Ever get to the end of a DIY project and realize that you just spent more then you would have if you had just bought it new? It happens to me all the time! Here I will share 5 easy ways to save money on your next DIY!
- Use what you already have
One way to save a ton of dough on your next DIY is to have a look around your house. Any scrap lumber lying around? Any old paint from a different project? Sometimes making due with materials that you already have lying around is the best way to update your space on a dime.
In this DIY project I made a welcome sign out of an old board I had lying around that was previously used as a form for a concrete foundation. It was old and worn looking – but that, my friends, is what we call “rustic”.
2. Look in the trash bin
Sometimes inspiration can be found in the lowliest of places – the trash bin! I am constantly examining garbage and waste to see if it can be repurposed for something else. First of all, there is nothing more frugal than upcycling trash and it is great for the environment too!
In this project I turned an old berry container into a handy chalk and brush holder for my chalkboard.
3. Think outside the box
Sometimes buying materials for your DIY projects can add up! Fabric, in particular can be very expensive. Shopping around and thinking about using items in a different way can be the answer.
When I reupholstered this ottoman I struggled to find both batting and a liner fabric without spending a ton of money. When shopping around a local discount store I found a mattress pad and a shower curtain that fit the bill. Both items were selling for far less than anything comparable at the fabric store, and the effect was the same.
4. Fix up the old and broken
Chances are if you really look around your house you can find some broken old pieces of furniture that seem to far gone to save. A little TLC, some quick repair work and a new covering can transform that broken piece into something completely new! I have yet to meet something “too broken” to reuse!
5. Plan ahead and wait for sales and deals
I almost always have four or five projects on the go in my head. I am always looking forward to the next thing. So when a 50% off sale at the fabric store goes on or my favourite spray paint goes on sale I am already prepared with the colours or patterns I need for those projects. Take advantage of these opportunities and wait for the deals!
When I saw this huge frame at my local craft store at 50% off, I knew it would be perfect for a chalkboard to manage my family schedule. I ended up making a massive chalkboard that would normally go for at least $100 for under $20!
So stop paying top dollar for materials, search for inspiration in unlikely places, and plan ahead to save tons of dough on your DIY projects!