So You’re New To Crafting: Tips for Beginner Crafters

Do you see things at craft shows or boutiques and say to yourself, “I could make that.” Are you addicted to Pinterest or craft blogs, where you see projects you envision yourself recreating? If you answered yes to both questions then you probably should take a crack at crafting. Now it can always be a little intimidating at first when you begin a new hobby, but one of the best things about crafting is that you learn by making mistakes. Below are some tips to keep in mind if you’re new to crafting.

Practice Makes Perfect

Being new to anything means, that you will have a learning curve to face. Crafting is a skill that you will have to nurture in order to see any improvement. Now there are some people who have a natural born talent for crafting, but if that’s not you don’t worry it just means you are going to have to practice. The old saying, practice makes perfect, is so true when it comes to crafting. As a newbie you are trying out new supplies, techniques, and projects. Lighten up on yourself, and enjoy learning the art of crafting.

Try Several Things

The craft industry is comprised of various different types of craft categories. From painting, scrapbooking, to knitting, there are so many different ways to craft. If you’re new to crafting, it would be best to try your hand at a lot of different things. See what comes natural to you, or interests you the most. You may be surprised that you enjoy a particular type of craft, more than you expected.

Don’t Get Discouraged

Accept this fact, you will mess up. This is not to scare you or to be harsh it is simply the truth. Even people who have been crafting for years mess up from time to time. Making mistakes are all apart of the process, and the experience of crafting. No one is perfect at everything, and it would be foolish to hold yourself to such a standard. When you do make a craft mistake look at as a lesson and either learn from it, or try to correct it. Pick one of these options as opposed to quitting.

Learn From Others

If you have friends or family members that craft, look to them as your craft mentor. They can give you helpful tips and tricks, in order to improve your skills. If you don’t know anyone near to you who crafts, luckily there is the Internet. There are tons of craft blogs online, and many of these blogs offer step-by-step instructions on how to create a project. Some blogs even include a supply-shopping list. Use them as motivators, and teachers to learn from when crafting.

Know Where To Shop

Entering a new hobby means buying new supplies. If you desire to be a crafter, you will no doubt need several supplies. Don’t be afraid to shop around, at different stores, and see who carries what. If you live in a small town, you can visit your local craft store. If you live closer to or in a larger city check out Michaels, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, or A.C. Moore. Many larger craft stores are great at offering coupons, that you can receive either through the mail or via email.

4 Comments to “So You’re New To Crafting: Tips for Beginner Crafters”

  1. I enjoyed reading this article, I am working on a crafting blog where the reader’s follow along with me and learn the techniques together. http://craftingmontana.com/

  2. This was just the encouragement I needed. I am trying several new crafts lately, and sometimes it is discouraging when things don’t come out beautifully the first time, but every experience teaches me something, and moving forward there are so many fun crafts out there. I CAN do it, it will just take some time and patience (and a lot of Modpodge!) LOL!

  3. Great tips! I think you really have to just try things and don’t worry if they look bad. I think people can be so afraid of “being a bad artist” that they won’t even try.

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