Venturing Outside The Craft Section
This is so true! If you venture outside of the traditional "craft" section of a store it might open up a whole world of possibilities such as the picks above. (Click here for my review of them) Also check out holiday sections like Easter, Christmas and Halloween for some cool ideas as well. I have came across some clearance Christmas hooks before to use as a decorative element. (Click here for that video).
Instead of regular craft beads what about some nuts from the hardware section? What about drilling holes in Legos and attaching them to items?
Think outside the box. There is no harm in trying anything out. It is part of the learning process.