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How to Throw Your Own Craft Night

May 28, 2010

by Julie Schneider

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You want to hold a creative event, you say? That’s all you have to mention and you know I’ll make it my business to be there. I view crafting as a very inclusive, inviting, participatory, and community-oriented activity, not to mention great fun! There is just something about craft that has been a driving force for bringing friends and neighbors together throughout the ages — for the sake of meeting one another, fostering creativity, and even galvanizing for good deeds. From quilting bees and crochet circles, to barn-raisings and planting victory gardens, to painting murals and knitting for the needy (and even penguins), there is nothing like connecting with like-minded souls, learning a new skill, and making something with your own two hands.

I’ve been dreaming up crafty gatherings ever since I could wield a pair of scissors, from childhood birthday parties to various incarnations of knitting clubs and craft nights throughout high school and college, as well as creative community programs for the Etsy community, like Hands-On, Meet & Make, and Craft Party. Along the way, I have gleaned all sorts of knowledge for how to throw a successful crafting event without needing to spend much money at all.

Read on for tips and ideas to help you get started without breaking the bank.

1. Get focused
First, you’ll need to decide what you want your creative event to be all about. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Is this a one-off event or a recurring gathering?
  • What will the participants be doing at each meeting? Will there be an organized project for attendees to learn (like how to stencil), a general creative theme for participants to work on independently (like embroidery or stamping), a group project (like knitting scarves for charity) or more of an open, crafty free-for-all?
  • If there is an organized project, what will it be? Who will teach the project? Will there be a different skill-share at each meeting?
  • Who are you hoping to meet at your Craft Night? What sort of new friends are you hoping to make?

 

2. Find a space
Look for a location that would be conducive to the sort of creative event you are organizing. There are probably more free meeting spaces in your town than you might imagine. If you are hosting a knit and crochet night, a place with some comfy chairs or couches will do. If you’re thinking a drink-and-draw evening is more your thing, keep your eyes peeled for a place welcoming to your shenanigans and with tables for drawing upon. Community spaces, such as coffee shops, cafes, art spaces, bars, parks, and library meeting rooms are great places to look.

You can also try reaching out to places with an educational focus, such as museums with classrooms, art schools, or craft stores that host classes. These spaces might come equipped with basic tools for you to use and worktables dedicated to creative projects, which can be a bonus.

If you’re organizing a Craft Night among friends, you may wish to take turns hosting the gatherings at your own homes.

Or, perhaps, the creative event you have in mind transcends the need for walls and roof and furniture. Convene on the corner and go yarn-bomb your town! Meet in the park and make a chalk mural on the sidewalk. There’s nothing like taking it to the streets for some guerilla art action, right?

3. Pick a Project & Gather Supplies

Once you’ve honed in on the focus of your Craft Night and where you will be meeting, you’ll want to decide what you’ll be doing at each gathering. There are countless craft projects out there that cost very little money, especially when you get creative, as we are wont to do at Craft Nights! You may wish to ask everyone to bring their own supplies, or chip in to cover the costs. If you have ambitious material needs, try reaching out to local craft supply stores for possible sponsorship, particularly if you’re seeking specialized materials.

Here are a few project ideas that require only minimum supplies that you might have lurking in your home already (including scrap and recycled materials):

For more inspiration for potential Craft Night projects, be sure to peruse the How-Tuesday column of Etsy’s blog, watch our How-To Videos, or take inspiration from past Craft Night projects at the Etsy Labs.

To find instructors for skill-sharing Craft Nights, you probably won’t need to look further than your own arts community. Reach out to your friends, local art teachers, artists and designers, craft store owners, arts bloggers, craft book authors, and local Etsy sellers and Etsy Teams to find creative folks who may be willing to share their mad skills and know-how to an eager and attentive audience.

Don’t forget refreshments: snacks and crafts go together like paper and glue! Go potluck-style and encourage everyone who is attending to bring a snack to share. Maybe a local bakery would even like to sponsor your Craft Night and provide some treats.

Or, if you’re a food lover you could even host a Craft Night centered around your favorite confection. Every year at the Etsy Labs we co-host a Cupcake Craft Night with Cupcakes Take the Cake where  we make cupcake-inspired crafts and dine upon real cupcakes made by participants and donated from local bakeries. Yum!

4. Choose dates & times

If your Craft Night is going to be a recurring event I would recommend picking a regular meeting time, such as a specific day and time that is weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly. Hosting meetings at regular intervals helps to keep up the momentum, while choosing a regular day and time (rather than meeting erratically) will help your crafters remember when to show up and make routine appearances.

