COOL CRAFT IDEAS – Love crafting but think you can’t afford to make all the awesome DIY ideas you really want to? Crafting on a budget is not only possible, but you can make some of the coolest things we’ve seen for less than $5. Hit the dollar store for some of these supplies, but many of them will be things you already have at home.
From creative DIY gifts to tiny table accessories that only look expensive, you are going to find more crafts than you can make in the list of 50 cheap DIY projects.
Fun for teens, kids and adults alike, these easy step by step tutorials show you exactly how to make these crafty wonders. Which one is your favorite? (It is going to be hard to decide!)
- 1 Marbled Clay Ring Dish
- 2 Faux Leather Bow Keychains
- 3 Knot Pillow
- 4 Faux Crystals
- 5 Emoji Pouches
- 6 Cork Succulents
- 7 Duct Tape Flowers
- 8 Ship In A Bottle
- 9 Custom Book Covers
- 10 Friendship Bracelets
- 11 DIY Bowl
- 12 Tin Lantern
- 13 Chalkboard Coasters
- 14 Sharpie Rocks
- 15 Glass Magnets
- 16 Colorful Fall Leaves
- 17 Mosaic Pumpkins
- 18 Memory Mailbox
- 19 Mini-Garden Keepsake
- 20 Rainbow Heart Suncatcher
- 21 Heart Man
- 22 Candy Kiss Rings
- 23 Heart Friendship Necklace
- 24 Family Tree
- 25 Spiky Sponges
- 26 Car Track
- 27 Folded Paper Bracelets
Marbled Clay Ring Dish
Start by rolling out small bits of oven bake clay into one big piece. Once all the colors are mixed, roll the clay flat, and cut out a circle using a round item as a template. Then, place it in a bowl, allowing the middle to sink into the deep part of the dish. Once you’re happy with the shape, bake the clay in the oven for 15 minutes. Let the bowl cool, and paint the rim of the bowl with a metallic gold color.
Faux Leather Bow Keychains
Don’t forget to use strong glue for these leather bow keychains. You’ll need it to hold the bow together and to attach the centerpiece to the bow.
The secret to nailing this knot pillow is to think of it as a pretzel. Take note of the weaves and the knots of a pretzel for you to be able to make this DIY easily.
These faux crystals are so gorgeous, you might even want to make a few for yourself! Start by looking for jagged rocks. The more obscure the shape, the better.
Do your kids message in full emoji sometimes? Then, I bet they’ll like this DIY. This tutorial only features one emoji, but feel free to create the other emoji faces as well. You can get your kids to help you out with this one.
This is my little DIY project for all the wine corks I have lying around. Simply hollow out the cork, stick a magnetont the back, place a pinch of dirt in the hollowed-out cork, and fit a succulent inside. That’s all it takes!
Duct Tape Flowers
Start by cutting strips of duct tape longer than the width of the tape. Then, fold the corners to make a triangle on one end. Once you’re done, attach the remaining sticky part of the duct tape onto a pencil. Keep repeating this until you’re happy with your duct tape blossom.
Ship In A Bottle
Give your ship’s sails an old textured look by soaking typing paper in coffee and letting them dry overnight. Once it’s dry, you can place light pencil marks of parallel lines. This can also be one of the coolest crafts for teens to sell.
Custom Book Covers
Give your books a new cover by sticking on sheets of patterned paper with some Mod Podge. Just be sure to remove all air bubbles trapped inside. If you’d prefer, you can also sand some of the edges and surfaces for a more vintage look.
Personally, I’m still not over the ombre trend, so this bracelet is one of my favorites. If you want to add more strands and colors, simply look for an end with an extra clasp.
The sides of your DIY bowl can be a little uneven once you’ve popped the balloon. To remedy this, simply cut along the edges until you’re happy with the sides.
Don’t forget to freeze your tin can before making this tin lantern DIY. Trust me, it will make it so much easier when it comes to poking holes through the can.
These chalkboard coasters will make for a much-loved housewarming gift. Simply spray a few coats of chalkboard paint on the tiles and glue felt squares on the back. Don’t forget to throw in a pack of chalk to complete your gift as well.
These sharpie rocks will make great paperweights. Simply clean the rocks and get to doodling using a black Sharpie. The design possibilities are practically endless.
Punch out your designs and stick them to your glass gems using Mod Podge. Once it’s dry, go over it with another layer of Mod Podge to seal it in place. Finally, attach a magnet using a strong glue, and let it sit overnight.
Colorful Fall Leaves
Put away the waxed paper and Vaseline and bring out the coffee filters and markers to create a twist on autumn leaf projects. Kids can use their imagination to fashion leaves of pink and purple and mint green. Bonus: Take young explorers on a nature walk to gather branches and add a hands-on science lesson to this fun, fall craft project.
1 handy template + a handful of multi-colored beans = a fun and easy pumpkin project kids will love! Simply cut out the template and mount on card stock, leaving ¼-inch trim. Glue dried beans, peas, and lentils in desired pattern, and voilÃÂÃÂ , a pumpkin of another color!
Welcome the new school-year by creating a “memory mailbox” to document all of the fun times ahead. Each Friday, students write notes and drop them in the box. Open at year’s end for a back-to-school activity that comes full circle.
Celebrate the end of the year with a gift that will keep on growing. Help kids craft mini-gardens out of recycled plastic bags, fabric scraps, and ribbons. Fill each DIY satchel with a half cup of soil and a sprinkle of wildflower seeds. Kids can then scatter their garden-to-go in the backyard or a soil-filled container, water frequently, and watch flowers bloom through the summer.
Get in touch with your roots via a hands-on story time. Dot the print-out template with thumbprint leaves, then start mapping extended relatives galore.
When skipping through the sprinkler loses its charm, pull out these homemade spiky sponges for a riff on water balloons (that won’t cause bruising).
Take your washi tape stash to the floor to create a colorful, customizable racetrack for tiny cars — and a place to park them when playtime is over.
Folded Paper Bracelets
We love a two-for-one activity: First, paint poppy abstract shapes with watercolors, and then have older kids fold the paper into wearable art.