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Etsy Knows How to Party

Jul 15, 2011

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

Last month we cheered on makers and doers of all stripes to get together and celebrate creativity, and oh my, did you all meet our challenge with bright, flying colors! On June 10, 2011, thousands of you creative souls heard the brass drum beat and convened in communities all over the world to make things together, in cities and towns from Bloomington to Barcelona.

With the help of our amazing and generous sponsors — Martha Stewart, PlaidPebeo, LomographySpoonflower, BurdaStyleSimplicity, BERNINA, Magnolia Photo Booth Company, Swarovski, Duncan, Whip Up, Lark Craft, Sublime Stitching, Pendleton, Eco Bags,, and Bazzill Basics Paper — Etsy sent out packages of party supplies to the most rockin’ groups across the world, and created downloadable party guides, complete with excellent coupons, to all the party organizers (feel free to download it for yourself here).

We have loved reading your Craft Party stories and looking through these photos. Every city came up with a different handmade spin on their gathering. Here are a few moments we wanted to share with you!


Party-goers in Barcelona spent the day working on fiber related projects. “It was a wonderful afternoon with lots of creative people!” Barcelona, Spain





I Heart Art: Baltimore sponsored the Baltimore Craft Party at the Maryland Institute College of Art where party-goers did paper cutting and glass painting. Lots of kids came out to celebrate for this one!



“One of my favorite moments was when everyone was introducing themselves and describing their Etsy shops and how they began their craft. I was truly impressed by everyone’s professionalism and passion for their handmade items. In addition, everyone was passionate about promoting and assisting each other — helping each other succeed and grow!”  Hilo, HI



Participants in Kalamazoo, MI painted glass items and created mixed media pieces. “Several of the participants brought craft stash to swap.”









I Heart Art: Portland and the Museum of Contemporary Craft put on a 11-hour crafty extravaganza for Etsy’s Craft Party. During the day we had open crafting in the Museum’s ‘Lab,’ where crafters could help piece together quilts for the Quake Survivors Project and participate in a slew of other crafty activities — Japanese-style papercuts, freestyle Stitch-o-Rama embroidery on a vintage tablecloth, and a Might Ugly project. Everyone was happy, chatting with their neighbors and getting their craft on! Admission to the party was a sliding scale donation to Mercy Corps’ Japan Relief Fund. Everyone loved having a blast while giving back to a community in need, even though the community was on the other side of the ocean. Overall, we raised almost $700 for Mercy Corps and helped fuel the Quilts for Quake Survivors Project!” Portland, OR

“Our craft party was held at Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe, a local bakery that is full of delicious handmade sweets. We set up make-and-take origami stations, a table with tons of coupons and projects, and had another station set up with our raffle items and a great photo area outside with handmade props and background. We formed our Etsy team at last year’s Craft Party and were very happy to also be celebrating our first anniversary.” Miami, FL


“After we got our craft project finished and put the letters that everyone had made together to form the words ‘Etsy Craft Party!,’ we played Scrabble or ‘Scraftbble,’ using our creations. It was so much fun!” Málaga, Spain




“Our group met at a bar that regularly hosts Sunday arts & crafts brunch events, so the setting was ideal. Some of us had met previously at other Etsy meet-ups, others were first-timers, so it was a great, convivial mix.” Philadelphia, PA



All proceeds from the Seattle Craft Party raffle went to a local Seattle work space supporting artists. “It was just great to see everyone in the community come out to celebrate the handmade community together.”










The Etsy Hudson Craft Party made recycled planters, indoor and outdoor containers for plants of all kinds, garden markers, terrariums, sewn fabric planter bags, window boxes and more!






“Our team celebrated Etsy’s 6th anniversary during our 3-day summer bazaar. The same people who visited our party the first day came the next two days too! They loved the fact that they created something beautiful with their hands from plain materials.” Etsy Greek Street Team


“We had a blast putting this together, and can’t wait until next year so we can do it again!  Much fun was had and many new friends were made.” Tampa, FL



Some highlights from the Tokyo Craft Party were “meeting other crafters and crafting as we chatted; it was great to meet some like-minded people.” Tokyo, Japan





Organizer of the Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina Craft Party said, “It was great to give people the opportunity through the Craft Party to try new things and hopefully it has inspired them to go off and do more creative things.” Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina





“This is the second Etsy Craft Party organized by the Etsy Italia Team in Rome. We had four nice projects to realize: a funny ring made out of recycled pantyhose, little boxes made out of recycled cardboard, butterflies and shadowboxes made out of recycled cardboard and old magazines.” Rome, Italy



In Durham, NC party-goers had a “mini-craft fair with 15 local craft vendors with kids’ music performed by Grammy-nominated singer, Kate McGarry, and her husband, Keith Ganz, and food by a local chef.” Durham, NC








In Midtown Sacramento, CA “everyone enjoyed trading their craft supplies during the craft supply swap.”


