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5 Super Easy Crafts That Take Just 5 Minutes To Make And Are Perfect For Any Occasion

Updated on April 1, 2017
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Graham is a former magazine stylist with a passion for crafts. She writes for various magazines and blogs when she's not playing with glue.

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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.

Vary the paint colors or paint stripes of color.
Vary the paint colors or paint stripes of color. | Source

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 Handles

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Paint one spoon or many. I bought several different spoon shapes that had different handle legths.You certainly don't need to be precise when you paint your spoons. I used a small piece of painter's tape.You could use many different types of paint. I used craft paint from Michael's in three different colors.
Paint one spoon or many. I bought several different spoon shapes that had different handle legths.
Paint one spoon or many. I bought several different spoon shapes that had different handle legths. | Source
You certainly don't need to be precise when you paint your spoons. I used a small piece of painter's tape.
You certainly don't need to be precise when you paint your spoons. I used a small piece of painter's tape. | Source
You could use many different types of paint. I used craft paint from Michael's in three different colors.
You could use many different types of paint. I used craft paint from Michael's in three different colors. | Source
Cloth Paper Scissors
Cloth Paper Scissors

"Cloth Paper Scissors covers many types of fiber arts and collage work, including mixed media, assemblage, altered books, art dolls, visual art journals, rubber stamping, creative embroidery, and book arts"

 

Crafting with Paint Color Strips

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I have used these paint color strips for countless craft projects. Next time you visit your local paint shop grab a few and keep on hand for crafts like this one.With so many shaped paper punches on the market, you could make a heart shaped, round - whatever. I simple cut these small shapes using my handy-dandy pair of scissors.My white kitchen twine worked perfectly for this bunting. I considered using my sewing machine, but this took no time at all.If you don't have a small hole punch, just use the tip of your scissors (BE CAREFUL!).Hung on a door, from a cabinet, around a cake stand, bunting is instant celebration. If a far away friend is celebrating his/her birthday, take a marker and write Happy Birthday on the bunting. Tuck it into brightly colored envelop and mail.
I have used these paint color strips for countless craft projects. Next time you visit your local paint shop grab a few and keep on hand for crafts like this one.
I have used these paint color strips for countless craft projects. Next time you visit your local paint shop grab a few and keep on hand for crafts like this one. | Source
With so many shaped paper punches on the market, you could make a heart shaped, round - whatever. I simple cut these small shapes using my handy-dandy pair of scissors.
With so many shaped paper punches on the market, you could make a heart shaped, round - whatever. I simple cut these small shapes using my handy-dandy pair of scissors. | Source
My white kitchen twine worked perfectly for this bunting. I considered using my sewing machine, but this took no time at all.
My white kitchen twine worked perfectly for this bunting. I considered using my sewing machine, but this took no time at all. | Source
If you don't have a small hole punch, just use the tip of your scissors (BE CAREFUL!).
If you don't have a small hole punch, just use the tip of your scissors (BE CAREFUL!). | Source
Hung on a door, from a cabinet, around a cake stand, bunting is instant celebration. If a far away friend is celebrating his/her birthday, take a marker and write Happy Birthday on the bunting. Tuck it into brightly colored envelop and mail.
Hung on a door, from a cabinet, around a cake stand, bunting is instant celebration. If a far away friend is celebrating his/her birthday, take a marker and write Happy Birthday on the bunting. Tuck it into brightly colored envelop and mail. | Source

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 Paper

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This small piece of wrapping paper was stashed in a closet. It's fine that it was a bit wrinkled. Place it under a few heavy books for a day or two.Your wrapping paper could be particular shapes or even a design. What ever looks good to you.Cut out the shape using small scissors.To make the tags more durable, I glued them to a stiffer paper.Use your new gift tags as a personal touch.
This small piece of wrapping paper was stashed in a closet. It's fine that it was a bit wrinkled. Place it under a few heavy books for a day or two.
This small piece of wrapping paper was stashed in a closet. It's fine that it was a bit wrinkled. Place it under a few heavy books for a day or two. | Source
Your wrapping paper could be particular shapes or even a design. What ever looks good to you.
Your wrapping paper could be particular shapes or even a design. What ever looks good to you. | Source
Cut out the shape using small scissors.
Cut out the shape using small scissors. | Source
To make the tags more durable, I glued them to a stiffer paper.
To make the tags more durable, I glued them to a stiffer paper. | Source
Use your new gift tags as a personal touch.
Use your new gift tags as a personal touch. | Source