5. Spread the Word
Get the word out and promote! Invite all your friends and local crafters to participate. Reach out to local Etsy Teams.

If you’re looking to attract local artists outside of your existing circle of friends, create some buzz by getting the word out high and low. Create event postings on sites like Going, Time Out, Yelp, and similar local sites where you live. Hit up those social networking channels; put a call out on Twitter and start a Facebook group.

If you’re serious about creating a thriving, ongoing gathering, Meetup.com is also a great place to connect with like-minded creative folks in your area.

6. Get busy crafting!

At the event, be sure to greet everyone who arrives and hand out name tags so that newbies don’t feel like lost souls. Have all participants sign in when they arrive and leave their email address so you can build a mailing list and easily stay in touch. As your Craft Night is winding down for the evening, remind everyone where and when the next meeting will be.

Checklist for the day of your meeting:

  • Name tags and pens
  • Sign-in sheet
  • Signs directing to your meeting space
  • Tables and chairs
  • Craft supplies
  • Snacks
  • Music
  • First-Aid Kit

Here are a few examples of hands-on groups and gatherings, for further inspiration:

Do you have a tip for leading a craft group/event? Do you organize your own Craft Night?
Tell us about it in the comments below!

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129 comments

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Eeehee.. I'm ALWAYS telling my momma and kid sisters and my best friend Carrie that "we need to have craft night". I appreciate this article; it may just be the inspiration/motivation I need to actually do it! Thanks!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    Yes! You must remember the food!

  • laigrai

    laigrai said 7 years ago

    yay for craft nights!! i think gathering around the crafting table is seriously *the* best way to meet people and share what you love!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    Lovely article!

  • ScienceKitty

    ScienceKitty said 7 years ago

    Craft Night sounds like such fun! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • CraftLoco

    CraftLoco said 7 years ago

    Some of my fondest memories growing up was when my Mom would hold craft nights at our house in the 70's... Good times and a great article! I LOVE Etsy!!

  • tamaragarvey

    tamaragarvey said 7 years ago

    omg, you had me at "mimosas & making!"

  • batzy

    batzy said 7 years ago

    We are organizing our local event here in Tijuana...thanks for this article!

  • eveneve

    eveneve said 7 years ago

    sweet.

  • shereesalchemy

    shereesalchemy said 7 years ago

    I am going to be hosting my very first craft night in my downtown Houston studio the 3rd weekend in July! I would have joined the June 18th bash, but I have previous plans for that night. Reading your article makes me realize I should whip up some delicious homemade goodies to share as well!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 7 years ago

    Sounds like fun.

  • elinart

    elinart said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • bigbadartcollective

    bigbadartcollective said 7 years ago

    I love craft nights! Our Etsy store was kicked off by several wintry late-night crafting sessions & we're still inspired. Sharing materials helps keep down costs quite a bit. We've often used materials already around. I'm looking forward to perusing all of the ideas above. The light bulb terrariums are awesome. Thanks for this article.

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 7 years ago

    i need to try this! i want some crafty friends ;)

  • QuuteJewelry

    QuuteJewelry said 7 years ago

    I have been wanting to do a craft night in my area for so long but have afraid to venture out and make it happen...your words of encouragement have inspired me!

  • braggingbags

    braggingbags said 7 years ago

    My girlfriends husbands are all military and since they have all deployed we get together every Saturday night for Craft Night ~ we do simple projects, eat dinner, and chat away! It is such a fun & relaxing atmosphere - I highly suggest craft nights! Thanks for this post!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks! I enjoyed this article.

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 7 years ago

    Oooh, I love me some yarn bombing!

  • UxCritter

    UxCritter said 7 years ago

    Thank You for the great article! I have been to craft parties and I have tried to initiate them too. I am not a really good organizer, but I am a good attendee to ones others organize, and I always enjoy any kind of crafting. I haven't figured out Etsy Labs yet to see what it's all about, but it sounds fabulous to craft together or just discuss crafting. Thank you again for the information!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Sounds like fun!!

  • JL67

    JL67 said 7 years ago

    What a SUPER-FUN idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    OOoh the treats look good

  • SilverSistersStudio

    SilverSistersStudio said 7 years ago

    Eek! So timely! I just posted on my blog about a farmer's market "creativity booth" i was thinking of starting up, just for fun. Thanks for the advice and ideas!

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 7 years ago

    Now all I need is all the crafty people to move closer to be so people will come. :sigh: Seriously though, thanks for the wonderful ideas. I've been thinking about doing a craft night with my youth group.

