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5 Super Easy Crafts That Take Just 5 Minutes To Make And Are Perfect For Any Occasion
I'll admit that I am a craft-junkie.
I can't seem to look a a tube of paint or a stick of glue without the overwhelming urge to make something. Like many people, I scan the pages of magazines or click through the screens on Pinterest looking for those crafts that take minutes to make for those times that I have only moments to spare. We all lead hectic lives, but that doesn't mean that I don't want to give a gift that comes more from my heart than quick stop at the mall.
The challenge to consider, however, is what crafts can you make that take half of your time, but don't look like you've had your 4 year old daughter whip it up (not that that is a bad thing necessarily).
These 5 crafts are very easy to make and can certainly appear as if you've worked on them for hours. The other wonderful thing about each of these 5 crafts is that they can be customized to meet your tastes and needs.
Let's talk about the painted spoon handle craft. Plain wooden spoons can very often be found at your local dollar store. They are sold in various shapes and sizes and work well in a busy kitchen. Whether you are planning to give a gift to a new home owner or a savvy cook, these spoons make for a wonderful idea.
For a bright and colorful display of spoons for the first-time home owner, purchase a dozen or so spoons and paint each handle a different color. Place the handles upright in a coordinating utensil holder and instantly brighten the counter.
I make a lot of food-related gifts, particularly as hostess gifts. Try baking (or buying) a loaf of sweet bread, perhaps a cranberry loaf or a blueberry, wrap the bread in a new dishcloth topped with one of your spoons painted in a coordinated color. No time for that? Take a large mason jar and layer the ingredients of a batch of muffins. Stand a painted spoon alongside the jar and lace a ribbon to secure.
I like this craft because it literally can be painted and dried within moments. Having a few items on hand for last minute invites can reduce stress and it's nice to be able to bring along a little something for the host.
I have seen the outside of wooden bowls that are also painted. I love the look, although, I have found that these bowls have a restrictive use. The spoons can be used more often.
Painted Spoon HandlesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Crafting with Paint Color StripsClick thumbnail to view full-size
I once created a birthday party theme using nearly nothing but paint color strips like these. Using different paper punches and a stick of glue, you can create a colorful and festive table.
Here are a few ideas:
1- make bunting for doorways and tables
2- glue shapes back-to-back sandwiching a toothpick between and place one into the top of cupcakes
3- Glue shapes randomly all over a package that was first wrapped using glossy white paper.
4- If you're hosting a large party, glue a small pin to the backs of shapes and use as name tags
5- Serving a buffet? Let your guests know what you are serving using shapes as markers.
DIY Gift Tags from Old Wrapping PaperClick thumbnail to view full-size
Generally, I like to buy a few packages of gift tags, but a sometimes have a random roll of wrapping paper that I want to use up. It's with that roll that I make my own gift tags. I don't want to toss the wrapping paper away, but I've used it enough to not want to use it again.
This works especially well with old holiday paper. Many times, you may not want to use last year's Christmas wrap on this year's presents, but you don't want to waste either.
This is one of those crafts that can be done while you are resting in front of the TV watching your favorite program. Cut out the objects on the paper, punch a hold at the top, lace with ribbon and attached it to your gift.
Easy Decoupage Jar LidsClick thumbnail to view full-size
While any jar can be used for this project, it's important to note that you may need to air the jar for a bit. I used a small pickled ginger jar. It was a great shape and a perfect size for what I wanted to do, but I needed to let the jar sit out for a few days so that my candies wouldn't taste (or smell) like ginger.
If you are creating jars for a larger project, you may want to consider purchasing new jars. Otherwise, simply allow some time to soak your jars in a little soapy water or a little white vinegar. If you are not going to use the jars until later, leave the lids off the jars and store in your cabinet.
Lace Doily BowlsClick thumbnail to view full-size
I'd been wanting to make a few lace bowl and was having difficulty finding lace doilies. I mentioned this to my sister-in-law and a few weeks later a box of lace showed up at my front door!
I decided to make a few small bowls first and used this glass vase as a mold. The directions for crafting these bowls is very easy. They will need to sit out for a day or two to dry so be sure you have ample counter space.
As Easy As One, Two...
The Various Sizes and Shapes for Your Lace BowlsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Add a Ribbon to Your Lace Bowls
Make a Lace Table Runner.
No time to make a lace bowl? That's okay. Take a look at this beautiful table runner. Simply collect a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, then thread them together.