While art therapists have been trying to tell us the health benefits to adult coloring for years, the actual trend didn’t become big until several years ago, and it's still going strong. According to this CNN article, the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.”
Seems like a long list of promises, don’t you think? That’s because adult coloring works on the same level as a therapy session, essentially. While it may not be the same as a therapy session, the benefits are very similar. Coloring takes your mind off the stresses you are normally under serves as a form of practical meditation. Coloring produces actual products that can come into play in your daily life. Many creatives have found unique DIY uses for their coloring pages. Just follow the blog My Creative Life, they have dozens of great ideas that put your coloring pages to use. Adult coloring allows us to tap into the right side of our brain, and lets us unwind and think of nothing but what color to put in the next area of the drawing. OR NOT! You can scribble to your heart’s content.
The best way to get better at this relaxing craft is to practice, and we have some great projects and books that will turn you into a coloring pro! From tools to terrific books, we've got the know how on coloring your way to tranquility.
Step Up Your Coloring Skills
The best way to practice and improve your coloring skills is to get the best tools. Our Double Ended Markersare perfect for practicing! With our wide range of colors and the dual tips, you can practice fine lines and thick washes of color across a page. Go around the color wheel to play with our light and dark palettes to practice blending and layering. These pens have a great firm tip for steady lifework, and layer great over one another, so you can effortlessly color that coloring book that you've been dying to work on.
Another way to improve your coloring skills is to expand your horizons on subjects to color and draw. The Colors of Nature not only is a great coloring book, but it's a great scavenger hunt for finding and learning about new plants and flowers! This is the perfect coloring journal for all things wild and free. This book gives you a great excuse to relax, go outside and just be a kid again. Follow the flower map and look for your favorites, then learn how to draw them! Each flower and plant in the book has a description about the history behind the plant, and some fun facts about the plant like natural colors and flower accents. So you get to learn about and love the outdoors!
If you are looking for more inspiration to start coloring, look no further! The Daily Inspiration Flip Book is perfect for that pick me up that you can enjoy with your cup of coffee. With its easel backing for easy display, you can choose to show a fully finished colorful design, or to color in your own! You can give everyone around you inspiration as they walk by your desk, or keep it in your home office as a daily pep talk! It's a great way to start your morning.
If you've been itching to color, give it a try, it might make it into your morning meditation routine! And if you've tried these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!
Our January campaign is Taking Care of You, and we are focusing on the benefits of crafting, and how reserving a little bit of time out of the day to craft will change your attitude for the better. Needle crafting holds a wide range of crafts, from simple sewing, to textured embroidery, all the way to punch needle!
The meditative action of stitching gives you a mindless feeling that just relaxes you. The extra bonus is that you have a beautiful project that you can show off to your friends and family. Check out all of the fun ways you can incorporate needle crafting into your craft resumé, and feel better doing it!
Simple Stitches for the Free Spirit
If you're a novice with needlepoint but still want to discover the therapeutic benefits of the craft, then try these simple sewing projects from Free Spirit Stitching! These projects are great for the beginner that is just wanting to learn the basics with with a fun twist. You can create great patterns and colorful decor using just simple stitches and even easy materials like hot glue. Jump into needle craft with a simple project from this book, and fall in love with how relaxing and fun it is!
Embroidery! A whimsical craft that takes a lot of patience and focus. When it comes to stitching designs, you're usually stuck with the old-fashioned house with the white picket fence, or the generic stitched red heart. With our new line of Stitchery Kits, you won't be disappointed! We've come up with modern and unique designs that will stand out like a sore thimble (in good way). Each packaged design comes with the embroidery hoop, canvas wrap, and all the thread you could possibly need to create these colorful artworks. The best part about these designs, is that they are pre-printed on the canvas provided, so you don't have to worry about being off on your line work! Just follow the lines, and watch as your embroidered piece jumps off the hoop. That's what makes this craft so relaxing, you don't have to worry about completing a whole section in one day for fear of losing your place. You can pick it up and craft any time you want, and pick up right where you started. It's kind of a similar feeling to finishing a Diamond Art Canvas, but you can read all about that in our last therapeutic benefits blog (The Therapeutic Benefits of Diamond Art).
