Animal crossing crafts to do at home

With Animal Crossing New Horizons released today, I thought I’d round up some cute makes to celebrate its arrival!

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If you’d like your own functioning bell bag, why not check out The Unknown Dweller’s DIY video and make a crochet one? It’s fairly simple and would be good for beginners. GandaKris also has a no-sew version of the bell bag, if you can’t be bothered to crochet or sew!

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It may not be Christmas, but it’s never too early to make some Animal Crossing felt ornaments! Kasey Golden shows you how to make several character options, and all together they’d be cute on a garland.

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Cinnamoniboni’s video on how to paint Animal Crossing inspired shoes is actually very simple and works as a great way to spruce up some old kicks if you have any lying around.

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And the Laughing Narwhal has an absolutely adorable video on how to make Reese & Fauna embroidery hoops that really makes me wish I had not put off learning how to embroider! She also conveniently offers the links to the templates in the description.

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While on the older side, Maqaroon’s Isabelle needle felt DIY is still an absolute classic. I remember wanting to make it when it first came out, although I never got around to it. Maybe I should finally tackle it!

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Ever wanted a gyroid in real life? TheBitBlock has a great video on how to make your own using air dry clay. I love this project because you can make one of the many designs featured in the games or design an entirely new one of your own design!

Are you excited for the New Horizons release? Let us know in the comments and tag us on social media if you make any of these projects. And for more video game DIYs, check out the DIY Crafts category.


Andi lives in the countryside of Georgia in a house packed with kawaii decor and vintage toys, and enjoys the company of two squishy kitties named Thumper and Marie. When she’s not barricaded in her pink craft room creating something, she can be found reading, playing Animal Crossing games, or baking something to satisfy her massive sweet tooth.

Although not entirely new to Animal Crossing (let us not forget dear old Cyrus), crafting has certainly become an unprecedentedly huge part of the game in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Specifically, crafting DIY recipes is an entirely new concept for the series — one which we all agree has been an extremely addictive addition.

However, because it is so new, DIY projects are still something even seasoned veterans are learning more about each day in the game. Therefore, we've crafted a comprehensive guide to all things DIY — from workbenches to recipes to customisation — to help everyone enjoy this new in-game activity to its fullest.

On this page:

  1. DIY Recipes and Workbenches in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Explained
    • What is crafting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
    • How do you get DIY workbenches for crafting?
  2. How do you find DIY recipes to craft?
  3. How do you customise furniture?

DIY Recipes and Workbenches in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Explained

What is crafting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

DIY recipes and crafting are a brand-new addition to the newest game in the Animal Crossing series - and a vital component to island life. Because the player is starting out on a deserted island, there are very few resources to be had at the beginning of the game - besides raw materials such as sticks and stones.

Therefore, the concept of crafting is introduced to allow players to make anything from tools (like the axe and shovel) to clothing to furniture - an expansive new element to the game.

The player gathers what are called "DIY recipes" - which can be acquired both from predictable sources such as Tom Nook, and randomised origins like bottles on the beach and floating balloon presents. Once in hand, players simply select the recipes in their inventories, "learn" them, and then choose them the next time they're at a workbench. Combined with the right materials, this allows everyone to craft to their heart's content.

Recipe for Golden Seat in Animal Crossing: New HorizonsImage: Austin Voigt

How do you get DIY workbenches for crafting?

In order to craft any DIY recipes, the player must have access to a DIY workbench. From the beginning of the game, a workbench is provided at Resident Services, where users can craft as much as they would like, for free - thanks to the ever-benevolent Tom Nook.

However, an early game update from Nintendo also provided players with a recipe to craft their own Simple DIY Workbench via mail - requiring a measly five pieces of hardwood and one iron nugget. Building a personal workbench at Resident Services allows players early in the game to have their own source for crafting, which can be placed or carried around the island for easier access.

Luckily - for those who are as obsessed as we are with variety - there are many different types of workbenches that can be acquired throughout the game, often from random sources. Taking a peek inside villagers' homes will provide previews of some of the various workbench designs up for grabs - you may even be lucky enough to acquire a desired workbench from a neighbor's home by plying them with gifts of furniture that they may put in its place.

