I love finding crafts that my husband and I can do together. Here are some great ideas for crafts you can do with your partner that is sure to be fun and allow you to make some long-lasting memories along the way.
Some crafts that couples can do together include creating a memory jar or framing memories. You can also consider candle making as it is easy, relatively cheap, and gives you both the freedom to create scents you enjoy individually. Overall, there are plenty of couple crafting options to consider.
Let’s discuss each of these craft ideas in more detail and go over some other alternatives you may not have considered yet.
1. Jar of Memories
One of the simplest but probably most rewarding crafts you can do with your partner is creating a jar of memories. The best part about this craft is that you can control how creative you want to get with it. All you need to make this work is a mason jar and your imagination.
First, you can design the mason jar together. Leave it plain or paint it to create a keepsake. I recommend creating a memory jar for each year you’ve been together and adding new memories as you go. Then, as the years pass by, look back on your fun adventures together.
I recommend acrylic paint if you want to paint the jar before adding your memories. This is because acrylic paint will not fade or scratch as easily as some other paints (source).
Remember that acrylic is water-based, so don’t wash the jar at any point if you want the paint to last. Otherwise, acrylic is a safe bet for a long-lasting memory jar.
Finally, add your memories. You can write them on index cards or even small, colorful pieces of paper. As you go through the year, just take a minute or two to write down something fun you and your partner did that day, date it, and stick it in the jar.
Then, on a special occasion, like your anniversary, take some time to review those memories with your significant other.
Making your own candles is an easy and fun activity to do with your partner. All you need is wax, wicks, fragrance, a glass container, and a double boiler. The steps are relatively simple, and it is something you can do multiple times with your partner as you use the candles you make.
One of the best parts about this craft is that you can choose whatever scent you want for your candle. So, if your partner is not into the same smells as you are, you can choose different scents for your candles.
This is especially helpful for couples with different tastes. For example, your partner might prefer cedarwood over floral scents, and you don’t have to compromise.
Once you have all the supplies you need for making a candle, you can get started. Start by measuring and melting the wax. Fair warning, this can get very messy, and wax can be hard to remove (source).
So, do this carefully, in a clean area. Spreading some newspaper in your workspace can also help minimize the mess.
Once you melt the wax, add in your fragrance. The wax will come with instructions on how much fragrance you should use depending on the brand and type of wax. So, follow those directions carefully.
Next, grab your candle holder. Before adding the wax, you will need to put the wick in the bottom.
So, measure and add the wick. Hold it in place while you pour the wax to prevent it from getting buried.
Hold the wick straight up as the wax hardens. You can do this easily with pens or pencils placed on the top of the candle preventing the wick from falling over.
Once the wax is dry, take a look at the candle. If you see some imperfections on top of the candle, like holes or gaps, add some additional wax to the top to ensure it is full and looks solid.
Once dry, cut the wick to the size you want it, and your candle is ready to use.
The best part about making your own candles is how creative you can get with them. Once you get used to the process of making your own candle, you can get creative with scents, styles, colors, and more.
So, try this craft with your partner. If you both enjoy yourselves, this can be something you do together frequently to relieve stress after a long week and get closer.
3. Jar of Favorites
Yes, this is another jar recommendation, but there’s just so much you can do with a simple jar. Much like the jar of memories, you can paint this jar to make it your own.
The difference with this craft is that it can be used to combine your and your partner’s favorite things.
Add your favorite movies, books, places, songs, games, or whatever you want to the jar. Then, on date night, select a piece of paper from the jar and do whatever is on the card.
Read your favorite book together, or go to your significant other’s favorite place to eat. This will give you a fair chance to share your favorite things and experience theirs as well.
The fun part about this idea is that it will always be something different, but it will always represent something that you or your partner likes.
Nothing wrong with sharing more of your favorite things with the one you love. So, try a jar of favorites to have plenty of date ideas waiting for you whenever you need them.
4. Paint Date
One of the most popular ways to spend a creative date night friends is to head to a painting session. There is something so fun about creating something beautiful while spending time with someone we love.
Add some good food and wine, and you’ve got yourself a great idea for date night.
