Six Tips to Step Up Your Crafting Mojo This Summer
Maybe the last craft you did was a popsicle stick house in elementary school and maybe those safety scissors aren’t just for your kids. You might not think you’re crafty but with summer vacation around the corner this is your season to work on your crafting skills. Whether you’ve got a Pinterest board full of ideas or you don't know where to start, we got you!
Here are six tips to help step up your crafting this summer:
#1 Pick a Craft You Really Like
While your competitive streak might compel you to out-crochet your cousin’s Fourth of July tablecloth, if you have no real passion for what you’re making, it will be hard to stick with it and you will get frustrated along the way.
Pick a craft that you are excited about and seems do-able for you. Check out Pinterest, look at the crafts on Craftivate's site, and look at what your friends have made to get inspired. If you’ve dreamed up something elaborate, try making a simpler version of it first or certain parts of it to boost your confidence. You can craft, you just need to learn certain skills and practice!
#2 Give Yourself Enough Time
Even if you’re someone who likes to work under pressure, you don’t want to rush doing a craft you’ve never done before, especially if it’s a gift for someone else or you want to do it for a kiddo’s birthday party. Not giving yourself enough time for learn a craft and do it well is a recipe for stress and disappointment.
Be patient with yourself and where your skills are at. Make time for mistakes and mess ups. If you don’t have a deadline or if it’s far away, you’ll have an easier time getting it done right and having fun with it if you know that you can take your time.
#3 Get the Proper Tools and Materials
With a lot of crafts and DIY projects, you can easily substitute certain craft supplies with items you already have in your home. Of course, there is a time and place for that. But if you’re feeling anxious about your crafting journey, it’s a good idea to stick to what’s in the photos or directions at first, especially when it comes to tools. The proper tools can make crafting much easier than trying to rig or repurpose something not originally built for the task. Once you’ve practiced and gained more confidence, take a chance using everyday household items to whip up a genius DIY project.
#4 Have a Positive Attitude
When you’re still learning how to make that perfect cursive lettering or how to do that one specific stitch, it can be frustrating to keep trying over and over again. Especially if you have that awful moment where you feel like you’ve totally ruined the whole project. It’s okay to take a step back. Look at it from a distance or don’t look at it at all!
You’re learning how to do something new for the first time. Go you for even trying! It’s not always going to be perfect, it rarely ever is. Being able to accept imperfection is something you’ll get comfortable with the longer you craft. There aren’t many right or wrong ways to make something, but there are easier and more difficult ways. Don’t be afraid to take a break or even start over. Your craft should reflect you, your effort, and the person or event it might be for. You’re making something to be celebrated, not stressed out by. You got this!
#5 Ask for Help and Do It Together
That said, don’t be afraid to ask for help either. Whether that means using a pattern, template, or taking one-on-one lessons or signing up for a class. It’s more fun to joke about mistakes in a group and show off your badass crafting skills to an audience anyway.
That’s why Craftivate encourages you to DIT- Do it Together!
#6 Pour Yourself a Drink
Because everything's better with a glass of wine!
We all have a creative, crafty streak that just needs a little time and attention for us to feel confident about creating something awesome. The summer season is the perfect time to get together with friends and kiddos to make something memorable.
What do you want to make this summer?