Punch Needle is a great traditional needle craft that has taken a modern twist recently, as you can see above! Modern Punch Needleby Bérénice Robert shows us how to take the Punch Needle craft and reinvent it to make it look fresh and new with bold colors and fun textures. This craft is as easy as buying the items and stitching away to your design! The cloth is super pliable and easily lets the punch needle thread work its magic to create an effortless design that works up in no time! You can add a new abstract throw pillow to your couch, or embellish your favorite purse or jacket the choices are endless for incorporating this craft into your daily life. Not only will the benefits of trying this craft become a meditative practice for you, but you'll have a comfy and cute accessory for your wardrobe or home décor.
This project from Hoops Hooray is a great example of reinvention of needle craft materials. This project uses traditional sewing materials like an embroidery hoop, and transforms it into a great way to de-clutter your crafting area! Needle Crafting doesn't have to be these grandiose projects that take forever to make. You can start with fun, small projects like these that not only help you practice your simple stitching skills, but help you organize and, in turn, relax.
When you get comfortable with those beginner needle craft projects, you can move onto more intricate projects like this project from Quilted Wall Hangings! This dreamcatcher will catch all of those nightmares and take your stresses away with the bright colors and fun geometric patterns it has to offer. This is a fun and unique way to reinvent Quilting and Sewing and get a relaxing result at the same time.
If you've tried any of these crafts, let us know how they make you feel! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, because we love to see what's going on in your studios!
Studies show that only 10 percent of crafters do one craft, so branch out with diamond dotting! By now, you all have seen our wonderful Diamond Art canvases floating around online and in craft stores near you. We've got a wide range of designs that go from simple cherry blossom branches, to full scale succulent gardens, and we love the feedback you guys have been giving us on every single kit. Hopefully you haven't just seen it in stores, but you've gone out and bought one to try for yourself! Since the new year just came about, you need to think about you and what makes you happy. This craft is perfect for mediation and self reflection, and has designs for every kind of maker.
Diamond Art is an extremely relaxing craft, one that you can work on at your own pace, and on your own time. It's often compared to another relaxing craft that's been around a lot longer: jigsaw puzzles! Diamond dotting is much better. Diamond Art is a more creative and dazzling alternative to the 'same old, same old' of jigsaw puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles have always proven to be a problem in the long run. If you lose a piece, your project is ruined, the hunt to find the pieces takes forever and a half, and the finished product doesn't preserve well. Diamond painting is a stress relieving craft, and yields a beautiful diamond encrusted canvas at the end of your craft experience.
You get to paint with 13-faceted diamonds on luxury fabric, and follow along an easy color-coded chart. The sky is the limit for the artwork you can diamond dot - create anything from beautiful landscapes like these Hot Air Balloons (above), to cute animal portraits! We promise that once you start diamond painting, you won't be able to stop.
We use a charting system that is color coded and easy to follow, as you can see above. This allows you to follow along and easily pick up where you left off, making this a craft with no time restrictions. You can finish it on your time, no stressful deadlines guaranteed! Every space on your chart is color coded and charted out with a specific number code. The effort of finding your area to dazzle is so small, you won't even realize that you've finished half of your canvas already!
The colors from the uncharted canvas are so close to the colors of the gems, that you don't really have to think about what you're diamond dotting. just pick a gem pack and dot away! It can be easily stored for later too, so you can pick it up again on a rainy day. Our gems may be tiny, but if kept well, they are super easy to keep track of. The best part is that we provide you with extra gems in your kits, just in case an accident happens!
Once you're done with your canvas, there are tons of options to show it off. Why stick with just a boring old picture frame, when you can have it on a pillow? Or, turn it into a wall hanging with extra craft accents like yarn! You can even use the extra beads, and put them on your shoes. There are endless possibilities for displaying your new artwork, unlike a puzzle, which I promise you, would not look good glued to a pair of Air Force Ones.
Start the new year off right with this relaxing craft that makes beautiful gifts for yourself and others. If you've done Diamond Art before, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc, or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!
