National Crafting Month 2018 — March

Get your paints, yarns, fabrics, and every and all crafting tools ready for National Crafting Month this March! Did you know that 56% of US households craft at least once a year? Additionally, students who participate in arts and craft projects are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. Crafting is an amazing artistic outlet that allows for everyday inspiration, it’s also a great stress reliever— and not to mention a lot of fun.

National Crafting Month - History

1830
Roberts Loom Invented

Richard Roberts, an inventor, built the first "Roberts Loom" which allowed for the rapid tailoring of clothing.

August 3, 1777
First Flag Swen

Formed from scraps of uniforms and clothing, soldiers of the American Revolution sewed together the earliest known version of the American Flag.

1000 BC
Knitting Developed

Ancient socks and knitting tools represent the first signs of the development of knitting.

National Crafting Month Activities

1. Try a new creative medium
If you’re a painter, try scrapbooking. If you're a knitter, try sculpting! The beauty of crafting is that there are endless possibilities for creating, and stepping outside your creative comfort zone could lead to some amazing creation—you never know if you don't try!

2. Show off your work
Everything's better when it’s shared. Use National Craft Month as an excuse to show everyone what you been working on. Whether it’s having a small arts and crafts exhibition, giving your creations as gifts, or selling them at a craft show, be sure to take this opportunity to share your art with the world. Who knows, you might just be a creative inspiration to others. So show off your work, be proud, and of course keep crafting!

3. Dare to use more color
The world can always use more color. Use National Craft Month as an excuse to do something colorful. Use every color in your paint palate, all the multicolored yarn you can find, or even get your hands on some colored playdough! Whether it's bright pink or dark blue, anything that puts a splash of color into your work makes crafts that much more fun!

Why We Love National Crafting Month

A. It boosts creativity and inspiration
Having the freedom to create without boundaries stimulates both our imagination and inspiration. Being inspired by our own crafts give us the confidence to think outside of the box in other realms of our lives, such as our education and professional lives. And who knows, channeling those creative energies into one of your creative hobbies such as design, painting, or writing could even turn into a career.

B. Crafting brings people together
Whether it’s creating something with your kids or a casual craft night with friends, being able to share your imagination and creativity with others is inspiring. Not only is there someone there to appreciate your work, but you can spend valuable time with friends and help each other with shared ideas all while having fun!

C. Handmade gifts are the best gifts
Nothing shows how much you care more than a gift from the heart. Home-crafted gifts are one of a kind—nothing says "special" like having the only one of something! Homemade gifts also give you the opportunity to show how well you really know someone. Personally tailoring a gift that is individualized for one person makes a gift so much more sentimental than something like a gift card. Not to mention, homemade gifts are fun to make and can save you a few bucks!

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