20 One Afternoon Craft Ideas

Paint inside your cabinetsHere are 20 of our very favorite one afternoon craft projects! What's a "one afternoon" project? It's any project that can be completed in one afternoon. So basically, it's an easy project! Most of these have a minimal number of supplies and steps. These are just for fun, simple projects to try out next time you have a lazy afternoon.

Try painting the inside of your kitchen cabinets. Hello pop of color! (If your cabinets are not white to begin with this could possibly stretch into a two-afternoon project. But hey, it's so cute!)Song lyric wall artAdd some personality to your space with a song lyric wall artIPhone casesCreate your own cell phone case. You could use, nail polish, leather, paper, glitter… the list goes on. 🙂Cloth napkinsMake some pretty cloth napkins. Use less paper. Add color to your table. Impress your mother-in-law. Just do it. Cacti planterMake a simple cacti planter for your back porch or living room mantle. Personalized artMake a few super simple personalized pet art (of your dog or cat!). Aged mercury glassesWe love this simple technique for making aged mercury glass candle holders. Constellation scarfMake your own constellations scarf. No sewing machine required!Hanging plantersCreate a few DIY hanging planters for your windows or front porch. ClipboardsMake your own clipboards on found wood. This is a fun way to dispaly art in your home.House stamp journalMake your own stamp to personalized your next journal. Kitchen artCreate some easy kitchen wall art with this simple but fun technique. Salt + pepper shakersUse glass etching to create your own modern salt + pepper shakersPersonalized playing cardsPersonalize a deck of cards for a fun gift idea!Washi tape doorwayUse colored (washi) tape to add some temporary color to a doorway. Wax resistUse this wax-resist teachinque to create a few cute scarves.Photo covered journalUse your own photos to personalize a journal coverInstagram calendarDo you ever print your smartphone or Instagram photos? Make a mini wall calendar of your favorites!Stamped napkinsSpend an afternoon stamping a few cloth napkins with a geometric shape, polka dot or monogramed letters. Tricked out shoesIt's no secret that we love tricking out our shoes. Yep. This is such an easy way to add a little more color or pattern to a simple pair of shoes. Check out these: 1/2/3/4/5

Happy crafting!

  • Wonderful site. Plenty of useful info here.

    I am sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious.
    And obviously, thank you on your sweat!

  • So many cool ideas! This will be a great way to spend some of my spare time making my house look awesome, I defiantly love the pop of color in the cabinets it adds so much to a kitchen!

  • brilliant! How lovely!


  • Excellent roundup!! I love quick crafts – I plan too many 3-afternoon projects. These are way better 😉


  • Love all these craft ideas, especially the clipboards. I may have to try it out. It’s so rustic and chic!

  • Such great ideas. Love the cactus planter and the playing cards!

  • I just did a cacti garden of my own http://www.lifeinyellow.com/2013/07/summer-house-projects/ (since I have a black thumb!) and while I’m nearly scared of the sewing machine collecting dust in my laundry closet, I may have to attempt some fabric napkins soon!

  • I love so many of your creative ideas. I think in many home projects it’s important to have a color plan in mind before you jump in. I created an app called Color911 which is a lot of fun in helping people choose colors their own colors. You can create your own palettes or use pre-made color themes which are great for inspiration. What I use the most is the feature that lets you photograph anything that’s inspires you and create your own palette of colors from your photo!! It’s a priceless tool for anyone creative. Color911.com, I hope it inspires you!!

  • Great ideas, love the colourful arch and the phone case 🙂

  • Love the painting inside cabinets idea !

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  • Haven’t had a crafty afternoon in a long time…need to get on that…

  • I love all theses! on the next rainy day, ill be working on some of these 🙂
    -Deana, from BirdsandOxfords

  • Fun stuff. Can’t wait to try the mercury glass candle holders, perfect one for me and my (getting out of control) jar collection!

  • I love these ideas! Especially the clipboards and calendars.

  • I need 20 afternoons to try and each every single one of these!

    thanks, per usual, for sharing!

    sara |www.late-afternoons.com|

  • i love this roundup, you all are so talented! i was wondering, the swing you all made recently, will you be posting about that sometime? i actually just posted a tutorial today about how to make a canvas baby swing, but i would love to see how you all did your adult version…my son would love that!

  • So in love with the constellation scarf! I’m going to have to make one this very evening 😉

  • That song lyric wall art is so cool and looks really easy to do!


