6 Easy Crafts To Try

15/07/2018 Lifestyle 11

5 Easy Crafts To Try

I’ve always adored arts and crafts and making things, and have done ever since I was a kid…the only problem is that I’m not naturally very good at it. Despite my best efforts, I don’t have that natural talent for arty things that a lot of people have (and I’m super jealous of people who do!), and so I often fall to fairly ‘easy’ crafts so that I get the satisfaction of having made something cool, without the frustration.

Things like crocheting and knitting, for example, are things I’ve tried but that require altogether too much patience (and hand coordination!) for someone like me, who becomes annoyed when I don’t immediately get the hang of something.

So if you’re anything like me, here are 6 easy crafts you could try:

  • Beading

The only kind of jewellery I wear regularly is bracelets (and the odd choker necklace!), but I prefer quirky, unusual bracelets, which is why a while ago I started making my own.

It’s super easy – you just thread beads of your choice onto elastic and tie it – and you have unique one-of-a-kind jewellery! I’ve especially been liking using letter beads on my bracelets, and have made several book-themed bracelets recently.

  • Cross stitching

Cross stitching definitely looks harder than it is, and especially if you choose small, simpler designs at first, it can be a fun and rewarding type of sewing to try. You could make anything from small pieces that you could frame, to cute bookmarks and designs for on cushion covers. You could buy a starter kit, or even just find some free designs online to try out on Google or Pinterest!

For example, I’m currently working on a sugar skull design that I found on Pinterest, and I have two Pokemon ones lined up for after that (cute Jigglypuff and Pikachu designs!).

  • Quilting

The great thing about quilting is that it can be as hard or as easy as you make it. Whilst there are loads of really complex designs out there, it can be as simple as just sewing squares of fabric together to make a cute pattern. Plus it’s a great way to use up any random scraps of fabric you have lying about the place, and can be done by hand or on a machine.

  • Decoden

I only actually found out what Decoden was recently when on the look out for a cute new phone case. I saw some of those cool 3D ones with all the blingy bits on Etsy, but they were kind of expensive, so I looked up how to make them myself.

It turns out the basic concept is quite simple: you ice your phone case with silicone (in the same way you’d pipe icing onto a cake!) and then stick on whatever little embellishments you want (see my first efforts in the image above!). Yes, some of the fuller designs you see around the internet will take more skill, but it’s possible for a beginner to get reasonable results!

Yes, they are kind of tacky, and a bit too bulky to be practical, but I just think they look so cute!

6 Easy Crafts To Try
  • Card making

Card making is another craft that can be as easy or as hard as you make it. Super complex designs will take more of an expert hand to achieve, but it’s possible to get good results as a beginner. There’s also so many options for how to do it, from simply sticking on stickers to embossing and painting etc., so it’s possible to find something that works for you!

Plus there’s nothing as personal as receiving a handmade card, so people will (hopefully!) appreciate your efforts!

  • Art journaling 

Art journaling is a fun and easy craft to try because it’s all about self-expression, so there isn’t really a ‘wrong’ way to do it. Like a regular journal, it isn’t something for other people to see (unless you want to show them!), just something to do for yourself to either record your life, use as creative expression, or just

to experiment with different mediums.

I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m a terrible artist, but recently I’ve enjoyed just messing about with paints and glitter, and pretty scraps of paper.

So have you tried any of these crafts? Have you any more suggestions for easy crafts people can try?

11 Responses to “6 Easy Crafts To Try”

  1. Kristina

    Nice posts!
    Im the exact same way ? i’m not artistic for 2cents and i actually get mad and wanna throw stuff if it doesnt look as good as I pictured it in my head 😎 So thank you for shouting out thoses ideas! I might try a few of them

    • Laura

      That’s exactly what I’m like! I always have a picture in my head of how I want it to look, but it never comes out that way! 🙂
      I’d definitely recommend giving some of these crafts a try!

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I think crafts and DIY are a lot of fun, but yeah, I’m not the best at them. I think it’s fun to be creative with my planner – and scrapbooking, though I need to get back into that! lol

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      I’ve never actually tried scrapbooking, but I’ve always liked the idea of it. Maybe I’ll have to give it a go! 🙂

  3. Tessa

    Great post! I am a HUGE fan of crafting! Arts and crafts is not just for kindergartners anymore. I have tried my hand at scrapbooking, crocheting, and cross stitching, but beading and making jewelry was the hobby that finally stuck. I love making bracelets and necklaces and I feel so rewarded whenever I finish a new piece. Plus I get to brag about it whenever I wear it!

    Anyway, regardless of what kind of crafting you do, making something is always rewarding. Even simple and beginner projects are so exciting since you are learning new skills that have a tangible result!

    • Laura

      I’ve tried so many different things too, so it’s so nice, isn’t it, when you find something that really sticks? I’m so glad you’re enjoying making jewellery! 🙂
      And that’s so true: even if it’s just a simple project, it’s just rewarding to have made something and learnt something new 🙂

  4. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    Oh, I used to do a lot of cross stitching and also crochet! I don’t have time to do that now… LOL I also used to create cards and digital scrapbooking.

    Those were really fun! I also do a lot of DIY.

    • Laura

      Deco really does look so cute! The phone cases are kind of unwieldy though, but they are fun to make! 🙂

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