Only 97 days left to finish holiday crafts

Holiday decorations have been filling the aisles of local stores as crafters begin preparing for season.

There are only 97 days left until Christmas.

The holiday comes earliest for area crafters who are already clearing portions of the shelves at local craft stores as they begin their gift projects.

“The hardcore crafters started last month,” said Sarah Rowe, co-manager at Hobby Lobby, 1450 Independent Ave.

Hobby Lobby begins filling shelves with holiday merchandise as early as mid-June. As soon as the ornaments, stockings and wreaths arrive, people start buying, Rowe said.

“I was gone for a week, and there were empty holes in our Christmas aisles,” she said.

Wanda Kerby and Linda Sorensen drove to Grand Junction from Moab to get a start on their holiday crafting. They were shopping for glass vases, ornamental balls, and silk flowers for a centerpiece gift.

“We put lights in the bottom and turns out really cute,” Sorensen said.

Blank ornaments and wreaths are one of the first things to sell, Rowe said.

Crafters begin early because some projects are more time-consuming than others. Gifts such as soap may need time to cure, and others, such as quilting, require a tedious process, Rowe said.

Crafters have a lot to consider when preparing for the holidays, said Sherida Warner, author of the Art of Quilting column for The Daily Sentinel.

Warner typically begins her holiday projects in August. “It’s because I do a lot for a lot of people,” she explained. Last year, she created her own handmade Christmas cards.

Shipping is another consideration, Warner said. Many gifts must be sent long before the Dec. 25 deadline in order to reach their destination on time.

The hardest part of holiday crafting is often deciding what to create. Rowe said Hobby Lobby’s Christmas crafting kits, available now, are a good place to start.


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