31 Ways to Partake in National Craft Month
In 1994, the Craft & Hobby Association created this wonderful celebration that we know as National Craft Month. In the beginning, it was designed to help people rediscover their creativity and learn about the wonderful world of crafting and all of its many benefits. (Of course, craft month is every month for us.)
Flash forward to today, and crafters of all kinds join the inclusive movement of National Craft Month to begin new projects, pick up a fun hobby, or learn a handy new skill. It's also sponsored in part by the Association for Creative Industries' Cre8time.org, a movement that aims to make positive social change through creative pursuits. This initiative encourages youth to try their hand at arts and crafts projects in the hopes of finding passions outside of the classroom.
Whether you're interested in sending a handwritten greeting card or feeling confident to tackle a new one of our decoupage crafts, this gallery introduces you to 31 different craft techniques you can easily try at home. These projects can be done on your own with reference book in hand, in a crafternoon with friends, or together as a family. Many can be done without spending and in less time, while others can be perfected down to the last detail. Best of all, our editors provide all the tips, tricks, and resources you need to master any of these crafts. You'll find hundreds of how-to guides and step-by-step instructions, with printable designs and assets when you need it. Try something new or share one of your favorites with a loved one.
It can be as simple as making a bracelet or as extravagant as embellishing a dress. Why not add some sparkle to your personal style and try your hand at beading one of these stunning accessories?
Light a candle and unwind as its fragrance leaves your home smelling lovely. When you make one of your own, it's customizable to almost any scent, color, and melt-and-pour material. Try a soy-wax citrus candle, pumpkin spice candle, or a whole set of beeswax candles for a little star-spangled shine.
Surprise your friends and loved ones with a thoughful handmade card. After you've mastered these card-making techniques, the only thing left to do will be to convince your friends that, yes, you did make this card!
Stitch your way to a lightweight tote bag, a zip-up pouch, or a pair of precious baby booties with these basic stitches. Once you know how to work a crochet hook, gather your friends and make something that absolutely worth it. Did you know that crocheting can be as soothing as it is productive? It's been also shown to improve memory.
Soon, you'll be tricking everyone who won't believe that what they think is a painted design is actually paper. Decoupage practically anything and turn the ordinary into extraordinary.
We all love finding that perfect new shade of lipstick, but sometimes we prefer to know exactly what we're putting on our skin. That's why we love making our own beauty products—everything from your lip balm to your body scrub can be DIYed. Try making this lip balm to get lip-softening relief right in your pocket.
Framing and Wall-Art
Showcase your favorite photos or artwork in full display by crafting the perfect frame. Discover countless ways to enhance store bought frames and start creating your own!
Gift-Wrapping and Packaging
Who knew that glass etching was so easy? We're going to let you in a on a little secret: All you need is etching cream to create this frosted glass effect—no heavy tools required. We even made our own cream just for you to use.
Impress your guests at your next dinner party by learning how to fold your napkins in the most exquisite ways. You can make almost any shape: an Easter bunny, a bow tie, a Thanksgiving turkey, or a teeny-tiny Christmas tree. It's all about presentation, and these classic folds are sure to do the trick.
Who said fresh floral bouquets were the only way to enjoy nature? Dry your fresh flowers and leaves to preserve their beauty forever. They make a lovely embellishment for cards, wreaths, bookmarks, and more.
There's so much more beyond origami. The art of folding paper is exquisite, from paper boxes to paper hearts, this technique allows you to create beautiful things with just a few folds. Add a bit of flair to your household plants with this origami planter cover, which are ready to use in just a few simple steps.
Painting, Stenciling, and Marbleizing
With the simple stroke of a paintbrush, you can transform an ordinary object—a placemat, a swatch of fabric, a pumpkin, a blank wall—into something of wonder.
We love fresh flowers. The only problem? Your bouquet can't last forever. That's why we love to make our own paper flowers like this pink-inspired bouquet. It's an everlasting spring.
It's a handy technique that can be applied to almost any project at any time of the year. Think Easter baskets, pinatas, cake toppers, and handmade toys!
Quilling is the art of creating intricate shapes from strips of paper. The technique is simple once you get the hang of it and creates magnificent three-dimensional works of art like these handmade-quilled cards.
Revisit old memories and collage them together to never forget that amazing trip you took. No one else will forget that trip either, after being captivated by the one-of-a-kind piece of art you now own.