Arts and crafts are a fantastic way to express oneself and have fun. If you’re bored of doing the same things over and over again, why not try one of these five exciting activities?
Flowers have always been a popular subject for cross stitch, and that trend is set to continue in 2022. Beautiful and simple patterns of cross stitch flowers are popular as people look for ways to add a touch of nature to their homes. Paint-by-number kits will also be popular, as they offer a fun and relaxing way to create a beautiful piece of art with minimal effort. People of all ages will enjoy choosing their colors and putting them to work to create a one-of-a-kind painting.
Before throwing away that old jacket, perhaps you can put your arts and crafts skills to good use and upcycle it instead. Alternatively, you may choose to purchase something from a charity shop with the intention to upcycle. What does this mean? Well, you could stitch a pattern onto the back of a denim jacket or sew sequins onto a dress.
If it goes poorly, it doesn’t matter because you were only going to throw the clothing into the trash anyway. If it works well, you have a new piece of clothing to add to the rotation.
For those who can’t imagine themselves painting anything of high quality, don’t let your lack of skill or experience get you down. With diamond painting, the idea is to place ‘drills’ into a pre-designed canvas. Since each tiny section on the canvas is numbered, you know exactly what colours to use. Like painting by numbers, the idea is to create your chosen image by placing these small drills (and AB drills that mimic the shiny appearance of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights!). Diamond Craft offers high-quality canvases with a whole range of images to explore, for example.
Sometimes, you want to put something that you make to good use; one way to achieve this is with jewellery making. As jewellery-making TV shows become more popular around the world, more home kits will become available as time goes on. Whether you use glazed wood, fork metal, or recycled plastic, it’s amazing what you can create that becomes a staple in your jewellery box.
Do you have a drawer full of tall candles that you don’t use? Perhaps you don’t use them because you soon replaced them with candles that boasted a more exciting design. If this is the case, transform your boring, single-colour candles into dip-dyed candles with lots of character.
To get started, all you need to do is combine some crayon shavings (of your chosen colour) and some melted candle wax. Whether you choose bright pink or vibrant orange is up to you. Then, you’ll dip your candle into the mixture (as far up as you wish to go). After leaving the candle to dry, it will have a funky combined colour appearance.
If you want a clean line between the new colour and the original candle, use tape and don’t go past this line. If you’re happy to let fate decide how the line looks, just dip away.
Graphic String Art
Finally, another arts and crafts activity that will continue to get more popular in 2022 is graphic string art. With lots of home kits and YouTube tutorials to follow, you’re in good hands this year. As the name suggests, this is where you use string to create a work of art. A simple place to start is with words – from here, you’ll progress to images and perhaps even your own designs.
These five arts and crafts activities are growing in popularity this year and will add to the staple of activities that already include crocheting, knitting, embroidery, and even paper crafting. Which activity will you try this year? Experiment and find one that you enjoy either alone or with friends and family!