Got One Hour? Here Are 10 Things You Can Create

Let's be honest: creativity often comes in spurts, and whaddya know, free time does too. In fact, for many of us, free time is in such short supply that when you get an hour you feel like screaming from the rooftops and making the most of every minute. Thankfully, there are tons of different projects you can make by hand in 60 minutes or less. Here are 10 for you try.

1. Quilt a Journal Cover

Itching for some quilting, but don’t have a ton of time? Dress up your diary with this journal cover. It’s quick, colorful and sooo versatile — you can free-motion stitch any design you want!

2. Sew an Infinity Scarf

We love this scarf times infinity! Not only is it the perfect go-to accessory no matter the season, but it’s also a great stash-buster (you only need two yards of fabric).

A breezy summer scarf is an instant mood-booster. For this versatile infinity style, we used a cotton voile fabric, which is ideal for warmer weather (as are linen, cotton and chambray). But once you've nailed the how-to, you can easily make the same project in a heavier fabric come winter. (We see you, flannel, French terry and lightweight wool.)

3. A Painted Rock Garden

If you’ve got a black thumb, you’re in luck. Build an adorable plant arrangement you can’t kill, and have a stress-free gardening season.

Let's face it: not all of us have been blessed with green thumbs. But when you can create your own garden with some rocks and a few coats of paint, who needs the real deal? These arrangements are crazy cute, and (bonus!) won't prick you.

4. Crochet a Necklace

Calling all crocheters, this one’s for you. Show off your yarn power with a single-stitch crochet necklace and make it part of your everyday wardrobe.

5. A No-Sew Clutch

This clutch comes together in a snap, and there’s absolutely no stitching required! Its base is a ready-made plain minaudière case, so all you have to do is add fabric.

6. Paint a Pretty Tulip

Hello, gorgeous! This tulip is more than a lovely painting; it’s a practice in a whole range of watercolor techniques . It’s perfect for beginners, or if you just want to sharpen your skills!

7. The Milky Way, But Make It Sweet

Whether you’re in a galaxy far, far away or right here on Earth, these cookies will be everybody’s new fave. Work that royal icing!

8. A Simple Lemon Still Life

Wait — don’t reach for that yellow paint just yet. This project is all about layering your acrylics and using a thoughtful palette to get a lifelike result.

9. Trendy Terrazzo

Amp up your jewelry collection with some DIY terrazzo. There’s no fancy equipment necessary — you just need some polymer clay, hoop ear wire and an oven. You’re gonna want to make a few pairs!

In case you haven't noticed, this cool speckled stone is totally taking over the jewelry market. These faux-terrazzo earrings are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make, but the final product looks 100 percent gallery-worthy. Make two sets at at time, so there's one for you and one to gift!

10. Colored Pencil Persimmon

Break out your colored pencils and go bold with color! The secret to mastering this colored pencil project is all in the underpainting and color blending.

July 11, 2018
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Got One Hour? Here Are 10 Things You Can Create