For some people, the approach of the Christmas holiday brings out the urge to create beautiful things, like table and mantle decorations, greeting cards, ornaments and gifts. Plenty of DIY classes and workshops are springing up all over New England, where skilled instructors can help you scratch that itch. Register soon! These classes fill up earlier than you might think. See the list below and watch for fresh postings at our Events pages under the heading DIY Gifts and Crafts.
Ornament-Making Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield MA on November 16. Workshop participants learn to make three festive woven ornaments: a large eight-point snowflake, a puffy heart, and a reindeer, woven in thin maple strips and dyed reed. For ages 14 and older; beginners are welcome. Pre-registration is required 413-443-0188.
Needle-Felted Christmas Trees at Artistree in South Pomfret VT on December 11. Create tabletop trees using special hand tools and colorful wool roving. This class will cover the basics of “felting” wool without sewing and is for anyone with or without experience in this medium. This is a four-hour workshop. 802-457-3500.
Handmade Soaps Workshop at Artistree in South Pomfret VT on December 10. Using a goat’s milk soap base and essential oils, honey, and other natural ingredients, you will learn to create batches of decorative soap. We will pour our soaps into fancy molds and make charming wrappers and labels. This is a two-hour workshop.
Creative Holiday Cards Workshop at Artistree in South Pomfret VT on December 8. Come learn card folding techniques, ink distressing, stamping, and embossing. This is a half-hour workshop. For age 16 and older. 802-457-3500
Make a Holiday Evergreen Wreath with Mass Audubon in Princeton MA on November 17. Make a sweet-smelling wreath using greens, winterberry, seed pods, and ribbon. For adults and families with children ages 3 and up. Registration is required at 978-464-2712.
Paint and Be Merry Night at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton MA on November 20. For guests age 21 and older, Paint, Drink and Be Merry Night includes a cash bar plus all supplies to paint a holiday/winter sign. Food and drink available for purchase.
Christmas DIY Dinners and Craft Workshops at Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA on November 24 through December 17. This evening happens at the Inn’s dining room and begins with a festive fall dinner. Then, craft making time begins. Bring wire cutters, craft scissors and garden pruners. All floral supplies will be provided. 508-867-2345.
Make Your Own Wreath on November 24
Decorate a Wreath on December 3, 4, and 10
Make Your Own Door Swag on December 11
Christmas Centerpiece with Candles on December 17
Make Your Own Christmas Wreath at Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick ME on November 30. Enjoy Christmas music and snacks as experts guide you in making a unique Christmas wreath. Advance registration is required by November 25.
Make Your Own Evergreen Wreath at Casey Farm in Saunderstown RI on December 1. Make an evergreen wreath from scratch with guidance from the master gardener at Casey Farm. Casey Farm will serve hot cider, Christmas treats, and all craft materials; you bring your holiday cheer. 401-295-1030
Holiday Craft Night at Eustis Estate in Milton MA on December 3. Students will create and decorate a Scandinavian nisse winter sprite figure, honoring the traditions of the Scandinavian servants of the former estate. Get a look at the decorated 1878 mansion and then enjoy wine and snacks in the kitchen. Registration is required. Suitable for children over ten years old accompanied by an adult. 617-994-6600
Christmas Centerpiece Workshop at Lyman Estates Greenhouses in Waltham MA on December 15. Create a fresh centerpiece for your holiday table, using greens, berries, and flowers. Your finished centerpiece will look and smells glorious. 617-994-5913