BIZ: How To Prepare For Your First Craft Show

My booth at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale, 2013.

Camp Smartypants‘ booth at Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale, 2013.

 

Applying for your first ever craft show? We’ve got some important tips to help make your experience fun and successful, plus advice from seasoned craft show vendors and a free printable checklist of must-have items you should have with you.

Choose your show:

When I first started my business, Camp Smartypants, I applied to as many craft shows as possible. Some shows I was busy with customers and other shows I sat in an empty room with no one but other vendors. I recommend doing a bit of research about the event before applying for any show. Find out how many years the event has been running and what ways they promote the show. How many shoppers do they expect to attend? Is it indoor or outdoor? If they don’t seem to have much of a promotion plan, I’d say look for a better show. Without proper promotion, potential shoppers won’t know about the event and you’ll be sitting in your booth by yourself, bored all day.

It’s also a good idea to find out who the show’s past vendors are. Take a look at the event website and browse through their photo galleries (if they have them). Would your products fit in with the other types of vendors? It’s also great to see how people have set-up their booth displays for that particular show as well.

Here I am at my very first craft show in 2009 at the Doug Fir in Portland, Oregon.

Here I am at my very first craft show in 2009 at the Doug Fir in Portland, Oregon.

 

Applying for your first craft show:

Depending on what type of event you are applying too, you’ll need to fill out a detailed application. Make sure you follow their application instructions exactly and provide clear photographs to your work and a link to your website or Etsy shop. Some shows may even ask for a photograph of what your booth will look like so if this is your first craft fair, don’t wait until the last minute to apply as you may have to set up a mock booth to photograph for your application. Also be sure to read the F.A.Q. page on the event’s website. They will often explain further how to submit a good application.

Note: Some shows, like Crafty Wonderland here in Portland or Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle, are fairly competitive to get into, so don’t get discouraged if you aren’t accepted the first time you apply. Instead review your application and look at how you can improve it for the next time you apply and yes, you should definitely apply again!

Our first craft show was in Missoula, MT called the Missoula MADE fair. We were living in Spokane at the time, so it was the closest one to us. It was summer and held in an outdoor park downtown and it was very memorable! The day started out sunny and beautiful, but they’re known for quick sudden thunder storms to roll in. The wind picked up and it started hailing and raining for about the last hour of the show. People were packing up and leaving. We had lots of prints, cards, some tea towels and pillows, but were lucky enough to be towards the center area of the covered canopy they had, so our things didn’t get too wet, but still, it was pretty crazy. – Year Round Co.

How Much Product Should I Make?

As much as you possibly can. Bring everything you have, even if you don’t think you’ll sell all of it. You want your booth to look nice and full. You don’t want a big table with only a few items on it. I’ve always gone by the rule, the more you make, the more you’ll sell.

Designing Your Booth:

I always set up my entire booth at home before the show. That way I know exactly how things will be set up and I can take my time figuring out the best display for my products. Use a tape measure to mark off the exact dimensions of your booth space in your living room and start setting things up. Experiment with different arrangements of your products to find the most appealing setup. It’s good to display product at different levels so that the customer’s eye has multiple places to look when visiting your booth.

Year Round Co. show booth

Year Round Co. (formerly Slide Sideways) at Renegade Holiday Show in San Francisco.

 

Our current display is made up of pallet wood that Scott put together and painted. Our display has to be durable enough to be taken apart multiple times a year while also fitting into our car and, of coarse, look good and able to hold all the product we carry, so a lot of thought went into the design and how it would break down. We seem to constantly be evolving how it looks or how our new products fit into it too. –Year Round Co.

BOOTH ESSENTIALS:

Table. Consider the size of your allotted booth space. Your booth display should fill your entire space. You don’t want a table that’s too big or too small.
Tablecloth. When choosing a tablecloth (I like using a twin size flat sheet), consider the color and look of your products. You want a tablecloth color that will compliment your handmade goods and make them stand out. Usually neutral colors work best (unless your products are the same color). Avoid using patterned fabric for your tablecloth as this can potentially distract the viewer and make your booth look too busy.
Banner. Make some sort of sign or banner with your shop name on it. I made my sign by hand-painting my shop logo onto canvas and sewing it into a banner I can hang in front of my table.
Signage. All your products need to be clearly marked with a price. Consider making small signs or tags to attach to each item.
Display Items. This is where you really have to be creative. Choose display items that are lightweight and easy to set up. You don’t have to break the bank; great places to find baskets, frames, containers, etc. are local thrift and vintage stores. Don’t be afraid to give an old crate or shelf a DIY facelift with a little cleaning or new paint job. You can also look at IKEA or a display fixture store in your area (like Portland Store Fixtures here in Portland, Oregon.) Lastly, when designing your booth, you can’t depend on having a wall behind you. Everything in your display needs to be free-standing.

