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60 Awesome Adult Craft Ideas That You’ll Want To Make

Explore 60 awesome craft ideas for adults with step-by-step tutorials. Create beautiful DIY projects and decorative pieces with ease!

Crafting isn’t just a pastime; it’s a fun way to spark joy, whether for the adult doing the craft or as a gift for someone special. With many of us staying home and unable to visit stores, I’ve curated a collection of easy crafts and cool paper crafts you can create using materials you likely already have at home.

Adult Crafting and Joy

Crafting offers numerous psychological benefits, especially when using upcycled materials. It’s not just a boredom buster; creating beautiful home decor and decorative pieces is a positive and comforting activity in today’s world. Engaging in creative craft ideas can be soothing, providing a mental pick-me-up. Adult crafting can help alleviate depression and stress, and it can also keep your mind sharp by preventing age-related cognitive decline and fine motor skill deterioration.

Sharing the joy of crafting by making great gifts for others is another beautiful aspect. There’s nothing more personal than a handmade gift, which brings a smile to my face whenever I receive one. Handmade crafts are an affordable and joyful way to decorate and make a home unique.

Before you start, ensure these crafting essentials are in your cupboard and check your recycling bin for materials you can upcycle.

53 Adult craft ideas to try

Materials That You Are Likely To Have To Hand

You might be excited about these easy adult crafts and think the next step is to visit the craft store. However, with these adult craft ideas, you can use items you likely have around the house.

Free things you can upcycle craft include cardboard from Amazon packaging, toilet roll holders, plastic bottles, tin cans, and yoghurt containers.

1. Waste Paper

Scrap paper is perfect for many grown-up crafts. Examples include newspapers, magazines, sheet music, tissue paper, paper napkins, paper doilies, and old maps. Newspapers are great for paper mache projects, and old maps add interest and personalization to your makes.

If you don’t have a particular map you want to use, you can easily download and print free vintage maps to use.

2. Fabric Scraps

Fabric scraps can be used in numerous crafts and don’t always require a sewing machine. Old sweaters, sheets, tea towels, denim, shirts, and blouses can all be repurposed. For these craft projects, you only need small pieces of fabric, not yards.

3. Natural Materials

If you have a garden or can visit a local park, you can gather free natural materials for your craft tutorials. Look for rocks, twigs, acorns, and pinecones.

4. Other Free Crafting Resources

If you lack specific materials for a project, consider substitutes. For example, repurpose beads from an old necklace or make paper beads. If a craft calls for Mod Podge decoupage glue and you don’t have any, try using white glue (PVA glue) instead. It’s versatile and can be used for most crafting jobs, including as a top coat varnish.

If you need patterned paper napkins, you can even print onto paper napkins and tissue paper using an inkjet printer.

Check out these nifty Christmas craft ideas for more seasonal adult craft ideas.

Get Crafting!

Explore these easy craft ideas and enjoy the perfect way to spend your time at home. From fun summer crafts to creative DIY projects for special occasions, there’s something for every level of skill. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or a way to create unique home decor, these step-by-step instructions will guide you through each project.

Easy Adult Craft Ideas To Spark Joy


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For more seasonal crafting, check out these Easter DIYs for adults, adult summer crafts and cool Christmas crafts.

Annie Fetzer

Sunday 18th of February 2024

I’ve been working with adults in Rosary Hill Home, a hospice facility in Hawthorne NY and I am so careful not to give them childish projects to do. What a wonderful collection of creative ideas for my patients!! Thank you for the age appropriate projects! Annie

Claire Armstrong

Monday 19th of February 2024

Thank you, that's really love to hear that they have been useful ideas.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Fabulous list of great crafts and ideas. I totally agree that crafting or making something with your hands is therapeutic for these times. Thanks for sharing each week at #HomeMattersParty. I look forward to your post next week.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Thank you, and thanks for hosting. I will be back this week.

Dee | Grammy's Grid

Saturday 11th of April 2020

These are all interesting but love the ones made of denim!!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Thank you so much, me too.

Michelle Leslie

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Stunning roundup Claire. Thank you, it's just what I needed right now

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Thank you, Michelle. Hope you are keeping well.

Lisa | Handmade in Israel

Friday 10th of April 2020

Love the denim feathers. Going to look how to make them right now! So many great ideas here. Thank you!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Thank you, they are a lovely relaxing craft to make. They don't require too much concentration.