Friday, 12 January 2018

How To Save Money (And Time!) As A DIY Blogger

I ran polls on both Twitter and Instagram asking you guys if you preferred to read DIY projects or recipes, and I was quite surprised to find that DIY projects won by far on both polls. As much as I love making DIY projects, I was a little down when I discovered that as recipes are so much easier and cheaper to make, which got me thinking: How can I save money on my DIY projects? 

As I made some mental notes of ways I could do that, I realised that some of you who enjoy making DIY projects at home might be wondering the same thing, so I decided to compile some of my ideas into a post for you! 
These are very simple, but still effective, ideas on how to scrimp and save here and there when creating, and I hope to expand on it in the future as I think of more. If you have any ideas of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments! I'm sure others would appreciate your contribution - I know I will!


What I mean by this is: think about the multiple uses that one item can have. An old cereal box could be turned into a piñata, a foam board that came with a package could double as a cake pop stand (that's what I did, anyway). I always hang onto things that I think might be useful one day, and I am always glad that I did. I'm actually thinking of writing a post about all the unexpected things you should hold onto to use on your future projects, so keep your eyes peeled for that!


I am never one to shy away from my self-professed stinginess, especially not when it comes to DIY projects. I save every scrap bit of paper, felt and any other item that I think might come in handy in the future - and it always does. I've made three pillows from the leftover pink material that I used for my donut skirt alone! I also enjoy browsing the secondhand clothes racks for plain shirts and pants so that I can use their material for smaller sewing projects. There's always a cheaper way to do things, and there's nothing wrong with being a little thrifty!


Over our four and a half years together, Daniel and I have celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases, Valentine's Days and Easters. Every now and then I'll ask for something more tradition such as a piece of jewellery, but most of the time, I ask for something that I really want, even if it seems like a strange gift. 

For Christmas Daniel bought me a ton of crafting supplies that I had picked out, which saved me money whilst also not costing him too much, and now I have heaps of new items to play with. Instead of saying "I don't know" every time someone asks what to buy you, just be honest and say: I want craft supplies!


Of course, this will all depend on what you like to create, but I've found that this works with many different hobbies. Some afternoons I'll sit down and watch a few episodes of a TV show and sew together a couple of pillows. You can also paint, make pinatas, and even sketch out other project ideas whilst doing the same thing. I know a lot of people say "don't multitask!" but I am all about mixing business with pleasure so I do this kind of thing all the time. 

I find this practice really helps my creative juices flow and that, as soon as I have finished one item, I immediately want to create more, so I do honestly believe that this makes me more productive. I also do the same thing when I'm baking. I always, always, always make way too many cookies, so now I plan out a few different designs every time I whip up a new batch. It's a great way to get a heap of content done in one day, and to ensure you don't waste any cookies!


This seems a little shady even as I'm writing it, but I've heard plenty of other DIY bloggers say the same thing so I don't feel bad about doing it anymore, and that is this: don't worry about the parts that people won't see. Since the piñatas I make are just for me, they don't need to be perfect. I don't fill them with candy, and I don't decorate the back of them. No one will ever see it, and therefore it will just be a waste of materials that I could use for something else. Once again, this will differ depending on what exactly you are creating, but if all that matters is the front, then only worry about the front. Don't stress yourself over parts that don't matter!


Crafting can be an expensive hobby, especially when you're into multiple different mediums and you don't sell any of your items so you aren't making any money from them, but I love it so much that it's worth every penny. I'm going to keep working towards a future where I DO get paid to create, but until then, I'm going to try and be as frugal as I can! Do you have any tips on how to save money as a creative?

Until next time,
Indya xx