It’s fun to look back on the year and see what projects were the most popular. I’ve traditionally done this with my own projects, but this year I collaborated with some of the best DIY and craft bloggers to see what was popular on their sites as well. Think of this like your own custom Pinterest board of the best craft projects to do according to Google and Pinterest.
When you look at what the popular projects were, you can definitely see some trends – especially in the first category of rainbows, unicorns and mermaids. It felt like you couldn’t go anywhere on social media without running into at least one unicorn or mermaid a day. Rainbows, likewise were everywhere! I’ve also got some of the best home organization, decor, wearables and crafts for kids on this list. Take a look at see if there is a must-make project you haven’t tried yet!
The Best DIY and Craft Projects of 2017
Rainbows, Unicorns and Mermaids
Rainbows, unicorns and mermaids were three huge magical trends this year and you can see that reflected in some of these popular designs:
This large rainbow inspired painting is grown up enough for even your big kids room or an adult living room.
What girl wouldn’t love having a giant rainbow garden growing above the window in her bedroom or art studio?
I made two dozen of these for my son to take to his class for Valentine’s Day and they were a hit! I saw kids wearing their unicorn horn headbands to schools months later.
Any time you can make washing up more fun than a chore, that’s a mom win! These brightly colored gemstone soaps will brighten up and bathroom and make clean up time fun.
Brighten up your fridge or magnetic chalkboard with these pretty 3D paper flower magnets from Everyday Jenny.
Keep your kids’ noggins toasty warm in style with this adorable crocheted unicorn hat. Who wouldn’t love being a magical unicorn while prancing around in the snow?
This fun project lets you bring the sunshine and color into your home with a rainbow that can hang around on your wall.
Make an inspired sea goddess for your kids to snuggle up with using this free pattern.
From slime to fidget spinners, I was happy to see so many analog boredom busters for kids become popular! Building custom fidget spinners and making slime are definitely better pastimes than playing video games!
Of course, you can make this slime any color and it matches just about whatever holiday you are looking at. Pink slime for Valentine’s Day. Green slime for St. Patrick’s Day. Lilac slime for Easter. Blue slime with star shaped glitter for the fourth of July – the possibilities are endless!
This DIY slime kit would make a great gift for your favorite budding scientists!
Are you a doodler or color-er? I totally am! Keep your to-do list in line with this weekly planner that includes a little bordom busting coloring! You could also print a stack and ask your kids to help color your planner for you and you’ll always have a little art from your kids to help you plan your week.
Help your kids make their own printable cow masks for hours of pretend barnyard play.
Once you show your kids how to do this paint scraping technique, I’m sure they will want to paint scrape all the things! This is also a wonderful way for them to make their own thank you cards for birthdays and holidays.
Use up your wood scraps and make a fun outdoor game that your family can play together both indoors or outdoors.
The DIY home decor ideas just keep coming from bloggers and they feed the need inside so many of us to make beautiful things with which to feather our nests. If you’re on the lookout for your next home DIY project, check out one of these projects:
You can turn wood photo transfers into cool ornaments or even rustic looking wall art. Learn four different ways to pull off this popular craft from A Girl and a Glue Gun.
If you love the look of hand lettering but you just don’t have the calligraphy skills to pull it off, this tutorial is for you! You’ll learn how to get a little help with your hand lettering and make these pretty wood signs with no blood, sweat or tears.
Get the free printable pattern and watch a video learning how to make it on Cutesy Crafts’ blog.
Keep your tables waterline free with these simple and stylish coasters that you can make yourself!
Upcycle your old embroidery hoops into fun, airy pumpkins to decorate your home in the fall.
These fresh, almost coastal feeling pumpkins are a great way to use up your fabric scraps and make a bright fall decor item that still feels bright and airy.
If you love Star Wars, you will love this fun way to turn traditional gingerbead men into adorable wookie ornaments!
Keep your living room handsome, organized and tidy with this DIY Crate ottoman project from A Little Craft in Your Day.
Why is a yoga bolster in the decor section? Because it fakes being a couch pillow! Make it with a fabric that matches your decor and you won’t need to find a separate area to store it.
Making your own wearable projects from shirts to costumes is always a big hit. Check out these popular projects from 2017:
If your Maui-loving kids are anything like mine, they will want to wear this all the time and not just for Halloween!
If you have been wanting to learn how to make your own iron-on T-shirts, this is the tutorial for you! The sample shows a great Disney T-shirt but you can use the same procedure for just about anything.
These cute bows are perfect for turning fabric scraps into adorable accessories.
Help you little man look extra fancy. You could even make matching father/son bow ties!
Everyone loves an organized space. From furniture to labeling, these popular projects were a hit in 2017.
Ashley from Simply Designing needed to get her printer and paper supplies organized and this minimalist, industrial style cart is the perfect way to do it in style!
Keep everyone’s mugs straight by labeling your family’s cups!
Cords and batteries and chargers can quickly turn into a tangled mess! Tame the beast with this streamlined cord and charger organizing station.
Projects for Kids
From great gifts to awesome parties, these kid projects are a fun way to make something for of love for your littles.
Make a pocket size stuffie to keep your littles company as they are out and about on their adventures.
This easy, cheater baby quilt looks like the real thing but isn’t actually a true-to-form rag quilt.
Impress your guests with this swanky Harry Potter Party complete with floating candles and house sorting.
Get crafty with these popular projects for your yard or garden:
For places with fickle early springs, this cold frame is a perfect way to get your garden jump started!
Even though I technically designed and published this project in 2016, this was the most popular post on Creative Green Living in 2017! If you have made this project yourself, please be sure to share a pic on social media and tag me. I’d love to see!
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