Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018 article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: are Home Decor (Wabi – Sabi), Jewelry (Choker Revamp, Mix-And-Match Earrings), Weddings (Jumpsuits) and Hot Hue (Ultra Violet). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.


Mix-And-Match Earrings

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

Monochrome + mother of pearl + brass wire-wrap = a pair of fashion forward and special handmade earrings.

I enjoy making wire wrapped earrings, and have been experimenting using this particular herring bone wrap with non-round beads. I chose these teardrop mother of pearl beads for their luster and decided it would be interesting and very modern to have one side white and the other black. Wire wrap can be associated with fanciful and heady designs but I find these wonderfully simple and yet bold.


YOKO from yokojewelry says:

I’ve been thought earrings should be exact same pair. But not anymore! I love to design asymmetrical jewelry. It gives you sassy look!



Hot Hue

Ultra Violet

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

This Amethyst is a beautiful deep violet shade. This would make a lovely gift for some one special.

I set this natural Amethyst 8 x 6 mm oval gem, into a back set pendant setting, I choose to hang it on a diamond curb chain to complement the shape of the oval Amethyst. I have threaded the chain through the pendant setting so it hangs and slides along the chain.


Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

I love creating home and garden decor items with colorful beads. This hanging pendant features bright shades of blue and purple and a fun moon and stars theme in ultra violet!


Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

Hot Hues…Ultra Violet…Yes! I have the perfect hand-painted serving plate for this…It seemed to be the perfect plate for painting using one of my favorite colors. Ultra violet and yellow are such ‘happy’ colors, so I now have a ‘happy’ plate!


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Let Wedding Season Begin

Contributor post by Nancy from JaysBoutiqueCrochet

Wedding season is just around the corner! Whether it is your big day or you are helping a friend or family member plan their wedding, we know how overwhelming the details can be. Luckily, your Christmas in July team is here to help, with this compilation of beautiful and unique products that can be the perfect finishing touch for that memorable day.

We would love to hear what Etsy items you have used in the past for weddings, or what wedding-geared items you have in your shop! But in the meantime, here are some products from our team members that will make your wedding that much more beautiful and meaningful!

It all starts long before the actual wedding day, of course, and StockLaneStudio has you covered. What better way to ask your bridal party to be a part of your special day than with these fun invitations? The owner says:

“I absolutely love weddings – just a wonderful feeling of hope and happiness and giddy blissful love. I really enjoyed designing SLS’s pink bubbly wedding party cards. I think they present a fun way to ask loved ones to be party of the wedding party. And apparently I’m not the only one. Here’s a nice comment from one happy bride:

“Loved this! Such a cute, different way to ask my best friend to play an important role in my wedding. Thank you!!!”‘


Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam offers us the perfect petticoat – an old-fashioned yet undeniably fun touch! This particular petticoat is made for a slim bride but seems to be adjustable and flexible regarding the amount of flare! She says:

“This is a great Slip/Petticoat Undergarment for the Bride. It Flares as much or little as need be. It has never been worn!”



Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies suggested her flower acrylic beads as the perfect supply to have on hand during wedding season, and how right is she! These beads are not only inexpensive, but they are versatile and match just about everything! She says:

“These clear flower beads are perfect to embellish wedding or bridesmaids dresses, table decor, wedding bunting, bouquets and jewelry….”

Clear acrylic flower beads















WillowValleyVintage offers many beautiful decorations for your wedding day, including figurines, tissue paper novelties, and more! I love that all of these items are not necessarily expected to be at a wedding (no one would notice if they were not there) but they are a surprising and lovely touch that show a particular attention to detail and a true desire to make this day perfect. The owner shared with us this lovely stereoview card:

“This is a stereoview card from the early 1900s. It has a 3D effect when used with a stereoscope–similar to View-Master toys of today. We love all the pretty details and guests waiting in the background of the scene!”


Antique wedding stereoview

No discussion of weddings would be complete without a mention of the wedding dress itself! Cynthia from StraylightVintage offers an absolutely stunning array of clothes, but obviously the shop section we are most interested in here is the Vintage Wedding Dress section! Cynthia shared this darling (and incredibly affordable!!) wedding dress with a personal story:

“Sweet wedding dress worn one time ….by my aunt in the early 1950’s.”


