DIY craft trends that will sell well in 2021

DIY craft trends that will sell well in 2021

Trends are more than passing fads. Trend forecasts determine how technological and cultural changes will influence consumers’ purchasing decisions. This article on craft / DIY trends for 2021 is intended to help you make informed choices for your business and improve your product offering. So let’s take a look at the direction our sector is taking and let’s explore the trends that will shape the craft sector in 2021.

Colour trends for 2021

The BEHR Color Trends 2021 palette is a colour selection with  the colours that will be be everywhere next year.

https://www.behr.com/consumer/inspiration/2021-color-trends/

When it comes to predicting colour trends, Pantone is also a popular name.

Published for the fashion industry by the Pantone Color Institute, this season’s report presents the top ten most influential colours, as well as the five current classics that fashion designers are expected to feature in their new spring/summer collections. Discover them on the Pantone website.

In 2021, make things with your hands

In this world of trends, creativity is particularly highlighted. The emphasis here is on making objects with our own hands and working with raw materials such as leather, concrete, plaster and clay. There are interesting techniques for achieving stunning surface effects with irregular, original and imperfect textures. For example, an amalgam of pebbles and scraps can be poured into a mould to create a rough, matte-looking concrete. In addition, delicate natural materials such as algae, willow and rattan will be used extensively in 2021. These materials are braided, knotted or woven and are used as natural home accessories such as seat cushions, table tops and curtains.

Transform your old stuff / Upcycling

This trend is aimed at the younger generation. The emphasis here is on creativity, and on the personalisation of everyday objects, be it graffiti, knitted or macramé. It is the personal touch that makes backpacks, pencil cases, hooded sweatshirts, laptop cases or even furniture unique pieces. The art of  mixing takes on its full meaning here: tools such as markers, brushes, sheet transfers or resin can be used

Ecological DIY crafts

This is not a trend, but a need; the impact of our actions on the environment is more evident than ever! Are you looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly in when producing your DIY crafts? There are many blogs where we help you to recycle old objects, find alternatives to plastic and recycle everything in the name of nature and craftsmanship!

Environmental issues affect the lives of people all over the world. They are problems even for experienced craftsmen. In order to achieve a more sustainable world, it will be extremely important to preserve natural processes and craftsmanship in the future.

Traditional crafts are making a come back

The hobbies of the past are making a comeback! It’s often said that everything comes back into style, and that certainly rings true for crafting. Trends from the past that we once fondly enjoyed are beginning to be recognised once again as new generations discover them. Hobbies such as jigsaw puzzles, macrame, or candle making have seen a great evolution in terms of popularity.

Why not take a journey back in time and revive a craft or hobby you once loved?

Digital creations are also gaining in popularity

From podcasts to digital cutting, to sharing on social networks, digital in 2020 was ultra prominent, and it will remain so in 2021

Digital craftsmanship involves using your computer or tablet to print or cut out designs. It’s as simple as printing any other document. You can create just about anything you can imagine: scrapbook pages, drawings, interior decoration… Just download free SVG files from many sites that you can use for your creations.

.If you like cutting, at the touch of a button, you can cut any shape, no matter complex, in the blink of an eye. Machines are available with different blades to fit almost any material, from paper to wood.  For this you can use files of the SVG “Scalable vector graphics” type, i.e. digital images that can be enlarged without losing their definition. Just cut them out with your digital cutting machine – it’s easy.

Craftsmanship will have to be profitable in 2021

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, and you will probably need to increase revenue in your handmade craft business. There are a number of quality craft products to be made and sold and you need to find items for which there is demand. If your business’s revenue has dropped and you’re looking for new ways for it to make money, consider making crafts.

When making crafts, it is always good to know where you will sell the products. The best places to sell your production online are Facebook groups, Whatsapp groups, and market places like Amazon or Etsy.

You can also start your own website where to sell your DIY products, and launch your own blog, and teach people how to make handicrafts or write informative articles about your achievements.

Making crafts according to the time of year can also be very profitable. Think of DIY for Halloween, Christmas or Autumn. You can also tailor your designs for children.

Here are some ideas for  2021:

– Glitter cups

– Decorated wine glasses

– Tablecloths

– Personalised button badges

– Refrigerator magnets

– Dispenser for hand washing products

– Knitted scarves

– Personalised key rings

– Necklaces

– Personalised hair accessories

– Handmade aprons

– Motivational quotes

– You can also create crafting kits that allow others to make your designs.

