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Version: 1.1 | Updated: 10/02/2020
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Crafting

Crafting is a major function of gameplay. Crafting allows you to process raw materials into useful items and furniture.

To get started with crafting, visit the Resident Services tent and navigate to the DIY Workbench in the upper right corner of the map. Agree to take part in the upcoming workshop.

Crafting consists of three general steps:

  1. Gather materials
  2. Read and learn recipes
  3. Construct the item

When you initially start the crafting process, you'll first learn how to create a Fishing Rod, which requires gathering 5 tree branches. Collect these items around the island if you don't already have them, then move to the workbench and press the A Button. Select the Flimsy fishing rod, then select the Craft it! button to construct your first tool. Once you've constructed the item, Tom will give you access to the DIY Recipes application on your NookPhone. Sweet!

While you're at it, now's a great time to learn the Simple DIY workbench recipe that you have in your inventory!

Crafting Simple Tools

Now that you know how to craft items, it's time to start crafting things of use! Gather some tree branches by cleaning up the island or by shaking some trees. Use these branches to craft fishing rods, nets, and axes that can be used to gather even more materials.

Crafting Materials

Below is a list of crafting materials that are used to complete DIY projects. Note that whole items in the following section are not included in this list; this list simply refers to the raw materials that can be acquired for crafting purposes.

MaterialSource
AcornShaking hardwood trees (certain times of the year)
Aquarius FragmentOccasionally received by picking up off the beach the day after a successful wish on a star (only from January 20 - February 19)
Aries FragmentOccasionally received by picking up off the beach the day after a successful wish on a star (only from March 21 - April 20)
Bamboo PieceUsing an axe to chop at bamboo trees
Bamboo ShootDigging up from holes near bamboo trees
BootOccasionally received from fishing
Cancer FragmentOccasionally received by picking up off the beach the day after a successful wish on a star (only from June 21 - July 23)
Capricorn FragmentOccasionally received by picking up off the beach the day after a successful wish on a star (only from December 22 - January 20)
Cherry-Blossom PetalUsing a net to catch them (floating around the island during the first week of spring)
ClayUsing an axe or shovel to hit rocks
Clump of WeedsPicking up off the ground (grows randomly)
Empty CanOccasionally received from fishing
Flowers (all types)Picking up off the ground
Fruit (all types)Shaking hardwood trees
Purchasing from the store
Gold NuggetUsing an axe or shovel to hit rocks
HardwoodUsing an axe to chop at a tree
Iron NuggetUsing an axe or shovel to hit rocks
Large Star FragmentOccasionally received by picking up off the beach the day after a successful wish on a star
Old TireOccasionally received from fishing
PearlOccasionally found while diving
Pine ConeShaking cedar trees (certain times of the year)
Rusted PartRecycle Bin after a visit from Gulliver
SoftwoodUsing an axe to chop at a tree
Star FragmentPicking up off the beach the day after a successful wish on a star
StoneLying next to large rocks
Using an axe or shovel to hit rocks
Occasionally fished up
Occasionally received from balloon presents
Tree BranchLying on the ground near trees
Shaking hardwood or cedar trees
Wasp NestShaking hardwood or cedar trees
WoodUsing an axe to chop at a tree
Young Spring BambooUsing an axe to chop at bamboo trees

Customization

After your first new resident moves to your island, you'll be able to attend the DIY Customization workshop held by Tom in Resident Services. Completing this workshop will allow you to customize compatible items and give them a unique look and feel.

Complete this workshop in the following manner:

  • Speak to Tom in Resident Services about your interest in the workshop.
  • Build a Wooden Wardrobe using the recipe Tom gives you.
  • Speak to Tom again, informing him you have the required item.
  • Use the workbench in Resident Services to customize the item to your liking by selecting one of the colors available.

Once complete, you'll now be able to customize various DIY furniture items. To do you, you'll need customization kits that can now be purchased from Timmy.