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May Craft Ideas

Craft Ideas for the Month of May

Happy May, crafty friends!


If you’re in search of new and interesting spring-friendly craft ideas, you came to the right place; whether you’re hoping to find project instructions and ideas for needlecrafts, paper crafts, or some other sorts of crafts, you’ll find numerous patterns, tutorials, and project ideas for useful and creative things you could be making for yourself or a loved one. I’ve rounded up a bunch of project ideas and suggestions for May craft ideas you can use this month. If you have other suggestions to add to this list, I invite you to post a comment at the end letting me and the other readers here know about them.

May Holiday Crafts

Mother’s Day Crafts

Fabric Crochet Tote Bag: Free Crochet Pattern

Fabric Crochet Tote Bag: Free Crochet Pattern


Mother’s Day is coming up soon. This year, Mother’s Day will happen on Sunday, May 12, 2024. I have a huge list of Mother’s Day craft ideas you might want to check out if you’re interested in making a lovely gift for any of the maternal figures in your life.

International Scrapbooking Day

May 4, 2024 is International Scrapbooking Day. This holiday isn’t widely celebrated outside the crafting community – but if you’re a crafter, this is a day you won’t want to miss out on.


International Scrapbooking Day is a day of fun, camaraderie, contests, challenges, tutorials, demonstrations, and learning for paper crafters. Everyone is welcome to participate; even total beginners could join in the fun.


Many craft stores host online crops and events on this date (some of these events even go for the entire week or weekend surrounding the actual date of the holiday.) If you have a favorite place to shop for paper craft supplies, check out that store’s events calendar to see if they have anything fun planned that day.


If you don’t already have a favorite place to shop, you might want to check out A Cherry on Top’s forum because they host fun online crops for International Scrapbooking Day every year.


If you want to participate in any of the contests and challenges on this holiday, I recommend preparing for it in advance, especially if you do not already own any scrapbooking supplies. You’ll most likely want to print out some pictures to use for scrapbooking, and get yourself some adhesive, papers and embellishments. Be sure to peek at various stores’ events calendars a few days before the actual holiday to see when the festivities start and plan out how you want to use your time surrounding the holiday; there’s usually so much more to do than you can actually get done, so you have to prioritize.

May Planner Crafts

Garden Journal Pages for the Month of May

Garden Journal Pages for the Month of May


If you maintain a physical planner, junk journal, scrapbook, or art journal, you might want to decorate your May calendar pages, journal pages or scrapbooking layouts with seasonal stamped images or embellishments. I invite you to check out the following pages for ideas:

Spring Craft Ideas

Spring has already sprung; the first day of spring this year was Tuesday, March 19, 2024. I hope your spring got off to a fantastic start.


Are you ready to get your spring cleaning on? If so, I offer you bunches of free patterns to use for making your cleaning supplies. Check out earth-friendly upcycled scrubbies HERE, and make yourself some irresistibly pretty spring dishcloths with these crochet dishcloth patterns.


The projects posted above are just a small sampling of the ideas posted on this website. I’ve put together a list of spring crafts that are seasonally appropriate for May crafting in many regions of the Western hemisphere. Of course, if you are in Australia, you’re likelier to need autumn project ideas right now, so I offer you this list of fall craft ideas instead.


For even more ideas, you’re invited to check out our main index of craft project ideas. Happy crafting!!

By Amy Solovay

April 21st Daily Planner Layout for Happy Planner or Other Discbound Planners

Daily Happy Planner Layout for April 21, 2024 Featuring Stamped Images by Graphic 45, Echo Park, Lawn Fawn and Others

Daily Happy Planner Layout for April 21, 2024 Featuring Stamped Images by Graphic 45, Echo Park, Lawn Fawn and Others

Need ideas for daily planner layouts to use in the month of April? This page gives you an idea of a page layout you could make if you have a need for writing down multiple to-do-list items and reminders that can’t all easily just be lumped into one long list. If you want to break out your to-do list into different sections and label each of them with headers to keep you on track, this is one possible approach you could take for accomplishing that goal.


I made this daily planner layout for April 21st, but there is no special reason for using it on that particular day. You can make a planner layout like this one for any day of any month.


I try to spend about 15 minutes each day production stamping multiples of different images that I can use in my planner layouts and scrapbook pages. If I didn’t do that, putting together a stamping-intensive planner layout like this one would be really challenging. There is a LOT of stamping on this page!


