*please note I am using the word fair and market interchangeably
We’re in the middle of summer and who could even think about the Holidays! But if you are not careful craft market season will creep up on you! Some start as early as September with Holiday Craft Fairs and in reality you can run a craft market anytime of the year! There are a number of things to consider if you want to run a successful craft fair. And the number one thing I would like to say about that is: DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!
These 3 canvas art ideas are super easy and don’t have to be expensive. I was able to find most of my supplies at the dollarstore. The stencils I did get from a craft store (Michael’s Craft Store), you can also find Stencils on Amazon. These are a great way to make personalized gifts that aren’t too expensive! You can choose the colors, stencils, canvas size and more!
Candle making can be really fun! With all the choices of jars, colors and fragrances the combinations are endless. They are great gifts for friends and family. You can choose colors and scents to match any occasion! They are also popular at craft fairs. Village Craft and Candle sells a kit ‘Business in a Box Candle Kit -Soy‘ that provides everything you need to make a stock of tealights, votive candles and jar candles you could sell at local craft fairs or from your
I started making soy wax candles for myself as a natural alternative to the paraffin wax many candles are made with. Soy wax is my favorite! It’s non-toxic, has a long burn time and is easy to clean up. Any spills or dishes you use to make candles can painlessly be cleaned with hot water and dish soap. I have used a soy wax that had botanical additives to help reduce frosting (see below) and it was a royal pain to clean my equipment afterwards!
I love taking pictures (all the ones lately seem to be of my cat or food) and displaying pictures! Having memories on display is heart warming and reminds us of the good times when we are having a bad day. But nice frames can be expensive. I found some plain ones at the dollar store and thought how easy it must be to spruce them up. And a framed picture always makes a great gift idea! Three quick and easy upcycled picture display projects await!
Jars Jars Everywhere!
I started collecting jars to make soy candles, as a cleaner and more natural alternative to paraffin wax. If there’s a choice between a can, plastic or a glass container, when I am grocery shopping, I always opt for glass. It is really easy to start collecting jars! Salsa, honey, jam, fancy mustard (all things I love!) and more, come in jars. You can upcycle them into many different things, quickly and easily.
It turns out that making pretty paper lotus flowers is hard and can try your patience. I was looking for something peaceful to make and 11 pieces of square paper later I finally managed to make one without tearing it up! (okay so maybe there was one super tiny tear while pulling up one of my leaves…but 11 lotus flowers later I see the beauty in the imperfections).