Stuck at home for a while? Don’t just sit around bored in your apartment. Why not try a fun, new art project instead. Here are five fresh craft ideas for you.
Free time is the best. You can relax and have some fun!
But what if you are stuck at home alone? Or bored in your apartment without the resources or the ability to go out?
You could waste the day away, falling into the vortex of funny, entertaining — and sometimes scary — videos on Youtube. Or you can scroll through social media (again), but that can only entertain you for so long.
There’s plenty that you can do that is fun and productive. Letting out some creative energy will make you feel less anxious and stop the walls of your apartment from closing in.
This list compiles many craft ideas that you can use to pass the time and have something tangible to show for it afterward.
Before the invention of electricity, candle making was much more of a necessity than a craft. Now, you can make candles for the pure fun of it.
Does this sound like something you would like to try?
To make candles, you will need a few things. Gather your supplies to start making a craft to light up the room.
- Wax- Paraffin is the wax of choice because it is very versatile and cheap.
- Fragrances- You can buy blocks of scents to add to the boiler or add drops of your choice of essential oil to the wax as it melts.
- Colors- Add this to the wax as it melts to change the color to your liking.
- Container- You can use molds if you want the candle to be free as a finished product or old glass containers as a container for your candle.
- Wick- You can make your own wick with a bottom or buy them premade.
- Double boiler- This is the best method to use to melt the wax before pouring into your container of choice.
How to Make Candles
Making candles is easier than you think. All you need is the above supplies. Add your wax, scents, and color to a double boiler and stir until it melts completely.
Get your container ready with the wick in place and pour in the wax. Set it aside in a safe place to dry and wait. Isn’t that easy?
You can make your candles unique by using a little creativity and innovation.
You can add textures to your candle by adding some embellishments to the exterior of your candle or use a textured mold to make your candle.
You can even play with the design by pouring different colors in each layer. You can also use a toothpick to swirl the coloring you add to the wax and make a marbled candle.
This tutorial will teach you to make beautiful rose petal candle holders.
Sharpies used to be for marking your territory so no one would steal it. They have since made themselves useful for many different arts and crafts.
You can make colorful drinkware by drawing on your favorite glass with a sharpie. You can even write your favorite quote on coffee mugs to inspire you in the morning.
You can make some neat coasters with alcohol and leftover tiles. Simply draw on your tiles with the colors of your choice and use a dropper to add the rubbing alcohol.
It will create a blended color effect. You need to let them dry for a couple of hours, but be careful not to touch them until you’ve coated them with a coat of clear polyurethane to seal the color in.
You can use sharpies to add graphic designs to plain white tea towels and personalize them to match your kitchen decor.
But more fun would be to write puns on your tea towels and bring some personality to your kitchen. A few cute ideas are, “Olive me loves olive you,” “If you don’t love tacos, I’m nacho type,” and “It’s my kitchen, and I’ll fry if I want to.”
Colorful Phone Case
You can make a quick five-minute craft by buying a crossbody wallet or phone case and doodling on it with sharpies. When you get tired of the pattern, you can just make another.
After you’ve created a few, you can match your wallet or phone cases to your outfit!
Mosaics have been around since the ancient Mesopotamians. Why not partake in a 4000-year-old artistic tradition?
If you want to create a mosaic craft, there are a few things you need.
- Tiles- These come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Use the ones that fit your needs.
- Grout- You can get grout in different colors, but the traditional is white.
- Glue- You glue the tiles to your surface before grouting. You will want an adhesive that is strong but doesn’t dry too quickly.
- Surface- Whatever working surface you choose needs to be clean and dry.
How to Apply Mosaic to a Surface
Apply glue to each mosaic individually and apply the tile pieces to your surface in a pattern that you like.
Once the glue is dry, apply your grout to the entire surface. You want to fill every crack between your tiles. Allow it to dry for a few hours then use a wet rag to wash the excess grout off your mosaic.
You can take a plain table and turn it into a work of art by applying a mosaic pattern to the top of your tabletop.
Mirror or Picture Frame
You can jazz up a boring picture frame or mirror by transforming the parameter into a mosaic work of art.
Bring some color into your garden by adding a mosaic gazing ball. Take a large circular ornament or plastic ball and apply your mosaic tiles to it. This will bring in some color to your garden and attract pollinators as well as admirers.
Instead of buying jewelry, use your free time to make your own. At least then you can make them match your favorite shirt or skirt!
- Beads- You can buy seed beads, glass beads, or make your own.
- Cord- You can use strong string, tiger tail, or leather string.
- Clasps- There are different clasps for bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
- Tools- You might need a needle nose plier for your jewelry pieces.
How to Make Jewelry
It’s very simple to make jewelry. You just need to attach the clasp to the cord of your choice and string the wire with beads.
You add the other end of the clasp to the opposite end of the cord, and you have your completed jewelry piece.
Use Recycled Material
If you don’t have any beads, don’t fret. You can make jewelry out of several common things around the house.
For instance, try using pop tabs, buttons, or fabric as beads for your jewelry project. You can also use wire and string to make some awesome hoop earrings.
Summertime is beach time. When you visit the beach, bring home some materials for your next craft.
- Beach glass
Sailboat with Driftwood and Glass
You can bring a nautical theme into your home by making these cute sailboats using this tutorial and adjusting it to use strung beach glass as the sail.
Fishermans’ Mason Jars
Mason jar crafts are all the rage now. Why not make an ocean-inspired mason jar craft of your own?
You can use your ocean keepsakes to make lots of different crafts to decorate your apartment.
In no time, you could throw together a natural seashell and beach glass garland. Or delight the ears by using your beach supplies to make a charming wind chime.
These activities can be a creative outlet and help you do more than just binge-watch a show on Netflix. Creating things can help you feel accomplished and stimulate your senses.
If you want to keep your brain sharp, try one of these fun arts and crafts ideas and see if you can give Martha Stewart a run for her money!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with The Union at Auburn on a daily basis to help them with their marketing efforts.