5 Quirky Fun Crafts You Ve Never Heard Of

If you’re a regular crafter, woven tissue-box covers and knit scarves can get boring after a while. If you’re crafty and you want to try something new, alternative or little-known arts and crafts projects can spice up your hobby and allow you to make something truly unique.
If you have a creative drive coupled with a sense of adventure, consider trying one of these quirky and uncommon crafts:

  • Craquelure: This painting technique can lend a cracked, weathered look of age to paintings, furniture, picture frames and even ceramics. With a solution of boiled linseed oil and oil-based varnish, craquelure creates a series of fine cracks in the wood’s surface for a sophisticated patina.
  • Decoupage: Practiced since the Victorian era, decoupage involves gluing decorative bits of paper onto the surface of an object. The paper–which can be abstract shapes or pictures–is firmly varnished onto the object, so it may appear almost as if it’s been painted. Decoupage works well on wood objects, such as picture and mirror frames and small keepsake boxes.
  • Felting: The process of making felt, commonly referred to as felting, typically begins with a fabric derived from wool. For crafting purposes, you can put plain wool through a washing machine, or shape wool into felt by weaving together the fibers with special needles. Use felt to make hats, accessories and small, decorative items like Christmas ornaments.
  • Quilling: Also known as paper filigree, quilling involves rolling thin strips of paper into various tiny shapes and gluing them together to construct intricate artistic designs. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Italian monks and nuns used quilling as a way to decorate religious books. Today, quilling is used to decorate greeting cards and gift boxes, picture frames, scrapbooks and even furniture.
  • Wheatpasting: Wheatpasting is a technique of mixing and heating flour and water to form an adhesive. Its low acidity makes it a great choice for crafters, because it typically won’t alter the color of pasted items over time. It also doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals present in wallpaper paste. Wheatpaste is a component of many paper arts and crafts projects, and can add a fun DIY element to decoupage, collages, book binding and other paper projects.