20 of the Most Useful Craft Hacks

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Written by:  modpodgerocks
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Being a life-long crafter, I'm always looking for shortcuts or inexpensive ways to do common things. And by "things" I mean storing small items, sharpening scissors, spray painting, etc. Creative people have a lot of tips and tricks, called craft hacks, and I'm going to share 20 of those with you today! Bookmark this page and then the next time you bust out the  craft supplies, reference this article for some great craft hacks to make your life easier. Enjoy!
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Yarn Guide

Use a  binder clip on the edge of a glass jar to direct your yarn and keep your ball from going all over the place. Don't forget to set this up before you start knitting!
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Cutting Sandpaper

Sandpaper will sharpen your scissors easily - just by cutting through it several times.
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Glitter Lint Roller

We all know how hard glitter is to pick up! If you have a place with glitter that you can't easily clean, use a lint roller to get it up.
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Spray Paint Booth

Living in an apartment, I don't have anywhere to spray paint out in the open. If you live in a small space, use a cardboard box standing up on its long side as a makeshift booth.
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Craft Glue Holder

It takes several minutes for me to get to my glue each time I use it - so I started storing it upside down in a glass and the glue is right there in the bottle when I need it.
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Acrylic Paint Chips

It's hard to tell what colour acrylic paint is by looking at it in the bottle. Use lolly sticks to make paint swabs so you can always colour match easily.
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Cutting Duct Tape

To make it easier to cut duct tape, wipe your scissors with a baby wipe beforehand.
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Freezer Glue Sticks

Want to know what prevents   glue sticks from stringing as much? Keeping them in the freezer before use!
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Ice Tray Storage

A plastic ice tray is a perfect place for holding really tiny items that have no other place to go. Also,you don't have to buy multiple storage containers.
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Making Patterns

If you want a cheap way to make your own sewing patterns, look no further than the recycling bin - newspaper is perfect!
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Sharpening Punches

I love my huge collection of craft punches, but it's hard to keep them sharp. The easy way to do it is to punch tin foil.
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Blow Dry Glue Strands

Another option for minimising hot glue strands - use your hair dryer with the project is done. You'll see them melt away.
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Mini Fabric Bolts

To make small fabric pieces easier to store, wrap them around cut pieces of a cereal box. You can then sit them up in a drawer and sort through them easily.
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Pin Pick Up

I'll never forget when I dropped a tonne of pins on the floor during a late night sewing session. Easily pick them up with a strong magnet.
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Paper Towel Ribbon Storage

It's very easy to store ribbon and still access it on a paper towel holder. Simply push the roll down onto the holder and layer them. It works best with cardboard rolls.
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Knitting Needle Tips

Protect yourself from an accidental stabbing by putting wine corks at the end of your knitting needles.
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Brush Storage

Use an old, clean crisp container to store brushes and other long items, such as pipe cleaners.
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Recycled Paint Palette

Use a recycled plastic lid as a makeshift paint palette - any kind of plastic lid will do. You can also rinse it and save it for the next time.
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Old Tape Rolls

Do you have a tape roll that you haven't used in a while? If it's hard to peel the end off, put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds and it will loosen up.
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Comb and Nail

It's hard to make sure a nail goes in straight sometimes. Use a comb to help guide the nail as you hammer, and then simply slide off when the nail is secure.

Visit my collection of  basic craft supplies to see my suggestions for everything you need to get creative. Do you have any other craft hacks you can share with me? I'd love to hear them in the comments below! 

Also check out my guides to beginner crafts below!
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