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 7 years ago

    I adore SophieBlackall's art at the top!!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Thanks for laying the groundwork and all the helpful ideas!

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 7 years ago

    Hooray for craft night! C'mon over to my house! I'm so inspired...

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    I need to do this after summer!!! Time is always the problem :(

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 7 years ago

    great tips!

  • squid21r

    squid21r said 7 years ago

    Wonderful tips! I soooo want to have a craft night now!!

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 7 years ago

    Love this idea! I'm in the process of moving, but I'm sooooo hosting a craft night for my friends when i settle in to my new place! FUN!!

  • amypetersstudio

    amypetersstudio said 7 years ago

    Just started one at my new fabulous studio in San Luis Obispo. Can't wait!

  • connectthedotscrafts

    connectthedotscrafts said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I held a craft night at my workplace, but it was less of a make-in-the-moment thing, and more of an opportunity to share all the ways we are creative in our personal time. I learned so many new things about my coworkers! Read more here: http://tiny.cc/fe8kv.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Wohoo for craft nights!!With friends, with a lot of ideas etc !!!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 7 years ago

    cute

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 7 years ago

    I'm throwing a craftparty on the 18th from 10AM till 5PM - too bad my studio is too small for more then 8 guests but everyone is excited about it and it's going to be heaps of fun! :) Happy B-day, Etsy! :) Thanks for all the tips, they are great! :)

  • derinmavi

    derinmavi said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration to organize a craft night! Thank you for the article!

  • triggerhappy

    triggerhappy said 7 years ago

    We're down to the wire for our little skillshare kickstarter project - 3 days! If you could spread the word, we'd greatly appreciate it. June 5th in Millerton NY - 2 etsy makers represent - myself & serimony. more info here http://larksandjapes.wordpress.com and the kickstarter link below. Fantastic tips! Thanks! @larksandjapes 3 days to donate! backer rewards include bitters, handmade goodness, possibly cartwheels. thanks in advance! http://is.gd/cqhch #kickstarter

  • newenglandcandyco

    newenglandcandyco said 7 years ago

    this is awesome, I could def provide the treats!! I bookmarked for reference later. Got some great ideas for a craft night already!!

  • FABRINICO

    FABRINICO said 7 years ago

    Peru Local team is organizing one Craft Night in Lima http://www.meetup.com/Etsy-Craft-Party/5274/

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 7 years ago

    great idea....

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Hooray for CRAFT NIGHT! My family and I have at least one craft night each week. I've been teaching my husband and mom how to make jewelry, pour resin, drill beads and so much more! We love it.

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 7 years ago

    what fun! pass me the plate of chocolate covered pretzels please!!! XO

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 7 years ago

    Hehehe, I've had some great craft nights at my place. Usually they involve: -LOTS of random supplies from the dollar store laid out nicely on a table -a little too much drinking (mixing drinks is like a craft...) -inebriated friends joyously making fabulous messes Such good times! Perhaps I'll have a more orderly and organized event at some point... But the kind where people pass out on the floor covered in glitter are fun for now!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 7 years ago

    Don't forget the food (and drink)! These are so fun fun fun! I really love those light bulb terrariums.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    I've RSVP'd for the Dallas Craft Party. So far 85 have signed up. I can't wait.

  • HeartBeadDesigns

    HeartBeadDesigns said 7 years ago

    marking

  • slippie

    slippie said 7 years ago

    Fun! I'm about to move to SF ... besides meetup.com, does anyone know of other ways to meet artsy/ crafty people? I know there must be tons of such people in the bay area.

  • CamelliaCottage

    CamelliaCottage said 7 years ago

    I belong to a group called 'The Georgia Farmgirls'! We meet once a month, but a few weeks ago started having a 'Craft Party' each Thursday night. The first night there were two of us, the 2nd week there were 5, and this week there were 6 of us. We bring snack foods and members are encouraged to bring whatever project they are working on, like knitting, embroidery, etc. We also have an 'idea corner' where we have yarn and knitting needles that can be used to start a project. This week we also started on a scrapbook for the group's first year. It's so much fun! A bunch of ladies laughing and talking and sharing their projects is just a wonderful thing!

  • theothermagdalene

    theothermagdalene said 7 years ago

    I'd been toying with the idea but never solidified it. But now I know at least two people who craft, three if I'm lucky, and they can always bring friends. I'll try to do that this summer!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    the light bulbs are crazy awesome! wow!