At the Brooklyn, NY Craft Party, we threw a big print party, featuring hands-on screenprinting, letterpress with Purgatory Pie Press, live music from Raya Brass Band, and photo booth mayhem. It was a night to be remembered by our 300+ guests!


Do you have a tale from a Craft Party that you attended? Share with us in the comments below!

How to Throw Your Own Craft Night | How-Tuesday Projects | Craft Party 2011

Reclaimed Wood DIY Wine Cork Coaster Kit - honey, set of 4
Reclaimed Wood DIY Wine Cork Coaster Kit - honey, set of 4
20 Rainbow  Pack -Several Colors- Paper Straws with DIY Flag Toppers
20 Rainbow Pack -Several Colors- Paper Straws with DIY Flag Toppers


  • starrstores

    starrstores said 5 years ago

    wow! this type of thing gives me inspiration that there actually ARE other people like me out in thsi world! Im usually trying to avoid the negative contact I experience so i isolate (and make jewelry!!) who would've thought you could share this with others... ADULTS~!~ :)

  • pillowflightpdx

    pillowflightpdx said 5 years ago

    I wish I could have made it to the Portland party!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    How beautiful !

  • ampellizzari

    ampellizzari said 5 years ago

    So cool to read about the spirit of Etsy alive and well worldwide, as well as to see my hometown of Durham mentioned! :)

  • NeatoKeen

    NeatoKeen said 5 years ago

    I sell vintage but I would love to "get crafty" - these events look like so much fun! I am incredibly proud to be part of an organization that unites the world in arts, crafts, re-use and re-purposing.

  • stoneandbone

    stoneandbone said 5 years ago

    Amazing connect everyone. Mahalo for featuring our Team Hilo Etsy meet up, we had a great time, our first, but not our last. Pk Hilo, Hawaii The Hilo Etsy Team

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Wow, etsy helps make this big old world a more intimate place! Mahalo, thank you for featuring our first THE (Team Hilo Etsy) up!

  • lamarmota

    lamarmota said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! i couldn't attend to the party in barcelona :(

  • Kosmika

    Kosmika said 5 years ago

    I love these events! it's such fun and meeting creative people it's great! :)

  • supercursi

    supercursi said 5 years ago

    Thank you for featuring our etsy party in Malaga! We had a really good time and I' m craving for another magical crafty picnic :)

  • valeriatelier

    valeriatelier said 5 years ago

    wondeful events!! Thank you..

  • ManilaExtract

    ManilaExtract said 5 years ago

    Thank you ETSY for showcasing our brand new team from HILO, HAWAII - Team Hilo Etsy!! Since the June 10th Craft Party we've already doubled in size, have an official T.H.E. team on Etsy and T.H.E. Facebook and we have another Meet Up on the 27th. HILO ♥'s Etsy!

  • dodofit

    dodofit said 5 years ago

    Wow! Hello from Bulgaria!:)

  • mountainwindscarving

    mountainwindscarving said 5 years ago

    Hello everyone Just joined Etsy from another site Love the energy.

  • JewelryByDKCrafts

    JewelryByDKCrafts said 5 years ago

    Love the energy. I am going to try to join the San Antonio group!!!

  • FancyCookies

    FancyCookies said 5 years ago

    This looks like so much fun! It just looks like everyone is having a great time! -Claire Check out my store if your hungry! :)

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 5 years ago

    Looks like so much fun!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Our newly formed team in Hilo Hawaii (featured here) just had a second meet up today. From 9 people at the first meet up, we have grown to over 20, made a facebook team, facebook page and continue to go forward with the goal of supporting one another, supporting the community and supporting etsy!

  • birgitvankeer

    birgitvankeer said 5 years ago

    Great ideas for a party :D

  • AuntBonniesCloset

    AuntBonniesCloset said 5 years ago

    I want one of those "Etsy Vintage-the thrill of the Hunt" Bags-- Please tell me where to find one !

  • PatrisCorner

    PatrisCorner said 5 years ago

    Love the party!

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose said 5 years ago

    good stuff!

  • hingmade

    hingmade said 5 years ago

    so much fun party╹◡╹

  • hawthornehill

    hawthornehill said 5 years ago

    Yeah for crafting!!!! Wonderful!

  • allstarjewelry

    allstarjewelry said 5 years ago

    WOW! That warms my heart.

  • junctionoffunction

    junctionoffunction said 5 years ago

    This is a great idea. Thinking of starting one too here in Naples, Florida. :)

  • OhHandmade

    OhHandmade said 5 years ago

    That's a very good idea.

  • ByBunni

    Bunni Russell from ByBunni said 4 years ago

    as a crafter, nothing makes me happier than being with other like minded people.

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