Must-Try Crafts for 2024!

The crafting world is ever-evolving, and 2024 is shaping up to be a year filled with exciting, innovative projects that cater to all skill levels and interests. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or a beginner looking to explore new hobbies, here are some must-try crafts for 2024 that will spark your creativity and keep your hands busy.

Resin Art
Resin Side Table Workshop @Eunice J. Friend
Resin art continues to captivate crafters with its glossy finish and versatile applications. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Jewellery Making: Create stunning resin earrings, pendants, and bracelets. You can embed dried flowers, glitter, or even small keepsakes to make unique pieces.
  • Home Décor: Resin can be used to make beautiful coasters, trays, and wall art. Experiment with colours, metallic pigments, and textures to match your style.
  • Functional Art: Combine resin with wood to create functional pieces like tables, serving boards, and clocks. The contrast between natural wood and shiny resin is visually striking.

Macramé Leaf Wall Hanging Workshop @Aggy Rucin at Knots and Stalks
The art of knotting is back in vogue, with macramé projects offering a perfect blend of creativity and relaxation. Explore these macramé crafts:

  • Plant Hangers: Elevate your greenery with stylish macramé plant hangers. Play with different knotting techniques and patterns to create eye-catching designs.
  • Wall Hangings: Add a bohemian touch to your home with intricate macramé wall hangings. Use various yarn thicknesses and colours to add depth and interest.
  • Accessories: From keychains to belts and bags, macramé can be used to create trendy, handmade accessories.

DIY Candle Making
Soy wax melt making kit @Hiltingbury Holistics
Create ambiance and customise your home’s scent with DIY candles. This craft is both practical and satisfying:

  • Soy Wax Candles: Soy wax is a natural and eco-friendly choice. Experiment with different moulds, scents, and colours to make personalised candles.
  • Beeswax Candles: Beeswax has a natural honey scent and burns cleanly. Rolled beeswax candles are an easy project for beginners.
  • Decorative Techniques: Try adding dried flowers, herbs, or embedding objects in the wax for a decorative touch.
Eco-Friendly Crafts
Introduction to Natural Dyeing @Elka
Sustainability is a key theme in 2024. These eco-friendly crafts help reduce waste and promote green living:

  • Upcycled Fabric Projects: Turn old clothes or leftover fabric into new items like tote bags, quilts, or scrunchies. Upcycling reduces waste and gives your wardrobe a unique, handmade touch.
  • Natural Dyeing: Use plants, fruits, and vegetables to dye fabrics. This process is eco-friendly and creates beautiful, natural hues.
  • Recycled Paper Crafts: Make your own paper from recycled materials. Use it for card making, scrapbooking, or creating unique stationery.
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Working with clay is therapeutic and allows for endless creativity. Explore these pottery crafts:

  • Hand-Built Pottery: Without a pottery wheel, you can still create beautiful pieces using techniques like pinching, coiling, and slab building.
  • Wheel Throwing: If you have access to a pottery wheel, try your hand at throwing pots, bowls, and mugs. The learning curve is steep, but the results are rewarding.
  • Glazing and Decorating: Experiment with different glazes, paints, and techniques to finish your pottery pieces. Try sgraffito, slip trailing, or underglaze painting for unique designs.
Embroidery and Cross-Stitch
Forget Me Not Embroidery/ Crewel Panel @Annie Morris
Embroidery and cross-stitch are timeless crafts that offer a modern twist in 2024:

  • Wearable Art: Embellish your clothes, bags, or hats with embroidery. Personalised denim jackets and embroidered trainers are trendy and unique. Alternatively, repair your old clothes with visible mending- make each repair stand out to shows it's been patched up with style.
  • Crewel Embroidery: This type uses wool thread on a closely woven fabric, traditionally linen or twill. Crewel embroidery often features intricate and flowing designs, sometimes incorporating floral motifs.
Spoon Carving with Touchwood Glasgow
Dive into the world of woodworking in 2024 and discover the joy and satisfaction of creating with your hands:

  • Small Furniture Projects: Create your own stools, side tables, or shelves. These projects are manageable for beginners and can add a personal touch to your home.
  • Decorative Pieces: Craft wooden picture frames, candle holders, or wall art. Experiment with different types of wood and finishes to create unique pieces.
  • Wood Carving: Try your hand at carving spoons, figurines, or decorative panels. This craft requires patience and skill but can be incredibly rewarding.
  • Outdoor Projects: Build garden planters, birdhouses, or even a small deck. Outdoor woodworking projects can enhance your garden and provide practical benefits.
Leather Craft
Beginners Leatherworking Workshop @The Wolf Workshop
Leather crafting is a versatile and durable medium that allows for the creation of functional and stylish items. Give these leather projects a go:

  • Leather Accessories: Make your own wallets, belts, keychains, and bracelets. These small projects are perfect for beginners to learn basic leatherworking skills.
  • Bags and Pouches: Create custom handbags, tote bags, and pouches. Experiment with different styles and techniques, such as tooling and stitching, to add unique details.
  • Home Décor: Craft items like coasters, placemats, and picture frames. Leather adds a sophisticated touch to home décor items and is incredibly durable.
  • Wearable Leather Goods: Design and make custom-fit leather jackets, vests, or gloves. This can be more challenging but incredibly rewarding for those looking to advance their skills.
Glass Art
Fused Glass Spring Flower Garden Kit @Natalie Bullock Art
Glass art offers a unique and rewarding challenge, whether for functional pieces or decorative items. Here are some exciting glass art projects to explore this year:

  • Stained Glass: Involves arranging coloured glass pieces into beautiful patterns and designs, typically held together by lead strips, creating vibrant window panels, suncatchers, and customisable ornaments.
  • Fused Glass: Layering glass pieces and fusing them together in a kiln. This technique is versatile and allows for the creation of jewellery, dishware and decorative tiles.
  • Glass Blowing: Involves shaping molten glass with a blowpipe. Some popular projects include vases and bowls, sculptures and glass beads.

Discover glass art courses all across the UK

Willow and Basketry
Basket With Handle - 2 Day Workshop @Sutura Sewing
Willow weaving and basketry are ancient crafts experiencing a modern resurgence. These crafts involve weaving flexible willow branches or other natural materials into functional and decorative items:

  • Baskets: Create a variety of baskets, from simple fruit baskets to oval shopping baskets. Each piece can be uniquely designed to fit specific purposes or aesthetic preferences.
  • Garden Structures: Weave willow branches into garden structures like plant supports or even small fences. These items are not only practical but also add a rustic charm to any garden.
  • Decorative Pieces: Craft beautiful decorative items such as wreaths, wall hangings, and sculptures. The natural texture and color of willow make for stunning, organic art pieces.

Explore willow and basketry courses in the UK.

2024 is a year full of creative possibilities, with crafts that cater to every interest and skill level. Whether you're looking to relax, create personalised gifts, or embark on a new hobby, these must-try crafts will inspire you to get hands-on and unleash your creativity. To explore further crafts, have a look at the range of workshops CraftCourses offers. Happy crafting!
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