If you’ve ever thought about hosting a craft night but didn’t know where to start to plan the party, choose craft projects and get people to come, I’ve listed some tips and ideas to show you how you can make it happen.
Hosting a Craft Night
We all love to get together with friends for any reason. A craft party is a great way to do a manual activity as a group while having fun. If you are looking for new ideas for group activities, a girl’s night craft party would be a welcome change from always doing the same thing.
Think of it as a new way to hang out with friends. You can not only host a party for friends, but also for groups. This could be great for a group that you belong to like, a sorority, a church group, or a neighborhood association or even with your coworkers.
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Why Organize a Craft Party?
A craft party is a great way to replace regular party activities. The themes of the party can vary. We all know that hosting a party can be stressful.
You want to spend time with all the guests and make sure that everyone is having a good time. Having a set craft activity gives you the chance to have everyone be engaged in the party without feeling like you have to spread yourself thin as the host.
DIY Craft Party Ideas
You’ll want to come up with craft party ideas that your guests will like. Don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous in your choices but at the same don’t propose crafts that are too difficult. Remember that for the event to be fun, it’s best if everyone has enough time to finish the project.
Here are a few DIY projects to try:
- Wooden door hangers or wreaths
- Straw door mats
- Reverse canvas art
- Picture frame
- Felt flower bouquet
- Mason Jar gift sets
- Charm bracelets
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Wooden Door Wreaths
Wreaths are a beautiful way to decorate a door with a holiday theme or seasonal theme. In order to have a wreath that you can use all year long, you’ll want to make the foundation of the wreath neutral, and make the accessories easy to take off and change when needed.
Some of the materials that you could use for wooden door wreaths are
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Straw Door Mats
A great project idea would be to have everyone make a funny doormat.
They can take them home at the end of the event and use it right away or offer it as a gift. You may have seen some of these in your local craft shop.
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To make a decorative doormat, choose a coir mat for your base. The short sturdy bristles will be easier to work with than a shaggy mat with long hair bristles.
What can you put in mason jars?
Mason jars are a very popular choice for crafting. That is because they are easy to find and are so versatile. You can use them to make kits or just decorate the jars and offer them as gifts. Since the jar is transparent, it’s a great way to showcase the visual aspect of the gift.
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There is no shortage of things to put in a mason jar. You can use lot of ideas to make a mason jar craft. A self care box, and repackage it into a recipe for a bath tea or fizzy bath bombs.
If you’re craft skills lean towards cooking, then you can choose baking or cooking as your party theme.
I have received mason jars gifts with recipes inside and thought “these would make really fun group activities”.
Let your guests make a sweet treat like cookies or cupcakes in a mason jar.
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A cookie recipe can be done by layering all the ingredients in the jar. All that’s left to do is to attach a homemade label. Add some decorative flair by using clipart of cookies and kitchenware on the border of the tag.
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Need more inspiration? Pinterest has a wealth of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Check out my crafts and diys board for more project ideas.
I could get lost on Pinterest and often do. Once you see all the cool things that you can make you’ll be so excited and ready to try all them. Seriously… All.The.Things.
Craft Party Ideas for Adults
There are lots of ideas that you can use to organize your party. When thinking of a theme, consider the likes and skill level of the people that you will invite to the party. Are they pretty comfortable making crafts? Will they be interested in the theme? Will they need a lot of guidance to get the project done.
Occasions and Themes for Craft Parties
Here are some occasions that would be great for a craft party.
- Birthday party
- Wedding shower
- Baby shower
- Vacation activity
- Retreat activity
- Retirement party
- Bachelorette party
- Kids summer activity
Holidays like Christmas are the perfect time to have a craft party because people are looking for original gifts. What’s more original than a gift that you make yourself! You’ll find creative last minute holiday project ideas that can be done with a group.
Different Types of Craft Parties
Nowadays, there are pretty much no limits to the type of craft parties that you can throw. Yes, you can have a conventional party with a small group of people in your living room, but the possibilities don’t end there.
Essentially, you have two different types of craft parties to consider as options to consider:
- In person craft party
- Online craft party
In person craft party
Think of the many ways that you can organize an in-person craft party.
In person selling of crafts can be done through pop-up shops in stores like West Elm or your neighborhood farmers market. Pop-up shops and markets are a good way to get the word out about your crafts and make a little extra cash on the side.
