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10 Cute Crafts You Can Knock Out in an Afternoon

With a few minutes and some basic materials, you can start (and finish!) these DIY projects today.

By Alison Caporimo
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    Courtesy A Beautiful Mess

    Gold Honey Bear Vase

    Recycle honey bottles the way that A Beautiful Mess does and you’ll craft gorgeous gilded vases. All you need is a thoroughly washed bear-shaped container, a paintbrush, gold leaf, and 10 minutes. Want it faster? Opt for metallic gold spray paint instead.

    Courtesy Penelope and Pip

    Color-Blocked Coasters

    Dress up wooden or cork coasters from any craft store with a coat of color and this cool tutorial from Poppy Talk. Just whip out the acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and some tape to get the cute look.

    Courtesy Meera Lee Patel

    Paint Swatch Placemat

    Make a cute, stain-proof placement in minutes with this easy project from my book InstaCraft. Cut a rectangle of clear contact paper, peel off the paper backing, and arrange paint swatches. Cover with a second layer of contact paper, then cut around paint swatches. Set on the table to enjoy.

    Courtesy Darby Smart

    Geometric Necklace

    You can find materials at your local craft store (I made a few for sale on Etsy), but if you have no source try signing up for Darby Smart to get ideas, instructions, and materials for this and other amazing projects sent to your mailbox.

    Courtesy Momtastic.com

    Sunglasses Bag

    A basic bag looks trendy with this easy step-by-step craft from Momtastic! You can either sew or buy a small muslin or burlap bag, and then stencil or hand-draw sunglasses or other cute designs.

    Courtesy Heather Freeman of The Lovely Cupboard

    Paint-Dipped Pots

    Put old paint samples to good use with this two-second craft from The Lovely Cupboard. Turn flower pots upside down and pour paint onto their undersides, rotating slightly so that some paint spills over the side. Let dry upside down on a piece of newspaper.

    Courtesy Cheryl Sorce

    Recycled Tin Organizers

    Don’t toss your favorite canisters! Put them to good use with this craft from A Pretty Cool Life: Use a strong glue (like E-600) to adhere magnets to the backs of the tins. Stick on the fridge and fill with pencils or recipe cards.

    Courtesy Take Courage Blog

    Plant Hanger

    Suspend succulents to bring nature to new heights. Take Courage shows you how to knot your string of choice (wool, twine, or cord) to craft the look. How cute would a hanging herb garden be?

    Courtesy Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright

    Pom-Pom Cake Toppers

    It’s a snap to make this glittery cake addition from Pom-Poms!: 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects. Authors Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright suggest you craft a pom out of gold garland (watch how) and hot-glue it onto a bamboo skewer. Insert into cake and celebrate.

    Courtesy D*S

    Flower Ice Cubes

    Do like Design Sponge and freeze some sweet violet cubes. What you need: Dried edible violets, an ice-cube tray, and H2O. Fill your trays halfway with water, sprinkle the dried violets, then top with water and freeze.

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