During the dull days of January it’s easy to lose your craft mojo. But at Mollie we say the dark and the rain outside is the perfect excuse for snuggling up indoors with a pot of tea, the radio and a big batch of craft-spiration.
We’ve gathered together 12 of our most exciting crafty DIY projects to get you through the coming year with a smile on your face and a needle/pencil/glue gun in hand…
1. Crochet queen (January)
Always wanted to learn to crochet? Already a whizz with a hook? This awesome coil and crochet basket is a fun and simple project – we guaranteed you’ll be hooking up more than one to hold your crafty stash. The variegated yarn is a gorgeous way to add a rainbow to rainy days… my poppet.com.au
2. Love craft (February)
Tell your faves how you feel this Valentine’s with this easy-peasy printed banner DIY. You can use blogger Reann Kelly’s own design, or why not get creative with stencils and some fabric paint? Find the DIY on Reann’s blog. Celebrating Galentine’s instead? Think back to school with this pretty macrame friendship bracelet DIY from Purl Soho.
3. Get printing (March)
Is your craftspiration flagging (hoho)? Why not rustle up some flags to get you and your pals in the mood – say congrats, thank you or simply hello with this screen printing DIY from minted.com.
Indigo is the colour this spring – so why not try this dyeing DIY to spruce up those forlorn-looking tea towels in the back of the drawer? We love this smart, urban twist on traditional tie dye from francoisetmoi.com.
5. Vinyl countdown (May)
Pad looking a little drab? Add some kapow to your cushions with some zany 90s prints and heat transfer vinyl. Never tried it before? Hop on over to The Lovely Drawer for the full lowdown.
6. Smashing plates (June)
Let’s face it: we’ve all had the same white plates since university/a trip to a certain Swedish store – it’s time to colour them up! Get your crockery ready for summer parties with this DIY from A Beautiful Mess – we love the combo of bright flowers and minimalist scribbles.
7. Pom time! (July)
Summer is the perfect time for quick and easy crafts you can do on the go or in the garden. Use up your yarn stash and get pomming with this awesome pompom wall decoration project from Sugar & Cloth.
8. Get knitty (August)
If Lauren Laverne says simple washcloths are her tip to a fabulous face, who are we to argue? These super-soft knitted numbers are more than up to the job – and they’re a quick and easy stash-busting DIY too. Find out how on kollabora.com.
9. Get stitchy (September)
Whether you’re heading back to school, uni or work, it’s nice to start the season with some new stuff. We stay the perfect place to stash your make-up/pencils is a homemade purse like this little number. Easy to make and super-pretty, we think it would make a cute gift too. From AliceandLois.com.
If you want to get your weave on there’s no better place to explore than making something striking for your walls. We love the natural-meets-glitz vibe of this gold-dipped yarn-hanging from oleanderandpalm.com. Or why not go the full tassel with this amazing boho DIY? Now all we have to do is remember which is warp and which is weft… honestlywtf.com.
11. Go for gold (November)
It’s getting close to party season – and there’s no reason why your computer should feel neglected. Have a little polka dot party with this cute mousepad DIY from lovelyindeed.com – no one will know that all you’re typing is your tax return…
12. Hip snipping (December)
Finish off your beautifully wrapped handmade Christmas gifts with some paper-cut gift tags. We like this intricate design from liagriffith.com, the perfect intro to getting your scalpel out. Add baker’s twine and mini pegs and you have a gift to treasure.
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