I stamped most of these images ink blended cardstock, then used a stencil to draw around them with a Gelly Roll or other colored pen, and then fussy cut them out straight or scalloped scissors.

Craft Supplies You’ll Need for Creating a Similar Daily Planner Layout:

So there you have it: That’s one possible way to make a daily planner layout for April 21st or whatever day your calendar says it is when you happen to find this page.


Thanks so much for taking a look at my project! I really appreciate your interest. Happy planning!


Posted By: Amy Solovay

Bead Crafts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up soon. This year, in the USA, Mother’s Day will occur on Sunday, May 12, 2024. As of right now, you still have plenty of time to make or buy Mother’s Day cards and gifts for all the mother figures in your life.


If you love and adore making pretty things for the people you love, there are zillions of possible things you could make for your mom, grandmas, mother-in-law and / or stepmom. If you aren’t sure what to make, bead crafts offer you a fantastic starting point to consider because beads are beautiful, popular, readily available, reasonably affordable and really easy to work with.


If your mom and other gift recipients enjoy wearing jewelry, there are many pretty beaded baubles you could be making for them.


Furthermore, if you wear beaded jewelry yourself, and you’re taking any of the moms in your life out to Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, you might also want to make something pretty for yourself to wear when you go out. Why not?

Beautiful Beaded Jewelry for Mother’s Day

Beaded Lace Crochet Choker Necklace Pattern

Beaded Lace Crochet Choker Necklace Pattern

This pretty beaded choker is easy and inexpensive to make, but it turns out stunning if you do a careful job of crocheting it. It’s also really easy to personalize, because you can easily make it exactly the right length for its intended wearer. Beyond that, you can choose just about any color and shape of small beads for embellishing it, and pretty much any fine yarn or crochet thread for working it. The crochet pattern for making it is available on this website for free, and the materials for making it can be reasonably affordable if you choose inexpensive beads, crochet thread and findings; it’s also possible to splurge on precious metals and other exquisite materials to make the finished project truly, luxuriously spectacular. So if you’re thinking of making a choker-style necklace for your mom, this one gets my vote as one that’s ideal for most crafters to try. You can get the free crochet choker pattern HERE.


The only exception: This really isn’t a fantastic choice if you’ve never crocheted anything before, ever; in that case, I recommend taking a look at this list of crochet projects for total beginners and choosing an item from that list to make first. Then after you’ve made an item or two to get comfortable with crocheting, you’d be better equipped to succeed at making this project. But if you’ve already made a few crochet projects before, I’m positive that you could handle making this beaded choker necklace easily.

If you want to find more ideas for pretty beaded jewelry you could make for Mother’s Day, check out this list of jewelry making ideas and this list of crochet bracelets HERE.

Beaded Gadget Cozy

Beaded Crochet Gadget Cozy: Free Crochet Pattern

Beaded Crochet Gadget Cozy: Free Crochet Pattern


If your mom carries a cell phone, camera, or other similar small gadget, this pretty beaded gadget cozy might be a useful gift for her. Alternatively, this little pouch could be a pretty way to giftwrap a small gift.

These ideas only just scratch the surface of what is possible to make for Mother’s Day using beads. Want even more ideas? Check these out:

Posted By: Amy Solovay

Craft Ideas for the Month of April

Happy April, crafty friends!


Are you interested in finding creative, fun, useful, unique, interesting and engaging craft ideas for the month of April? Whether you enjoy needlecrafts, paper crafts, or some other sorts of crafts, you’ll find many possibilities for lovely things you could be creating. I’ve rounded up a bunch of project ideas and suggestions for April craft ideas you can use this month. If you have other suggestions to add to this list, I invite you to post a comment at the end letting me and the other readers here know about them.

April Holiday Crafts

Earth Day Crafts

Fabric Crochet Tote Bag: Free Crochet Pattern

Fabric Crochet Tote Bag: Free Crochet Pattern


Earth Day is coming up soon. This year, Earth Day will happen on Monday, April 22, 2024. I have a huge list of recycled crafts and upcycled crafts you might want to check out if you’re interested in making crafting a part of your Earth Day (or everyday!) celebrations.


One possible idea is to upcycle old sheets or garments and transform them into useful projects like the fabric crochet tote bag pictured above. If you’d like to make a bag like this one for yourself, you’re welcome to use the free pattern posted here at this website. I also have bunches of other rag crochet patterns available for you to use.

