In honor of the New Year, I thought I’d share my top 10 crafting materials for 2012. These are things I always have on hand, and you’re sure to spot them all over my house! All of these images are linked to my Pinterest boards which share the sources and/or tutorials.

1. Drop Cloth

Need I say more? If you’re not already on this bandwagon, get on now. You won’t find another material as affordable, durable, and texturally awesome for things like curtains, upholstery, table linens, and more.

2. Book Pages

Stop by your local thrift store and pick up some cheap yellow paged books and get your craft on.

3. Paint Swatches

Does it get any better than free? These beauties come in every color of the rainbow and can be used for everything from bunting to coasters.

4. Burlap

 It’s earthy, textural, and oh-so-scratchy. While I wouldn’t want it on my face (or my butt!), I certainly want it all over my house.

5. Corks

 Eco friendly and dripping (tee hee!) with natural beauty, there are tons of ways to reuse these babies when the wine is oh-vah. And when you have a brother that works at a winery…well, let’s just say I’m always looking for ways to use that endless supply of wine corks.

6. Jute Twine

Is there nothing that can’t be improved by wrapping it with twine? It’s earthy like the burlap, but you can squeeze it into small places.

7. Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint

 When in doubt, spray it with Oil Rubbed Bronze. It will turn even the ugliest of things into a bronzed god(dess).

8. Scrapbooking Paper

 Speaking of transformative properties…if you can’t find that can of spray paint, you should totally just cover it with scrapbook paper.

9. Brown Paper

Did you think I forgot it? How could I? I covered the entire upstairs floor with it.

10. Yarn

I’m a knitter, but you don’t have to be in order to use this versatile material.

And there you have it folks, my top 10 material choices for your crafting pleasure. I hope you will check out some of the projects and add them to your to-do in 2012 list! And when you’ve finished your projects, feel free to link them up at my weekly party 🙂

3 Responses

  1. Inspire Me Heather

    Wow, great post! I was with you all the way until the oil rubbed bronze paint – I must get me some, thank you!! All of your projects are so good, you are very talented and creative!


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