Whether you’re 8 or 80, getting stuck into some arts and crafts can be a great way to let off steam and flex your creative muscles. Not only can they be a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon, but some studies also suggest that they can have a significant positive effect on your mental health. To get you started, here are 12 fun craft projects that you can try at home.
Fancy decorative soaps are a great way to add a touch of sophistication to your home but buying them from a store can be surprisingly costly. Making them yourself can thus be a way to scratch your arts and crafts itch, while creating something you will get some real use out of. Typically, you will need oil, lye, a mold, and an oven to make soap from scratch. You can also add some different herbs and flowers to the soap, depending on your preferences.
Hanging Rope Shelves
Hanging shelves are very chic right now, and who couldn’t use a little extra storage space? While classic hanging shelves can be tricky to install without professional help, making one using thick rope can be done within an afternoon. Rope shelves also have a unique vintage look about them and make for a fun art project.
DIY Notice boards
Notice boards can be a handy addition to your home to keep you and your family organized. There are also plenty of ways you can make one yourself, using items you have around the house. One popular way is to glue and frame wine corks together for an easy DIY corkboard. Alternately, you can frame a fabric of your choice for a more colorful notice board.
If you’re crafty, there are plenty of ways you can turn plain t-shirts into personalized clothing you love. Vinyl screen printing is widely considered to be the most effective way of creating customized designs on clothing. This works by creating a stencil that is then transferred onto the material using high heat. Traditionally, clothing irons have been used for this process, but for the best results, a commercial grade heat press should be used to transfer the design.
For a quick and simple arts and crafts project that the whole family can enjoy, you can try your hand at decorating plain coffee and tea mugs. Acrylic paint is a popular way you can do this, though you should make sure any paint you use is suitable for ceramics, before applying it. Alternately, another way to create vibrant mugs is to marble them using nail polish.
Tie-dying is a great way to add a colorful, vintage touch to your old clothes and tea towels. The process for doing so is relatively simple, although if you are trying this with a child, you will probably want to apply the dye yourself. All that is required for tie-dying is a dye in the color of your choosing and some rubber bands. The rubber bands will determine the pattern of the dye on your shirt. The best material to use when tie-dying is cotton, as the dye may wash out of other materials, such as polyester.
Candles can freshen up the scent of a home while also acting as a pleasing decoration. However, like with soap, nice candles can be quite pricey, when considering how long they last. It can also be difficult to find a candle with a scent that appeals to you. Luckily, making them yourself is surprisingly easy. To start, all you’ll need is a pot for the candle, a stove, some wax, and a wick. You can then experiment with different herbs and scents to see which effect you like the most.
For a simple arts and crafts activity that doesn’t require any specific tools or know-how, painting rocks can be a fun and straightforward project for an afternoon. Artfully decorated stones can be a subtle, artisanal addition to your home’s décor, and the project also offers you the complete creative freedom to create a design that you love.
Cloth Mason Jars
For a nice and relaxing craft, you can try jazzing up the containers in your house with some cloth mason jars, using repurposed fabrics, such as lace or denim. This can be achieved by using newspaper as a mold to create the shape for the jar, then sticking on your fabric of choice to the mold. These jars can then make for a great holder for utensils or faux flowers.
Homemade Charging Station
No one likes having to untangle a bunch of wires when they need to charge something, so why not craft a solution? For a quick, cheap, and fun activity, you can cut spherical holes into a box containing an extension cord that will then keep all of your cables nice and separate. You can then decorate the box to fit it to your tastes and style.
House plants can be a welcome addition to your home, but the weight of planters can end up damaging and even permanently warping your floor if you’re not careful. Thankfully, with just some wood and screws, you can never worry about this problem again. By cutting three pieces of wood of equal length, you can then attach them to your planter using screws, so your plants are elevated off the ground. Not only does this craft have a practical benefit, but adding legs to your planter also gives your plants a touch of class that makes them stand out.
Terrariums refer to sealable glass containers which hold plants. These can be easily made using a glass bottle, a cork, and a plant and soil of your choosing, and they also make for a great centerpiece at the dining table. Any other glass container can also be used, providing you have a seal for it. Alternately, you can use faux plants for your terrarium, if you want a more permanent decoration and don’t want to be replacing plants regularly.