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Hi friends! Glad to see you here again! I’m excited to share with you that we hosted our first tutorial group class this past weekend! You know how much we love these glass blocks… I mean, who doesn’t? They’re fabulous! Mixing them with vinyl is a perfect melding of my two loves. So we introduce to you our DIY Glass Block Group Craft.
We had such a blast, meeting and networking with fellow crafters. My favorite part, other than the crafting, was that each attendee specialized in a unique craft. We got to pow-wow about all types of crafting and share our areas of specialties. Who knows, maybe we’ll take turns hosting and sharing our skills with the group! Allow me to introduce our beautiful little crafting network…
We had so much fun, we’ve decided to host a Monthly Craft Night with a different project each month! Interested in hosting a craft night yourself? Here are a few helpful tips that might come in handy!
- Consider your potential attendees when choosing a date, time and location. I kept my “meeting time” fluid until everyone had a chance to weigh in on what worked for their schedule.
- Scout out free locations unless you want to host the craft night at your house OR pay a rental fee. JoAnn’s offers free use of their craft rooms, as long as they don’t have an organized craft class of their own. Just call and ask and they’ll sign you up! Also helps to be in a craft store if you have any forgotten supplies!
Facebook is a great organizer, especially if you are already connected to a local crafters network. I organized a Facebook event, invited my potential attendees and started to pow-wow on crafting ideas.
- Connect with Pinterest! I started a group board for all of us to pin our ideas on. It was a great way to express our interests with pictures! You can post the link on your Facebook event so that everyone has access!
- When choosing a craft, think about the supplies (that you will have to lug around!). Are you going to supply everything? Do you have enough for everyone? Are there any supplies you will need to order or have shipped?
- Consider your total costs and communicate it with your group. You don’t want to buy supplies and have members of your group be surprised when it’s time to pay up.
- Plan far enough in advance to get all the supplies you need, especially if you have to order anything online. When I decided on glass blocks, I stalked the Hobby Lobby newspaper to get the best price. I only got a few funny looks when I walked out with 20 blocks in my shopping cart, but it was worth it!
- Prepare as much as you can in advance. For me, I conversed with each attendee weeks in advance to order the vinyl, set up the design in the Silhouette software and frost the glass blocks, if necessary.
- HAVE FUN! Remember, crafting is FUN FUN FUN, so don’t organize to the point where it sucks the fun out of it! If it’s easier, have everyone bring their own supplies. You can work on the details as you have an opportunity to host more and more events.
This was such a great time for everyone, including myself. We sure hope to keep up the tradition! If you happen to be in the Pensacola, Florida area, come and join us one Saturday! We’d love to have you!
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