20th Mar2012

Top Tips for Crafters

by Dinah Wulf
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I am a big fan of Better Homes and Gardens.  I subscribe to a few of their magazines and to their emails.  I stumbled upon an article called Top Tips for Crafters and they had twenty four great ideas and I wanted to share a few of my favorites.  I got these tips directly from their BHG website.  I suggest you sign up! Just click on the link if you want to see all the tips… good stuff!

Pen and Marker Storage: Prevent pen and marker frustration by storing your writing utensils sideways. The ink won’t pool or dry out. And it is easy to find the color you need.

Share Crafts Supplies: Boost your stash and conserve cash by going in with friends to buy in bulk. You’ll have more supplies to play with, without breaking the bank. Or get your friends together and have a supply swap. Bring leftover crafts items you no longer want or need and trade them with friends for supplies you do need.

Crafts Supply Stash: Make your craft supplies inspirational and functional by arranging items by color. It’ll cut down on planning time and brighten your work space.

Keep Glitter Under Control: When crafting with glitter, keep it in check by coating a plastic tray with nonstick cooking spray. Any loose glitter will slide right off, and you’ll save more for future projects. — Mackey Stanley

See-Through Storage: Whenever possible store crafts supplies in see-through containers. Whether it’s bags, jars, or bins, transparent containers let you find what you want without rifling through every storage bin. To keep supplies organized within a large bag, run a line of stitches down the center of the bag to make two sections.

Perfect Ribbon: No iron? No problem. Get rid of ribbon creases with the help of a nearby lamp. Simply run the wrinkled ribbon across a hot light bulb to make it wrinkle-free and ready to use.


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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