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Crafts of the 60's

Updated on March 1, 2011

The Crafts of the 60's Convinced Me I Was NOT A Crafts Person

I started this lens on the Crafts of the 60s with the picture of a Tie-Dye Peace Sign because Tie-Dye is the only thing I tried to do that with which I had some success . During the 60's everyone was into crafts. You could say that Crafts was a Fad during the 60's.

Why did so many people do crafts in the 60's? In my opinion, It was for a variety of reasons. Some did it to have the latest things to decorate their "pad". Some did it to sell their hand-made items for a few coins. Some did it to be able to sport the latest fashions. Some did it to fit in with the crowd. That is my reason! All of my friends were doing crafts and I wanted to be a part of their activities; so I decided to be a crafter as well.

Hippie Crafts:

Creating a Hip New Look Using Groovy '60s Crafts

I was a hippie at heart, with 3 small children it was hard for me to be anything other than that. I dreamed of being able to go to San Francisco and wear a flower in my hair. I thought that it would be cool to be a part of a commune. I hadn't even tried marijuana yet but I loved the looks of the glass bongs.

But I am sure that my thougts of being a true hippie would have fallen into the same realm as my thoughts of being a true crafter. Marked for failure. But I pretended to be both! I still believe that can do pretend much better than reality.

But some of these things are coming back. I saw a tie-die tee shirt in an online catalogue the other day and then I saw someone selling macrame plant holders at our Farmer's Market. Perhaps I could try again.

Feeling Groovy in the 60's

I was a much better listener to 60's music than I was a doer of 60's crafts. Listen to the tune below while you read the rest of this Crafts of the 60's lens. Feeling Groovy is a good thing.

Does the 60's Make You Feel Groovy? - Then You Are "Feeling Groovy"!

Crafts of the 60's Caught on Video


“Blessed is the generation in which the old listen to the young; and doubly blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old”

Tie Dye Birthday Party
Tie Dye Birthday Party

A Great Kids Birthday Party Idea from the Crafts of the 60's

Have a Tie Dye Party

To each generation, the "'old times" means a different time period. Today's parents of school-aged children view the 70s and 80s as the "old days." Grandparents remember back to their childhood in the 50s or 60s. Great-grandparents go back even further, into the 40s or before.

I had a friend of mine call me the other day laughing as to the request she had from her granddaughter. She and I were in school and Girl Scouts at the same time and each had struggled with the whole crafts thing. But she was like me; she did master the tie dye T-shirt thing.

The granddaughter asked her Grandma if she would help her Mother put together a Tie Dye Birthday part for her with her friends. My friend and I chuckled - remembering the old adage: "what goes around, comes around". But what fun to have a birthday party revolving around one of the crafts of the 60's."

Check out this site for kids birthday ideas and supplies.

Decoupage Cigar Box Purse
Decoupage Cigar Box Purse

Cutting-Edge Decoupage:

30 Easy Projects for Super-Cool Results

Decoupage (from the French word for cut) is the craft of decorating household objects, usually wooden furniture or papier-mache boxes, with pictures cut out of paper. It originated in the 18th century, to simulate the beautiful, intricately hand-painted lacquer items that were being imported at great expense from Asia, and early pieces are decorated with Asian art and themes.

n the 1960s and early 1970s, arts and crafts of many types enjoyed widespread popularity, and decoupage again was "in". In addition to traditional items, modern artists also produced decoupage collages -- pictures made with a number of overlaid scraps to create an abstract design. Some artists produced Warholesque pieces using soup can labels and the like.

Decoupage can be useful to cover defects on damaged thrift-store finds. Objects such as lamps, trays, old picture frames, planters, and furniture can be given new life with decoupage applications. Because it is versatile, requires few materials, and can be done by beginners.

Don't believe everything you read. Decoupage could not be done by this beginner. My kids would love at my attempts and then, worse yet, at my finished product. And I was so good in high school covering my notebooks with stickers for all the dances.

Do You Have a Favorite Crafts of the 60's? - Vote for your choice.

Tie Dye Vote
Tie Dye Vote

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Love Beads
Love Beads

One Craft Project of the 1960s I Could Do!

