Forget the same old resolutions that you’ve been meaning to accomplish for the last few years, this year, resolve to DIY your way through 2012! Focus on five essential crafting techniques that will keep on giving throughout the new year.
Like knitting, one of the most functional crafts out there. With a bit of yarn and time, you can cover your apartment, pets, and loved ones in snuggly projects. Craft Snob has a super helpful Knitting 101 tutorial to get your new year and new hobby started on the right foot.
Preschool teachers everywhere hit the nail on the head with this one. Making candles is easy enough for a kid to do, and utilitarian enough to fit in any grown-up home. You can pair any number of scents or waxes with the molds or free-form shapes of your choice. This tutorial from Mom in Madison uses a craftily cut orange peel for the candle base.
To get started on this one, plan on ransacking your local thrift shop and upgrading some old furniture with modern twists. With this thorough tutorial from Peony & Pear Tree, you should be sitting (on) pretty (things) by spring.
You probably haven’t thought about the crafting potential of paper-mache since that miniature version of Frog and Toad are Friends you made during summer camp. But this year, you may start seeing new takes on the process pop up everywhere from local trinket shops to upscale home goods stores. These teacups from Ann Wood could be just the project to get you back into chewed paper.
If Read More has landed itself again in your resolutions list, you’ll probably be excited to see this bedside bookmark abode from Curbly, which will help satisfy both your DIY and bookish bents. You may want to start by reading up on the proper technique for using a handsaw and rotary tool.