Deepen Relationships Through Crafts and Artistic Activities

When you were a kid, did you ever sit down with friends and family to craft together? Or maybe you have fond memories of the times at school where the teacher would take out the construction paper and scissors because you knew that, finally, it was time to make something fun.

In the digital age of smartphones and laptops, we don’t use our hands as much as we used to. Why shouldn’t we? Making crafts and art are both incredibly enriching things to do alone or with others. If you’re looking for ways to connect with people and exercise your creativity, why not embrace group activities centered around crafts and other artistic things? Here we’ve got some suggestions for crafts and artistic activities you can enjoy with others.

Knitting Circle

No, a knitting circle isn’t just for when the ladies get together for tea. Anyone can join a knitting circle and it’s a great way to learn something with others, which means that you have someone to answer your questions. With reliable online stores and sources for free patterns, you can find the exact color yarn you want to make exactly what you want. It’s not difficult to get supplies when you know where to go for the best in yarn.

It’s proven that being able to help other people learn something is one of the best ways to truly understand something. If you end up having to help your neighbor with their crafts, then you’ll probably become more comfortable with the skills you already have and be more willing to learn new things. You’ll learn faster than you expected!

Go on Photography Walks

Have you ever seen a group of shutter-happy people walking through scenic areas and snapping pictures of almost anything they see? If you’ve thought: “Wow, that looks like fun!” but had no idea what they were actually doing, it’s called a photography walk and it’s a great way to connect with others and deepen your relationship with nature too.

You don’t have to have a professional camera and lug around four types of lenses with you, it’s really all about enjoying your walk and taking photos of what speaks to you. You can either find a guide who can show you some of the ropes of photography or decide on a time and place with pals and go from there. It’s easy!

Try a Paint Night or Making Ceramics

If you’re looking for a team-building activity, attending a paint class with others is a great way to bond while making something beautiful that you can hold onto. The same goes for pottery and ceramic-making, since both paint studios and ceramic studios are known for holding group events. Either option will let you make something new and exciting while having fun with the people around you.

Go Ahead and Start Crafting

Comedian, actress, and author Amy Sedaris has published a book of humor that’s entirely focused on living the crafty life on a shoestring budget. Cheekily called Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, she puts a modern and quirky spin on the tradition of household crafting and domesticity.

Sedaris wrote, “Crafting, or ‘making things’, has always been a delightful pastime of mine because it requires putting common elements together in order to achieve a lovely something that nobody needs.” Perhaps this light-hearted approach can encourage you to not take your new crafting passions too seriously, enjoy yourself, and bond with friends. Happy crafting!

Speak Your Mind

*

Copyright 2014 @ A Celebration of Women™ The World Hub for Women Leaders That Care