How to Find the Best Resources for Handmade Crafts

6.04.2013


Today, guest poster Becka Delgado is sharing how to find the best resources for crafts! As a mom, crafter, and teacher I know that finding resources can be tricky! I love her article giving advice! Check it out!

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How to Find the Best Resources for Handmade Crafts

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From youngsters to grandparents, a lot of people are into crafting. It's very much en vogue (thanks Hipsters!). However, this doesn't mean that everyone's a pro. Many people want to craft or improve their skills, but they're are unsure of how to get started or find assistance. If you've found that you need a few more resources for handmade crafts, where can you go to find them? Read onto find out!

The Local Craft Store

Almost every community has a craft store in town, and you can absolutely find tons of material (and inspiration) at great prices (or for the latter, for free!). During the holidays, you'll even get some inspiration for centerpieces, decorations and more. You're likely a creative person, so just browse through the aisles and see what jumps out at you. Construction paper, sticker, glitters, markers and more all provide pathways to creative success. Look out for places like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Many of these stores include baking supplies, so you can get creative in the kitchen as well.

Local Garden Stores

Handmade crafts come in so many different shapes and sizes, so it's easy to utilize the power of the local garden store. Whether you are purchasing flowers to make your own potpourri or gathering different wreaths to piece together, these stores have all of the supplies that you need. Don't feel constrained only to materials. Garden shops are a major source of holiday decorations, and you can create your own masterpieces out of them. For example, cutting up Christmas ornaments can give you the necessities to make a collage for the front of the house.

It's Pinterest Time

If you haven't been introduced to Pinterest and you like to craft, you're missing out on a seriously valuable resource. This social network gives you the ability to interact with a host of people who are also interested in crafts, and you'll be shocked at the array of possibilities that are available. You can get ideas for the Christmas season, check out some new crafts for your children's birthdays or find a way to make a cake (or virtually any other item of food) look super fancy. Create different folders to keep all of your ideas and various craft projects organized, and you'll be easily able to find what you want. Browsing through similar sites, such as Tumblr or StumbleUpon,  brings you to even more ideas, but Pintrest is really where it's at.

Talk to Teachers

Perhaps you're not looking for handmade craft projects for yourself. Instead, you want to help your children explore their creative side, but you really don't know where to start. Younger students probably attend art classes, or at least participate in art projects, when they are in school. Talk to your children's teachers to find out if there are any projects that you can do that fit in with what he or she is learning in the class. You should also ask for any unfinished projects to be sent home, so you can work on tackling both creativity and time management.

Becka Delgado writes about parenting and arts education. Her recent work can be found at BestCollegeReviews.org.

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Thanks Becka for that wonderful source of information!!!

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