DIY Projects & Crafts
Why buy when you can DIY? We have hundreds of DIY projects and craft ideas to inspire you, plus all of the crafting tools and techniques to help you get started. First, pick a project! Whether it’s paper crafts, fabric dyeing, sewing, or painting, we can introduce you to a variety of techniques. Decorating for an upcoming holiday? We have craft projects for every holiday imaginable, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and the Fourth of July. Redecorating at home? We have ideas to create simple home décor for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. And you don’t have to be an expert crafter: we have fun projects for toddlers, kids, and teens. All of these DIY ideas give you the tools and tips to unleash your inner crafter.
Spring WreathWelcome Spring with this beautiful, hand-painted wreath.AdvertisementAdvertisementArticle
Perpetual Desk Calendar
This handy calendar can be used year after after, and the numbers -- stenciled onto inexpensive gift tags -- are easy to flip and rotate.
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Drink Up! 12 Clever Ways to Reuse Empty Wine BottlesAs if you needed an excuse to drink wine, here are some DIY ideas for repurposing your emptied bottles.
15 Genius Ways to Reuse Common Household ItemsLeftover plastic bottles, coffee filters, an empty tin can; they all share a secret: There's more than one way to use them all! Here are our best tips on how to get the most of the goods in your home.
10 Upcycling Crafts with JarsInstead of tossing old jam, jelly, and pickle jars, turn them into simple sewing kits and one-of-a-kind birthday gifts. Here are 10 quick-and-easy projects everyone can do.
The Teacup: 8 Ways It Can Declutter and Spruce Up Your LifeHow do you like yours -- with milk and sugar? Frankly, that's outdated thinking. The vintage set tucked away in your cupboards collecting dust deserves to be displayed proudly and put to use. We'll show you how one teacup can enhance your life by meeting your organizing, entertaining, and gift-giving needs.
14 Things You Didn't Know You Could DyeBeyond fabrics, what else is there to dye? You'd be surprised. From candles to corn husk wreaths, lampshades, and stationery sets, take on these one-of-a-kind dyeing projects. Suddenly, your entire home will be awash with new colors.
Whether they're cut, folded, pasted, or printed, paper crafts are easy to make -- and fun! Here are some ideas guaranteed to inspire.
15 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with a Tree Branch
How to Knit Playful Mittens Using Leftover YarnOur classic hand-knit mittens cheer up chilly days, thanks to playfully mismatched color-block patterns. Buy at least two skeins of yarn in different but coordinating colors (two skeins are enough to make one pair of women’s and one pair of kids’ mittens), or use leftover yarn from your knitting basket. The mittens make sweet holiday gifts, so start now—and let your imagination dictate the design.
Knitting Ideas: Charming Patterns and Creative ProjectsYou have everything you need to take on a new knitting project: a pair of needles, several skeins of yarn. Now all you need is a brilliant idea! Here are some ideas for inspiration.
6 Ways to Decorate Your Phone Case and AccessoriesGive your cellphone a handmade makeover with washi tape, patterned fabric, and any other craft supplies at your disposal!
How to Turn Your Handwritten Recipes into Heirloom Tea TowelsSpoonflower, an American Made winner, is an amazing resource for crafters and designers alike -- you can print any design of your choosing onto fabric, wallpaper, or wrapping paper! In this tutorial, Spoonflower shows us how to transform precious handwritten family recipes into heirloom tea towels -- perfect for gifting (or keeping!).
4 Weaving Crafts We Are Over the Loom AboutIn medieval times, woven tapestries were hung from the interior walls of castles to insulate kings from the cold, and they were a status symbol of wealth and prestige. Today, they come with a modern twist -- showcasing bright colors and playful patterns -- in the form of decorative throw pillows, personal accessories, and even more recently, wall hangings.
Wood Carving: The Secrets to Making Your Own Kitchen Tools, Home Decor, and MoreIn his upcoming book, "The Artful Wooden Spoon," Joshua Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. shares more than 100 handcrafted pieces from his workshop. In this interview with the master woodworker, we chip away at the mysteries of this discipline and whittling functional wonders of your own.
7 Ways Chalkboard Paint Can Change the Way You Live and EntertainA simple coat of chalkboard paint can turn a bulletin board into a party menu, a plain old nook into an organized office hub, and a dinner party into an unforgettable soirée. Plus, a chalkboard in the home offers a layer of functional charm with a hint of school-days nostalgia. Try these seven simple, brilliant DIYs -- we've even included a quick chalkboard paint tutorial for A+ results.
