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DIY Craft Supplies- Recipes And Ideas

We all have a budget of some sort for our craft supplies. I know personally how easy it is to go over what we intended to spend. But there are ways to save a lot of money making a few supplies on our own. Many of the things that are used in these ideas, you have in your home or are readily accessible.

These are my favorites that I have collected from all over. Since you will need a few jars to store these in, start recycling ! I love to recycle when I craft !

Blender Ink Refill For Blender Pens

You will need a small bottle that has a dropper. Reusing old reinker bottle that have been washed so there is no color in them are perfect. Anything with a dropper will work.

2 teaspoons of glycerin ( you can get this where they sell cake supplies or on Amazon)
4 teaspoons of distilled water
1/4 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol
Mix all the ingredients in the bottle. Shake the bottle to mix them. Refill your pen following the manufacturers directions

Pick Up Sticks


I use a lot of gesso in my art journals. I go through a lot of it, Here is an easy recipe for making your own.

1 part white glue (Elmers is my preferred)
3 parts water (cut that to 2 parts if you are using cheaper glue)
6 parts baby powder 
1 Tablespoon of titanium white acrylic paint
Mix well in an air tight container. It should be the thickness of pancake batter and store in an airtight container. Stir well before use.

Glue Dots

Acrylic sheets or the paper back sheets from labels 
Aleene Tack It Over And Over Glue

Just place glue dots in the size that you want them on the acrylic or backing sheet, Just leave them to dry. The tinier ones will take an hour or so. The larger ones can take up to 36 hours to cure. Place another sheet of non stick paper on the top. I store them in zip lock bags

DIY Mod Podge

I love Mod Podge. But there are times when I run out and this recipe will save you a lot of hassle

You will need a jar to mix and store it in. 

1 cup of glue and 1 cup of water. Put the lid on the jar and shake it well. I would give it a shake again before I used it. 

Stamp Cleaner

1 cup of distilled water
1 teaspoon of baby wash
2 tablespoons glycerin

Add the glycerin to the water and stir. Stir in the baby wash. Pour into a spray bottle that you have recycled.

Texture Paste

Adds 3 D effects to cards, scrapbook pages and art journals. It can be colored before it's applied with chalks, inks or paints. Can be used with stencils, applied with a palette knife, and used with tools to create your own textures.

Mix one part white acrylic paint with 1/2 part white glue or mod podge. Then add 1 part either talcum powder or baking soda. Stir well and store in an air tight container.

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