The 13th Annual Unglued: Craft Fest is returning to the West Acres Mall March 10-11, 2023.
You'll find our fest schedule below and our vendor line-up, too!
Creative experiences are coming back in 2023!
Below is our full Fest schedule including free craft experiences all day on Saturday of the Fest! We'll post our Fest survival guide the week of the Fest to include where the workshops will be located to find the crafty fun throughout West Acres!
Friday, March 10:
4-8pm: Craft Fest opening night (free admission)
Shop opening night of the 13th Annual Unglued: Craft Fest and our 70+ local and regional makers! Enjoy the Local Libations Lounge in Buffalo Court (in front of the old Herbergers space), tunes by DJ Pretty Ricky, grab a scavenger hunt from our info booth to complete, stop into our DIY Mall Hall, grab a ticket for the Crafty Lounge, and more below!
4-8pm: Crafty Lounge open (tickets available HERE)
Grab tickets ($25 advance, $30 at door if tickets remain day-of) to enjoy one helluva crafty, fun night! Located in the near Buffalo Court in the art gallery across from Claire's this lounge will include a drink ticket, Yeobo Sweet Shop cupcake, 2 make and take crafts, and a DIY kit. More HERE!
4-8pm: DIY Mall Hall
Find 3 free easy make and takes to create in the Food Court Hall! These are self-guided so be sure to help your kiddos if they create!
Saturday, March 11:
10am-6pm: Craft Fest is open (free admission)
Shop 70+ crazy talented Fest makers throughout the mall hallways all day Saturday! Local DJs will pump the tunes all day, the Local Libations Lounge will be back open in Buffalo Court (near the old Herbergers), grab a scavenger hunt from our info booth to complete, and the Young Maker's Market will be open in the Food Court Hall to shop 8 young makers and their products. The Fountain Court will also be open to stop in to chill and color in, too!
10am: SWAG BAGS are back but different!
The first 2 purchases at each of our 70 Fest maker booths Saturday morning will get a free swag bag of vendor coupons and swag! A total of 140 swag bags are available and 3 will have a "Golden Ticket" - a $25 coupon to redeem at any one maker's booth during the Fest! Limit 1 swag bag per attendee.
You'll find our FREE workshop and drop-in DIY opportunities below! Workshops are for typically the first 20 people (you may start lining up about 20 minutes prior to the workshop). Drop-in DIYs can accommodate a LOT of people while supplies last!
CANCELED - 10am-noon: Drop-in Button Making with Handpicked Goods in An Atmosphere of Abstract Gallery
10a: Make Your Own Tattoo w/ Plains Art Museum (kids 6+) in Workshop Room #1
Kids ages 6+ will design their own or use a provided design to make their own temporary tattoo! Free, max 20 people. Sponsored by the Plains Art Museum!
10:30a: UFO Planters w/ Audrey (adult/older teens) in Workshop Room #2
Hang out with horticulturist and Master Gardener Audrey for an out of this world workshop! Adults/older teens will learn how to make a unique upside down planter. This project will use species of epiphytic Rhipsalis cacti, a great choice for low maintenance. You'll get tips and tricks for the care of your new plant and a chance to try out some simple macrame! Free, max 20 people.
11:30a: Patches, Patches, Patches w/ Plains Art Museum in Workshop Room #1 (kids 8+)
Kids ages 8 and up will join the Plains Art Museum to use fabric glue and stitching and design a patch! This can be attached to jeans, backpacks, or wherever you'd like! Free, max 20 people. Sponsored by the Plains Art Museum!
12p: Paint & Plants w/ Audrey (kids 5+) in Workshop Room #2
Kids ages 5 and up will join horticulturist and Master Gardener Audrey to make a mess in more ways than one! Whether they're a first time planter or a masterpiece painter. Drop your child off to be educated and entertained. They'll leave with a one of a kind pot and spider plant to watch grow this spring. (Please wear/bring paint clothes!). Free, max 20 people.
1p: Book Page Wreath w/ Crooked Lane Farm (adult & teens 12+) Workshop Room #1
Ready to give old books a new life? Here’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to change their pages into attractive wreaths. This low budget craft is a perfect DIY for decorating and welcoming spring. Once you learn the basics, the ideas for embellishments are endless. This project is easy to complete and a great way to recycle. Free, max 20 people. Sponsored by Crooked Lane Farm!
1p-2p: Drop-in DIY: Screen Printing w/ A Meandering Maker (all ages) in the Atmosphere of Abstract Gallery near Claire‘s
Come have some inky fun and learn a little about screen printing with Billie from A Meandering Maker in the Atmosphere of Abstract gallery across from Claire's. All ages welcome! Print yourself a super rad screen printed pennant to take home to remember the amazing time you had at the 2023 Unglued Craft Fest. (while supplies last for pennants, and then paper will be available to print, free!).
1:30p: Spring Watercolor w/ My Actual Brand (adult/older teens) in Workshop Room #2
Learn how to paint loose and lovely florals in this spring themed watercolor class with Ashley from My Actual Brand. You’ll explore color mixing, brush strokes, and get tons of watercolor tips and tricks as you work on a stunning composition of botanical beauties. Free, max 20 people.
2:30p: Triangle Wreath w/ Crooked Lane Farm (adult & teens 12+) in Workshop Room #1
It’s time to bust out of the round wreath rule.A triangle wreath is a unique twist on the traditional wreath. These simple wreaths are a minimal, modern way to celebrate anything and everything. Come learn the steps to making this attractive decoration using wood, twine, floral supplies, and glue. This is a perfect project for creating a welcoming decoration for your home. Free, max 20 people. Sponsored by Crooked Lane Farm!
3p: Fabric Stamping w/ My Actual Brand (kids - ages 5 & under will need an adult to assist) in Workshop Room #2
Turn simple supplies into fabulous fabric stamps in this fun kids class with Ashley from My Actual Brand. You’ll dream up and design your very own fabric stamps that you’ll use to customize your very own tote bag. Ages 5+ (scissor skills are needed for this project so adult supervision will be needed for younger ones). Free, max 20 people.
4p: Lego Printing w/ Plains Art Museum (kids 6+) in Workshop Room #1
Lego printing! Kids ages 6+ are going to be creating their own unique lego designs and then printing them with water-soluble ink onto greeting cards. Each student will have the chance to make two designs. Free, max 20 people. Sponsored by the Plains Art Museum!
4:30p: Stab Bookbinding w/ Plains Art Museum (adult & teens) in Workshop Room #2
Learn about the age-old art of Japanese stab bookbinding. Participants in the class will learn basic structures and variations of the Japanese stab bind and will create a one-of-a-kind notebook, sketchbook or journal. Free, max 20 people. Sponsored by the Plains Art Museum!
2023 Fest Vendors
Local Libations Lounge
The Local Libations Lounge will be open during both Fri & Sat of the Fest in Buffalo Court!
Young Makers Market
The Young Makers Market will be open Saturday of the Fest 10am-6pm with 8 makers!
Maria & Soren Designs
See Little Design
Silas and Helen Lund
Sunny River Craft Co.
APT Studio Artists
Stop by Aptitude Studios in the Mall down near Best Buy for all their in-studio artists & makers who will be open during the Fest!