Made with love: art and craft workshops for DIY Christmas gifts | The A List
Christmas is just around the corner, and we hear you: shopping for gifts can be a stressful affair. But it doesn’t have to be. To make it an extra special and fun experience for you and your loved ones, skip buying gifts and make them yourself instead.
Here is our pick of art and craft workshops that will let you create cherished memories and one-of-a-kind gifts for those who are near and dear this Christmas.
Pen your Christmas cards with a flourish
Penmanship is fast becoming a lost art in this digital age. No wonder then that hand-written Christmas cards are more precious these days. To personalise store-bought greeting cards with your style of brush calligraphy, check out the calligraphy workshop at Jadore Studio. The public workshop will teach participants fundamental calligraphy techniques and provide a starter kit for practice. You can also turn the workshop into a cosy, year-end bonding session with friends by opting for a private, small group class.
Surprise loved ones with acrylic masterpieces
Let your creative juices flow at this workshop by The Bare Collective where you will learn to make abstract paintings by pouring acrylic paint over canvas. After the 3-hour workshop, you would have made a canvas painting and two coasters, as well as picked up the required techniques to recreate the magic at home.
Let loved ones carry your affection around
For that loved one in your life who can never have too many bags, make one from scratch for them at this workshop by Applelulu. Choose from a wide variety of Japanese fabrics for the bag, including cloth printed with well-loved cartoon characters such as Hello Kitty.
Create tapestries of love
Not confident about pulling off a hand-made gift? Try this beginner embroidery class at Naked.works where you will learn to make embroidery patches or pins, which can be used to embellish clothes, bags and even shoes. No prior embroidery skills are required, you will be given step-by-step guidance in this class.
Nail it with leather-made gifts
This workshop is for people who are looking to gift artisanal leather products. Spend a full day at J.Artisans learning everything about leather-making, from understanding the different types of leather to appreciating the tools and techniques used to make a product. Half-day workshops are also available.
(Photos: Jadore Studio, The Bare Collective, Applelulu, Naked.works and J.Artisans)