If you’re looking for a new hobby, crafts are probably pretty high up on your list. There is so much to choose from when it comes to crafts. Generally, the best place to start is by recycling old resources and making something you will use a lot, or something that decorates your home. Whatever it is, you probably have a small budget to work with. The good news is that there are plenty of crafts you can do on a small (possibly non-existent) budget. Every single one of these has an online tutorial linked within the text.
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Make Your Own Bookmarks As A Crafts Project
Bookmarks come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. This is why they are a really fun craft project to get into. There are so many inventive ways to make bookmarks, whilst keeping a low budget and still being relatively easy to make. You can make bookmarks with your kids as well as a fun activity (possibly while homeschooling…). Easy for beginner crafters and people on a budget.
Wine Cork Notice Board
Recycling materials you already have is the best way to save money. Not only do you use something that otherwise will have been thrown out, but you also repurpose it into something useful. A wine cork notice board is something you can use for things like pinning up important letters or photos of your family. It’s a cute accessory to your home with the humblebrag that you made it yourself.
This is a fun one. Coasters are fairly easy to make, and they make really great and unique gifts for family and friends. They are also something that you may put off buying due to budget constraints because they don’t feel like a necessity. That’s why coasters are such a great one, they are fun to make, look great and you’ll definitely get some use out of them.
Painted Rocks As A Crafts Activity
Another great activity you can do with your kids. It’s a good way to get them involved in picking the rocks as well. Remember to pick smooth and flat rocks when you’re out looking for them. It’s also a great way to decorate your doorstep or a fun craft gift for grandparents. This is a really fun, cathartic activity to get on with. There are so many different design guides you can follow, or you can be creative and come up with your own design.
The great thing about scrapbooking is that there is no one way to do it. The general idea is the same, but the content can be anything you want. Another thing is that you don’t need a “scrapbook” to actually start, you can use any notebook or even just bits of paper bundled together like a book. It’s a fun way to be creative and capture ideas while not necessarily having to be good at drawing or anything. Keeping memories in a creative way is another benefit.
Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves
You may not have the materials for these lying around, but they aren’t expensive to pick up. They are also great if you’ve got none or little experience in making similar things. If you have got a coffee cup that you take to work with you, this is a fantastic craft to make because you will use it a lot and it’s a really thoughtful gift for people. Reversible coffee cup sleeves don’t have to be plain and boring, you can find a nice material with a pattern you like.
Clothespin Flower Pot As A Crafts Activity
It’s likely that you have most of the materials for this around your home. Clothespin flowerpots are a fun way to make nice-looking flowerpots without having to breaking the budget or venturing into a craft that’s too hard for you. If you have kids, this is another one that would be fun with them as you get to decorate the clothespins and choose the flower you put in the pot.
Although you get a special paper for origami, you can also cut out the paper you have in your home to be the correct shape to practice. Origami has so many tutorials online so even if you don’t pick up on it straight away you can find a tutorial that works for you. Not only is it a fun hobby, but also a good party trick (if no one else in the room can do it). It’s a skill that you can share, though, if you wanted to. Teaching origami can be just as rewarding as learning it.
Flower Pressing As A Crafts Hobby
There are quite a few ways to do this one, but if you have books in your house and a way to get flowers then you’ve got everything you need to do flower pressing. Pressed flowers normally keep their colour for a long time, but can begin to fade after 5-8 years. Once pressed you can use the flowers to make cards, general art or displays. Again, if you have children this is a really fun, interactive craft to do as they can choose the flowers they want then come back later and use them for more crafts.
You are very likely to have all of the materials for this already in your home, or at least you can get some cheap materials at a local shop. Card making is a really personal way to give nice birthday and Christmas cards. It’s also a really cathartic and rewarding craft to do. There are plenty of tutorials to guide you along with making your first few, but once you’ve got a handle on it you’ll be doing them without thinking. As with many of the others, this is a fun thing to get your kids involved in.
Christmas Bauble Making
Seasonal, but fun. Christmas bauble/ornament making is a really fun creative way to make your Christmas tree truly unique. There are so many different designs, kits, and ways to make your own bauble/ornament, but the one linked above is a great starting point. Once you get really good at them, you could give them to friends and family as part of their Christmas presents. Alternatively, you could get your kids to make them for family members as their gifts.
Those are some starter crafts ideas, do you have any others? Please share them below.
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