Celebrate National Craft Month
Let your craft flag fly
March is National Craft Month in the United States, but you can celebrate it no matter where you live. It's not one of the better-known March holidays, but that doesn't mean we should let it pass unobserved!
Here are some fun ideas for celebrating National Craft Month, whether you're a dedicated crafter, a dabbler, or just love any excuse for a party!
#1. Make A Craft
It's National Craft Month, after all
The best way to celebrate National Craft Month is by doing crafts, of course! Contrary to popular belief, you don't need any special talents to be a crafter -- you just need to make a craft. Any craft. Then make another one.
Unsure where to start? Not to worry. Just browse through some crafting hubs for a host of craft ideas. Or check out the sites below.
National Craft Month Links
- Craft and Hobby Association
National Craft Month was founded by this trade association.
- National Craft Month | Richmond Times-Dispatch
About 56 percent of U.S. households include a person with a passion for crafting, according to the Craft and Hobby Association. Here are five facts about crafting.
- National Craft Month - March
March is National Craft Month! Ideas to get you started.
- National Craft Month Tutorials | Craftster Blog
March is National Craft Month, so we thought we would do a little celebrating by featuring some of the awesome tutorials around Craftster.
- Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Craft Month | Red Heart
Ideas for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists.
#2. Give Crafty Gifts
Show your love with a handcrafted gift
All the best holidays involve presents. Why not celebrate National Craft Month by giving gifts you've made yourself? Or if time presses, present your loved ones with some new craft supplies so they can make you a gift! ;) Here are a few ideas that will come in handy for any crafter.
Gifts For Crafters
A sharp craft knife is useful for all kinds of activities, from scrapbooking to model building.
When a knife is too tiny to do the job on paper, cloth, or cardboard, you need quality scissors.
These colored pencils are a bargain for kids or adults; they're inexpensive, yet smooth and vibrant.
A highly fashionable accessory for any crafter.
When the going gets messy, the mess gets sprayed with this stuff. No more sticky fingers.
Handmade Gifts For National Craft Month
- Wire and Bead Earrings
Want to try your hand at making jewelry? Here's an easy tutorial to get you started.
- Woven Friendship Bracelet
Or try this variation on the tried and true embroidery-floss bracelet for your friends and family. A good project for kids!
- Tie Dye Shirt
Create a fun and funky T-shirt with minimal mess. Well, okay... not TOO much mess.
- Patterned Notebook
Everyone needs more blank notebooks in their lives ... especially one handmade by you!
- Easy, Beautiful DIY Art
Feeling artsy, or know someone who's redecorating? Here's a link to a whole pile of tutorials for creating unique wall art.
- Mini Altoids LED Flashlight
For the more ambitious (or more macho) crafter ... or the mint addict ... here's an inventive and useful project idea.
- Wooden Stool
Practice your woodworking skills by making this simple footrest for your best person.
- Simple Tote Bag
Dust off the sewing machine and whip up a spiffy-looking bag for your favorite traveler.
- Handmade Gifts on Etsy
Then again, technically, it doesn't have to be crafted by you...
#3. Attend a Craft Show
Connect with fellow crafters
If you're a social butterfly, what better way to celebrate National Craft Month than to hang out with crafters and artists at a craft fair? You can chat with crafters, find inspiration for your own projects, buy handmade gifts and even sell your own crafts. These events tend to peak around November, but there are sure to be some in March as well. Check out 69 Places to Find a Craft Show and locate one near you.
#4. Buy Crafts
Support fair trade, buy local, or just indulge yourself
Let's be honest -- spending money is always a popular way to celebrate an American holiday. You could splurge on that fancy new pattern book you've had your eye on, or a stack of new scrapbook supplies -- hey! You're just showing your holiday spirit, right?
If you're more socially conscious, National Craft Month is a perfect opportunity to buy local at craft fairs and independent businesses, and to support fair trade by purchasing ethically-sourced, handcrafted gifts.
Fair Trade Crafts
- What Is Fair Trade?
Learn more about this philosophy.
- Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
- Fair Trade Quilts & Crafts
Fabulous handmade Guatemalan patchwork quilts, pillow covers, throws and wall hangings
- The Hunger Site: Fair Trade Gifts
GreaterGood Network has given more than $26 million to non-profit charities around the world since 1999. Every purchase fights famine in the Horn of Africa & combats hunger in the U.S.
More Ways To Celebrate
National Craft Month is all about creativity, so why not come up with your own unique ways to celebrate? Here are a few more ideas.
- Learn a new craft. If you've always wanted to know how to knit, go for it! If you're bored with knitting, take up scrapbooking or carpentry.
- Crafting classes. Share your craft knowledge with others, or take a class from someone else during National Craft Month.
- Finish a project. All crafters have UFOs: UnFinished Objects. Dedicate March to completing that quilt, painting that chair, or putting the finishing touches on that collage.
- Have a craft party. Throw a National Craft Month party for your crafty friends -- one person brings the homemade cake, another the artisan beer, you provide the handcrafted place cards, and everyone has a crafty time!