A Tea Leaf's booth at Crafty Wonderland, 2012

A Tea Leaf‘s booth at Crafty Wonderland 2012

I use wood crates, old tackle boxes and vintage glass collected from thrift stores to display my handmade jewelry and art. Some things I make sure to have with me at every craft show are: a lint roller, paper towels, coffee, and a mirror for customers to use when trying on my jewelry. –A Tea Leaf

The Day of the Show:

I like to arrive to any craft show 1-2 hours before the doors open. I don’t want to feel stressed or rushed about setting up plus I like to give myself time to run to the bathroom, grab a cup of coffee/tea, and get settled into my booth before the doors open.

It’s also a good idea to ask a friend or family member to help you load in and out for your event. Remember that you have to load your entire booth into the show space and you may have to carry things quite a distance. (If you have a hand truck or rolling cart, bring it).

In addition to bringing my entire booth display and all my products, I always bring the following items to any craft fair. It’s better to ‘be prepared’ than be freaking out about forgetting something or something going wrong. This checklist will help you have a stress-free, successful show! You can download it here and use it for your first show!

Free Printable Craft Show Checklist by Adventures In Making http://www.adventures-in-making.com

CRAFT SHOW CHECKLIST: (Free Printable)

A chair. If it can fit behind your booth, you’re going to want it.

Water bottle and food. You most likely will not be able to leave your booth during the event. Depending on how long the event lasts bring plenty of snacks or lunch so you don’t get hungry/cranky.

Emergency tool kit: Pens, pencils, tape, hammer, pliers, box cutter, scissors, safety pins, tacks, twine, zip ties, extra price tags/stickers, band-aids, tampons, Ibuprofen, hand wipes, napkins.

Change, cash box and calculator. make sure you have plenty of change (mainly $1 and $5). I usually get $100 in change for a show and that’s been plenty for me. I keep all my change in a metal cash box behind my booth. You could also wear an apron or fanny pack to keep all your change in.

Square App. an essential tool for any craft show. The Square App allows you to take credit cards on your smartphone or tablet. You can order the Square Reader for free here. Before the show starts, set up your free account and do a test transaction (I usually charge $1) to make sure it’s ready and working. Make sure your device is fully charged and don’t use up your battery power on facebook or instagram during the event. Also- ask the event coordinator if they have wifi access for vendors.

A notebook and pen to track sales. It’s good practice to write down every sale. That way you can review what items sold the best and how much money you made at the end of the day.

Business cards. Business cards a SUPER important to have at a craft show. I order mine from Got Print. You can also look for local printers in your area. Make sure your business card includes your name, your shop name, your email and website/etsy shop. This way customers who aren’t looking to buy something the day of the show can find you again.

Mailing list sign up sheet. So you can stay in touch with your customers.

Tools of your craft. Especially good for last minute repairs. If show traffic is slowing down, I’ll usually get out my supplies for making my products and get to work. Customers love seeing you in action! It could spark conversation and questions about you and your work. Just make sure it’s something you can put down easily so you can continue to interact with customers and make sales.

Packaging materials. You’ll need to bag or box up your product when someone makes a purchase. Make sure you have enough bags, tissue, etc. to properly package sold goods for customers.

Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Keep in mind that you’ll most likely be on your feet most of the time so comfortable shoes are important. Also, you never know what the temperature of the room will be (or what the weather will be if you’re event is outdoors) so it’s best to have a few layers of clothing you can take on/off.

We keep a small box that holds all the nuts/bolts/screws we need, plus a screw driver, extra hooks, and tape. We always keep pens, lots of business cards, and sometimes even our wholesale info on hand too, you never know if a potential store owner will be stopping by. Snacks and water are never forgotten either! – Year Round Co.

A FEW FINAL TIPS:

Show Etiquette. Tearing down your booth and/or loading out before the show ends is extremely bad show etiquette and disrupts the flow of any show. Even if you sold out of all your products, don’t tear down your booth (unless you have special permission from the event coordinator). If you tear down early, a lot of shows will put you on their ‘naughty’ list and won’t invite you back to do the show again. Also, be sure to leave your space as you found it and throw away any garbage.