See Also: How to Upcycle Clothes for Use in Quilts, Sewing Projects or Crochet Projects: 3 Methods

April Planner Crafts

April Garden Journal Pages

April Garden Journal Pages

If you maintain a physical planner, junk journal, scrapbook, or art journal, you might want to decorate your April calendar pages, journal pages or scrapbooking layouts with seasonal stamped images or embellishments. I invite you to check out the following pages for ideas:

Spring Craft Ideas

Get Your Spring Cleaning On! You Can Make Yourself a Puff Lace Crochet Dishcloth or Washcloth With This Free Crochet Pattern.

Get Your Spring Cleaning On! You Can Make Yourself a Puff Lace Crochet Dishcloth or Washcloth With This Free Crochet Pattern.


Spring has already sprung; the first day of spring this year was Tuesday, March 19, 2024. I hope your spring got off to an enjoyable start.


Are you ready to get your spring cleaning on? If so, I offer you bunches of free patterns to use for making your cleaning supplies. Check out earth-friendly upcycled scrubbies HERE, and make yourself some irresistibly pretty spring dishcloths with these crochet dishcloth patterns.


The projects posted above are just a small sampling of the ideas posted on this website. I’ve put together a list of spring crafts that are seasonally appropriate for April crafting in many regions of the Western hemisphere. Of course, if the weather in your neighborhood is still wintery, please feel free to continue using this list of winter craft ideas instead.


For even more ideas, you’re invited to check out our main index of craft project ideas. Happy crafting!!

By Amy Solovay

April Monthly Happy Planner Layout Featuring Graphic 45 Papers from the “Time to Flourish” Collection

Here’s a Low-Tech Idea for Creating Your Own Planner Layout for Discbound Planners Such as the Happy Planner, Maggie Holmes Freestyle Planner, Martha Stewart Planner, Arc Planner, Tul Planner, ETC. No Die Cutter Is Needed for Creating This Page Layout.

April Happy Planner Layout Featuring Graphic 45 Papers From the Time to Flourish Paper Pad

April Happy Planner Layout Featuring Graphic 45 Papers From the Time to Flourish Paper Pad

Hello crafty friends!


I originally made this April planner layout in 2022, but I still think it’s pretty and relevant in April of 2024. You can also feel free to use this idea for any month; it’s a totally versatile design.

I took what was supposed to be a daily planner page layout and hacked it to use for monthly tracking.


If you use a Happy Planner, and you want to make a page similar to this one for your own planning and tracking purposes, the logical spot to place it would be right before the tab for April, beside the April monthly overview page that comes stock with most dated Happy Planners.


I made pages like these for multiple months in 2022 and loved them, but found that they didn’t really work as intended for me. This is actually more a problem with Happy Planner’s overall setup than it is with the page itself. This is because I suffer from “Out of sight, out of mind” syndrome, and having this page before the month’s tab meant I forgot to use it. I would also forget to use them monthly overview page, too.


When I was actively using these pages, I found that they worked better if tracked the things I wanted to using weekly pages and then used this page at the end of the month to summarize. This was time consuming to do but gave me a really clear picture of how I did and what I needed to work on.


Although I love Happy Planner, I haven’t found a way to fix the things about it that aren’t working for me. So I’m trying out some different planners right now to see if I can find an option that will work even better for me than Happy Planner did. But if the Happy Planner layout generally works for you, please feel free to adapt this habit tracker layout for your own planner.

Craft Supplies You’ll Need for Making This Planner Layout

  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 8×8 Pad — For this particular planner layout, I used the papers for the month of April. The papers in this pad follow the same basic format, so you can make a similar planner layout for any month of the year using the current month’s patterned papers from the Time to Flourish pad.
  • The tracker stamps are from the P13 Tracker Stamp Set.
  • I stamped “2022” using number stamps by Hampton Arts, but you can use any number stamps you happen to have stashed.
  • Page from the classic sized Papillon undated planner or from the Papillon undated extension pack
  • The round sticker is from a Happy Planner sticker book.
  • I have my planner pages on gold metal expander discs, because I really hate the smaller plastic discs that most Happy Planners come with. I think the gold metal discs are a lot prettier, and they are also much sturdier.
  • You can use the paper-friendly adhesive of your choice to put this planner layout together. I used Cherry Tape adhesive, but there are zillions of possible choices that would work well for this project.
  • You’ll also need scissors and a paper cutter, but not a die cutter; you can easily cut everything you’ll need for this layout using either your scissors or a paper cutter.

Thanks for looking!