If your thumb is more crafty than green, then you’ve come to just the right place! Molded, painted, stitched, and more … these projects will give you your cactus fill, without ever needing to go near an actual plant.
If you love to sew, it's only natural that you want to pass along that enthusiasm to your kids or grandkids. After, all there are so many fun projects you can tackle together! As soon as you have your specific creation in mind, these are the tips you'll want to keep in mind to make sure it's an exciting, positive experience for everyone.
If there are little aspiring sewists hanging out at home, we've got great news: there are plenty of projects for them to stitch! Pick your pattern, help 'em through the steps and work through each activity at a pace that works for them. Before you know it, you'll be crafting masterpieces left and right!
Dining al fresco is one of the best parts of summer — especially when everyone shares the job of cooking. Just throw down some blankets, chill the wine, and ask your friends to bring their fave dish. And if you need ideas... we've got 'em:
Let's be real: you don't have to be a kid to love coloring. Adult coloring books are super hot, and for good reason — not only do you have a beautiful piece of art when you're finished, but you feel great, too! (A 2017 study found that coloring reduces stress and anxiety, while also encouraging perseverance.)
Yes, it is possible to make Pop Rocks, the famously fizzy candy, right in your own kitchen. No, you don't need any special equipment or a science degree (though you can wear a lab coat if you'd like). This at-home version of the classic candy attains its magical fizz through a combination of citric acid and baking soda.
Confession time: We LIVE for Pokémon Go. Next time you go hunting for shiny Pokémon, make sure you stash PokéBalls in your bag. These delicious cake pops will make you be the very best (wink wink) in no time.
The big game definitely deserves an awesome cake! (Especially for those of us who are slightly more interested in the snacks than the actual sports.) And this one is so easy, you're basically guaranteed a win.
If you like big books and you cannot lie, then you need to get your hands on this fat-tasseled, fringe-covered bookmark, stat. The faux leather material feels luxe (while also being totally vegan-friendly), and a sweet, gold foil monogram makes it extra personal.
Even for a cake novice, this cute holiday penguin is not as difficult as it looks. In fact, it's the perfect project to wow your fam and explore basic sculpting and piping skills. All it takes is a little bit of pract-ice. (Ice... because it's a penguin. Get it?)
Breaking news: macrame is definitely NOT just for wall hangings. (Though we love those, too.) These crafty key chains are so easy to make, you'll be able to finish up multiple keychains in an afternoon. Gifting problems, solved.
Betcha didn’t know soap could be this gorgeous. It kind of looks like an artsy rainbow on a cloudy day, right? Even if you’ve never made your own soap before, this method is extremely beginner-friendly — all you need is a handful of supplies and a little bit of patience.
Maybe you want to make a keepsake throw pillow, dress your table with dinner napkins full of vintage snaps or make your own fabric photo postcards to send via snail mail. Whatever the reason, we're here to teach you the tricks.
Your kiddos likely have a few asks out to Santa already, but these eight winners are definitely deserving of a spot under the tree. They’ll love that they’re fun and new, and you’ll love that they encourage creativity all year long.
If your kiddos love animals, this is the perfect way to light up their creativity (and their room!) This DIY lamp is incredibly simple to make, and you can customize it with your child's favorite critters and color.
The seventies are back and way better than ever with rainbow pocket jeans. We love these for kids, but if you want to make a pair for yourself, go for it. No judgment here: get to it and find your pot of gold!
A cute keychain is the perfect way to add a little flair to something you use every day. Even better: Make it yourself! This painted leather tassel created by Courtney Pilgrim of My Friend Court is perfect for rounding up your keys, hanging off a backpack, or even gifting to friends.
Have a kid who wants to sew... but who isn't quite ready for a sharp needle or complex sewing machine? We know you're out there. This personalized wall decor is a great learn-to-sew project that'll end up right where it should: with smiles and a cute finished item (not a meltdown and a mess).
Gingerbread houses are way too much fun to save for just once a year. So we've traded in our candy canes for cobwebs with this oh-so-spooky version. Come closer and have a bite... if you dare. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!
These pumpkin cake bites use the same techniques as cake pops, plus a cute curly stem. They take a few steps to make, but the good part is you don't have to aim for perfection. Just think about how lumpy and bumpy real pumpkins are — the pressure is officially off!
When I first moved to Madison, Wisconsin, one of the biggest thrills was living within eyeshot of the largest producers-only farmers’ market in the United States. The Dane County Farmers’ Market is a foodie wonderland, with stalls upon stalls of locally raised goodies encircling the Capitol Square. My now-husband and I would often roll out of bed, zip up coats over our flannel pajamas, and walk still-sleepy to the market to pick up the ingredients for our Saturday night meal.
If you've got two tees and a pair of scissors, you're less than an hour away from this adorable shirt. This hand-stitched cutie is great for kids (especially 'cause they can totally help make it). But you might just want one for yourself, too.
Handmade card? Lovely. But here's something even more unexpected: handmade fabric envelopes. They’re super cute, reusable and much more personal than their store-bought cousins. Not to mention, these beauties are a genius way to use up fabric scraps leftover from your latest project.
If you spend any time online (or with a 6-year-old) you've probably seen one, two or twenty slime-making videos. The inedible stuff is made by combining different ratios of glue, water and boric acid (Borax or contact lens solution). It's sticky, gross and plenty of fun to play with! But — until now — it definitely wasn't something you'd want to eat. Allow us to introduce the next generation in slime.
Edible blood. Yep, it's gross. And it's totally a thing for halloween. Thanks to our fiendishly easy recipe, you can scare your friends and creep out your fam in a splash. Style tip: It looks even more sinister on simple baked goods that would otherwise appear harmless.
Give plain fabric book covers (handmade or purchased) a whole new life with these easy upgrades. Even if your sewing skills are beginner-level, these tricks are simple and quick enough to make a perfect after-school project.
If you’re like us, you hate to throw away scraps from your latest craft. Luckily, we’re always coming up with ideas to use our leftover supplies. This project is a fun way to use up any pieces of felt you have lying around. Go ahead, let your creativity bloom!
Do you have old T-shirts you never wear lying around your house? Us, too. We’re constantly looking for new ideas on how to revamp these fabrics, and what better way to make something old look prettier than by adding butterflies? This project is perfect for you and your kiddo, too!
We've all been known to pop a frozen pizza in the oven — hey, dinner time is rough! But the next time you have a few extra minutes (that is, the next time you can make a few extra minutes), we highly recommend DIYing your dough.
We all have "blah" T-shirts that wind up rumpled and never worn. So we're on a mission to rescue those tees from the back of the closet — all it takes is punch of color! This rainbow cutie is definitely a hit with kids, but we invite grownups to get in on the action, too. Why not?
When we heard about the Faster Craft challenge on this week's episode of Making It — to make a last-minute costume using the stuff you'd find in your junk drawer — we immediately thought of dressing up as our furry best friends. And you can make your own, too, just by following our simple tutorial. Keep this one in your back pocket for Halloween!