From sewing and knitting to candle and soap making, there are just endless craft ideas that you and your family can try for fun and even for business. Who knows? You’ll get so hooked up and from amateur to super advanced!
If you have awesome skills in painting or drawing, opt for something that can get you the opportunity to decorate, such as charcoal painting or card making. If you have an unending interest in molding and modeling, you can try to get your hands dirty over clay, soap, or candle. This is a fun hobby to do with your siblings, and your mom and dad might want to join and make it a family thing.
Craft making may take as fast as one day, while others take weeks, even months. Also, you don’t have to spend too much on materials. You only have to be a bit more creative, patient, and resourceful.
Below is a list of some of the most affordable and easy craft ideas for amateurs like you and me.
For 35 years, I ran a sewing business that focused on bedrooms. My slogan was “What you do in your bedroom is my business.” — Marty Nemko Ph.D.
If you think embroidery is too common to try first, you can always go for sewing. There’s a lot you can sew for starters. Pillowcases and curtains are the simplest, but if you’re a teenager who wants to do some crafting with your friends in school, this one’s what you can start with.
How about grabbing one or two friends who can help you sew a simple handbag from an old pair of denim pants? Simply cut out pieces of squares from the pants and arrange them in a pattern that you want, and then sew them together. If your friends want to style it more, tell them to bring a cute fabric that will serve as the bag’s inner lining. To finish off, stitch a beautiful-looking belt wrapped around the middle of your bag. You’re done!
This bag is so basic, so you can do other styles using different fabric of varying colors. There’s no right or wrong – just the kind that brings out your personality.
Knitting And Crocheting
Many of us have knitted one or two sweaters when we were teens. For me, it was a Christmas hobby that I did with my grandma, and now I’m passing the routine to my own family. But my kids were a little more distracted with gadgets, so they ended making two small rugs instead of sweaters!
If your mom is busy or perhaps isn’t into the hobby, don’t fret. The Internet is one of the best teachers ever. It’s loaded with fun videos and tutorials for amateurs. If it’s your first time and you don’t want to get frustrated, start with something small, like a colorful doily or crocheted glass holders. When you’ve done that, you’ll be excited to try bigger ones, like quilts or jumpers. This project only takes some cheap needles, different colors of yarn, and a crochet hook. Surprise your mom and make her a scarf for her birthday.
Take a knitting lesson from your grandmother or a class online. If you are a comfort eater, find a visual spatial task like knitting to keep your hands busy and give your mind a place to rest without food. — Susan Albers Psy.D.
Tatting is similar to crocheting yet done differently. So if you’re not into crocheting or you’ve had too much of it for the week, then tatting is the best alternative. Instead of a crochet needle, you’re going to need a tatting shuttle, which doesn’t look at all the same as the needle. The most marked difference is in how the lacework is done.
Also, the two methods have a different way of wounding, looping, and knotting the thread. In tatting, the shuttle passes inward, outward, and then around the loop of thread that is loosely wound around your hand. Tatting is mostly about picots, loops, and strings.
These are for the more imaginative ones, those who want more challenge. Quilling is a three-dimensional method of making pictures from thinly cut strips of colorful paper that are tightly rolled together to form different shapes. Most quill enthusiasts start with flowers placed on frames, but others go for Christmas cards and birthday invitations. Quilling can also be used to make jewelry, although it may need waterproof paper.
The basic tools are colored paper, glue, and scissors. Eventually, you can buy the official quilling strips or just make them yourselves. There are available patterns for free on the Internet as well.
Adding objects that silently communicate who we are as a person to our homes and offices reduces both our own stress levels and those of the people who view them. — Sally Augustin Ph.D.
If you’re someone who’s not into clothes and yarns and needles, get your hands dirty and show your creativity through soap making. This is a great activity that you can do with your mom, sister, brother or the whole family. Gather all the used soaps in the house and melt them into new shapes. Place these melted soaps into a mold and simply add your favorite scented oil and other hypoallergenic ingredients that you want for your soap.
If you are alone in this hobby, there are great online tutorials that can help you with the process. Try different scents and see what best suits you. Hand-made soaps are so popular these days, as people are into natural and organic. When you become an expert ‘soap maker,’ you can move on with body butter, scrubs, and moisturizers.