Pantone has done it again. They've churned out a rockin' choice for 2020's color of the year: Classic Blue! Living Coral is a thing of the past, and here we are, admiring another bright, beautiful, and bold color. Pantone drew from the feeling of resilience in their color choice this year, hoping that the warmth from Classic Blue will "bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge." This stable and strong hue resembles the night at dusk, aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity.
Check out what the executive director of Pantone's Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, had to say about Classic Blue.
The color has already become a popular shade that's being incorporated into living rooms, clothing, art, and home decor. We love it so much, we've already started using it in some of our more recent projects (*laughs in suspenseful foreshadowing tone*). We all know that the best way to a fresh start is a fresh space, and it couldn't be more true for us makers. Here are some great Leisure Arts tips and tricks on how you can incorporate Classic Blue into your 2020 life.
Classic Blue + Diamond Art = The Perfect Match
We love how effortless and easy Diamond Art is. Classic Blue is all about finding the strength and stability we need to build the foundation for the next era. Why not build that foundation with dazzling 13 faceted diamonds? Our Beginner Blue Dahlia (above) has the perfect shade range to satisfy your new hunger for Classic Blue. The gems make the flower stand out in any room, and give your space that relaxing feel that will put you in the perfect creative state. You can get creative with Diamond Art and take it to the next level, as you see above. The blue dahlia elevates this basic welcome home sign and transforms a foyer into a creative and unique space. We have some brand new designs coming in 2020 that feature this classic blue too, so stay tuned for those! Maybe you'll see some sneak peeks from us in the future (wink, wink).
Ring In The New Year with Resin
Add a whimsical accent in Classic Blue to your home with our DIY Resin Pour Kits! Resin is really similar to paint pouring, but with a shinier and glossier finish. our color kits give you everything you need to elevate the classic home decor piece into an abstract artwork that looks like it came straight out of Pier 21. Use any of our four colorant kits to decorate the surface of fun things like coasters, cheeseboards, serving trays, and more! This Blue Colorant Kit has a great hue to it that matches the classic blue of 2020, and you can make it as dark or as light as you want it to be!
Live It Up With Classic Blue Staples in Crochet
Everyone needs a fashion staple in their closet, make yours Classic Blue! This hooded poncho from Homespun Comfort Shawls brings a modern take to a classic fashion accessory. Add an oversized button to make this look functional and fashion forward, and you've got a great light layer that can be worn during more than one season. Use lightweight yarn for a lacy finish, or use a bulky weight yarn to get a thicker coat for those windy mornings. The choice is up to you! All we know is that this classic blue makes any accessory look good, in all weights and styles of yarn.
Knit Yourself A New 2020 Aesthetic
For the knit obsessed crafters, we have some great versatile patterns for you try. If you've been searching for simple and sophisticated patterns that can go with any getup, look no further. Modern Knits is a book full of these great neutral patterns with pops of color. This poncho features a great swash of Classic Blue as an accent. This color blocked pattern can work with just about any color, but we're just a little biased with this blue hue.
Quilt/Sew Fun With Embroidery Hoops
Play with traditional quilt patterns and reinvent them with these projects from Quilted Wall Hangings. Classic blue makes a great contrasting accent against this sunny yellow, and the tassels are a great modern addition to the traditional dream catcher. This project is the perfect mix of traditional and modern, and there's plenty more projects just like it in this book.
Classic Blue was chosen by Pantone to bring you stability, comfort, and strength. Hopefully, we've given you some inspiration for you to create some powerful and creative projects. Start the new year with bold, bright, and brave choices! If you've made any of these projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We'd love to see what's going on in your studios.
Hey there, Makers! We've been celebrating our #12daysofcraftsmas campaign and dropping some major discount on everyone's favorite books and craft products. While Santa is still making his list and checking it twice, we're doing a recap of all of our 12 days of craftsmas here for you to enjoy, and we're making ALL of the codes available for a limited time so you can get discounts on all the DIY craft goodies your money can buy. Click any of these images to take you to that specific category, and don't forget to use these specific codes at checkout for maximum savings.
