One of my favorite things about living in California wasn’t the beach or the theme parks (though those things were awesome) – it was my group of crafty girlfriends! We would get together every few months for a “Pinterest Party” and hang out, eat lots of yummy food, and just craft for hours. There is something about getting together with other people who love to make things and just visit and have fun!
I love those girls to pieces and miss them so much, but I am so happy to have finally had a crafting party here in our new place! Last week I got together with sweet friends and we painted pallets and chatted and just hung out. Oh and ate yummy food of course – because a crafting party without snacks is just incomplete. ;)
I wanted the party to be super simple and laid back, just a chance for everyone to make something they wanted. So instead of having a set project, I picked up some pre-made pallet signs from Michaels for our bases and put out paint, stencils, flowers, and the electric cutter machine!
I used Apple Barrel® paints from Plaid for our craft paints. They come in sooo many pretty colors so we all had whatever color we needed for the project. It’s super affordable, I found a bunch at our local Walmart. I went with the Acrylic paint since we were doing pallet art, but it comes in gloss and multi-surface types as well.
I also picked up some flowers from Michaels – they have such pretty silk flowers now and they look so realistic! They made great inspiration for those painting flowers. I think I’m going to make another sign and add some right to the wood, they’d be a great contrast with a stained pallet.
Since my friends all wanted to do different projects, we cut out stencils and traced designs. It worked out great! I also had some unfinished frames for anyone that wanted to make multiple projects as well as lots of cute stencils from Plaid for decorating pieces.
One of my friends is working on building a chicken coop, so she stenciled this darling sign to hang on the coop! It turned out so cute!
We had all sorts of projects going on at the same time – more stencils and some fun traced designs!
I put brown Kraft paper down on my dining table – it protected the surface so no one had to worry about messes and it made clean up super easy! We used paper plates for palettes too!
I wanted to do a mason jar design for my little farmhouse gallery wall! (I’ll show you soon!) I found a design online and traced the basic jar, then painted the flowers using some online inspiration. :) I love how it turned out. Do you think I need to add stems though? I think I might.
We had so much fun at the party! It was such a fun relaxing day – and the perfect way to celebrate National Craft Month! I can’t wait to do another day soon.
Do you have craft parties with your friends? If you’ve been thinking about it, I encourage you to go for it! It doesn’t have to be fancy or stressful or take a lot of planning. Just get together and have fun!
You can find out lots more ideas and inspiration from Plaid – they have so many projects and supplies that are perfect for craft parties!
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There are so many other cute projects this month from the other Plaid Creators – here are their links:
Pretty Life Girls (posting tomorrow)
I’d love to hear about craft parties that you have had – tell us about them in the comments!