Coffee Filter Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Coffee Filters are one of those everyday items that can be turned, with just a little creativity, into amazing things. My coffee making habits don’t even use filters but you can be sure that I keep a big pile of traditional, basket style filters around the house, just for crafts! Here are a few of my favorite coffee filter crafts to get your creative juices flowing!

Paper Hydrangea Tutorial - One Young Love

Paper Hydrangea TutorialOne Young Love

Looking at these pretty flowers, you’d never guess that they are made primarily from  coffee filters! I’m totally tempted to whip up a few of these for my living room, especially since it’s been pretty devoid of real flowers this winter!

Coffee Filter Wreath - Lovely Crafty Home

Coffee Filter Wreath – Lovely Crafty Home

Another example of coffee filter flowers, this wreath is so beautiful, I had to look twice (ok, three times) to make sure it really was made of coffee filters. I especially love their use of season neutral colors here, you really could display this year round, but it would be super easy to customize to whatever colors you want!

Coffee Filter Angel Wings - Thoughts from Alice

Coffee Filter Angel WingsThoughts from Alice

I know Christmas and Christmas pageants have passed for the year but these wings are just too darn cute! They could make fun fairy wings with the addition of some color and glitter too! We’ve got a great how to on our craft trends pay on dying coffee filters too!

Have you utilized the humble coffee filter in any of your projects lately? Tell us all about them in the comments! And check out these and other coffee filter projects on our craft trends page!

Button Crafts

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I love button crafts! Maybe it’s because I love hot glue, or maybe it’s because buttons are so easy to work with. I just think buttons are some of the most friendly, pretty, versatile crafts materials to work with. I’ve used buttons to create quirky wreaths, adorn felt ornaments, greeting cards and scrapbook pages.  I’d like to dedicate this post to button crafts I’ve never tried – and I’ve tried a lot. Hopefully there’s something here that will inspire you to get creative and use buttons in ways you haven’t thought of.


This artist created a new look by smashing her old buttons and layering them. I just love the effect. These smashed buttons make unique jewelry, but I think they’d be great for purse making and mixed media projects as well.

Smashin’ButtonsChristine Marie Davis

Aren’t these paperweights cheerful? I’m thinking buttons cast in resin would also make great refrigerator magnets.

Cast Resin Paperweights –  lil blue boo

This one would be fun to do with the kids. A great way to use leftover buttons and balloons!

Create a Unique Bowl Using Old ButtonsDesigns by Kristen

I’ve been looking for a way to dress up the lighting in my living room. This is a great way to add a whimsical feel to the room. I also love the idea of redefining old lampshades instead of just tossing them in the trash.

Button LampshadeAt Home on the Bay

I’m not yet skilled in jewelry making – though I’d love to learn. Here are some antique button necklaces to inspire.

DIY Inspiration Antique Button JewelryDiary of a Creative Fanatic

If your fingers need a rest from all that threading but you still have some fun buttons lying around you will love this next one. No sew fabric flowers can be used to decorate clothes, presents, cards, etc. Added bonus: kids can join in for this one!

No-Sew Fabric Flowers - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

2015 Craft Trend Predictions

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It’s a new year and with it comes new trends in the world of crafting. Working at CreateForLess, we see brand new products come through the site and watch for crafting trends on blogs, Pinterest, and through other media outlets. We’ve seen brand new ideas for all sorts of crafting types, old techniques re-emerging, and products and crafts that all skill levels can enjoy. Keeping on that trend, we’ve got a few predictions for crafting in 2015.

Hand Painted/Watercolor Projects

Make your own pretty and simple watercolor magnets -

We’ve seen a lot of bold design lately, from geometric shapes to color blocking. I believe that in 2015, we’ll see prints and patterns begin to soften up a little bit. The look of 2015 is going to be all about brush strokes! I absolutely adore the soft look of an object painted with watercolors, light pastels and undefined shapes are a real breath of fresh air after seeing so many bold chevron and geometric patterns. I also think we’ll see a lot more hand painted objects this year, brush strokes galore!

