20+ Incredible Crafts For Adults You Need in Your Life

Last Sunday, my husband took the kids to the Field Museum. As much as I wanted to join them, I was battling a bad cold, so I opted to stay home. Let me tell you, it’s been a long time since I had a day all to myself at home, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with my time. I could catch up with my favorite shows on Netflix, but my hands were fidgety and in need of something to do. Surprisingly, the house was already clean. The laundry was done. There were no dishes in the sink. What was I to do? Then it hit me. I needed to find some clever and fun crafts for adults, something simple and unique for me to do!

Our craft room (more like a storage closet) has a ton of different crafting supplies available. With having little kids and being an avid fan of making things myself at home, there were a million and one crafts I could jump at. Any type of project I could imagine was right at my fingertips. At times, having so many options can be overwhelming, so I decided to make a list of some of my favorite crafts for adults. Whenever I find myself repeating last Sunday’s predicament, I just cross another craft off the list. It’s simple and easy, and it keeps me from staring at our crafting supplies for hours on end before I finally decide what it is that I’m going to do with my free time. I hope this list helps you as much as it helps me, and by all means, feel free to add your own amazing additions!

20 Incredible Crafts For Adults

20+ Incredible Crafts For Adults

 

I’ve shown you my list of crafts for adults. What are some of your favorite crafts to make when you have free time?

 

Creativation Craft Trends for 2017!

Every year, we from FaveCrafts attend the Craft and Hobby Association’s trade show in January. This year, rebranded as Creativation and held in Phoenix, AZ, we had a lovely time making new connections, meeting up with folks we already work with, and of course, spotting trends. Below, check out 5 Craft Trends for 2017. We loved what we were seeing at the show, and we’re so excited for what the year has in store!

Craft Trends for 2017

Metallics, Especially Copper

Isn’t this display from Richard Garay just stunning? This collection features the silver and gold of anniversaries, and copper is also trending. In fact, Krylon’s color of the year is copper. Metallics add such a lovely touch to any project, don’t they? That shimmer just reels you in!

Richard Garay Display at Creativation 2017

Metallic Tutorials

Rustic Glamour Mason Jars

Copper Foil Coasters

Metallic Duct Tape DIY Candles – seriously gorgeous

Marble

Marble is such a unique look, and the swirling designs blending colors that work well together really make marble an eclectic yet elegant option. From papers and notebooks printed with marble designs like the ones below from Kaisercraft, to splatter painting techniques and more, this look is still trendy for 2017.

Marble Tutorials

Faux Marble Tray

Paper Marbling

Marbled DIY Mugs – fabulous gift idea!

Outer Space

I’m madly in love with this card. It’s a slider card and the earth goes around the sun! So lovely. Any kind of galaxy and outer space themed projects are trendy for 2017.

Outer Space Projects

Out of This World Coloring Pages

Space Mini Journal

Reach for the Stars Birthday Card

Tea Parties, Magnolias, and Cherry Blossoms

Flowers are always trending, but two that stood out to us were magnolias and cherry blossoms! The touch of Japan as well as hints of the South made their way into this year’s Creativation show.

These magnolias from Heidi Swapp were a stunning display (notice those metallics??), and who doesn’t love a good tea party? These feminine accents should make their way into your crafting in 2017.


Magnolia Centerpiece

Beyond Easy Cherry Blossoms

No Sew Tea Cup Pin Cushion

Not Just Cats . . . Dogs, Too

Cat prints and projects are so popular with FaveCrafters and with the crafting industry at large! But what about dogs?? This year, many crafting companies released dog-themed papers and products. Dare I say . . . dogs are the new cats for 2017.

Popular Dog Crafts

Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

How to a Make Dog Bed

“My Best Friend” Photo Frame

What else is trending for 2017? Let us know in the comments!

10 Cutest Monogram Ideas

Newly Wed PlaqueIf you’re in love with the Lily Pulitzer, but don’t want to spend the money on cute monogrammed stuff, then you need to try these DIY monogram ideas. You can cheaply decorate your home with hand-painted monograms in your initials. The great thing about monogrammed items is that there is no question of who’s stuff it is. I live in a house with two other sisters and my mom. My sisters and I are about the same size, so my clothes mysteriously go missing from time to time. However, I noticed that the ones with my initials on it or my sorority letters are the items that get left behind. That’s why monogrammed stuff is becoming essential: a personalized touch makes greedy hands go away.