1950s wedding dress

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs thinks every bride should have a beautiful pair of Vintage Faux Pearl Clip Earrings, an ideal accessory for the retro Bride! These lovely earrings remind me of the ones worn by my Aunt on her wedding day back in 1962 – I was her Flower Girl!

Pair of vintage faux pearl earrings














Every bride and groom want something extra special to gift to their flower girl, bridesmaids and other special people and Richard and Tatiana of DesignstheLimit have four shop sections devoted to Weddings Year Round! Our Wedding Registry Gifts also make great Anniversary Gifts and we can include an established date or any other requests! We have one section for groomsman, one for bridesmaids, and a section devoted to toasting flute and ceremony sets. We specialize in graphic design to gift wrap comprehensive wedding gift services and gifts for every gift giving opportunity! Get social @DesignstheLimit & Keep us in mind for all of your gift giving occasions! At Design’s the Limit, we find our niche and scratch it! We wanted to offer a gift option for junior bridesmaids and flower girls and have created our Personalized Juice Glass listing so that everyone can be included! These seven ounce juice glasses also make the best first glass for children and can be engraved with any name, monogram, or other request @DesignstheLimit.

Flower girl personalized juice glasses

















Love birds are often given to brides and grooms as a symbol of true love. Dorota from YOrnaments explains how

Love Birds marry for life – that is why they are a perfect symbol of harmonious marriage.

I love watching the birds nesting in my garden. They inspire me to create my Love Birds Ornaments. I am hoping that a pair of my birds will fly to decorate some rustic wedding table … and maybe later become a little ornamental keepsake for Bride and Groom.

I use beautiful textiles to inject patterns and colors into my felt creations. The photos were taken in my garden. Happy Nesting!

Couples gift love birds














Some couples who are religious in nature might think about giving their special people these Love Scripture Cards made by Sarah from BellaBoutique23. They have been used by several brides that have given them to guests for their wedding favors. They include scriptures about love and on the back they have a special prayer that goes with the scripture. They also make a nice gift for the Bride and Groom. I have Faith, Hope, and Love themed scripture cards and put together they would make a lovely unique gift. “And Now Abideth Faith, Hope, and Love, these three, but the Greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Scripture cards











There is always a need for  ceramic square white dishes made by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns. These are ideal for weddings in many ways…. they can be used as candle holders on tables, bridesmaids gifts, parents of the bride & groom gifts, guest gifts and even name holders.

As gifts they will be a lasting reminder to the recipient and can be personalized if desired.

Ceramic condiment dishes













We must not forget our destination wedding loving couples! Connie from Bungalow42 says Beach wedding perfect!

It is said that the color coral gives a sense of calm and warmth. Two things I would definitely recommend for all brides!

These lightweight pearl earrings are so light and airy that they appear be floating. The luminous light coral freshwater nugget pearls will make any bride glow with happiness on her special day.


Hand knotted freshwater pearl earrings

And finally, one of the items in my own shop, JaysBoutiqueCrochet, that I can’t resist sharing because of its sweet story! A few years ago a soon-to-be bride approached me asking if I would make her some ivory slippers to wear in her wedding! I was absolutely honored to have my creations featured on her special day – but it got even better! She loved the slippers I sent her, and messaged me again asking if I would make slippers for each of her bridesmaids, with buttons to match their bridesmaid dresses. Of course, I was thrilled and sent off eight more pairs of ivory slippers! Here are some of them (can you pick out the ones meant for the bride?)

We dearly love seeing your wedding-themed products, and especially hearing your personal stories! Thank you to all who contributed, and please feel free to comment with wedding products in your store or stories of how Etsy products were featured in weddings that you have been part of!


Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Here are some beautiful Wedding Items from the Christmas In July team.

Elizabeth Wellburn from ElizabethLovesGlass says

This purse was given to my mother in the 1960s as an evening bag and she hardly used it. It was a gift from her brother who had visited Japan. I remember being a child in awe of it’s exotic beauty. With it’s delicate pearl-like beads it is a perfect wedding accessory. I have looked after it for many years, but it’s time for it to find a new home.


Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says

I started making wedding guest books for friends, matching the covers to the wedding colours. After a while of doing this, I asked myself ‘why not make these available on Etsy?’ I decided to list neutral and popular colours of journals on Etsy, with the option to request a custom book to match specific wedding colours. This way, memories of the special day which can be cherished for years to come!

