46 Craft Materials You Can Find In Your Own Home (For Free)

Last Updated Apr 03, 2020

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Every home with children needs craft materials to make the days go by smoothly. Without craft supplies, kids get bored, listless and just plain grouchy.

Okay so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but then again, the number of times we’ve heard kids beg to “do crafts” is practically innumerable.

Material For Craft Making

So how do you find craft materials on a whim and what should knick-knacks should you save in order to stock the perfect material for craft making?

Well, you’re in luck, because this extensive craft materials list is mostly made up of items that can be found in your own home. Yes, there are always going to be a few things to buy here and there, but chances are you have some of that on hand already.

So let’s talk about craft materials. Do you have these common household items that can easily double as craft supplies? Let’s run through the list to find out!

Craft Materials You Can Find in Your Home for Free

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Get the Essential Craft Materials Online

But first, you may need to get these craft materials online in order to complete your stash. If you have some of them already, you’re ahead of the game!


Paint is one of those things that you just can’t replace. Depending on the type of crafting you or your kids like to do, choose a paint that fits the typical project. A few options are washable finger paints for fun paper crafts or acrylics for rock painting.

paint brushes

Paint brushes are semi-optional depending on the project. If the kids are painting with finger paints, chalk paint, or other washable paints, then try substituting paintbrushes with Q-tips, frayed toothpicks or fingers. For more keepsake crafts, grab a cheap set of paint brushes to add to your craft materials.


There is just no substitute for good old fashioned crayons! Sorry. You’re going to have to dig through the old craft supplies bin or pick get these craft materials online.


For kids’ crafts, we like the good old “fold, lick and tear” method. But if you’re really trying to round out your craft materials, then grab a pair of scissors for your stash.


Glue is another craft supply that could sometimes be replaced with a flour and water solution if you’re really in a bind. But we like to have at least a small bottle on hand at all times. Plus it’s great to have around for making slime!


Last, but not least, tape is another one of those craft materials that is hard to do without. This should be one of the last “necessities” for creating diy kids crafts.

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46 Craft Supplies (From Your Own Home)

Here is the fun list of craft supplies that we’ve all been waiting for. These items are commonly found in every household. Make sure to think twice before tossing these DIY craft supplies in the trash!

  1. toilet paper rolls
  2. paper towel rolls
  3. small boxes
  4. scrap paper
  5. paper plates
  6. paper cups
  7. napkins
  8. egg cartons
  9. milk jugs
  10. picture frames
  11. old table cloths
  12. newspapers
  13. flowers
  14. rocks
  15. sticks
  16. leaves
  17. acorns
  18. seashells
  19. plastic food containers
  20. buttons
  21. zippers
  22. beads
  23. ribbons
  24. string
  25. old towels
  26. old washcloths
  27. old clothes
  28. yarn (from an old sweater)
  29. sheets
  30. pillowcases
  31. rubber bands
  32. plastic bags
  33. straws
  34. Popsicle sticks
  35. tinfoil
  36. clothespins
  37. wrapping paper
  38. old totes
  39. bibs
  40. ice mold
  41. jars
  42. toothpicks
  43. Q-tips
  44. paper bags
  45. pop bottles
  46. tin cans

This list of 46 craft materials is as raw as it gets. By saving these unneeded items from the trash, your craft supplies stash will be bursting at the seams!

Let us know in the comments what household items you have added to your craft materials. We’re always looking for new ideas!

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