91 five minutes crafts

If you're after a new quick project for your commute or your holidays then you're in luck. We've collected over 90 five minute crafts for you to work on!

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Published: February 9, 2022 at 10:00 am
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If you need more creative projects in your life, then you need our selection of 5 minute crafts. These quick projects are ideal for you to take on your commute, holidays or just a relaxing evening project. We've gathered a whole bunch of different crafts for you to have a go at, everything from knitting to needle felting, crochet to sewing!


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Your 5 minute crafts...

1. Rubber stamps

This is a super quick five minute craft that will keep you entertained for hours. Plus you can make a bunch of rubber stamps up to use in your journal!

2. Crochet a pin cushion

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For more complex crochet projects, check out Gathered's crochet projects which include 100's patterns! Hook up a crochet pin cushion to keep your pins safe.

3. Cross stitch keyring

Free ice cream cross stitch pattern

Start feeling summery with Alison Maney's free ice cream cross stitch pattern.

4. DIY Bag

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Practical and pretty! Sew yourself up a drawstring bag out of an old pillowcase and use it for travelling.

5. Name holders

Easter craft activity ideas

This 5 minute craft will have your table looking cute in no time. Cut, stick and decorate these bunny place holders and display them on your Easter table for all your guests.

6. Baby bibs

How to sew denim baby bibs workshop

Here's how to turn jeans into baby bibs!

7. Simple hot water bottle cosy

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Five minute crafts to keep you toasty? Got ya here's our water bottle cosy pattern.

8. Back to school notebooks

How to make embroidered notebooks

Learn how to make embroidered notebooks with our free tutorial.

9. Baby teething ring

Baby comforter pattern

Whip up this baby teething ring in just five minutes. If you have more time then learn how to make a baby comforter too!

10. Knitted welly warmers

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Use our free knitted welly warmers pattern and whip up a pair for your winter walks.

11. Pocket heat packs

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Keep you warm in those winter months with our DIY pocket heat packs. Head over to the tutorial and sew your own winter warmers.

12. Headband sewing pattern

How to make an embroidered headband

Here's how to sew a lazy daisy headband so you can look pretty all year round.

13. Paper flowers

Mothers Day paper flowers

We've rounded up the top paper flower tutorials so that you can make some natural beauties in just five minutes. If you're looking for paper projects to do with your little ones then check out our paper crafts for kids round up.

14. Origami fabric butterfly

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Decorate your clothes, bags and shoes with this sweet origami fabric butterfly. How cute would a pair of pumps look like with a butterfly on top?

15. Fruity paper pom poms

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Get fruity this weekend and craft these paper fruity pom poms! They're perfect for any summer BBQs you might be hosting.

16. DIY tassel earrings

DIY tassel earrings

A festival make for all you groovers! Make our DIY tassel earrings and add some sass to your festival outfits.

17. Easy origami cats

Easy origami cat

Make these easy origami cats using our step-by-step instructions.

18. Pebble magnets

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This is a fun, quick weekend craft to do with your kids. Use those collected pebbles and turn them into adorable pebble magnets.

19. Clay salt spoons

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Get your Pottery Throwdown on and make these little clay salt spoons are the perfect kitchen addition. A pinch of salt anyone?

20. Macramé plant hanger

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Learn how to make a macrame plant hanger with our five minute tutorial.

21. Cross stitch butterfly clips

Free butterfly cross stitch pattern

Cross stitch up some butterflies then turn them into super hair grips.

22. Embroidery coasters

How to make coasters party craft ideas

Sew up some coasters to decorate your home with and get them out at the next party.

23. Needle felt cherries

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If you're new to needle felting you're going to want to try our how to needle felt cherries tutorial.

24. DIY bow tie

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Our quick bow tie pattern can be whipped up in an evening and will have you looking sharp in seconds.

25. Knitted heart coasters

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For more complex knitting projects that take longer than our five minute crafts, check out our knitting collection blog post which includes over 20 patterns! Click here for our knitted heart coaster DIY.

26. DIY pattern weights

How to make pattern weights

Sew your own DIY pattern weights and up your sewing game forever. Plus it's super sustainable because you can make them from your scrap stash.

27. Paper treat boxes

Easy Easter craft activity ideas - treat boxes

Craft these cute little bunny treat boxes for Easter and fill them with chocolate eggs. You could also use them for birthday parties or shape them into Christmas characters for stockings! We show you how to make them in our Easter craft activities blog post.

28. Knitted rainbow decorations

Rainbow crafts knitted decorations pattern

Whip up some colourful decorations with our free knitted decorations pattern.

29. Granny square

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Granny squares are everyone's fave and, once you've got the hang of them, only take five minutes to make.

30. Reusable makeup pads

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Take five minute's to crochet up some reusable cotton pads and live your best sustainable life.

31. Tulle flowers

how to make tulle flowers with paper pink

Tulle flowers only take an evening to make yet they're so cute! Find out how to make tulle flowers here.

