From the Heart: Where to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities


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:
Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Articulture | Minneapolis
Offers: Articulture is a collection of visual artists and art-lovers that provide classes for people ages 1-100+.

ARTrageous Adventures | Minneapolis
Offers: Every Saturday from 10 am-2 pm, drop in for Open Studio Hours.  $10-$15/Hour

Banfill Locke Center for the Arts | Fridley
Offers: Open Studio hours throughout the  month.  Click or call (763) 574-1850 for more information.

Color Me Mine | Eagan & Maple Grove
Offers: Purchase an Ornament Kit to Go or go into the studio for an event.

Create Space | White Bear Lake
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.

HeartfeltHandcraft Holiday Gifts | Minneapolis
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
Offers: Thumbprint Keepsake Holiday Ornament | Saturday, December 2111:00am – 3:00pm | also Weekly on Saturday |  No Reservations Necessary. Ages 3 and up. FREE
Did you know that if you can’t make it to the event, Lakeshore has PDF instructions? Follow the link above to find instructions.

Landmark Center | Santa’s Workshop | St. Paul
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 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, FREE

Leonardo’s Basement | Elf Apprentice Program | Minneapolis
Offers: Choose from various crafts like making mittens or blocks or create your own gifts. Ages 5+. December 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, $25/pp.

Maplewood Mall: Santa’s Woodshop | Maplewood
Offers: Weekly on Saturdays beginning December 7, 10:00 am-7:30 pm. Projects range in price from $12-$20 and include gifts like paint-your-own-puzzles and build-you-own bookends.  The woodshop is located inside the main mall entrance across from Barnes and Noble on the 2nd floor.  Plan for an hour to complete your project.

Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Michaels | Twin Cities locations
Offers: Kids Club crafts are simple and inexpensive yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Drop in Saturdays 10am-noon during Nov and Dec to make felt ornaments, clay pot elves and other holiday themed items.
Cost: $2 per project, supplies included

Simply Jane | Minneapolis
Offers: Toddler Time Thursdays from 10am-noon are suitable for your littles to create a homemade holiday gift. Experiment with paint, play with toys, books, dress-up and more. The studio also offers drop-in painting for all ages; hours can be found here.
Cost: Toddler Time is $10 per child.



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