When you just don’t have time for complicated crafts, try one of these fake ones. All of the faux craft techniques in this list look authentic in half the time.
When it comes to arts and crafts, the easier the better! There are some seriously complicated things you can make by hand. But I just don’t have time for all that. That’s why I’m so thankful for shortcuts and hacks like these. This is Annie from Venture1105 and I’m about to save you a ton of time!
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If a faux craft idea can save me time, sign me up. I’m all about finding ways to do things easier. All of these ideas look just like their look-a-like projects. They are a dead-ringer and yet take way less time to put together.
Simple Faux Craft Techniques
Whether you want to make your fireplace look like it has tile on it or create an easier wood-burning sign, I’ve got you covered! Check out these tutorials and try one.
Paint Faux Stone Walls
This technique was used to create castle walls in a playroom. It’s so cute and doesn’t require any real stones. Here’s the tutorial.
Design a faux beach terrarium
Don’t have a beach nearby? You can still bring the outdoors inside with this tutorial. The best part is that this entire project costs just $10!
Succulent garden made with pinecones
Isn’t this gorgeous? It’s inexpensive and a lot of fun too. Just paint a bunch of pinecones and glue them inside a picture frame. Here’s the tutorial.
Faux Cement Ball Vases
I hate working with cement. It’s just so sticky and heavy. But you can make these rustic vases without a drop of cement. Aren’t they cute? Here’s the easy tutorial.
Paint Fake Fireplace Stencils
Skip the tile work and just paint around your fireplace. LZ shows us how to use stencils to paint the most beautiful designs. They really look like expensive tiles! Here’s how to do it.
Ceramic mosaic with paper
I’ve tried making real mosaics before with broken pieces of glass. It was gorgeous! But if you want to save yourself the time and hassle, you can make the same thing with paper. Suzy shows you how here.
Wood-burning without fire
I love rustic signs with cute/funny phrases on them. I usually buy them because I don’t like using fire or torches. But with this faux wood-burning technique, I can make some without any fire. Here’s how to do it.
Faux rust technique
I had no idea you could paint things to look like they are rusted. Don’t you usually want to paint over the rust? But after looking at Suzy’s rustic letters, I see why she did it. These letters are charming and they won’t deteriorate more. Genius! Here’s how she did it.
Faux quilted welcome sign
Anyone else love the look of quilted things but don’t like actually quilting? That’s where these beautiful stamps and canvas comes in. It looks like there are a bunch of squares stitched together. But they aren’t. It takes so much less time. Here’s the smart tutorial.
Make stained glass out of paint and glue
Stained glass is gorgeous. This little hack lets you create stunning art pieces without any sharp pieces of glass. You only need paint and glue. It’s incredible! Check out the tutorial.
Look-a-like card catalog
I’m a book nerd. I love the library. But card catalogs are actually hard to find. They are increasingly popular with nerds like me. But you can make your own. Yup! Here’s how to do it.
Create faux tin tiles
This is another one that looks eerily like its counterpart. These aren’t real tin tiles. This artwork was made with disposable cookie sheets. Want to know how she did it? Check out Suzy’s tutorial.
Faux pallet sign out of styrofoam
After reading through this tutorial, it’s easier to just find a wood pallet. But if you can’t find a pallet, this is a cost-effective solution. It does look just like a weathered pallet, don’t you think? Here’s the tutorial.
Pumpkin planter made to look like concrete
The texture on this pumpkin looks like authentic concrete. But it’s not made with any cement at all. It’s pretty simple and looks beautifully rustic. Here’s how to do it.
Easy aged planters
Turn regular clay planters into aged works for art. Just look at this. It looks stunning, doesn’t it? I love how underneath all the paint, it’s really pretty new. Here’s how to transform them.
DIY Faux wildflower wreath
I just love how the colors on this wreath pop! Using faux greenery and florals are a smart idea because they last a long time. I’m a fan of DIY wreaths in general, but this one is both stunning and easy. Here’s how to make it.
Easy faux craft ideas save you time and money
You could use fresh flowers or real cement, but it will cost you a lot more time and money. That’s why I’m such a fan of these faux craft ideas. I hope you found a few that you like!
Our Favorite Faux finish tools
The tools vary depending on the project but here’s a few that we find ourselves grabbing time and time again.
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