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

two girls making crafts

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.

Updated 9/23/2021.

Handcraft Holiday GiftsTwin Cities Studios to 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.  $25/Hour

North Suburban Center for the Arts at the Banfill-Locke  | Fridley

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.

Color Me Mine | Eagan, Maple Grove & Woodbury

Offers: Purchase an 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.

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.

 Winter Village House craft fromHeartfelt Crafts in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Make one-of-a-kind gifts with Heartfelt

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | Maplewood and St. Louis Park

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 | 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 | Usually mid-December, 2021 TBA, FREE

Leonardo’s Basement | Minneapolis

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

Offers: Online Maker Academy Classes. $15/each. Also FREE how to videos, activities and resources on the Boredum Busters page.

Northern Clay | Minneapolis

Offers: Classes and Studio times for kids and adults to work with clay and create ceramic arts.

Simply Jane | Minneapolis

Offers: On Hiatus, but in a new space and re-opening soon!.

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  4. Jayaraj Chanku

    Hi Ann,
    Awesome hand crafts, I really enjoyed making this and gifted to my princess, my daughter. Thanks for making a smile on her face once more.

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