Have you been aching to try some new things while stuck at home? Are you keen on making something from scratch, but you just don’t know where to start? Well, making small crafts at home is not only a lovely time-passer, but it can become a full-time hobby as well. There are about a million crafts you can pour all your creativity into, taking random items and turning them into something beautiful. That said, here are four craft ideas you can try at home and get those creative juices flowing.
4 Easy Crafts to Try at Home
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#1 String Art
To start with your string art, you’re going to need the following: Wood board in a shape you desire, tweezers, string or thread, a hammer, scissors, a few small nails, a paintbrush (preferably sponge), and acrylic craft paint. After acquiring all these items, you can now begin with the steps. To start, you’ll need to paint the surface of the wood plaque using your foam paintbrush and the acrylic paint – be sure to apply a thin layer and allow it to dry completely. Next, you’ll cut out a monogram template you want to use for the string art – a starburst monogram template works fantastic.
After cutting out the paper, you can attach the template to the wood plaque with the small pins, keeping the paper tight as you go along. After pinning down the template, you can remove all the outer pieces of paper using the tweezers- be sure that every corner of the shape has been pinned down. Then, the fun part begins – using the string, tie a double-knot around one pin, and start working your way through all the strings.
#2 Make a quilt
If you want to try something even more creative and enjoyable, you might wish to learn to quilt. This is a craft that a lot of people enjoy, and it is incredibly beneficial because it allows you to make items which are going to be genuinely useful. So how can you get into this at home, and what are some of the first steps you might need to take in order to do so?
Making a quilt is not only extremely fun, but it can awaken a sense of nostalgia within one’s self. You can make a quilt from almost any material, and you can even use pieces of t-shirt if you wish. Most people make a quilt from past memories by taking t-shirts from all the family vacations, for example, and stitching them all together. To start, you’re going to need to get a pattern for your quilt – if this is the first time you’re making a quilt, try using a simple design to start with.
Next, you’re going to need to get all the materials you’re going to use; the crazier, the better, and you can find excellent materials from stitchin’ heaven! Be sure to wash and iron your fabric if it’s new before you use it – if not, it will shrink in size, and your quilt will be all wonky. After getting all your fabric, you can lay your quilt out and start stitching the pieces together in rows. Lastly, iron your rows and sew them together to form a quilt – it’s as easy as that!
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#3 Lavender Soap
You can actually make any scented soap, whether lemon, rose, or vanilla, but this is just an example of lavender soap. This is not only a great craft to try, but it’s so fancy that it’s actually gift-worthy! After making these luxury scented soaps, your home will also always have fancy soaps in it. To start, you’re going to have to get some goat’s milk melt and pour soap base, dried lavender, lavender oil, and silicone molds.
Step one will consist of cutting about half of the 2lb block goat’s milk melt and pour soap base into small blocks, and putting it into a bowl. Microwave the bowl in intervals and keep stirring until all the blocks have dissolved. Next, you can add about fifteen to twenty drops of the lavender oil to the mix and stir again. Lastly, add roughly a tablespoon of the dried lavender to the mixture and pour it into the molds – the soap bars should set overnight and would be acceptable to remove from the molds in the morning.
#4 Hanging Shelf DIY style
Everyone can always use a hanging shelf – not only does it look fantastic on your wall, but it’s a nice alternative decoration other than art. The best part of this project is that you only need four items; a piece of poplar wood, a drill, a metal ring, and macrame cord – easy as pie! First, you’re going to drill holes into the corners of the wood for the thread to go through. Next, you’ll need to sand the holes lightly so it doesn’t chafe the cord over time and wear through it. Next, thread one piece of cord through a corner hole and another part through the opposite hole, bringing the pieces together at the top. Lastly, tie all four pieces of rope around the metal ring, and boom! Your very own hanging shelf, made proudly by yourself.
These are only four of the many easy craft ideas you can try at home. The point is to get creative and think outside the box – after all, you’re doing this to have fun!