OKAY---Here is one 1960s craft project I was able to do. The problem was that I couldn't find anyone who wanted me to give them my love beads. Wish I still had them; I bet they would want them now! I would!

So I am going to pass on to you some some great information on how to make love beads. Give it a try; and then see if you can share your love.

How to Make Love Bead Necklaces

By Laine Doss

eHow Contributing Writer

Love beads were made popular in the 1960s by hippies, who made them and wore them, sometimes by the dozen. Long necklaces made from whatever random beads were found, love beads became so popular that in 1968 the term "love beads" was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Love beads made with semi-precious beads are now sold in boutiques and high-end department stores. Make your own at home with traditional seed beads or any bead that strikes your fancy.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need:

* Nylon beading string (.38mm or thinner)

* Beads in assorted colors

* Scissors

* Strong glue

Step 1

Measure out and cut a length of nylon bead string. Love beads are generally long, so the necklace should at least hit the bottom of your ribcage. Tie a knot on one end of the string, leaving about 3 inches of string at both ends.

Step 2

Bead your necklace. Love beads used to be made from seed beads in random colors. Make a traditional love bead necklace out of multicolored seed beads or go for a modern take on the love bead necklace by using round gemstone and wood beads. String the beads randomly or create a pattern.

Step 3

Leave about 3 inches of string unbeaded. Tie a knot on the end of the string, ending the necklace. Double-knot the ends together. Snip off the excess string and gently tuck the ends into a bead on each side. Place a drop of strong glue on the knot and allow it to dry fully.

Tips & Warnings

* Experiment with different beads, color combinations and necklace lengths. In the '60s, hippies wore multiple love beads at a time. Try to stick with natural beads, like stones, wood and seed beads. While crystals are beautiful, they may be too sparkly for a hippie-inspired look.

* Throw a '60s-themed lunch or cocktail party and make love beads for everyone as a party favor.

* Seed beads are small to work with and easy to lose. Work on a piece of felt or a dish towel so the beads don't roll away if dropped or spilled.

* The smaller the bead the harder the work is on your eyes. Make sure your workspace is well lit and take breaks, if necessary.

If you have to bug out, come back soon, ya hear. We'll have a groovy place to hang loose and bring you info that is outta sight man!

Can you dig it? Sorry, that had nothing to do with crafts; but I got caught up in the whole 60's gig.

Were you making crafts in the 60s or did you inherit some "treasured" items from your parents or have you just decided that you want to try to make some of these groovy items. Let us know.

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    • Scott Gese profile image

      Scott Gese 

      16 months ago from Brownsville, Oregon

      I grew up on the west coast in the 60's. I never made it to San Francisco until a year ago. (2017) My wife took my picture under the street signs at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury.

      On the opposite corner was a "head shop". It was nothing like the one I grew up with in the 60's called the Crystal Ship in Eugene, Oregon. It looked more like a yuppy version. Very clean and bright...and the tie dyed t-shirts were $80. Very disappointing. The area did bring back a lot of memories though.

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      4 years ago

      It's good to get into doing volunteer work tughoh Jen. but yes at least you figured out you don't want desk work. The good thing about volunteer work is that you can kind of find what you interests are before really committing to it (like getting a degree in that field for example).

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      6 years ago

      Hey. Glad to see another hippie on squidoo. Love your lens.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      I was all about tie dye and macrame! Really enjoyed this lens. Blessed and pinned to my board: crafts I love.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      I was all about tie dye and macrame! Really enjoyed this lens. Blessed and pinned to my board: crafts I love.

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      7 years ago

      What fun! I love all things tie dye and beads, not to mention the music of the 60s, but could happily live without ever seeing another one of those dust-catching macrame plant hangers - or the macrame owl wall hangings, with a stick as a perch and the big wooden beads to eyes, remember those? :D

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      7 years ago

      I remember making flowers out of a liquid took a wire loop and dipped it in , then twisted them together..anyone remember what it was called or if they still make something like it?..Thanks..

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      Close2Art LM 

      8 years ago

      i love making tie dyes, great lens, thumbs way up...RWJR

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      8 years ago

      I'm leaving you an April Fools Day, really I am! No joke!

