The temperatures are slowly dropping and the days are getting shorter. Winter evenings are the ideal time to not only rewatch your favourite TV show, it’s also a perfect opportunity to get stuck into some DIY and craft projects. Whether you want to let your creativity flow or make something practical, a little bit of preparation and some inexpensive materials can help you achieve that. Crafts and DIY are a perfect investment of your time as they are a great activity for the little ones as well.
We have curated a list of the best craft and DIY ideas that everyone in the family can try - bonus points if you want to make it a group activity.
Air-dry clay vase making
Making an air-dry clay vase is fun and simple enough to get children involved. You’ll need to purchase a kit or just some air-dry clay before starting your project. You can choose to make your vase as simple or as fancy as you want. Because the clay is air dry, it will have a rustic appearance, which is perfectly on trend. You can even paint your vase with acrylic paints for a little added colour once dry if you choose. When your vase is complete, fill it with fresh flowers or stems, or simply use it as shelf or table decor.
Add some DIY interest to your walls with an embroidered wall hanging - they’re much easier to make than they look. If you’re not usually someone who sews or embroiders, you will need to purchase a few things: thread, needle, fabric, embroidery hoop, and chalk to outline the design.
The full list of materials will depend on the pattern you’re trying to create. You can also purchase a kit from a crafts store if you’d like to have everything ready in one place. There are different techniques you can try to master and it can be a wonderfully relaxing activity to lose yourself in over many evenings.
Crochet grocery or beach bag
This one is for fans of knitting and crochet. A crochet bag is a stylish and environmentally-friendly item to make and can be used for groceries or a day at the beach. You’ll need heavyweight cotton yarn and crochet needles for this project, and a pattern - this can be found easily online. Older children and teengers could also try their hand at this with the right guidance and supervision, plus they’ll love being able to show off something they made themselves to their friends.
Tie Dying picnic throws
Hold onto that summer feeling for a little longer by tie-dying a picnic blanket you can use in a few months time. This is an ideal craft for kids of all ages and one they’ll really love. You’ll need a thin plain blanket or towel (re-use an old one if you have it), dye in different colours, a container you can use for the process, and a cover to protect surfaces from dye. You can experiment with your own tie dye pattern or follow the many video tutorials available online.
Children or puppy tepee
Tepee projects often appear on the best DIY and craft lists for good reason. They’re relatively easy to achieve, fun, and versatile too as they can be a play space for puppies, cats, and children.
You’ll need to source wooden dowels for the structure, plus fabric in your colour and pattern of choice, twine, and scissors. Decide on the size of the tepee you want and find a tutorial you’d like to follow, plenty are available online. Get children of all ages involved in the crafting of this project - there’ll be at least some elements for them to complete.
If you don’t yet have a bath caddy, then you’re seriously missing out. Bath time is that much more luxurious with a place to put your book, face mask, or glass of wine; just what you want during the winter months.
You can DIY one with the right tools and materials, making the project as simple or complex as you please - different tutorials will be tailored to different skill levels. You’ll need wood of your choice (and a stain if it’s untreated) that’s either cut to size or one you’re willing to cut yourself, in which case you’ll also need power tools and sandpaper to smooth over any edges, and screws. You can also customise it with a book holder, an edge to prevent things from falling, or keep it simple and minimal.
Flower pressing wall hangings
Floral and botanical art is very popular right now. It’s pretty to look at and suits different styles of homes. Why not create it yourself using real flowers and plants, plus it’s a great excuse to get outdoors.
Next time you’re out on a walk, look out for flowers and leaves you’d like to preserve. Flowers and leaves that are thin and unlikely to hold a lot of moisture are the best choice for this kind of craft. Once you’ve found the ideal floral choices, pick and bring them home in a good shape, then press between pieces of parchment paper, placing them under something heavy or between the pages of a thick book. You can also use an iron to speed up the process. When dry, use a glue stick to attach your botanicals to a piece of paper before framing or get a clear back to create a floating appearance.
Friendship bracelets are trending once again thanks to their retro aesthetic and their DIY-friendly nature. If you’re not up to telling your friend how much they mean to you with one, definitely encourage your kids to make some for their friends. You could even host a party or use it as an activity for a birthday. Friendship bracelet kits are easy to find at most big retailers and one kit will make plenty of bracelets. Browse Pinterest to get ideas for different kinds of designs.
Bring out your creative spirit this winter
The secret to a successful DIY project is to keep expectations and stress low while enjoying the process itself. Don’t worry if things don’t turn out perfectly - you can always improve with time. A learning experience is still a worthwhile one. This winter, embrace your creativity and try your hand at something new.
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