12 of Our Most Popular Crafts in 2018
Another year, another slew of slime ideas. With an easy-to-make concoction like this one—which results in hours of entertainment for young ones (and young at heart)—we don't blame you. The best part? It sneaks in a secret science lesson on chemical reactions and activators. Playtime and learning in one—what's not to love?
Quilted Jewelry Roll
Need a quick, kid-friendly project that gets them outside? This simple paintbrush idea is a fun way to get them inspired by Mother Nature and create a unique work of art. Set a challenge to find and create different textured brushes without leaving your yard, then let the creativity begin!
Foxes, hedgehogs, and chipmunks—oh my! Nothing could be more charming than these fun and furry creatures. This year, you loved getting inspired by Japanese maker Tsubasa Kuroda's woolen handicrafts (and oogling her Instagram). Make a collection to display and delight, or scale them down to wearable accessories on a favorite sweater.
Dyed Easter Eggs Using Shaving Cream
When it comes to egg-cellent ways to excite the family on Easter, you flipped for this creative coloring project. Instead of using vinegar, we swapped in shaving cream, tinted it with food coloring, and swirled it before submerging eggs to reveal a marbleized effect. Bonus: It's a cinch to clean up.
3-D Floral Canvas Wall Art
Whether to signal the coming of spring, or simply shine a light on your favorite blossoms, this wall art idea was one of your favorite projects—and it's simpler than it looks. Start with a painted canvas (or create your own), then make a few slits to slip in real or artificial stems.
The key to a great Halloween costume: lots and lots of feathers. That's what made our chicken costume a big hit with your little ones! Feathery white boas and white leotards create the basis of the look, while some red felt, yellow rubber gloves, and fiberfill round things out—literally.
Succulent Planter Pumpkins
Carving out spooky jack-o'-lanterns isn't the only way you liked decorating your pumpkins. Luckily, these pumpkin-turned-planters are not only easy to make, but they fit seamlessly in with your seasonal decor long past trick-or-treating has ended. And, let's be honest, you can never go wrong with succulents.
Pirate Ship Pumpkin
Then again, when you did opt for an eerie carving idea, you didn't dare stop at basic faces this year! With our pirate-inspired pumpkin—doubling as a handy treat dish—you wanted the chance to show off your true craftsman-ship skills and we couldn't be more proud.
Haunted Mirror with Ghost Hands
Talk about making a grand entrance. Guests to any Hallow's Eve bash will do a double take with this hair-curling mirror project. Our templates help you create a pair of ghostly hands, while a bit of sticker paper helps bring the, er, dead back to life.
Crepe Paper Gift-Wrapping
You, like our editors, are always thinking of bold ways to pack a pretty package. Enter the new favorite: crepe paper. Available in a variety of colors and extra versatile, it's perfect for wrapping up gifts of all sizes, including those oddly shaped objects, as well as crafting embellishments. Knot it, weave it, stripe it, pleat it—the packing possibilities are endless.