A pop-up store I went to last year has opened up permanently and I’m SO EXCITED. The pop-up store was all arts and crafts made from upcycled materials. I got a bunch of holiday gifts there last year. The new space is like the pop-up store on steroids. It was founded by two upcycle artists in the area who are so creative and talented that it makes me crazy! Not only does it have great finished upcycled crafts to buy, but they have tons of upcycled materials to buy, as well. And really cool, unique ones, at that. The first time I went, I ended up with a bunch of clear VHS tape cases that I’m going to use to store supplies (6 for $1- who can beat that!?). I also got some random metal objects that I want to experiment on with welding (I know, “experiment” and “welding” don’t sound like the safest combination- do not try that at home).
Here’s the link to their web site and they also have a Facebook page:
And the coolest part is that they have a crafting space and classes for kids every other weekend. We’ve gone twice and had so much fun. The first time, we decorated the handles of marshmallow sticks. A local artist had donated the handles from a bunch of spatulas that he had only used the tops of for a piece (I’d love to see that). Amber used twisted wire to make a long skewer and then supplied home-made mod podge and tons of fabrics, yarn, paints, and stickers to decorate the handles. Here’s mine (and the neat way she attached the wire to extend the handle):
This is my wife’s. I think hers is my favorite. She put on letter stickers, painted over them, and pealed them off.
And our boy with his:
He won’t do crafts with me at home, but he’s loved doing these at Knack. Maybe it’s because he’s a captive audience when we’re out. Also, one of the women who owns the store has a couple boys about his age so I think she has his demographic in mind when selecting materials and projects. (For this one, he found some camo fabric and who doesn’t like the prospect of making something that can be used to make s’mores?)
The next project we did was these simple but really cute bottle top hanging ornaments. I think I know what our family craft for the holidays is going to be this year. Try to guess whose is whose in the pictures below:
Okay, so I gave it away with the collage of our boy working on his. But, I think it’s funny that my wife and our boy have a really similar ascetic. (Yes, hers is the Batman/Catwoman themed one.)
If you’re going to be in Western Massachusetts (US), I totally suggest you check this place out! There are endless possibilities for ideas, materials, and inspiration. Next week’s craft: wine bottle cork boats. Can’t Wait!!!