2021, one year, four seasons, and many opportunities to make handicrafts! In this article, we tried to look into our crystal ball to find out what approaches you need to take to make 2021 the most creative year of your life, and to reach a wider audience.

11 CREATIVE HOBBIES TO TRY IN 2021

11 CREATIVE HOBBIES TO TRY IN 2021

Finding new creative hobbies is a great way to give yourself a sense of purpose, and feel more productive. Plus, you never know where your new creative pursuits may lead!

START YOUR NEXT CREATIVE ADVENTURE

Participating in creative hobbies has so many benefits for your health and well-being, and is a fun way to relax after work or school. Now is the perfect time to take up a new creative hobby. With so many tutorials online, picking up a new skill is easier than ever – all you need is the materials and some inspiration. Here are 11 creative hobbies to try.

1 HAND LETTERING

Hand lettering is one of the biggest creative hobbies right now. Hand lettering is the process of creating decorative letters and fonts. One of the most appealing parts of lettering is that there is are near-endless ways to do it. You can use virtually any type of writing or drawing utensil, ranging from pens to markers to brushes and beyond. Hand lettering also allows you to develop your own unique style with just a little bit of practice. In particular, hand lettering can be used to create cards and signs, and it’s a popular technique for creating wedding invitations. Lettering can be intimidating at first, but this guide will help you get started.

 

2 FLOWER ARRANGING

If you like plants, consider taking up flower arranging to express yourself through this unique medium. Many local flower shops offer classes for beginners, and there are many books and websites that offer tutorials. Floristry is something anyone can get into, and you can use the things you make to brighten up your home. You can even wear your floral arrangements by making them into crowns, corsages, and more.

Additionally, floral arrangements also make great gifts, particularly if you are on a budget.

florist workplace, still life with bouquet of tulips, scissors and tools

3 BULLET JOURNALING

Bullet journaling is a technique that you can use to record the events of your day, stay organized, and plan for future goals. All you need to start bullet journaling is a blank notebook and a pen. The principle is simple: rather than buying a pre-bought planner, you create one yourself that only includes the things you need. There are three main things you’ll write down each day – the tasks you need to get done, notes about things you don’t want to forget, and noteworthy events that you want to remember.

Bullet journaling is a quick way to express yourself and get your thoughts on paper. Bullet journaling is a fantastic and diverse hobby. You can create your bullet journal to be as simple or as complex as you’d like. If you want to be more even creative with your bullet journaling, you can experiment with using different colors and layouts, or you can keep it simple. This bullet journal guide can help you explore the many different ways you can make a bullet journal your go-to creative hobby in 2021.

4 WRITING

You don’t need to be the next J.K Rowling to start writing. It can be as simple as just sitting down and writing in a journal every day, or even just brainstorming a short story you want to write. Maybe you’ve always had a dream of becoming a published author but never knew where to start, well, 2021 is the perfect time to start chasing that dream. Just don’t try jumping into writing a novel right away, take some time to build up, and get in the habit of writing every day.

A great place to start is by starting a journal or doing morning pages every day. After you get in the habit, try taking a Skillshare course on how to write a book.

Women typing on laptop

5 CROSS-STITCH

Cross stitch has become very popular over the last few years on Pinterest and Instagram, and it’s a very soothing creative hobby that anyone can take up. Cross stitch is done by creating stitches in an X pattern on a grid, which creates very even stitches. In particular, there’s been a trend toward cross stitch designs with sassy sayings and charming nature themes. However, you can use cross stitch to make any design you want. There are thousands of cross stitch patterns online, but once you learn the basic technique, you can experiment with your own unique designs.

Preparations for embroidery (Cross-Stitch)

6 START A BLOG

Starting a blog is one of those hobbies that actually makes it easier to keep doing all of the creative hobbies in your life. Plus, it has the potential to actually make you money and become your job. It did for me. Before starting a blog, I never watercolored or lettered on a daily basis. Now I do pretty much every day. Head here to learn how to start a blog.

Person blogging on their laptop pursuing their creative hobbies

7 PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is a great way to get your juices flowing, and no, that doesn’t mean you need to drop a couple thousand dollars on a professional-grade camera. You can even start with just your cell phone. Consistency is key when trying to pick up this creative hobby. I recommend grabbing my 100-day challenge printable from my resource library and trying to take a picture every day for 100 days.

