Clear out your clutter and get crafty

When you look at all of the old clothing, books and CDs lying around your house, do you see rubbish or an unpolished treasure?

You could answer either way, but if you have a creative streak, you can turn anything that you were previously thinking of tossing in the scrap into a fun and clever crafts project. From sewing up a new handbag for yourself to selling old albums on musicMagpie, there are hundreds of possibilities for your unwanted items just waiting to be unlocked.

If you have a hobby that you love doing, now is the time to put it to use. This is one of the best ways to get crafty and (possibly) make money in the process. Bakers already have the ingredients that they need to whip up a batch of blueberry lemon cupcakes for a bake sale, for example. And when summertime is in full swing, lawn care enthusiasts already have all the tools they’ll need to beautify their property and possibly the neighbour’s, as well. If you’re going to do it anyway, why not lend a helping hand or make a few extra pounds?


The most mundane items that you find around the house can become the best crafts projects, too. Old CDs, for example, can easily be made into shiny jewellery by simply cutting them into smooth shapes and drilling a small hole that you can use to thread a silver chain. Their cases also make great organisers, perfect for holding business cards, delicate jewellery, or hair pins. And don’t forget about the album artwork! Unfolding CD album covers and displaying them side-by-side makes a great music collage for a bedroom wall.

But there’s a good chance that you won’t want to make a necklace from every single disc that you own. If you have more CDs (or DVDs) that you want to get rid of, you can sell them online at a buyback sites like musicMagpie without ever having to leave your little one’s side. You should also consider selling games with music Magpie to free up even more space next to the television in the family room.

Clothing is also an overlooked resource when it comes to making crafts. Old jeans cannot only be transformed into a skirt or shorts with just a pair of scissors and a sewing machine, but you can also use clothing scraps to make headbands and bracelets. T-shirts can be used in the same way; graphic tees often have messages or images that would make great book covers or even handbags.

And what can you do with all of those books besides, you know, read them? There’s more artistic magic within those small pages that you may think. And old book, so long as you don’t mind ripping out the pages, can become an intricate paper wreath or the basis for literary origami. You can also use hardback covers to fashion a chic and intelligent purse. (Just attach some ribbon for handles, and voila!) If you’ve been keeping your mind sharp by reading, you’ll have a great imagination to work with for these kinds of projects.

The best part about all of these crafts is that you can do them with the kids. So, show them how to reduce, reuse, and recycle using all of the things you have lying around the house.


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