New Scrapbooking

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Though we all envy those of you who can sit down and create a beautiful scrapbook page full of embellishments, many of us simply don’t have the time or artistic ability to create lovely page after page. These past few years, we’ve seen many new products emerge that can help anyone create a scrapbook they can be proud of. Photo Pocket Pages help us slide our images into place straight from the printer. Pretty cards add design elements to these pages without the need to cut out embellishments or create pretty drawings. You can even use your Instagram photos to make an entire scrapbook without the need to crop or adapt any of your images! I predict that this new wave of scrapbooking is just the beginning. I see more layouts, cards, and accessories just around the corner. I predict 2015 will be full of novice crafters learning to scrapbook and loving it.



2014 showed no shortage of mug crafts and I don’t see this trend ending anytime soon. Who doesn’t have use for a cute mug? It makes a great homemade gift, and can be personalized in so many ways. The brand new Diswasher Safe Mod Podge has opened up many new opportunities for mug crafting, and I can only see more products to take our ceramics to the next level.


Monogram Handwarmers from Upcycled Sweaters


One of the best things about being crafty is the opportunity to create a useful or beautiful object out of something that would otherwise be thrown away. We’ve seen projects made from plastic bottles, toilet paper rolls, paper scraps, and even more unexpected supplies. I believe that this trend will not only continue into 2015, but we’ll see the quality of these projects rise to impressive heights, so everyone will ask, “it’s made out of what?”

Macrame and Weaving

DIY Toddler Weaving Loom by Brave New Home

Weaving and macrame are starting to make a big comeback. We’ve been seeing a lot of creative uses for macrame objects, from plant hangers, to fish bowl holders. I’m predicting the same will soon be true for woven objects as well. I’m also picturing some interesting materials used to create woven wall hangings. Each of these crafts have seen very modern upgrades that I fully expect to continue in new and exciting ways.

Happy 2015 and happy crafting!

Kid Friendly Nativity Sets

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

My family has always collected nativity sets and each Christmas we pull them out of their boxes, unwrap them and set them up. China, hand carved, antique metal, we have an array of them and love each dearly. But when my oldest kiddo was still just barely toddling around the house, he was, of course, instantly attracted to them and wanted so badly to play with all those little figurines. I think most kids are drawn to Nativity sets. It combines all sorts of things they love. Little dolls, a story, wee animals, why wouldn’t they want to hold and play with them. So we put the fragile and precious sets up on a high shelf and got to work on some kid friendly sets that are still his favorite all these years later. If your little ones would love a Nativity set (or two!) that they can play with and maybe even help make, here are a few of our favorite ideas to get your crafting started!

Nativity Scene Story Stones - Starry Girl Etsy Shop

Nativity Scene Story StonesStarry Girl Etsy Shop

These Nativity Story Stones are such a great idea! Not only are they easy to make and personalize, they make a fun take-anywhere game that will keep your kiddos busy this winter while you are out and about! These would also make fab gifts for other little kiddos in your life so while you’ve got out the paints and stones, why not make several sets?

Waldorf Inspired Nativity Set - Beneath the Rowan Tree Etsy Shop

Waldorf Inspired Nativity SceneBeneath the Rowan Tree Etsy Shop

Since I’m a fiber fanatic, I’m always on the lookout for beautiful craft projects for my fiber loving fingers and this lovely little Nativity is just the ticket! Needle felting and wet felting with kids is a great introduction to fiber crafts and they love to see the things they can create with just a little wool so this would be a fantastic project to get them started! Plus, it’s just so darn cute!

A Felt Nativity Story - Stay At Home Educator

A Felt Nativity StoryStay At Home Educator

Kids love flannel boards and a Nativity themed one is sure to be a hit around the holidays and allows the littlest ones to tell the story over and over again and to arrange things just the way they like. In addition, you can customize it to whatever colors (or animals in the manger) your kiddos want.

Have you made a kid-friendly Nativity set for your little one? Tell us about it or send us photos! We’d love to see what you are creating! And check out these and other sweet Nativity projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

Wild and Wooly Weaving

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I’ve been, for a long time, an utter fiber addict. I knit and crochet and spin and lately, i’ve been into weaving, which is, I can tell you, extraordinarily fun. But the best part of weaving is that, like so many other fiber crafts, you don’t need any fancy equipment to try your hand at it! Forget the floor looms and check out these cool takes on the craft of weaving!

