One-Hour Projects
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Given all the uncertainty swirling about COVID-19, there's a lot of desire to help. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say staying home, washing your hands and practicing social distancing are some of the best things to do at this time, many local governments are also encouraging everyone wear face masks when outside their own home.
Bluprint
Just when you thought reading couldn't get any more fun, these oceanic felt animals are here to swim right into your heart. The tutorial below dives into how to make a squid, but the same method can be used to make any animal you love.
Beginner
Halloween is all about things that go bump in the night and things that glow in the dark. This handmade card definitely fits the bill — it's cute in the daylight, but spooky once the lights go down.
Kristen Magee
Gift tags are a great way to let kids put a handmade touch on their Mother's Day present. (Not to mention they save you a trip to the store.) But don't reserve this project for once a year — the whole fam can make a bunch to keep on hand for graduations, birthdays and holidays, so they're always ready for a special occasion!
Giova Brusa
Skip the store-bought card this year and give Dad something he'll really love — a card made by you. Gift this one alongside a homemade tie to really stay on theme!
AmyR
Sometimes simpler is just better, and this crochet necklace proves it. Though it's made entirely from single crochet stitches, the chunky piece is still eye-catching. Oh, and you can make it in under an hour!
Ashley Little
Shrinky dinks may be a blast from the past — they were all the rage in the '70s and '80s — but they're still the best way to turn your favorite memories into beautiful pieces you can wear on your wrist, around your neck or in your ears. All you have to do is pick your photo, trace it onto shrink film and follow the simple steps below.
Beginner
Coloring books are commonly thought to be a pastime for children, but they actually have benefits for everyone regardless of age. In fact, coloring mandalas, words of inspiration and nature scenes helps reduce stress and promote mindfulness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Whether you draw your own coloring pages — you can learn how in our class Draw a Coloring Book — or print out the free ones below, there's no better way to unwind after a busy day.
Bluprint
Got more canvas tote bags than you know what to do with? Rather than let them pile up in the closet, give 'em new life with a stencil and paint.
Bluprint
Now that you've dyed your Easter eggs, keep the fun going by giving those cuties something to nestle in. These paper egg holders are fun, versatile and insanely simple — so it's a must-make for kids of all ages.
Victoria Hudgins
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