I’ve made a promise to myself this year that I will be more creative and take on a few DIY projects. The crafting world is so large that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when scrolling through endless feeds on Pinterest, however it can be very rewarding once you’re holding the finished project in your hands. I’m very lucky to have an amazing group of girlfriends who are equally obsessed with crafting as I am! We’ve decided to hold a craft night once a month, at the very least. With endless possibilities and DIYs dying to be made, I decided to put together a little post about my tips and tricks to throwing your own craft night. You don’t need a big group of friends, you can easily just relax and do your own thing at your own pace by yourself or it can be equally as fun with a pal too. I’ve also included some of my favourite DIY’s that I have found on Pinterest so you can find the links down below, nice and easy for you to pick from when hosting your own night!
Set The Scene
If you’re more of a “chuck it all out on show and let everyone help themselves” kind of host, then you can probably skip this section. However, I personally like to organise and set things out in their own bowls and sections. When my turn to host a craft night comes around, I’ll make sure that l have everything laid out and easy for my gal pals to find what they need. If you rival the organisation skills of Monica Geller, you can even get out your label maker and put things into boxes for certain crafts. Things like a washable table cloth or aprons are always handy to have near by, especially if like me, you have that one friend who just can’t seem to keep the paint on the brush! You can go nuts with setting everything up for your friends, the world is your oyster so really go for it, if that’s your cup of tea.
Craft DIY’s and Projects
I’m very fortunate to have a group of friends who all bring something to the table. My wonderful friend Emily creates the most wonderful things which you can see here, she’s the designated crochet whiz in our group so it’s usually up to her to teach us, which usually doesn’t end well when I’m involved. I just can’t grasp it! She has the patience of an angel and is super talented, she made the blush pink bobble hat that is in these photos! My other friends all have their own talents too, like cross stitching, knitting, painting and just generally very creative outlooks.
On our most recent evening, we painted handmade clay plates and painted on the outside of plain IKEA heat proof glasses and made candles. It was all too easy to just melt the wax beads, add an essential oil and pour in to our newly decorated glasses! I personally used a cotton bud dipped in gold paint for mine, I love the effortless look of both of these but you can do anything you like!
I also love taking my old Rifle Paper Co. calendars and cutting them down to make prints out of the photos, nifty right? It saves you a bit of money too!
Below are some ideas I’ve found on Pinterest that I think would made perfect projects for your own evening.
- DIY Marble Soaps
- Pom Pom Wall Hanging
- Gold Ring Wall Hanging
- DIY Speckled Clay Keychain
- DIY Woven Piece
Handy Bits and Bobs
Having a small area to create a crafty stash will no doubt benefit you, the equipment and materials can all add up to be quite expensive so you want to make sure that everything is tidy and well looked after. I like to keep mine all in a basket which I keep on show, but my friend Emily has her own designated craft room! (I’m not jealous at all…)
Another thing that will benefit you, is having some basic equipment. Things like a hot glue gun with some glue sticks, paints and brushes, paper and wool will go a long way, but seeing as you can pretty much create something out of anything these days you should be absolutely fine if you don’t want to spend some serious dollar on building up your craft kit. However, if you do wish to spend some money I highly recommend making a list of what it is you need and popping to your local hobby craft. That place is heaven! They have pretty much everything you could ever need.
If you’re like me though and would prefer ordering from the internet so you can be as anti social as possible, Amazon will have everything you could ever want too.
I like to make sure that wherever I’m going, no matter what I’m doing, that there will be food of some kind. I tend to find that food is a firm favourite amongst my group of friends, so it’s just a given that it’s an essential when throwing a craft night. You can do pretty much everything with this section, from having your own mini snack bar to making your own pizzas, if you’ve got a bit of extra cash and you want to go all out you can even order a Chinese takeaway.
I recently bought this book, How To Set A Table. I feel like this book was written for me as it gives you so much inspiration and tips on how to create a beautiful table layout for all different occasions so you can really impress your pals. From your Sunday Roast to your Tuesday Takeaway, there is a dinner setting for everything you could possibly imagine and I’m totally on board. I know it’s probably a bit of a faff when it comes to putting your takeaway into different bowls and onto your nice new Anthropologie plates, but I think it’s worth doing so you can all enjoy your meal to the fullest!
That’s it! You’re now ready to host your own craft night. I hope this post isn’t too daunting, after all it’s all about getting together with your girl squad and creating some beautiful things with good food. Please do let me know in the comments what you think of this post, it’s a new one for me to do!
Will you be hosting a craft night soon?