This month’s best photo challenges and hashtags to inspire your social media…
From tags that will connect you with like-minded makers to photo challenges the inspire your feed, finding the right hashtag can be tricky among all the inspiring snaps on social media. We’ve rounded up our favourite hashtags to use this September and beyond…
Paper cutter By Charlie’s Hand – AKA Charlotte Trim – hopes to brighten up your Instagram feed with a colourful challenge for September. With a whole rainbow of prompts including ‘bubblegum’ and ‘kingfisher’, you can inject some colour into your life. “Post photos of your artwork, food, pets, flowers, whatever makes up your world! Let’s make September one big Happy Rainbow on Instagram,” says Charlotte.
“It’s all good fun so just pop some photos on as and when you can – there’s no pressure to complete each day but it would be really great to see 30 rainbow photos from everyone if possible!”
With a new theme every week, #itsmyweek encourages you to share what you’ve been up to according to the week’s chosen theme. Previous themes have included #myweekofflorals and #myweekofmotion. Head to the It’s My Week Instagram page to discover the new weekly theme and get involved!
We all know that a handmade gift is the best type of present you can give, but now you can spread the handmade love by tagging your makes with this hashatag. Whether you make for fun or sell your wares, this is a large hashtag with over a million tags, but still a brilliant way to get noticed as @handmadeisbetter repost their favourites.
The online crochet community is huge and this hashtag has grown massively since it was launched 18 months ago. The best thing about Crochet Girl Gang is it’s friendly, inclusive and colourful. “The support from the gang when pictures are reposted is overwhelmingly lovely. Girls saying congratulations to other girls, asking for patterns, sending love,” says Emma Potter of Potter and Bloom, who created the tag.
“There’s only one rule – be nice – and I’ve had so many messages from people who tell me that being part of the gang makes them feel less lonely, more inspired and confident about their work, and that just gives me a big old buzz. That is what the #crochetgirlgang is about.”
This is a small hashtag, but it’s bursting with colour and creativity. Started by Cardboard Cities illustrator Laura Redburn, #colourinmysquare currently has just over 2,000 pictures attached to it, but this also makes it the perfect size to make connections with other makers who are using it to brighten up their feeds.
“Colourinmysquare is about finding the colour and joy in the everyday, from moments that might be forgotten to things you want to celebrate and share ,” explains Laura.
If you want to practise your calligraphy or brush lettering skills, this photo challenge is a great way to get some daily inspiration.
“Any type of lettering by hand is welcome, including, brush lettering, water brush lettering, copperplate, pointed pen calligraphy, flat pen calligraphy and digital lettering.”
If you want to inject some floral goodness into your life or indulge your love of plants #botanicalpickmeup is the ideal hashtag for you. Whether it’s the plants in your studio, the green corner of your home or flowers used to enhance the objects that you make, this hashtag is guaranteed to lift your spirits.
Knitting with others – even virtually – is always fun, especially as it means there’s always someone on hand who understands your frogging nightmares. #sweatertogether starts on 14 September where knitters across the globe will be stitching up the Tealeaf Sweater by designer Bristol Ivy. Visit Craftsy to enrol and grab the pattern and then get those needles knitting – don’t forget to use the hashtag to share you jumper as it grows.
San Francisco based blog The Glitter Guide started this gorgeous hashtag for anything fun and girly. #flashesofdelight is incredibly popular with over 6 million tags, but the best pictures get regrammed on their account and it truly is a delight to look through – especially if you love pink.
#waketomake is a medium sized hashtag, which means it’s still possible to stand out from the crowd. All crafts are welcome and you can show everything from finished projects to WIPs, no matter what you make.
Don’t forget to tag #molliemakers so we can see what you’re up to – we’re always inspired by what you post! We’d love to hear if you have any good photo challenges or hashtags coming up, or just to see what you’ve been making this month. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook too.