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« on: June 01, 2010 06:26:33 PM »

I'd like to plan a crafting party, but alas, most of those I know are not into art/ craft hobbies. I've thought about homemade lotions or something simple like that. Any tips or suggestions for a cool inexpensive way to get some people open to being crafty and creative? Scrapbooking is not something they're into.

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010 10:33:51 AM »

haha, my friends and I do "craft night" about once a month and have a similar problem.  We have quite a range of abilities.  One friend went to art school, one friend has absolutely no real interest in crafting, and the other two are somewhere in the middle (that's where I am -- interested but not super talented).  I will tell you some things we did, if it is beneficial...if not, that's cool too!

The first craft night we did friendship bracelets.  It was pretty successful, and everyone had something to take home that night.  Other relatively successful crafts were tie-dying (bit messy, and don't see final product right away), mosaics -- this was actually super fun and everyone actually did it (we did it outside as well, which might be nice as summer is approaching), pumpkin carving at halloween time (only two of us carved), knitting (I wasn't into this one, but everyone else LOVED it -- we did it for 2 craft nights), silk screening (was a disaster...tried to rush things and only one silk screen came out -- really need overnight drying time), paper crafts - card and book mark making (this was fun -- just glue, paper, cardstock, and some creativity), Pakastani style food (one of us is Pakastani -- her recipes needed to be shared!), and our latest was quilting/sewing (I made one quilt squre).  I'm hoping to get a soapmaking craft night going by the end of summer, but again, there is some wait time involved in that (and $$).  Stamp making did not drum up enough interest.  We also were thinking of doing cake/dessert decorating, and crocheting.  Some have def. been more successful than others, but we really use the time as an excuse to get together and have fun.  And there's always wine involved which helps grease the wheels of creativity, haha.  Usually, at least one of us almost always sits out, watches, and just enjoys the wine.  But, I'm sure you could have just as much fun without.

I hope some of these ideas are useful to you.  We utilize the local thrift store and our own craft stashes to keep the cost down.  Best of luck and HAVE FUN!!!   Grin

« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010 11:43:48 AM »

What great ideas!
I'll definately be trying some of those. It is hard when not everyone is at the same "creative" level but its not really about the finnished product anyway, I just want us to have a fun time. Thanks for reminding me of that. Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010 01:10:20 PM »

Those are really great ideas.  I'd also add to the list jewelry-making (with memory wire and packaged beads, it's really simple), plus Sculpey, shrinky-dinks (#6 plastic take-out containers & Sharpies & scissors are all you need), and I definitely second making food treats!

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2010 10:37:04 AM »

I don't remember the exact process, yopu could prob do a search online... tye dying with Sharpie markets. We did it with kids outdoors wasn"t too bad... white socks & t's let the kids choose 2 colors & they wrapped the rubber bands around the clotihng. clored between the bands. then sprayerd with rubbing alcohol & water.  I forgert what else was inovled  but the finished shirts & socks were pretty cute.
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2010 10:58:43 AM »

You mentioned that they're not into scrapbooking...but what about collage art?  It's simple enough and the cost is low.  Grab some old magazines and books plus cardstock, glue, markers etc.  The collages can be any size...from poster size to ATC size.  Postcard size is fun too and very usable.

Have yo ever heard of Zentangle?
It's something that all skill levels can do and doesn't take a lot of supplies.

Sock puppets or sock stuffed creatures.  There are books on making these.  Everyone can bring a few lone socks to re-purpose.  Supplies; buttons, thread and stuffing.  I think this one sounds like a lot of fun.  I've seen some of the books for these and the instructions are pretty simple.

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