We all appreciate a little bit of magic at Christmas time and what could be more magical than making your own gifts?
Put the personal back into your Christmas shopping, unleash your creative diva and join a local Pembrokeshire craft maker for a unique day out making your very own Christmas presents.
Candles, cakes, jewellery, masks and even a Teddy Bear are all possible this year.
Here’s a list of the hottest Christmas making workshops taking place this autumn:
Candles make really lovely gifts and are a joy to make, if you have all the right tools! Pembrokeshire Candlemakers are offering half-day workshops at their studio near Newport, for up to five people, to join Inger for a morning’s candle making. Learn how to dip your very own candles to take home as a stocking filler.
Join local micro-baker Vicky North for a series of bread-making, baking and cookery courses to get your festive season off to cracking start! Courses include bread-making, gluten free baking and a children’s festive baking – just in time for Christmas.
Steve Robinson Glass Fusion
Join local glass fusion artist Steve Robinson to learn the techniques that go into designing and crafting fused glass with enamels. During this full day workshop you will make your own large wall hanging, which is fired for you overnight, ready for collection the next day.
At the Creative Café everyone’s an artist! This hands-on ceramic studio/cafe is the place to decorate your own ceramics in a relaxing creative environment. With three cafes in Pembrokeshire you’re sure to find a café near you, to creative your own unique Christmas gifts. Choose from bespoke fingerprint jewellery, clay hand or footprints and you’re very own painted pottery. This Christmas shopping has never been so much fun!
Sara Lloyd-Morris Jewellery
November 14th or December 5th
Join local artist Sara Lloyd-Morris for a day’s jewellery making, where you will make your own ring, pendant or earrings. No previous experience is necessary. With groups of 10-4 people being catered for this is a really fun way to make a one-off gift for your loved one (or yourself!).
Maddie Janes Contemporary Mosaics
Maddie Janes runs family-friendly mosaic workshops from her purpose-built studio overlooking Carn Llidi. Fully equipped with the necessary tools, including a wood burning stove and a fabulous array of materials including stained glass, tiles from Italy, Mexico etc and masses of interesting recycled materials.
Making a designer leather bag, or wallet is made possible at Pembrokeshire Leatherwork near Narberth. Their very popular leather making courses teach you how to make and hand sew your own beautiful creation. A completely ‘hands on’ course with plenty of support and encouragement, where you come away with a gift that will last for many years to come.
The Teddy Workshop
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a teddy bear and here in Pembrokeshire you can make your very own! The Teddy Workshop is a unique place where children and adults of all ages can make their very own special Teddy Bear, complete with accessories and outfits from their fabulous 'Bear Boutique'.
Another unique way to get creative this Christmas is with you digital camera. Several local photographers offer bespoke lessons across the county. Join Aeron John for a Pembrokeshire Photo Walks or Kersten Howard for a photography lesson, where you can capture your favourite scene in Pembrokeshire and learn a trick or two about how to use your camera in the process.
Drew Buckley offers one-to-one landscape and night sky photography sessions and Andy Davies can help you with bespoke wildlife photography.
FLEat Market - Sunday 15th November
Ok, its not strictly hand-made by you, but the FLEat Market is a unique shopping experience showcasing hand-made goods made by local designers, artists, makers and bakers from West Wales. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch and take home your Christmas bounty. Great family event from 11am – 2pm.
If making Christmas is a stretch too far this year then take a look at the Christmas markets line-up for some unique gift ideas.
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