up those items that may be clogging up our rooms.

April Use It Up Challenge

Where to start?

We can’t really start crafting until we know what materials we have to work with. So the first step is to go through your home and gather up all of those supplies. Make sure to check the backs of the closets, the car, and the spot you use to hide them from your husband or kids. This may be the moment when you realize that your crafting supply hoard has gotten out of control. It may be overwhelming to see the supplies piled up, but soon we will be working on turning that pile into fun and useful items.

Do you have specific craft kits? Make sure to dig those out as well and check to see that all of the necessary materials are still in the box.

Decide on the projects to work on

The supplies you have on hand and the skills you possess will determine what you will make. Perhaps you will be making a centerpiece for your kitchen table or a wreath for your door. Maybe you have a pile of scraps that you plan to turn into a quilt. Or you might be looking ahead to future holidays and plan to make decorations or gifts for those.

If you have a ton of projects that you want to make, try starting off with a few smaller ones that don’t require too much time or material. This is a great way to knock out a few items and use up some of your craft stashes. From there you can expand to bigger and more time-consuming projects.

A few craft ideas:

What I’m using up

I don’t have a ton of craft supplies in the house. There are a few scraps of ribbons and half-empty bottles of paint laying around from previous projects. I am still figuring out what to do with those. The one thing I do have a good supply of is yarn. I started to learn how to crochet back in 2018. This was a fairly easy skill to pick up and I enjoyed making a few odds and ends, including a hat. Since mid-2019, I haven’t been putting as much effort into it as I would like. So, this month I will be working on using up some yarn.

The pile of yarn is pretty big, but I know compared to some this isn’t all that much. I am a slow crocheter. So even a small project can take me several days to finish. Knowing this, I am going to focus primarily on using up the smaller skeins of cotton yarn. With this, I will be making a number of dishcloths and possibly some towels as well.

Eventually, I want to make a blanket using the blanket yarn I bought, but this will be quite an undertaking and I feel will require more than a single month to make.

Will you be joining me for the April Use It Up Challenge? If so, what crafts will you be working on?


  1. I have so many craft supplies and they are such a pain to keep organized! I definitely need to whittle them down a little bit. Thankfully I expect I’ll be able to complete this challenge this month with the kid home from school and me trying to find a way to keep them busy and working on some school skills.

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      I think all crafters feel that way. Especially if they have multiple crafting hobbies. the kids will definitely burn through a lot of them while they are out of school and it will help keep them occupied for sure.

  2. This is a great idea! Now’s the perfect time to use up what you have since we can’t go out and buy more.

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      Thank you. Yes, it’s a great time to use up these supplies.

  3. What a cool challenge, perfect for these times when uncertainity is the only thing certain. I love your yarn collection and would love to see that blanket. I am mostly dabbling with water color these days.

    1. That is my year long cleaning goal. This month I’m working on my fabric scraps by making masks.

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        That’s great! Good luck using up all your craft items.

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      Thank you. It is a good time to use these items up since we all have time on our hands. I will share the blanket whenever I do make it. Watercolor is a great way to spend your time.

  4. So absolutely going to participate in this I can will you do a blog post at the end of the month to show us what you make or use it for? I have so many projects but the first thing is I am a living it and working towards minimalism but I actually live in my house so I Collett live in maintenance mode with my house but you’re right I have some things I have a some scraps I want to so onto a blanket and preserving my kids of childhood T-shirts that way and they can share it as adults I’m also going to look around the house for things to make rainbow decorations to share the love of God and just to bring hope in the start time I’m going to decorate inside and outside of the house in rainbow projects I’ve seen so manyThank you for the post it was a confirmation I needed that I was on the right path

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      I’m glad to hear you are joining in. Sounds like you have some great projects to work on. I can’t guarantee that I will do a post that will show what I make, but If I share it will likely be on Instagram.

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