10 Cutest Monogram Ideas

Monogrammed House NumberI’ve been rooming with the same girl since my freshman year, so all ideas of “personal space” have gone out the door. Though starting out, we kept everything separate. We were the lucky ones who didn’t end up hating each other and didn’t have too many problems. Others, however, didn’t have as much luck. Labeling everything and getting stuff organized has become such a huge trend. Especially the DIY storage bins that can be used for literally everything. Monogramming initials has become such a cute way to personalize clothing and crafts.

Here are some direct quotes from our editors on their thoughts about monogramming:

“I love monogramming because it allows me to put a special touch on even the most generic accessories.”Monogrammed Stool

“Monogramming is a way to personalize gifts for friends and family in a way that regular store-bought, generic gifts don’t.”

“My name is incredible and I want to show it off, but really though it’s a personal touch on any accessory. Monogram necklaces are a great gift, tote bags, and travel.”

I can’t wait to get started on the Newly Wed Plaque. My sister just got married, and I want to use a variation of it. The fun part about my new brother-in-law and my sister? They have the same initials. Both start with “L,” middle “E,” and obviously the same last name. The best thing about these easy crafts are that they can be applied and followed. You can put them on practically anything. Take the technique of the Paper and Monogrammed Stool and use it for a DIY kid’s table or a wooden plaque. The idea of monogramming is simple and not too different, but the techniques of applying and creating it vary from crafter to crafter.

Monogram

Paint and Paper Monogram Stool

Elegant Wood Wall Monograms

Monogrammed Newlywed Wall Plaque

Rhinestone Monogrammed Bouquet Wrap

Monogram House Number

Holiday Monogram Plate

Mod Podge Monogram

Stunning Monogrammed Candles

DIY Monogrammed Charms/Pendants

Custom Silhouette Monogram Fans

What is your favorite thing to monogram?

HOT New Craft Trend: Weaving and Tapestries

I know. It is hard to imagine loom weaving as the latest craft trend, but as you guys are doing more and more DIY Bohemian decor, weaving crafts fit right in. Rainbow Loom Bracelets are a cousin of good old fashioned weaving, but looms can be as small as hand-held or as big as tapestries. You can make some rustic wall decor with weaving and creating a tapestry. Tapestry? You may think that that form of art has long died out since the Middle Ages, but they are making a comeback into the modern age.

HOT New Craft Trend: Weaving and Tapestries

Weaving and Tapestries

So what exactly are tapestries? In the Middle Ages, their main purpose was to insulate large stone castles and protect the insides from dampness. Since they required large looms and many workers to make them to cover expansive wall areas, they quickly grew to be a symbol of wealth and power to be able to commission these wall decorations to be made. Kings would take them on their travels for prestigious status and for comfort in their depictions of their favorite stories or past times for thought and reflection. Pictures of victory battles were commissioned after wars starting in the late 1500’s  (source). Until the 18th century, they were completely made by hand and dyed from plants and insects until the first automatic loom was made by Jacques de Vaucanson which made the tapestries far more sophisticated in pattern (source). Today, tapestries are rarely hand woven. Although the manual labor of hand-weaving has been taken over by machines and an automatic press, the amount of time has been reduced, but they are nonetheless still an intricate piece of artwork (source).

I promise I won’t be making you build a huge loom and start juicing pomegranates to make your own DIY wall decor. This is the 21st century after all! No, I will just make you buy the dye instead of juicing fruits and insects, but you still have to make a huge loom…totally kidding. Loom projects may seem super scary just by the history alone, but we still craft even with Martha Stuart in business, don’t we? This is a trade and a skill that you can take with you for the rest of your life. Small weaving projects are a great place to start. You may love this so much that you may want to go big and create your own tapestries.

 

Here are a few projects to get you started!

DIY Make A Weaving Loom from Super Super HQ

Woven Chair Back

How To Weave Without Special Equipment

Make Your Own Loom from Emily Franceschini

Woven Circle DIY Mat from A Beautiful Mess

Weaving With Wool Roving from A Beautiful Mess

Weaving Lopped Rya from Hello Hydrangea

 

Do you think tapestries and hand-weaving are going to die out with technology taking over?

