Ready for simple DIY craft ideas that won’t leave you feeling inadequate or broke? Me, too!
Like many of you, I love to scroll through the crafty ideas on Pinterest. But too often the projects I find require mega hours to complete and a long list of materials I can’t afford.
So I’m going to share some very easy DIY craft ideas for us rookies. The basic supplies for these projects are blank cups, Styrofoam bowls and plates — items you probably already have or can buy reasonably priced in bulk.
These project ideas might seem a little too simple but they’re designed to give you confidence and jump-start the craft master that lies within. Feel free to share these with friends, art teachers, Scouts, 4-H clubs, Senior Citizen groups and others.
Lovable Halloween Lanterns
Plastic and Styrofoam cups of all sizes are a basic staple for tons of DIY craft ideas. Add tea lights and your creations will come to life! With Halloween just days away, you’ll want to give this one a try very soon:
Materials: Blank plastic cups, matching lids (optional), a black Sharpie marker, tea lights
Step 1: Wash and thoroughly dry the cups.
Step 3: After your marker designs are dry, place a tea light beneath each cup (or on the inside of the lid if using one) and light ’em up!
- Group a few together as a Halloween mob for a “spooktacular” table setting.
- Place them individually on shelves or countertops.
- Put one or two in the bathroom as a nightlight.
Materials: Blank can coolers, Sharpie colored markers
One of our best customers, Tonia Fortkamp, found a cheap and hassle-free art project that keeps all eight of her children (including four foster children) busy during camping trips: DIY decorated can coolers.
“Every time we go camping I give the kids plain, white koozies and Sharpie markers to color them with,” said the Fort Recovery, Ohio, mom. “It gives them something to do.”
Fortkamp said each year she buys about 100 blank can coolers and an array of colorful markers for crafting. The kids decorate the can coolers in different themes — OSU Buckeyes, patriotic, Mother’s Day/Fathers’ Day, etc. — and give them out as gifts, she explained.
“They never seem to get tired of decorating them,” Fortkamp said.
Artwork to go!
Will and Lane (below), sons of Totally Promotional employees, had a blast decorating blank flying discs with monster faces and sports designs. They had even more fun showing them off and playing with them later!
Expert DIY craft ideas and tips
Amanda Formaro is my idol when it comes to DIY craft ideas. The mother of four from Wisconsin has written several craft books and numerous articles for Parents Magazine and others.
One of my favorites is Halloween Paper Plate Crafts, which includes easy instructions for making adorable Frankensteins, bats and pumpkins.
Before you take the crafting plunge, be sure the craft idea is right for you. Any project that outlasts my time and energy is usually doomed from the start.
Good luck as you enter the exciting DIY world of crafting!
— Shelley Grieshop