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35 Creative Craft Ideas for Adults

Updated on July 22, 2017
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

When I went on a search of the internet to look for crafts for adults, my criteria included projects that were a bit more difficult, a bit more expensive, or that take a bit more time to make. I'm talking about the types of crafts that older teens and adults would be interested in, crafts that I would enjoy making. The tutorials, included with these crafts, are a great starting off place for folks who like to add, or make changes, that give a personalized look to any of the crafts that they make.

You'll find the tutorial for making the unique bird shown above at Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor.

1. Fall Leaves on Canvas

You'll be proud to hang this beautiful work of art on your wall, or over the mantel in your home. Use the tutorial that you'll find at Centsational Girl to start you out, and then make the piece of art your own.

2. Patio Chandelier

This is so outstanding and will ready make your patio party elegant and unique. I can think of so many evening occasions that a patio chandelier would be the perfect touch. Find the instructions for making this chandelier at Running with Sisters.

3. Butterflies Under Glass

This project, Butterflies Under Glass, is just one of a number of butterfly crafts that you'll find in the How to Make Butterfly Crafts article. Of course, this is one of my favorite, and one I definitely feel is a decorator item.

4. Vintage Elephant

You'll find this craft project in the Old Book Page Crafts article. Although, when you go to the project site you'll find that this project is done using plastic toy animals, I know that you can find larger animal toys, or paper mache ones sold at craft stores, that will be more the size you'll want to use if making an art décor piece. I love the looks of the torn book pages that cover the elephant. The vintage star, the rose heart wreath and the covered fruit are all other great projects that you'll find in the book pages crafts article.

5. Salt Dough Snowmen

Make this cute snowman family to include in your winter holiday decorations. You may even want to make some of these to give as gifts. Find the tutorial and recipe for making the salt dough snowmen at dollar store crafts. Try making different shaped snowmen too, like tall skinny ones.

6. Wee Bird

Oh, this wee bird is just perfect to achieve that "special touch" needed on a shelf of books or on an end table. You'll do a bit of hand sewing to make this little bird, and notice that the wings are made using book pages. The patterns that you'll need and the tutorial is included at the Todolwen site.

7. Book Page Blocks

You'll notice that when something as simple as blocks are covered with book pages, they change from being a toy to something more, a piece of art. It'll be easy to find a place to display these attractive book page blocks in your home. Find the tutorial for this craft project at TRASHY CRAFTER.

8. Halloween Paper Cuts

9. Broken China Mosaic

By going to garage sales or rummage sales, it is possible to purchase pieces of china at a really reasonable cost. This table is so beautiful that I don't think the china in my hutch is completely safe. The tutorial and other tips for making broken china mosaics can be found at Enchanted Rose Studio’s.

10. Butterfly Haven

Although this project is very similar to the butterflies under glass shown earlier, I think it's worth showing just to show how nice a grouping of the butterflies is. You'll find this project at favecrafts.

11. Tied Rag Animals

I love this horse. The instructions for making this tied rag horse can be found at Craft Foxes.

12. Cut Glass Wine Bottle Vase

In this tutorial by Centsational Girl we find out how to cut the wine bottles and how to decorate them with the gold trim. A great way to recycle wine bottles.

13. Easter Chicks

These cute little chicks are called Easter chicks on the myrtle & Eunice site, where you'll find the tutorial. But, I would have a hard time stashing them away after Easter. They have a vintage look to them that I find appropriate for all year displaying.

14. Friendship Knot Headphones

You probably wonder why I include this project, so I'll give you my excuse. The cords on headphones are not very attractive and using narrow ribbon to cover them does fancy them up. I consider this a great gift idea and one that takes a little time and effort to do well. Find the tutorial at Craft Geek.

15. Glowing Eyes Forest

Taking the time to make a really great Halloween picture, one that you'll want to display each year, will be well worth the effort when you see how nice this glowing eye forest looks. You'll find the tutorial for this project at Centsational Girl. Don't you love the glowing eyes?

16. Ladybug Pot Friend

After you make a ladybug following the tutorial at favecrafts you'll know enough about making pot friends, and you can dream up other bugs or animals to make as plant pot friends also. A great project to get your imagination working.