    • jlshernandez profile image


      8 years ago

      I learned how to do macrame in the 70's. Never tried tie-dyeing but wore the t-shirts. Thabks for sharing a fun lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel..

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Crafting has definitely evolved since then. I remember making tie dyed t-shirts with my mom when I was a teenager. It was fun.

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      LOVE this lens! Guess that means my inner hippie chick is showing, smiles. I remember being pretty good at macrame, used to make plant hangers and also played with jewelry - I'd make macrame necklaces with millefiori beads for friends, found one and remade it a few years ago. ... and of course tie dye, wore it but only made it a few times, kind of a pain. I helped a girlfriend give a tie dye birthday party once for her daughter. We helped a dozen little girls make tie dye t-shirts, what FUN!

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Well I wasn't quite old enough to be into the hippie stuff, but I do remember doing decoupage purses. All my friends had them too:)

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      8 years ago

      Oh this is just "outta sight"! Loved all of these crafts back then and it was like a walk down memory lane seeing them again.

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      Margaret Schaut 

      8 years ago from Detroit

      No time now to do any crafts, but every so often I get 'itchy fingers' that seem to NEED me to begin again. What a clever lens- so very well done!

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      Tonie Cook 

      8 years ago from USA

      Oh! Born in the 50s, child of the 60s, and began creating things since the age of 3. I remember all these projects, and many more. This is a great lens!

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      8 years ago

      I know these crafts. I was born in 1970 so I think some of them still carried on through to that decade with my aunts and others. Love this lens! By the way I actually tie dyed some tops and skirts. My mom taught me to do it.

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      8 years ago

      Loved to tie dye so many different patterns you could end up with.

    • purplelady profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Ann Hinds: Thanks wordstock for the angel blessing. I may have to see if this old dog can learn new tricks even if I couldn't learn them when a young pup.

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      Gosh macrame and decoupage, two things I used to do all the time. All my plants hung in macrame hangers I created. Great lens. May have to pick the two back up again. Angel blessed.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      8 years ago from Montana

      Ahhh, macrame and decoupage...that brings back a few crafty memories! Great lens, blessed by an angel.

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      8 years ago

      I'm an old hippie and I thank you for the memories! I still love to layer the necklaces I make, guess it's from way back then, hadn't thought about the why of it. What fun!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh, well can I remember the rash of tie-dyed Speedo swimsuits at our local swimming club! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was a Want To Be Hippie, too and I know I tried all of the crafts of the 60's that you mentioned here. Oh Me! Where did the time go. Thanks for reminding me about the 60's. My mother made Pine Cone Wreaths and they are still popular today. In fact, I still hang one of the ones that she made back then. I also remember making the Eye of God craft. We also decorated our own Slam Books. I really enjoyed this flash back. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Don't feel bad. I am not a crafter either and both of my parents were very talented. In fact, when I was in 4-H, my mother made my apron and my dad made my breadboard. I won a blue ribbon! I did become pretty good at wire art. When I lived in the commune, we made macrame hammocks and sandals. Everyone kind of expected that you knew how to macrame. I was pretty hopeless there too. Great lens with lots of memories. Lensrolling to my Ex-Hippie lens.

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      Karen Kay 

      8 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Oh Glory! I remember Decoupage! And tye dying. What fun! Sand candles and gods eyes, too! Rolled!

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      8 years ago

      I remember having tie-dye parties as a kid and I went through a heavy decoupage stage as well. You just brought back some nearly forgotten fun memories and for that I happily award you 5 tie-dyes.

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      8 years ago

      The 60's were a moment of creativity in the story. I think all we are much more artisit than we think, but we repress. Nice lens.

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      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      I wasn't around to make crafts in the 60's but I'm sure that if I had been I would have! I remember that we did have a go at tie-dye and decoupage in craft lessons at school and they're both the sort of thing that just about anyone can do and come up with an end result that's pretty good - blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      8 years ago

      Although I was a child during the 60's, I did my share of hippie crafts. Tie-dye, macrame, and decopage were all things I tried, with various degrees of success. I especially enjoyed braiding rag rugs, and crocheting with rag strips. Ah, memories!