So far, these are the types of workbenches we've seen in New Horizons (all in varying styles and colors - some customisable):

  • Simple DIY workbench
  • Mini DIY workbench
  • [Standard] DIY workbench
  • Cute DIY table
  • Ironwood DIY workbench
Cute DIY table in Animal Crossing: New HorizonsImage: Austin Voigt

How do you find DIY recipes to craft?

Speaking of popping in on your neighbors to take a peek at their DIY setups - maybe you're a seasoned crafting connoisseur who simply wants to know how you can get your hands on more recipes? If so, this section is for you.

Of course, many of the key recipes - such as tools - are provided to players near the start of the game. However, once you start crafting, it can be hard to stop. Below is a comprehensive list of all of the various ways players can access additional DIY recipes for crafting in New Horizons:

  • Find messages in bottles on the beach (randomised)
    • One message per player, per day will appear on your island's beach
    • Generally, most mystery island tours will also contain one message in a bottle on their beaches
  • Shoot down floating balloon presents (randomised)
    • Check out our guide to balloon presents and see how to maximise your chances for shooting down a recipe or two
  • Walk in on neighbors by chance while they're crafting in their homes (randomised)
    • If you see smoke coming from an islander's house, stop in and say hi - they may have a new recipe for you (once per day, per crafting resident)
    • Even friends visiting your island can get in on this action! Invite them over to acquire recipes from your neighbors, as well
  • Invite villagers to your campsite using amiibo Cards (randomised)
    • If you use the kiosk in Resident Services you can invite someone over to your campsite using their respective amiibo Card
    • When they arrive (immediately) you can talk to them repeatedly until they express an interest in taking something home with them that was made on the island, and if you don't know how to make what they want, they'll give you the DIY recipe for it
    • You can only invite one character per day
  • Redeem recipes with Nook Miles at the Resident Services kiosk (set list)
  • Purchase recipes with Bells in the cabinet at Nook's Cranny (set list)
    • This is also the place to purchase customisation kits for your crafts

Walking in on Julian crafting at home DIY workbench in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Receiving DIY crafting recipe from Julian in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Images: Austin Voigt

How do you customise furniture?

While you're perusing the cabinet of supplies at Timmy & Tommy's, you'll likely want to pick up some customisation kits to take your DIY crafting to the next level.

While some are content to simply build a bed and leave it as is, others may prefer a different type of wood, color, or even fabric. For those obsessed with coordination - or filling out their catalogue - they can take their DIY recipes one step further with the use of customisation kits from Nook's Cranny.

In order to begin customising furniture, the player must accomplish the following (in this order):

  1. Unlock the museum on their island
  2. Have three new villagers move to the island
  3. Attend Tom Nook's customisation workshop (which will also net you 50 customisation kits - worth 30,000 Bells)

Once these tasks have been completed, players can not only customise furniture with preset options - such as color, wood type, or design - but they can also add their own custom designs and special patterns from Sable to many pieces with fabric.

Customising furniture with patterns from Sable in Animal Crossing: New HorizonsImage: Austin Voigt

One (unfortunate) note: if you customise any item with a handmade design, you will be unable to pass this item along to friends or anyone else playing with you outside of your island (likely due to safety concerns). You will only be able to place these items around your own island - not drop them for another to pick up, give as gifts to an islander or attach to a letter.

However, simply sharing said item with a friend, as well as the QR code for the design, will allow them to add it to the furniture themselves - slightly more work, but worth it if you're determined!

And there you have it - everything you could ever possibly want to know (and more) about DIY crafting, workbenches, recipes and customisation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Have you been crafting up a storm, or are there other island activities you prefer to focus on? Let us know down below!

This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you're looking for specific fish or bugs, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks and Beetles, along with a full list of critters leaving at the end of the month (unless you visit Kapp'n's Boat Tour islands, of course!).

We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How to Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How to Get more DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, where and when to find special characters like Gulliver, Sable, Label, Wisp, Celeste, Pirate Gulliver and Jack, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down and Moving Trees, using amiibo on Harv's Island, How to Back Up Your Island Data, How to Time Travel, How to Get a 5-Star Island Rating and a whole lot more.

If it's new content you're looking for help with, we can help you find gyroids, unlock Brewster's café, use the new Pro Camera App for selfies, enact new ordinances, get the beloved Froggy Chair, and even learn How to Cook.

And finally, Where to Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch, if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game, and How To Buy The Happy Home Paradise DLC, too!

