Easy, Low-Cost Crafts for the Whole Family

posted 7/30/2014 in General

Cheap craft ideas

August is Family Fun Month, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the last month of summer with your family. Spending time outdoors, vacationing, going to plays and movies, restaurants, zoos and malls are all options. But they come with a hefty price tag sometimes.

One easy and inexpensive way to bond as a family is to make crafts together. These can be fun, simple projects that improve your home or make something memorable for everyone to keep. Check out these low-cost craft ideas and get crafty today!

Cork bulletin board

Use hot glue to fill a wooden frame with old wine corks. You can use push pins to hang photos and notes on this board.

Message bottles

Gather some old bottles or Mason jars and write your favorite words or phrases on them with a hot glue gun. After the glue dries, paint over the entire bottle. The glue words will still show because they’re raised. You can use these as decorations, vases or even glasses for drinks.

Magazine stool

Create a foot stool by stacking old magazines on top of a board which is the same size. Place a same-sized pillow on top and wrap two old belts around the pillow and wood to secure everything. The magazine spines will make a colorful and eclectic stool.

Chalkboard frames

Paint the back of old frames with chalkboard paint and hang them for an easy place to leave notes and reminders.

Personalized mugs

Write your favorite quote or another message on plain mugs with a Sharpie. Place in your oven and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees to make the marks permanent.

Window shutter mail holder

Paint an old window shutter and hang it against a wall in your kitchen. The slats can hold and organize mail.

Necklace hanger

Find some old furniture knobs and screw them into a piece of wood. Hand this up and use the knobs as necklace hangers.

Lincoln Savings Bank hopes you have plenty of family fun this August. Try these crafts on a rainy day and add some family-made items to your home!  Pinterest is another great resource to find great craft ideas.

Lincoln Savings Bank, Member FDIC

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