Arts and Crafts Ideas and Projects

We have arts and crafts ideas and projects for everyone, from beginners to more experienced crafters. View our art projects for inspiration and click the images for detailed instructions.

Spectrum Noir Tutorial: DIY Mini Cards


I like to color. I admit it. When my kids used to break out the coloring books, I made sure they invited me! When Spectrum Noir came out with a colored pencil line- that works in conjunction with their alcohol ink markers that I already had- I was one happy camper! Coloring for adults! Not that I feel like I need the excuse, but it looks much more professional than Crayola. I wanted to give them a whirl on a {Read More}

DIY Watercolor Canvas Tote Bag


To celebrate the sweet spring days ahead, I decided to create this watercolor canvas tote in the pastels of early daffodils, tulips and crocus.  Combining watercolors with stronger yellows and pinks made pretty combinations reminiscent of the garden this time of year. The two basic things you will need are your paints and a canvas.  In this case, I am using a canvas TOTE as my canvas! Supplies needed to make your own DIY watercolor canvas tote: Canvas Tote Bag (I {Read More}

Watercolor State Canvas Art


We have another awesome guest blogger this week, Amy from One Artsy Mama! Honesty is her goal, focusing on Honestly Doable, Honestly Edible, Honestly Teachable, and Honestly Wearable inspiration (something for everyone)! Stay in touch with Amy by visiting her awesome blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Hi, friends!  I’m Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I’m thrilled to be here at Crafts Unleashed today to share a very special canvas art project with you!  Our family absolutely loves Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Ten years ago, hubby’s {Read More}

Freebie Friday: Back-to-School Supplies – CLOSED


Summer is almost over, can you believe it? We can’t either! You know what that means, though… Back-to-School Time! ConsumerCrafts is your one-stop shop for all things back-to-school, so today we’re giving away a great prize pack full of many things your child will need this upcoming school year. Don’t forget about art class – we’ve got you covered there, too! One lucky winner will receive this assortment of Craft Basics and Art supplies products! To enter, follow the instructions on the {Read More}

How to Gild Canvas

How to gild canvas - Crafts Unleashed

Do you remember this photo from my leather and barbell bracelet tutorial?  Notice that cool, shiny base the bracelet is sitting on?  Is that just paint?  Well, not so much.  Metallic paint can NOT hold a candle to the real thing.  That super shimmery finish comes from none other than GOLD.  Real gold.  Slivered off into the tiniest sheets of paper that are so light and fine, they feel like angel’s breath. That finish is created with sheets of gold {Read More}

Recycled Craft: Portable Art Case

Recycled craft - art case

I have a couple of budding artists in my house, and it seems like we have projects and materials spread all over the house. I consider this a good thing- but I still wanted to contain the supplies a bit, and in a fun way. I made this custom art suitcase out of a thrifted book. It was very inexpensive, and makes a great portable, and customizable art studio! Supplies needed to make your own portable art case recycled craft: Hardback {Read More}

How To Carve Custom Stamps from Erasers

How to Make Stamps from Erasers - Crafts Unleashed

Ever wanted a custom stamp but could not afford one?  I have a super simple way to create unique, handmade stamps. Today, I will show you how to make stamps from erasers.  Grab some wood carving tools and lets get started! Supplies needed to make your own custom stamps: Eraser ($0.97 each) Wood Carving Tool Set ($2.47 each) Stamp Ink The process is so super simple.  But after some trial and error I found it was much simpler to explain {Read More}

Christmas Star Canvas (And How to Paint Perfect Stripes!)


This is a quick holiday project, but more than that I wanted to share with you a technique on how to paint perfect stripes. You do not need fancy expensive tape or tools. I have used this process to paint walls in my home, and it is always fool-proof. I will show you how with this star Christmas canvas. Here are the supplies you will need to paint your own Christmas canvas (and get practice on painting those stripes!) Pre-stretched {Read More}

DIY Mini Canvas Image Transfers

Mini canvases

These tiny, adorable and affordable canvases are begging to be covered in art or photos and shared! I chose two of my favorite pieces of my daughter’s art from this year. Whether you choose to display these quick projects on a matching tiny easel, propped with some other pretty bits or by adding a hanging loop to make a holiday ornament, you’ll love the memories on display. To create your own similar mini canvas image transfers, you’ll need: Mini Canvases {Read More}