Frugal Crafting: DIY Embellishments

Everyone of us can practice frugal crafting: DIY embellishments for every project. It's all a matter of using what we have in our stash and not buy embellishments or use ready made embellishments as a default. Every time you need to embellish a project like a scrapbook layout, a canvas, an altered item or a card and you automatically reach for your embellishments' drawer or box stop! Stop and think "what can I use instead? can I create my own embellishment?" Yes you can! you can make your own unique items or personalized embellishments you already have.

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Frugal crafting: DIY Embellishments for Every project

Some of these ideas may be old and familiar but even though they are so well known we tend to forget them. It's definitely easier to save time and reach out for something we bought at the store but if we want to save money and use our stash let's embrace the practice of frugal crafting: DIY embellishments for every project.

DIY embellishments for every project


  1. Stamped Paper flowers: Plain paper flowers can be boring. Not only that but everybody's using them so if you want to make your flowers a little more special stamp on them. Use permanent ink and a simple pattern stamp like little circles or flowers. 
  2. Punched Flowers: Instead of using one punched flower, punch two or three different shapes of flowers and layer them with foam tape. It's a great way to use your paper scraps and create different combinations of flowers.
  3. Journaling Tags: cut rectangles from plain papers and distress them with brown distress ink. Then tie them to the page with twine. On the journaling tag you can write a quote, a name or a date. It will add extra detail to every project.
  4. Covered Wire: cover a wire with a strip of scrap paper. then sculpt it to any shape you want. A swirl, a flower or in this case a spiral. 
  5. Film Strip: use Tim Holtz film strip and add very small photos to create a photo film. If you don't have that strip you can still create a row of small photos as a border or an embellishment. Instead of photos you can add letters and create a title.
  6. Embossed Shape: Use grunge board or heavy cardstock and emboss with any folder you want. Then cut out different shapes like circles or hearts to use an embellishments. To add a little more interest you can add a little distress ink to highlight the embossed pattern.
  7. Handmade Flowers: Create your own flowers with matching papers. Control the flower's color, size and quantity. You can find a step by step tutorial on how to create this spiral flower here.
  8. Jazzed Up flowers: jazz up your flowers with an interesting center. Use a button, brad or metal embellishment to beautify your flower. The more impressive the center the more impressive the flower will be.
  9. Embellished Buttons: Add glitter to the back side of a transparent button to make it more elegant and shiny. You can embellish buttons in different ways and make them much more unique. You can find some button embellishment ideas here.
  10. Cutout Images: Create images of animals, flowers or other shapes by cutting them from paper scraps. You can draw the shape with a pencil or trace a shape from a stencil. I drew the bird and the wing separately and then cut them and attached them together.

Did you imagine so many embellishments are hiding in your stash? Try a few of these ideas. It'll not only reduce the size of your stash but you'll have unique embellishments that no-one else has! Try this frugal crafting: DIY embellishments for every project and I'm sure you'll come up with your own great ideas.

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6 comments on “Frugal Crafting: DIY Embellishments

  • Yelena Denton says:

    love these awesome ideas, just getting back into crafting after a few years dry spell and loved your refreshing take on the things you already have! thank you!

  • Christine Linnett says:

    Love the VIP room and all of your great techniques and ideas. Nice practical and sensible advice. I have already spent a fortune on craft, here’s to a frugal future and rediscovering what I already have.
    Thanks from England.

  • I have the Tim Holtz film strip that I picked up at Tuesday Morning. I was stumped on what to do with them and now I do. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas with us! 🙂


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