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30 Oddly Satisfying Crafts and DIY Projects

April 18, 2024

Quiet your mind and keep your hands busy with our relaxing and meditative craft projects. From shimmery spirits and glitter slime to marble pots, moldable sand and melted crayon wall art, we’re sharing 30 must-try projects to satisfy makers of all ages and skill levels.

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Make Mesmerizing Creations: Glitter Jars

Looking for the craft equivalent to brain-hugging ASMR videos? You’re in the right place, friend. We’re sharing 30 captivating crafts, recipes and DIY projects that tap into your creativity and help you enter a state of calm with oddly satisfying results. First up? Our hypnotic homemade glitter jars.

Few projects yield results as mesmerizing as our swirling and shimmering glitter jar. This simple-to-make showstopper is made with glass mason jars from your pantry (upcycled pasta jars will do), hot water, extra-fine glitter, glitter glue, super glue and a skewer. Follow the link below for our full step-by-step instructions for making this stress-relieving accessory for your cubicle or kids’ room this weekend.

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Or, Soothing Glitter Slime

Here’s another sparkly craft to cut down your cortisol levels: glitter slime. Yes, that’s right: slime. Who said kids should have all the fun, right? To make it, you need glitter glue, measuring spoons, a bowl, a measuring cup, warm water and borax. This DIY craft comes together in a flash and because this relaxing glitter goo calls for some of the same materials, we recommend making this slime the same afternoon you craft your glitter jars. Click the link below for our full materials and supplies list, plus our step-by-step tutorial.

Caution: Our glitter slime is best-suited for adult crafters because exposure to the ingredient Borax can cause skin and eye irritation. We reccomend thoroughly washing your hands while handling Borax and after playing with the glitter slime.

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Photo: Debbie Wolfe

Find Your Beach With Moldable Sand

No beach? No problem. Find your bliss from the comfort of your home with the help of our endlessly satisfying moldable sand recipe. You can sculpt and chisel our homemade sand just like store-bought Kinetic Sand, but our DIY mix is much cheaper to make. Pick up some fine play sand, corn starch, dish soap, clear school glue, liquid starch, fine glitter and food coloring at the store and follow our how-to guide in the link below to make a batch (or five!) of your own. Pro tip: Pull out your holiday cookie cutters or vacation sand toys to make unique shapes like the coastal cuties pictured here.

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Photo: Sarah Busby. From: HGTV Handmade.

Go Glam With Lava Lamp Lip Gloss

Our captivating lava lamp lip gloss is the gift that keeps on giving. This beginner-friendly DIY only calls for three ingredients and will leave your lips looking glam and groovy with each application. And then, of course, there’s the obvious: it’s fun to look at! Watch us make a batch and get started on your own in the link below.

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