Exposure and feedback. Don’t be too upset if you don’t sell out or make a ton of money at your first show. Many of the shows I first attended I didn’t make much more than the cost of the booth fee. Exposure of you and your work and customer feedback are the best things you can gain at your first show. This is your chance to test out your products, interact with customers and receive instant feedback on your work. As a rule, if I at least make my booth fee back, I consider it a success.

Outdoor shows. If you are planning to attend an outdoor show, I recommend using a pop-up canopy. They are quite an investment to buy, so ask the show coordinator of there’s someone you can borrow or share a canopy with. Also remember to prepare you booth for inclimate weather. You don’t want anything to fall or collapse due to a gust of wind and you don’t want your product to be ruined by rain or fade in the sunshine. Also- sunscreen and bug repellent are important.

Network! A craft show is the perfect opportunity for you to meet other like-minded people! Talk to the other vendors. Tell them it’s your first show and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. I’ve made many new friends this way and it’s great to offer each other advice and support.

Opportunities. Local shop owners might be attending the event on the look out for new handmade products for their shop! I’ve received many consignment opportunities with stores that first saw my work at a craft show.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: The Ultimate Craft Show Preparation Link List by Handmadeology

DIY: Easter Gift Bags

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

I love celebrating holidays and getting inspired to make something new each year. For Easter this year, I decided to make gift bags decorated with my own art doodles. I plan to fill them up with candy and strategically (and secretly) leave them for my friends and family to find. I hope these little surprises will brighten their day!

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

What You Need

• Muslin gift bags (I ordered mine online from Celestial Gifts on Etsy)
Fabric markers
Personalized favor tags
• Candy of your choice
• Easter grass (optional)

Assembly:

To decorate my bags, I used a set of Tulip brand neon fabric markers. For inspiration, I looked up some fun Easter egg designs on Pinterest and then started doodling. For my first bag, I drew some simple spring flowers. Next, I experimented with different Easter egg designs. I especially liked covering an entire bag with a hand drawn flower pattern. You could also try drawing a bunny, an Easter greeting, or a person’s name.

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

Once you’ve finished decorating your bags, you can stuff them with a little Easter grass and a handful of your favorite candy. I also used some custom tags from Evermine.com.

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

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DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
Spring has sprung and I’ve been cooking up some fun and easy DIY projects to celebrate. This sweet daisy headband is a very simple project and makes for a lovely pop of color perfect for wearing with your favorite spring dress.

What You Need

• Cardboard
• Pins
• Yarn needle
• Sewing needle & thread
• Sewing machine (optional)
• Scissors
• Pencil
• X-acto knife
• Cutting board
• Craft glue
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Yarn
• Elastic

STEP ONE:

Using your x-acto knife cut 2 cardboard circles, 2″ in diameter. I used the lid of a spice jar as my template.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP TWO:

Draw lines across one of the cardboard circles to create 12 sections (like a pie). Then write corresponding numbers near the end of each line (see photo below for reference).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP THREE:

Glue the two cardboard circles together and insert 12 pins around the edge of the cardboard circle (following the lines you just drew).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP FOUR:

Hold the end of the yarn down with your left thumb. Then, working in a clockwise direction, pass yarn with the right hand from left to right around pin 1. Pass yarn across the center and from right to left around pin 2 (opposite), going back across center. From left to right around pin 3, and right to left around pin 4. Continue until all pins have been wrapped (once if using thick yarn, several times if using thin yarn) and cut, leaving a tail about 12″ long.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP FIVE:

Take your yarn needle and thread the tail of the yarn. Work 13 back stitches, passing the needle under 2 petals and back over 1. Make sure to do all 13 back stitches or the center will not be complete. Work in the starting end with weaving stitches to bind it firmly, and tie both yarns together at the top side of the daisy (this will be the back when daisy is finished).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP SIX:

Pull the pins out of the cardboard to release the daisy.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP SEVEN:

Cut a piece of ribbon about 20″ long and a piece of elastic about 4.5″ long. Turn the end of the ribbon and pin one end of the elastic to it.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP EIGHT:

Using a sewing machine, attach elastic to the end of the ribbon (you could also hand-stitch this).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP NINE:

Repeat steps 7 and 8 to attach the other ends of the ribbon and elastic.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP TEN:

Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the daisy to the ribbon. I attached mine about 6″ in form one end.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

TA DA!

