Get into full springtime vibes with some of the craft ideas for home and hobby we compiled below. Be sure to prepare ahead of time and gather the universally used craft tools listed in this article so you are ready to get started.
The best thing since sliced bread — at least we think so! Cutting mats protect the surface of your counter or table and keep your blades sharper for longer because they shield the cutting edge from scraping and dulling. These mats are washable, so using polymer clay, glues or acrylic paint is okay. Just wipe clean at the end of the project.
Also known as a hobby knife, art knife, paper-cutting knife… and so on! These come in many options, so you can find the one that works best for you. For a longer project, the K26 Fit-Grip Knife features an ergonomic rubberized handle that’s easier on the fingers. For projects with lots of round and swirly cuts, we offer the K4 Swivel Knife that features a blade that rotates a full 360 degrees.Check Out Our Full Offering of Hobby Knives
Nothing halts a project to a screeching stop like a dull blade. Although Excel Blades makes very sharp blades, materials like paper, vinyl, cork or polymer clay create damage. This means that eventually, even the sharpest blade becomes too dull to use safely or efficiently.
It's pretty safe to say that most, if not all, projects are going to need some form of glue, tape or adhesive to complete them.
These tools are great to have around the house, not only for hobbies and crafts but also for little fixes around the house and yard. Use a pair of pliers to hold, grasp, twist, bend, shape and more!
Sanding tools are great for finishing. Sand off all the little imperfections, remove rough areas and smooth out the surface and edges.
Another all-purpose tool that’s also great for crafting, DIY and art is a pair of tweezers. Read more about this little mighty toll here.
On to the projects!
Paper Flower Projects
Spring is just around the corner and so are music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza. So it’s time to get crafting and make flower crowns, unique headbands and headpieces to match your outfits.
If that’s not your vibe and you’d rather decorate your home to welcome the spring sunshine, try making a Paper Flower Wreath.
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Polymer Clay Earrings
Refresh your wardrobe by adding a custom element in vibrant colors with polymer clay earrings. Flip through fashion magazines and see what inspires you, then gather the needed supplies in addition to the ones listed above. Some tools may include earring hardware, acrylic rolling pin, awl, baking sheet and decorative elements like beads.
Read our full article on How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings for step-by-step techniques.
For other DIY jewelry ideas, we wrote a helpful guide and you can read it here.
Spring cleaning for some is a tradition. Cleaning the home from top to bottom can be therapeutic and so refreshing! Start with the small things like washing the window curtains, waxing or polishing wood furniture and livening up the couch by making new bright covers for the throw pillows.
Go shopping for fabrics that reflect your current style, read our How To Make a Pillow Cover article and get creative!
Make a Custom Cutting Board
Learn pyrography (wood-burning art) and customize wooden cutting boards or make wall art. Club Crafted created a fun and simple honeycomb cutting board tutorial, check it out!
The skill of decorating wood with a hot knife or tool goes back a long time. The name pyrography has its origins in the Greek language and means fire writing. For beginner tips and tools needed, read our article on Woodburning for Beginners: Essential Tools, Ideas and Tips.
We hope these ideas inspired you to create some bright and fun projects for you and your home! Tag us in your posts @excelblades.