A Maker’s Guide to the Holiday Season

Handmade gifts can be the best gifts. But if you’re anything like us, sometimes the stress of the holidays can be magnified by scrambling to finish handmade gifts at the last minute.

That’s why we’ve created this guide with tried-and-true tips and tricks to not only getting through this holiday season, but taking your making game to the next level.

1. Get Started Now

Sometimes makers can be procrastinators, too. (Who, us?) Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, unless it means more stress than there needs to be and the risk of running out of time. By planning out your gifts now, even if you don’t start working on them right away, you’ll have an idea of what you’ll need in order to get the job done. This includes purchasing or ordering materials, knowing what tools you’ll be using, brushing up on any necessary skills, and making initial preparations.

2. Sign Up for Any Check-Out Classes You May Need

As the holidays get closer, space in check-out classes can fill quickly. If there’s a check out class you’ll need to take in order to complete your project, take a look at the calendar and go ahead and sign up now.

3. Enroll in a Make-N-Take Class

Okay, this is one of the most straightforward and easiest ways to make an awesome gift. There’s a ton of positives to signing up for a Make-N-Take class and coming away from it with a gift. For one, there’s no guesswork. You’ll know exactly what you’ll be walking away from the class with. And secondly, you’ll have the support of the instructor and fellow classmates to guide you through every step of the process.

Here are some suggestions:

Birdhouses | November 19 | 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Forged Bracelets (Family) | November 26 | 11am – 1pm

Holiday Stockings (Family) | December 1 | 4pm – 5:30pm or 7pm – 8:30pm

Holiday Ornament (Drop-In) | December 3, 10, and 17 | Between 11am – 3pm

Forged Bracelets (Family) | December 10 | 11am – 1pm

Metal Tree (Family) | December 17 | 11am – 11:30am

Holiday Stockings (Family) | December 17 | 12pm – 1:30pm

Forged Bracelets (Family) | December 24 | 11am – 1pm

Click here to find out more and sign up for a Make-N-Take class.

4. Reserve Tool Time

If there are times you know you’ll be in the shop, why not go ahead and reserve your tool time now? Some tools will be in very high demand come December, so it’s a good idea to start thinking about when you’ll be working in the shop and when you’ll be needing which tools.

5. If You Hit a Rut, Consult with an Expert

We all experience unexpected challenges when working on projects. What’s important is to not let these challenges keep you from making the gift of your (or someone else’s) dreams. Sometimes even just half an hour of talking with an expert can give you just the boost you need to get through the challenge and make your project a reality. Plus, talking with someone who has just about seen or done it all can save you loads of time, which is perhaps the most valuable resource of all during the holiday season.

Maker Works staff members each have unique areas of expertise that they can offer consulting in. If you’d like to find out more about how you could connect with an expert and use consulting for your project, stop by the front desk, email us, or give us a call at (734) 222-4911. We’ll get an understanding of your needs and then connect you with the right person.

6. Celebrate with us at our Holiday Party

At the end of the day, the holiday season is all about friends and family. That’s why we want Maker Works members and their families to join us at our third-annual Nightmare Before Christmas Costume Potluck Extravaganza! Don your favorite costume and bring a dish to pass. We’ll be giving out prizes for best costume and best dish!

Saturday, December 10 | 6-11pm (Kids welcome until 9pm)