See Also
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guide - Walkthrough, Tips And Hints
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review
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  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)


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  • IKAY
  • Mon 27th Apr 2020

I noticed, that multiple villagers are crafting items. Three seems to be the maximum. Also they're crafting the items for 3 hours. Be sure to check on your villagers every three hours. You can grab your first DIY in the morning, close the game and get the next one in the evening. If you only go to standby the 3 hour circle will continue. Going standby on the title screen is fine.

I'm not 100% sure but I think there are daytimes, when they're not crafting. Like when it's too early. (anything before 08:00 a.m.) Also holidays like fishing tournaments or bunny day are blockers for villager DIYs.

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  • BenAV
  • Mon 27th Apr 2020

@IKAY I don't think there are really set times, as far as I've noticed. I've had villagers crafting as soon as they wake up at 6am, for example.

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  • Nhatchling
  • Mon 27th Apr 2020

@BenAV There's definitely some kind of set times. I always find a new villager crafting after 9AM, 12 noon and 4PM. I never log on before 8 so not sure if there's a 4th villager crafting before that.

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  • zquili
  • Mon 27th Apr 2020

I've noticed I usually get 2 beach bottles a day if I check in the morning and again in the evening.

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  • IKAY
  • Mon 27th Apr 2020

@BenAV maybe I should look "deeper" into but, but as far as I noticed, my villagers never crafted stuff before 8 a.m.

I'll try to take a look tomorrow

@zquili do you have two player characters on your island? Each gets his own bottle

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  • BenAV
  • Mon 27th Apr 2020

@IKAY I'm always still awake at that time so I'm always checking my villagers nice and early. I have quite a few that wake up at six and sometimes they're crafting straight away if I'm lucky but I've had other times where I've had to wait as late as 9am when Pashmina wakes up.

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  • Torakaka
  • Tue 28th Apr 2020

I actually got a Cute Workbench via Balloon. You can get workbenches that way.

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  • rjejr
  • Tue 28th Apr 2020

I rarely go into villagers homes b/c I see them all the time out and about, but I did notice the "Talk to all your villagers every day" Nook Miles stamp so I've started to do it more. So far playing 37 days I've talked to them all only 16 times.

Where I can really use some help is with "Cherry" recipes since I've never seen a cherry yet playing 200 hours and going to a mystery island each day, sometimes 2 or 3 depending on my mood. My island is oranges and I go to a lot of peach islands, and the occasional pear island, but that's it so far. I don't even know what the 5th fruit is, figure it's either apples or bananas though. Probably apples.

I have a work bench in the first room of my house and 1 just outside. I was carrying a 3rd until I realized every mystery island has one. At least every mystery island I've been on so far, so I'm guessing they all do.

What the island could use is portable storage. I don't understand how the airport doesn't have lockers to leave stuff when I go on trips. The Dodo should charge 10 bells or something for each use. I usually empty my pockets before heading to the airport but between butterflies and balloons I could have 2 or 3 extra things by the time I get there, my house is way on the other side of the island. Airports should have lockers, they could call it "luggage rack" or something if they wanted an airport aesthetic.

OK, time to go knock on some neighbors doors.

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  • flagloverNZ
  • Wed 29th Apr 2020

ah so helpful

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  • TotorHo3
  • Tue 26th Oct 2021

Hi! Great article but what I really want to ask is… are those patterns in the cushion photo available on the portal? Because they are amazing and I want all of them. Would love the creator’s ID!

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    What can you craft in Animal Crossing?

    Crafting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons allows you to create your own tools and furniture. Before you can craft a piece of furniture, however, you need to find its DIY recipe and gather the right materials..
    3x Wood..
    3x Hardwood..
    3x Softwood..
    2x Iron Nugget..

    How do you make a DIY project in Animal Crossing?

    In order to craft any DIY recipes, the player must have access to a DIY workbench. From the beginning of the game, a workbench is provided at Resident Services, where users can craft as much as they would like, for free - thanks to the ever-benevolent Tom Nook.

    Is there a craft all in Animal Crossing?

    So, Will You Ever Be Able to Craft Multiple Items At Once in Animal Crossing? No.

    How many DIY recipes are in ACNH 2022?

    All 922 DIY Recipes in Animal Crossing New Horizons - visit to my island required. Those are EVERY DIY recipes that are available in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game.