DIY Inspiration: Renegade Craft Fair
If you didn’t go to the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason this past weekend then you definitely missed out. Or you live outside the Bay Area (in which case, you’re still missing out – snap!). Either way, you know I was there taking in all the DIY crafty love and inspiration so that I could present to you a list of awesome ideas. Some of the DIY projects I’ve made mention of here before were represented at the RCF too (record bowls, shrinky dinks, buttons, journals, re-purposed bike parts…), and if you like what you see, stick around – I can pretty much guarantee that some of these clever ideas will be featured in upcoming columns.
1. Cards – these note cards (from, I believe, Sweetie Pie Press?) are not only awesome, but if you have a label maker, easy to recreate with your very own sarcastic slogans!
3. Screenprinted Everything: From t-shirts (the Social Dept), to hand towels (the Heated) and pillows, (Utilitarian Franchise) screen printed fabric was a popular item at the RCF. You can learn how too, by taking a class at Workshop *cough, cough* or via these cheap and easy instructions from, where else? Instructables.
4. Shadow boxes: Glass Cathedrals is a good example of taking a so-called kids craft like shadow boxes and making it awesome again….let’s say we meet back here next week and I show you how? C’mon…it’ll be fun.
5. Fascinators/Headbands: Feathers are big this year. How big? Fisherman are literally running out of lures. So it makes sense that fascinators and headbands are making their own resurgence; 1931 chic is calling. Get your glue gun.
8. Wallets (Also see: Credit Cards): While Bryant Holsenbeck had some lovely credit card birds that got me thinking about cutting up my plastic (an idea I will certainly be revisiting), Magic Industrie took me way back with their library book magic wallets – which are .. relatively easy to construct yourself. The Heathered booth is a prime example – little wallets made from old postcards, airline instructions, maps, newspapers and books. You have paper, you have packing tape – how hard can it be?
9. Buttons: Buttons are everywhere at craft fairs –they’re super easy to make, super cheap to construct and you can sell ‘em for $1 which makes them great for folks like me who want to buy something but only have a five spot in their wallets. Check out the lovely typewriter necklaces from The Weekend Store and start brainstorming on what else wants a fresh new life as a button.
10. Bike Parts/Skateboard Parts: Your mode of transportation isn’t just a way to get from point A to point B – it’s raw material for your next DIY creation. Check out the clocks made from bikes (courtesy 1 by Liz), or these rockin’ earrings that used to be skateboard decks (courtesy Mukee Design).