Handcraft holiday gifts can be extra special when the creative process is half the fun! We’ve rounded up several local spots where you or your kids can mess up someone else’s space, let their imaginations run wild, and craft some serious masterpieces this holiday season.
Holiday Printmaking: Cards and Gift Wrap
Date: Tuesday, December 7, from 6-9 p.m.
Location: Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421.
How to Sign Up: Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation by Dec. 5th.
Details: Explore printmaking processes using objects found in nature to decorate cards and upcycle gift wrap. This program is for ages 8+ and children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult
Green Kids Crafts knows how much kids love making gifts for their loved ones, especially during the holidays, so they made it easy for us. This box will supply a child with SIX great creative activities they can make and give as keepsake gifts to their favorite people. Includes the following projects: Framed Ornament, Mosaic Coaster, Tie Dye Bag, Artist Canvas, and Homemade Wrapping Paper. With this box, your child can unlock their creative potential and create one-of-a-kind gifts. For ages 3+. Purchase the Gifts Made by Me Box for $34.95.
Twin Cities Studios to Handcraft Holiday Gifts
Articulture | Minneapolis
2613 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Offers: Articulture is a collection of visual artists and art-lovers that provide classes for people ages 1-100+.
- Saturday, Dec 11, 2021, 2pm-5pm: Holiday Gifts Class for kids in grades 3 – 6. $29.00.
ARTrageous Adventures | Minneapolis
2121 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Offers: Every Saturday from 10 am-2 pm, drop in for Open Studio Hours. $25/Hour
Banfill-Locke House @ Manomin Park, 6666 E River RdFridley, MN 55432
Offers: The studio is in the process of moving and still limiting in-person events, but pick up a Family Art Kit to make some gifts at home. New offerings monthly.
2168 3rd Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Offers: “We provide all the materials and and instruction. Choose from over 100 wood signs and tons of other projects. During your class you will get to sand, stain, assemble and paint your project to create a piece that is uniquely your own!” Open Hours are Thursdays and Fridays.
Heartfelt | Minneapolis
4306 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55410
Offers: Monthly preschool festivals, drop-in crafts and a comfortable, child-friendly environment to spend some time. Browse their Holiday Gift Digest, filled with dozens of holiday projects from tabletop reindeer to wood-burned picture frames, that can be given as handmade gifts.
Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | Maplewood and St. Louis Park
5699 W 16th St, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Offers: These events are still on hold at this time. However, Lakeshore has PDF instructions you can print and follow at home. Follow the link above to find instructions.
Landmark Center | Santa’s Workshop
Musser Cortile Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Offers: Come for a free photo with Santa. Stay for games and be an elf for a day while you make a gift for a loved one | December 12, 2021; 1-3pm, FREE
Leonardo’s Basement | Minneapolis
150 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Offers: Saturday Build-What-You-Want Workshops for kids ages 6-17. Use the studio’s tools and materials. $20/workshop. Register Here.
- Saturday October 30, 10:30-noon
- Saturday November 27, 10:30-noon
- Saturday December 18, 10:30-noon
Michaels | Twin Cities locations
Northern Clay | Minneapolis
2424 Franklin Avenue East Minneapolis, MN 55406
Offers: Classes and Studio times for kids and adults to work with clay and create ceramic arts.
- Sunday, Nov 14, 2021, 12pm-4pm: Holiday Open House. Create a candy or hors d’oeuvres dish. FREE.
- Saturday, Dec 4, 2021, 2pm-4pm: Decorative Clay Spoons. FREE.
Simply Jane | Minneapolis
Offers: On Hiatus, but looking for a new space and hopes to re-open soon. In the meantime, families can order kits to create handmade gifts at home.
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