Thursday, April 2, 2009

Article: Crafternoons

The crafternoon is a party where you get to make things. It might be completely unstructured (people bring whatever they happen to be currently working on to share with the group) or it can involve the entire group making the same project.

It's a wonderful way to build community and friendships and make some cool stuff at the same time.

In past years, I've hosted crafty parties in which we made rolled beeswax candles with lovely labels for holiday gifts, knit adorable felted flowers and made mini bound books.

I recently had a gathering in which we made very simple and lovely notecards.

I purchased some pre-cut cardstock that, when folded in half, fit nicely into the small envelopes I'd purchased. I also provided color-coordinated labels that I'd precut and pop-dots.

Completing the project was simple. Guests simply picked out pretty patterned card stock, folded them in half, found a label that worked well with the colors and attached them with pop dots.

A more elaborate project might have included other materials (ribbons, cut-outs, etc) to make more creative cards, but the simplicity of these cards was soothing and just perfect for a group of women looking to escape the ordinary bustle of their everyday lives.

Interested in this activity? Here's everything you need

Ask your guests to bring some snacks and perhaps some wine, put on some crafty music and you've got yourself one top-notch Crafternoon!

Thanks to mollylee for this great article!


little cardmaker said...

Great idea. There are scrapbook shops around here that have something similar...some day I'd like to join!

stephjacobson said...

Great article! I am fortunate that we have an Etsy team here in Omaha. We get together once a month to work on a crafty project, and it's so much fun.

The Paper Flower Shop said...

Wow - love the cards and how you can put together such an awesome design that is so simplistic. Thanks for the article!