A VERY CRAFTY CHRISTMAS
Feeling creative? For something a bit different this Christmas try making your own Christmas cards, printing your own wrapping paper and creating some beautiful decorations for your home. There are dozens of arty crafty workshops and courses being held across Cornwall in the run up to Christmas, so channel your inner Kirstie Allsopp and DIY it this season.
For more about each course, prices and booking details, please click through the links.
The Outlaw Craft Fair is holding its third craft fair at Penwith College from 10am to 4.30pm on 1 November with over 60 artisan makers, expert demos and a wide range of taster workshops for visitors to participate in, including screenprinting Christmas cards, making paper wreaths and lino cutting a Christmas stamp. Also featuring a pop up deli, live music and children’s activities.
Bedruthan Hotel is holding a screenprinting course on 5 November where you can print your own Christmas gift wrap and tags. The course will be led by Dena O’Brien of Kiwi Printmaking Studio. £45 per person.
Lee Stevenson returns to Truro Arts Co. on 10 November for a lino cutting class. Having attended a course with Lee we can vouch for the fact that participants will have an extremely enjoyable day and even complete beginners can achieve some fantastic results. Due to popular demand a second class has been arranged for 1 December.
Bedruthan Hotel’s Christmas needle felting course looks gorgeous, priced at £45 for the day. For those of you further north, try Launceston’s Cowslip Workshops’ Christmas decoration course, where you will make decorations, cards and tags using antique papers and textiles.
Print your own Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags at Kiwi Print Studio’s festive screenprinting workshops on 22 November and 6 December. £55 per person and suitable for complete beginners you will make 10 gift tags and 10 sheets A2 gift wrap.
The National Trust’s Cotehele House is holding some lovely workshops this Christmas, starting with a herb garlands and gifts workshop on 25 November. £35 per person, you will create a decorative garland using fragrant culinary herbs and discover inspirational ways to use herbs as a basis for a range of handmade Christmas gifts.
This willow weaving course at Cotehele House looks great. For £35 you will learn to weave natural and coloured willow and create your own stars, hearts and garlands as decorations or unusual gifts. Another willow weaving workshop will be held on 2 December.
Over the weekend of 29 and 30 November Bedruthan Hotel is holding its annual Christmas Craft Fair, with crafts, food and gift stalls as well as workshops where you can create your own cards, gift wrap and decorations. There will be children’s activities too as well as a Christmas grotto. Free entry to craft fair, charges apply for workshops and grotto.
If you need inspiration in the kitchen this Christmas then try out Philleigh Way’s Christmas Cookery Course. With demos and hands on sessions you’ll cover everything from Stollen and canapés to cocktails and turkey leftovers. £125 per person including all ingredients, lunch and turkey pies to take home.
I love the sound of this family Nativity workshop at Cowslip Workshops, where you will work as family to make Nativity figures from scrap materials, found objects, twigs and paint. The end result, a beautiful Nativity to take home and bring out every year.
Make your own driftwood Christmas tree at Polurrian Bay Hotel. Led by Aggie Arts you will construct a beautiful Christmas centrepiece from beach-found driftwood, along with a garland and hanging decorations. £35 per person. Participants are invited to bring the family and make use of the hotel’s crèche, restaurant and pool (extra charges apply).
For just £25 you can attend a wreath making course at Truro Arts Co., led by award winning florist Rae Jones. Choose between two courses (2.30pm – 5.30pm or 6pm – 9pm) where you will learn how to make and decorate your own wreath to take home.
The first Outlaw Christmas Market on The Moor in Falmouth town centre will take place from Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 December. In true Outlaw style, expect dozens of craft stalls and demos, with music, food and something for all the family.
This selection of workshops and courses is by no means exhaustive, so please feel free to add others in the comments section below. Happy crafting!