One does not have to be an artist to be a successful craftsman. Often untrained h hands create original. beautifully designed artworks, which may be the treasured heirloom of tomorrow Handicraft is the manufacture of useful and beautiful a articles using various materials that are abundant in the community.

Specialized Fields in Handicraft

There are different specialized fields in handicraft. These are:

1.Bamboo craft - the creation of utensils, articles, or objects of art with the use of bamboo
2.Rattan craft - handicraft made of rattan

3.Shell craft - handicraft made of shells

4.Basketry - weaving of grass roots, stems, and leaves to form a container known basket

5.Coconut craft-the use of coconut shell, midrib, husk, and leaves in making products like baskets, flowers, brooms, containers, etc. including objects of art

6. Leather craft- the use of leather to produce articles such as bags, sandals, wallets, and belts

7. Woodcraft - the use of wood to produce articles like chairs, woodcarvings, utensils,

8. Fiber craft- the use of fibers in weaving hats, mats, haskets, and bags

9. Paper craft - handicraft made of paper.

10. Candle making - the use of paraffin wax and wick to make a decorative lighting material


Before making a project or handicraft, one should lig down the needed steps and materials. A good plan results in an attainable project that will be finished on a specified time. These are the steps to follow in making a project plan.

1.Kind of Project - Know the kind and purpose of your project, so that you could plan your design.
Example: Bamboo Craft Project: Fan

2. Purpose- The handicraft must be useful. Avoid making a project that is not needed at home or in school.

3. Design/Layout Plan - your design and avoid overdecoration of your project. Use attractive colors and apply the principles of color combination.

4. Raw Materials - Raw materials needed in the project should be available. Make substitute if necessary.
Example:  coconut leaves can be used in place of pandan leaves.

5. Steps, Process, and Procedure -C Once you have drawn your project and all the materials have been gathered. analyze the steps that you need to do.

Enumerate the steps or processes that are included in handicraft. Be careful with the use of your materials in order not to waste them because of mistakes.

Safety and cautions in Making Handicraft

The following safety and precautionary measures should be observed when working on handicraft:

1. Be careful in using sharp and pointed tools.

2. Learn to use power tools before trying them.

3. Be careful in using chemicals. Do not taste or inhale chemicals.

4. If a chemical is accidentally spilled on the skin, wash the affected area immediately.

5. When using electric tools, keep away from wet places and away from flame. work or working with glaring light. when doing your work. temperature in your working area.

6. Store flammable materials in a cool dry place

7. Use sunglasses or shades when doing welding

8. Wear working clothes or a laboratory gown

9, Maintain proper ventilation and room. Always keep your working area clean and orderly.