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Ideas for Cheap Crafts & Hobbies

Just because money is tight, that doesn't mean you have to stop doing fun crafts and interesting hobbies. But it does mean you might have to rethink which activities to tackle. There are plenty of hobbies and crafts at your fingertips that are cheap or virtually free. With an open mind and a little free time, you can be thrifty and creative at the same time.

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Start a Blog

Anything from wine making to your baby's first steps can make a good topic for a blog. Similar to a personal journal on the Internet, a blog is a website you can use to share with people around the world your personal experiences and opinions along with photos and links to other sites. Several user-friendly websites like WordPress and Blogger are available to help even the novice blogger create a blog for free. You can also make some extra money by posting ads on your blog.

Learn Sign Language

Sign language is the fourth most commonly used language in the United States, and learning this language is not only an interesting and useful hobby, it's also free. All you need is a computer with Internet access and a willingness to learn. Several free resources are available online that offer free lessons, workbooks and quizzes to make learning this widely-used language fun and economical as well.

Make Jewelry from Potatoes

Potatoes are not only tasty, but you can actually use them to make beautiful, inexpensive jewellery and accessories as well. To make potato "beads," peel and cut one medium-sized potato into cubes. Carefully place the peeled cubes on a wooden or metal skewer and let them sit for one week to dry. Once the cubes are dry, paint them with two coats of turquoise paint. Then spray with acrylic sealer, allow to dry, and thread the beads onto a necklace or bracelet wire. With a few inexpensive materials and a vivid imagination, almost anything can be turned into a thrifty but fashionable accessory.

Recycle Trash into Useful Gifts

A little glue and a dab of paint can go a long way when recycling trash into useful and attractive gifts. A tuna can, for instance, can be repurposed into a pin cushion just by painting it and adding fabric-covered cotton batting to the top of the can. Soup cans can be emptied and painted or decorated to become handy pencil/utensil holders. Use your imagination when looking around your house and you'll see that one man's trash is definitely another man's treasure.

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About the Author

Located near Houston, Texas, Amanda Smoke has been writing feature articles and press-related materials since 1998. Many of her articles have been published in "Boeing News" and more recently in "Sagemont Life" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Texas State University.

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