Man taking a picture on his DSLR camera

8 WATERCOLORING

Watercoloring is probably one of the more intimidating creative hobbies on this list, but trust me, it’s not that hard. Learning to watercolor is a freeing experience because you discover that you can’t fully control the water no matter how hard you try, and you have to let go of control. If you have a hectic life, then this is the perfect hobby for you. You can find the basic supplies you need to start here, and here are a few tips for getting started.

Painting with watercolor paints

9 ORIGAMI

Origami, the classic Japanese art of paper folding, is another hobby that is both creative and relaxing. Making beautiful plants, animals, and other nature-inspired folds is a great way to challenge yourself and is sure to put a smile on your face. There are thousands of different designs to learn, and practicing helps with hand-eye coordination.

Origami Crane

10 MEDITATION

Give meditation a try this new year, and you’ll be surprised by the benefits. Meditation isn’t what most people think of when they think of creative hobbies, but when you let your mind slow down a bit in this chaotic world, you’d be surprised by the benefits. Try morning meditation for a ton of benefits.

A man meditating early in the morning

11 BAKING AND CAKE DECORATING

Creating delectable treats is a creative hobby that comes with a truly sweet reward at the end. Not only is baking very satisfying, but it will also endear you to your friends and family, who will love your cakes, cookies, and other creations. Cake and cookie decorating can be complex, so it may be helpful to take a class to learn the basics.

Decorating cake

EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE

These are just eleven of the many creative hobbies that have been trending recently. Taking up a creative hobby is the perfect way to kickstart productivity and feel more productive. Creativity will make you happier and is a very effective way to help relieve stress.

ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR THE NEW YEAR?

If you’re looking for inspiration to help you get ready for the new year, you can check out all of my new year bullet journal and productivity content in one convenient place!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a quick way to get ready for the new year, you should check out the Fox Den Resource Library. The library is packed with tons of free printables and lettering worksheets, including a January printable to help you tackle the new year.

Music and Twine Bottles

Music and Twine Bottles

I have a neat tutorial to share with you that can really be expounded upon in so many different ways, your creativity can go rampant. We all know about my urge to save glass bottles and jars and have gone as far as enlisting family members to do the same. So when inspiration strikes, bottles of all sorts are available.
Here’s a list of what I used for this project: Glass bottle, sheet music, glitter, Mod Podge, jute twine, snowflake ornament, jingle bells. 
 
 
 I was given several of these schnapps bottles, that have really taken me a while to come up with a use for. They are tall and flat and can’t really be used for my Waterless Snow globes…but finally inspiration hit in the form of ‘Altered Bottle’ which is fancy for saying decorating the bottle to serve some sort of purpose beyond it’s intended use.  SO I washed up the bottle, removed the label with handy dandy Goo-Gone (thank goodness for that stuff!!) and a pretty bottle is what you have. It no long looks like a schnapps bottle…but in my mind looks like a ‘message in a bottle’ type of bottle…cue The Police Just a castaway
An island lost at sea, oh
.. I didn’t use the lids and used wire cutters to cut off the little ring left around the neck.
 I have been lucky enough to find some old sheet music and believe me when I say this book is happy to be given a second chance at life in the form of art…the pages were so weakened with age and fragile….it just couldn’t be used anymore. In fact, when I tried to use my paper cutter, it just shredded the paper, so I ended up just scoring and tearing. The idea is to use the music paper to create a label of sorts around the bottle, so I tore the paper to fit the center of the bottle, leaving a little glass on the bottom and the neck of the bottle still exposed. Slather the back of the page with Mod Podge:
 Eye-ball it on the center of the bottle:
 Do the same for the back so you have something that looks like this:
Be sure to smooth it on well.  Next, to soften the edges of the ‘label’ and for a little glitz, use Mod Podge and glitter around the edge ( I used a paint brush and spooned on the glitter). This a messier way to do it, if you want, you can use glitter glue or something similar. Once dry, use a soft dry brush to remove excess glitter.
 Next, wrap twine around the center of the bottle, leaving two ends for tying. I used about three yards of jute twine. If twine isn’t your thing, ribbon would also look good.
 I needed a focal point and found it by way of snowflakes. I found this package of small glittered snowflakes at Hobby Lobby…but you can use several different things….if you crochet, crochet a snowflake…stiffened doily….just something in proportion and creates a focal point.
 Tie the twine through the snowflake:
 String jingle bells on the twine (I just love the sound of jingle bells!)
 Tie a shoestring bow, tightening the bells up and giving the snowflake a finished look. Like I said though, you can get really creative…see what you can come up with!
 I think these would make great gifts, bud vases, candle holders….
 …or how about writing  a message rolling it up and putting in there for a loved one to read. Wouldn’t it be fun to write your yearly Family Letter and put it in there and share with your extended family. Write hope and dreams and put in there. Lots of different things can be done…..or really, it’s just pretty to look at.
 Whatever you do, the bottle has been given a second life and been made into something beautiful.
 