  • Love this post – really want to personalise my next journal! Thank you for the ideas!


  • These are all so cute, I can hardly stand it! 🙂 The pet art is darling.

  • So many beautiful ideas, I love the clipboards on found wood. Really want to try this. Thank you for all the inspiration.
    I really adore your blog. Keep going girls and good luck for your upcomming book.
    Xo, Jess from http://candywrappedappletree.blogspot.de/

  • very creative ideas. thanks for sharing http://underthestarsandsun.blogspot.com/

  • I’m inspired by several of these! I’ve seen a lot of these on your site before, but for some reason seeing this list today I just realized how many of these ideas I can actually use in my own space. It’s funny how that happens.

  • I’ve already made the lyric canvas – so much fun!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • I love that song lyric wall art!


  • I know I said this when you first made the pot but I LOVE the colour-pop cupboards. They’re so unique and look so fun and homely.

  • These are some really wonderful ideas! I’m going to get making my personalised set of cards and cacti garden, 😀

  • Fantastic ideas for SUmmer afternoons! My favourite is song lyric wall art!

  • My faves are still the pop of ok our in the kitchen units & the washi tape arch way 🙂 Wonderful afternoon ideas 🙂

    Lulu xx


  • Love your blog! Your ideas are the best!


  • I love the nailpolish phone cases!


  • Nice accesories! We love calendars 😉


  • Thanks for sharing!
    Will definitely try some of these next time. 🙂

  • Love these picks! I really like the unexpected pop of color inside the cabinets. I think this is my first time commenting but I’ve been reading for awhile. (Bad reader, I know.) Thanks for the inspiration and for making one of my favorite apps *ever*. 🙂


  • love the napkins and the shoes! all of the home crafts have me excited for the move in a few months time! thanks for the diy/crafting inspiration! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Great idea with the Iphone case. Will do this weekend with my daughter to protect her Ipod!



  • Wonderful projects. Love the punch of colour in the cabinets! 🙂


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  • Great ideas. I must try painting the inside of my cupboards. It will be fun to just open the door and see what is inside.



  • I have done the mini cacti garden and music lyrics wall canvas/art! Want to do the cloth napkins, photo playing cards and Instagram calendar… And many more!

  • I just got a sewing machine and the first thing I made was some cloth napkins – I did some double sided ones, they were a bit tricky but I love how they turned out – I never did Home Ec in school which is a pity because then I wouldn’t be 26 and only now learning how to sew a straight line 🙂


  • Love these posts…I’ll have to add it to my never ending to-do list!

  • Love these ideas! So fun!

    Juliette Laura

  • Hey, girls! There’s a brazilian website using your images without credits. http://www.farmrio.com.br/adorofarm/shots-de-gelatina/

    Love your blog! <3

  • Such a cool outfit for a hot summer !!!

    You looks amazing !



  • Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!


  • Great ideas. I’m an avid follower of your blog, and I love it. I’m glad you are so successful at something you genuinely love. However, I do think you should invest in having someone edit your posts. The grammar and clarity issues (misuses of you’re, your, it and it’s, to name a few) are very annoying and unprofessional. (Please understand that I truly love your blog and this is merely constructive criticism not said out of malice, jealousy, or hate, but rather as a suggestion to improve your business.)

    Thanks for always providing wonderful photos and creative ideas!

  • Great ideas! I love the painted cabinets and the wood clipboards!


  • Such fun and creative projects. I really enjoy all your diy posts!


  • I’m not really a crafty-person, but whenever I see your craft ideas I strangely want to just give it a go!


  • I love the cabinet and the shoe DIY’s those look like they’d be a lot of fun


  • I love all of your craft ideas! Anything with chalkboard paint, cacti, nail polish, sewing, and paint!
    Leah Faye
    e plus l

  • Great round up! My favourite is the constellation scarf 🙂 How fun


  • Thanks for putting these all in one place–they’re all so fun I want to try them all! but I especially can’t wait to make some cloth napkins and that adorable cacti planter. xo

  • I just got my sewing machine set up – I’m going to make cloth napkins this week! What a fun way to use up fabric remnants. 🙂

  • I used your joined up writing idea to paint a tile (which I will either use as a coaster or just have it as decoration!) I love it! I used lyrics from Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy” 🙂 I think I’ve linked it!

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