We’ve scoured the Internet to find the top current DIY craft tutorials and how-to guides for our readers. Why? Because handmade just feels so much better!
T-Shirt Pom Poms
Here’s a great tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous on how to make giant pom poms from your old t-shirts. The knit in the t-shirt provides for great curling on the flower poufs, and it’s an awesome (and super fun) way to recycle t-shirts. The project requires very minimal supplies — all you need is shirts, scissors, and old cardboard! Use them to adorn a rarely-used doorknob, as hair accessories, or any other place that needs a bit of pom pom love.
DIY Twig Side Table
Dutch magazine 101 Woonideeen (via The Style Files) delivers an awesome tutorial for creating your own side table decorated with wood chips and twigs. Basically all you need is a box frame, wood chips, twigs, and a glue gun. This table is quick to assemble once you have all the supplies cut, and it’s a fabulous piece of art for your living space. Modify the design by painting your twigs, covering the top with a piece of glass for a flat surface area, or using only twigs on all sides!
Let”s Stitch: Clauss!
Let’s Stitch: Clauss! is a full service DIY kit (cost: $26) to make lovable stuffed raccoon. It comes with two hand-screenprinted pieces of canvas, a “made by” name tag, and easy to follow instructions. Great for a simple sewing project for you or the kids!
Paper Mache Boat Pattern
This paper-mache boat pattern from Ann Wood is a lengthier do-it-yourself, but the end product is definitely worth the effort. You can download the pattern and follow the instructions on her website. Paper-mache is a great excuse to get your hands dirty—you can use paper scraps, old wrapping paper, or find something nautical to fit the theme. The site provides a link to a Flickr page with boats readers have completed for inspiration. Too cool!
Family Chic has an awesome project, Yarn Love, to create your own long-lasting message of love for a whimsical display. It’s a yarn project that doesn’t require knowledge of knitting: all you need is wire reinforced clothesline, yarn, and wire clippers, and you’re set to create your own sweet message. Of course, you could alter this to spell out whatever you’d like; perhaps a name for a child’s bedroom, a sign for your kitchen, or wherever else you want a special message displayed. Try a tiny version for awesome gift wrap decoration!
Mobiles are a nursery classic, but sometimes a nursery calls for a “less noisy” version of the ones typically found in stores. You can make your own simple mobile for your nursery with this tutorial from Spool. Hung in the corner of a child’s bedroom, a baby’s nursery, or a sunny screened porch, it’s an easy craft project with major results.
Fabric Swatch Portraits
Fabric swatch portraits are a super simple way to add some flair to traditional wall hangings, and requires very little assembly on your part. Simply find a great pairing of fabrics and stick them into an embroidery hoop — can you say E A S Y? Check out this article from The Purl Bee on Liberty of London Swatch Portraits!
Pinwheels are great fun on a windy day, and an easy craft for anyone. They simply require paper, tack and a stick — an instant hit with the kids! For each pinwheel, cut out a 6″ (or larger, if preferred) paper square. Draw diagonal lines across corners, to create one large X. Cut along the X, stopping one inch from the center. Gather the corners to the center, stick a pin through the corners to hold them in the center, and attach with a glue gun or the tack to a stick or straw on the back. They’re great for birthday parties or windy days at the park!
Bird Seed Ornament Recipe
Say thank you next time with these sweet seed favors you can make on your own as a parting gift, ornament, or party favor. You can put these seed shapes into hand sewn pouches for party favors at a shower or party, or hang them outside as ornaments! Kids will love to participate in this activity. Switch to another cookie mold for a theme-inspired shape of your liking.