 

HOO Will Love These DIY Owl Crafts and Recipes?

When I was a kid, there was an owl’s nest outside my window in the tree. Owls are nocturnal. They hoot incredibly loud at night, and they’re territorial. Those things would screech with so much hostility that I ended up keeping my blinds and windows closed for nearly two years. When Dad finally knocked down the nest and cut off the branch, there was a celebration in my room. Tea and candy for all! Before you get PETA on me, the branch was growing towards the house, and had been weighed down in an ice storm, and the owls had left the premises. Thank the Lord. Lately, I’ve been noticing a chic trend of people wearing cute owl jewelery and having neutral owl nurseries. Some of this DIY statement jewelry has had gaudy, detailed owls with their wings spread wide across the collar bone or is a simple, geometric basic of accenting a baby’s room. No matter what you use it for, you’re going to love these easy owl crafts.

 

HOO Will Love These DIY Owl Crafts and Recipes?

 

Owl CakeAs much of a pain they were in real life, the owl trend that is creeping in throughout life is actually adorable. I may or may not have some owl jewelry… With their geometric design and simplistic design, owls are a symbol of wisdom, nighttime. The Greek goddess Athena was known to have an owl as her symbol! Do as the Romans do, right? (Except Greek).

Especially with owl creativity, they are a minimalist piece that work for free jewelry projects, easy crafts, and easy recipes.

This owl cake design is the cutest cake ever. It uses two whole boxes of cake that will definitely feed the crowd that will be lining up to see this creative cake design. It’s chocolate “feathers” look just like the real thing. It uses chocolate devil’s food cake, a homemade Nutella frosting, and Oreos for the body, feathers, and eyes. Your friends and family will love this easy cake recipe that is great for any occasion. Owl or woodsy-themed nursery or party? This will go with any of your party decor.

 

Owls

Crafts

Repurposed Sock Owls

Wise Owl Purse

Owl Paper Cup Craft

Kooky Stuffed Owl

Tie Dye Owl Bag

Trick-or-Treat Owl

Recipes

Owl Strawberries with Cream Cheese from Meaningful Mama

Brownie Owl Treats from Pink When

Wide-Eyed Owl Cupcakes

Jewelry

Pony Bead Owl Pendant

Simple Clay Owl Pendant

DIY Owl Necklace

Woodsy Owl Necklace

How else can you incorporate owls into your life?

Rainbow Loom Patterns: What Are Those Things

I went home this weekend for my sister’s bachelorette party. Now, I don’t mind airports. I don’t mind getting through security and waiting in the terminal for my flight. I do mind when I actually get on the plane and actually fly. I know. I’m weird. Sue me for being claustrophobic and being 33k feet in the air. Anyways, while I was waiting to board the flight, I noticed a family sitting a few rows ahead of me. The youngest had this plastic thing in one hand that looked like a bunch of cut off test tubes and a needle-pokey-thing in the other. I swear I stared at this girl for a good 10 minutes trying to figure out what this thing was! (Yes, I eventually got caught.) That weird thing and what she was making was a Rainbow Loom design, otherwise known to make rubber band bracelets.

 

Rainbow Loom Patterns and Designs: What Are Those Things

 

Rubber Band Bracelets

 

 

Apparently these are all the rage with the kids and in classrooms. I must have been living under a rock because kids are doing so much stuff with these and I didn’t even know about it. They are mostly intended for rubber band bracelets, but once you get the basic process down, you can make anything and everything with this easy kids craft. The patterns give people of all ages a bit of a brain teaser and keep your hands busy, while it is still simple enough that kindergarten teachers are using it in their classrooms to train fine motor skills.

Just to show you how intense these easy kids craft projects can turn into, I highly encourage you to check out the story of an 11-year old girl from Northhamtonshire, England, who made a dress out of loomed rubber bands. Yes. You read that right. She created the first adult-sized loom dress in England. It took her over 80 hours and 24,000 rubber bands to create this incredible dress. She sold it on eBay for 150£ to earn money for her vacation.

 

Loom LadderThis is a loom ladder. It looks like cut off test tubes to me. But the sides of it are open, so you can grab the rubber bands with ease and precision. You can buy these at your local craft store, most likely in the kids’ section. The kits should come with some starter rubber bands.

