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

two girls making crafts at Heartfelt in Minneapolis Minnesota

Handcraft holiday gifts can be extra special when the creative process is half the fun!

We’ve rounded up several local businesses where you or your kids can mess up someone else’s space. Let their imaginations run wild. Craft some serious masterpieces this holiday season for unique gifts that don’t come from the mall. Homemade gifts are perfect gifts

Updated 11/3/2022.

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Handcrafting Events

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Twin Cities Studios to Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Handcraft Holiday Gifts


Articulture | Minneapolis

2613 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Offers: Articulture is a collection of local artists and art-lovers that provide classes for people ages 1-100+.


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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

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

 110  77th Way NE, Fridley, MN 55432
Offers:  November 19 Winter 3-D Paper and Clay Family Workshop| 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, $10/person | For ages 5+ | Also, pick up a Family Art Kit to make some gifts at home and check out the Holiday Giftmart.

Color Me Mine | Eagan, Maple Grove & Woodbury

3324 Promenade Ave, Eagan MN 55121
12155 Elm Creek Boulevard North, Maple Grove MN 55369
9140 Hudson Rd., E511, Woodbury, MN 55125
Offers: Purchase a ceramics Kit to Go or go into the studio for an event.

Create Space | To Go Kits Available

Studios are permanently closed.  Order DIY Kits to be shipped to your home.  
Offers: Shop for stencils only or complete DIY packs with everything you need to make custom signs and gifts for those you love.

Eastman Nature Center | Maple Grove

13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN 55369
Offers: Learn to make candles at one of three candle-making workshops. A great gift to add to anyone’s decor.

Gale Woods Farm | Minnetrista

7210 County Road 110 West, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Offers: Learn felting and create Fiber Gifts from sheep’s wool. These activities require pre-registration.

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.

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

Home Depot Kids Workshops

  • Nov. 26, 2022: Train Ornament
  • Dec 3, 2022: Santa Letters Mailbox (Gift Idea: With different paint this could hold jewelry, glasses or remote controls).

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

1721 Beam Ave., Suite A, Maplewood, MN 55109
5699 W 16th St, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Offers: These events are still on hold at this time, but you can check out their online craft ideas and stop by the store to buy the things you need to DIY.

Landmark Center | Santa’s Workshop

Musser Cortile Landmark Center75 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 11, 2022; 1-3pm, FREE

Leonardo’s Basement | Minneapolis

150 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419
: Two different adult gift-making workshops. December 10, 2022 | 6-8 pm, $50/person or 8-10 pm, $25/person

Lowe’s Kids Workshops

  • Nov. 19, 2022: Dancing Turkey Toy (Sibling gift?)
  • Dec 17, 2022: Wooden ornament.

Michaels | Twin Cities locations

Offers: Sundays are MakeBreak Classes where you come home with a free gift you make yourself

  • Nov 6: Paint ornaments
  • Nov 13: Make cards with pop-up Christmas Trees
  • Nov 19: Learn to make peppermint candy melts
  • Nov 20: Pinecone Christmas Trees
  • Dec 4: Mini Canvas Gift Tags
  • Dec 11: Painted Rocks
  • Dec 18: Yarn-wrapping gifts

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 and pottery.

  • Sunday, Nov 13, 2022, 12pm-4pm: Art@HAND Winter Workshop. Create decorative claycreatures  FREE.

Northrup King Building | Minneapolis

1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Offers: A building full of art studios, shop Minnesota artists on Saturdays in December.

    • Friday-Sunday, Nov 4-6, 2022: Art Attack will have interactive art activities that may just make great gifts.

Simply Jane | Minneapolis

Offers: Still on hiatus, but offering an artist to come to you. The studio is still 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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**Family Fun Twin Cities has an affiliate sales relationship with Green Kids Crafts. We receive a small commission for sales through our site.

2 thoughts on “From the Heart: Where to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities”

  1. 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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