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      I love crafts had to check this out very cool I love thse thank you for sharing I agree Groovy, and Far Out

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      8 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I love 60's crafts! I have some outta sight, groovy macrame plant hangers I couldn't resist buying. I also have a macrame necklace. I used to put patches on my jeans just to make them look cool. I love this lens! It gets 5 tie-dyes from me. :-)

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      8 years ago

      This lens is far out!! I still groove with tie-dye shirts, skirts and anything else that will let me tie it up and dye it! (laughs) Love, Love this lens. Wish I still had my peace sign tie dyed shirt. Now I have a peace sign shirt and several tie-dye shirts but not together. You did a great job on this lens, lensrolling it over to my 1960s Music!

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      8 years ago

      Grovvy, Far Out Man! LOL Totally nostalgic, loved my "trip" down memory lane! Tie-Dye for sure, peace signs, rebellion, love, black lights and black light posters, and oh never mind LOL- Kathy

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      9 years ago

      Wow, sure brings back memories. My family were all into crafts and knitting was a favorite pastime of mine. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust - Crafts

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh those macrame plant baskets! I must have made thousands, literally thousands, when I wasn't tie-dying my childrens' shirts and smocks, making tinkling mobiles, love beads and decoupage wall hangings. I made ponchos too and fringed lamp shades. Where did I get the energy? And more to the point, where are they now?

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      I actually made and sold macrame, clothing and custom embroidered denim jackets in the early 70s even though I had two kids at home. Some of that crafty-earthmotherness rubbed off on my younger daughter; the older one loves the retro looks but is all thumbs when it comes to crafts.

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      9 years ago

      Think of it this way. Age old crafts don't go out of style just out of fashion for awhile. Then they return to be "discovered" by a new generation. I do decoupage, I use vintage macrame holders for my plants and wear tie dye tee shirts. Groovy lens. 5 tie dyes

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      9 years ago

      oh rats, what were we thinking? I still do Decoupage, that never went out of style...I have a garage full of 60's stuff that's going into a garage sale this year...nice lens...5*

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      9 years ago

      I was looking through some boxes that had not been opened in some time the other day while I was trying to declutter my house. One of the boxes had a lot of memories boxed up in it. Memories of just what you are talking about in this lens. I found a T-Shirt I had tie-dyed and a half finished macrame plant holder. Finding that stuff and now reading your lens makes me want to try finishing the plant holder. It would look great on my patio.

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      9 years ago

      I have an older cousin whom I always thought was a "hippie". She did wear flowers in her hair and was always working on some piece of macrame. Now older, she has given up macrame for knitting, still wears flowers in her hair; and I still think she was and still is a hippie. Your lens gave me many a memory. Thanks for that. I will give you those 5 tie-dyes.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      9 years ago from Quezon City

      I wasn't around in the 60s yet but I have always been fascinated with everything about it! The lifestyle, the art, the fashion, the music, the crafts (I made & wore a lot of tie-dyed shirts when I was a teen LOL). I love the personal way you presented the crafts of the 60s and enjoyed reading about your experiments. (:

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      9 years ago

      I was a lot like you in the 60s. I hadn't yet become "crafty". I blossomed in the 70s. 5*

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      I remember all of these crafts! Some I have done and some I have just sat in awe at another crafters talent.

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      9 years ago from USA


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      9 years ago

      Great Lens on the 60s crafts and you made me smile....thanks 5 stars

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      9 years ago

      Thanks aidenw. Glad you figured out my way of giving "hoots". Checked out your sites and love them. I will participate in your conservative vs. liberal monkey brain as soon as I collect my thoughts. Thanks for the 5 tie-dies etc.

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      Wendy Henderson 

      9 years ago from PA

      I remember doing Macrame. Great Lens.

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      9 years ago from USA

      Although you say you're not a crafter you certainly know how to make lenses. So that makes you a lens crafter :) I'm also a hippie at heart. Well, maybe I'm 1/4 hippie and 1/4 goth as I like to go barefoot and wear ripped jeans and black shirt. Ok, how does it go now...? 5 tie-dies, 1 bird and 1 face. I think I got it right. Took me a while to figure out what you meant. Maybe because I don't hang out on Twitter and Facebook that much, or I'm just slow :)

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      9 years ago

      Nice job on this one!


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