17. Metal Look Reindeer

This is definitely a project that I'll be making. I love the metal sculpture look of these reindeer and can imagine them as décor in my home. The tutorial for making these reindeer is found at TAKENS-TIDBITS.

18. Mini Paws

If you haven't tried using clay paper mache yet, you're going to love making this cat. Go to Kids & Glitter for the instructions and try this craft. I'm sure you'll love it too.

19. Mr. and Mrs. Who

Owls are so much fun to make and this owl couple is one of many that you'll find featured on the Owl Crafts site. Other projects that you might be interested in making, that are shown on the owl crafts site, are Stuffie Owls, a framed owl and owl pillows.

20. Paisley Gourd Chickens

One of my favorite chicken crafts, featured on the Making Chicken Crafts site, is this one using gourds for the chicken bodies. I love the way these chickens are painted. Other chicken crafts shown on the site, that you may be interested in, are door stop chickens and rustic country chickens.

21. Wine Glass Charms

If you are a wine drinker you know how nice it is to have charms to distinguish your wine glass from the rest. These are so beautiful that they'll look appropriate in the most elegant setting. Go to Centsational Girl to see how to make them. A great gift idea to present with a bottle of wine.

22. Wine Gift Bags

The perfect fabric for the occasion will make a wine gift bag suitable for the perfect wine presented. See how to make these beautiful gift bags by going to the Centsational Girl site.

23. Deco Mesh Wreath for Fall

24. Weeping Angel

You'll be so surprised to see how this angel is made. The tutorial at wich-crafting is very easy to understand and follow. Love this!! Hint: Barbie doll

25. Silver Leaf Tree

This silver leaf tree may be inexpensive to make, but it sure looks like an expensive piece of home décor. Mrs Polly Rogers has the tutorial for making this elegant tree.

26. Sea Shell Balls

Sea shell balls displayed in a glass bowl or on a silver tray gives a room a touch of class. Find the tutorial for this project and other sea glass and sea shell crafts at Sea Shell and Glass Crafts. Notice the sea glass wind chimes and sea shell plate chargers.

27. Memory Jars

You'll find a fantastic tutorial at FRONT + MAIN for making these memory jars. Imagine how appreciative a newly married couple would be with a nice set of memory jars as a gift.

28. Paper Mache Clay Snowman and Santa

I dare you to make just one of these paper mache clay figures. Once I started making these, I started hoping that more light bulbs would burn out so I could make another snowman.0 This addictive craft, and a tutorial, can be found at Paper Mache Clay Light Bulb Snowman and Santa.

29. Stars and Stripes Sign

If you like to decorate for the different holidays, check this one out for the Fourth of July. This stars and stripes sign is one of the projects found at the All Patriotic Crafts site. Other great crafts that you may want to make are the patriotic birdhouses and block flag.

30. Spindle Angels

There are so many ways to change this spindle angel to make it unique, after you follow the basic directions that you'll find at ANOTHER BRIGHT IDEA. By changing the length of the spindles, the colors used when painting, or what you use to make the wings, will make each angel that you create new and unique. Consider wire or rusted tin for the wings.

31. Solar Lights

Glass gems and inexpensive solar lights combine to make a simple glass lidded jar a thing of beauty. Find the tutorial for this project at DIY Crafty Projects.

32. Filigree Pendant

Create your own unique style of necklace by following the tutorial given at Moments with the Montanos. The possibilities are endless when you see how easy this is.

33. Scrabble Bracelet

If you don't think you can get by with stealing a few tiles from the family Scrabble game, usually you can find these games at rummage sales or the Goodwill store. This interesting and personal bracelet can be made by following the instructions at Creativity in a Nutshell.

34. Pet Photo Pillows

This project is for all the pet lovers who love their animals as family members.0 You'll want to make photo pillows of your very favorite pet. The easy to follow tutorial is found at GO MAKE ME.

35. Rock Covered Bucket

When you need the perfect plant container for the patio or front porch, consider making your own following the tutorial at Centsational Girl. The rock covered bucket is a beautiful addition to your outside living area and looks great with plants.

© 2014 Loraine Brummer

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      favecrafts 3 years ago

      Hi there, This is Julia from FaveCrafts - I just wanted to say thanks so much for including our projects in your roundup. I'm so glad you found a couple of projects to fit your needs! Have a great day!