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.
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?