The cutest springtime headband ever!

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

RECIPE: Pretzel Treat Favors

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat
My mom and I recently made these adorable Pretzel Treat Favors for a baby shower. They were so easy and fun to make I just had to share them with you! Plus I LOVE the sweet and salty combination of this versatile treat.

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat

What’s great about making these for party favors is that you can make them for practically any event. All you have to do is use colored sprinkles to match your theme. We chose pink and rainbow sprinkles for our rainbow/unicorn theme baby shower. But feel free to use whatever colors you like for birthdays, holidays, or whatever kind of event you are planning.

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat

The other great thing about these favors is that you can make them in advance! Just store them in air tight containers and they will stay fresh for up to one week. Now onto the recipe…

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Recipe: Pretzel Treat Favors
 
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Recipe type: Dessert Favor
Ingredients
  • Pretzel sticks
  • White chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles (I recommend getting a variety of different sprinkles so you can have fun mixing them and making fun color combinations).
Instructions
  1. Simply melt the white chocolate using a double broiler. Dip a pretzel stick in. I used a spatula to help evenly coat the pretzel. Give it a good shake to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Next, dust your choice of sprinkles over the chocolate until evenly covered. It's best to do this over a pan or plate to catch falling sprinkles. Place pretzel treat on a pan lined with parchment paper to harden and dry.
  2. Allow to dry completely. You can pop it into the refrigerator to speed up the process. The chocolate needs to be completely hardened before packaging. Stored in an air tight container, these treats will stay fresh for up to one week.

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat
Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat

RECIPE: Fire Cider

Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy

I first learned of Fire Cider while taking Stephanie Perkinson’s Deeply Rooted Cleanse this winter. It’s a homemade concoction said to prevent cold and flu symptoms and boost your immune system. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, congestion clearing and warming. As soon as Stephanie shared her recipe with the cleanse group I quickly went to my grocery store and bought all the ingredients. For me, I always tend to catch some sort of cold bug whenever seasons change. With Spring finally popping it’s head out, I knew this homemade preventative would come in handy.

Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy
Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy

The base ingredients for this drink are raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey. There are a ton of variations on how to make Fire Cider, but they all contain some sort of pepper, ginger, onion, horseradish, garlic, citrus and herbs. The resulting taste is strong, spicy, sweet and sour. I was afraid to try it at first thinking it would taste awful! But when I gathered up my courage and took a sip, I was surprised that the taste wasn’t bad, but very, very strong and unlike anything else I’ve tasted before.

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Fire Cider
 
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Fire cider has been made for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion and increase circulation. You can drink it neat, mix it with other beverages and use it in cooking.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • ½ cup fresh grated ginger root
  • ½ cup fresh grated horseradish root
  • ½ cup fennel, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, smashed
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tsp or more of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • Several sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg’s brand)
  • Raw honey to taste
  • Cheesecloth
  • Quart-sized mason jar
Instructions
  1. Prepare all of your ingredients (minus the cider vinegar and honey). Stuff everything into a sanitized glass quart-sized mason jar. Pour the vinegar over the top, filling it all the way up. Use a piece of parchment or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well.
  2. Store in a cool, dark place for one month. Give the jar a few good shakes every day.
  3. After four weeks, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the Fire Cider into a clean jar. Then add in ¼ cup of raw honey and stir until dissolved. Take a calming breath and taste your cider for the first time. Add more honey to suit your preferences (I ended up adding a lot more!).
Notes
If you feel a cold or flu coming on, take 1 teaspoon three times per day. You can also drink Fire Cider on a daily basis, taking just 1 sip (or teaspoon) in the morning.

 

DIY: Hippie Love Beads

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Over the years I’ve learned to embrace my hippie urges at times and this DIY is definitely true to my free spirited heart. A traditional hippie accessory, Love Beads are long, handmade strings of beads worn by both guys and girls in the 1960’s. The trend is thought to have evolved from the generation’s fascination to non-Western cultures such as India and Native America. I love spotting love beads when flipping through old photos and magazines from that era. Janis Joplin is probably the most famous ‘hippie’ to wear love beads and I don’t think anyone wore them quite as well as she did.

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Beading Wire
• Flat-nose Jewelry Plyers
• Crimp Beads
• Jump Ring, Connector Charm, or Clasp
• Lots of Beads!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

I made two strands of Love Beads for this project- One I strung beads in a fun pattern and another I used random multicolor beads together. I like the way both turned out.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin
DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

To make a strand of Love Beads, I first like to organize my beads in teacups or small bowls. This way I grab the ones I need easily and organize my colors. All the beads you see here I bought second hand.