  • KCsCreations

    KCsCreations said 7 years ago

    I love the concept and have participated at one time or another in quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamping and sewing ---oh and knitting! It is making my "wheels turn" a bit and wondering if maybe I should take some gal pals up on gettin' together to make jewelry

  • CuddledUp

    CuddledUp said 7 years ago

    Gosh you gave me so many great ideas! If I were to have a craft night, I would do a walk before hand, then some nice fruit and veggie platters, some fun tunes, and something very engaging and fun. :)What a great idea. :)

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 7 years ago

    What a great idea and a great excuse for more crafting!

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Great tips

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 7 years ago

    Love craft gatherings-exciting to see younger people discovering their own 'crafts' and ways to pursue them.

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 7 years ago

    Totally! I tried to plan a craft night last fall but I couldn't gather enough people, reading this just rebooted my battery and I think I'm gonna give it another go.

  • GusandOllie

    GusandOllie said 7 years ago

    Living abroad our Craft Nights have become something very dear to our hearts. It's not only a time and place to craft, have a few drinks and eat some lovely homemade goodies, but also a much needed realm in which to share our good times and bad, with people who know exactly what you're going through....We all miss home and our families terribly (we're from all over the world), but our Stitch n Bitch group has become somewhat of a family itself :) Great article! Thank you.

  • BoutiqueButtons

    BoutiqueButtons said 7 years ago

    Good idea!

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 7 years ago

    Love this idea, I am going to gather my friends for a crafting session. And what a great chance to reuse and recycle old items x

  • valburgesscollage

    valburgesscollage said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the organized format of information. I have been trying to get a get together off the ground in my local neighborhood. Will use the suggestions.

  • artnestshop

    artnestshop said 7 years ago

    Some girls and I have been 'planning' on a Summer Sewing Club (we need to work on our name :) for several months - this article was a great inspiration to just jump in and do it! It's hard for me to find 'like minded' crafty people in my community so maybe this will bring them out into the open...THANKS!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    I've been holding "Ladies Nights Out" once a month since last September. Together this diverse group of women relax, create, laugh, drink wine and learn something new. This past week was "Garden Art". The ladies hand painted wooden birdhouses, bisque bird feeders and bisque bird baths. It is such a joyous time and I highly recommend it to everyone! I have more information on my blog and website.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    so FUN! I need to pull one together!

  • sosewsomething

    sosewsomething said 7 years ago

    Such a well-written post! I host "Make It Mondays" every month and I agree with EVERYTHING said. Plus, I LOVE the list of things to do that you provided - those terrariums are sooo cool!

  • GrowingUpWCharissa

    GrowingUpWCharissa said 7 years ago

    Oooh! Thanks for this article! I've been thinking about throwing one so this was great timing!

  • CreationsBySBDesigns

    CreationsBySBDesigns said 7 years ago

    love the craft night idea.....if only i had a space to hold such a night..... oh well keep dreaming i guess.....

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Need to one going all the older woman could teach us young ones knitting, crocheting, tatting, quilting from the past, hmmmm the gears are turning. Thanks

  • Chesterella

    Chesterella said 7 years ago

    My new shop in Bellport, NY, Rosie's Handmade Revolution, has Workshop Thursdays nights. I have a had a couple of Etsy crafters come and teach the workshops as well as myself. We have a great time around my 1890's 12ft long butchers block crafting away and learning new things!!!

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 7 years ago

    I'm planning as we speak....... Thank you for the inspiration!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    craft night sounds like so much fun!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Aaaaaaaa looks like so much fun, one of these days I'm going to host one ;p

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 7 years ago

    so awesome! I want to host a craft night but really didn't know hot go about it! Thanks for the tips!

  • compassrosedesigns

    compassrosedesigns said 7 years ago

    Hoping to have a craft party in Rapid City, SD. If you live in this area, please convo me.

  • BigSisterDesigns

    BigSisterDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love it! I am in the process of starting a knit and crochet group making scarves for the homeless in my area. Our first meeting will be June 3rd.

  • IndieMoon

    IndieMoon said 7 years ago

    Great ideas & info. Thanks!!!

  • BeadHeadArt

    BeadHeadArt said 7 years ago

    I have been wanting to do this forever and I have been hinting around to all my friends but this gives me an actual outline!! Yay now I can actually get it started! :)

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 7 years ago

    Great Tips, Thanks so much for the article!

  • Anaspaceship

    Anaspaceship said 7 years ago

    I love the octipus finger puppet!!

