Today’s Feature: 7 Money-Saving Crafty Ideas!

It’s a pleasure for me to introduce Anna, owner of Bargainmoose is a very popular website for Canadian deals and discounts, where you can find the latest shopping bargains and coupon codes, helping Canadians save money every day. Today I welcome Anna as a guest blogger on Listen to Lena – she’ll be sharing seven crafty ideas that are easy to create and easy on the wallet!

7 Money-Saving Crafty Ideas

Hi! I’m Anna. I’ve been enjoying seeing all the amazing pictures and ideas over on Pinterest, and that led to an idea for this very post. There are quite a few ideas on there for various art and craft projects, and quite a lot of them could be considered frugal or potentially money saving. Here are some ideas that I spotted on there, which look cool and could save you money.

1. Make a Jewellery Rack from an old rake

Over on Little Lucy Lu, they show us how to make a cool jewellery rack from an old rake! Looks great, and a brilliant way to store your necklaces. It’s definitely something people would admire if they saw it on your bathroom wall.

2. Plant a compact Vegetable Garden

The folks over at Boys’ Life show us how to make a compact vegetable garden, which could be ideal for those short on space, but who still want to get a little green-fingered. While you could be talking about a slightly higher initial outlay for this type of project, it would save you money in the long run, not to mention the benefits of the delicious home grown veggies.

3. Make Jello Playdough

On, I found a jello playdough recipe - sounds interesting! The recipe uses some simple ingredients and shows you how to “cook” some playdough from scratch.

4. Make a plastic spoon Lampshade

Using plastic spoons, a plastic bottle, a sharp knife and a light fitting, you can make an amazing retro lampshade!

5. Make a Swaddle Blanket

Over on A Load Of Craft, they tell us how to make a cheap and easy swaddle blanket from jersey knit material. It’s like a baby burrito!

6. Make DIY Cork Hanging Decor

This is a creative use for some old corks – you can make a hanging decoration that looks pretty funky, as illustrated on It only needs a Styrofoam ball and some wire.

7. Make a Lego Travel Box

This idea for a Lego travel box from is really cute. You can make it from a wooden box with a sliding top, and some lego bits and pieces. It’s great for storing a few chunks of Lego, and you can take it out and about with you.

P.S. Quick shoutout to Amanda on Pinterest – excellent board about “good ideas.”

Thanks a bunch Anna! These are great frugal – and fabulous – ideas!

12 Responses to “Today’s Feature: 7 Money-Saving Crafty Ideas!”

  1. Bargainmoose
    March 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Lena! I hope there are some useful tips in there :)

    • Lena
      March 24, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Thank YOU for such a great post Anna! Great tips!

  2. Lina @ Baby Alerts
    March 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Some great simple ideas. I’ve been on the outlook for alternative swaddle blankets or a muslin wrap, guess I should of thought to check out the Fabricland for some jersey knit material.

    • Lena
      March 24, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      I wish I could rewind the clock and use that tip myself. Good luck Lina!

  3. Carlee
    March 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Love the jello playdoh idea.

    • Lena
      March 24, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Mmmm… so do I, but I don’t trust my kids not to take a sample bite :)

  4. Jillojello
    March 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Great ideas. When I was young my mom would make play do with kool-aid. It always smelled so good.

    • Lena
      March 24, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      I am thinking that the citrus and berry flavours would smell heavenly!

  5. Shauna MacKenzie
    March 22, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    I’m loving the Lego idea! We usually drag a bin of them along for the long drive to the cottage – I’ll have to try this! And the rake is brilliant!

    • Lena
      March 24, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Oh, good call!

  6. Kendra
    March 22, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    I recently saw something similar to the rake idea in person a party – the hostess had it hanging on her bathroom wall. It took me about 30 seconds to figure out I was looking at a rake and not an installation art piece!

    • Lena
      March 24, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      I think it’s a fabulous idea and would love to see it in person too. Thanks for stopping by!

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