The New Year brings new do-it-yourself inspiration, and Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, has identified the top craft trends that will influence DIY projects from home decor and paper crafts to entertaining and gifting in 2014. As an avid crafter, I was especially interested to hear just where this year might take us! And I’m in love with the trends – it’s going to be a fun year!
The Michaels trend team has identified these top three craft trends for 2014:
Handwriting: The art of handwriting reappears in DIY projects as crafters turn off the electronic devices and put pen to paper for handmade notes, invitations and greeting cards. Calligraphy adds an elegant touch for more formal occasions. Handwritten pages also can embellish lamp shades, furniture, decoupage boxes and frames or other projects to add a touch of old-world charm.
Patterns: What’s old is new when it comes to patterns, including stripes, polka dots and floral prints. Polka dots are modernized with colorful pops of metallic against organic or neutral surfaces, while the iconic sweet romance of floral remains nostalgic with cabbage roses, delicate pinks and white, full blooms and natural arrangements. Bold stripes rule in 2014 with a twist – white on color. Tools like stencils, decoupage and paint daubers make it easy to create the patterns on any home decor or other craft project.
Raw: Blank, unfinished surfaces and materials such as birch wood, cork, burlap, canvas and wood are becoming a project staple. Crafters are toning down the embellishments to create simple and sophisticated projects incorporating materials in their natural state. The raw trend is as limitless as the imagination and appears in home decor, gifting, entertaining, celebrations and more.
We look forward to these trends for this coming year! You can bet that you’ll see this and more here at A Night Owl. For more project ideas that incorporate 2014’s top craft trends, visit Michaels online at www.michaels.com.