32. Scissor keep

How to make a scissor keep

Sew this handy scissor keep to protect your scissors from dust and scratches.

33. Fabric wallet

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Use our how to make a fabric wallet tutorial to make yourself a new card keeper. You can even use spare bits of fabric from our stash.

34. Pom pom bears


Make some pom pom pals with our free pom pom bear pattern. How cute are these little guys!?

35. Fairy wands

How to make fairy wands for kids

Keep the kids entertained for hours with these easy-sew fairy wands.

36. Christmas tree bunting


Get prepped for the festive season with Anna Alicia's free Christmas bunting sewing pattern.

37. Crochet bow


Crochet crafts have never been so cute. Click here for your free super-sweet crochet bow pattern.

38. Christmas printables

Penguin, Polar Bear and Santa Christmas card templates

These free Christmas penguin, polar bear and Santa printable templates are all up on Gathered waiting for you to print.

39. Fabric heart decorations

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These fabric heart decorations will use up your scraps and look lovely hanging in your home.

40. Embroidered brooches DIY

embroidery patterns for beginners

Spend the evening slow stitching with our brooch project. Make these easy embroidered brooches DIY with our free tutorial.

41. Terrazzo coasters

making coasters terrazzo style

Make your own DIY coasters – terrazzo style!

42. Star banner

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Turn old clay into tiny stars and string them together into a Christmas star garland! A simple project with gorgeous results.

43. Knitted stars

Star knitting pattern

Rosee Woodland's free Christmas star knitting pattern is a festive quick-knit project.

44. Weather paperclips

How to make cloud, raindrop and snowflake felt paperclips

Here's a cute five-minute craft that you can whip up for the kids as a back to school project. Sew your own cloud, raindrop and snowflake felt paperclips with our tutorial.

45. Christmas mini cross stitch

Christmas wreath cross stitch pattern

Make your own Christmas decorations. Follow Rhona Norrie's cute and quick free Christmas wreath cross stitch pattern.

46. Crochet flower coasters

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Crochet up these dainty lace flowers and use them as coasters, bunting or crochet together to make a throw. Head over to the free crochet coaster patterns here.

47. Embroidered socks

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Spruce up socks with Peking Knot flowers. Head over to our how to embroider socks tutorial.

48. T-shirt pockets

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It’s got pockets!!!! Or if it doesn’t add one with our five-minute how to sew a pocket tutorial.

49. Paper hats

Easter craft activity ideas

This project is an extra cute one for Easter. Whip up these really sweet bunny paper hats using only a few materials. Perfect for any kids birthday parties you're hosting!

50. Luggage tags

Love Patchwork & Quilting luggage tag tutorial

Get ready for your summer holidays with this international project! Sew your own luggage tags following Love Patchwork & Quilting's simple tutorial

51. Tropical ring dish

clay trinket dish diy

If you're a clay pro then it'll only take you 5 minutes to whip up this adorable tropical trinket dish. You'll just need to leave it to dry and then paint but the construct is super quick!

5 minute crafts with paper

51. Geometric snowman pal

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Christmas is fast approaching so get prepared by making some easy papercraft décor! This little snowman by Mini Eco would look fab sitting on your window shelf.

52. Paper face boxes

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Papercraft queen The House That Lars Built has this free papercraft DIY up on her blog. Treat boxes for any occasion!

53. Origami stars

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Bloomize's blog shows you how to make all these different stars. Since they're so easy to make we're going to make a whole bunch in time for Christmas.

54. Bipyramid paper necklace

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Ever heard of a bipyramid? Nope, us neither, but Mr Printables' blog shows you how to make them and how to make them into this rather funky necklace.

55. Papercraft bow garland

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This string of papercraft bows by Elizabeth Kartchner will add a gorgeous touch to any room. You could even make them in festive colours and string them up for Christmas!

56. Paper snowflakes

Our how to make paper snowflake tutorial is up on Gathered for free! It makes an excellent Friday evening craft.

57. Floral centrepiece

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Liven up your table with Lovely Indeed's floral papercraft centrepiece.

58. Hibiscus journal

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Jazz up your notebooks with Maritza Lisa's hibiscus papercuts. This easy five minute craft with paper will make you study harder because everyone knows that pretty stationery makes everything better.

59. Pink papercraft cactus

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Kill every plant you own? Then craft yourself some using Lia Griffith's cactus templates. Plus you won't prick your fingers on these.

60. Papercraft bow tie

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Papercraft bow ties anyone? The Instructables show you how. This easy papercraft bow is one you can sport out on the town, providing it doesn't rain...

61. Papercraft mobile

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Make your own colourful weather mobile with Thomas Poad's free papercraft rainbow mobile tutorial.

62. Animal bookmarks

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Easy crafts for kids? Tick! Make these adorable animal bookmarks using Lia Griffith's PDF template and tutorial.