Matchbox Loom - Marisa Ramirez Tumblr

Matchbox LoomMarisa Ramirez Tumblr

Raise your hand if tiny things make you squeal a little? Yep, me too. This is just about the cutest weaving project imaginable. A wee little matchbox loom! Perfect for getting your crafting willys out on the move or for showing the kiddos how the whole weaving thing works, this is a charming and addicting project to help dip your toe into the waters of weaving.

Weaving with Lavendar - itlot Tumblr

Weaving with Lavenderitlot Tumblr

Branch Weaving - Instructables

Branch WeavingInstructables

I love these two ideas for weaving with nature! What an excellent gift for a fiber loving friend or relative and such a fun way to bring nature into your art!

Easy Knitting with Straws - Club Chica Circle

Easy Knitting with StrawsClub Chica Circle

Straw weaving is an unusual take on the craft that kids simply love! Perfect for first fiber projects, these crank out funky scarves that any kid would be proud to have made. Plus, they are ridiculously fun for adults too.

Has the weaving bug hit your house? What kind of weaving have you incorporated into your crafting life? Let us know and check out these and other weaving crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Fun with Cinnamon Sticks

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Every year, about this time, I start obsessing about cinnamon! Cinnamon is the scent of fall and winter for me, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I love using cinnamon sticks in my wintery crafts for their warm, bronzy color and wonderful smell, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of the Cinnamon stick crafts that are topping my crafty to-do list this year.

Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments - The Tiny Crafter Etsy Shop

Cinnamon Stick Christmas OrnamentsThe Tiny Crafter Etsy Shop

How adorable are these? I just love them! In groups or on their own, turned into ornaments or tied on the tops of gifts, these are so quintessentially Christmas I almost can’t stand it! These could also be super cute with short cinnamon sticks to create fun little gnomes! Cinnamon gnomes!

Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments - Cosmo Cricket Blog

Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree OrnamentsCosmo Cricket Blog

I love these darling trees, both because they are simple to make and because they are just too darn cute. A perfect use for ribbon or fabric scraps, these would be fabulous to make with the kids. And check out this variation of the same idea!

Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree - S.C.R.A.P

Cinnamon Stick Christmas TreeS.C.R.A.P.

Primitive Curly White Wool Sheep - Fully Fleeced Ewe Etsy Shop

Primitive Curly White Wool SheepFully Fleeced Ewe Etsy Shop

Got any fiber fanatics on your gift list this year? Or how about sheep lovers? These needle felted sheep have cinnamon stick legs! I guarantee anyone who loves small and fluffy things will adore these! I know I would!

How do you craft with cinnamon sticks? Do you have a go-to winter craft for them? Tell us all about it! And check out these and other Cinnamon Stick Crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

Pinecone Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

It’s winter time! And at my house that means time to bring in all sorts of outdoor wintery goodness! Holly, mistletoe and, of course, pinecones! I love working pinecones into my crafts this time of year and am always on the hunt for something new and exciting to do with my hoard of pinecones, here are a few of my must-do pinecone projects for this winter.

Glitter Pinecone DIY - Miss Renaissance

Glitter Pinecone DIY – Miss Renaissance

These sparkly, shiny pinecones are perfect to add some bling to your new years celebration. Chose whatever colors of glitzy glitter match your theme and sparkly it up!

Pine Cone Snowflake Ornament - Attitude Nature Etsy Shop

Pinecone Snowflake OrnamentAttitude Nature Etsy Shop

Snowy Pinecone Wreath via Southern Living

Snowy Pinecone Wreath – Southern Living

These two variations of turning pinecones into snowflakes or stars to hang in a window or on your door are just charming, don’t you think? I especially love their frosted appearance. Beautiful!

Fabric Styrofoam Ball Pattern - Knitty Gritty Thoughts

Fabric Styrofoam Ball PatternKnitty Gritty Thoughts

Don’t have pinecones in your neck of the woods? No problem, bring the style of pinecones into your house with these adorable fabric versions! Just think of the possibilities for using up all your favorite fabric scraps!

How do you incorporate pinecones into your craft projects? Tell us all about it in the comments! And check out these and other pinecone crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

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