Our guide to the month’s best hashtags and photo challenges to follow on social media…
Finding the perfect hashtag to use on social media isn’t just worth its weight in likes, but can connect you to other makers and inspire your creativity. To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up our favourite hashtags to use this August and beyond.
Blogger Allison Sadler’s hashtag took Insta by storm when it launched earlier this month and now it’s returning to a screen near you. The original hashtag was part of a two-week photo challenge to encourage people to add a slice of reality to their grids. It’s relaunching tomorrow as a seven-day challenge and we can’t wait to see what Allison has planned. Keep an eye on her blog for updates!
If you love all things bright and beautiful, In Colourful Company are running the photo challenge for you! The fun prompts from ‘Off Centre’ to ‘Pattern’ are open to interpretation, just keep it colourful. There’s no pressure to post everyday either.
In August Ceramic Magpie’s hashtag #wipsandblooms will be given a seasonal twist, becoming #wipsandblooms_summer. “Anyone who likes making is welcome to join in my tag,” explains Katie Robbins, the maker behind the brand. “The tag is about sharing what you are making as you are making it, rather than showing off a finished piece of work. It’s about slowing down and thinking about the making process, and essentially making it pretty with the addition of seasonal flowers or greenery.”
Forget #mondaymotivation, get your week off to an organised and pretty start by using the tag #makealistmonday instead. The hashtag was created by blogger Catherine Caton and florist Emily Talling to help you get your thoughts and plans in order. “The idea is to help break down your lists into manageable daily tasks and see how you get on,” explains Catherine. “Take a composition, whether it be your actual list or a view of somewhere you write your list or even an activity you wish to do and in the comment be sure to let us know what your plans are for the day/week ahead.”
Knitter extraordinaire Sincerely Louise is hosting a photo challenge for yarn lovers to make sure you get your makes made in time for Christmas. Every day in August you can follow the prompts to inspire you to pick up your needles and get making. There’s even a prize for anyone who completes the challenge – just make sure you use the hashtag #slchristmaschallenge. Louise Walker explains, “Every day in August I’m going to be preparing for Christmas, as for the last few years I’ve started my Xmas knitting around the 15th of December! I’d love for you to play along.”
Most crafters appreciate a splash of colour and this hashtag is incredibly popular for that reason. “It’s an excuse to find the colourful moments in your day but also find your tribe of magical creatives,” explains Marissa Berrini, creator of #myunicornlife. “It can be as simple as frolicking around town, to eating ice cream. It’s not just a hashtag, but a lifestyle devoted to being laid back and fabulous!”
This is a big one on Insta as it’s hosted by Instagram themselves. It’s worth taking part in the Weekly Hashtag Project challenge, even if it’s just to take a look at some of the fantastic and creative pictures that are submitted by the whole community. The prompt changes every week, so like their page to find out what the new one will be.
Created by the Slow Stitching Movement, this hashtag is to encourage you to take your time and enjoy the process, from crochet to embroidery, and approach your art in a different, mindful way. #slowstitching also makes searching out fellow stitchers who have a similar aesthetic to you easy.
#leaf_ladies was created by a group of plant loving creatives from across the globe to swap ideas and big each other up on social media. The friendly group of makers range from pin designers to macramé artists. They started this tag to stay in touch and now have a theme each month so anyone can join their gang. This month’s guest judge for all your botanical finds is And Hobbs. It’s still a small hashtag so a great way to get meeting other makers.
Emily Quinton’s community for makers has their own photo challenge hashtag, which runs all year so you can dip in and out as you please. The new words are released each week so check out Makelight to find out what’s coming next.
Don’t forget to tag #molliemakers so we can see what you’re up to! We’ve been really impressed with the posts we’ve had so far. We’d love to hear if you have any good photo challenges or hashtags coming up, or just see what you’ve been making this month. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook too.