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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out now, and one of the biggest changes in this entry is the addition of crafting. The ability to craft and customize your own items works as both a natural progression system for the game, as well as a way to add more variety and player choice to design and decoration. And since you can put furniture outdoors now, too, the possibilities for island design are seemingly endless.

Building paradise

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Create your own island world

Animal Crossing: New Horizons puts crafting at the forefront, letting players build and design their own island paradises with more decorating, customization, and creative options than ever before.

You'll get the ability to craft pretty early in the game, but if you're wondering what it's all about, here's a quick guide to crafting in Animal Crossing: new Horizons:

Unlock DIY

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DIY -- Do It Yourself -- projects are the equivalent of crafting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And unlocking them is incredibly easy. In fact, you can do it on the very first day of the game.

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Simply begin the game and follow the tutorial. Once you sleep in-game and start the first official "day," Tom Nook will announce that he is doing DIY workshops for residents in his tent. Visit him there and ask to take the workshop.

Nook will teach you the fundamentals of crafting, having you make your very first fishing rod. From there, you'll be given some basic recipes and the ability to craft anything, so long as you have the DIY recipe and required materials for it. The sky's the limit from there!

Getting the materials

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To make items with DIY recipes, you'll need their required materials. There are a number of different materials you can use to craft. Here they are, as well as how to find them:

  • Weeds - At the start of the game, these will be everywhere. It's the green grassy stuff on the ground, appearing in varying lengths from little clovers to full stalks. Just press Y in front of a patch to pick it.
  • Tree Branches - These are small sticks. You can find them on the ground under trees (more will respawn each day), but you can get an infinite supply simply by shaking trees. They won't always drop, but keep shaking and you'll get more.
  • Stone - Small grey rocks. These will respawn daily like tree branches next to the large, grey boulders on the island. You can get more by hitting rocks with a shovel, which you'll need to craft as a DIY recipe or buy from the Nooklings.
  • Wood - Brown logs, only obtainable by hitting trees with an ax.
  • Softwood - Similar to regular Wood, but lighter colored. Also obtained by hitting trees with an axe.
  • Hardwood - Similar to regular Wood, but darker colored. Also obtained by hitting trees with an axe.
  • Clay - Light brown blobs. Only obtained from hitting rocks with a shovel.
  • Iron Ore - Black, blocky rocks. Only obtained from hitting rocks with a shovel. Can be somewhat rare.
  • Gold Ore - Gold, blocky rocks. Only obtained from hitting rocks with a shovel. Very rare.
  • Flowers - Everyone will start with different flowers in their town, and these can be picked once every few days without harming the plant. If you want other flowers, you can either plant seeds purchased from the Nooklings, or dig up plants on other islands and replant them on yours.
  • Fruit - Your island will start with one type of fruit "native" to it that you can get by shaking trees where it appears. More fruit trees can be planted by obtaining new fruits from other islands, digging a hole, and placing the fruit inside.

There are other, rarer crafting materials you'll encounter later in the game, but these are the basic ones to be aware of to start with.

Getting more recipes

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When you first unlock crafting, you won't have very many recipes to work with. You'll want to acquire a lot more if you want to design more furniture and fully decorate your home and town. Here are several ways to get more DIY recipes:

  • Continue progressing your town. If Tom Nook has asked you to do something, try to accomplish it quickly. You'll obtain a lot of important new DIY recipes just from growing your town and building new facilities.
  • Check what the Nooklings are selling, either in the Resident Services tent or in Nook's Cranny. They sell some recipes you can't get anywhere else.
  • Shoot down balloons with a crafted Slingshot. These will often contain new recipes.
  • Talk to your animal islanders. Sometimes, they'll have a recipe to give you.
  • Check the beaches daily. Often, new recipes will wash up in bottles.
  • Pick up lots of different kinds of items. Sometimes, your character will be inspired just by holding a shell or an old tire and will come up with a new recipe.
  • Keep playing the game! A lot of new recipes will become available just through natural progression.

Customization

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After you've unlocked new villager homes, Nook's Cranny, and several other amenities, Tom Nook will invite you to a special customization workshop. Talk to him to initiate it and follow his instructions. You'll learn how to customize furniture with different colors and patterns through the use of customization kits!

Nook will give you a lot of customization kits to start with, and you can buy more from the Nooklings whenever you want. Customization doesn't work for every furniture item, and you'll have to enter the customization menu to see if an item can be customized. Also, every item can only be customized in specific, set ways: it'll have a set of colors available to you that are preset, and you have to pick from those.

However, some items can receive custom designs, which you can make via the Nook Phone Custom Designs app and then apply to items. This can be a fun way to personalize furniture and other items if you're a creative type.

Customization relies heavily on experimentation -- you'll have to play around with it to see what items can be customized, and how. But it's a fun way to get a lot of DIY items that look unique or match the aesthetic you're going for. Be sure to try it out!

Any questions on crafting?

Struggling to find a specific recipe or materials? Need help with crafting? Never fear. Let us know what's troubling you in the comments, and we'll try to help you build it!

Building paradise

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Create your own island world

Animal Crossing: New Horizons puts crafting at the forefront, letting players build and design their own island paradises with more decorating, customization, and creative options than ever before.

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