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Primitive craft projects that even I can do

Updated on December 9, 2012

Primitive craft projects - step back into a simpler time

People who know me may say I'm "crafty" but that's not really a good thing the way they mean it! About everything I try to make, no matter what it is, appears to be a primitive (or, rather, crude...) fashion. So, when I was looking for a craft hobby and I ran across Primitive craft projects, I knew I was onto something.

Not only are primitive craft projects a lot of fun to make, they tend to be easier to put together due to their simpler design. You won't find any bells and whistles like are on the hottest Christmas toys, but you will be elated that you were able to do a primitive craft and it works!

By the way, that bowl in the picture - I made that with my own two hands when I was doing pottery. And, it's in my kitchen which was built in 1857. I thought it was a great picture for this Squidoo article.

A Day at Sunny Brook: Primitive Projects to Recall Home Life in the 1800s

If you're looking for a great way to spend some quality time with a child this Christmas season (or for a birthday), I'm not sure you can do much better than getting this book. The book is about three sisters who live in a different time and place - they're living in Lafayette County during the 1800's. The book gives you instructions on making the primitive crafts that they would have, such as making pin cushions, pillows, hooked rugs, and that kind of thing. Makes me sort of wish I'd had a child (not really).

A Day at Sunny Brook: Primitive Projects to Recall Home Life in the 1800sCHECK PRICE

Hand built clay books on

I've always loved clay and even bought my own pottery wheel a few years ago. I found that I loved the primitive craft of playing in mud and branched out into hand built pieces. Anyone can hand build a pottery bowl - anyone! Here's a selection of nice books about this clay craft.

Ceramics for Beginners: Hand BuildingCHECK PRICE

Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed: The secrets of handbuilding shown in unique cutaway photographyCHECK PRICE

Hand Building Techniques (Ceramics Class)CHECK PRICE

Sock Snowmen are a great primitive craft!

Sock Snowmen are a great primitive craft!
Sock Snowmen are a great primitive craft!

Here's some ideas about primitive crafts that you can find on the internet

Why not make money from making crafts? - All it takes is a bit of marketng

There's quite a market for all kinds of handmade crafts and primitive crafts are among the top in the earners - perhaps we're all trying to get back to a simpler time. Here's a few good books on marketing your homemade crafts. You might be surprised when your hobby pays your bills.

Nature's Offerings: Primitive Projects Inspired by the Four Seasons

This book speaks to my love of nature so it's on my Christmas list this year. 6 reviewers on all gave this book 5 stars - that's the best that it gets. Reviewers mention that the folk art primitive crafts are easy to do and the instructions are easy to follow.

Make table rugs or violet pincushions for winter, apply tomato appliques to a jacket to celebrate summer, embroider a holly branch vine onto a pillowcase for Christmas. This book has it all.

Nature's Offerings: Primitive Projects Inspired by the Four Seasons
Nature's Offerings: Primitive Projects Inspired by the Four Seasons

Put this primitive crafts book in a pretty primitive basket with a bow and stash it under the Christmas tree for your favorite crafter this year.


Book of Days: Create Your Own Primitive Book Full of Days

This book is an interesting concept - The Book of Days can be anything you want it to be. The author created her own Book of Days and shows you how she put it together. Start this primitive craft by gathering your favorite sayings, pictures, events, or anything your heart fancies.

Leave it to YouTube to have a group of primitive craft videos

These short videos are a great way to get basic instruction on some fun and easy primitive crafts.

More books on primitive crafts

Reviewers on liked "With these hands: 19th century-inspired primitive projects for your home". Reviewers frequently commented that there was a 'country' feel to this primitive arts and crafts book. So, if you like country décor for your home, this is the primitive cratt bood for you.

With These Hands: 19th Century-Inspired Primitive Projects for Your HomeCHECK PRICE

19 primitive crafts are inside this book that will transport you to days of old. You'll find detailed craft instructions for making mostly blue crafts

Buttonwood Farm: 19 New Primitive ProjectsCHECK PRICE

The crafts in this primitive crafting book are mostly items for the home, such as table runners, hooked rugs, pillows, etc. So, if you're looking to dress up a primitive décor in your home, have at it!

Comfort Zone: More Primitive Projects for You and Your HomeCHECK PRICE

Please leave me comments to let me know you dropped by my Primitive Craft Projects That Even I Can Do article. Thanks.

Are you crafty? - COMMENTS HERE!

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    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'd say I'm crafty. I make stained glass windows, lamps, and sun-catchers. I used to do ceramics and have always wanted to learn how to do pottery. I've also dabbled in paper tole. I really like the bowl you made. My house was built somewhere around 1883.

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      5 years ago

      No not really. Wish I were.

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      Would love to try my hand at pottery again. Haven't done it since school

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very nice variety of crafts books. The primitive dolls look especially cute.

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      6 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. It is very informative. I enjoyed it. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Lovely primitive craft projects! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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      6 years ago

      These are great craft ideas for the holiday time off.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      My quilting falls into this category. I've made a few doll quilts in the primitive style (meaning the stitches look like an 8 year old made it). Then if I tea-dye them, they really look like vintage doll quilts made by a pioneer child.

      Sure, I'd love to make a beautiful full-sized quilt with enviable tiny stitches, but not going to happen in this life-time.


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