Make 2020 your craftiest year yet with an abundance of fun, creative, and useful craft ideas that add value or decor to your home and life.
Winter Craft Ideas
DIY Snow Globes
Snow globes aren’t just for the holidays! Enjoy the season by making your own during the new year. Make a medley of small, decorative snow globes to line a windowsill with shot glasses—either glass or plastic will work. Use card stock paper as the base, some kind of trinket inside, hot glue to adhere the shot glass rim side down onto the card stock, and you have an easy and fun craft that will make any window wintery. Penguin or snowman figurines make for great central figures.
Valentine’s Day is closely associated with winter, so take advantage of that trend in your choice of crafts. If you’re gifted—by others, or yourself—an assortment of chocolates in a heart shaped box, think twice before you toss that box in the trash. Instead, turn it into a festive catchall tray that can adorn your coffee table or nightstand. Simply paint one piece of the box the color of your choosing and wait for it to dry. Then, stick pretty craft paper inside of it. You’ll have an elegant looking catchall to enjoy all year long.
Spring Craft Ideas
The colors of spring align well with the colors of the rainbow, so a fun craft idea for the spring is to make your own rainbow sneakers. All you’ll need is a pair of shoes you don't mind using as a canvas. Old or new, lace up or slip on—any variety works! Next, gather Sharpie permanent markers in a variety of colors, rubbing alcohol, and a medicine dropper.
To make your shoes rainbow, draw spots or shapes all over the shoes in different colors in a pattern of your choosing. Then, fill the medicine dropper with alcohol and squirt the liquid all over the shoes. The more liquid you squirt, the more the colors will run and blur together, giving a tie dye look. Then, simply let your shoes dry and you’ll be sporting the colors of spring.
Stained Glass Shape
As the sun begins to shine more and more regularly in the spring, a fun way to celebrate that is with a piece of DIY “stained glass” art for your window. You can easily make one yourself in the shape of your choosing by printing a template of that shape. Some fun spring shape ideas are a butterfly or a flower. Trace the shape on a piece of black card stock paper, then cutting it out around the edges and about a half an inch on the inside to create a frame. Then cut a piece of contact paper that’s slightly larger than the frame you created. Peel the back off of the contact paper and adhere your frame to the sticky side of it.
Cut up shreds of tissue paper in a variety of bold, vibrant colors. The shapes of these pieces should differ. Place them on the inside of the frame, overlapping them slightly. Then, take another piece of contact paper and place it sticky side down on top of the frame. Trim the excess paper around the frame.
Use a hole puncher to create a whole towards the top of the frame, stringing a ribbon or piece of twine through it and forming a loop. Hang this stained glass craft from your window and watch it catch the light on a beautiful spring day.
Summer Craft Ideas
Rock Garden Plant Signs
If you have a garden, summer is definitely the time where it will flourish. For that reason, rock garden plant signs make for a fun and useful craft. To make these, simply find rocks in various sizes. Paint them to look like the different plants your labeling. For instance, you can paint one to look like a tomato and another to look like a carrot. If you wish, use a stencil or freehand the label on the rocks to note what each rock represents.
Seed Packet Wreath
Continuing on the trend of the summer being the time to allow your garden and landscaping to flourish, another craft to consider is to make a seed packet wreath. This is something you can use to adorn your door throughout the entirety of the season. Simply take about 12 to 14 seed packets—full or empty—and attach them with pins to a 12 inch foam wreath form. Add faux or fresh flowers or herbs to the wreath to make it extra festive and top it off with ribbon to hang it from a hook.
Fall Craft Ideas
Board Game Art
The fall is when the weather begins to turn colder, creating the desire to stay indoors, and oftentimes board games make for a great way to pass the time inside. For that reason, dig through some old board games and use them for a simple craft: using them as art. Use command strips to adhere physical boards to the walls. You can even frame the instructions to put next to each game on the wall, too. This makes for fun artwork in a bedroom, family room, den, or playroom.
DIY Leaf Bowl
As the leaves fall outside, it presents the perfect time to gather them for a picturesque and seasonal craft. Gather colorful leaves from outside and then use them to make a festive bowl. Do so by taking a clear bowl and wrapping it with plastic wrap. Then use mod podge to adhere the leaves all around the outside of the plastic wrap so that they overlap and completely cover the bowl shape. Once the mod podge has dried completely, peel the leaves and plastic wrap off the bowl. Then,carefully remove the plastic wrap and you’ll have a lightweight and festive accent bowl.