An interesting fact about the florentine book, which I should probably mention, is that it was featured (as was I) in a recently published book, “The Little Book of Book Making” by Charlotte Rivers.


Susan from SSFDesigns says

Pure and simple! I love vintage so I designed this 1920’s wedding dress . I can see it being worn in a vintage mansion, a garden wedding or even a beach wedding . The hat was made from a vintage straw hat , I used the cap for the base of the hat then added some ribbon and beads . It was a lot of fun to make.

1920s Flapper style old Hollywood look tunic dress , for wedding or party sheer white fabric in different textures

Barbara from SALENTOFELTSHOP says

A special original and nice wedding favor! Bride and groom bear finger puppets! I love them, I made it for the wedding of a friend of mine and they were very lovely! They are very original and every detail is hand cut and stitched with passion and care!

Finger puppets wedding felt favor

Weddings – All Things

Weddings. Just say the word and all things wedding come to mind. Inspiring wedding items from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

SticksNStonesGifts says that her hand knit pouches make a cute goodie bag for a wedding. They are fun, colorful and a unique way for adding a little extra surprise for guests to take home.

Gift Bag From SticksNStonesGifts

Gift Bag From SticksNStonesGifts

Kelly and Adam from ColourscapeStudios share that this print has been ordered as a custom large size several times over now to be used as an alternative to the traditional wedding book. They do it on poster size paper, guests sign it, then the newlyweds frame it and hang it on their wall a very unique wedding gift to themselves. Kelly and Adam can also add the date and other details because it is all hand drawn.

Personalised Couples Hand Drawn Typography Print From ColourscapeStudios

Personalised Couples Hand Drawn Typography Print From ColourscapeStudios

Mindy Hogue from TheVineDesigns says that she started creating camo and deer antler chandeliers and centerpieces when camo weddings became popular. Her husband, dad and son are hunters so she counts on them to keep her supplied in antlers. Mindy plans on creating many kinds of outdoor rustic wedding chandeliers.

Wedding Chandelier Custom Made Rustic  From TheVineDesigns

Wedding Chandelier Custom Made Rustic From TheVineDesigns

Betty Travell from LadySnooks has created these barefoot sandals since beach weddings are so popular. She made these sandals with Keishi freshwater pearls and genuine garnets in-between and crystals. Weddings have become so colorful now so a splash of red is completely appropriate.

Genuine Garnet and Keishi Pearls Wedding Barefood Sandals From LadySnooks

Genuine Garnet And Keishi Pearls Wedding Barefood Sandals From LadySnooks

Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts starts out by saying ”Yay weddings”! That is how she got started in paper cutting. She dove right in and made her own wedding invitations 6 years ago. She couldn’t find invitations that expressed their uniqueness. Everything she saw was mass produced and boring. Jennifer is anything but boring. Wishing to save others from the mediocrity of the mass produced market she now offers original designs in her shop, some as DIY printables and some as finished products. All are customizable to your colors and wording taste and all are stunnning, if she does say so herself. Their most popular invitation suite is the pocketfold invitation and their most popular printable is the hydrangea suite.

Hydrangea Printable Wedding Invitation From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Hydrangea Printable Wedding Invitation From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Apryl Hostetler from MaddieBsCreations daughter was married in the summer of 2012. She wanted a peacock theme for the wedding and reception. Apryl created a ring pillow and garter similar to the one in her shop. She even made the flower girl a pair of peacock feather sandals. She also made a button & feather bouquet that she had seen on a website. They carried the theme through to the reception with peacock feather centerpieces. It all came together nicely and the rich colors looked great.

Ring Bearer Pillow From MaddieBsCreations

Ring Bearer Pillow From MaddieBsCreations

Kathy Dulje from GrammysGoodies sells vintage items. A customer wrote her last spring looking to use vintage melmac sets at her daughter’s wedding dinner. She actually was looking to purchase enough sets of vintage melmac to feed over 500 people. She ended up purchasing 2 sets from me which thrilled her. Vintage melmac can be used for much more than everyday dining! 

Vintage Melmac Dinnerware Set From GrammysGoodys

Vintage Melmac Dinnerware Set From GrammysGoodys

Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtsSupplies bought these for her sister’s wedding. She did a vintage rustic style wedding. In mason jars she put hot coco mix, glued old lace (bought at Goodwill) and then a button. She ended up using a ton of different buttons. They were all unique which was neat for the guests. They got something useful and it didn’t cost a fortune. Veronica also made the flower girl basket out of burlap using the heart buttons and letter beads to sew “To ( wrote “to” on the heart) Heather” “Love (heart) Krissy”. Her cousin loved it.

