10 Crafts You Must Try

I have loved to craft for a long as I can remember. I use to get hours of enjoyment from making friendship bracelets and barbie clothes as a child, and I have tried many, many crafts since then. In fact, I've made a career out of designing crochet patterns!

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Although crochet is my #1 love, I have to dabble with other creative avenues too. So, below is my list of crafts that I think every creative should try. You might be surprised at how much you truly enjoy them!

Crochet: Sunkissed Hooded Vest
1. Crochet or Knit
These two crafts are different, but they are still very similar in the fact that you are working with yarn and an instrument to make items (Sweaters, Toys, Rugs...you name it). Like I mentioned above, I have made a career as a crochet designer and have had so much fun along the way. I also have learned to knit, which I love too. So, I strongly feel that everyone should know how to do one or the other;  I  know you will love it too!

Made by Sonya Blackstone
Wooden Name Plaques
2. Woodworking
There are so many facets to this craft and I have tried many. I have made small door hangers and wooden plaques for bedroom walls. I have refinished old furniture and I have even built furniture. Woodworking definitely takes second place on my favorite crafts list because there is so much you can do. You can paint or stain or varnish. You can add decorations with paper or gems. The possibilities are endless, and yet it's a craft that will hold up for a long, long time.

3. Sewing
Hand sew or machine sew, it's up to you. I learned to hand sew as a kid and did that until last year, when I bought my first sewing machine. Sewing is both a fun craft and a life necessity, in my opinion. You should know how to sew a ripped seam or replace a button, but there is so much more you can do. Like crocheting and knitting, you can make clothes, toys, home decor...etc. The fun fabric prints alone are reason enough to get into sewing.

4.  Jewelry Making
This one is really fun. You can make necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings...anything you can think of. I would say the downfall here is that it can get pricey getting all of the materials together. But, if you just start with one specific idea, then it's not so bad. I most preferred to make earrings, but necklaces are quick and easy too.

5. Scrapbooking
Everyone should make a scrap book! Even if it's just one. They are a great way to memorialize special moments in your life, and a fun way to let your creativity fly. I have scrapbooks to document my kids' school years and I have a scrapbook for date nights with my husband. Truthfully, I do not focus my creative attention here, I just pull them out every so often and add on, but I do still enjoy them.

6. Cross-stitching
As a kid, I really enjoyed those paint by number kits. Cross stitching reminds me of that (only you use thread or yarn & a needle). You follow a pattern using assigned colors and create a beautiful finished picture. There are many types of cross-stitching, including the materials used, and types of finished projects, which keeps this craft fresh and fun!

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Crochet Mandala
7. Make Wall Art
We're getting a little more specific now. It's so rewarding to work hard on making something by hand and have a beautiful finished piece to hang on your wall (even if it's in your office). Join a Paint Night, make String Art, Macrame, Crochet, Knit, Sew... whatever grabs your interest. Make something you can proudly hang on your wall!

8. Make Doll Clothes
There is something about making clothing that is a lot fun! Doll clothing is a great place to start, because if you mess up, you're wasting very little materials. Doll clothes are a big seller at craft fairs and they always make a great gift for the kids in your life (or for yourself... I'm not judging your doll collection *insert winky face*). Whether you crochet, knit, or sew, I think making doll clothes is something everyone should try.

9. Make a Handmade Card
I love hand making cards for special events.  They mean so much more than a store bought card, because the time you put in to making them is more time you spend thinking about the recipient. I have made many birthday and anniversary cards. What's fun is the personal touches you can add straight from the heart. Do you have a special memory, funny inside joke, or maybe a favorite song? You can add those things and make it a little more meaningful.

10. Craft for a Charity
Ok, so this one isn't specifically a craft, but I promise you will walk away feeling so good about it. Creating something for someone else, someone in need, is truly rewarding! It's one of the greatest feelings I've ever had. And the great thing about this is that it doesn't matter what your craft skill level is. You can make baby blankets for hospitals, no-sew scarves to hang around town (finders keepers), and some people even make beds for the homeless with plastic shopping bags! There are so many ways you can help and all of them are equally as appreciated. This, hands down, is one of my favorite reasons to craft.

How many of these crafts have you tried? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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  1. I crochet and sew. I have done cross stitch, plastic canvas (back in the 80's), have tried multiple times to knit. I just can't get my tension right!

    1. I'm thinking of pulling out the plastic canvas soon! My daughter had a special request ;)

  2. Hi Sonya! I have experienced the same craft's as you. I love crafts, it's in my DNA. I recently bought several more of your crochet patterns. Hooray!Crochet seems to take presidence, but I love all craft's and will try as much as possible at least once.


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