  • mairitales

    mairitales said 7 years ago

    I'm going to organize a crafty meetup in Rome-Italy on 18 june, so: thank you for all these ideas and info :D Great!!!

  • Silentretreat

    Silentretreat said 7 years ago

    Stitch n bitch ftw.

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 7 years ago

    Great ideas & info, we are on it up here on Vancouver Island!

  • Silentretreat

    Silentretreat said 7 years ago

    I want to throw a craft night myself now.

  • carolgirl00

    carolgirl00 said 7 years ago

    Awesome idea!!

  • kaylovesvintage

    kaylovesvintage said 7 years ago

    that looks like so much fun

  • songsparrow

    songsparrow said 7 years ago

    What a great bridal shower/party idea!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 7 years ago

    Several years ago I read an article from a county extension office and the theme of the article was "teach a girl to sew", in other words pass down a viable skill. Craft night idea would be a way to do this; moms and daughters getting together to teach/learn something fun.

  • africanqueenjewelry

    africanqueenjewelry said 7 years ago

    This is a great idea. I really enjoyed this information.

  • jewelrydesignsbyabr

    jewelrydesignsbyabr said 7 years ago

    I like "craft night" instead of what I usually call "jewelry party". seems more fun and targeted towards everyone's interest!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    Such Lovely ideas!

  • lefthandedgoth

    lefthandedgoth said 7 years ago

    Been saying for a while that I need to start a "Half-Assed Craft Koven", for people who want to get together and make spell kits, magickkk things, and stuff. Requirements: -- must blow off one meeting a year. -- must not miss when it's your turn to bring refreshments. -- each meeting we try out a new cocktail recipe. -- NO CIRCLES! At best, the people who would show up would be so bent it would have to be an octagon. Making stuff would be in there, somewhere, I'm sure. In the OKC area? Interested? Convo!!

  • lefthandedgoth

    lefthandedgoth said 7 years ago

    ... sister HACK octagons also welcome to start up...

  • BLinkDesign

    BLinkDesign said 7 years ago

    Great tips! I'm definitely gonna use these for our Craft Night Party in San Antonio.

  • LaBelleDesigns

    LaBelleDesigns said 7 years ago

    I've thought about doing a craft night but never really knew how to go about it...now, I'm intruged and super excited! Thanks for the great tips. I will be organizing something as soon as we get settled in our new house! I really think that I could convert some of my 'not-so-crafty' friends with one of these nights!

  • LisaDPottery

    LisaDPottery said 7 years ago

    Love the idea of a Craft Night! I'm going to have to dream up an event around pottery. I think that would be an awesome time for those who have never "played in the clay" before. Ooooooh - just thought of the name for the event! "Play in the Clay". Thanks for the ideas!

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 7 years ago

    What a fun article, I need to come back and look at all the crafting suggestions.

  • perfectlyhandmade

    perfectlyhandmade said 7 years ago

    I LOVE the idea of Craft Night to celebrate Etsy's Birthday! I hope to have my own Craft Night sometime soon! Speaking of EXCITING birthdays... Today on May 30, 2010, we are celebrating the very first Etsy Birthday of Perfectly Handmade! To celebrate, we'll be offering some special deals from now until Friday, June 4, 2010 at 10:00 PM! 15% off will be offered during this time on ALL items whose listings will state "ETSY BIRTHDAY SALE" in the title and the price will already reflect the discount! We hope that you will treat yourself to something special and help us celebrate our birthday!

  • DesignsByMonicaMarie

    DesignsByMonicaMarie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. Thanks for the tips!

  • rerealtya

    rerealtya said 7 years ago

    great ideas!

  • thecraftcaravan

    thecraftcaravan said 7 years ago

    I started a weekly craft night about six months ago. It is definitely the most fun/inspiring way to craft! I plan weekly projects, gather info & materials and assemble a group of friends and crafters from the community. Then I charge a flat rate to attend, which covers the materials and my time. I recently added these classes to my etsy page to make the money exchange a little easier. : ) We used to meet at an art studio but now we're wandering around town, having craft night in coffee shops and in people's homes. It's amazing how hospitable people can be! www.thecraftcaravan.blogspot.com

  • mygoodness

    mygoodness said 7 years ago

    i so want to stage a Craft Night in my town, Placerville, CA., halfway between Lake Tahoe and Placerville...this is my goal in the next six months...and I've ben inspired by Etsy's ideas and suggestions! thanks so much...!

