Getting into crafting always seems like a good idea, well, that is until you start it and you realize that it actually involves you making something. And then you spend hours on it, until you finally come out with something that resembles the trunk of your car rather than something nice and useful. And it looks absolutely nothing like the picture you found online. The reality however, is that every craft does not have to be difficult and time-consuming to make. Many of the crafts that come out looking the best are the simplest one to create. And surely the point of crafting is to make something that you would actually want to use, while being proud that you made it yourself. For the beginner crafter, here are three easy crafts that won’t look homemade.
Jewelry is easy to make, and never looks homemade. But the benefit of making it yourself is that you can create an accessory that is truly unique and cannot be found anywhere else. Necklaces are usually the easiest pieces to make at home, as it can be as simple as placing a pendant on a chain and attaching a clasp. Of course this involves buying the right materials, which can be expensive if you don’t already have them. But some of the best homemade jewelry is made without using these sorts of materials. A cool necklace can be just as easily made using a piece of string and some buttons. The great thing about making your own jewelry is that it is easy to be creative and make something that fits into the latest fashion.
Making a blanket sounds complicated, but don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be. The best way to make a simple blanket is to do it using fleece. All you have to do is cut the fleece fabric to slightly bigger (a few inches) than your desired size. Then take some fabric scissors and cut one inch strips around the entire edge of the blanket. Tie the strips in knots to create tassels. If you want to, you can leave one edge uncut to be the “top” of the blanket. The great thing about using fleece to make the blanket is that it’ll keep you warm, it won’t wear out, and you can pick whichever design or pattern you want. It’ll also make a great picnic blanket.
Photo albums are simple and easy crafts to make, and they will always look good, even if you don’t consider yourself to be an expert crafter. Besides, this one is a bit of a cheat, as often the point of a photo album is that it does look homemade. The same goes for a scrapbook. You can buy an empty book to create your photo album, and it really doesn’t matter which kind of notebook it is. Of course, the better quality the notebook, the better the photo album or scrapbook will come out – so maybe stay away from those spiral-bound, wide-ruled school books! If you are making the photo album as a gift, add comments and memories alongside the pictures to make it more special.
About our guest…
Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in homemaking and crafting. When she isn’t writing or crafting, she can usually be found reading a good book.