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:
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!).
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.
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!
- 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?