To start our magical 12 days, we have a great pre-christmas experience to gift someone. This Christmas Carol Songbook Set is perfect for the first time host/hostess that is looking for inspiration and caroling fun. The box set is comprised of five caroling songbooks filled with beautiful art and all of the classic lyrics you need to take your party door-to-door. Alongside the other books is a companion hostess guide that has everything you want and more for party tips and tricks. The guide gives you a large bank of party themes to get you inspired. After that, you can check out the party tips to get your Christmas bash going. Pair this awesome advice with the kickin' recipes inside, and you can have an epic holiday with some of your closest friends and family. This set is 25% off with code FALALA25 , so pick this up at a discount for Christmas while you have the chance!
Day two is dazzling bright with a big discount on our Diamond Art kits! This sale is extra special because this is the first time we've included ALL Diamond Art kits in a sale, so you can even get our newest lines of Diamond Art (AKA our NFL and Holiday kits) at 25% off with code DART25. Our holiday kits are already flying off the shelves, so get to dazzling before Santa buys up all the rest!
Day three is all about gifting knowledge! OurBooks Plus crafting kits have everything you need to make awesome fashion and home décor projects, like a Knit Hat, Felt Wreath, Unicorn Dreamcatcer, and Paint Pour wall art. All of these kits come with a 32 page booklet that gives you all of the instructions to make the craft on the box, along with even more project inspiration if you end up falling in love with the craft! You can get these kits for 25% off with our code BPLUS25.
Day four is even more savings galore (try saying that 5 times fast)! We're giving you guys a discount on ALL of our Macramé books and supplies, because this is a great traditional craft that is making a comeback. Learn to tie great knots and make intricate patterns with cord and a little inspiration. You can get these goodies for 25% off with our code MACRAME25.
We're all about smiles and stitchery for our sixth day of craftsmas! You can get the jumpstart on learning embroidery with our pre-printed embroidery hoop designs. Our kits have everything you need to create your beautiful piece of embroidered wall art, and you can get these beauties for 25% off with our code STITCHERY25.
Day seven is colorful and creative with ALL of our coloring books and supplies on sale. Adult coloring is one of those crafts that just helps you unwind and relax with fun designs and endless creativity. You can get started with a good pack of markers or colored pencils and your favorite bundle of books to jump into this relaxing craft. Use our code COLORING25 for 25% off.
Day nine is looking fine for everyone with a green thumb! We've even got some goodies for the aspiring gardeners to be. All of our garden and floral goodies are 25% off with our code GARDEN25. Get some adorable garden gnome accessories, or learn how to make your very own fairy garden! The possibilities are endless.
The tenth day of Craftsmas is all about gifting bite-sized craft experiences, and our Mini-Maker kits are perfect last minute gifts! Our Books Plus kits fall under this umbrella, as all of these great kits have everything you need to get started in a specific craft. You can make adorable trinkets like felt succulents or pom-pom animals, and have a fun a functional gift for someone special this holiday. You can use our code MINI25 for 25% off of these kits.
On our last day of Craftsmas, we're giving you a discount on a BRAND NEW craft that's just now hitting our website! Our DIY Resin Kits are perfect for someone who wants to learn resin pouring, but doesn't know where to start. This kit has everything you need to start making beautiful and colorful creations for your home or kitchen. You can get these color kits for 15% off using our code RESIN15.
These are some pretty sweet deals right? All of these crafts make great last minute gifts (you can't fool us, we know you're still shopping). So why not give the gift of crafting? Spread some maker magic and holiday cheer.
Spark your imagination by crafting a fun a storage box with the Diamond Painting Deer and Rainbow Kit. You can create so much with this adorable Diamond Art design. Spend your leisure time creating a fun and functional storage box. Sparkle Art can be fun for anyone ages 8 to infinity! Sparkle Art is a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings that are beginner size. They may be small, but they flash with sparkle power!
So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds and your imagination! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting close up, featuring our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow. Bling out Bambi’s best friend when you diamond paint this fun and friendly Rainbow Deer! With the help of sparkling AB coated diamonds, this kit will give you positive vibes and happy thoughts.
