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Here are six of the biggest trends in craft ideas to try out this spring.
Whooooo doesn't love owls? Maybe it's their wide eyes or their pudgy little bodies, or perhaps it's their wee ear tufts? No matter. Put an owl on whatever you're crafting and you're bound to receive whoohs and ahs.
Crafting and geekery go hand in hand, so it's only natural that you're playing with ''Downton Abbey'' paper dolls while cross-stitching a Dalek from ''Doctor Who,'' right?
Chances are if you're a crafter today, you were all about DIY as a preteen, too. And what crafty kid wasn't covering everything they owned with rhinestones? Now is the time to dig that BeDazzler out of your parents' basement and start studding. Studs and embellishments are everywhere this spring, from wool cardigans to sunglasses.
4. Blackboard lettering
You've seen it on sandwich boards on sidewalks and all over Pinterest. Fancy blackboard lettering is bringing back the lost art of beautiful handwriting. It's easier than you might think. So get yourself some blackboard paint and white chalk, and start practising your cursive!
5. Braided leather bracelets
The friendship bracelet craze of 2010 gets an upgrade with these mysterious braided leather cuffs. They're easy to make once you solve the mystery, and they look especially great stacked on your wrist.
6. Custom porcelain
All that's standing between you and some fun, personalized dishes is a Sharpie pen and an oven. Just write a sweet message on a mug, pop it into a 350ºF oven for 30 minutes and you've got your own custom cup. People everywhere are throwing caution to the wind and drawing all over their dinnerware. I dare you to give it a try.