Rainy Day Craft Projects

I spend a lot of time doing indoor activities, but I know many of you readers are the outdoorsy type. Well, some days it’s just too wet and yucky out to justify going anywhere. You can’t jog or hike, you can’t go to the park and you certainly can’t go out shopping. Looks like it’s time for a fun indoor activity.

“But Heather, I’m never inside. I don’t know what to do with myself!”

That’s okay! I’ve compiled a list of seven fun craft projects to pass the time on a rainy day. Enjoy.

Hummingbird Feeder

When I was sixteen I was at a girlfriend’s house watching a movie. At one point I looked out the window and saw a hummingbird. These quick-moving critters are hard to spot anywhere you go, so needless to say I was fascinated. Once the little one darted away, I turned back to the movie. Several minutes later, I saw another hummingbird out the same window. I was sure this was a different one too. It was a different shade of bluish green than the first. Within twenty minutes I saw a third hummingbird which got me very curious.

“Is your house magic?” I asked my friend.

She laughed. “No, why?”

“I’ve spotted three hummingbirds since the start of this movie.”

She laughed again. “That’s because my mom has a hummingbird feeder.”

I never knew such devices existed. They’re pretty cheap at your local department store, but it’s even more fun to make your own. Just get a 20oz plastic bottle and a small plastic Gladware-esque container. Nail a hole into the plastic bottle cap and cut a hole in the lid of the plastic container the size of the bottle’s nozzle. Nail a few little holes around the big one. Place the bottle top through the hole and fill it with hummingbird feed. Tighten the lid on the bottle, tie a string around the bottom and turn it upside down. You now have your very own hummingbird feeder!

Saucer Frames

My mother loves two wall decorations more than any others: plates and photographs. Did you know there is actually a way to combine these tastes? Just find a picture and a plate that you would want displayed together. Cut the photo so that it will fit in the well of the saucer. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the picture and press it smoothly onto the plate. Afterward, coat the top of the photo and perhaps gloss it over a second time after the first coat has dried. Finally, add your own decorations. The tutorial site uses a metallic pen and buttons, but I really like to improvise!

Make Tiny Cross-Stitch Projects

With one $10 kit, you will have all the supplies you need to create adorable, miniature embroidery. Your friends and family will be impressed by the detail you were able to include in even the tiniest of pictures. The Tiny Cupcake Cross Stitch Kit is also neat because it’s much easier to carry around than a standard kit. Even if your rainy day finds you stuck in a small space somewhere, you can just pull the kit out of your pocket and pass the time.

Tiny Origami Display Jars

Origami is always an option to you, but why not take it up a couple notches? Test yourself in folding the smallest paper cranes you can. Then, glue them to pins inside of a small glass jar. They will look like they’re soaring!

Paint Your Nails

You don’t need to pay a professional nail salon to get pretty nails. A rainy day is a perfect opportunity to do it yourself. Get creative! You don’t want to have the same nails as the next girl. To get started, why not see what you can do with flower and fruit designs.

Do a Jigsaw Puzzle and Frame it on Your Wall

Jigsaw puzzles are great timewasters. When I was little I was always so disappointed that I had to put them away when I was done. I had just spent hours constructing a wonderful piece of art and as soon as I’m done I’m supposed to take it apart and put it back in the box. It just wasn’t fair. Luckily, I discovered the method of gluing the puzzle together, attaching it to a foam backboard and framing it on the wall for all to see. You can’t even tell it’s a puzzle unless you get close enough.

Knitting

Did you think I would make a rainy day crafts page without suggesting knitting? You know how much I love my knitting! There’s some magic about creating something significant out of thin strands of yarn. You can knit sweaters, hats, dolls, mittens, scarves, shawls, towels, bags or just whatever else you can come up with. Visit the following pages for some ideas.

Jo Sharp

Hello Yarn

Knitting at Knoon

Knitting Pattern Central