My FAVORITE crafts I've EVER made (you have to try these!)
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Hey guys, it's Megan!
In this video I'll be showing you my FAVORITE crafts that I've made on my channel over the past few years. I always watch "DIY" videos and wonder if people actually use the stuff they make.
My favorite type of crafts to make are things that I can actually use in my day to day life. Everything on this list is either something I use or look at often.
One of my FAVORITE projects that I’ve made is this light box.
I showed you guys how I made this in my recent “cardboard crafts” video, and I’ve been using it A LOT lately.
It’s essentially a box with 3 sides cut out and covered with white fabric to diffuse the light.
I use poster board inside the box to create a seamless backdrop, stick in whatever I want to film, and the quality is instantly so much better.
This project is super useful if you do any kind of product photography or make any type of videos. It's been awesome during the winter when there's not as much natural light!
The BEST part is that when you're done, everything folds flat for easy storage!
Another thing that I made that I use ALL the time is this paint water dish.
This was inspired by a product called a "Paint Puck".
I thought they were kind of overpriced, so I made my own “redneck” version.
This is just an old plastic container with random dots of hot glue on the bottom, but it works SO well. It helps me clean off my paintbrushes a whole lot faster. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works.
I had just cleaned out my closet, and realized that I was keeping a bunch of jeans that I wasn’t going to fit into again anytime soon.
Instead of letting them collect more dust, I figured I might as well turn them into something useful!
I cut off all the pockets and sewed them together. I made the trim/loops at the top from the waist bands, and hung the organizer from a wooden dowel.
It’s a little uneven, but it’s functional. I keep all sorts of random stuff in here. The belt loops along the sides are perfect for storing scissors, and the pockets hold miscellaneous items.
This project involved more “decorating” than actually making anything, but I’m still obsessed with it.
When I was in middle school, I bought this medicine cabinet to use as a makeshift vanity.
I originally had it hanging lower on the wall, and had a big mirror above it.
At the time, I decorated the cabinet by gluing on a bunch of magazine cutouts. I wish I had taken better pictures before I redid it, but here is a potato quality clip from a 2012 room tour.
I think the new version looks SO much better. It took me about 3 days to paint, but it was definitely worth it.
A project that I made recently that I was really proud of was this gnome decoration.
I made this for my mom for Christmas. It’s a gnome with hands that you can change out depending on the season. I designed the whole thing with images from Cricut Access and cut the gnome/hand pieces from chipboard. I painted everything by hand, and covered each chipboard piece with UV Resin. The hands stick on with Velcro.
I made another one for my Grandma too. I used the same hands but I made hers into an angel. I forgot to take pictures of it, but you can find the design space file here.
These bin labels for my craft room have been SO useful. They’re the simplest thing, but I use them every day.
The first version of the labels was a little more complicated. I cut circles out of cardboard, punched a hole at the top, and covered them with marble contact paper. Then I added words with black vinyl.
These have held up well, but I wanted a design that would be faster/easier to make.
These ones were made 100 percent with my Cricut Maker.
I cut the circle from cardstock, and added the word with a Cricut pen.
These took a lot less time to make, and they look just as good.
It sounds like “common sense”, but I barely had anything labeled until a few years ago. I save so much time actually knowing where things are!
Yarn Room Decor
Spending so much time at home last year, I decided my bedroom needed an update.
Practically everything in my room was a DIY project (even the bed - my dad built the base and I made the headboard!)
One of my favorite things I did was using yarn throughout the room.
The main thing I made was this yarn tassel garland. I love the way this looks, and it was a cheap/easy way to fill up a blank wall.
I used some leftover yarn to make this basket.
The basket I thrifted and spray painted a few years ago. I updated it by adding small yarn tassels.
I made these “curtain ties” with more yarn and leftover beads:
I also made this rainbow wall hanging:
I’ve mentioned this project quite a few times, and it's still one of my favorites!
This is where I store all of my small paint tubes. I used to have these in a drawer, which made it hard to find what I needed.
Now that they're organized, I can quickly find what I'm looking for!
I have a bed with drawers on the bottom, and a traditional night stand makes it hard to access the third drawer.
To solve this problem, all I needed was a $10 wood crate from Michael's.
I painted the whole thing with white chalk paint, and put black marble contact paper on top. I added 2 extra pieces of wood to the crate (see video) so the top would be flat and I could slide the basket in and out easier.
This was another "craft room organization" project, and it was SO easy.
This is literally just a box covered with Duct Tape. What makes it special is the way the paper is stored.
With this method, the paper pads are stored upside down. I can quickly flip through and see what I have instead of pulling everything off the shelf like I used to!
So those were my top 10 favorite crafts that I’ve EVER made! Well, at least that I’ve made in the past few years anyways. What's your favorite thing that YOU'VE ever made?