We think that Sparkle Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like handbags, phone cases, or in this post, an adorable box, perfect for storing jewelry, ribbon, treasures, pens, and more! The instructions are easy-to-follow and calls for a cute ribbon and adhesive glue to make this beautiful box.
Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY magic to make a dazzling and fancy box. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go colorful using our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit.
Wood Box (8X8 inches) (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface)
OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (stickers, extra gems, etc.)
Get Started on Your Wooden Box!
1. Make the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit
Bring out your creativity with a dip, dot, and dazzle! Sparkle Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for the moment or come back to it later in time if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or within hours, the choice is up to you, just let your imagination run wild!
2. Craft Your Wooden Box
Paint your wooden box white or your favorite color to give your project a hint of your personality. You can be as creative as you want with your brush and strokes. Paint and then let sit for an hour to let the paint dry! Then after the box is dry, adorn the box with your favorite ribbon. We used a ribbon around the box bottom and the lid. But feel feel to use one or both ribbons because the world and the box is your oyster. Our favorite is a cute iridescent ribbon that helps the Diamond Art sparkle!
3. Cut Out Your Diamond Art Fabric
After you've glittered your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! Our fabric frays minimally, so you don't have to worry about mending the edges before placing the design on your wooden box (but you certainly can if you want to). Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your wooden box, using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay out the design flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. Place the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow on the fabric and apply the adhesive.
4. Accessorize (Or Don't)!
Now that your Sparkle Art design is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your wooden box is one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, going crazy with color combinations with additional ribbons, or even adding extra stickers here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art and show off your imagination with the finishing touches. Let your creativity run wild to your heart’s content, and then muah! It's as simple as that and it’s beautiful. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Sparkle Art canvas to the fullest and have a special location for your jewelry or more!
Hey makers! We hope you're having a wonderful time enjoying your Thanksgiving. Now that you've filled up on stuffing and pumpkin pie, you can sit back and relax, and casually shop for Black Friday bombshells. We have some great discounts on all of your favorite items this holiday season, and we want to give back to some of our loyal blog followers and give you guys the deals early! So scroll to check out what we've got in store for you this Black Friday.
If you've been pinning a few of our titles, or keeping a special title in your cart on our website, then this sale is made for you. All of our digital downloads will be 50 percent off, and our paperbacks will be 35 percent off. So you can take your patterns and project inspiration everywhere you go, or keep a physical copy for your library! Our discounts are so great, you can get multiple copies of your favorites just for the heck of it.
If you're wondering how to get your digital download after purchasing, you can access it through the pink tab on the right of our website that's says "My eBooks and ePatterns". You have to first create an account in order to download the title, and afterwards, you have a database that keeps all of your downloads in one spot, so if you need to re-download it, you have it readily available.
We have our Diamond Art canvases on sale as well! What is Diamond Painting, you ask? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. We have a wide range of canvases in all different sizes, that either partially or fully cover every inch of canvas in these beautiful and colorful gems. Right now our canvases are 25 percent off, so get your favorites and start dazzling!
As an exciting Black Friday extra, we're offering the NFL and Holiday Diamond Art at a discount too, just for you! These guys have recently been released this year, and for the first time they will be on sale right alongside your favorite beginner, intermediate, and advanced kits. The holiday kits are full drill too, so it's double the dazzle for half the price.
As you can see we've got a ton of nice deals going on, so get them while you can! We also have some great deals on our other products and crafts as well. We're giving you guys 20% off of our crafting supplies, coloring instruments, and stitchery kits! So you've got a little extra time to grab your favorites and start crafting. Get your clicking hands ready to jump on these amazing deals on some of your favorite DIY goodies.
Lion Brand has compiled a list of great colors for 2019, and every month we pick a hue and match some of our favorite Leisure Arts patterns to the color palette. Here's a little more information on Kombucha:
Sounds right up our alley! Kombucha is a great warm transition color from fall into winter, and we have some really great Lion Brand Yarns on our website to showcase the different color variations of Kombucha you can play with. Heartland - Yosemite is a perfect color match to the main color of kombucha (below), and Hometown - Tampa Spice (below) is a darker tone that would give any of your projects dimension if you laced these two hues together.