 

 

 

Rubber BandsThese are the rubber bands. They look like the kind they give you for braces, but don’t worry, these won’t go anywhere near your pearly whites. They come in a variety of different colors so you or your child will be able to make one for every color of the rainbow!

 

 

 

HookYour most important tool is the needle-pokey-thing. In real life, it’s just called a hook. This will help you weave and connect the rubber bands on the loom.

 

 

 

 So get your rainbow loom, and start banding everything together! These are some great starter rubber band loom patterns if you’re not quite up to the dress making level.

How to Make Rubber Band Bracelets

Easy Three Color Fishtail Bracelet

Stunningly Sweet Fishtail Bracelet

Loom Ladder Bracelet

Colorful Hexafish Bracelet

Ravishing Rainbow Fishtail Bracelet

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out these tutorial videos:

How to Make a Valentine’s Single Rainbow Loom Bracelet

How to Make a Beaded Triple Bracelet with the Rainbow Loom

Popsicle Rainbow Loom Charm

How To Make A Rainbow Loom Bracelet With Beads

 

 

What other rainbow loom crafts have you seen?

Trend Alert: Elephant Craft Projects for All Ages

There’s a trend that has been popping up all over the place and it’s about time we write about it! Elephants! I’ve seen them on scarves, wall art, t-shirts, dining ware and more. We are all aware of the fox trend, the owls, and the increasingly popular hedgehog. But elephants took me by surprise – in a good way. It’s time for these gentle giants take the spotlight in design. That’s why I’ve rounded up just about every elephant themed craft project we have. You’re welcome!

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Crochet Elephants

These elephants are perfect for kids and adults alike. We love that these free crochet patterns all take a slightly different approach to the elephant which makes each one unique!

Stephanie’s Elephant Square

Circus Elephant Crochet Lovey

Crochet Elephant Bookends

Darling Elephant Crochet Lovey

An Elephant No Matter How Small

Baby Elephant Crochet Hat

Gracie the Tiny Elephant

Elephants for Kids

Did you know that a baby elephant is called a calf? These free DIY projects feature the elephant in so many cute ways.

Precious Patchwork Elephants

Rainbow Loom Elephant Charm

Rainbow Sponge Painted Elephant

Cute Cardboard Elephant

Button Elephant

Sewing Patterns for Elephants

We’re totally loving these free sewing tutorials that hit the elephant trend head on. Learn how to sew a pillow featuring elephants and your living room will be so trendy!

Hand-Sewn Elephant Family

Cuddly Blanket Elephant

Elephant Purse

Elephant Applique Cushion

Safari Applique Pillows

Charlie the Elephant

Paper  Elephants

These free paper crafts are perfect for those who love elephants and want to try their hand at making a little elephant.

Printable Elephant Bookmarks That Never Forget

Adorable Ephemera Elephant Card

Baby Wishes Photo Album

Origami Elephant

Knitted Elephants

These are some of the cutest elephants I have ever seen! The best part is that all of these elephants are free knitting patterns.

Flo the Elephant

Knit Floral Elephant

Elephant Lovie Blanket

Knitted Toy Elephant

What do you think of the elephant trend?

What We Saw at CHA 2015: Craft Trends Report

We had a great time at CHA 2015!  The showroom floor was buzzing with plenty of great new products and trends.  Here are a few of the trends that we think will be taking the craft world by storm in 2015.

String Art

We saw this craft at several booths this year! String art is super popular for home decor and we just love this trendy look. You can try your hand at string art wall decor with our Vibrant String Art tutorial. Be sure to check out Cosmo Cricket and see their kits as well.

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Wooden crafts

We had fun making these owls with Handmade Charlotte and you can too! We saw a lot of wooden crafts including wall art, the string art above, and dyeable wooden beads at the RitDye booth.

Wearable Embroidery

We can’t WAIT to get our hands on these. I love that embroidery is back in style and now we can all make adorable little pendants to show off our vintage/modern crafty side.