Most paint nights can cost you around $50 for the night, and sometimes that doesn’t even include drinks (source). Bring the paint night home if you’re looking for a cheaper and more intimate setting.
Plenty of starter paint sets are available at your local craft store, or you can purchase your own supplies if you know what you want.
Check your local craft supply store for a canvas and some paint, grab some wine, and have a fun date night. If you and your partner aren’t as artsy, you can purchase a paint set that helps guide you through the process.
It’s probably best to start with acrylic paint until you get a little more experienced, as it is cheaper than most other paint varieties and easy to work with.
If you’re looking for some helpful tips to get started with painting, you can check out some ideas from Easy Canvas Painting – How to Get Started + Ideas.
5. Framing Memories
We all know that framing pictures can be fun, but let’s take it a step further. One idea for a fun craft that you can do with your significant other is framing things you find on your adventures.
You can frame just about anything you find. After a rejuvenating walk in the woods, frame a leaf from your adventure. Alternatively, consider framing a sea shell after a trip to the beach.
Some objects may require specialized frames, but there are no shortage of different types of frames to suit your needs. An ordinary frame can hold a leaf or other important piece of paper.
If you want to remember your first live show together, consider framing the tickets and some pictures of you two at the event. Not only will they preserve the memory, but it is something to do together.
Sometimes framing certain objects may require that you preserve them. You need to preserve things like flowers and leaves before you frame them to ensure they remain vibrant and intact. Thankfully, there are many ways for you to do this easily from home as long as you have the right tools.
You can dry out leaves and flowers by pressing them. This requires about a week to truly take effect, but it can be so worth it. Simply put the leaf or flower between two pieces of paper, like newspaper, then place a heavy object on top.
Leave it beneath the object for about a week before removing it and framing it.
Alternatively, you can get the job done a few days faster with glycerin (source). Mixing glycerin and water can create a mixture to help preserve leaves and flowers.
Simply submerge the leaves in the mixture and leave them for about three days. Once finished, remove the leaves from the mixture, and they are ready to frame.
If you want to frame something a little bigger or thicker, you should try Muzilife 8×8″ Shadow Box Picture Frame with Linen Board (link to Amazon). This one is an eight-by-eight frame made by Muzilife that can hold just about anything you collect along the way.
It is great for sea shells, flowers, awards, and even 3D models.
6. Wine Cork Board
This is one of my favorite crafting ideas because it allows you to build up to the final result. If you and your partner enjoy sharing a bottle of wine together on date nights, then this may be the perfect craft for you. All you need to do is start collecting those corks.
Once you have enough of them, you can make a corkboard from them.
This allows you to share many memories before you even start crafting and gives you the creative freedom to do whatever you want with the board.
Once you have a sufficient amount of corks saved, glue them together to create a board. You can attach a string for hanging or just have the board lay on a surface.
Once the board is set up, you can let your creativity run wild. You can paint the corkboard to draw attention to it. You can also leave it unpainted to not distract from whatever you attach to it.
Use the corkboard to hold important documents as needed, or you can attach fun pictures to the board.
You can even use this corkboard in your office as a reminder of your significant other. To keep it simple, consider just hanging the corkboard as is rather than attaching anything to it.
Then, it will always be a friendly reminder of the fun date nights with wine that you have shared.
Bonus: Couples Crafting Classes
If you don’t have much home crafting experience or just want to keep the mess out of your house, consider signing up for a crafting class with your partner. This can get expensive but look for discounts and even free classes near you.
You can find almost anything that may interest you.
For example, sign up for a cooking class with your partner to help give you both some new ideas in the kitchen and bond while you’re at it. Woodshop classes are also an excellent idea.
If you want to keep it simple, try a painting or pottery class as well. Not only will you bond as a couple, but you may make some new friends along the way.
There are plenty of ways to bond as a couple, but crafts can help you do so while creating something beautiful together. So, have a paint night at home or frame your favorite memories. Save those wine corks for a future project or even make some candles together.
Remember, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be good at it. The most important part of a crafting date you choose is to have fun. So, buy those crafting supplies and get started having the most exciting date night you’ve had for a while.
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