Many vegans are super-creative people.
And they want to ensure that their arts, crafts andhobbies materials are sourced from vegetables, fruits, and minerals, rather than animals.
The good news is that there's plenty of brilliant crafts that with a little bit of care are 100% suited to vegans.
Check them out!
The important thing with knitting is that you ensure that your wool is made without any form of animal cruelty.
Soy cotton wool and bamboo yarn wool are the two most common plant-based alternatives to animal products for keen knitters.
Many of the best online craft stores stock plant-based craft supplies that vegans can rely upon.
A scarf is the most popular choice for those looking to get started with knitting as a new hobby but the sky's really the limit as to what you can create when knitting.
Vegan Candle Making
We've got a list of the best candle-making kits but you should always vet your craft supplies to ensure they're suitable for vegans, though we try to source cruelty-free products made with natural ingredients where possible, something may slip by our notice.
Soy-based candles tend to be the most popular vegan products when it comes to candles.
This is a very relaxing hobby to take up and not only is it eco-friendly but it takes very little time to master.
You can soon be making amazing vegan candles with no previous practice!
We love tie-dye because it lets us repurpose old garments and turn them into something new and exciting all over again.
There are no animals involved in this process and we think that the core of veganism is really about living in ethical harmony with the world and this is the kind of planet-saving craft that fits perfectly with the lifestyle.
We've got a list of some of the best tie-dye kits on the market too if you want to get started with this vegan hobby soon!
This is a completely cruelty-free hobby, assuming that you don't use glues made with animal products and most hobby glues have long since stopped using animals in their manufacture.
All you need is some paper and some old magazines, etc. and you can create collages that really look amazing!
This is a great creative outlet for the whole family if you want something to do on a Sunday afternoon. Even the youngest children can participate and if you have some dried fruit on hand for snacks, we've found that little vegans can easily spend hours making awesome collages.
Adult Colouring Using Vegan Products
We know, you're probably asking why would adults want to use coloring books? We know that we did before we tried it.
But here's the thing not only are no animal rights infringed when you color in using eco-friendly materials but there's something incredibly soothing about coloring.
You don't need any major art skills to color – unlike say, painting which requires substantially more skill. And you can still create something uniquely yours and completely vegan!
Just make sure to read up on Crayola Markers first and then opt for something truly vegan to shade your paper with.
We always encourage people to reuse or repurpose before they recycle, this is not just vegan – it's an essential component of environmentalism.
You can do something as simple as using old socks to stuff a pillow made from a couple of strips of fabric or ripping up bedsheets as cleaning rags to more complicated projects where you disassemble the fabric and then reweave it!
The only thing holding you back here is your imagination and everyone has old fabric laying around in their home, right? So, you won't have to spend much on this hobby, either.
Play Dough From Vegan Food
Mommypotamous has a nice gluten-free recipe for vegan play dough and yes, if you get bored with it, you can still go about eating it just as you do with regular play dough.
Not only are there no animals involved in play dough at all but this is a wonderful thing to do with your family.
Play dough brings out the kid that lurks in the heart of everyone, vegan or not and the recipe is so easy to follow that you can't go wrong.
Just don't eat it, until you've played with it. 😉
Brewing Vegan Wine And Beer
If you want something that is a bit more “vegan” then why not brew your own beer or wine?
Your own alcohol can be delicious and a great addition to your diet and your cooking too.
It's not expensive, either, and in the long run, you can save a lot of money compared to buying alcoholic products in the stores.
Painting Your Vegan Journey
Actually, you can paint just about anything you like from the planet to animals to food, but just make sure that you use paints that don't contain animals as well as brushed that don't use animals in their production and you'll be fine.
There's also no world-famous vegan painter, as yet, so you could be embarking on the kind of hobby that leads future generations to search your name on Google.
We'd say that writing was fairly vegan, in general, with the caveat that you should make sure that your ink (or ink recipes) are vegan and don't contain bits of beetle, etc.
This is a very easy thing to learn and it can bring you great pleasure too. In the days of e-mail, handwriting is often neglected but the truth is when people see great handwriting? They like it much more than that e-mail.
If you want to try out some vegan ideas on a budget, this is also a craft that requires very little investment to get started with.
All the cool vegan folk have moved away from scrapbooks and got into bullet journaling instead.
The best part of this craft is you can't get it wrong, so you can unleash your inner artist free of fears of criticism – your ideas are always the right ones if your bullet journaling.
All you need is some paper, a pen, and a quiet enough environment to get things onto that paper.
There are loads of YouTube videos, like this one, on How To Bullet Journal too.
If you have the kind of skill with a needle and thread (and that's the kind of skill level worth reaching) then you might want to try your hand at embroidery, you can decorate your favorite fashion items with it or create vegan images on cloth.
It's entirely up to you how you go about it. Obviously, you'll want to ensure the needles aren't bone and that your thimble isn't made from ivory (unless it's vegetable ivory) but otherwise? This is very much a vegan craft and one that shows off just how cool being vegan can be too.
If you're not sure where to start? Check out this Embroidery 101 class. It's free.
As with knitting if you want to get into vegan weaving, you will need to ensure that all your raw materials are vegan but once you have? Then you can make awesome materials with your vegan weaving.
All the best vegan fashion is going to start on the loom, so why not get some practice in?
Weaving can get very complicated, however, so we'd recommend checking out a beginner's guide to weaving before you get started.
Yes, cookery is a form of craft too. There's nothing better than spending a day in the kitchen creating vegan food from your own vegan recipes (or vegan recipes that you downloaded from a top vegan chef for that matter – just send them an e-mail to tell them how awesome their vegan creations are when you're done).
Nutrition is something no vegan should neglect and you can make vegan meals or vegan cheese or your own tofu in your spare time. It's so much fun!
Papier-mache also fits well with the vegan lifestyle and you should find you can make really fancy things out of paper, once you get the hang of it.
It's good for the environment too as you'll be recycling your paper. And it's easy enough that even your kids can get involved! It's perfect as a treat for the summer holidays!
See our list of the best soap-making kits if you want to get started without too many challenges. But there's no doubt that you can cook some soap up easily and we can guarantee that there's no meat involved. 😉
We like to invite a friend round and make soap in large batches. And yes, we have a few drinks of vegan wine as we see our idea come to life. 🙂 After all, that's what friends are for, right?
Final Thoughts On Vegan Options For Crafting
There are so many great vegan craft options that every vegan should take up crafting of some kind, it's kind to the environment and good for the soul. And if you are taking up a new vegan hobby? We'd love to see the results of your efforts.