Heart buttons From AVAArtsSupplies

Heart Buttons From AVAArtsSupplies

Kate from GilbertandStone originally designed these hearts to be Christmas decorations, but looking at the white one it dawned on her that they would be perfect for weddings- added to a table centrepiece or swag, or used with flowers to decorate chair backs. Kate also is able to make them in a range of colours to tie in with the wedding scheme.

Ceramic Scroll Heart From GilbertandStone

Ceramic Scroll Heart From GilbertandStone

Ann from ShellCottageCard had ordered the hugs and kisses stamp a few months ago intending to make tags or something with it. Then a friend gave her the swirl stamp for Christmas. Recently she was cutting out hearts for Valentine’s Day and everything sort of came together. Ann likes to offer the same design several ways so that if someone likes a certain phrase but not necessarily on a pillow box, they have a choice.

Hugs And Kisses Heart Shaped Wedding Stickers From ShellCottageCard

Hugs And Kisses Heart Shaped Wedding Stickers From ShellCottageCard

When David and Patricia from dellcovespices got married, they wanted to pull in some family traditions into the dinner they hosted after. (It was a second wedding, so they wanted something more intimate with family than a big reception.) Anyhoo, one of Patricia’s favorites was when her great-grandmother would add a sugar cube into everyone’s champagne flutes before a toast. So they made small, heart-shaped sugar cubes – passed them around to friends and family before the toast, dropped them into the wine glasses and toasted life, love and adventure. The extras went into tea and coffee after the meal was over. They were such a hit, they started making them for friends and family – and then realized that everyone was telling us the same thing: You should sell these. So…they are! 

Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes From dellcovespices

Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes From dellcovespices

When Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy and her husband got married (almost 15 years ago-how time flies), the most important gifts they received were handmade by our friends and family. She still has the pillowcases her mother embroidered with their new family name. She love those and cherish them, especially since her mother has passed away. In honor of those embroidered pillowcases, Amy created her own Mr. and Mrs. Pillowcases for her shop. While these can be personalized any way a customer wishes, may they also serve as a DIY inspiration. Pillowcases can be embellished with fabric, ribbon, or lace (or hand embroidered) with simple stitches-either on a machine or by hand. Paired with a sheet set, they are sure to be a gift to remember.

Personalized Pillowcases Wedding Mr. and Mrs. From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Personalized Pillowcases Wedding Mr. and Mrs. From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Chari from CICinspireme has seen so many ‘My Greatest Blessings call me mom, gma’ etc. but what about each other? Isn’t that how we got our beautiful angels or will be blessed with them? A daily reminder on our key ring to smile and be grateful for our blessed spouses! Chari is grateful that God blessed her!

His and Hers My Greatest Blessing Hand stamped Keychain Set From CICinspireme

His And Hers My Greatest Blessing Hand stamped Keychain Set From CICinspireme

 Corkycrafts made this kissing ball for her best friends wedding that was held at a winery in Texas. Once she made it along with wreathes the requests started coming. The wreathes were made for the entrance with tuille and the bridesmaids carried the balls as their bouquets. Once people saw them they wanted one for their wine tastings, Valentine themed weddings and we’ve added them to local pickup and to the shop, the heart shaped wreathes continue to be a favorite for Valentines Day too.

Vineyard Wedding Wine Cork Kissing Ball From Corkycrafts

Vineyard Wedding Wine Cork Kissing Ball From Corkycrafts

Ceara from ElanPoise created this necklace that makes an excellent bridesmaid gift. It says “FAITH” on it which is meaningful in itself. The necklace has a small amethyst cross attached to it is well to give is a little extra sparkle and impact in meaning.

Faith Handstamped Silver Necklace From ElanPoise

Faith Handstamped Silver Necklace From ElanPoise

Brittany from BrittanysBest had numerous requests from brides-to-be for napkin rings in a solid color. Since her beaded napkin rings contain multiple colors, she is now making ribbon wrapped rings in solid colors. They are less expensive than the beaded rings as well. For smaller wedding budgets, napkin rings can be placed on just the wedding party table or sweetheart table instead of on each place setting. 

