Posted on 1st september 2018 by the eric team
Still inspired by 'Our Favourite Creative TV Shows at the Moment’ post, we’ve decided to brainstorm (and scour the Internet, too) for some creative DIY projects for you, our beloved audience. We’d like you to try them, so you can unleash those creative juices and do something during your down time. And don’t worry, these are 3D arts and crafts that even beginners can do.
Let’s start with something really simple — a pen pot as recommended by Ideal Home’s Amy Hodge. First step is to wash and dry any used tin can. Then wrap a piece of wallpaper around the tin. You can also use wrapping paper, with glue or double-sided tape as the adhesive. Feeling extra creative? Use plain paper instead and draw on your own design.
Mason Jar Prism Candle Holder
For this project, you’ll need a mason jar, round glass decorative elements, a tea light, a paintbrush, and any glue that can stick glass on glass. First, brush glue onto the outside of the jar. Next, carefully place the glass elements one by one onto the jar. This process can take some time. After you’ve placed all the glass elements onto the jar, leave it dry for a few hours. Once dry, place the tea light inside the jar, securing it using glue as well.
For this project you’ll need 20 wooden planks (12-inch 2 × 2s, preferably cedar and mahogany), some rope, a ruler, a pen, and a drill. You’ll need to drill a hole in each end (2–4 inches from the edge) of every wooden plank. Before you drill, make sure you choose the right drill bit for this job. As explained in ‘Drilling Holes in Walls’ by DIY Basics, there are three types of drill bit — for masonry, for wood, and for metal. You’ll obviously need one for wood, and it has to be just right, too. Screwfix feature an extensive array of drill bits with different tips for when working with wood. With a sharp tip and the correct amount of pressure, you’ll be able to achieve a clean cut without splitting your wooden plank. When you’re done drilling, line up the planks and insert the rope through each hole. Tie a knot on each end of the rope and — presto! — you have yourself a wooden doormat. Varnish or paint it depending your personal preference.
Since we’re talking about 3D art, why not make your own 3D painting? For this one, you’ll need to make homemade puffy paint, the steps of which have been outlined by Happy Hooligans. You'll need food colouring or liquid watercolour, four tablespoons of self-rising flour, four tablespoons of salt, and water. Now, mix in a bowl the water, flour, food colouring, and salt (a different mixture for every colour). Mix until they form a smooth paste. Next, place each colour paste into a condiment bottle. Then create your artwork by squeezing the colours onto a piece of small cardboard. You can brush the colour paste onto the cardboard, but make sure you apply as much paint as possible. Once finished, microwave your painting for about 20 to 30 seconds to set the paint and make it rise. If you don't have a microwave, or yours isn't big enough, you can use the oven as an alternative. Set it to medium heat and carefully watch over your masterpiece. Finish by framing your 3D work of art and hanging it somewhere in your home!
We’ll stop at four for the moment largely because we know we’ve already stimulated your creative side. And trust us when we tell you that you, along with everyone else, have a creative brain. We explained this in our ‘Here's a Super Quick Breakdown of how your Brain is Creative’ post. So, go ahead and give these three projects a shot. They’re super easy, we promise. Once you’re done, snap a photo of your creation and share it with us. Then should you think of your own easy art and craft project, don’t forget to tell us all about it.
Written by The ERIC Team