63. 3D Halloween pumpkins

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Homey Oh My is providing us with the Halloween papercraft we all need. These minimal pumpkins will make great décor for those of us who aren't a fan of the spooky.

64. Origami bird mobile

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Martha Stewart's bird mobile is a beautiful and easy paper project. How lovely would these look at a wedding?

65. Matchbox birthday cards

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Perhaps the most obvious paper project is DIY birthday cards. We love this twist on the traditional by Oh Happy Day. You could pop all sorts of treats in that box.

66. Geometric envelopes

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Of course, every birthday card need an envelope! Camilla Styles' geometric envelopes are a funky take on the plain old ones you buy in the shops. These envelopes are super practical as you can make up a bunch and get them out when all the birthdays come at once.

67. Festive paper birdhouses

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Karmuca y Cuquino's blog features these colourful birdhouses you can make entirely from paper! Head to the blog to find the birdhouse template.

68. Papercraft fortune cookies

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The Unsophisticated Cook's paper fortune cookies will bring entertainment to any parties you're throwing. It's a five minute craft with paper you might want to store until your New Year's Eve bash.

69. Autumnal papercraft wreath

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Damsaka Love's blog shows you how to make this easy autumnal wreath. We're in love with the ombre effect of the leaves.

70. Chinese paper crafts

Chinese New Year Crafts 2021

Celebrate the New Year with our three easy Chinese New Year crafts. There's a lantern, money wallet and fortune cookie tutorial.

71. Thanksgiving mini honeycomb turkeys

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For anyone celebrating Thanksgiving, these mini honeycomb turkeys by Minted will be a fab addition to the dinner table.

71. Papercraft gem nightlight

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Almost Makes Perfect's nightlight is a five minute make that'll help you sleep soundly. You could choose any shape or design you like.

72. Origami candle holders

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Origami tea light holders (strictly fake candles unless you want to burn the house down) by Ameba.

73. Paper star trinket bowls

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Hold all your trinkets, jewellery and pennies in Paper Kawaii's star b0wls. Their video tutorial is over on their blog waiting for you to start making.

74. 3D paper dragonflies

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Papershape's 3D dragonflies would make a beautiful wall piece in the home, or you could make them into a garland to take out into the garden on sunny occasions. Once you get the hang of the technique it'll only take you five minutes to whip one up in any colour you choose.

75. Paper landscape earrings

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Instructables' silhouette earrings are quick to make but look amazing. Easy five minute crafts with paper that turn out beautiful results – what a dream!

76. Paper pocket fan

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If things are getting a little too hot for you then make Glue Sticks' pocket fan. They've made there's using kids' drawings which we think is just adorable but you could make yours using any paper you like.

77. Paper plant covers

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Kailo Chic's paper plant covers will disguise ugly pots and show your plants off in their true beauty.

78. Recycled card party garland

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Use Miesje Chafer's sustainable Christmas garland to turn all your old cards into decoration. Get these out over and over again for the ultimate sustainable project.

79. Paper cake topper

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Coco Cake Land teach you how to add a statement to your cake with their circular topper.

80. Recycled paper pencil tray

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Made from recycled cardboard boxes, Oh Oh Deco's nifty pencil box will keep all your stationery in place.

81. Floral paper crowns

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The House That Lars Built have created a super easy five minute craft with paper over on their blog. Make some crowns as fancy dress for parties, kids or hen dos.

82. Woven paper décor

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We love Gathering Beauty's woven paper artwork. You could mix and match your papers from Mollie Makes for this five minute papercraft.

83. Christmas paperchain

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Turn our free patterned papers into Christmas paper chains with our tutorial.

84. Paper party blowers

paper craft blowers

We've got another papercraft by Minted and this time is party blowers! Any excuse to celebrate...

85. Paper utensil holders

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Keep your picnics neat and tidy with The DIY Dreamer's utensil holders.

86. Butterfly push pins

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We Are Scout's DIY butterfly push pins are a five-minute papercraft that'll improve your working space to no end.

87. Tissue paper lantern

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These colourful tissue paper lanterns are by Tell Love and Party and are the decoration every one needs.

88. Paper disk bracelets

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Studio DIY has come through with another easy papercraft! Stacking bracelets are an outfit essential.

89. Paper ice cream wraps

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No Biggie's ice cream wraps add a bit of fun to your summer treat. You could cut whatever words you'd like into your wrap – personalised names, places or dates!

90. Japanese book binding

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Instead of making new notebooks use Flax & Twine's Japanese bookbinding tutorial to make your own personalised pads.

91. Paper fascinators

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If you're feeling extra daring why not try making The House That Lars Built's paper fascinators. There's three styles to choose from.


We hope you've enjoyed our five minute crafts and have found a new project to start working on! For more quick projects check out ourfree daily craft patterns and follow us on Pinterest and subscribe to Mollie Makes.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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