March is National Craft Month and the perfect excuse to take a break from your everyday routine to “get your craft on.” The Craft & Hobby Association created National Craft Month in 1994 as a way to help people learn about or re-discover the joy of crafting, and has grown into an international celebration of creativity and innovation. We love everything about this movement to inspire and create, so we’ve put together a short list of ways to help you celebrate.
1. Host a Craft Day or Pinterest Party
National Craft Month is the perfect time to round up a couple of your closest and craftiest friends and dedicate an entire morning or afternoon to crafting. Create a Pinterest Board or Facebook group to make it easy to exchange ideas about the projects you’d like to try, split up the shopping list, and then whip up your favorite snack to create the perfect crafty retreat.
2. Take a Class
The next time you’re hanging out in your local craft or home improvement store, be sure to ask one of the employees about upcoming classes and events – not only are they a great way to tackle a new technique, but they can also be a great opportunity to meet likeminded (and crafty!) individuals.
3. Learn Something New
With the Internet as your oyster, it’s never been easier to learn something new. Take advantage of online tutorials, hit the books or grab a friend – no matter how you choose to learn a technique, you won’t be sorry you did. If you like scrapbooking, consider checking out an illustration tutorial. Like needlework? Find a challenging new pattern that stretches your ability. Taking the time to learn something new can go a long way toward reinvigorating your interests and challenging your creativity.
4. Get Inspired Outdoors
With March comes the return of spring, which hopefully means milder weather. Take advantage of a beautiful day this month and scour your backyard, garden, local park or trail for natural treasures you can use in your crafting. Let your imagination take flight, helping you turn flowers into pressed adornments for shadowboxes or stationery, twigs into glittery dragonflies or leaves into templates for stepping stones or a birdbath for your garden.
5. Finish What You Start
We know you don’t always have a lot of “free time” and if you’re anything like us, that means you probably have some abandoned crafts or projects that have been sitting in your “To-Do” bin. Harness the power of National Craft Month as that little extra motivation to pick up at least one of those projects and get it transferred to your “Completed” pile.
We’d love to hear about your plans for celebrating National Craft Month - leave your ideas and inspiration in the comments below!
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