 
 What bottles do you have that can be altered?
 
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It is almost Thanksgiving and I really cannot believe it! I know I haven’t been around much this past week, but I sure do appreciate you for being here. If I don’t talk to you before then I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spending it with the people you love and cherish. Give your kids an extra hug and your husband an extra kiss, that is what I will be doing….and hopefully eating pumpkin pie! Love to all of you!
Christmas Bingo

Christmas Bingo

What’s the Project?: This free printable Christmas Bingo game is fun to play for any Christmas party with the kids! Whether you need it for a class party at school or for a fun activity at home with the littles, this cute Bingo game is easy-just print then play! Everyone will love it! 

Christmas and the holiday season can be such a crazy time! Crazy fun but also crazy busy.

So whether you are looking for a fun Christmas Bingo game because you need something quick and easy to print and play for a class party or a Christmas party you’re throwing for the kids, or just because you need to slow down and do something fun at home with your kids, this is the perfect game!

All you need to do is print and play this cute free printable Christmas Bingo game! It’s fun and festive and the kids will seriously love it!

This works great for a class party or any Christmas party you are throwing or just on a cold winter day to play at home with your kids.

I like to take this Christmas Bingo with me to the class parties and play it with small groups. We’ve also played it at a family holiday party and the kids (of all ages) had fun. It’s so easy and simple but fun.

The cute Christmas Bingo game board has Santa and stockings, penguins and snowflakes, presents, ornaments, lights, and more.

So many fun things to do with the kids this holiday season and all you’ve got to do is print! You can’t beat that, right?!

And here’s a fun emoji guessing game for Christmas!

Free Printable Christmas Bingo Boards:

It can’t be simpler than this. All you need to do is open this PDF and print it out:

Print Here: Free Printable Christmas Bingo Game

I actually had mine printed at a printing store just so that I could get a higher quality print. You could even laminate it if you want so that you can play it for years to come.

It will print out 8 game boards and the cards to draw from to play Bingo. (Sorry-there are just 8. If you need more I recommend playing in small groups of 8 or less so that everyone gets a chance to play.)

Here’s a sample of what a Christmas Bingo Board looks like:

HOW TO PLAY CHRISTMAS BINGO:

Print the cards and cut them all out.

Then you just need some fun markers to mark off spots on the board when it gets called, like Christmas candy or marshmallows or crackers or something like that.

Have one person call out as they draw the cards from the drawing pile and the players get to put a marker on that picture.

Once someone has five in a row they shout out bingo and they win that round!

How fun is that?

Here are a few more Christmas games you might love if you are planning a family party!

Have a great time playing this Christmas Bingo game with the kids!

Christmas Mad Libs Printable

Christmas Mad Libs Printable

This fun free Christmas Mad Libs printable is perfect for kids of all ages (and grown-ups, too!)! Great for teachers in the classroom, holiday parties, playgroups, and more!

LOVE Mad Libs (seriously, what parent doesn’t love a language lesson disguised as fun?!), so I created this silly Christmas Mad Libs Printable that’s perfect for kids to play as they wait for the big day! These Christmas Mad Libs will make a great addition to your classroom, family fun night, holiday parties, playgroups, Scout meetings, and more!

My three boys had a blast testing out this silly Mad Libs game, and they laughed their heads off reading our hysterical Christmas Mad Libs letters to Santa! Some of our favorite Mad Libs wishlist items were a “dirty new microwave,” “stinky new spaghetti,” and a “crazy new cat” to make them the “happiest monkey on the piano!” LOL!

