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Arts and crafts

hobby using hands to make small-scale objects
At the Buell Children's Museum in Pueblo, Colorado, children and their guardians partake in arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts describes a wide variety of activities involving making things with one's own hands. Arts and crafts is usually a hobby. Some crafts (art skills) have been practised for centuries, others are more recent inventions. William Morris, John Ruskin and others promoted an "arts and crafts" movement in the late 19th century, which popularized the phrase.

Both children and adults enjoy arts and crafts. Children in schools may learn skills such as woodworking, wood carving, sewing, or making things with all sorts of material. Many community centres and schools have evening or day classes and workshops where one can learn arts and craft skills.

Crafts involving textilesEdit

Crafts involving wood, metal or clayEdit

Crafts involving paper or canvasEdit

Crafts involving plantsEdit

Other craftsEdit