12 Crafts You Made As A Kid That You Would Totally Use As A Grown-Up

Times may change, but macaroni picture frames are forever.

1. Chinese Staircase Friendship Bracelets

Do you have any friends? Well I can’t tell, because you’re not wearing a friendship bracelet as proof. The Chinese staircase is probably the easiest stitch to learn. Find out how to make them here so you don’t look like a total loser.

2. Grass Heads

Make your own “chia-dude” using an old sock or pantyhose. My girl Kairi explains how in this Youtube video.

3. Soda Bottle Terrarium

This terrarium made out of a soda bottle is so easy and cheap to make, you’ll want to put them all over your apartment. Learn how to make one here.

4. Potpourri Sachets

We used to make these at school for mother’s day, and I remember them smelling awful. Maybe you can make a nice-smelling version. Maybe you can put it in your underwear drawer. Maybe you can watch Martha Stewart make one here.

5. Sand Art

There’s something really comforting about having sand art around. Tranquilize your space by learning how to make sand art here.

6. Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

Remember when kids weren’t wimps and their immune systems could handle some lousy peanut butter? Make one of these simple bird feeders and watch the pigeons go crazy. Learn how to make one here.

7. Pom Pom Caterpillar Magnets

These magnets will cheer you up, even when you use them to stick bills on the fridge.

8. Woven Pot Holders

You will need a weaving loom to make this craft, but they’re not too expensive. And once you have one, your options are endless. (Okay, maybe not *endless*. You can weave a lot of potholders, though.) Relearn how to make one here.

9. Windmill Pencils

It’s really easy to make these little windmills. Cheer up your outside space, or put them in potted plants around the house. Find out how to make them here.

10. Ukranian Easter Eggs

These eggs are called pysanky in the Ukraine. Many other eastern European countries decorate their eggs for easter using a wax-resist method, but only eggs painted with traditional Ukrainian patterns are considered pysanky. I remember making these in school and blowing the yolk out of an egg into a trash can. AMAZING. Learn everything you need to know here.

11. Crepe Paper Flowers

My mom still has some of these flowers that I made over 20 years ago. When you make a flower out of crepe paper, it NEVER dies. Play God by learning how to make some flowers.

12. Macaroni Picture Frame

Maybe some of your photos would look better framed in noodles? Find out here how to make a macaroni frame for that photo of a certain meatball.

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