Classes

Handmade for the Holidays

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When it comes to gift giving, why not forget about shopping and take matters into your own hands. Craft thoughtful and totally unique presents under the watchful eye of the pros at these crafty classes and workshops. You’re sure to walk away with personal, meaningful gifts that your loved ones won’t soon forget.

November 29

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Explicit Embroidery
Let your recipients know how you really feel by giving them a handmade embroidery hoop, stitched with your favorite obscene phrase. At StitchSpace’s Explicit Embroidery class, have a glass of wine and learn how to stitch your f#*%ing heart out, resulting in a present that will surely not get regifted. $50. StitchSpace L.A., 13753 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks

December 7

Wintergreen Holiday Wreath Workshop
Lenita by Grita, L.A.’s baby pink flower truck, is putting it in park at Wine Stop for a lesson in winter greenery. Make your own large holiday wreath with multiple types of greenery, adorned how you like it (berries, cones, ribbon, or stark minimalist) while enjoying an in-store wine tasting. $85. Wine Stop, 1025 South Santa Fe Avenue

December 8

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POP! Printing on Paper With Bubble Wrap
Gather up the family and have a shared creative experience at Craft Contemporary’s (formerly Craft & Folk Art Museum) bimonthly CraftLab family workshop. Explore printmaking techniques utilizing Bubble Wrap and recycled plastics to design your own wrapping paper, and leave with artwork that is equally as thoughtful (or maybe more!) as the item inside. $10. Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard

December 12

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One-Day Workshop: Drawing
Taught by artist Thom Dower, LACMA’s adult drawing workshop offers a way to create a unique piece of art with the guidance of a professional. Connect with your teenthis workshop is for ages 16 and upand become inspired by the galleries while strengthening bonds and making art. $40. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard

December 13

Handmade and Painted Ornaments
Remainders Creative Reuse family workshop is a one-stop shop where you can make those personalized grandparent gifts without doing any Pinterest research or multiple trips to the craft store. Create and paint a collection of ornaments utilizing a variety of repurposed materials, nailing that rustic handmade holiday vibe. $10. Remainders Creative Reuse, 1713 East Walnut Street, Pasadena

December 14

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The Art of Candle Making
FlowerSchool Los Angeles gives a glimpse into its floral design master classes with one-day crash-course workshops taught by passionate artists and florists. At the Art of Candle Making, go beyond the basic candle gift and create two flower-infused candles (keep one for yourself!), made with sustainable coconut wax. Learn the 411 on how to create clean-burning candles, scented with your own blend of essential oils and topped with dried flowers, all enclosed in a self-decorated gift box. $90. FlowerSchool Los Angeles, 223 South Los Angeles Street

Succulent Ornament Workshop
This modern Atwater Village garden-design boutique regularly hosts workshops involving ways to incorporate plants into the home as pieces of art. During its winter Succulent Ornament workshop, learn how to make the most adorable live succulent ornaments (eight of them, so plenty to give away or use on your own succulent holiday tree). Or stop by its DIY potting bar anytime with (or without) your kids to create a meaningful potted plant gift for which you choose the pot style/plants/decorative rocks and assemble it in-store with no mess at home. $55. Potted, 3158 Los Feliz Boulevard

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Teapots!
ROW in Downtown Los Angeles is home to creatives of all sorts, including Still Life Ceramics, a bohemian-inspired ceramics studio with a retail pottery section stocked by its own artists, making this a place to discover a quick and easy gift when at the megacomplex. Or create your own pottery gift. Potters with some wheel-throwing experience can try their hands at making a functional teapot during Still Life’s two-day workshop that guides the design, creation, and assembly process of this squat vessel. $185. Still Life Ceramics, ROW DTLA, 767 South Alameda Street, Suite 198

December 15

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Spoon Carving/Woodworking
It’s not hard to spend a leisurely day walking along Abbot Kinney, but make sure to stop into These Hands Makers Collective, where its woodworking workshop puts your hands to work creating a black walnut kitchen spoon. This no-experience-necessary class will teach participants how to use hand tools to design and create a beautiful and functional wooden serving utensil. Pair your finished spoon with a favorite cookbook and dutifully present to your favorite home chef. $125. These Hands Makers Collective, 1629 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

December 20

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Holiday Ornament Set
Stained-glass artist Chelsea Brewer of Brewer and Marr is known for creating contemporary stained-glass suncatchers, mobiles, and commissioned window art throughout California. Last-minute crafters can learn her copper-foil stained-glass techniques at the Makers Mess Silver Lake pop-up workshop a few days before Christmas. Design the colorway and create a brilliant set of handmade ornaments, or call them suncatchers to give a gift that can be displayed beyond the holidays! $88. Makers Mess Silver Lake, 602 North Hoover Street

December 21

Natural Dye Workshop
Learn how to create beautiful, naturally dyed textiles with artist Niki Tsukamoto’s Japanese resistance dyeing techniques. Bring your own itemtea towel, sweatshirt, bag, romperand see how large vats of foraged, plant-based dyes result in understated, stunning pieces of tie-dyed art that you would actually wear. $125. Lookout & Wonderland, Chinatown

December 22

Earring Basics
Get out of the jewelry gift-giving rut by learning to make your own earrings from craftswoman and energy healer Alix Camp of Yoku Jewel. Leave with three pairs of modern geometric earrings created through forging, hammering, wire wrapping, and polishing techniques. $105. Makers Mess The ROW, 777 South Alameda Street, Building 2, Space 168 

Ongoing

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Family Art Sessions
During the kids’ classes at Meri Cherry Art Studio, the art-making process gets as much emphasis as the final product, giving these mini artists a deep connection to their work. Families can jump on this appreciation by scheduling a Family Art Sessiona private one-day class in which parents and children are guided to create a large, stretched-canvas piece of wall art. Display in your home or give as a gift to breathe life into someone else’s space. $400. Meri Cherry Art Studio, 17060 Ventura Boulevard