Tips for finding and collecting beads:

Thrift stores & garage sales– When thrifting I always look for clothes that have beads on them that I can easily cut off and use for jewelry projects. Some thrift stores also have craft supply sections where you can find bags of random beads. If you live in Portland, my favorite place to go is the Knittin’ Kitten, a craft supply thrift store on NE Glisan.
Friends & family– Ask around! You never know who might have a box of beads sitting in their closet leftover from their beading phase 10 years ago.
Broken/old jewelry– Whenever a necklace or earring breaks or falls apart, I always save the remnants to recreate into something new!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

How to make Love Beads:

To get started, first cut your beading wire to length. I wanted my necklaces to be super long (just like Janis Joplin), so I cut mine 54 inches long, leaving a few extra inches for tying off the finished strand.

Next I started stringing on beads. If you want to make a pattern, I like to start in the middle of the necklace and use both ends of the string to add beads in my desired pattern. This method is dangerous though! The more beads you string on, the heavier the necklace gets, and the easier it is to drop your ends and lose your beads!

Creating the random multicolor bead pattern is a bit easier as you can tie off one end of your string. I recommend using tape because it’s easy to take off when you’re ready to finish your ends and it won’t kink or untie itself (which is what happens when you try to tie a knot in beading wire).

Once you’ve completed your strand of beads, it’s time to finish the ends. I used two crimp beads (which you can find at any craft or bead store) and a small heart connector bead. Crimp beads are small metal cylinders that hold a doubled cord securely when you flatten or crimp them with pliers. You can use anything you like to connect your ends together. Since my necklace was so long, I didn’t need to use a clasp. You could also use a simple jump ring if you don’t have any connector beads on hand.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Finishing your Love Beads:

• After you’ve finished stringing your necklace, place a single crimp bead on the end of the strand and a clasp, connector, or jump ring.
• Slip the wire tail back through the crimp bead and then through the next several beads. Tug the wire so it’s taut, with no gaps between beads or at the end.
• Firmly crimp the bead closed using flat-nose pliers. Clip off the end of the wire close to the beads so the end tucks back in and won’t scratch your skin.

Wear your love beads at the next music festival or concert you attend or give them away to friends!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Resource

If you are interested in learning more about making jewelry I highly recommend the book, Bead Simple by Susan Beal.

SHOW +TELL: Tips On Creating An Amazing Costume

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

In 2012 my boyfriend James and I went to Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon to see Donovan perform. Costumes are a big part of the festival so we had fun creating our own.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

James created his costume with all thrifted items he found at Goodwill and SCRAP here in Portland.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

MY COSTUME DETAILS:

Dress: Used to be a long skirt I wore bellydancing in high school. With the help of this easy tutorial, I transformed it into a faerie dress.
Belt: I first saw this belt worn by Kaylah from The Dainty Squid and recently found this one at Wanderlust here in Portland.
Large Bead Necklace: Bought on Haight & Ashbury during my 2008 trip to San Francisco.
Love Beads: Thrifted at Red Fox Vintage.
Beaded Choker: Handmade by me when I was in high school.
Rose Hair Clips: Claire’s.
Beaded Cuff Bracelet: I don’t remember! Bought it in high school during my belly dancing days.
Rings: Silver spoon ring, Red Fox Vintage. Red rose ring, Flora. Mood Ring, Fuego.
Dreamcatcher Wings: Handmade by me!

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie
Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

Read more about our adventure into the faerie realm on my personal blog.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie
Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

Tips On Creating An Amazing Costume

Collect. Start collecting items a month or so before your event. Frequent your local thrift and vintage stores, dig through “FREE” boxes in your neighborhood, check out garage sales- you never know what you might find!
Make a Costume Box. Get a box to hold all your costume pieces. Then whenever you find something with potential, you have a place to put it. Once you’re ready to start putting together a costume, you already have a slew of things collected in one place to start with.
Remake or DIY. Whenever I’m creating a costume I try to find easy ways to make as much as I can rather than buying everything. I had a silk patchwork skirt I hadn’t worn in years and decided to look up a tutorial on how to transform it into a dress. It was such an easy remake and it didn’t even require any sewing.
Make It Unique. For my Faerieworlds costume I dreamt up the rainbow dreamcatcher fairy wings. They started as a sketch, I did a little research and then gathered my supplies and gave it a go. They didn’t turn out perfect, but I loved the look and I received many compliments from fellow faeries at the festival. Don’t be afraid to dream up something you’ve never seen before!
Test it Out. One week before your event, try everything on and make sure it works. If it doesn’t, you still have time to make adjustments. We knew we would be camping for an entire weekend, so we wanted our costumes to be comfortable and easy to take on and off. Also be sure practice any special hair or makeup styles so that you feel confident when getting ready the day of your event.

