Anyone who’s ever been under the impression that you have to save up fun craft projects and creative activities for a rainy day is sorely mistaken. When there are so many easy projects to do at home, why would you wait for crummy weather? DIY and crafts are perfectly suited for any day, rain or shine. You don’t have to be a crafting pro or a well-practiced artist to dive into handmade crafts, either! All you really need to get started is a handful of ideas for creative projects or easy art ideas, the right materials, and a little time.
Read on for craft activities that you can try no matter your age or crafting experience.
Craft Ideas for Kids
1. Origami Animal Faces
The only thing your kids will love more than a craft that’s fun to make is one they can wear and play with when they’re finished! Making origami animal faces requires little more than paper, a glue stick, and googly eyes and pens for details. Once you’ve mastered the basics of origami in this project, you can move on to plenty of other cool and easy crafts in the origami world.
2. Watercolor Greeting Cards
If your family has a holiday or other special occasion coming up, consider art activities that will help you celebrate those big days! Handmade watercolor greeting cards are a fantastic option that will let kids of every age flex their creative muscles and explore different artistic techniques.
3. DIY Piñata
Creative project ideas are that much more fun when there are delicious treats involved. How about a DIY piñata? This project is a great one for families in search of creative activities for adults too, since certain steps are better suited for grown-ups. You can work together to create a finished product that will make a big impression at a party or simply add a little extra sparkle to a normal night around the house.
4. Miniature Clay Sandwiches
There’s something about miniatures that’s just so delightful. Everything’s cuter and more appealing when it’s tiny! Exhibit A? These DIY mini clay sandwiches. The tools for this DIY project idea are simple and easy to find, and you and your kiddos can use whatever sandwich you prefer as your muse. Plus, you’ll walk away with basic sculpting skills to use on other art projects you can do at home.
5. Friendship Bracelets
Handmade friendship bracelets make fun projects for kids of all ages. There are many patterns of friendship bracelets to master, and with a bit of practice, you and your family can figure out a style that’s all your own.
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6. Handmade Cookie Jars
An unexpected upside of many easy project ideas is that they can also serve as opportunities for upcycling. These polymer clay cookie jars, for example, turn recycled glass jars into cute, cheeky kitchen accessories that will add a big pop of personality to your home. They’ll also give you a reason to bake more cookies.
7. Embroidery Using Printable Patterns
Just because embroidery has been around for a very long time doesn’t mean it has to be a boring, stuffy activity. You can make embroidery as modern as you’d like it to be! Take the time to learn the basic stitches, then search for printable patterns online. Free printable crafts? Yes, please.
8. Easy Felt Flowers
Looking for an extra dose of color or texture to add to your home decor or outfits? DIY felt flowers are where it’s at. Once you see these flowers coming together, it might inspire you to explore even more easy creative craft ideas to add them to.
9. Clay Earrings to Do at Home
Polymer clay earrings are very hot these days—and for good reason. They’re colorful, packed with personality, and super customizable… and you can make them yourself to represent your style! Before long, you’ll have an amazing collection of DIY clay jewels.
10. Watercolor Bookmarks
DIY craft ideas are that much better when they’re actually functional. Enter watercolor bookmarks! These will make fantastic gifts for the book lovers in your life, as long as you can resist the temptation to hang on to all of them yourself.
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11. Stationery Sets
Calling all snail mail fans! Easy creative project ideas like these custom card and envelope sets can add some serious flair to the way you do the simplest of things, including sending mail. Watercolor stationery makes a beautiful statement in the mailbox.
12. Gift Tags
The only downside to creating your very own beautiful watercolor gift tags is that your gift recipient might not want to open the present and dismantle your wrapping. Create a batch for a specific occasion or set aside a block of time to make a larger quantity that you can use all year long.
13. Zipper Pouch
It’s time to break out the old sewing machine! DIY zipper pouches make the perfect craft for anyone who wants to learn simple sewing or brush up on old skills.
14. Coffee Painting
You probably didn’t expect to see coffee mentioned on a list of easy art project ideas, but here it is! You can use the coffee you already have around the house to make rich, beautiful coffee paintings. They’ll even smell like your favorite mug of joe.
15. Glitter-Dipped Coffee Mug
Speaking of coffee, everyone needs a favorite mug! You can repurpose a plain coffee mug that you might already have into a glitter-dipped mug, or one featuring a chevron or striped design.
Ready, Set, Craft!
Now that you have a full stock of ideas for creative projects, there are no more excuses to not be creative. Grab some loved ones and start creating.
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