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 Lids

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Nearly any jar will work for this craft. I wanted to create a basket for a friend with a variety of baking decorations. I filled a few jars with dragées, some candy flowers and some sprinkles.Using wrapping paper or decorative paper from your local craft store, just cut a circle a half and inch larger than the jar lid. Snip it all the way around. Glue the circle to the lid and begin to tuck the snipped edges underneath.Allow the lid to dry before screwing it onto the jar, otherwise your paper may tear.Fill your jars with candies, spices or craft supplies.
Nearly any jar will work for this craft. I wanted to create a basket for a friend with a variety of baking decorations. I filled a few jars with dragées, some candy flowers and some sprinkles.
Nearly any jar will work for this craft. I wanted to create a basket for a friend with a variety of baking decorations. I filled a few jars with dragées, some candy flowers and some sprinkles. | Source
Using wrapping paper or decorative paper from your local craft store, just cut a circle a half and inch larger than the jar lid. Snip it all the way around. Glue the circle to the lid and begin to tuck the snipped edges underneath.
Using wrapping paper or decorative paper from your local craft store, just cut a circle a half and inch larger than the jar lid. Snip it all the way around. Glue the circle to the lid and begin to tuck the snipped edges underneath. | Source
Allow the lid to dry before screwing it onto the jar, otherwise your paper may tear.
Allow the lid to dry before screwing it onto the jar, otherwise your paper may tear. | Source
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Fill your jars with candies, spices or craft supplies.
Fill your jars with candies, spices or craft supplies. | Source

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 Bowls

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You can find many different shapes at thrift shops.With small lace doilies, you can make tiny bowls and fill them with trinkets for gift giving.Use your imagination with various shaped lace.Square pieces make great little vases.
You can find many different shapes at thrift shops.
You can find many different shapes at thrift shops. | Source
With small lace doilies, you can make tiny bowls and fill them with trinkets for gift giving.
With small lace doilies, you can make tiny bowls and fill them with trinkets for gift giving. | Source
Use your imagination with various shaped lace.
Use your imagination with various shaped lace. | Source
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Square pieces make great little vases.
Square pieces make great little vases. | Source
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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...

There is a product on the market that makes fabric stiff. You can certainly use that for this project. I had white glue handy, so I used that.
There is a product on the market that makes fabric stiff. You can certainly use that for this project. I had white glue handy, so I used that. | Source

The Various Sizes and Shapes for Your Lace Bowls

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Add a Ribbon to Your Lace Bowls

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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.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      Thanks for stopping by Rosie! I hope that you try one or two. Happy Holidays!

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      These are fun and simple craft projects. I love crafts too and could just make things all day if I had the time.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Thank you so much, Rajan, for the praise! I greatly appreciate the vote and the pin, too!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Grahan, this is an awesome hub. Really simple yet unique ideas. I just love these fantastic crafts.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. Pinned.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Hi Eileen - thanks for sharing your great ideas. I like the swan concept. Being a fan of lavender, you've just inspired me to hand a small sachet in a sunny window! Thank you for your comments. Have a wonderful day.

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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great ideas. I have used lace doilies and filled with lavender tie up with ribbon and they smell lovely in the wardrobes in sunny windows which actually bring the smell of lavender out more. Or you could give as a gift

      We used to use starch to stiffen the doilies and made some into swans with the extra head and neck crocheted on.

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      brenda terrell 5 years ago

      i'm a craft junkie to. its just hard to find time in between my two kids, but i really need to get back into do them again.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Georgia, the bunting is one of my favorites! Thank you for commenting and leaving me with such a positive note. I wish you a wonderful week, as well.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Natasha, the bowls are so easy. I hope you have some lace and can make a few.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Thanks, Billy. I've read a few of your hubs that clearly tell me that you're crafter than you give yourself credit for! Certainly, pass 'em along to the family - they are fun. Best Regards,

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      Mrs Clark 5 years ago from United States

      Wow! You are crafty & creative! All of these crafts would make great gifts as well. I especially like the bunting and the painted spoons.Thank you for your great ideas! Hope your week is wonderful~

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Craft junkie - that's me, too! Love the lace bowl.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice job, Graham! I'm not crafty but I'll pass this along to those in the family who are.

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