28 craft ideas for adults – craft ideas for adults

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We’ll be right out and say it: crafts shouldn’t be reserved for children. While your little ones may have more time on their hands, it’s just as important for adults to take some time to unleash their creativity, whether it’s with a paint by numbers kit, a sewing project (see you to you, GH Stitch Club!) or one of these easy craft ideas for adults.

When your craft room is starting to call (or, let’s be honest, desperately needs me time), browse this list to find a new project to enjoy. From quick upgrades from junk to treasure (cane vase) to wall-worthy DIYs (rope mirror with stars), there really is something for every skill level – all it takes is some creativity, craft supplies, and patience to achieve incredible results. Our thought: If you take the time to craft, you might as well display your handiwork for all to see. Because of this, most of these craft projects make good DIY home decor or homemade gifts. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?!

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Woven materials like reeds are neutral in color and give bold flowers space to shine. Cut a piece to fit around any vintage vase, then sew a line or criss-cross pattern along the edges in a contrasting color of your choice. Wrap the webbing around the vase and secure with hot glue.

Add a custom glow with these color-blocked candles. Take plain taper candles and dip them in a mixture of colored chalk shavings and melted candle wax. Use painter’s tape for a more even application of paint, or embrace the unexpected and dip at will.

Make these flowers now so you can enjoy them all season long. To do this, fold colored muffin cases in half and cut out petals and fringes. Then fold a piece of floral wire in half and twist it around the stamen of the artificial flower. Put the wire through the middle of three to four paper inserts. Finish it off by wrapping floral tape around the base of the stakes and bringing it all the way down to the stem.

Weave jute twine into an intricate star design to transform a standard round mirror into wall-ready decor.

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Bring color to any table with watercolor napkins. Once you’ve soaked the napkins in water and wrung out the excess, brush the fabric paint in small strokes from the bottom up, thinning the paint with water as you work your way up. Hang them up and let them dry completely before adding them to your place settings.

Burlap coasters add a layer of texture and warmth to your display while protecting your table from spills and water stains. Give plain burlap squares a more finished look by sewing a colored border or pulling the threads along the edges to create a fringed detail.

Breathe new life into a dumpster-bound window frame by coating it in an eye-catching pastel shade. Then think of clever ways to make it functional for your everyday life – add a chalkboard for shopping lists, small hooks for hanging keys and more.

Literally a trash-to-treasure craft, pretty wallpaper or wrapping paper transforms empty tins into statement-making vessels that can be used as vases, pen holders, or candle holders. Just make sure to rinse the cans first and file down any sharp edges.


Accordion Paper Flowers

Green thumb or not, you can still grow a forever garden. Download these templates and follow the steps below to create paper flowers of different shapes, sizes and colors.

  1. Using the first template, cut out 4 pieces of yellow or white paper (depending on which daffodil color you want).
  2. Fold the paper in half both vertically and horizontally and unfold it again. Fold the bottom up about ¼ inch and fold down.
  3. Turn the paper over and fold it all the way up until you get an accordion.
  4. Fold the accordion-folded paper in half and attach the two center pieces with double-sided tape.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining 3 sheets.
  6. Join all 4 with a strip of double-sided tape to create a flower shape.
  7. Cut out a rectangle of orange paper about 2″ x 1.5″ and cut small dots along one of the long edges.
  8. Loosely roll the rectangle into a tube and connect with a small piece of double-sided tape, folding the bottom edge down to create a flat bottom. Glue the small cup you made into the center of the flower to finish off your daffodil.

Use your Cricut machine to add vibrant designs to cheap glass candle holders. Just pick a vinyl color and pattern that catches your eye and get started!

Get the tutorial at Club Crafted »


Paper Chain Tapestry


Colorful coupe cocktail glasses

Make these eye-catching cocktail glasses with just a bit of vinyl sticky scrap and cheap glasses from Ikea or the dollar store. This project is super simple but will produce a stunning result that your cocktail party guests are sure to admire.

Get the tutorial at A Kailo Chic Life »

Give yourself permission to use the fancy soap… by making it yourself. You only need a few supplies: goat milk melt and pouring base, dried lavender, lavender oil and silicone soap molds.

Get the tutorial at It all started with color »

This easy graphic thread art tutorial takes it a step further with an ombre effect achieved by using different colors of embroidery thread. Summarize this idea in just an hour to produce a project with a message we all need to hear right now: “Relax”.

Get the tutorial at Club Crafted »

If you’re the hostess with the most, you need to learn how to make one of the hottest decorating trends: balloon arches. Make one with balloons in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors to match your theme.

Get the tutorial at Two Purple Couches »

You can always use a different shelf for functionality and this small DIY hanging shelf has many uses around the home: in a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or hallway above a small console table.

Get the tutorial at Alice & Lois »


Flower Butterfly Frame

This simple mirror project has a chic, Anthropologie-esque result—but it’s actually quite easy to make. Customize it in any shades you like – from earthy and rustic to vibrant and eye-catching.

Get the tutorial at Alice & Lois »


Nesting Desk Organizer

This craft serves a larger purpose: tape a series of nesting boxes onto a wooden tray to keep all your odds and ends – desk must-haves, craft supplies, and so on – in order.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth »

If you’re not the sewing type but would like to make a cozy quilt, this one is for you. No sewing machine required, but bring your patience and creativity to this no-sew patchwork quilt project.

Get the tutorial at The Melrose Family »

It only takes a few minutes to decorate a set of these charming oversized paper clips with pom poms. Make a stack to brighten up your workspace or give them out as gifts.

Get the tutorial at White House Crafts »

This fun garland is utterly versatile for use around the home – not to mention gift giving or party decorations. Making these pretty strands couldn’t be easier: just cut a bundle of yarn into roughly equal sized pieces, then tie each piece around a piece of yarn. Yes, that means you can mindlessly do this while watching Netflix!

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised »


DIY throw pillow with yarn fringes

The pillow foam filling is the basis for the eye-catching throw pillow. Super easy to create and customize, you can make this with any color yarn to complement your home’s aesthetic.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth »


Embroidered denim jacket

Nothing is cooler than a tailored denim jacket, new or vintage. Take the look to the next level by embroidering a row of cheerful flowers to the back.

Get the tutorial at Cutesy Crafts »

This is a great adult craft idea when you don’t have a lot of time or patience but want to create something beautiful and functional. Customize each set of handcrafted or store-bought cards with a glittery design element to add to the impact. All you need is fine glitter, scissors, double-sided tape – and about six minutes per envelope.

Get the tutorial at White House Crafts »

Inspired by the seasonal Super Bloom? Make your own out of paper for a fun look at home. These giant paper poppies are super easy to make with just a few supplies—cardboard, floral wire, hot glue, and scissors—and have a huge decorative impact.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised »

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