Work your kombucha color into some mandala magic! This pattern from Mindful Mandala Afghans features kombucha as a great accent with the teal and neutral blanket. This afghan can keep you warm on a chilly day, or dress up your couch with some geometric style. This is a project that takes a little effort and a chunk of time, but in the end you come out with a beautiful statement blanket that looks good year round in your home.
Mirror Image Scarves are some of the most satisfying patterns you can crochet, because everything lines up perfectly and your lacework comes out symmetrical. This fall toned scarf features a darker side of kombucha, but it pairs so well with the bright mustard yarn next to it. You even pair up the kombucha color with a light blue, or even a multicolored yarn if you wanted to. The main point is that the scarf ends up symmetrical no matter what yarn you use, so it's easy to make, and fun to wear.
Who wouldn't want this crochet amigurmi fox? Enchanted Forest Creatures is full of mystical and magical patterns of woodland garden friends and cuddly animals. You can make this adorable fox in kombucha orange, or make a fun garden gnome to give your herbs some good luck! These patterns work up super quick, so this is definitely a unique beginner project to get you started in crochet.
Cowls are a fall fashion staple, and this cowl pattern from Knit Cowls has got some great color work going on. The kombucha is a great accent to the reds and browns, and the scalloped edges of the cowl make this garment look lacy and luxurious. This is an accessory that can be worn not just into winter, but maybe even into those cool spring mornings.
Scarves make the best gifts, even if it's just a gift for yourself. This pattern from Cozy Scarves looks good in kombucha orange, and the texture and pattern looks super easy to make. You can even play with the coziness of the scarf by varying the weight and texture of the yarn you choose. This is a great starter project for someone who's learning how to knit!
Kombucha is a tone of orange that pairs well with other colors, like this color blocked throw pattern from Decorator Throws. These colors normally wouldn't be placed together, but somehow it works! The whole throw makes any couch stand out with the colorful yarn, making it a statement blanket.
Modern Punch Needle gives you a window into an old craft that's making a comeback, and that's super easy to learn. This storage pouch with a kombucha accent is a great décor item to hold your yarn or fabrics in, and you can change up the size of the pouch to whatever size you need! This geometric and modern design is perfect for a minimalist home, and it takes little effort to create.
You can make modern and crafty wall art without knowing all of the background in crochet or knit. Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangingsis a great resource for weaving intricate and colorful works of fiber at with simple and easy to follow directions. You can make these projects in just a few hours, and have a boho chic piece of wall art for your living room!
Quilts bring a unique and eclectic style to the home, each one different with it's patterns and textures.Big Block Quilts gives you all the opportunities to get crazy and creative, especially with this pattern shown above. The oranges and purples are surprisingly well tied together with accents of red in the florals and stripes of the design. This is definitely a project that would take a lot of work to compete, but you know it would be worth it.
This pincushion from Crafty Critters is not only adorable, but it's functional too (just ignore that you're stabbing an adorable fox with pins). You can create this adorable fox pincushion in kombucha orange with simple stitches and some creativity! You can even dress up the fox like you see above, giving it a bow tie for that special '007 look. This little stunner is a must have in your sewing room.
Aren't these projects beautiful? If you've made these projects before, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.
Hello again, Makers! We're getting closer and closer to the holidays, and we have been churning out blogs full of inspiration for the best DIY gifts for that special someone. This might be the last blog in our holiday gift guide series, but don't worry, we have many more festivities planned before Santa comes bumbling down the chimney. We're finishing out this blog series with gifts for adult sons and daughters. These gifts are perfect for the kids that are all grown up and are starting families of their own, or are just living life to the fullest! These gifts would also be great for close friends, or family that isn't related by blood. We've got a bunch of inspiration for you to choose from, so scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next gift to make (even if it's just for yourself).
Sons and Daughters
Go bright and beautiful with these colorful patterns fromBeginner's Guide to Mosaic Knitting. These patterns are fun and fresh and they are perfect for an extra light and stylish layer. Paired with detailed patterns made with simple stitches, these complimentary colors really make the garment pop.
