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Quick Crafts How to and Quick Craft Ideas

Written by: | Published: March 12, 2015 | Updated: October 20, 2017

Hello speedy crafter! Maybe you don’t have the time to spend all day making a project or maybe glue and paint make you itch. Maybe you just want to do something fun, but don’t want to spend more than an hour (or 30 minutes) on it. I have an an answer for that! Get out the quick crafts!

Quick Crafts - how to create projects in no time
Quick Crafts – how to create projects in no time

Quick Crafts

There are definitely all kinds of projects you can create really fast. They aren’t super involved and not time consuming, even if you don’t think you are a fast crafter, these are fast! Here are some ideas.

Google Eye Hair Clip
Google Eye Hair Clip

Grab some glue and googly eyes and make a super cute google eye hair clip. (or anyting you want, googly eyes are just fun!) Full tutorial at Totally the Bomb.


Mason Jar Straw Lids
Mason Jar Straw Lids

Mason jars are all the rage right now. They are pretty, versatile and inexpensive. Turn your mason jars into fun sipping jars by making your own lids with a straw hole. The full tutorial to make these mason jar straw lids is available at That’s What Che Said.

Paper Feathers
Paper Feathers

If you’re good with scissors, these pretty paper feathers are a brilliant craft project to make.   Lia Griffith shares a tutorial and a free printable template you can use. Make your own paper feathers to add as accents to other projects or make them the spotlight in your own art creation.


Giant Yarn Keychain
Giant Yarn Keychain

Here’s a great idea to add some crafting to your day. Make a fun giant yarn keychain – Hydrangea Hippo shows you how!


Loopy Hair Bow
Loopy Hair Bow

Ribbon is just a great supply to have on hand for all kinds of quick crafts. Try out this adorable ribbon loop hair bow the next time you have 15 minutes to be creative! Full tutorial over at Creations by Kara.

More inspiration – Quick Crafts I’ve Created

Do you have an electronic cutting machine? You can add vinyl text to almost anything (just about any smooth surface). It takes about 5 minutes to start up the software, type up a word and have it cut. This is a great way to personalize gifts too! Check out the full tutorial to make this Fabulous pencil bag.

Washit Tape Twist Ties
Washit Tape Twist Ties

Some craft projects are pretty and useful. Use Washi Tape and wire to make your own pretty twist ties in under 10 minutes. These are so pretty and easy, you could even make up a batch and include them in a gift basket. Full tutorial at Organize and Decorate Everything.

Another great way to make a craft quickly is using printables. Printables are pre-designed art than you can download, print and create with. This teacher’s gift took 5 minutes to make but is full of love! Read more about this Teacher’s Word Art Print and grab the printable for yourself.

You can decorate your own office and school supplies in no time! Use materials you have on hand and get creative. This cute Dr. Seuss inspired pencil is about 5 minutes of yarn wrapping. Boom, personalized pencil ready to go!

If you are a doodler, use those drawing skills to make all kinds of crafts very quickly. You just need the right writing tool and something to write on and you’re in business. These wood slice ornaments only require the amount of time it takes to draw this art (about 5-10 minutes?). You can also make these same ornaments using printables YAY!. Check out the full tutorial here.
There are plenty of resources to get new ideas for quick crafts. I regularly share ideas with an online event called Craft Lightning. It’s all about crafts you can do in under 15 minutes. Oh Yes! 15 minutes or less! There are also websites that focus on sharing craft project tutorials that you can create quickly.

Check out 30 Minute Crafts for all kinds of ideas and inspiration.

Some materials and creative techniques are easier to create quickly than others. Here are some ideas…

  • Anything that doesn’t take a long time to dry – hot glue, quick dry nail polish, double sided tape
  • Materials that are easy to handle – paper, cardstock, ribbon, some fabrics
  • Materials that are ready to use – stickers, stamps, printables
  • Tools to make it all happen quickly – scissors, cutting machines, stencils, templates
  • Writing tools – permanent markers, colored pencils, crayons

Really you can make quick crafts with most any supply or material if you are familiar with it. Some supplies are easier to most quickly with than others. Use materials you love and know how they work. Enjoying the process of creating helps speed up the process.. when you’re frustrated, time slows wayyyyyy down!


I hope you have found some inspiration to start digging through that creative brain of yours. Take 15 minutes this week and make something fabulous! I’d love to hear all about it. Leave a comment or give me a shout out on Facebook.

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Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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