Craft junkies: products for less
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 17:10
The recent explosion of Pinterest.com has increased the number of college students who make their own clothing, art, furniture, and even laundry detergent. DIY items are quickly becoming a popular outlet for young adults looking to save money.
A-State student Molly Johnson started her DIY journey when she moved into a new house between her freshman and sophomore year.
“I got to decorate my room however I wanted to,” the senior psychology major of Paragould said. It was this freedom that kicked off her passion for creating things.
Some of Johnson’s crafts include homemade candles, decorated shirts, and framed, monogrammed fabric. Her inspiration comes mostly from what people around her say about items they have made. This gives her the drive to begin a new project that she can mold in any way she pleases.
“You get to do it the way you want to do it, not the way that someone else has made it,” she explained.
Her favorite thing to work on might come across as old-fashioned to some. “I really like crocheting, even though it’s a grandma thing,” she laughed. “It’s really relaxing.”
Johnson’s go-to stores for craft supplies include Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. To help save money she frequently uses the weekly Hobby Lobby coupon, which can be found on their website and in stores, and has a store card for Hancock Fabrics. The Hobby Lobby coupon saves customers 40 percent on one regular priced item.
Skye White, also of Paragould, takes advantage of the weekly Hobby Lobby’s coupons as well.
“I definitely try to use coupons and find sales to get things at a discounted price. Broke college students have to take advantage of those things,” she said. White estimates that she has saved around $500 with DIY.
White got her start with DIY as a kid and has moved on up to discovering crafts on Pinterest.com and Etsy.com, an online marketplace for homemade goods, that she can recreate.
The senior psychology major is currently in love with making tie-dyed items, such as pants, shirts, and bandanas. She compares the process to opening a gift to see what new item you are getting. In addition to dying fabrics, White dives into simple projects to decorate her room.
“I just bought some décor flowers at Target and stuck them on my wall with command strips in the shape of a peace sign,” she said. “It turned out really cute!”
Not all of what she creates is easy, however. Her most difficult project has been refinishing her great grandmother’s vanity. The process has included sanding, repainting, and adding new hardware. The final product paid off, and White now keeps the vanity in her bedroom at home.
For those wanting to get a start with DIY, White suggests getting on the Internet and “figure out how to make it happen. All you have to do is start looking.”