Looking for a new craft idea you haven’t tried before?
I’ve put together some of my favorite crafts of all time by age and interest here so you can explore. I’ve also included LOTS of resources and links to go and get started with a new-to-you craft right now! Are you ready? Let’s find your favorite new hobby! 🙂 Check out 16 of my favorite all-time creative projects for adults, toddlers, tweens, and teens!
KNIT AND CROCHET CRAFT PROJECTS
Knitting is such a relaxing craft, and the brain benefits have been compared with those of meditation. (Cool, right?) You can knit something just for yourself. Like the coziest-ever pair of socks! Or spend your time knitting things for others in need.
1. Baby Items: Or do something good for you AND for someone in need by knitting newborn hats to donate to babies in your local hospital’s NICU and maternity ward. They always need donations like this — every baby gets a hat! And if a friend is having a baby, you can knit or crochet an heirloom baby sweater or cute crochet hat just for pictures.
2. Crochet Doilies: You could make a hundred of these, and still find a use for them. Make several to use as your own coasters to protect tables from drink rings. Make extras to tie up in a pretty package to give as a heartwarming housewarming gift.
(image credit: Skillshare)
ILLUSTRATING AND DRAWING ACTIVITIES
When someone asks me about what easy crafts they try when they have nothing to do, illustration and drawing are some of the first I suggest. Why? Because the tools are cheap and there is no limit to what you can make, other than your own imagination. There are also lots of great tutorials and classes from art teachers around the world available online. I even popped in to a live figure drawing art class on Periscope the other day – so amazing!
3. Draw people and characters: I think humans naturally find drawing figures and faces infinitely interesting. We love to people watch and all pay attention to different things. This means no two artists will draw a person in the same way, and there is no wrong way to do it, but there are some art principles of drawing that will help you translate what your eye sees to paper. Here are some tips: First study proportion, perspective, and basic human anatomy if you would like to get better at drawing people. It really helps! Then keep an art pad with you and draw whenever you have a free moment. Here is a video that has some great beginner drawing tips.
4. Calligraphy and lettering
Calligraphy and lettering with ink and chalk are having a major comeback lately. People pay hundreds of dollars to have a professional calligrapher address wedding invitations…learn how and you can do it yourself! There are TONS of resources and videos to show you how to learn these beautiful and practical art forms. Molly Jacques teaches how she does calligraphy – and she has worked for some pretty fancy schmancy clients! Check it out https://www.skillshare.com/profile/Molly-Jacques/4141629
I also love this one from Creative Live. It includes some chalk lettering ideas as well: https://www.creativelive.com/courses/hand-lettering-101-annica-lydenberg
Craft Projects To Try:
Illustrate the letters of your name…just play!
5. Art journaling: Just Doodle! This can be a very cool way to start art journaling – just draw what you see! Your coffee cup, that little pair of favorite scissors on your desk, an image that describes how you are feeling….try to tell a story with your doodles.
Craft Project To Try:
Draw 3 objects in front of you right now.
6. Zentangle is wonderful because it is meant to be simple. portable, and a mental break for your brain. Part meditation, part craft, the whole idea is to create squiggle shapes in a 4in. x 4in. square, then separate those shapes. Next you draw repeating patterns in those divided sections. Or just start with a pattern and fill the whole square. The original Zentangle philosophy suggested using black ink markers like my favorite super-black Pigma Micron Markers shown here, but many artists and crafters have taken the art of Zentangle to new levels by adding color, shading to make it look 3D, applying to surfaces, and even turning them into coloring pages for other people to color in and enjoy.
Craft Project To Try:
Practice some of these simple Zentangle patterns
7. Mandalas are beautiful. They are intended to help you focus and draw your eye in during meditation and are often elaborately colored and decorated to keep your attention. You can make them in many ways, and there are certain symbols that can have certain special meanings. Like Zentangle, they often use repeating patterns, only in a mandala, you create them evenly-spaced, and around a circle. Search for drawings of mandalas so you get a feel for what they look like, then try this mandala template to make your own. Just print the template, and put under a piece of tracing paper so you don’t have the guidelines in your finished mandala.
(Image credit: Craftaholics Anonymous)
DIY HOME ACCESSORIES
8. Make Your Own Pillows – Even if you don’t sew, you can easily embellish an inexpensive pillow or pillow cover to make it trendy and fun (or just change your decor for the season.) Decorating your own pillows is easy – use stamps, stencils and fabric paint, or use your Silhouette or Cricut machines to cut a shape out of iron-on vinyl! I love this pillow project from Craftaholics Anonymous. http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/diy-deer-pillow
9. Create Inspiring Wall Art
Using vinyl or paint, put your favorite quote on a painted board. You can find pre-painted, word-art ready boards with wall hardware already installed at just about any craft store.
10. Wreath Making and DIY Flower Arranging
If you want to do something fun to decorate for the holidays, making your own wreaths is really fun. And with all the wreath making supplies available now, it has never been easier! There are SO many good ideas for making wreaths that use a simple base and a bunch of something you can easily find – ribbon, mesh, even candy. You can whip a simple one up in thirty minutes.
Here is one of my favorite recent DIY wreath projects you can try!
CRAFTS YOU CAN MAKE AND SELL
11. Make illustrations to sell
If you love to doodle in your notebook, you may find you draw things that are perfect creative things to sell! Make them into stickers for planners or for kids, or simply sell your designs. Just make them into a vector format first (here’s how.)
12. Sell prints of your word art
Have you made word art you love? Scan it in to your computer, adjust the color as needed in photoshop, and print on archival quality paper. Package in an acetate sleeve and cardboard back to protect the print, and you are ready to ship them to customers! For fine art, you may want to use a professional giclee printer, but you can also charge more for these prints.
Learn about packaging for art prints: https://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/discussions/discuss/8842560/
13. Make Hair Bows to sell
Hair bows never go out of style and are essential for certain sports like Competition Dance and Cheer. They are also loved by parents of newborn girls when attached to a super soft, stretchy headband. There is always a market for custom hair bows in boutiques and online, and don’t worry – even if you can easily find them put your spin on them and you will get the right customers flocking to you!
Craft To Try:
More craft ideas with bows- http://craftweekly.com/21-diy-bow-crafts/
14. Make DIY Tutus
Mom’s of little girls LOVE tutus for babies, toddlers, and young girls…even if they don’t dance! A handmade DIY tutu is a fashion accessory used for fun and play. Make them very short for everyday wear for babies, or longer for princess play for elementary school aged kids.
Craft To Try:
(image credit: Beadaholique)
15. Try Making Beaded Jewelry
There is tons of jewelry on the market, but it doesn’t matter. People LOVE and BUY jewelry! From simple-to-make pendants to intricate beaded creations, you can definitely sell the beaded jewelry you make!
Craft To Try:
16. Make DIY Inspirational Painted or Vinyl Signs
Especially for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and baby nurseries…DIY signs sell!
Craft To Try:
Layout a sign in your favorite word program on your computer, then use this letter transfer technique to transfer the design to wood. Then simply paint it!