You don’t need to have a craft room in your home or a craft store nearby to be able to think of a craft that you can create at home. In fact, there are many different crafts that you can make using common household items. If you are a little bit creative and can think imagine old things new again or remade as new things, you are halfway there. Now you need only find a craft that you can create easily with things you have on hand which involves seeing household items in a new way. Here are some examples of easy crafts that you could probably start immediately.
Nursery Rhyme Crafts
Children’s crafts are among the easiest to find supplies for simply because children are easier to please than adults. Anything from apples to noodles and cotton balls to pipe cleaners, and everything in between, can be used and turned into either a work of art or a fun object lesson.
For example, if you were acting out a scene where there was a king or a princess, your kids might want crowns. To make crowns, you need will need some paper, staples and decorations for the crown, such as stickers, pens or crayons. Cut a crown shape out of a strip of paper, size the crown to fit your child’s head then staple the crown to the right width. You’re done! Nothing could be simpler and your child will love it because the only thing kids love more than tactile objects is making them. If you’re teaching your kids ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and you want to make one of Mary’s lambs, simply cut out a basic lamb shape from a paper plate and, using glue, stick cotton balls to the shape. These are just two examples of the many quick and easy crafts that can be made for children.
As adults, we have more sophisticated taste when it comes to art and design, and, therefore, we are typically pickier about mixing creativity and function. Generally speaking, if we’re going to make crafts they must either be beautiful decorative pieces for our homes or a solution to a problem or need. Containers are excellent starter crafts that you can create using common household materials as anything from an oatmeal container to a can with sanded edges may be re-purposed. Simply decorating the outside of the used container with a layer of paint or covering it with decorative paper can give it new life. Not only will you be recycling but you can also create places and spaces for the various objects in your house. For example, you might put a coat of primer then 2 coats of your favorite color paint, or whatever you have around, on your used coffee can. Leave it like it is, poke some holes in the bottom with a screw driver for drainage holes and you have a great flower pot. You could also embellish it some if you like. Cool Whip containers and margarine tubs make great holders for rubber bands, tacks, screws, nuts and other small objects you might have scattered around your home. Coffee cans, oatmeal containers and other, taller containers are also great for holding tools, paint brushes and other larger or taller objects. They make great organizers as well. Re-purposed, decorated, a little or a lot, containers have many uses so the next time you have an organizational need, look around your house to see what you have before you spend money you may be able to save.
Paper is a fantastic medium for crafts of all sorts. From a simple piece of paper you can make an origami figure, a stuffed paper doll or greeting cards, among many other crafts. Most people have paper in their homes; unfortunately they forget, or simply aren’t aware, of how much you can do with it. Paper and the scraps from old projects can be used to make a collage or a memory book. Everyone needs cards at one time or another. If you are good at drawing, invest in a set of colored pencils or markers and you can create custom cards. If you are not artistically inclined, you can recycle the pictures on old cards to make them your own. Kids love trying to make cards that have pop-up features or where you can lift a flap and discover something beneath.