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Get Crafty! March is National Craft Month

Hand painted children's sneakers
Hand painted children's sneakers
Jen Goode

Get out the scissors, stamps, paper and glue and make something fabulous this month. You don't have to make it perfect and you don't have to spend a lot of cash. March is National Craft month and that means it's time to move away from the keyboard and get your hands dirty making something you can be proud of.

There are piles of great craft project ideas you can do for yourself or with your kids. From preschool crafts to handcrafted gifts for friends and family, the options are only limited by your time. Start the inspiration by looking around you. Search the internet for ideas ou'd like to try or head to your local hobby store. Browse magazines or the hobby section of the book store. You can find great ideas on a budget at Dollar Store Crafts or beautiful inspirations at One Pretty Thing. There are ideas everywhere to help motivate your creative adventure.

The trend in crafting these days seems to be "memory crafts" which include scrapbooking and handmade items featuring the preservation of moments, occasions and cherished events. Mix in a variety of supplies and techniques and you'll find yourself in the middle of a Mixed Media feast. Artists and designers no longer need to corner themselves into single specialty arenas. Instead, be free to mix textures, materials and methods until your hearts content.

There are no rules. There is no right nor wrong. Crafting is all about expressing yourself in your own unique way in a tangible form that others can see. From knitting to jewelry making and all the paper, wood, wire, paint and embellishments in between, there is room for more. The best part is that crafting can be a low cost entertaining activity the entire family can enjoy. You don't have to spend a lot of time and you can even use recycled materials. In fact, it's the "in thing" to upcycle or repurpose items for something new and fabulous through crafting. So, grab the kids and head toward any place your creativity can run free... go get crafting!

Be sure to check local retailers for craft events in your area. If you're in Denver looking for local inspiration, head to the nearest craft store such as Michaels, Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. You can also find fabulous ideas at specialty craft shops such as Fancy Tiger.

Check out my challange for more craft project ideas to get you started.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of websites out there sharing ideas for craft inspiration. Here are a handful of those online locations that encourage, share and enlighten us with creativity:


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