One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season with art is by hand making gifts for loved ones. Many of our instructors use their art skills to make gifts for their friends and family every year. But you don't have to be a professional artist to make awesome things people on your list would want to receive.
Hand making gifts is a great weekend project for the kids with a practical application. Take a look at some of these ideas below that will harness your child's creativity and turn it into a fun present for moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, teachers or friends.
1. Custom Candles with Winter Scenes
2. Abstract Stained Glass
3. Simple Cardboard Weavings - coasters, wall hanging, or a necklace!
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4. Polymer Clay Caning Beads
There are many many designs you can make with caning from the super simple for the younger or the beginner sculptor to the complex for those who want more of a challenge. Check out this how-to video on how to do simple caning to get started.
Checked it out? Great. So once you have your designs all rolled up, cut them into 1/4 in slices and set aside. Then take another piece of plain polymer clay for your bead base and roll it into a ball. Take your caned slices and push onto the bead base where you want the design to be. Put a needle through the middle to make a bead form, and bake. String these onto a necklace cord for a great gift for grandmas, moms, and friends!
If you're loving the idea of having your child make gifts this year, but shuttering a bit at the thought of pulling together supplies and then pulling those supplies off the floor when they're done, we're hosting TWO Holiday Gift-Making camps this weekend where your child can make about three different gifts to give away, and we provide all instruction, supplies, and clean up. Easy, peasy. Click the button to learn more and to save your child's spot.