This silly Christmas Mad Libs printable will test your child’s grammar knowledge of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and more – the more creative you get with your word choices, the funnier your story will be! I’m not going to lie, my boys tend to gravitate towards potty humor when they fill out Mad Libs, but sometimes those end up being the most hysterical ones of all – just make sure to keep things G-rated, okay?

 

Mad Libs is always a fun and silly game that’s perfect for passing the time, and this Christmas version is sure to be a big hit with your friends, family, and holiday party guests! Even the adults will want to get in on the fun!

Tree Trimming Party & Decadent Brownies Recipe

Tree Trimming Party & Decadent Brownies Recipe

Christmas is a time for family and friends, we all love to get together during the holiday season.  If you’re looking for an excuse to throw a quick informal get together with friends and family how about a tree trimming party? These days you may want to limit your party to a few close friends or maybe just family, depending on your community’s rules and regulations.

It shouldn’t take long to organize and should be relatively inexpensive to host.  Best of all you get the tree trimmed while visiting with  a small group of friends and family!

Here are some ideas to get you plan your tree trimming party!

Since it’s a very informal gathering you can call, text, or email invitations.  However if you want to and you have enough time you can also send invitation cards.  Just be sure you get a general idea of who will be attending.  No matter how informal the event you will still need a fairly accurate guest count so that you have enough food and drink.

To accommodate as many busy schedules you might consider setting a time period instead of a specific time.  It’s also a good way to socially distance.  For example you can let guests know that the tree trimming will be from 6pm-9pm in the evening and they are welcome to drop by at a specific time within that time frame; you’ll just need to decide on a time slot so that you don’t exceed the guest limit.

Have the tree set up and the decorations ready to be hung before the first guest arrives.  It’s not the time to haul stuff out of closets or the garage when the house is filled with guest.  If possible have ornament hangers already on the ornaments, or at least easily available.

Play some Christmas music during your party, it gets everyone in the holiday spirit.  Encourage everyone to sing along.

The easiest and really best way to serve food and beverage is on buffets, bars, or stations.  Guests will be arriving at different times and they will be busy during the time that they are there.  A buffet or stations will allow guests to serve themselves.  Just be sure you have someone periodically check the food to see if anything needs refilling.

Sandwich bar

If you are serving a meal, brunch, lunch, or dinner a DIY sandwich bar or pancake bar are the easiest and most economical choices.
To keep everything sanitary you may want to pre-package sandwich fixings and condiments so that guest can grab what they need for their sandwiches.  For instance place portions of deli meats and cheeses in clear plastic sandwich bags, use packets of condiments, and provide a basket or tray of single serve chips.

Pancake bar

For  breakfast or brunch a pancake, waffle, or french toast station would be great.  But these days you many want to do a cereal bar using single serve little boxes of cereal instead.  You can also have a selection of single serve fruit cups and juices.

Snack bar

If you aren’t serving a meal you can set-up a snack station, you can serve finger foods, tea cakes, and other snacks.  All single served packages of course.  Just put the bags of chips, popcorn, twinkies, and other snacks in pretty baskets and trays and you’ll have a festive table in no time!

Candy barWhatever you decide to serve you will need a beverage bar and a sweet station.  They don’t have to be fancy, but at Christmas time everyone expects sweet treats!  You can pre-package individual treats in clear plastic bags, yes even cookies and brownies.  They can double as favors!

Guests can take them home or enjoy them while trimming the tree!

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Speaking of brownies I thought I’d share my recipe for

Decadent Brownies

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter

3 1/2 OZ.  Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bars

3 Tbs. Valrhona Cocoa Powder

1 1/2 Cup Flour

1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Salt

4 Eggs

2 Cups Baker’s Sugar

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Pre-heat Oven to 350 degrees

Place butter and baking chocolate in a double boiler to melt.

Set aside and cool.

Prepare 9×13 baking pan with butter or baking spray.  Set aside until ready to use.

Sift dry ingredients except the sugar together.

Place eggs in stand mixer (you can use a portable mixer) and beat until creamy.

Slowly add sugar while beating.

Add vanilla and cooled butter mixture and mix well.

Stir in dry ingredients until just combined.  Do not over mix.

Spread in prepared baking pan.

Sprinkle chocolate chips over the batter.

Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until center is set.

Cool completely then cut into bars.