Every year the handmade craft world has popular item themes and trends. Sometimes they are inspired by the past, while other times they are totally unique to the current market. Here are the seven coolest craft fair trends I noticed for 2017…
1. Copper Jewelry
(Copper bracelets by Debbie’s Designs)
Metal jewelry is always in style, but this year I noticed an abundance of copper accessories. One artist pointed out that the price of silver has increased a lot in recent years, so jewelry makers are seeking out other metals that are less expensive. Despite the lower price tag, copper is really beautiful and looks great on everyone! From bracelets to earrings to necklaces, copper will be big in 2017.
2. Snarky Quotes
(Fun cross-stitch hoop by StephXstitch)
Funny yet snarky quotes are also popular this year. They’re usually short and sweet, consisting of one to three words. You can buy them on cross-stitched hoop art as well as fridge magnets and prints. What a fun way to show off your sarcastic side or to give as a gift to your quirkiest friend! Better learn how to cross stitch.
3. Cacti Art
(Cactus photo on canvas by FLOWERSRUNWILD)
(Ceramic cactus sculpture by Nodd Pottery)
These beautiful desert plants were seen on photos transferred onto canvas, jewelry, and greeting cards. Southwestern themes have gained in popularity over the past few years, and the majestic saguaro cactus is the most recognizable. They are a big trend for 2017- just don’t touch one of you see it in real life!
4. Inlaid Stone Necklaces
(Metal and inlaid stone necklaces by Bezel and Thread)
(Inlaid stone pendant necklaces by Debbie’s Designs)
Hippie-style inlaid stone necklaces continue to be found at craft shows. I noticed both sparkly druzy stones as well as subdued semiprecious gemstones necklaces. The more intricate the surrounding metalwork and etching, the better.
5. Wooden Beads
(Wooden bead necklace by rj studio inc.)
In a nod to 60s and 70s jewelry, wooden beads are back in a big way. They were paired with chain and metal beads to create contrast and texture. Wood is becoming popular again in jewelry because it’s lightweight and easy to match with most clothing colors.
Check out this Wooden Bead Necklace tutorial!
6. Coffee Beans
(Coffee bean candle by Adorn Chicago)
Another fun trend I saw at several craft shows was coffee beans in unexpected places. From candles with beans within the wax to ground coffee body scrubs, they are sure to awaken your senses! The smell is so divine and universally appreciated. Who doesn’t love coffee?!?
7. Crystal Points
Lastly, crystal points are a hot jewelry element at 2017’s craft shows. The most unique way I saw them used was in an elongated post earring wrapped with wire. Crystal points could also be found on long necklaces, hair accessories, and rings. Their natural beauty pairs well with a variety of metals.
What other big trends have you seen this year?
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