Easy country crafts to make

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Easy country crafts to make
Find work for idle hands. (Marili Forastieri/Photodisc/Getty Images)

You do not have to be an experienced crafter to make beautiful country crafts that will brighten your home and complement your decor. These easy and inexpensive projects can be completed by crafters of all skill levels to produce results that both novice and experienced hobbyists will be proud to display. Try out any of these ideas during your next free afternoon.

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Mason jar soap dispenser

"Country Living" magazine's website suggests transforming an empty mason jar into a shabby chic soap dispenser. Simply drill a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide hole in the lid of the jar and pop in a soap pump, which can be found at any home goods shop or discount department store. Then, fill the jar with your favourite hand or washing up liquid and screw on the lid.

Pine cone pickin'

Pick pine cones with your children and prep them for crafting when you return home. The Pine Cone Lady website suggests placing cones on aluminium foil lined baking trays and baking them in a warm oven at 104 degrees C (220 degrees F) for approximately 30 minutes. This process helps the cones to open up, removes sap and kills mites that may be attached to the cones. Then, you can use the pine cones and other found objects like small pebbles, leaves and twigs and a hot glue gun to make pine cone people, use them to create a rustic display with glass bowls or tumblers filled with pine cones, or use the pine cones to add country charm to holiday garland.

Easy country crafts to make
Naturally collected pine cones should be baked before using in craft projects. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Brown paper boxes

Give old office or shelf storage boxes a fresh, country twist by wrapping them in brown paper, which can be found in any hardware shop. Cut the lid off a recycled cardboard box with a pair of scissors or utility knife. Set the box on top of the brown paper, folding the paper up and over each of the four sides of the box. Secure paper to the box with clear tape or spray adhesive. For extra personality, add country embellishments like raffia ribbon or a painted rose to the front of the box.

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