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Spread the Holiday Spirit with Family-Friendly Crafts

December 5, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under How-To Zone

The holiday shopping season is a busy time for market vendors. It’s also a special time for families. Many children have breaks from school, and parents are looking to spend more quality time together. A fun-filled day at the flea market or seasonal pop-up usually fits the bill. Shoppers are of course looking for the perfect gift, unique discoveries, and value-priced treasures, but they are also looking to make some lasting memories. Hosting family-friendly crafts are a great way to spread holiday cheer while engaging shoppers and boosting sales. Here are a few of our favorite family-friendly easy holiday crafts.

Ornament Painting
Whether you use inexpensive ball ornaments or cardboard shapes, ornament painting is fun and easy for all ages. Depending on how much space you have at your event, and how much mess you’re willing to clean up, you can keep it simple by just using paint pens or go all out with glitter.

Wreath Decorating
You can easily buy mini artificial wreaths in bulk for cheap. Wreath decorating can be simple and mess-free, with ribbons and fake flowers. Offer different sizes for variety. Pre-decorate some wreaths to inspire shoppers and stir up sample sales. Pine-scented products like candles and garlands will engage shoppers’ senses and help them get into the holiday spirit.

Thumbprint Cards
As shoppers are picking out last minute gifts, have a card-making station to help them add the finishing touches. Handmade cards are especially appreciated this season. Like other crafts, have some sample cards made for design ideas and inspiration. If you do choose to go with thumbprint designs, use ink pads instead of paint to keep it clean.

Like the mini wreaths, clear plastic containers can easily be purchased in bulk for this craft. You will also need glitter, sequins, and any other fun floating objects you would like to incorporate, plastic figures to go at the base of the snowglobe, glycerin, and water. To make things easier, and safer, use a hot glue gun to attack plastic figurines to the inside of the lids on the plastic containers ahead of time. That way you do not have to deal with any glue or hot objects at the market. Children can choose which globe and figurine they want. Then fill with glitter and sequins. Pour water to fill 95 percent of the globe, add a few drops of glycerin, and you are done.

Gift Wrapping
This tried and true holiday offering provides a last-mile customer service touch that truly goes a long way. A few festive rolls of wrapping paper and basic solid-color gift bags can do the trick. Consider partnering with a local charity, and collect donations in exchange for gift wrapping.

28% of Americans say that wrapping gifts put them more in the “holiday spirit” than shopping does, so offering this service can help spread some extra cheer.

Gingerbread Decorating
Make sure to check your market’s policy on food sales before planning this craft. If allowed, pre-packaged gingerbread decorating kits are a fun activity for the whole family. To avoid any mess and to make sure everything complies with health codes, individually package each cookie including a ziplock with icing and different small candies for buttons and features.

These craft packages can be sold individually or given as a gift with purchase as a token of customer appreciation. Make sure to have any allergy information clearly labeled.

Offering holiday-themed crafts keeps shoppers busy, and keeps them in your booth. These last-minute crafts can all be coordinated quickly and help make your selling event extra special.

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