Want to get crafty and make something as a gift for someone special in your life? Show off your DIY talent and give a unique, one-of-a-kind gift this year. Forget the busy malls and the stress of waiting for free shipping online. Instead, pour a bit of your own creativity and personality into something hand-crafted. We’ve rounded up a few places you can make a made-by-you original gift.
Pottery from the Mud Oven
Paint a unique piece of pottery, or stick with the classics like a plate or a mug, at The Mud Oven on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South. You get to go in, choose from their huge selection of ready-to-go ceramic pieces and then paint away. They’ll fire it in the kiln and let you know when it’s ready for pick up. We love the thought of painting a teapot (and maybe matching mugs) or a special serving tray. You can even get the kids to paint a special piece for grandma and grandpa! Prices for this gift vary and depends on the item you select for painting. But the price includes all of your supplies to paint, plus the kiln process. mudoven.com
A knitted gift
Your local Michaels store offer classes not only for the kids but for you as well, and coming in December are a variety of knitting classes at select locations (some don’t even require knitting needles). You can make a neck cowl with yarn, or a blanket. Once you learn the technique, you can recreate the gift over and over again – you just have to pick out new yarn. Check the Michaels Store nearest you to see what knitting classes (or other classes) they are offering in December that will help you create your gifts. canada.michaels.com
Working Tea-Light Christmas Trees
These decorative trees, made from pottery, are sure to light up the tablescape they are destined for and be a heartwarming gift for a loved one. You’ll not only have the opportunity to learn hand building pottery shaping and carving techniques, but you’ll be making three gorgeous tree candle holders that can be wrapped and placed (gently) under the tree. The course includes firing and glazing done by the Gloucester Pottery School technicians. shenkmanarts.ca
If you know how to sew (even at a beginner level), you may love the sewing classes hosted by Fabric Crush. Pull out your sewing machine and get ready to make a cute Santa Belly Pillow on December 7th at their 3 hour class. The recommended level of ability is listed as ‘confident beginner’ so it may be time to dust off the sewing machine and sharpen your skills. We love that after you learn how to make one pillow, you can buy the materials to make more yourself. Everyone on your list can cozy up on the couch with one of these stylish and cute pillows! fabriccrush.ca