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Rainy day fun: Host a crafternoon

Posted by Melissa Massello  June 13, 2013 05:00 PM

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crafternoon-mess.jpg This weather, am I right? If your weekend plans get rained out and you've exhausted your Netflix queue, gather friends and kids for a fun crafternoon. On a recent gray Saturday, I met some pals at the Porter Square Michaels where we picked up some extra supplies, then walked to a friend's apartment, and got crafty!


Jeff's handsome fox.

Jeff (our gracious host) was inspired by these cute pillows on Etsy, so he and Jess made adorable stuffed animals from felt. Stacy and I had our own project plans; she worked on map art for her upcoming wedding anniversary, and I put together citrus shaped coasters for Laurel's birthday.

Here are our top tips on hosting your own crafternoon:
• Have a craft already picked out and planned for...
• ...but don't be rigid. Allow for people to bring their own projects.
• Have some snacks to nibble on and beverages on hand (alcoholic or non), but keep it to things that aren't a hassle or cause sticky fingers.
• Stock a basic "project pantry", like the one we had at our March DIY Boston Night. Glue and glue guns, scissors, thread, construction paper, markers, embroidery floss... whatever makes sense for your craft.
• Have fun!


Jess's whimsical whale.

If you're not ready to plan your own, the Etsy Craft Party is coming up on June 20. People have signed up to host crafty events all over the globe with this year's theme, Community, in mind. Check out Eventbrite for Boston-area Etsy Craft Party events.

Have you ever held a crafternoon? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!


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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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