Campus Activities Board hosts a night of crafts

Diamond Lee, a freshman biology education major decorated a blank canvas in  the university colors and glitter.

Diamond Lee, a freshman biology education major decorated a blank canvas in  the university colors and glitter.  
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Avid crafters and tagalong friends joined together for a night of holiday cheer and creativity.

On Nov. 29,  Campus Activities Board hosted a Pinterest Night in Student Union Room 2203 where students could come and create their own holiday crafts.  

“We wanted to do a craft night and so we started with Pinterest and once we realized that it came closer to Christmas, we decided to do holiday things,” said CAB Event Manager McKenzie Tolson, a junior marketing major. 

Upon arrival, students could choose from several holiday themed art projects. At one table, supplies for ornament decorating was set up. At another, participants could paint on blank canvases. The other crafts offered were decorating pinecones to look like small Christmas trees and Mason Jars available for painting and decorating with glitter and stickers. 

Each craft was discovered from and originated on Pinterest, a personal media website where users can upload anything ranging from crafting ideas, promoting a business, recipes or network. 

“We made a board and pinned a bunch of things that we could do,” said Tolson. “Then, we had to scale it back a little bit because we had about one thousand crafts. Then, we just went to Hobby Lobby and had a good time shopping.” 

The event brought a variety of students. Participants ranged from those who were fans of crafting and Pinterest to those who were looking for a break from studying for finals.

“I love Pinterest,” said Kristen Calfee, a sophomore marketing major. “I’m addicted to Pinterest so to hear that there was a Pinterest party, I could not resist.”

Students liked the style of the event and how it was not just a lecture. 

“I just thought it’d be a fun, little way to not study for a bit,” said Jacob Smith, a senior biology major. “It’s nice to have a little something to do every now and again that’s not cramming information down your throat.”

Each crafter spent time on their own pieces of art, some making the craft for themselves or as a gift for the holiday season. 

“We have a Christmas tree in our dorm so we can hang them on there,” said Brittany Gratia, a sophomore family consumer science major.

The students crafted while eating cookies and listening to festive holiday music. 

Overall, the event was designed in order to give students a chance to forget about the stress of finals and celebrate the upcoming holiday season. 

“We just want to have stuff for students to be able to do,” said Tolson. “It gets really stressful with it being dead week and everything so they can come in here and have some cookies and just kind of relax and craft.”

Jacob Smith, a senior biology major painted a Christmas tree onto a blank canvas, one of the crafts offered at Pinterest Night.

Jacob Smith, a senior biology major painted a Christmas tree onto a blank canvas, one of the crafts offered at Pinterest Night. 
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 Ornaments and blank canvases, were available to decorate for the holiday season.

 Ornaments and blank canvases, were available to decorate for the holiday season.
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