Crafting Projects That Are Great for Beginners

Whether you want to make a personalized gift for something or want to see what you can make with things lying around the house, crafting is a fun and rewarding hobby. Anyone can get into it. Before you run to the hobby shop and buy a bunch of supplies, consider some of these simple crafting projects that are great for beginners.

Cottagecore Storage Jars

Cottagecore is the design aesthetic that recreates the feeling of a small cabin out in a peaceful field. This aesthetic uses lots of colors you see in nature and handcrafted goods. So storage jars are perfect for it. If you want to make your own storage jars, you’ll need the following:

  • A mason jar
  • A chalk label
  • Acrylic paint
  • Decorative tape (optional)

The first thing you want to do is remove the lid from your jar and paint it. You may need more than one coat, but let it dry completely before painting again. While you wait for the paint to dry, carefully apply the chalk label to the jar, ensuring no bubbles or wrinkles appear. You may also use decorative tape, twine, or ribbons to wrap around the jar and decorate it as you see fit.

These decorative jars are perfect for storing snacks, spices, or anything else. Thanks to the chalk label, you can always write down what you have in them.

Personalized Zipper Case

A zipper case is a small bag that you can use to hold pencils, makeup, or anything else you may need. You can make them in any size or color. Furthermore, you only need a few materials and tools. These include:

  • Felt
  • A zipper
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors

The first thing you want to do is get two pieces of felt that are the same size and shape. They should be the same length as your zipper. Take one piece of felt and make a mark around 1 centimeter from the border on all four sides. Draw a line connecting them to make a sort of frame inside. Then, cut off the corners of the felt outside your frame so that one piece has four tabs. Place glue on one of the long tabs and fold it into the center of the felt.

On your other piece of felt, place glue along one of the long sides and fold it in about a centimeter. Put hot glue on the backside of the zipper. You can use a zipper from any popular brand so long as it has tape on it. Attach the zipper to both pieces of felt. After that, fold it over and start moving the tabs on one side inward while gluing the zipper tape and the other side of the back to it.

Outdoor Bird Feeder

An outdoor bird feeder is a great crafting project for beginners, and the birds appreciate it too. You only need a few ingredients and tools, including:

  • Lard
  • Mixed birdseed
  • A cookie cutter
  • Twine

To make your bird feeder, slowly melt one part of the lard in a saucepan before adding two and a half parts of birdseed. Stir it gently to ensure everything gets covered. Then, take your cookie cutter and put the seed mixture into it, using a spoon or similar tool to tightly pack it inside. Next, use a pencil or thin tool to make a hole near the top of it.

After finishing, place your bird feeder in the fridge. Let it cool for at least 12 hours. Once it’s nice and hardened, take it out and tie a loop through the hole with your twine.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.