Why should kids get to have all the fun when it comes to arts and crafts projects? Adults can benefit from crafting as a relaxing method of expressing creativity and channeling emotions. (Adult coloring books have surged in popularity for these very good reasons.) Beyond that, crafts for adults can yield incredible homemade results — for gifts, wardrobe, home decor, party and entertaining items, and on and on. You don’t have to be an expert crafter, either: We rounded up 19 adult craft ideas from bloggers around the web to inspire your creativity, whether you’re a novice or a highly experienced crafter.
Paper Chain Wallhanging
This project has its roots in a simple paper chain crafting notion you might remember from growing up. But it’s every inch a sophisticated take on the concept, rendered as a color-blocked wallhanging for grownups to make and enjoy.
Colorful Coupe Cocktail Glasses
Make these eye-catching cocktail glasses with just a bit of scrap adhesive vinyl and cheap glasses from Ikea or the dollar store. This project is super easy, but will create a dazzling result your cocktail party guests will be sure to admire.
DIY Lavender Soap
Give yourself permission to use the fancy soap… by making it yourself. You’ll need just a few supplies: goat’s milk melt and pour base, dried lavender, lavender oil, and silicone soap molds. The result is pretty, indulgent, and gift worthy, too.
Graphic String Art
This easy graphic string art tutorial goes a step chicer with an ombre effect achieved using various shades of embroidery thread. Wrap up this idea in just an hour to yield a project with a message we all need to hear right now: “relax.”
If you’re going to be the hostess with the mostest, you’re going to need to learn how to make one of the hottest decor trends: balloon gardens. They’re reasonably easy to make using just a few supplies, and they pack a great decor punch on a wall or entryway. Make them your own using whatever sizes, shapes, and colors fit your theme.
DIY Hanging Shelf
You can always use another shelf for functionality, and this DIY small hanging shelf has many uses around the house: in a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or hallway above a small console table. To make it, all you need is a piece of poplar wood, macrame cording, and a drill. Modify it to any sizes and specs you like.
Floral Butterfly Frame
Give an aging wooden frame entirely new life with this sweet craft project. Add a light coat of paint, and follow by applying faux flowers and inexpensive feather butterflies. With their colorful look and uplifting motif, these also make great gifts or party favors.
DIY Circle Mirror
This simple mirror project has a chic, Anthropologie-like result — but it’s actually quite simple to make. All you need is a circular unfinished wood piece, a round mirror, rope, and yarn. Customize it in whatever shades you like — from earthy and rustic to vibrant and eye-catching.
Nesting Desk Organizer
This is the perfect functional project for getting your desk, craft room, or other small items in order: Start with a dollar store wooden tray, and transform it with customized nesting boxes to keep everything in order in a visually appealing way.
Wrapped Vase With Florals
Cane webbing adds a bright, cheerful look when wrapped around a second hand or dollar store vase in this simple DIY. Dried grasses and flowers finish off the project for such a pretty, feminine effect.
No-Sew Rag Quilt
If you’re not a sewing type, but you’d love to make a cozy quilt — this one’s for you. No sewing machine required, but bring your patience and creativity to this no-sew rag quilt project. Choose your fabrics to customize and personalize this quilt to keep or give as a special, heirloom-quality gift.
Whip up a set of paper pennants for a super easy — and super versatile — project. Decorate your desk, the nursery, or your kid’s room, or add them to your next party or shower decor. You will need a sewing machine for this one.
Inspired by the seasonal super bloom? Make your own out of paper for a cheerful look at home. These giant paper poppies are super easy to make with only a few supplies — card stock, floral wire, hot glue, and scissors — and they make a huge decor impact.
Pom Pom Paper Clips
It will take just a few minutes for you to whip up a set of these charming oversized paperclips festooned with pom poms. All you’ll need is acrylic yarn in at lest three colors, jumbo paper clips, a pom pom maker, and a scissors. Then, voila: create a batch to cheer up your workspace, or give these as teacher gifts.
Whether you’re a bride (or know one), or you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve (or Coachella), DIY an incredible golden crown to complete your look. This floral crown project includes gold foil stars for a simple, yet stunning vibe.
Simple Yarn Garlands
This modern take on a vintage yarn look is totally versatile for use around the house — not to mention as gifts or party decor. It couldn’t be easier to make these pretty strands: Just cut a bunch of yarn in pieces approximately the same size, and then tie each piece around a length of twine. Yes, you can do this mindlessly while binge watching Netflix.
DIY Yarn-Fringed Throw Pillow
Pillow foam filling is the basis for the eye-catching DIY yarn fringed throw pillow. Super easy to create and customize, you can make this with any color yarn to complement the look of your home. You might even want to whip up a whole set in complementary colors and designs to enliven a bed or sofa.
Embroidered Denim Jacket
Noting is cooler than a customized denim jacket — whether new or vintage. Take the look to the next level by embroidering a set of cheerful flowers on the back panel.
This is a great adult craft idea if you don’t have a lot of time or patience but want to create something beautiful and functional. Customize any set of handmade or store-bought cards with a glittery design element to amp up the impact. All you need is fine glitter, scissors, double-sided tape — and about six minutes per envelope.