Crafting for Good Blog

Crafting for good is about helping yourself and others through creativity.

Visiting this site and purchases from our not-for-profit shop all help our community work...we call it Robin Hood crafting; those that can, helping those that can't.

New! Printable Pop Up Box Bundle

printable pop up box bundle of spring flowers
New Download!

Download the newest bundle of Pop Up Box cards from ArdaDesigns - each of the beautiful floral designs contains everything you need to make the kit, including a coordinating envelope.  See our step-by-step tutorial on how to make a pop up box card.

Print out at home, cut with your favourite tools and stick together - you can also sell what you make for charity fundraising and craft fairs.

Want some different designs?  We have lots of choices for making pop up box cards either in big value bundles or as single kits for instant download.

3rd Birthday Discount

crafting4good cic birthday discount

It's our 3rd birthday today and to celebrate we're offering a 30% discount across everything until the end of March - that's all our printable card kits, stationery downloads, party printables, gift boxes and activity packs.

We display and accept currencies for our creative friends in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, and the US so you can enjoy some instant creative activities during Coronavirus lockdowns and support our not-for-profit social enterprise into our 4th year, through some very strange times.  

Head over to our printable downloads store and get making in minutes!

Card Making Tutorials

Card making tutorials for our card making downloads: printables with purpose and where society profits

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Easy Fundraising for Crafting4Good CIC

Easy fundraising for our not-for-profit craft company when shopping online - help us to help others

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Printable Activities for Elderly People

Today I discovered Twinkl's printable activities for elderly people; they have a whole host of resources listed under 'dementia support' amongst their adult education printables, but obviously, we were intrigued by their creative ones - and what a find!

You can sign up for a free account or upgrade to a paid one, then download the printables you need - as well as art and craft ideas there are resources for reminiscence, intergenerational activities and even support, wellbeing and planning information for Activity Coordinators.

dementia support printable craft ideas
Dementia Support Craft Ideas from Twinkl

A wealth of printable and digital resources appear once you choose one of the craft idea categories - such as these fabulous Van Gogh printables:

van gogh printables
Van Gogh Printables & Digital Resources from Twinkl

Head over to Twinkl to check out the activities for elderly care whether you're an Activity Coordinator in a residential care home or caring for someone at home.

elderly care resources

Twinkl Educational Publishing

Card Making for Men & Wellbeing

What card making for men in a homeless shelter can do for their wellbeing

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Open today, first Saturday of March

We’re open today as it’s the first Saturday of the month - Mandy is in our shop at the Ridings Centre in Wakefield, introducing our new theme “Mark Making March” promoting simple creative use of our donated supplies...pop along and make your mark!

Thanks to Rachel (Bobshaped) for the idea - feel free to suggest themes that promote re-use of our donated stock.

Mark making with donated art and craft supplies


Big News!

🎉 Big news - we are relocating!
👉 Shop open as usual for now
🕰 Open for Wakefield half-term

Crafting4Good Relocation
Things are taking longer than expected but we are still at 2 Kilnsey Road, Eastmoor for the time being, receiving donations and selling low-cost supplies. 

Of course we also have our online store with our printable cards and crafts...that's always open!
We'll post dates we are open but please check with us before travelling, outside any advertised dates.

Watch this space...

Donated Die-Cutting Dies

Donated metal die-cutting dies for card making

126 packs of metal dies donated today - we are astonished, humbled and incredibly grateful.

Just think of the social impact that will come from these, one way or another, for individuals, community groups and organisations (we always look for the ‘best use’ to bring maximum benefit) - there’s even tiny button dies we can use to make the best from even the smallest pieces of waste card ♻️

All our donors are incredibly generous (we had another batch of much needed Christmas dies just earlier this week!) and we are extremely grateful to *everyone* for supporting us in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing through creativity.

Decorate Your Own Wooden Christmas Baubles

Decorate and personalise your own wooden baubles to hang from your Christmas tree with our new wooden craft blanks.

We now have a supply of good-sized, flat wooden bauble craft blanks in the store (UK shipping only) which would be perfect for community group activities in the run up to Christmas.