Lastly, HAVE FUN!

Photos taken by Bobby Pathammavong.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-upon

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

As a former Girl Scout, I have lots of fun camp memories. I remember learning to tie knots, set up camp and to cook over the campfire. An essential Girl Scout tradition is making a sit-upon. A sit-upon is a homemade waterproof cushion. They are easy to make and I remember using them every time we did any activity while sitting on the bare ground, which most often was damp or scattered with uncomfortable sticks and pebbles. A sit-upon is great for sitting around the campfire, your backyard, or even a sporting event.

There are lots of ways to make a sit-upon. When I was a Brownie Girl Scout, we made ours from old vinyl tablecloths and foam. But in a pinch, you can use a plastic garbage bag and a stack of old newspapers for padding.

To revisit this simple craft project, I decided to use a roll of vintage vinyl wallpaper I found at a thrift store and some foam I bought at my local craft store.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES

• Waterproof Material (vinyl tablecloth, or other store-bought vinyl or plastic grocery bag). You need enough for a 30″ x 15″ rectangle.
• Padding (foam, carpet padding, or 1 ½” stack of newspapers) cut into a 13″ x 13″ square.
• Scissors (or I used a rotary cutter and cutting board)
• Hole punch
• Yarn or string
• Tape

I ALSO USED:
• Cutting board
• Rotary fabric cutter
• Ruler

STEP 1:
Cut your waterproof material into a 30″ x 15″ rectangle. Fold it in half so that you have a 15”x15” square.

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STEP 2:
If using carpet padding or foam for padding, cut it into a 13″ x 13″ square and place it inside the waterproof material.

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STEP 3:
Use a hole punch to punch holes all the way around the folded square, about 1″ apart and ½” from the edge. Then place your padding in between your folded cover.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

STEP 4:
Wrap a piece of tape around the end of your yarn or string to make it easier to stitch. Sew all the way around. I used a blanket stitch, but you can use a straight stitch or any kind of stitch you like. Tie off and your sit-upon is ready to use!

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DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

DIY: Friendship Bracelets for Beginners

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Friendship bracelets are a great craft to make with a friend or for a friend. Growing up I made tons of these bracelets; I loved trading them with friends and I always had a few tied around my wrist. I call this method “Snake Around The Pole.” It’s the easiest friendship bracelet you can make so it’s great for beginners.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• 3 different colors of embroidery floss
• Scissors
• Some tape or a safety pin

1. Cut Your Thread

First choose the colors of your bracelet. You can use anywhere from 2 to 10 different colors. If this is your first friendship bracelet, I suggest using 2 or 3 colors. I have chosen to use 3. Cut a strand of each color that’s about 32 inches long.

2. Securing Your String

Holding all the strings together, tie a knot, leaving about 3 inches above the knot. Then secure the strings so that you can begin your bracelet. You can either use a safety pin to pin it to your jeans or you can tape it to a table or book.

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3. Choose Your First Color

Separate your first color from the rest of the strands. With your starting string on your left side and the rest of the strings held together on your right, take your left string and cross it over the right strings, making the shape of a number 4.

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DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

4. Tying The Knot

Then loop the left strand under the right strands and through the middle of your number 4 shape. Pull the end up firmly to complete the knot. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the same string for as long as you want that color to be.

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5. Changing Colors

When you’re ready to change colors, take the next color from your right hand and trade it with your left. With your new color in your left hand, repeat steps 3 and 4 until ready to change colors again. Continue to change colors until you reach the end of your bracelet, leaving about 3 inches at the end.

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DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

6. Finishing

I like to finish the ends of my friendship bracelets by dividing the strings into 3 groups and braiding both ends.

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7. TA DA!

You have finished your friendship bracelet. If you make yours with a friend, you can both trade and wear each other’s. You can also make two matching bracelets for both you and your friend to wear. Once you get the hang of making these feel free to add more colors! My favorite number is 6 different colors, but you can have as many as you want.

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