Get Creative & Crafty

get creative and crafty

March is National Craft Month. There’s no question that healthy people’s lives include creative outlets — a way to express themselves constructively so there’s less anxiety and stress from within. That’s a big part of the reason the Craft & Hobby Association (now the Association for Creative Industries) established National Crafting Month back in 1994. The hope was that individuals would discover their hidden creativity as they learned new crafts including embroidery, candle-making, leatherworking, etc. Over the years since, National Crafting Month has also come to signify a time for skilled crafters to start on a new project, try a new medium or learn a new technique they’ve always been curious about.

Benefits of Crafts for Kids

Today, crafting is not only a worthwhile, relaxing pursuit for anyone and everyone, but it’s also become big business. With online marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon Handmade, Artfire, Ruby Lane, Storenvy, Artcra and Spoonflower, any at-home crafter can promote their products to the millions of buyers with just a few clicks. And selling work is just one way for skilled artists to make money — some are making tutorial videos on YouTube, selling patterns and design work for other crafters to recreate, or creating blogs about specific crafts.

Learning a craft does offer many benefits. As mentioned earlier, expressing creativity provides stress relief and can lower blood pressure. When you learn a new skill, you also receive the positive reinforement that goes along with it. Looking for family-friendly activities? Crafting has something for every interest and every age.

With a broad range of crafts to choose from, National Craft Month inspires all kinds of mediums. From paper and wood to fabrics, paint and metal, the month is dedicated to creativity and inspiration. Whether you do it for some extra cash or just to relax and unwind — whatever motivates you, take your craft from idea to reality this month. And if you’re like us, it’s always craft month in our hearts so bring on the glitter.

Craft Books Available on Hoopla

Craft Books for Kids

I Am Not a Toilet Paper Roll: 10 Incredible Things to Make
Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids & Tweens
Art Sparks: Draw, Paint & Get Creative with 53 Amazing Projects
Caticorn crafts : 25 purr-fectly enchanted projects
Mermaid Crafts: 25 Magical Projects for Deep Sea Fun
Now Make This: 24 DIY Projects by Designers for Kids
Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects
The Kids Book of Hand Lettering
Cool Sewing for Kids
Sewing for Kids: 30 fun projects to hand and machine sew
Stitch + String Lab for Kids
American Girl Cupcakes
Disney Princess Baking: 60+ Royal Treats Inspired by Your Favorites
Ultimate Kids
My Little Pony Baking Book
Spectacular Friendship Bracelets
Cool Calligraphy: The Art of Creativity for Kids
Happily Ever Crafter: Once Upon A Fairy Tale Craft
Martha Stewart
51 Things to Make With Egg Cartons
Modeling Clay With 3 Basic Shapes

Craft Books for Adults

punch needle embroidery for beginners
wabi-sabi sewing
dude crafts
that handmade touch
handmade animal dolls
the art of quilling paper
origami made simple
make it easy cupcake
hello watercolor
makery sewing
handmade wedding
the geometry of hand-sewing
animal friends to sew
the hero
the big awesome book of hand and chalk lettering
the art of modern quilling
crepe paper flowers
wreaths with how-to tutorials
stitched sewing organizers
alcohol ink
paint pouring: mastering fluid art
Wild and Free Handcrafts: 32 Activities to Build Confidence
complete pottery techniques
catastic crafts: DIY Project for Cats and Cat People
cool glass and ceramic projects

Needle & Stitch — Books About Sewing & Embroidery

Ink & Chalk — Books About Hand Lettering & Calligraphy

By Hand: The art of modern lettering

Beads & Baubles — Books About Jewelry Making

Cupcakes & Cookies — Books About Cake Decorating

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