Don’t be afraid to ask around for venues where you can host the party. Craft stores host classes for adults and children. These craft classes at Michaels provide the space and supplies for hobby crafters to come and learn a new skill or improve on an existing one.
Your local grocery store may be willing to lease you a temporary space for a one-time payment. If you are not ready for a full fledged business, this would be a great way to test the waters.
Online craft party
It may sound strange, but you can organize an online craft party. Sure, most parties are done where everyone is in the same room, working on the crafts as their fellow crafters look on, but they don’t have to be limited to that.
Even brick and mortar stores are providing online craft classes that can be attended by groups of people. Once again, big name craft stores have noticed the trend and are jumping on the bandwagon. Not only do they provide in-person classes, but they also have online craft classes at Michaels.
Host a Craft Challenge
A new wave of craft parties are happening as social media gains more popularity and more users. Through social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube, you can host watch parties and live video events that can be viewed by many people all over the world at the same time.
Some of these online craft parties are done in the form of challenges. A challenge can be a group event with a goal and a set of steps to reach that goal.
One of the challenges that I hosted in the past was a 12 Days of Noel challenge. Each day, over 12 days, I walked the challenge participants through the steps to make a digital paper craft using Canva and clipart from my collections. Canva is a graphic design website. It’s easy to use and since it’s online, available to pretty much anyone with a computer and internet connection.
Form a Craft Group
If you’re nervous about organizing, promoting and hosting a craft party by yourself, you can ask other crafters if they would be interested in doing a group event with you.
Do you belong to a group with a common preference within the crafting subgroup? Maybe you all have the same favorite craft supply store, or you all use the same Cricut cutting machine.
Are you a diehard Silhouette fan that only likes to make fabric crafts? You can find a group for that too! There is something for everyone.
Form a mini group around this common element. Then use that subject as the theme for your craft party.
If you don’t know a lot of crafters, or you don’t know which is everyone’s favorite cutting machine, you can still form a group from your friends and family. They don’t necessarily need to be experts either. After all, you have different kinds of friends. Some are sociable, some are good at organizing and some may be artsy and shy.
Ask them if they would like to help throw the party and give each person a specific task to be in charge of.
In addition, your friends could help you spread the word about the party too.
Word of mouth advertising is still one of the best ways to let people know about what you’re doing. It costs you nothing and people are more willing to join in if a friend tells them about their experience and why they think it’s a good idea.
Teaching and craft parties
Have you ever thought about passing on your expertise to others? If you really like to throw craft parties there may be an opportunity for you to start a creative side hustle teaching others how to throw their own parties.
This is also something that can be done in person or online. Start with what you know and who you know. Your existing circle of friends may want to learn these skills and you would be the perfect person to teach them.
Once you teach a few friends, you’ll have the confidence and experience to expand to teaching people that you don’t know.
Organizing a Craft Party
Once you’ve picked your craft night ideas , your venue and your partners (if you plan on having any), you’re ready to start putting it all together.
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Choose a date
Take out a calendar and start blocking off some dates that would work.
Think about the best times that people will be available to go to the venue. If you’re hosting it at home, will there be ample parking? If you’re hosting it another location, is it easily accessible? Can your guests get there by public transportation?
Get the Word Out
Then, jot down the next main points for organizing the craft party.
You’ll need a way let people know about it by using,
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Shop for Craft Party Supplies
Make a list of all the crafting supplies that you will need. Double check to make sure that you’ll have enough for everyone, including yourself. You will want to make a finished example ahead of time to show everyone at the beginning of the party.
Extra supplies may come in handy in case of any breakage or mistakes. It would be a shame for someone to get halfway through creating the project and not being able to finish because you ran out of glue sticks. Plan ahead to avoid anything that can be easily avoidable.
If you are charging money for the party, figure in the cost of the materials in your pricing. Make sure to include your costs for the venue, advertising and food and beverages if you will be providing that too.
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Second-hand items are a good option if you don’t want to break your budget. Check out your local thrift shops. They are bound to have a huge selection for you to choose from.
Ready to throw your craft party
Now that you know how to choose a theme, find a party location, get ideas for crafts to make, and plan and organize a craft party, you’re all set to throw your first event. Take these ideas and get started!
Let me know which of these ideas you will try.