Increasingly, a handmade culture is emerging among the creatively inclined. Craft workshops and projects, handmade markets, online stores and communities are popping up everywhere; fostering the growth of original creative endeavours. So, with the inspiration and materials at your fingertips, why not host your own 'crafternoon' over the weekend?
Pick a time and place – the lounge room or outdoor deck will do fine - invite some friends along, provide some nibbles (baked treats always go down well), play a few tunes and get creative. You don't need to be a craft extraordinaire either, because it's not just about what you create; it's also a fun and unique get-together with your pals.
If you're planning on having quite a few of the girls around, it's a good idea to host the occasion in a decent sized space, which also caters for bigger, messier crafts: huge canvases, paints and brushes or bags of material. More advanced types may even arrive with a project-in-progress. However, be sure to supply some basic materials and inspiration for those that may turn up empty handed or maintain that they don't have that "creative bone". Simple tools for card making or cut-off materials can be useful.
There are also a number of websites dedicated to craft ideas today, ranging from jewellery to scrapbooking, while some focus on particular craft projects which are both great for inspiration. Likewise, there seems to have been an influx in craft related books. Whether you wanted to learn about sewing, paper craft, painting, jewellery-making or up-cycling, you name it and there is likely a book to guide you through. If you can get your hands on one that seems relevant for your 'crafternoon', they are a great source of inspiration and can generate much discussion.
Really, your 'crafternoon' could be a whole day, a morning tea, or perhaps an evening in with bubbles. It's up to you; there are no guidelines, you're free to get creative. Perhaps you or a friend has a special occasion coming up – a birthday, a wedding, a baby shower – in which case you could organise the event to create unique invitations, gifts or decorations with a personal touch.
You could also set a theme for the event depending on your friends' interests and crafty skills, such as jewellery making, scrapbooking, sewing, collage or painting, and invite everyone to come along and work on something related to that specific art or craft.
Personal 'crafternoon' experiences have led me to many a delicious cupcake, while people have made cards, bunting, cushions, photo albums and collaged canvases just to name a few.
Most recently, I created my own simple decorative frames:
Tools and materials:
Patterned paper to your liking, which can be found at newsagents, Kmart or Big W as well as craft shops like Spotlight (which is essentially the crafter's goldmine). You could also use patterned material.
• At least two shadow box frames.
Cut paper or material to the size of your frame and place inside.
Two or more frames with different patterns inside can look very effective as they are, or you can go a step further and display keepsakes or photos inside too.