Jewelry is always a good go to for Christmas gifts, so why not go the extra mile for your daughter and crochet her some jewelry? You can mix the two worlds of craft and crochet with these patterns fromCrochet Jewelry. This floral hair pin sown above doubles as a brooch, so your daughter could switch it up with this neutral and versatile accessory. Using simple stitch patterns and a little patience, you can create cute and quaint accessories for your daughter to look stylish in.
Every daughter needs a bag, whether it's an overnight bag, a camping bag, or just a good ol' fashioned reliable purse. You can quilt the perfect bag for your daughter with these patterns from Best of Quilted Bags! This blue floral bag above is a perfect outdoor backpack that someone can go hiking with, or take to class. It will be one of a kind with your choice of fabric too, so that someone special can feel good showing off something special!
Hanging planters are super trendy right now, whether you're Gen Z or a Boomer (millennials were already ahead of the trend). You can craft your daughter a fun and functional planter with this pattern from Get Started In Macrame! Macrame is super easy to learn, and you can make this tiered planter in as easy as a few knots!
Super Scarves To Knit is full of giant patterned beauties to keep anyone warm and cozy. This is a perfect gift for the son who always forgets his jacket, and is constantly cold. this specific scarf above has a great mosaic texture to it, giving this casual sweater a sophisticated appeal.
Everyone loves a simple rug, and I'm sure that grown up son of yours would appreciate one of these colorful patterns from Retro Rugs! This criss cross pattern features some beautiful rich colors, but you can change it up with your own favorite hues! This rug can be customized to maximum comfort with the weight and build of the yarn.
Simple and sophisticated looking, this stenciled state wall art from Stenciling Basics is perfect for the son who loves to travel, or just needs a little piece of home with him. You can customized it to the fullest by picking your favorite wood, changing up the colors, or even adding little markers of favorite spots like the project shown above. The possibilities are endless!
Gifts for Families
Socks are great gifts for families. There's a pair of socks for every member of the family! Go simple and soft for socks for dad, suave and athletic for mom, and add some fun flourishes for baby! More Fun Socks offers you a lot to choose from, so explore the contents to find your favorite sets. Santa's elves definitely approve of these beauties.
Afghans are another family staple needed for the holidays. What else will everyone use to feel warm and cozy while they watch Hallmark movies? These afghans from Afghans For The Familyare perfect for every member of the family, from smallest too tallest. Play with stripes and colors, and easily learn the geometric patterns inside this lovely book of crochet wonders.
Since we're sticking with he cozy theme here, we have some great knit hat ideas from Knit Hats For The Family. All of the patterns in this book play with texture and weights of yarn, and are adorned with cute little flourishes like flowers and pom-poms. Even the most simple patterns (like the third hat shown in the image above) have some unique flair to them with modern stripes and color palettes.
Slippers! People can't resist slippers. They keep your feet warm and cozy, and you look stylish to boot. Slippers For The Family has a bunch of different styles you can crochet for the family, from the littlest to the biggest feet in the family! They even have a festive Christmas set so you can be a part of the Santa Squad. The patterns are super easy to make, so you should have enough time to gift these puppies for the holidays if you start now!
Hey again, makers! If you haven't gotten in the holiday season yet, then get ready! We have some great ideas for the people on your Christmas list that are hard to shop for. This could be a co-worker, extended family, that new friend you met in your book club, a neighbor, and more! These are small and quick projects that you can make multiple quantities of, so you can check off the people on your list in no time! Plus, we have some bonus ideas for that special pet, or pet lover in your life. Because we all know you can't forget about them! So scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next project.
Cozies and Coasters make the best gifts. They serve as functional and fashionable presents that keep your mugs company and tabletops safe. Go simple with this pattern and add a personalized button from Cup Cozies, or go bold with these snowflake coasters from Mug Hugs and Coaster Sets. Your coworkers and book club buddies would love these little tokens as a holiday present. They work up quickly, so you can make a mass amount to have enough for everyone come Christmas time!
Bookmarks, the most underrated gift! Everyone knows a bookworm in their life, and you know that they would love this style of crocheted bookmark. This type of corner bookmark prevents pages from getting dog eared, in the fanciest of ways! You can go with simple white, or vibrant blue, the choice is up to you with color. This pattern and all of the other ones inside Beautiful Bookmarks work up quickly, so you can also make multiples of these.
