Easy Craft Ideas, Tutorials and Patterns

By Lisa McGrimmon | Published Aug 4, 2011 | Modified Sep 8 2023
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Time to have a little fun! Here are some easy craft ideas to play and experiment with.

You probably specialize in and be highly skilled at one type of craft, but it's always fun and sometimes smart from a business perspective to build skills in other areas.

Learning to work with different types of media and possibly incorporating those ideas or techniques into your main medium can provide new inspiration for you and can help to make your work stand out from the crowd. Plus, it's always fun to experiment with different types of crafts!

Unicorn Coloring Pages

Realistic, full body unicorn coloring sheet

Unicorn Coloring Pages: Enjoy the magical, mythical world of unicorns with these free printables to color!

You'll find adorable baby unicorns, a winged pegasus, and unicorns traveling through enchanted rainbows, forests, meadows, and skies.

Flower Coloring Pages

Coloring page with butterflies and spring flowers in a garden.

Flower Coloring Pages: Free flower coloring pages for adults and kids including cute, easy sheets for kids to color and more intricate designs with detailed patterns for adults. There are pretty bouquets, beautiful roses, cute sunflowers, and spring tulips and daisies to color.

ThanksGiving and Halloween Craft Ideas

Cat sitting on a pumpkin surrounded by bats coloring page for Halloween.

Halloween Coloring Pages: Spooky and adorable coloring pages for Halloween featuring jack-o-lanterns, cats, ghosts, bats, owls, spiders, monsters, and a haunted house.

Halloween pumpkin coloring sheet for kids

Pumpkin Coloring Pages: Cute, printable pumpkin coloring pages you can download for some free Halloween or Thanksgiving coloring fun.

Turkey coloring page with detailed feathers and tail displayed.

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages: Get festive with our free Thanksgiving coloring pages! Download printable turkeys, pumpkins, and more for creative holiday fun.

Halloween Craft Kits for Kids: Enjoy some creative family time with these cute Halloween crafts. 

Jack-o-lanterns graphic. Text - Halloween Pattern Bonanza - 50+ Halloween patterns for your baby, child, cat, dog, and yourself.

Here's the jackpot of spooktacular Halloween patterns you can buy from talented indie designers on Etsy.

Whether you knit, sew, or crochet, you'll find something something special you can create for yourself, your child, or even your pet this Halloween.

Don't have time to search through 50 patterns? Do you prefer to check out the Halloween patterns by category?

Use the links below.

Winter Coloring Pages

Coloring page: A classic snowman with a carrot nose, twig arms, top hat, and winter scarf.

Snowman Coloring Pages: Add a frosty touch to your creativity with this collection of printable snowman coloring pages.

Christmas Coloring Pages to Print

Christmas tree and gift boxes coloring page.

140+ Printable Christmas Coloring Pages: More than 140 free high quality PDF coloring sheets you can download & print for some holiday fun.

Christmas tree coloring page with three trees.

14 Printable Christmas Tree Coloring Pages: Simple holiday coloring sheets for kids, and more detailed pages for adults to color. Full-size PDFs you can download free.

Wrapped Christmas present coloring page

14 Christmas Gift Coloring Pages: 14 Christmas present coloring pages you can download and print for free.

Holiday ornament hanging from Christmas tree branch - coloring page.

14 Christmas Star Coloring Pages: Check out these holiday coloring sheets featuring Christmas star designs.

Holiday ornament hanging from Christmas tree branch - coloring page.

26 Printable Christmas Ornament Coloring Pages: Fun, free printable PDFs with simple, cute holiday ornament designs for kids, and more ornate designs adults will enjoy.

Merry Christmas coloring page with strings of holiday lights.

8 Printable Christmas Lights Coloring Pages: 8 PDFs to download for some free holiday fun. Easy coloring sheets for kids, and more detailed pages adults will enjoy.

Full page Christmas stocking coloring sheet.

19 Christmas Stocking Coloring Pages: Have lots of fun this holiday season with these cute Christmas stocking coloring pages you can print for free!

Christmas candle coloring page.

14 Christmas Candle Coloring Pages: 10 Christmas candle coloring sheets to download & print. Simple designs for kids, and detailed sheets for adults to color feature candles with wreaths, ornaments, evergreen branches, and two advent candle pages.

Coloring page with snowman, Santa Claus, and penguin Christmas ornaments

53 Christmas Coloring Pages for Kids: These simple Christmas coloring pages will keep your kids entertained over the winter break. Teachers are welcome to print several copies for classroom use!

Christmas stocking coloring page with snowflake background

44 Christmas Coloring Pages for Adults: Christmas coloring pages for adults to enjoy this holiday season. 44 free high resolution PDFs are easy to download & a great way to relax.

Gift boxes arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree coloring page.

26 Full Page Christmas Coloring Pages: These full-page designs will keep the whole family entertained over the holiday season. There are simple full-page designs for kids, and more detailed images for adults to color. 

Easter Coloring Pages

Easter bunny coloring page

Easter Coloring Pages: Celebrate spring with cute pictures of bunnies, eggs, baskets, and baby chicks. There are adorable, easy designs for kids and more detailed images adults will love to color.


Woman standing in craft studio. Text - Etsy Crafts - Not your grandmother's craft patterns.

Etsy Crafts - Not Your Grandmother's Craft Patterns: Looking for some modern, fun, or funky craft patterns? I've unearthed 10 Etsy shops with fantastic patterns. Most are beginner-level projects, so you can try out some new techniques.

A few of the pattern designers will even allow you to sell the finished projects in your own Etsy shop!

More Easy Craft Ideas

Melt and Pour Soap: Making melt and pour soap is an easy way to get started with soap making. Soap making is fun, and if you're a bit unsure about working with lye, then the melt and pour method is a good way to get started making soap without lye.

Making Resin Jewelry: Making resin jewelry is surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it. It does take a little practice, but once you've worked out all of the kinks, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the versatility of this simple, inexpensive jewelry making technique.

Jewelry Resin Supplies: One of the trickier things about making resin jewelry is finding the supplies. Often the best source is online art supply stores. This article provides detailed information about what supplies you will need for you resin jewelry projects and where to buy them.

Making Resin Jewelry Book Review: "The Art of Resin Jewelry" by Sherri Haab is a fantastic resin jewelry resource. Read my book review for more information about this great book.

Cheap Beading Suplies: Online sources for inexpensive and beautiful beading supplies.

How to Make Candles: If you're just learning how to make candles, these tips on making votive candles will get you started.

Felting Wool: I love wool felting. It doesn't require a lot of fancy, expensive tools, and you can make such beautiful projects!

Belly cast bowl

Belly Casting: Learn belly casting techniques, and create your own pregnancy belly cast with these simple instructions.

Baby Room Mural: Instructions for painting an easy baby room mural.

Baby Room Curtains: Here's how I made the pretty and inexpensive baby room curtains for my son's room using bed sheets and some scrap fabric.

Chinese Brush Painting: Before you jump in, it is important to know that Chinese brush painting is not an easy art that you can learn in a few lessons. However, it is a rewarding and challenging discipline worth trying if you are interested in learning an elegant and beautiful way to paint.

Do be aware that Chinese brush painting supplies can be difficult to find, particularly if you are looking in a small town (and I've even had challenges finding supplies in a large city). Also, you nee to use brushed, paints and paper specifically designed for brush paining in ore to get the desired effect.

Readers' Craft Projects

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