Michaels Reveals Top Craft Trends For 2013-Top DIY Projects Revealed

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Top Craft/Recessionista DIY Trends for 2013

In the midst of the recession, one hobby is experiencing renewed interest and growth.  What’s that you say? It’s Do It Yourself (DIY) craft projects.  Recessionistas are getting busy with DIY projects to save money.   Thrift is still the new chic.  There are a multitude of of bloggers, magazines and TV shows devoted to this growing market.  Sales of materials for remodeling at both Loews and Home Depot are surging.  In late 2012, Forbes estimated the ” home decor market to be approximately $65.2 billion each year. This covers everything from  people scouring craft fairs and street markets to haute couture fashion shows and pop culture to find treasures to remodel or create fashions that to stretch their dollars.   With all this interest in making your own designs or decorations, it was only a matter of time before someone surveyed the Top DIY craft tends for 2013.  Today retail craft chain Michaels published their predictions.

Drum roll please….here are the newest crafting trends for 2013 from the Michaels stores:

  • Nostalgia/vintage: This vintage craft trend harkens back to childhood and invokes images of grandma’s house, but interprets them in fresh, new ways using dramatic scale, different colors and unusual applications. Key elements include jumbo pom-poms; chalkboard paint and paper; doilies that are dip-dyed and molded into interesting shapes; lace in many forms and materials; and laser-cut frames for art and home décor. Mason jars come out of the pantry and become colorful, fun lanterns, drinking glasses and vases; and vintage book pages and newsprint are reimagined in banners, paper flowers and home décor surfaces.
  • Eco-chic brings nature into crafting with wood grain, natural fibers, rope, paper and cork. Key green/eco craft elements include raw, unfinished wood with an emphasis on the grain and affordable burlap on everything from pillows to spooled ribbon. Nature is imitated with paper-crafted flowers in tissue, recycled newsprint and scrapbooking papers that seem as fresh and new as the real thing.
  • Unexpected materials pop up in traditional crafts like wreaths, banners and garlands. Projects include wreaths made of photos, balloons, clothes pins, fabric remnants and more. Banners and garlands are personalized and embellished for all types of life celebrations such as weddings, birthdays and holidays. Embellishments include twine, ribbon and mixed-media elements.
  • Personalization continues strong into 2013, with initials and monograms showing up on all kinds of projects. Everyday objects like cell phone cases and shoes become one of a kind with any type of bling or embellishment imaginable.

“From home decorating to celebrations to seasonal projects and beyond, these trends will inspire DIYers throughout the year to try something new and different, or see an old favorite in a new way,” said Michaels Trend and Design Director Becki Speakman. “We look forward to seeing how our customers interpret these trends in their own unique ways when they share their projects on our Facebook and Pinterest pages.”

What do you think readers? Are you working on any Do It Yourself Projects in 2013?   I know many of you may look at creating your own Valentines or DIY gifts for Valentines Day.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.