Crafts are great to do on your own but add some friends, drinks, and eats and they suddenly become a fabulously fun party!
Gather up some friends and send a group text (or email, Facebook message, etc.) to plan a craft night. I know you're psyched, but before you attempt to build a headboard in an evening let me give you a few helpful pointers.
Here's my biggest tip: Don't try to attempt anything extremely detailed and time consuming. You'll want to chat with your friends and that's often hard to do if you need to really focus on an intricate task. I've made tutus, hair bows, string art, greeting cards, and party decor with friends and family. All relatively simple projects that don't require a ton of thought.
If you're looking for some inspiration, Pinterest is a great place to start. Take a look at my Craft Night Ideas board to get started. Another great source of ideas is your favorite local gift shop. From jewelry to home dÃ©cor you're bound to find something you'll love and want to duplicate on your own.
Once you've decided on a project, the next thing you'll want to do is start gathering supplies. I usually start with Joann Craft and Fabrics and Michaels. Both stores regularly send out coupons via email which are also accessible on their websites. If your printer is nearly as bad as mine printing isn't an option. Luckily you can download mobile coupons on your smartphone as well.
I also check out locally owned businesses for materials. We have a very cool art and craft store here in the Indianapolis area called Indy Upcycle. People donate unused art/craft supplies which can be purchased at an incredible price! Excellent way to save money and reduce waste at the same time.
Now that you have your supplies, it's time to pick a venue. Depending on the type of craft you choose certain venues may not be the best fit. I recently organized a string art project with a group of friends from theCityMoms. Great project but incredibly noisy with all the hammering required to make the project. Instead of opting to meet at someone's home we booked a private room at a local bookstore/brewery called Books and Brews. For a small refundable deposit and minimum purchase of food/drinks we were able to craft, eat, and drink without waking any children in the process. Huge win for moms with young kids! Clubhouses, churches, and community buildings also make great locations for group crafts.
Finally it's time to take action. Head to the craft store and start planning your own craft night today!