There is never bad time to craft, but the fall is a made for this wonderful activity with inspiring autumn colors in full display and Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays as inspiration. Here are few of our favorite ways to make it fun and neat for family and friends of all ages.
Never Craft On An Empty Stomach
Better yet, make crafting a total sensory experience with aromas and seasonally-appropriate foods to die for. If carving pumpkins is one of the selected activities, then roasted cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds is a perfect sweet and salty snack. We love this vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly recipe from JoyFoodSunshine. Another fall recipe we love is this delicious Autumn Chicken Dish from Clan Kitchen that combines the sweetness of fall harvest favorites -- apples and sweet potatoes.
Keep it NEAT From Start To Finish
Whether it is paint, sparkles or glue, a good craft is often a messy craft. So, we have the perfect item to keep clothing and surfaces clean – NEATsheets. Simple to put on, NEATsheets have adhesive tabs that easily adhere to shirts, pants, and even table tops. You will be grateful to include them as part of your shopping lists since they will save clothes from unnecessary stains and significantly cut down on clean-up.
Crafting Ideas – Where To Start
A great place to get inspiration is Pinterest and YouTube. There are so many fun crafts you can discover whether the end goal is to have fun or to create festive table decorations for Thanksgiving. Also, many decorations have accompanying step-by-step videos that help to eliminate the guess work required for more elaborate projects.
Be Ready For The Fun
A favorite shopping destination of ours is Michaels which pretty much has any crafting supply you could imagine. We love going to Michaels because we inevitably leave with countless craft items we did not even think we needed, but if there is not a Michaels near you, check out their website. Also, they offer weekly coupons that can you save you a lot at check-out. Another excellent option is Etsy, which will require more of a time and financial investment, but is a great way to support small businesses from throughout the world.
Greg Pesky is a founder and partner of NEATGOODS, LLC., a company focused on innovative solutions, exceptional design, and sustainable practices, motivated to provide better, not more. Greg resides in Minneapolis and loves everything fall except for the reminder that very cold days are ahead.