Toys, soaps, plants, and art are things that can be deceptively expensive if you are looking for the really nice ones. The most clever people will always find handcrafted shortcuts by transforming discarded pieces into forms that mimic or outright look like the originals. All it takes is to find things that are lying around the house. These DIY crafts not only make things prettier and easier, but they will also not break your budget.
Where Can You Find Easy DIY Craft Projects?
The truth is, you do not have to be an expert at crafts to come up with your own homemade inspirations. Many times over, we share these ideas of DIY crafts from family members down through generations. There are also arts and crafts stores that hold presentations and classes for homemade recipes of all types. You can also check out the places in your home that have not been looked at recently and use it to come up with ideas:
- Old moving boxes
- Old children’s toys
- Laundry room
You can find a limitless number of these projects online, or in some DIY books at your local bookstore or library.
Is There a Need for DIY Crafts?
These type of projects and their results are for people who like going to the thrift store to save money. There are times where you look at beautiful art and then see if there is a cheaper way to make a lovely version to hang in your own living room. It can be as simple as carefully preserving dried flowers in a picture frame.
A spill on your clothes or rug always will bring the many recipes of a quick remedy to fix the stain. Sometimes those ideas are the ones that are part of DIY crafts that work for kids’ project for bubbles or other summer activities. You would also be surprised at the help this can be for emergency decor for parties, especially for weddings.
It is important to keep in mind that DIY crafts are not always knick-knacks, but can also be useful products to use around your home or even slime for your children to play with for hours. In this article, we highlight a bit of both.
Easy and Quick DIY Craft Projects
1. DIY Laundry Detergent
There is a long history of people and families finding ways of cleaning their clothes long before them going to the store and buying the best brand detergent. The best part about this homemade detergent is that the recipe costs under $10 in most places. You can make this by using ingredients taken from the nearest supermarket:
- Washing soda
- Fels Naptha
The first thing you do is grate the Fels-Naptha. Add the grated soap to four cups of hot water and put it to medium-high heat until it is completely melted. Then, take a five-gallon bucket and fill it halfway with hot water. Pour the melted soap mixture in it along with one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda. Stir until it is thoroughly mixed, and you have you makeshift detergent for whenever you need it.
If you want a deeper clean, you can add baking soda and Oxy-Clean, or Purex Crystals and essential oils for a fresher scent. Just add the amount you want and stir depending on how strong you want it to be in regards to cleaning ability or scent.
2. DIY Lip Balm
Those who deal with dry or chapped lips daily carry a case or tube of lip balm wherever they go every day. But, you will run out of it fast, and if you are a serious user, you know that the best balms are not cheap. In that case, it is best to know what they are made of and fill those ingredients into handy little tubes of your own.
- Coconut Oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Optional powder for color
- Empty lip balm tubes or small jars
- Funnel or pipette
The choice between a tube or jar is a matter of application and personal choice. It will all boil down to whether you want the application to your lips done directly or with your fingers. The funnel or pipette is about the pour — some people think pipettes might clog up faster which is why they choose the funnel, but others also have clogging problems with the funnel if the balm hardens.
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax into a double boiler over medium heat (you can also use a glass bowl if there is no double boiler on hand). Stir until they are completely melted. Add essential oil and powder to your preference. Pour small amounts of the liquid into the tubes or jars using a pipette or funnel.
3. DIY Vegetable Garden in a Pot
Amateur gardeners living in apartments, condos, or in the smallest houses look for interesting DIY crafts options for making growing different things. This one is perfect for a small deck patio or simple harvest that will produce their favorite vegetable while staying close. This is best used for vegetables like herbs, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes, but there is no limit to the vegetables you can grow in the container you use.
First, use the biggest container you can find, which is normally one around 18 to 20 inches tall and wide. If the container does not have drainage holes at the bottom, use a drill to make some.
Fill your pot with potting soil or compost instead of using dirt from other areas, because regular dirt can have weeds and diseases that can affect the plant. Choose the plant you want to grow and plant it as deep or shallow as required. One trick with planting a vegetable like tomatoes is to take off the bottommost leaves and plant it to the next set of leave so that the roots grow deeper.
Place a six-foot stake in the soil and tie the plant to it with twine. Now, the plant has the support it will need as it grows. Place it in a sunny area and water it as needed as it grows into a fully mature plant, vegetables and all.
4. DIY Temporary Tattoos
This is a DIY crafts standard with kids or people that need a design on their skin for a costume for Halloween. The best part about this is that there are multiple ways to do this. We will show you three common ways to place and remove these temporary tattoos, starting with an eyeliner tattoo.
First, practice the design on regular or tracing paper before you apply on your skin. Take the tracing paper and place the right design face down on skin rubbed with ethyl alcohol. Press it until an outline forms on the skin. Once that happens, draw the tattoo over it with an eyeliner pencil. Put some talcum powder over it, spread it, and then spray it with hairspray or liquid bandage. You can remove it with soapy water or nail polish remover.
This style mimics the way a pro would make their tattoo by using more control. Choose the shapes you want to make, draw in on an index card, and cut it out with small scissors or a cutting knife. You can use the eyeliner pencil, but for more color, try a ballpoint pen to the desired color. Apply a clear deodorant stick over it to protect it.
A Paper Tattoo
If you have ever wondered how those quarter machine temporary tattoos worked, here is the DIY crafts version to do it. First, go to an arts and crafts store or online and get waterslide paper, which is a specialty paper with adhesive on one side. Design the tattoo on your computer using a graphics computer program (Photoshop is the most common one) and then print it out in reverse image format. Place the image ink-side down on your skin and then cover it with damp paper or cloth. Press it down for 30 seconds, then peel off the paper carefully — the dampening would have transferred the ink from the paper to your skin. Soapy water will be enough to remove the tattoo.
5. DIY Hat from a Sweater
There is an eventual point where old winter sweaters show the wear and tear of both winters and wear. But, there are ways to bring them back to life as long as you put them on your head. First, you will need a few supplies to get started:
- Knit hat
- Fabric scissors
- Straight pins
- Standard sewing machine
Turn the sweater inside out, flatten, and place the knit hat you have chosen at the bottom of the sweater band. Use the straight pins to outline the edge of the hat onto the sweater. Follow those pins with your sewing machine and sew the outline of the sweater until they are sewn together. Cut around the sewn hat, making sure you leave a small allowance around the sides.
An important part of making any of these DIY crafts is to have patience while making them. This is definitely the case if you are a novice when it comes to putting together creative objects from everyday supplies. But, do not let that discourage you from trying to let your imagination run wild.