Last month I hosted my first ever craft workshop! It was a dream come true and what’s even better was that I was able to make it a fundraiser for a ministry at our church, so all the funds went right back out to helping people in our community. When I began to dream up this event, the first thing I focused on was a name. I wanted something that wasn’t too common, but would convey what type of event this is. Hence, it became The Crafty Social. I created a logo for it and we decided to hold it in October which is why the crafts have a fall theme.
We ended up having 40 women attend. I was pleased with the turnout and believe that next time we will have even more because it received such a positive response. It was open to any woman and girl age 13 and up. Next time we plan to allow ages 10 and up. I chose four crafts of varying skill levels, but still all doable for someone who might not have any craft experience. All attendees were able to create a mason jar pumpkin (six color choices offered), a fall felt banner (3 color choices offered), a tassel keychain (3 color choices offered), and then I had a pin button maker set up where they could choose which graphics they wanted. You can see more info about all of the crafts here. I placed all individual supplies in a bag according to what color options they chose.
To quickly locate whose bag was whose, I added their name tag on top of a folded paper doily attached with a paper clip that had a small piece of fabric tied on. Then once they had their bag, they could put on their name tags. We had many women attend who do not go to our church, so this made it easier for everyone to meet one another and help remember names.
I had already decorated our church foyer for fall, so I went simple and added some lights over one of the counters and draped streamers from the ceilings. I also added some large balloons that unfortunately began to pop the day I put them up hahaha. Gotta love that Louisiana humidity! We set up tables and taped brown craft paper across to create a cohesive look and also protect the tables.
The rolling wood backdrop is one I designed (and built by my friend Nekoda) after doing back drops for our church for a few years. I have always wanted a rolling back drop. It’s not quite as tall as I would prefer, but it needs to fit through doors. It is perfect though for all we do. My friend Dorothy helped me decorate it. I strung fishing line across the top and she hung all the streamers for me. Then I added the random garlands (mostly from Target and Micheals) and some honeycomb balls (from Target and Micheals as well) and small balloons (from Party City). The hashtag sign is one I designed and had made on Vista Print. I just put The Crafty Social hashtag (#thecraftysocialworkshop) over the regular one that’s on there.
I had a few ladies bring some snacks to munch on. This event was at 10 am on a Saturday morning so we weren’t trying to provide a full meal. But snacks are always a good idea!
We set up a glue gun bar (which was just perfect! in my opinion lol) and had some great giveaways. Zoe Photography offered a free mini session, a friend made a wood yard game, and there were things like a felt letter board, fall platter, fall candle, and blanket added to the mix. Since it was a fall theme, I tried to pick fall like giveaways
I used a large foam board to hold three of the crafts. This made it easy for me to show what colors to use when I was teaching how to make things.
My goal was to arrange the tables so everyone could easily see me no matter where they were sitting. While this worked well, we had some smaller tables in the coffee shop area that only held two seats so they didn’t get to socialize as easily. Next time we plan on doing all big tables and making the small tables the snack area.
It was a fun experience to put this all together and I’m so glad I was able to do so. It also gives me the confidence to do this on a smaller scale with my business. I always thought one day it would be neat to have a store similar to the places you go paint at, but you can pick crafts to make instead. Sounds fun right?
And I have to give a big THANK YOU to my friend Dorothy (with me in the pic above) for all her help with decorating and being my helper at the event. And THANK YOU to everyone who supported me, brought snacks, helped with clean up, and attended. I can’t wait for next Crafty Social this spring! -jess