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Join in! Making It coming to NBC July 31 at 10pm (ET)

Jul 24, 2018

by Dayna Isom Johnson

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Image Credit: Ryan Liebe

Overview:

The Etsy Trend Guide is a compilation of fresh trends our expert is noticing across Etsy and the crafting industry as a whole: what sellers are creating, what shoppers are loving, and what’s hot right now in the wider market. These trend predictions for 2018 are based, in part, on past top searches across categories on Etsy.com.

Late last year, I had the unbelievable opportunity to work on a top-secret, new project with NBC  (in fact, it was so underwraps that my own family had no idea what whisked me away to Los Angeles for an entire month). Now, I’m shouting from the rooftops and am beyond excited to share that I’ll be serving as a judge on the upcoming crafting competition, Making It, premiering July 31 at 10pm ET on NBC. I’m joining fellow judge Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador for Barneys) and executive producers and hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman as eight contestants compete to win hand embroidered patches each week, and…$100,000! The show is a true celebration of creativity, imagination, and improvisation, Making It will bring together artists and craftspeople from across the creative spectrum—from woodworkers to felt experts and everyone in between—to complete weekly themed challenges that put their ingenuity (and paintbrush-wielding prowess) to the test.

The filming process was a dream. Not only did Amy and Nick create a warm and fun environment, the contestants kept Simon and me on our toes each week by blowing us away with their creativity and enormous talent. Making It is heartwarming, motivating, and of course hilarious.   

Throughout the season we’re encouraging those of you watching at home to get inspired and put down your phones to make something! To get you started we’ve outlined show-stopping projects for you and your family and friends to do together.  Don’t forget to tune in and follow my instagram @daynaisomjohnson and #MakingIt for all the behind the scenes footage. Now, as we say to the contestants make it!”

DIY terrarium

Terrariums are an easy project for everyone to get their hands dirty.  Searches on Etsy have increased 158% year over year as we continue to see them gain popularity. It’s a simple project that doesn’t require much, but allows makers to completely customize with their own style using unique items such as crystals, air plants, mini figurines, and really anything they can think of.

Gemstone Unicorn Terrarium KitMiniature Terrarium Structure with Evergreen TreesAmethyst Crystal Air Plant

Embroidery

Embroidery has long been a staple in DIY, but punch needle technique has recently been making waves. Searches for “punch need DIY kits” have spiked 508% this year. Whether adorning your stale white sneakers with a little pizazz or adding your own flair to home decor, the embroidered effect is a lasting trend. Try it in hoop art, pillows, rugs, and even jewelry.

Punch Needle Design Template, Sofie’s Sweet Ride Punch Needle Kit, Round Cushion Pattern, BE STILL Hand Embroidery Kit 

Paint by number

I’m sure we’ve all dragged our friends (or have been dragged) to paint-and-sip nights at our local gallery, but why not bring the DIY fun to your own living room or backyard with your pals. It’s easy to discover paint by number kits on Etsy, searches have increased for this popular project by 24% in the last year. Get the party started by asking your friends to BYOB – bring their own brushes!

Large Floor Tile StencilPersonalized Paint by Number Pet PortraitPaint by Number KitDIY Paint by Number Kit

DIY paper flowers

Paper flowers are the perfect DIY project for adding splashes of color for nurseries or even pitching in for friend’s upcoming summer nuptials. On Etsy, there has been a 218% lift in searches for paper flower templates compared to last year, showing that paper florals are on the rise. These sturdy blooms are sure to make a lasting impression – no water required.

Butterflies and Flower Paper GarlandPeony Paper Flower TemplatePaper Flower TemplateFlower Garland DIY Templates