 

 

Wear a stitch jewelry coming this year. @elizabethmanna would love that zodiac pendant! #CHAshow @plaidcrafts

 

A photo posted by Simone Collins (@spazzgirl) on

 

Paper flowers

These crafty blooms are more popular than ever it seems! Almost every paper booth had paper flowers of some sort and we loved being neighbors with Little B! Be sure to check our AllFreePaperCrafts so you can get started making your very own paper flowers this year.

A trio of #paperflowers are so sweet and very easy to make using our Petal Strips Kits. A photo posted by Little B LLC (@littlebllc) on

Planners

Everyone appreciates a little organization, but who says it has to be boring? Crafty planners were hot this year at CHA and the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

 

Geometric Prints

On one hand we have earthy, rustic, and vintage themes across many booths. But on the other hand we saw many modern, edgy, and geometric designs too. We appreciate the variety and we are looking forward to crafts on both ends of the spectrum

 

Texture. My Minds Eye. #CHAshow A photo posted by Roseann Kermes (@rosebudscottage) on

 

IMG_1642Gallery Walls

While they never went away, it’s now great to see coordinating gallery wall ideas that YOU can actually create. Now you can create the gallery wall of your dreams by CRAFTING it yourself. Pretty amazing if you ask me!

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Color Trends

Neon is OUT (for the most part), welcoming earth tones have taken their place.  Calming taupes, greys and blues were popular on the showroom floor this year.

Canvas Art

I think we can all use a little pick-me-up these days and canvas art is the best way to go. Find that perfect quote and create a masterpiece this year!

Pom Poms

We had fun making pom poms at the Clover USA booth! We saw garlands, scarves, and even heart shaped pom poms. We even had a blogger do a pom pom make-and-take at our booth this year. It was a hit! Look for pom poms all over the crafting world in 2015.

 

Cowls,Cardigans, and Ponchos!

The Lion Brand Fashion show is always a big hit and we can learn a lot about where the future of crochet and knit patterns is headed. You can learn more over at StitchandUnwind.com about what we learned. We saw a lot of cute cowls, cozy cardigans, and perfect ponchos!

Metallics, especially gold!

I think we will all be getting a taste of gold this year in the crafting world and we’re perfectly okay with it. You can go all-out gold or just have a golden accent here or there. We love that both of these options work depending on the crafter.

 


BONUS:

CHA 2015 Swag Bag Giveaway

Want to win an amazing swag bag of crafty items from CHA 2015?  We have items from Clover, Spellbinders, MD, Liquid Nails and more!  Leave a comment below and answer our question to be entered to win. You have until Sunday, Janurary 25, 2015 to enter, so get your comment posted today to ensure that you’re in the running to win this exclusive CHA 2014 Swag Bag Giveaway

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
  • One comment/entry per person per blog post.
  • Contest closes Sunday, Janurary 25, 2015 at 11:59p CST.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question below to be entered to win.
  • Winners will be posted on FaveCraftsBlog.com and notified by email on Monday, Janurary 26, 2015.

 

 Congratulations Lorena V.!

Lorena is the lucky winner of the CHA giveaway! She replied, “I am really excited about the color trends, my favorite color is grey. I think metallics, especially gold will go great with the more subtle colors.” We are too and we’re so excited to send you your prize! Thank you all for participating!

What trend are you most excited about for 2015?

Which type of scarf are you? + 24 Scarves to Make in One Night

Discover your crocheting/knitting style by taking this quiz! Then figure out which pattern you should try next based on your results.

*Grab a scrap piece of paper and a pen to record how man A’s, B’s, C’s, or D’s you get!*

When bundling up for the cold, you always reach for…

A. Something to keep all the cold air AWAY from your neck at all costs
B. Something that will get the job done but not make you look like a marshmallow
C. Something that you can wear several different ways depending on the weather
D. A hat, a scarf, two pairs of gloves and anything else to keep you warm

Which stitch appeals to you the most?

A. V Stitch / Purl Stitch
B. Double Crochet / Seed Stitch
C. Single Crochet / Cable Stitch
D. Half Double Crochet / Stockinette Stitch

When crocheting/knitting, you always have…

A. Coffee nearby
B. A cup of tea
C. An afghan on my lap
D. Cookies

The whole point of crocheting/knitting is…

A. To make things and keep cozy in the winter!
B. Make many things – maybe even with just one skein per pattern!
C. To enjoy yourself and make pretty things!
D. To try new patterns and expand your knowledge

How many scarves do you plan to crochet/knit for Christmas gifts this year?

