Ever since you were a kid, you’ve known that making things is fun. Paper mache monsters, fluffy pompoms made from wool, knitted jumpers, making your own decoupage boxes and decorations – and who said that fun had to stop just because you grew up? National Craft Month is all about celebrating crafty little hobbies that keep you occupied on those gloomy days.
Whatever your chosen craft is – and there’s certainly plenty to choose from – make sure you celebrate it this month and get ready to get stuck into what your creativity can come up with.
The History of National Craft Month
Craft month was created back in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association. Intended to help everyone rediscover the joy of crafting, its a month that’s all about learning new crafts, finding a new favorite handy hobby or perhaps revisiting a hobby you used to love back in the day.
In this month, crafters get together and get their hand’s dirty sticking, sewing, knitting, cutting, pasting, coloring, painting – and they are sure to tell you that there are very few better ways to explore your creativity that just letting loose and making whatever your heart tells you to.
How to Celebrate National Craft Month
This is a great opportunity to start up a new hobby, tell your friends and family about one that you already have, or even introduce your kids to something crafty.
If you do have kids, get them off their game consoles and the TV by letting them get messy with glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, colored paper – make sure you stick the masterpieces up on the fridge!
Even if you don’t think you are especially artistic, there’s never any harm in giving things a go. Maybe this month, instead of buying cards for birthdays or anniversaries, channel your inner artist and make some of your own. Making your own gifts to give to friends and family is a great idea too – and always appreciated. Remember – it’s the thought that counts!
If you don’t really fancy getting crafty yourself, you could always visit your local craft markets and pick up some beautiful handmade items from local traders. Jewelry, knitwear, cards, decorations, scrapbooking equipment, sculptures, materials, customized shoes, hand-stitched clothing, homemade baked goods – there’s always something for everyone.
Be sure to share your crafty creations on social media, and use the #craftmonth hashtag so all craft fans can take a look at your handiwork!