A Charmed Life: Tips on Creating Your Own Charm Bracelets and NecklacesWe’ve reimagined the charm bracelet as a necklace with new combinations of chains, ribbons, and jump rings, all found at crafts and bead shops. The handmade jewelry isn’t just easy to produce en masse. It’s also tailor-made for customizing. So go ahead and mix, match, loop, and string to your heart’s content.Gallery
Rainy Day? 15 Awesome Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy Indoors
Stuck inside on a rainy day? Help kids beat the weather-induced boredom by having a few simple rainy day crafts and games at the ready, including toys, activities, and make-your-own candy.Gallery
Thinking Outside the Box! 16 Ridiculously Cool Cardboard Crafts
Have a cardboard box? Don't drag it out to the recycling bin just yet! With a little bit of creativity and a few basic supplies, you can turn that unwanted cardboard into toys, games, and home decorations.Video
Custom Cork Coasters
Embellished cork coasters are fun and easy and a great way to spend a crafternoon with friends. With only a few inexpensive supplies you can create a personal, practical hostess gift, or a set for yourself!Video
Dip-Dyed Pillar Candles
Elevate plain white pillar candles from blah to beautiful by dipping them in colored wax. They are a striking way to set a table or decorate a mantle.Post
5 Elegant Eid al-Fitr Ideas We Love
At the end of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims around the world, friends and family break their dawn-to-dusk fasting with the three-day celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Here, we share our favorite DIY ideas from Eid gifts to glittery garlands to make your holiday all the more special.Article
Leather Wrap Friendship Bracelets
Take a trip down memory lane with this grown-up twist on a cherished childhood craft: friendship bracelets! These bracelets are made with leather cord and colors of your choice.Article
Hand-Painted Tile Backsplash
Looking for the perfect tile pattern? Make your own! Install a kitchen backplash that showcases your own handbrushed designs.Article
"Eid Mubarak" Circle Garland
Wish all of your friends and family, "Eid Mubarak!" with this purple paper garland. You can also create a double-garland by making the Eid Crescent & Star Garland pictured right.Article
Eid Crescent & Star Garland
On the eve of Eid al-Fitr, string up this shimmering garland of paper crescent moons and stars. You can also create a double-garland by making the "Eid Mubarak" Circle Garland pictured right.Video
DIY Key Rack
Rather than clutter a single hook with several sets of keys, make a custom key organizer that gives each set its own (clearly labeled) space.Article
Eid al-Fitr Floral Centerpiece
This simple arrangement of summery blooms -- decorated with glittered tags -- is adapted for the Eid dinner table. For those that don't drink alcohol and won't have empty wine bottles, empty Sharbat bottles leftover from Ramadan can be used instead.Article
3-D Eid Gift Wrap
Eid al-Fitr is about the spirit of giving. Save this gift-wapping idea for family and friends, or even a Secret Eidi exchange. The mosque motif on these presents can be regarded as a nod to Eid prayers that happen in the morning.Article
Lantern-Shaped Eid Money Envelopes
During Eid al-Fitr, small children happily receive monetary tokens from their family elders. This year, tuck a few small bills into these glittered paper holders, and the granting of "Eid money" will be made all the more special.Article
Knotted Handkerchief Handbag
Have less than five minutes? Here's how to tie a vintage silk scarf into a bright bag using six quick knots -- no sewing required!Post
Make This Set of Floral Embroidered Tea Towels
Tiny embroidered blooms on a plain white tea towel makes for a fabulous summer craft project. Use your garden for inspiration or print this color template to create the same set shown here. You'll fall in love with hand-stitching as you recreate the beautiful blooms you see out your window.AdvertisementAdvertisementArticle
Painted Folding Stools
With a little paint, the classic folding stool is ready to come indoors, creating a chic entryway -- and extra seating.Video
Tissue Paper Pom-Poms
Flower-like pom-poms appear to float in the air, imparting a cheerful radiance to a birthday party, bridal shower, or any event. But not only for hanging, create smaller poufs for napkin rings or for right on top of the table, a fast and inexpensive way to amplify the decor at your next party!Video
Instant Artwork: Road Trip Map
Take a (road) trip down memory lane with this instant art! Hand-stitch the route you took on a favorite vacation and frame it. Create an entire gallery of getaways to look back on fondly for years to come.