Have you been bitten by the DIY bug? DIY (do-it-yourself) and crafting have taken the world by storm. Just check out the growth of Etsy shops! It used to be that easy crafts—like Mother’s Day craft projects using tissue paper to make paper flowers (don’t forget the pipe cleaners!), toilet paper rolls decoupaged with mod podge to make holiday centerpieces or gluey, glittery things to hang on the Christmas tree, were just kid crafts—things to be brought home, hopefully not still wet, from elementary schools (tempera paint on the car mats again?). Craft kits have long been popular kids’ birthday presents (and parents always appreciated the keep-them-busy spirit even if the mess factor was there too), but crafting isn’t just for kids anymore. DIY crafts—adult crafts—have gotten an upgrade and crafters are part of the worldwide maker movement, turning DIY projects into home decor, marketable handmade gift ideas and so much more.
Things in the DIY crafts arena have moved well past keychains and candleholders and on to wall art made of wine corks, string lights made of mason jars and snazzy DIY home decor like succulent garden walls. Enthusiastic crafters knit, crochet, build, sew, bead, weld, macrame, etch, throw pots and more. Many empty-nesters have transformed extra rooms into craft rooms with shelves and bins full of hot glue sticks, buttons, twine, scrapbook paper, pom poms, bottle caps and whatever they can collect or order from Amazon or Ebay to make their craft ideas a reality. From intricate jewelry making, mason jar crafts and paper crafts to ideas for Easter decorating and Christmas crafts, DIY crafters have taken matters, literally, into their own hands. They create DIY gifts, build businesses and some even create online courses for other crafters. Quilters make a difference in the lives of kids. You can do these things too if you already already have some favorite crafts.
But what if you haven’t yet explored your creative side? If you are still in the adult coloring book phase and you’re looking for DIY craft ideas but don’t know quite where to start, there are sites on the internet that have ideas cataloged and provide step-by-step instructions. You can dip your foot in the water with simple projects and move on to more complicated but still fun crafts when you are ready. You’ll be making your own mirrors out of recycled and found objects in no time. Check out our Get Crafty Spotlight for more ideas.