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7 Simple Crafts Using Things You Already Have Around the House

When the urge to make hits and you can’t get to the craft store, what’s a creative soul to do? Simply make do with what’s already in your craft stash and the odds and ends you can find around the house! Lucky for us, there are plenty of impressive projects out there that require minimal supplies, so get ready to raid your craft room as we bring you seven genius makes using things you’ll be able to find around the house.

7 Simple Crafts Using Things You Already Have Around the House

1. Create origami wall art

Have an unused picture frame that needs filling? Charlie Mumford’s geometric wall art is a fab way to use origami techniques to create stunning home décor. If you’ve never tried origami, this step-by-step is a great project for beginners. With just a few squares of card – Charlie’s used Create and Craft Core Collection card – plus scissors and adhesives, you’ll have everything you need to make your own.

2. Paper bag tiara

Wondering what to do with a stack of paper bags and old artificial flowers? Look no further! This paper bag tiara craft is a great way to give a second life to fake flowers while also making a fun accessory for a child in your life. Follow the steps to wrap up a paper bag, and then get creative with raffia and flowers. If you’re feeling extra crafty, why not make your own paper flowers? Lia Griffith’s double-sided crepe paper anemones would be a stunning addition.

3. DIY tea pot design

Who doesn’t have a couple of plain mugs sitting neglected at the back of their cupboard? Add a splash of colour to any undecorated porcelain with this simple step-by-step, using tissue paper, porcelain pens and dishwasher safe Mod Podge. Why not try adding a rainbow design with Bright Ideas Rainbow Assortment’s (514643) pretty tissue paper? If your craft stash is lacking some of these supplies, try baking on a design made with permanent marker in your oven for an even easier hack.

4. Paper beads

All good papercrafters know that you can never throw away a spare bit of card! These simple beads can be made with any paper or card you have lying around the house. Simply follow the steps to cut the paper into a long triangle and then wrap them tightly around a skewer or similar object. Add a dab of glue at the end to hold the roll in place, and voila! Use the beads to create a fun necklace or to make a hanging decoration.

5. DIY bookmarks

Sure, you can use any old scrap of paper to save your place in a book, but why do that when you could create a fabulous tasseled bookmark? Follow the steps here to create a frilly tassel, and then use your prettiest piece of card to create the rectangular bookmark. Wouldn’t Paper Dienamics Cardstock - Rainbow Rays Collection (514211) look great stuck between the pages of your favourite book?

6. DIY meal planner board

With this handy step-by-step, you can fashion a meal planner board that will get you organised and make weeknight dinners a no-fuss affair. All you’ll need is wrapping paper, sticky letters, small wooden pegs and a few other supplies. Happy Moments Mini Wooden Pegs (450932) are perfect for the job, but if you don’t have any to hand you can always use a dry erase marker to write your meal plan directly on the board.

7. Upcycled child’s dress

If you have a pile of old shirts at home that you’ve thrown into the donate pile, dig them back out now! A man’s button-down shirt can easily be transformed into a child’s dress with just a few stitches. Simply use one of your toddler’s dresses for sizing, and then follow the steps here to create this gorgeous pattern.