One of the easiest ways to save money is by collecting items around your home to use for your arts and crafts projects. You will need a large container and a place to store your collection.

Some useful items to collect include the following:

  • paper towel rolls
  • toilet paper rolls
  • clean tuna cans
  • soup cans
  • 1 gallon milk jugs
  • 1/2 gallon milk cartons
  • egg cartons
  • cereal boxes
  • small cardboard boxes
  • newspapers
  • cloth scraps
  • coat hangers
  • corks
  • yarn
  • juice cans
  • soap (for carving)
  • dried macaroni
  • wrapping paper
  • straws
  • paper plates
  • button down shirts (smocks)
  • wallpaper
  • cotton swabs
  • cotton balls
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  • sponges
  • potatoes (for stamping)
  • old catalogs
  • clothespins
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  • old blue jeans
  • clean coke cans
  • jelly jars
  • baby food jars
  • cream cheese containers
  • old t-shirts
  • old socks
  • bottle caps
  • paper bags
  • small sticks
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  • coloring books
  • pipe cleaners
  • coffee can
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Styrofoam meat trays are great as well, but they must be washed thoroughly to remove any leftover meat residue and possible bacteria.