  • Lipeony

    Lipeony said 7 years ago

    great timing my friends and I were planning a craft night to play with new ideas and styles =D

  • greenpicklesshop

    greenpicklesshop said 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness! I think this may have to be my birthday party! It is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Love Aimee x

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 7 years ago

    Lots of great ideas!!

  • kizzyrayan123

    kizzyrayan123 said 7 years ago

    I want to throw a craft night!

  • jenniferdennispotter

    jenniferdennispotter said 7 years ago

    They sound like a lot of fun! I'd love to make books or matchbox love letters. Great ideas! Thanks for featuring my photo, too!

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign said 7 years ago

    Great creativity flowing there...wonderful ideas for fun and just letting your hair down!

  • beadifulnanci

    beadifulnanci said 7 years ago

    Great article I was thinking of doing something like a craft night or maybe a craft day in the park like a craft picnic. Thanks for the ideas!

  • mossyrockpottery

    mossyrockpottery said 7 years ago

    I know a gal that has her friends over, supplies the drinks and ends up with like a couple thousand dollars in zipper pulls, jewelry, etc. put together for practically nothing, and they love doing it.

  • RameOttone

    RameOttone said 7 years ago

    Any ideas for crafting edibles? I was thinking like icing cupcakes and decorating with sprinkles and such... but honestly that sounds expensive. Can anyone think of some great food ideas that could be crafts as well and maybe not so expensive? Thanks all! I'm hosting a Craft Party in Winston-Salem, NC for Etsy's June 18th birthday. Go to the meetup pages to sign up or convo me!

  • DestinysTreasures

    DestinysTreasures said 7 years ago

    This is a great artical:) I have always wanted to have a craft night. With the info provided here I am going to give it a try:) Thank you:)

  • zizolabel

    zizolabel said 7 years ago

    hi Julie, thanks for the inspiration and ideas! I recently had a craft night with some of my friends making jewellery from inner tyres of bicycles. Yep, that's possible! Seeing my friends use different techniques and designs was inspiring. Your article makes me think about organizing this on a grander scale... here in the Netherlands we need some creative interaction!

  • geralyngray

    geralyngray said 7 years ago

    I am holding a craft party in Asbury Park at the shoppes at the Arcade......I want to spread the word to the New Jersey Etsy community.....any suggestions????

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 6 years ago

    i throw a crafty potluck monthly :D here is my tutorial on how to throw your own: http://mermaidscloset.blogspot.com/2010/09/crafty-potluck.html i also threw a crafty picnic: http://mermaidscloset.blogspot.com/2010/12/crafty-picnic.html i am moving to The Bay area in California in a week, and I plan to pick up where I've left off here in Florida ;) if you're in that area, feel free to contact me to be included!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 6 years ago

    What a fantastic idea. I have never thought about starting a craft night but it is the most obvious and natural thing to do. Watch this space... :-)

  • NiChaPoN

    NiChaPoN said 6 years ago

    Thanks a lot for a sweetie story...

  • LyndysSilks

    LyndysSilks said 6 years ago

    Sounds fun and thanks for the great tips.

  • NancyMilano

    NancyMilano said 6 years ago

    There is nothing as nice as getting together with old friends and new to do handiwork. I am a member of the EGA [Embroidery Guild of America ] and we meet every Tuesday to embroider,knit or crochet. Not only do we turn out some beautiful needlework, we are a wonderful suport group for each other as we travel through life !

  • indigobjects

    indigobjects said 6 years ago

    Exciting! Thanks for sharing!

  • vicitra

    vicitra said 5 years ago

    que bueno!!!me encanta la idea y me inspira,ojala pudiera organizarse eso por estas tierras,se me ocurrio llevarla a mi escuela una vez por mes,con todos los alumnos q quieran participar,(soy profesora de arte)y enseñar distintas tecnicas ,que les parece?

  • RubyShea

    emily cline from RubyShea said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much! What great information -- I know it may seem basic to you, but great stuff. Can't wait to have a Westchester Craft Party!

  • KatiesBeadsOfHope

    Katie Louise Leach from HopeForBinati said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article. I'm planning a Christmas crafting party and this was super helpful! :)

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  • kimberlybarclay

    Kimberly Barclay from KandLTreasures said 145 days ago

    Question...when you host a crafting party do you supply everything, or do participants bring their own scissors/glue guns/materials? I am hosting a crafting class as part of a ladies retreat, and am wondering how much prep work to do in advance. I'm making felt flower wreaths. Do I cut the flowers all out ahead of time, or provide patterns and have ladies cut them? Do I ask them to bring their own scissors/glue guns? Just wondering how much to do.....any suggestions appreciated.

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