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Tips for Planning a Crafting Retreat

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My dear friend is coming for a visit in November. Last year when she visited we made these painted signs for fall and Christmas, inspired by finds we had on Pinterest. Our decision to create together was rather last-minute, so much of our time was spent shopping for supplies, prepping the wood for the paint and designing our templates with the text we wanted.

This year, with a second kiddo in the mix, we decided that we needed to be more organized. We wouldn’t have the time to shop and prep together, but we wanted to make creating a tradition for our time together. After some brainstorming, here is what we’ve done to prepare so that we can create and finish our Pinterest-inspired DIY project in one day while caring for a toddler and newborn:

 

  1. We created a shared Pinterest board. Did you know that you can do this?! You create a new board in Pinterest, invite your friend(s) to pin to it with you, and pin away! Granted, I use Pinterest as a giant internet bulletin board, so this works for me. You can also make your board private so others don’t see it, if that appeals to you. In the months leading up to our weekend, we pinned projects we might like to make.
  2. About a month before our weekend visit we finally decided on a project – string art this time (which we are both new to, so this should be fun!). The great thing about this method is that while we are both going to do string art and learn together, we don’t have to make the same thing. The same could apply to painting a canvas, making a wood sign, or just about any other DIY project you come up with.
  3. Now that we know what we’ll be making, we are each going to go shopping for materials on our own. This way we can be prepared when we get together. For my string art project, I’ll be shopping for a board, little nails, string, and paint. Since we decided on our project a month in advance, we each have plenty of time to gather the supplies we need and want.
  4. Finally, we will prepare our materials. For me, this will mean sanding the wood down and tracing the outline of my shape. It is good to decide just how much to prepare independently. We decided that part of the fun of string art will be pounding in the nails, so that is something we want to do together. We also want to paint and do the stringing together. However, depending on your time, you might want to do more or less with your friends. As long as you chat it out in advance and agree, you can all come together at the same point and be ready to go!

Let it be said that coming together to create is more important than where you come together, how fancy you can make it, or how good your snacks are. You can certainly put some effort into these areas of your get-together as well, but more than anything, spend some time creating with friends! I promise they will remember that more than any other aspect of your day.

Is there a DIY project that you’ve always been wanting to do? See if you can’t think of a friend who might also be interested and plan your own craft retreat day. I’d love to hear how it goes!

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