3 arts and crafts projects to try at home

splatter paint

Splatter painting is a fun but messy technique. All you do is take a paintbrush cover in paint and flick it at your canvas.

Stillwater’s Shelter in Place order will remain in effect until Thursday, but it might be extended. With the prospect of a possible end to Shelter in Place so near, some people are getting restless in their houses. If you’re going a little stir-crazy staying at home, here are some ideas for projects you can do to help pass the time.


Painting, drawing and coloring are all good ways to pass the time. You don’t have to be a great artist to make a beautiful painting. There are lots of different techniques that you can use. Finger painting doesn’t require many supplies; all you need is paint and paper. Splatter painting is another option. All you need to do is take a paint brush covered in paint and flick it at a canvas. It’s lots of fun, but it’s a little messy. Another fun technique is string painting. Coat a canvas in a thick layer of paint, whatever color you want. Take some yarn or twine or thick thread and soak it in another color, then drape it across the canvas. Pull the yarn in a straight line off the canvas to reveal a beautiful painting.

Make a homemade Scentsy out of old candles

If you enjoy scented candles, you know how expensive buying them can be. It can be frustrating when the wicks burn up but there’s still wax left. But you can repurpose that wax to make a homemade Scentsy. All you have to do it fill a pot with water and put the candle jar with the leftover wax in the pot. Make sure the water covers where the wax sits in the jar but doesn’t cover the jar completely. Bring the water to a boil and let the wax melt. Once the wax is melted, pour it into a smaller container, like a jello shot container, and let it set. Whenever you’re ready to use it, pop it out of the container and place it on the wax warmer.

Learn a new skill, like origami or weaving

Skills like origami and knitting can be fun and relaxing, but they take a lot of patience. That’s why now is a perfect time to learn how to do it. If you don’t have origami paper, you can cut regular construction paper into a square shape and then look up videos online for how to fold the paper into things like cranes and fortune tellers. As for weaving, if you have yarn and cardboard, you can make a weaving loom at home. Cut ½ inch slits around the top and bottom edges of your piece of cardboard. Cut the yarn into pieces and tie one end of the yarn around one of the prongs you made at the top of the cardboard and the other end of the yarn around a prong at the bottom. Repeat this until you have parallel pieces of yarn across the cardboard, almost like strings on a guitar. Now you have a loom you can use to weave.