A. Just a few patterns for really close friends and family
B. A LOT of scarves for like, everyone you know
C. Several for friends and family and even more for charity!
D. However many you feel like making

Which most closely describes your crocheting/knitting style?

A. Detail oriented yet casual and practical.
B. I like to crochet and I like to crochet fast.
C. Traditional, but always looking for new patterns and stitches to try
D. Always willing to try something new

You prefer scarves that are…

A. Bulky and chunky please!
B. Warm and up to my chin!
C. Simple and functional
D. Modern and unique

 

The Infinity Scarf (mostly A’s)

You like to keep cozy and you love the trendy look of the infinity scarves. You love the way certain stitches make the “fabric” of the scarf more flexible and able to wrap around your neck comfortably. You like to keep up with trends and make gorgeous infinity scarves with bulky yarn.

  1. Sea Foam Infinity Scarf
  2. Stunning Crochet Infinity Scarf
  3. Paradores Infinity Scarf
  4. Northern Lights Infinity Scarf
  5. Forever Young Infinity Scarf
  6. 18 Infinity Scarf Patterns to Knit Today Knit

The Cowl (mostly B’s)

Keeping warm while staying on top of trends is top priority – but so is making projects quickly. You don’t mind pulling a cowl over your head as long as no cold air gets in! Cowls make great gifts and you of all people would know!

  1. Slouchy Cowl Knit
  2. Crimson Ridge Cowl
  3. Scene-Stealing Holiday Cowl
  4. 10 Crochet Cowl Patterns
  5. Mustard Seed Cowl Knit
  6. 1/2 Skein Crochet Cowl

The Traditional Scarf (mostly C’s)

While the inifinity scarves and cowls are fun, you still love the versatility of the traditional scarf. Many people agree with you and there are so many amazing patterns for the basic scarf. Plus, your hair doesn’t get all static-y when you where one of these scarves.

  1. Stylish Cable Knit Scarf Knit
  2. Chain Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern Knit
  3. Chic Diagonal Stripe Scarf Knit
  4. Snow Angel Scarf
  5. Simple Scarf
  6. Easy Peasy Winter Scarf

The Scoodie (mostly D’s)

New to the crocheting/knitting scene in the last few years, this scarf/hoodie/mitten edition is definitely a modern choice, but it may be the wisest choice of all. Keep your head and neck warm at the same time, as well as your hands in some patterns. You love new and modern patterns especially if it means killing 2 or 3 birds with one stone if you know what I mean.

  1. 12 Hooded Scarf Crochet Patterns
  2. Hooded Scarf Knit
  3. Irish Hooded Scarf Knit
  4. Cozy Hooded Scarf Knit
  5. Snow Bear Hooded Scarf
  6. Cozy Cat Hooded Scarf

Crafty Word Search + 8 Crafts We’re Obsessed With

Everybody loves word searches right? Take a moment to look at this word search and see what words you find. The best part? There’s no answer key! So everyone who searches will find their own set of three words. No cheating!

 

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We’re also totally OBSESSED with these craft projects:

  1. Shockingly Easy Sewn iPhone Pouch The perfect gift idea!
  2. Scallop Hem Skirt New Year’s Eve anyone?
  3. Warm and Fuzzy Winter Booties Someone make these for me, right now
  4. Homemade Snowflake Window Clings Great project to do with your kids!
  5. Glamorous Party Shirt LOVE
  6. Super Fancy Fabric Neckwarmer Fancy and Easy!
  7. Sweet Baby Dreams Afghan SO cozy you won’t even believe it
  8. DIY Rustic & Refined Clock You’ll never guess what it’s made of!
  9. Magical Healing Crochet Dishcloth Make a set for Christmas gifts!
  10. Elsa’s Frozen Inspired Afghan Oooo so pretty!
  11. 7 Minute Salad Spoons Seriously, just 7 minutes!
  12. Grandma’s Angel Garland Easy to create Christmas decor is what we live for
  13. Ruffled Christmas Wreath Elegant & Classy

What three words describe your crafting personality?

Want a more “scientific” approach to discovering your crafting personality? Check out our other quiz here.