If you've been following us on Instagram the past few weeks, you might've seen some pictures about our Etsy #craftparty. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. so I'm here today to tell you all about it and how you can do the craft yourself!
If you don't know what an Etsy #craftparty is, it's basically a network of people on Etsy who get together to craft. This year the theme was Paper Takes Shape and it took place around the globe on June 5th and 6th. You could either host your own party or find a party in your area to attend, so we decided to host our own little craft party for the marketing department as a way to destress and just have fun creating together. It was such a fun time! We spent two hours crafting, eating donuts from Sidecar Doughnuts, and laughing. If you'd like to see our donut haul from #NationalDonutDay, check out our post here!
Here are all of our finished projects! I am definitely in the process of finding a frame for mine because I just think it is so cool!
And just to send everyone away on a happy note, I also got these amazing Crayola color packs for each of us. We each have our own colors right now at our desks (thanks to Poppin!), so it's pretty fun to find new things that are color specific to hand out.
So with that, are you ready to learn how to make your own? To start off, you'll need:
- 2 8×10 lustre photo prints
- 4 paper clips or binder clips
- One copy of each of the horizontal and vertical templates printed on 8.5×11 paper and trimmed to size following the green lines
Basically, you're going to take one photo and clip one of the templates to the top of your photo. We used paper clips but they didn't work well, so I would recommend small binder clips for a tighter hold. Following the orange or pink lines, cut through both the template and your photo at the same time. For the diagonal template, be sure not to cut past those thin black lines; those margins will help to make the weaving easier.
Once you finish one template, do the same with the other template. For the vertical lines template, make sure to keep your pieces in order so the photo still makes sense when you're putting it together.
After that, you should have two cut photos. Now it's time to weave! You're going to weave your vertical pieces into your diagonal pieces by going over and under each piece. Once one full piece is in, weave your next strip in opposite of your first strip, so if you went over then under, you're going to go under then over this time.
Just keep alternating your strips until you run out of room in your diagonal photo. Also, make sure that you're pushing your strips as far over to the edge as possible.
Once you're done, flip your weave over and go tape crazy–literally. Put tape over at least 80% of your weave to make sure every single strip stays in place. After it's taped, you can trim off the ugly sides with a ruler and a craft knife or just frame it so you can't see the ugly edges.
And that's it! To be honest, I actually made three of these guys because they're so easy and fun. If you make your own, we'd love to see it! Tag us @snapboxprints and @etsy in Instagram and use #snapboxdiy and #craftparty. Your creations will now be featured with all of the other #craftparty creations from this year's event!