One of the problems with trying to fill your Etsy shop is coming up with materials to make your products. It's a problem because it can be very expensive to stock up on the necessary items when you don't have many or any sales coming in. I know we've accumulated a bit of a stockpile from taking advantage of good opportunities. Now we just have to get the sales coming in.
If you've been reading my blog for some time then you'll remember my last obsession with upcycling. I still wear my plastic cup bead necklace and upcycled flower hair clip. With some imagination and encouragement from my hubby, I'm diving into a new obsession. I won't give it away right away so you have time to guess a little at what I'm doing (see pictures).
Don't have the money to shop for supplies? Time to get resourceful!
One of the most inspiring upcycling blogs I've found is this one by Mich L. in L.A. She does some incredibly creative stuff with the wackiest of items and has contests for people to guess what she used. Dollar Store Crafts is another great blog that gets creative with inexpensive (cheap) supplies.
Once you get an idea of the kinds of things you can use to make jewelry, you'll realize that your house is full of possibilities. The Beading Gem's Journal publishes some great recycled jewelry projects from time to time. Other blogs have shown how to turn old shirts into purses and even flowers for headbands and other accessories.
Want to see what you can do with some twist ties? The California Art Education Association had a fun workshop on this. Another blog did a delicate bird's nest jewelry piece from twist ties.
Take a look around - you may have enough things on hand to get some projects going. What did I use to make these cute flower earrings?????
Diet Coke cans! Yes, my Diet Coke obsession knows no end. We are working on some new items to add to our shop and I loved taking these cute dangle earrings for a test drive.
Do you have any fun upcycle or supply ideas?
I'm linking up this project at Just Something I Whipped Up, Making the World Cuter, Today's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, and CraftOManiac.