Hello everyone! Who’s up for a bit of a challenge? Don’t worry, it’s nothing strenuous!
If you’re on Instagram you might have seen people posting a new picture each day with a specific hashtag. I’m talking the #100happydays, #marriedmay and #radicalselflovejuly hashtags – where you post a picture based on a certain topic.
Well, I love a challenge (as long as it doesn’t mean running anywhere – seriously, my hips can’t take it) and I thought it would be ace to do a crafty hashtag.
Starting on August 1st, I’m going to be using Instagram to document the crafty goings on in my life, and I’d LOVE you to join me! All you need to do is put the hashtag #craftyaugust on your pictures!
I thought this would be a nice way for people who make lovely products, art and crafts to show off their wares, share what inspires them and give everyone a sneaky peak into their studios or workspaces.
All you need to do is take a look at the picture below, post a photo on Instagram relating to the listed topic on that day and use the hashtag #craftyaugust! If you’re lacking in Instagram inspiration this could also act as a helpful prompt!
I’m hoping that #craftyaugust will help to connect people who love craft in a new and exciting way, sharing ideas, inspiration, things you’ve made that you’re proud of and add to the already amazing crafting community on social media. So who’s with me?!
August 1st – Say hello!
This is pretty much what it says on the tin! You could post a selfie, give us a wave, draw a picture of yourself or come up with another way to say hi. If you want to tell us a bit about yourself too then that would be ace.
August 2nd – Favourite Material
What craft material do you love to work with the most or what has a special place in your heart? This could be anything from wool to wood, paper to felt or the material you have the most fun with.
August 3rd – Workspace
Flash a snap of your desk/studio/sofa/kitchen counter or wherever you create your lovely handmade loveliness!
August 4th – Best thing you’ve made
Don’t be shy – use this day to blow your own trumpet and share the one thing you’ve made that you’re super proud of. I want to see and I’m sure everyone else does too!!
August 5th – Couldn’t live without
It could be a cup of tea, your cat or your favourite crochet hook – share the one thing you couldn’t live without during your crafty day.
August 6th – Work in Progress
Share a photo of a project that you’re currently working on, no matter how big or small. If you’re in between projects, you could post a pic of the last thing you’ve made.
August 7th – Florals
Let your imagination run wild and post something flower-related! It could be something you have made that’s covered in flowers or a picture of some blooms in the park. No holds barred as long as it’s floral!
August 8th – Favourite craft/art
What is your favourite craft? Post a pic and tell everyone why it’s the apple of your eye.
August 9th – Best Tutorial
You could choose to share a tutorial you made that you’re super proud of or one by someone else that has inspired you. This could be a tough one as there are so many fab DIY guides out there to choose from!
August 10th – What you’re Most Proud of
It could be learning a new skill, selling your first or 1,000th item on Etsy, cracking how to make that super complicated pattern – tell us what has made you totally chuffed.
August 11th – Favourite crafty Instagram person
There are so many inspiring Instagram accounts so today’s the day where you share the one that gets you clicking the Like button on the most regular basis. I’m always after new Instagram accounts to follow to this is a nice way to help share the love!
August 12th – What’s on your desk?
A still life snapshot of your desk in action, as it were, even though it mostly just sits there and holds all your stuff
August 13th – Pastels
Again, let your creative juices flow! Post a picture of anything you like as long as it’s made up of soft and pretty pastels.
August 14th – Favourite Supplier
Which is the one place you love to shop for your craft/art supplies? Online or an actual shop, it’s time to sing their praises!
August 15th – Current inspiration
What is currently making you leap out of bed with a mind brimming with creative ideas? It could be a colour, place, another artist or what you had for breakfast – whatever floats your boat. Or indeed, a boat!
August 16th – Favourite Make
What’s the favourite thing you have ever made?
August 17th – Glitter and Sparkles
Everyone loves a bit of sparkle, right? Post a pic of something bright, sparkly and shiny!
August 18th – Love
What makes your heart sing? Have you made something covered with hearts? Share a pic of something or someone you love, or a love-themed crafty item.
August 19th – Craft Storage
How do you store your craft supplies/things you have made? I need a bit of help in this area so I would love to see how you do it.
August 20th – Name a crafter/artist who inspires you?
Big up someone who you think is awesome. Again, this could be a tough one as there are so many talented people out there.
August 21st – Fabrics
A quilt, blanket, jumper, chiffon flower or some curtains you can’t wait to turn into something amazing; today’s the day to get all creative with fabric in your photo.
August 22nd – Best Craft Resource
It could be your favourite blog, shop, magazine or a class you go to. What’s your favourite craft resource?
August 23rd – Summer
Let the sunshine flow! Share a photo of what summer means to you.
August 24th – Top Etsy Pick
If money was no object, what would you buy from Etsy? Go on, share it here, as Father Christmas might be watching…
August 25th – Dreams
What do you dream of? Have you seen a dreamy piece of art or do you dream of owning a dog/your own shop/getting a commission by David Beckham. Whatever it is, today’s the day to spill the beans.
August 26th – I Wish I had Made
What’s the one thing you have seen that made you think: “That’s an AMAZING idea! I wish I had come up with that!”
August 27th – The Great Outdoors
Feel the grass beneath your feet or get inspired by the sky. What do you love (or indeed hate) about the great outdoors? Do you use anything from nature in your craft?
August 28th – Why do you love craft?
What is it about craft and making things that you love so much? Is it the satisfaction of making something? Does it relax you? Does it make you overwhelmingly happy? Share why today!
August 29th – Brights
Get your sunglasses out as today is all about getting bright, colourful and positive in whatever way you choose.
August 30th – Something pink!
Post a pic of something pink. It could be something you’ve made or not, but today is the day to think pink.
August 31st – Future plans
Share your next project, holiday plans, job hopes or maybe even simply a dress you have been eyeing up for months and are finally going to buy. On the last day of #craftyaugust, give us a hint of what is coming up next for you!
How do I get involved?
It’s really easy! You could save the image above or like it on Instagram so you’ve always got it handy. Then, use the daily prompts to share your creativity with the world! Take a photo each day, upload it to Instagram and tag it with #craftyaugust. I will do weekly roundups to see what everyone has been up to!
What if I miss a day?
Don’t sweat it – just pop the kettle on, make a cup of tea and catch up in your own time.
Can I post the challenge photo on my Instagram?
Definitely! That way you will always have it and other people might see it and get involved too, spreading the crafty love. Just don’t forget to use the hashtag!
Er, and that’s it! I hope you like the idea and get involved!
Looking forward to sharing the crafty love,