10 Fun & Easy Crafts to Do at Home

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Some DIY projects take many hours or even days to plan, prepare and complete, and, ideally, they give you a great sense of satisfaction. However, many fun and easy craft projects are just as satisfying but involve only an hour or two of your time -- and the shallowest, if any, of learning curves.

10 Fun & Easy Crafts to Do at Home
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Mold pieces of polymer clay into miniature pots, perfect for holding coins and jewelry, or as planters for tiny succulents or cacti. Special clay tools, improvised tools, or even your fingers make indentations into golf ball-sized pieces of clay. Hollow them out in the middle and form them into a rough pot shape. Several different colors of clay, squeezed together into a ball, make a marbled effect.

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Spoonful: Polymer Clay Pinch Pots With Neon Accents

Things You'll Need

  • Polymer clay
  • Clay tools or spoon
  • Toothpick

Attach decorative knobs, drawer pulls or hooks to a wooden board or plank to create a handy hanger for keys, jewelry or kitchen towels. Use the same basic method -- drill holes in the board, screw in the hangers, and attach hanging hardware to the back -- to make hangers in all manner of styles. A piece of beach wood with shell knobs, a smooth plank of hardwood stained black and fitted with stainless steel hooks, or a whitewashed board with mismatched, vintage drawer pulls -- all offer different takes on the same idea.

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Visibly Moved: DIY: Necklace Holder

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden board
  • Knobs, hooks or drawer pulls
  • Drill
  • Hanging hardware

For a different way to display favorite photos, transfer your pictures onto wooden boards. Depending on the size of the boards, hang these creations as wall art, prop them up as a display or use them as personalized coasters. The first steps include flipping the photographs to print a mirror image, then making photocopies of the print-outs. Flip them; change color tones; crop them or change backgrounds with photo-editing software. Or, achieve some of the same effects with scissors and creative photocopying. The wood transfer is simple enough -- just follow the instructions on a bottle of gel medium.

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Whlly Kao: The Photo-to-Wood Transfer

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden boards
  • Photocopied, reversed photographs
  • Gel medium
  • Paintbrush

Jazz up a plain pillowcase with pompom trim, available by the yard in fabric stores. The entire trim is decorative, meaning you can top-stitch over or around a pillowcase without the need to conceal any of it within the seams. If you intend to use the pillow on your bed, sew the trim by hand or machine and keep it along the side seams; for a purely decorative pillow, use fabric glue for a no-sew alternative, and attach the trim anywhere on the pillow. Arrange it in stripes across the front or create designs such as spirals or swirls.

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The Makerista: My Go-to Pillowcase DIY With Striped Pompom Trim

Things You'll Need

  • Pompom trim
  • Pillowcase
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric glue

A homemade stone hot pad is quick and easy to make. Cut a circle of heavy wool felt that's the same size as you want your finished hot pad. Arrange the stones over the felt without using glue. Reposition the stones so that the gaps between them are as small as possible. One at a time, lift the stones; apply glue underneath; and stick them firmly back in place. Wait for the glue to fully dry before using the hot pad.

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Bliss Bloom Blog: [Mke] Stone Placemat

Things You'll Need

  • Flat river stones
  • Heavy wool felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or super glue

Wood and cardboard 3-D letters are widely available. Choose letters to represent your initials or family name, or spell out a phrase to display on a wall, shelf or mantel. Customize the letters by covering them with white glue and cut-to-size pieces of decorative paper. Cartoon or storybook character gift wrap is ideal for children's room decorations; teenagers can re-purpose old posters. Use rubber stamps on brown packing paper for a rustic look, shiny metallic paper to match nearby picture frames, or printed photographs to turn the letters into family memorabilia.

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Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration: Back to School With Briana Johnson

Things You'll Need

  • Wood or cardboard 3-D letters
  • White glue
  • Scrapbooking paper, gift wrap or other decorative paper
  • Scissors

Weaving might seem like a complicated craft, but at its simplest, it's easy, fun and achievable at home with just some yarn and a loom improvised from a piece of cardboard. Wrap yarn around notched cardboard, spacing each wrap at an equal distance from the previous to form warp threads. Use a yarn needle to make horizontal, or weft threads, going back and forth through the warp threads. Experiment with different yarn types, colors and weights. A square woven from heavy cotton yarn makes a good kitchen scrubber; on a larger scale, weave place mats to match your coasters.

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Maker Crate: Woven Coasters

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle

Make a coiled rope bowl on a sewing machine with a heavy-duty needle and a zigzag stitch. Form a small coil at the end of a length of cotton rope, and sew the coil together, adding more and more rope as you sew. Look in the trim or curtain-making section of a fabric store for decorative and colorful cording or piping for an unusual-looking bowl.

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A Pair and a Spare: DIY Rope Bowl

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton rope
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Glass etching calls for some caustic chemicals, but all the supplies are available as kits with easy-to-follow instructions. Personalize glassware, such as sets of wine glasses, tumblers, vases and ovenproof glass dishes, using a template. Your chosen design or image, when etched, appears frosted against the clear glass background. Use templates that come with the kit, or cut your own from contact paper. Paint etching paste over the stuck-on template so that it only touches the part of the glass where you want the design. Leave the paste on the glass for the recommended amount of time; then simply wash it off under running water. The results are washable, and if the glassware is dishwasher or oven-safe, it will remain so after etching.

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Make It and Love It: Glass Etching

Things You'll Need

  • Glass etching kit
  • Glassware
  • Contact paper

Use chunky yarn and large needles to knit a glasses case in a matter of hours. Choose a dense and attractive stitch pattern, such as moss stitch or a cable pattern, to make the case more protective. Knit a tube in-the-round using double-pointed needles, and you only need to seam one end. Otherwise, knit a flat rectangle, double the width you need for the finished case; fold it in half and seam one short end and the long side. Work a buttonhole at the center near the top of one side and sew a button on the inside; sew hook-and-loop strips inside.

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The Knit Guru: Sunglasses With Cables Knitting Pattern

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Double-pointed knitting needles or straight needles
  • Scissors
  • Button

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Tips & Warnings

  • Before heading to the craft store, go through all your existing stashes of craft supplies. You might be inspired by some long-stored items or decide to re-make a project you started but never finished.

References

  • 200 Craft Projects Made Easy; Simona Hill
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