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The 20 Most Overrated Craft Supplies

Wooden Pallets

Wooden pallets have exploded on Pinterest in recent years, with tutorials on how to make everything from bookshelves to bed frames out of them. However, a lot of people don’t know that pallets can contain disease-causing bacteria. (Not to mention that a pallet bookshelf or bed frame isn’t ever going to look nearly as nice as one made of quality materials.) I guarantee you’ll get tired of your pallet crafts within a year or two, so you might as well shell out a little more money to create or buy a timeless piece.

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Chalkboard Paint

People have been painting their walls and fridges with chalkboard paint to liven up their homes, but after the novelty wears off, you are going to start hating the smudged chalk on your walls. Instead, just paint these surfaces an actual color or use washi tape, which looks cleaner and comes off more easily.

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Cardboard

A lot of budget-friendly decorating tips say to make headboards, wall art, and block letters out of cardboard, but unless you live in a tiny dorm room, you should not buy into the cardboard trend. Cardboard isn’t supposed to look nice, and it doesn’t.

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Paint Chips

Just because you can  use paint chips to make a calendar or faux wallpaper, it doesn’t mean you should.  Using paint chips for decor screams “cheap,” so once again, unless you’re in a dorm, don’t use them. Not to mention, if you use them to decorate your wall, they’re going to start peeling away from the surface almost as soon as you stick them there.

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Tulle

Tulle was all the rage when I was decorating for prom in high school, but nowadays? It still looks like prom. DIYers like to fashion tulle into wreaths and other home decor pieces, but tulle isn’t the most visually appealing of fabrics. Stick to classier ones, such as burlap and lace, and no one will ever mistake your living room for an Under the Sea-themed dance floor.

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Crayons

Do you remember when melted crayon art was all over Pinterest a couple years ago? Well, apparently it’s still a thing for a lot of people. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the skill to execute good-looking crayon art, so unless you have a couple art classes under your belt, avoid this outdated and childish trend.

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Denim

Some people don’t want to throw out old jeans they’ve outgrown, so they attempt to fashion them into something new, such as a purse, a skirt, or even a wreath. Let me just give it to you straight: Repurposed denim looks cheap and tacky. Period. I can’t think of a single exception. Do everyone a favor by just donating those old jeans.

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Buttons

Have you seen those crafty bowls that are made out of buttons? A button bowl looks good on Pinterest, but once it’s actually in your home, the colorful buttons won’t really match anything. The same applies to button lampshades, ornaments, and the like. If you must use buttons, stick to a monochromatic color palette to keep it classy.

(Image via Instagram)

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Twine

Don’t get me wrong. I think twine can look rustic and gorgeous, but I don’t like it because it is difficult and physically painful to work with. I’ve wrapped a wine bottle and some wooden letters with twine, and I have to say, it’s not worth it. It takes hours, your hands end up raw, and it’s impossible to get the twine to look like the Pinterest photos because there will be a ton of gaps between the strands. My advice? Buy a prewrapped mason jar or wine bottle and save yourself the trouble.

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Glitter

Some people love glitter, and others hate it. Glitter can look fine in small amounts, but more often than not, it looks childish and oh-so messy. You can achieve a similar effect by using bigger sequins, and sequins will last longer while looking a lot more sophisticated.

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Stickers

While it’s easy to be drawn to the cute and sparkly subjects that stickers depict, how necessary are they? If children get into them, they end up everywhere. If adults use them, it just looks cheesy. Leave these for chore charts and school papers.

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Origami Paper

If you plan to do true origami, these sheets are great. However, if you just want a fun side craft, try a cheaper option. Simply cut paper you already have to size. 

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Art Sets

When I was a kid, I always wanted these. They include oils, chalk pastels, crayons, and a whole host of other things. Unfortunately, almost everything breaks within a one or two uses. It’s best to buy these things separately and make your own set. 

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Watercolor Paints

Watercolor flowers are all over social media, and true watercolor paints do have their value. If you’re a beginner, though, I would recommend watercolor pencils. They are like colored pencils, but when you paint over your creation with water, it gives it the look of watercolor. 

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Pastel Chalk

Unless you know how to properly use this medium, stay away. These can be extremely messy and will break easily if used incorrectly. 

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Glue Sticks

For young children, these are a life saver. For adults, they are just a pain! You won’t get any real stick, so it’s best to use regular or hot glue instead. 

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Tissue Paper

Tissue paper flowers almost never go out of style. They’re cute and whimsical, but the paper they are made out of is way too fragile. It will only frustrate you in the long run. 

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Pine Cones

Crafts involving pine cones gain popularity in the fall. What they don’t tell you is that pine cones are painful to handle and difficult to attach to anything and everything. Trust me and save yourself the trouble. 

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Pipe Cleaners

Cute for kiddie crafts, pipe cleaners aren’t the absolute worst craft supply. On the other hand, they can end up shedding like crazy. No one wants that. 

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Washi Tape

Photo frames made from washi tape are probably one of the most trending pins on Pinterest. I would stay away, though. It can end up looking cheap and dirty and it won’t stick for as long as you think it will. 

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