cheap DIY decor

We were named a local expert on ApartmentGuide! Read the full article here: Budget DIY Décor Ideas. (ApartmentGuide is a subsidiary of

When we got the invitation to contribute to ApartmentGuide, I didn’t even have to think about what to suggest: blocks of color painted onto cardboard.

Here’s why I love cardboard as a base for art projects:

  • It’s inexpensive and easy to find, so I can paint at almost any time.
  • It’s light, which means it’s easy to hang.
  • Because it’s physically light and light on the wallet, I have an easier time just going for it and painting.
  • And because of all that, I can really play with it, when I’m painting the cardboard and when I’m putting it up on a wall.

AND you can cut it into the right size or fun shapes!

Here’s why I love color blocks:

  • They really really really don’t need to be perfect. When I say blocks, I actually mean blobs. Color blobs. Maybe I should even call them messes.
  • Anyone can do color messes, even me!
  • Anyone can do color messes, even you!
  • A big block/blob/chunk/mess of color can add a lot to a space. Try a series of a few colors! Try super pale colors on darker walls.  a bed in front of an empty wall

The above is the work of about one hour. In this case, I used a canvas rather than cardboard, because that’s what I had within reach. It started black, and since I wanted bright colors, I painted white first, which added a bit of time. I wasn’t sure what I really wanted though, besides bright, so I just started by scribbling — or the paint equivalent of scribbling, is there a word for that? — with the pink. And then I thought, “huh? This could look okay,” so I tried it on the wall! I don’t mind it. But I was just experimenting to send to ApartmentGuide so I kept painting the same canvas, more pink and added blue, and then it looked kind of like viewing a sunset horizon over an ocean. So it’s still on the wall. I do think the wall needs more, but it’s a good start that took just about an hour, and since I was using supplies I had, cost no extra dollars.





gift wrapping services!

we’re hiring!

We’re hiring for two positions:

CRAFT hosts

hours: 7 to 16 hours per week on Friday 2pm – 9pm and/or Saturday noon – 9pm, with additional hours week by week if desired

responsibilities: welcoming and supporting guests, crafting table + general studio cleanup

This is a customer service position! Ideal candidates are positive, resourceful, crafty, patient, outgoing when you want to be, and flexible. Working with guests in the studio can be fast paced.


organizer of chaos

hours: 2 to 5 hours per week according to your own schedule, outside of regular studio hours

We do a lot of cleaning at the studio, and it’s often hard for us to keep up. The person who takes on this gig will have access to the studio to come and go when you please, to do the day-to-day cleanup that we can get so behind on when we’re helping guests. This is more sorting stamps, refilling glues, and organizing the junkyard, with a little bit of traditional cleaning like sweeping. Just go in whenever you want before we open / after we’re closed and help us get ready for the days ahead. This is a great position for a night owl or morning lark who maybe doesn’t like to people all that much and would relish a few hours alone just organizing the studio.


to apply

Use the form here and send us a text (5129009957) or message on social media to tell us to look out for your submission (@madeatcraft on FB and insta)!




on entering a new year

The past few months have been a little wild for me and CRAFT.

In October, we hosted a crafting tent at the Austin City Limits music festival. This is by far the largest scale event we’ve ever done. The festival is two weekends, three days each, from 11am to 10pm each day. We ostensibly had 5 projects going at the same time, but in reality only 4 of them worked out. I was there the whole time, with 2-6 other people helping out at a time. Being outside of the studio isn’t our usual mode, and managing a 60 square foot tent, with 4 simultaneous crafting projects — well, I’ll put it this way: out of more than 72 hours at the festival over 6 days, I used the port-a-potty only once.

Each Monday after the festival, I went to Chipotle because they were doing a buy one-get one burrito with your wristband. And each Monday, I ate BOTH burritos right away. [emoji laughing so hard it’s crying]

When the first weekend ended, the second weekend felt so far away, since I had days instead of hours until I had to be back at Zilker Park. But then that second weekend was there before I knew it. And after that second weekend, I slept for days. (And one of those days, while I was taking a nap, my mom fed me a cookie, IN MY SLEEP. That’s how tired and hungry I was.)

And then I was totally ready to do it again. Like, that first time was rough, and even though we didn’t have any major issues and it was all really smooth, it probably was not worth it — but if I could take what I learned and do it again right away, I would do it a million times better and it would be so worth it. Yet, the next ACL was 11 months away.

But suddenly the East Austin Studio Tour was only a few weeks ago! So I quickly shifted to that event, which is also two weekends of nonstop action. And after, I had the same thought: “Okay, I’ll be ready to do this again in a few weeks and then I’ll get it right!”

And then suddenly the holidays. And honestly, after ACL and EAST, I didn’t prepare for the holidays at all. I’v been playing catch up for months now, and today, I finally feel like I can sit down and think about all of it. And I’m ready to do it all again right away. I invested a lot in these events (okay, not really the holidays) and it feels like the return on that investment only comes after the next time, since the first time is all about learning. It’s rough waiting, and with that wait, since it’s not urgent, it’s rough trying to get myself to take what I learned and package it up for my future self to utilize months from now when it will actually be valuable.

So this is my confession and goal for 2018: Do more prep ahead of time, and take the time to thoroughly debrief after everything. obligatory ACL selfie

(obligatory ACL + energy drink selfie)

Handmake Your Holidays

Handmake Your Holidays

Handmake Your Holidays

This year, instead of buying a whole buncha crap that no one really needs, we challenge you to give handmade gifts and the gift of experiences! Don’t worry; we have lots of ideas for you.

idea number one: take a workshop to make a finished gift

In our workshops, you’ll leave with a beautiful project that would make a great gift.  How about a screenprinted tote bag or tshirtcustom soapchocolate barsa ceramic dish*, a macrame wall hanging or plant hanger? Wanna really go crazy? Screenprint a design and then use it to sew a tote bag!  What about chocolate, in a tote bag that you sewed, that features a design you printed. Whoa.

Only sending cards? May we suggest a modern calligraphy or brush lettering workshop to glamour the recipients? Or take the class and then make stationary sets as your gifts!

idea number two: come to our Handmake Your Holidays Pop-up on December 17th, 11am-2pm

If you need to knock out a bunch of gifts at once, take advantage of our holiday pop-up (info below)! Our vendors will have wares ready to go, or work with them on quick projects to make your own.

idea number three: give a gift certificate

Gift certificates can be used for regular crafting, workshops, or items in our shop! (Money may not buy happiness, but you can spend money in ways that make you happier than other ways.)

idea number four: do whatever you want in open crafting

Come on in during our regular hours to make your own cards, wrapping paper, or whatever you can imagine.

*Ceramic pieces do require two weeks for firing in the kiln.

the Handmake Your Holidays Pop-Up

a make / take art and gifts market


Maman Sucre
Zen Soap
Hound and C. Muire
Srsly chocolate
The Aquariust / Bethany Solonika
Kara Cotta
and more

Ready-to-go gifts will be available, or work with our artisans to make your own soap, chocolate truffles, bath salts, shibori dyed towels, ceramic ornaments, holiday and thank you cards, and more.

Stroll in and out, enjoy coffee and morning drinks 😉 , and take care of all your gifts!


make your own wrapping paper


P.S. What’s your favorite handmade/homemade gift you’ve ever received or made/given?