If you want to make some unique gifts this year, then try these felted bowls and vases from Stitch A Garden! These projects have a great texture to them, and the colors are super fun and vibrant. You can make a bowl or vase and fill it with fun stocking stuffers for a nontraditional stocking or gift basket.
Get out your fruitcake pans and listen to those sleigh bells when you entertain with this Christmas Carol Songbook Set! This would be a great gift for the hostess of the house. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. This set is a one stop shop for all things holiday cheer. This set comes with songbooks filled with the classics, along with recipes and a hostess guide for the ultimate festive soiree. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. If you want to get someone something special, but are unsure of what they like, this gift is the perfect catch-all. who doesn't love a good Christmas carol?
Spread warmth and joy throughout your home as well as those of all your candle-loving friends when you explore the captivating world of Home Candle Making! Stephanie gives you 12 boutique quality projects to choose from, but we think going simple is best for multiple Christmas gifts. This simple lavender candle is perfect for a little pick me up! You can even switch out the herb for rosemary, or another popular scent. Whenever someone lights their mason jar candles, they'll think of you and your thoughtful Christmas gift!
Jewelry is always a great gift to receive during the holidays, and when you throw essential oils in, it makes it even better! Aromatherapy Jewelry gives you a ton of options to craft for your favorite people. Go for simple drop earrings or layered stackable bracelets, and pair them with the inspiring word that you associate with the person you're gifting for. It makes for an adorable little gift with a surprise message!
Baby flower soaps? We're here for it. Home Soap Making has a lot of small gift ideas that you can make mass quantities of for everyone in the office! Just pick your favorite silicone mold, and start crafting. Just place a small amount in a cute bag with a baby loofah and a bowtie and you have great trinkets to hand out during the holidays. The process is super easy to learn with photo-led instructions from Kimberley Layton.
Perfume is another fun thing to make that's always appreciated! Mix and match your favorite scents and concoct small perfumes! These are great gifts because they are small enough to be taken on-the-go. Home Apothecary is full of great herbal recipes for things like tub tea, scrubs, and even other beauty products like lip balm, but we thought that this would be the best project to make several gifts from.
Sewing & Cross Stitch
Use these creative ideas for embroidery hoops from Hoops Hooray as a unique approach to giving and gifting. You can use small embroidery hoops as gift tags that someone can keep forever! Even if you're giving gift cards this year, you can make a special house for them like this pattern above (left). They make great small statements, and you can make them in no time.
If you want to show off your stitching skills this holiday season, break out the mini hoops and give out some Cross Stitch Quickies! This book has 50 adorable and small practice patterns that you can create for someone special! You can deck out your Christmas cards, or elevate the traditional ornament with fun designs like these animal designs! These projects specifically would be great for that special pet lover in your life.
For Pets and Pet Lovers!
If you want to learn knitting, and don't know where to start, loop knitting is a great entryway into the yarn craft! Loops and Twists is full of great knit patterns that don't use needles, so it makes for an easier and quicker knit experience. There is this simple black cat bed (above) that is perfect for a first time knitter, that would make a wonderful gift for your furry little friend!
I mean, this picture above from Knits For Pets is really speaking for itself. What cat wouldn't want a dream cat house like this shark head? You could make this house as bulky and fluffy as you want depending on your weight of yarn. With simple knits and purls, you can make this new bungalow for your little furry friend just in time for Christmas.
Jelly Roll Rugs and More is full of great patterns, especially for pet lovers! this Pet rug and Pet bed really take the cake on creativity with quilting. You can mix and match with colors and patterns, but we really like the pet friend prints used on these fabrics. Jelly Roll is a relatively easy technique that works up quickly, so you have enough time now to make that special pet accessory before Christmas!
These dog magnets are perfect small gifts that can be placed just about anywhere! With different breeds to choose from and loads of creativity, you can make the cute little dog magnets from My Pet Crafts for everyone on your list! It's as simple as using some hot glue and having some patience.