Copper Napkin Rings From BrittanysBest

Copper Napkin Rings From BrittanysBest

Carolyn Eady from SproutPressDesigns shares that as a bookbinder, she is always asked if she make guest books. It began when her friends started getting married, with custom orders to match bridesmaid dresses and centre pieces. Now, Carolyn make a few options to suit current trends in weddings; natural themes, woodland themes and of course always welcome custom orders. The books are also great for weddings because the binding allows the spine to be wider than the thickness of the pages. That means the last few pages (which are usually still blank by the end of the night) can be used to hold a handful of the most memorable moments of the night, or special notes and photos from guests. 

Linen & Abaca Hand Bound Book From SproutsPressDesigns

Linen & Abaca Hand Bound Book From SproutsPressDesigns

E. Lee from NotJustCraftSupplies has perfect accents for your wedding pearls and swans. The pearls are white 6mm and available by the yard. Perfect to adding in water vases, floral arrangements and favors.

Pearls By The Yard From NotJustCraftSupplies

Pearls By The Yard From NotJustCraftSupplies

Michelle Donoho from SouthernJamsandJelly is a true southern woman who takes delight in keeping traditions alive. She has had a love for cooking since the age of nine when she had my first dinner party (with grown up guests.)  Michelle remembers her mother canning in the hot summer days while they were growing up. With memories of such great food and recipes shared for generations she decided as a southern woman she should “can” something. Her first project was fresh strawberry jam with just picked berries from a local farmer. When her neighbor got married two years ago she asked her to make my Spiced Peach Butter for the family brunch following the wedding. Of course, she did and the rest is jam history! Some of her family still call her by my childhood name and since canning is a precious memory of my childhood, Miss Shelley’s Southern Jams & Jellies is a labor of love and she is honored to share such a small part on such a joyous occasion! 

Can I get an Amen…

With Love as Sweet as Tea,

Michelle ” Miss Shelley” Donoho

Peach Lavender Jam Wedding/Party Favors From SouthernJamsandJelly

Peach Lavender Jam Wedding/Party Favors From SouthernJamsandJelly

Cindyanne from MoreFriendsAndCo shares a great favor and/or thank you tag for bridal showers. They can be used as decorations and cut in any size and color combination.

Bridal Corset Tag  From MoreFriendsAndCo

Bridal Corset Tag From MoreFriendsAndCo

2012BellaVida made these glass pearl earrings for brides and bridesmaids. She wanted an elegant but affordable option for brides. The extra large circle hoop earwire gives it even more elegance. The wedding earrings can be ordered as one or multiples for the wedding or for gifts. While they have a copper wire for interest, they can be ordered in silver plated wire if desired.

Bridal Earrings  From 2012BellaVida

Bridal Earrings From 2012BellaVida

Tola Laseinde from AnkaraLampshades has African Print fabric lavender bags / pouches that are perfect as wedding favors. She always think of different ways she can introduce my African print / Ankara fabrics and. It’s a continuous learning process. They are colourful and unique with wonderful patterns. Tola is sure wedding guests will love seeing these on their reception tables and also take them home with them. She can easily tailor the fabrics she uses to go with the trheme / colours of a wedding. They are also kinda of an everlasting gift as they are open ended / refillable. You can easily add in drops of your favourite essential oil (and it doesn’t have to be lavender!)

Scented Lavender Sachet From AnkaraLampshades

Scented Lavender Sachet From AnkaraLampshades

Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams created this wedding decoration to make a couple happy on their special day. The decoration is unique and she made it with a touch of nature. Heike placed the little doves in it for happiness and since it is a special day she added the crystal beads for sparkle. White is the pure color and it fits to everything, have fun and enjoy. 

Wedding Decoration From KarlasWoodDreams

Wedding Decoration From KarlasWoodDreams

Eleni from LenasCakes celebrates the Pantone 2014 color of the year ‘Radiant Orchid’ with these edible flower favors for the brides-to-be. The fun part was that she started doing some pink and ivory roses for an order sh had. It was a quiet, a bit lazy Sunday morning. After playing a little bit with her colors – a creative mind can not rest, right?- she ended up not only with these but with another 11 (wow)  other color combos. Her work space looked like a rainbow!

Radiant Orchid Edible Sugar Fondant Flower Roses From LenasCakes

Radiant Orchid Edible Sugar Fondant Flower Roses From LenasCakes