Creative but on a budget? Where to get the best free art supplies!

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Arts & Crafts

Last updated: 29 January 2020, 12:21 GMT

Making your own art has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years! From life drawing to crochet, there are hundreds of art forms you can try to master. But you might know that a crafting hobby is not cheap! We have rounded up the best tips on where to get free art supplies.


I’m sure you have used Gumtree before to buy or sell something. This online market places has everything! But did you know that lots of people offer things for free too? Have a browse around for free art supplies, people who have just done a spring clean might be waiting for you to take things off their hands.

If you are feeling extra creative you might even be able to pick up cheap/free curtains and use the fabrics for other purposes. If you are looking for art supplies on a budget you need to think outside the box! 

Get free samples from Fabric shops

Fabric shops are generally very happy for you to take some free samples of different fabrics. Visit your local fabric shops to find some samples that you can use, and ask for a freebie.

Of course it might be handy to rotate your fabric shops and not ask the same one too often, otherwise the staff might cut you off!


Free online crafting templates and patterns

If you need templates and patterns for your crafting work, you can download these for free! Websites like FaveCrafts have thousands of free templates, ideas and projects for you to download. You can also have a look at Pinterest where you can find lots of tutorials, patterns, fun crafting ideas and lots more! 

Join the Hobbycraft Club

If you are an keen artist, Hobbycraft is probably one of your favourite shops! This store has all the arts and crafts supplies you could ever want! They usually have good deals on their products, but did you know they also have a club?

The Hobbycraft club is a membership which you can sign up to for free. When you sign up, you get 15% off your first purchase, which is a lovely bonus to start off with! Throughout your membership you get:

  • a free £5 gift voucher on your birthday
  • invitations to events
  • exclusive offers
  • free entry into prize draws
  • free craft downloads

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Free online art classes

There are lots of websites that offer you free arts and crafts lessons. For example, Free Online Art Classes is a website that offers free online classes on every topic imaginable. Whether you want to improve your painting, learn fabric printing, collaging or something else completely, Lois has probably done an online class on it!

There are lots of ways you can get free arts and crafts supplies. You can find free downloads for patterns, physical fabrics from stores or join membership clubs for freebies. Remember to think freely and try to use items you might not instantly think of!