Starting an adult crafts club requires extensive planning to operate with the least amount of frustration. As you indulge in chit-chat with close friends and family while creating original pieces of art, decor and other projects, you'll soon realize that the effort is worth it. However, there are numerous areas to consider before sending out that first invitation for your crafts club gathering.
Planning and Scheduling
It's best to start small when putting together an adult crafts club with around four to five members and expand as you become more comfortable with the planning. Prior to starting the club, you'll need to create a schedule. Talk to your closest friends and family members to see if they're interested in joining your club. If so, discuss the best times for everyone to meet. You should establish whether your group will host weekly, bi-weekly or monthly meetings. Upon deciding this, you'll need to figure out which days you'll be meeting, at what time and how long the meetings will last. Print out a schedule and place it inside the invitations you send to potential club members. Always consider holidays and vacations when creating your schedule.
Budgeting is very important when it comes to creating an adult crafts club. Not only will you need money for the craft supplies, but you'll also need to pay for refreshments and renting a venue, if necessary. Before sending out invitations for your first meeting, it's wise to decide how much each member will need to contribute for club dues. For example, you may decide that each member contributes $5 at each meeting. Alternatively, the expenses could be divided amongst the members. When creating invitations, it is crucial that you include this information to prevent any misunderstandings. You can also choose to take care of the expenses yourself, but no matter what you decide, keep track of all expenses relating to the craft club.
It's best to have at least five new project ideas for your craft group at each meeting. You can choose many of the craft projects yourself, but you should also allow club members to contribute their ideas. Prior to each meeting, ask that each guest bring their craft ideas along with an example or photograph, if possible. The club members can discuss the projects and vote on which ones the club is most interested in doing. Write down the projects and all of the materials needed. Incorporate the projects with the most votes into future schedules. A basic list of craft ideas includes knitting, crocheting, bead work, pottery, candle-making, soap-making, homemade cosmetics, crafts for infants, clothing crafts, mosaics and home decor.
It's perfectly acceptable to host your craft club's events in your home, although some prefer to have it elsewhere to avoid messes or interruptions. Whether or not you host the craft club at your home, it's essential that the area is set up for crafting. Instead of having all crafts in one confined space, consider setting up stations for different crafts such as beading, knitting or candle-making. Have comfortable seating available and sturdy surfaces for projects such as scrap-booking.
Food and Refreshments
It's unwise to bring a group of people to a craft meeting without anything to sip or munch on. Because hands will be busy with crafts, it's best to prepare food that may be eaten without utensils. Ciabatta bread slices with fresh herbs and salsa would work well, as would soup in tea cups, small finger sandwiches, cupcakes or gourmet crackers and cheese. Because it's an adult craft club, wine and champagne can be served. Try your hand at creating Sangria drinks or martinis. If you'd rather stick to non-alcoholic beverages, make regular drinks such as soda or water more appealing by adorning them with lemon wedges or miniature paper umbrellas.