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:
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.
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.
Heartfelt | 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.
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
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.
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.