Preparing For Your Christmas Crafts

by Melinda

Whether an experienced craftsperson, a rookie, or someone who only touts their talents at Christmas time … it’s not too early to get prepared and organized.

In fact, you may have been making Christmas crafts and gifts all year long.

Or maybe you’ll gear up in the first part of November. You choose something to make. Then you painstakingly make one for each of the special friends and appropriate family members on your list.

As you prepare, first ask yourself,How much time do I want to devote to holiday crafts?”

One evening? A few nights a week for 2 – 4 weeks? A couple weekends? How much time do you want to spend on your project?

Next, take inventory.

– Scraps of cloth, yarn, felt, ribbon, buttons, and other fabric.

– What’s in your yard or possibly your neighbor’s yard that they’re willing to let you have? Pine cones, honeysuckle (sachets), flowers to dry, etc.

– Scraps of wallpaper, paint, etc.

– Cotton balls, colored string, colored paper, and more.

Gather everything up in a box. Maybe even get a plastic container subdivided into sections to help organize your odds-and-ends.

Finally, once you decide what you’re going to make, you’ll likely find you already have much of what you need before going to the store for supplies.

Long-range planning

I’ve spoken with ladies who are dedicated crafters. They decide now (September or October), what they’ll make for next year. That way they can buy the Christmas craft supplies while they’re in season – or wait for the sales – and make their gifts during the off season.

This allows them to enjoy the many other events of the Christmas season without rushing their craft work. And who want to rush a hobby they enjoy?

That way our long-range planners can be collecting other odds and ends throughout the year too.

Planning this far in advance for Christmas is almost required if you’re going to make several of the same item. For example: A dozen or so handmade tree ornaments. A unique Santa Claus for each of your grandchildren. Or whatever.

And speaking of making multiples of a single item … Many of you make crafts ahead of time – and in quantity – so you can sell them at church bazaars and other fairs. They can also be the prize for a school fundraiser or something similar.

Don’t assume you can go down to the craft store at the last minute and find enough of what you need. Plan ahead. Get organized.

Handmade crafts are an important part of an old-fashioned Christmas. They bring a unique charm and warmth to this marvelous time of year. And taking time to get organized far in advance helps ensure you’ll have fun making your crafts and gifts.

You’ll find nearly two dozen other old-fashioned crafts and instructions in “Olde-Time Christmas Crafts, Games & Recipes.  If you don’t wait until the last minute, you can save 25%. Plus you’ll get 15 classic Christmas stories with illustrations form the 19th and early 20th centuries. All this for about what lunch for two at a fast food restaurant would be.

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