Des Moines Craft Collective
January 11, February 8, and March 8
Sundays 1:30 – 4:00pm
$5 drop-in only
BYO Craft Supplies
The Des Moines Craft Collective is a place for creators of all skill levels to come together to share skills, tools, and ideas to make a more rewarding DIY life. We’re going to make things together and have fun doing it. There’s no one teacher telling you exactly what to make. Instead, we’re all here to help each other make the most rad things we can. It’s not a craft class, it’s craft empowerment. For each monthly session we pick a crafting theme. Then you pick a project that fits that theme, sign up for the session, gather your supplies, and show up! Need inspiration help or ideas for the theme? Follow us on Pinterest @ @DsmCraftColl and sift through our pins and see if anything strikes your fancy (or you can pin stuff to our boards to help others find inspiration, too). Is the session theme not doing it for you or have a different craft in mind? No problem, just sign up and bring your project down and work on it while hanging out with other badass crafters in our community. And if you need any help sourcing supplies or figuring something out, just give us a holler on Facebook @desmoinescraftcollective and we’ll figure it out together. Grab a mimosa or margarita from Malo and join us!
January: String Lights
The holidays are over but that doesn’t mean you have to put all your strings of lights away. Make them into something cool to hang up year-round! Maybe you’ve always wanted small marquee lights to emblazon your initials? Or how about you trim up some cupcake liners and make them look like flowers to beat the winter doldrums? Perhaps you want some cute critters covering the lights for a winsome woodland look? Or you can keep it simple with some dixie cups and scrapbook paper for an easily charming look. Check out our “String Lights” board on Pinterest @desmoinescraftcollective for more ideas or write on our Facebook page if you need help sourcing materials or figuring out an idea! Don’t forget to bring your supplies and tools! We will have some general craft supplies and tools available, but be sure to ask if you need something specific.
February: DIY Wall Art
Have blank, boring walls? Banish them to a thing of a the past! You don’t have to be a fine artist to bring some pizazz to your walls. This session we’ll be making our own wall art to make our homes more colorful, interesting, and uniquely ours. Bring sparkle into your home by creating a sequin wall that will be a distinct focal point in any room. Or thrift an outdated painting and put a modern twist on it with some vinyl letters and paint. Maybe you have a photograph that you want to jazz up with some 3D elements to highlight it? Or you could open up your space by decorating a mirror in a sunburst pattern. Check out our “DIY Art” board on Pinterest @desmoinescraftcollective for more ideas or write on our Facebook page if you need brainstorming help. Don’t forget to bring your supplies and tools! As always, we’ll have some general craft supplies and tools available, but be sure to ask if you need something specific.
March: Repurposing Old Toys
Got some plastic figurines kicking around and don’t know what do them? Let’s repurpose them into something kickass and useful! Bring dinos back into your life by making a succulent planter out of a plastic figure. Or cut some circus animals in half to make an unconventional jewelry display or unique magnets. How about putting some animals on screw eye hooks to make key chains or a funky garland? Or you could raid an old toy box and take everything to make a lamp base that is both nostalgic and modern. Check out our “Repurposed Toys” board on Pinterest @desmoinescraftcollective for more ideas or write on our Facebook page if you need help. Don’t forget to bring your supplies and tools! As always, we’ll have some general craft supplies and tools available, but be sure to ask if you need something specific.
About the Instructor: Maria Sanchez has been crafting, hacking, and DIY-ing for almost all her life. From the homemade coloring books she “wrote” at the age of four to the ceiling light she created for her entryway, she has always believed that making things yourself is often more rewarding and produces more interesting pieces than buying off-the-shelf.