9 Ways to Beat Crafter’s Block and Jump Start Your Creativity

Crafter’s block. It’s happened to even the most creative crafters at some point in their lives. This phenomenon is an ailment that can strike at any time, and without warning. One day you’ll be groovin’ along, working with your favorite craft products, making all kinds of cool stuff, and then – Bam! – the next day all of those great project ideas you had are gone. There’s no reasonable explanation for this, it just happens.

At first you struggle with it. You may go through all of your craft supplies, maybe try to force yourself to create something – doesn’t matter what, just anything to get that spark back. But that almost never works because you can’t force creativity – you just can’t no matter how hard you try. But fear not my crafty friends, there are easy ways to end crafter’s block.

Here are 9 ways to get you back in the swing of things:

1. Pinterest. If you’re a visual person – and let’s face it, most crafters are – inspiration abounds on Pinterest . Members create virtual pinboards with images from all over the interweb. Request an invite to become a member. Once you’re a member you can start creating your own virtual pinboards and follow the boards of other members as well. It’s a great source of creativity.

2. Join a Crafty Community. Whether its an online community or a local Stitch ‘n Bitch meetup, checking out what your fellow creative types are making is a sure fire way to inspire you to get in on the fun. Check out my sidebar to the right and you’ll find a list of a just a few online crafty communities available to join.

3. Thrifting. Go to local thrift stores or garage sales and find objects that can be made over into useful decor for your home.

4. Magazines. Pick up a few craft or home decorating magazines. They always have great project ideas, and are also a wonderful source when you’re lacking in the inspiration department. Oh, and don’t throw them out when you’re done. Try to come up with interesting ways to recycle those magazines.

5. Expand Your Knowledge Of The Craft You Specialize In. If you make jewelry by way of bead stringing, why not learn wire wrapping or metalsmithing? If you’re a knitter and just can’t bring yourself to make another dropstitch scarf, learn a new technique like cables or entrelac. Learning something new about your craft will lead to all kinds of creativity and keep those juices flowing. Check your local community college or art studio for classes in your field of expertise.

6. Go to the Craft Store. I could spend hours at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. The next time you go to your local craft store, take the time to go up and down each aisle just to see what other crafts are available. Buy a few new crafty bits while you’re there. Sometimes the smallest thing like a piece of ribbon or a bead can ignite a fire storm of creativity.

7. Learn a Craft Based on Your Heritage. This is not only a great way to inspire creativity, but it’s also a wonderful way to learn about your ancestors.

8. Yesteryear Crafting. If you’re into retro crafts, seek out craft magazines and pattern books from the 70s and 80s – or even earlier. Not only are they good for a laugh, but they’re also filled with really cool craft projects.

9. Challenge Yourself. Go through your craft supplies and select a handful of random items. Now make a project using only the items you’ve picked out. See how many different projects you can come up with using those supplies. Then take lots of pictures and upload them to the crafty communities you’ve joined and show them off to your new crafty friends.

So, how do you keep that creative spark alive? Tell me what you do to get over crafter’s block.