✔️ Very good-sized flat bauble made from MDF: 11cm diameter with a hole for hanging.  We've shown a £1 coin for size comparison and the decorating surface is bigger than the palms of our hands!

✔️ Ideal for kids and community group activities, Baby's 1st Christmas, new home and couples' first Christmas or start a family tradition of making a family decoration for each year etc.

✔️ Use various art and craft supplies to decorate the smooth, plain surface e.g. paint them, stamp on them, cover them with decoupage, napkins or papers, add beads, polymer clay, ribbon or other 3D embellishments (and we would love to see what you make!)

Buy Our Wooden Baubles (UK) and Support a Social Enterprise

crafting4good is a social enterprise business for good

Sharing Creativity

88 year old lady: “I don’t know where I’d be without my crafting” She was bringing donations to share with others because creativity has helped her so much... “coping with life...losing myself...time flying by”

Mental health affects all ages but creative people are happy to help each other so that all ages can benefit from what’s helped them

Sharing Creativity via Social Enterprise

#BuySocial to support Social Enterprise

#BuySocial to Support Community Groups

Our customers and craft stash donors support us and help us to supply free craft supplies to community groups.

Cath’s Cross Stitch Group at St Swithun’s Community Centre in Wakefield will use these unwanted magazine freebies to make items for sale at the Christmas fair, raising money for further supplies so their group can keep running.

Creativity, getting out of the house and leisure time with others is important for wellbeing and positive mental health. Crafters supporting crafters.

If you have any art supplies or craft stash you’d like to donate please get in touch and we’ll make sure it’s put to good use.

How We Raise Funds as a Social Enterprise

🤔 Confused about us? Here’s how we share resources and raise funds for people’s wellbeing and mental health:

1️⃣ Selling downloadable, printable card and craft kits in our online store.

• Affordable bundles and kits from £1.20
• 99% can be used by groups
• Sell What You Make to raise funds of your own
• Currencies: 🇬🇧 🇦🇺 🇳🇿 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 🇪🇺
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2️⃣ Selling unwanted, donated art and craft supplies in our offline shop at low prices so those on a budget can enjoy the benefits of creativity. *Please check opening times with us before visiting during October* Mail order available if you don’t mind covering P&P 📦

• Donations are sent to us from artists and crafters, as well as some forward thinking companies who send their clearance or waste items that might otherwise go into landfill ♻️👍

• Used, surplus or unsellable donations are provided to community groups, nurseries and care homes either free of charge or in Craft Boxes we put together for a small service charge e.g. offcuts of paper, fabric samples, unwanted magazine freebies, part-used but good condition materials, supplies and tools like rubber stamps etc

All this supports individuals, community groups and organisations to enjoy creativity which we all know can be great for our mental health.

It also means we can do extra things like our Art Therapy course, helping people on a more personal level.

Why did I write this post? Because we do many things but we’re a very small team so sometimes we can’t shout about it all...then people think we only do x or y and get confused e.g. when they see us selling our printables.

We need to sell our printable downloads AND donations we receive in order to raise funds and do community work 👍

Huge thanks to everyone who supports us, in all these various ways 🙏

Subsidised Group Art Therapy in Wakefield

At Crafting4Good CIC our overall aim is to promote positive wellbeing and mental health.

group art therapy wakefield

Therefore, we are proud that we're able to provide subsidised group Art Therapy sessions in the community, with a registered Art Therapist over 6 weeks, starting September 2019.

We can subsidise the cost of the 6 week course through income generated from sales of our printable downloads and donated craft supplies in our new Creative Hub. In addition, we have been supported by Eastmoor Community Project who have funded the room hire at St Swithun's Community Centre.

Whilst we would like to offer free places, as a starting point we have been able to subsidise the 6 sessions so that attendees only have to contribute either £10 or £5 (unwaged) per session. This is required in advance so we an ensure commitment to the group over the full 6 weeks.

At the time of writing there are still a couple of places left for Monday's start date - take a look at our Group Art Therapy Course for further information and to book your place.

Craft Ideas to Sell

Looking for craft ideas to sell? Use our papercraft kits and help yourself and a good cause at the same time!

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