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Upcoming Holiday DIY Workshops In Boston

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Maybe it’s all the creative things on Etsy I’ve seen lately, but the holiday season is the only time of year where I’m inspired enough to want to design thoughtful, personalized gifts and bake glamorous homemade cookie platters for my friends and co-workers. Truth be told, if I don’t start early, I never have enough time to get everything done and so, despite it being weeks until Thanksgiving, I’ve come across a few Do-It-Yourself (DIY) classes from The Paper Source and the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) that I thought I’d share because they may help anyone with similar crafty inclinations to achieve their goals of gifting and gift-wrapping their best gifts yet in 2011.

From The Paper Source:

“Seasonal Table Collection of Ideas – Crafter’s Night Out”
Share packaging and table decoration ideas that will help you decorate your holiday table in style! You’ll make scallop-trimmed cellophane bags, playful pop-up place cards, elegant stamped and ribbon-tied favors, and so much more! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. $30 materials fee.

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE:
The Paper Source Store
338 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

“Kids Holiday Crafting Play Day”
See the perfect assortment of fun, colorful and dimensional paper crafts for kids of all ages! Create gnome, mushroom, and elf ornaments to celebrate the season. These wonderful holiday creations are sure to become keepsakes on everything from packages to trees! Register your kids today for an afternoon of holiday crafting – seats for the little elves will fill up quickly! $25 materials fee.

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:
The Paper Source Store
338 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

“Wrapture!”
Envelop yourself in new wrapping paper and accents for the annual Wrapture event! Start your holiday gift wrapping and learn how to create perfect packages by mixing and matching solids with patterns and finishing with creative paper accents. Your packages will be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary after attending this workshop. Please bring in 2-3 small gifts in boxes (no larger than a shirt box) to wrap in this class. $25 materials fee.

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WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
338 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

From the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE):

“Luscious Lotions, Simple Salves Holiday Basket”
Pamper a friend or loved one with a holiday gift basket full of delightful, body-soothing products you’ve made yourself. Learn the basics of crafting your own herbal infused oils, salves, and lotions; salt or sugar scrubs; and scented bath oils. You’ll put together a basket containing a lip balm, healing salve, lotion, salt or sugar scrub, and a bath oil, each scented with your choice of essential oils. Even better, they’re all 100% natural, with no synthetic ingredients: just the thing for those with sensitive skin.

WHEN: Saturday, November 19th, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1 session; $48/$41 members; $30 materials cost

WHERE:
Boston Center for Adult Education
122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA

“Ukrainian Egg Decorating: Unique Holiday Ornaments”
Learn the art of Ukrainian egg decorating and make your own pysanky—beautiful holiday ornaments you’ll be thrilled to share with family and friends. The gorgeous designs won’t be painted on the eggs, but rather written with beeswax using an ancient wax-resist method similar to the one used for creating batik fabrics. You’ll learn the meanings behind the traditional decorations as well, and use local organic chicken eggs as your canvas.

WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 and Sunday, December 4th, 2011, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; 2 sessions; OR Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 and Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; 2 sessions

$65/$55 members; $15 materials costs

WHERE:
Boston Center for Adult Education
122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA

“Season’s Greetings: Holiday Cards & Gift Wrapping Made Simple”
Enjoy the idea of handmade holiday cards and wrapping paper, but don’t think that you’ll have the time? Get a holiday jumpstart in this three hour course, all the time you’ll need to start your own at-home printing press for one-of-a-kind, beautiful handmade holiday cards and wrapping paper. Bring any holiday papers that you’d like to use and any stamps, decorations or ribbons you’d like to incorporate. You will be provided blocks for printing and decorative papers to express your creativity!

WHEN: Friday, December 9th, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

1 session; $50/$43 members; $15 materials cost

WHERE:
Boston Center for Adult Education
122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA

“Make it & Take it: Christmas Floral Arrangement”
Love those beautiful holiday floral arrangements? Learn how to create your own and decorate your home festively! Discover how to make professional looking Christmas arrangements using fresh flowers, pinecones, and evergreens. Give the home the aromatic scent of pine using these long-lasting arrangements or offer them as gifts!

WHEN: Saturday, December 10th, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

1 session; $35/$30 members; $18 materials cost.

WHERE:
Boston Center for Adult Education
122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA

“Holiday Lights: Night Photography Workshop”
Ever tried to capture a beautiful evening scene, but couldn’t quite figure out how to do so in the dark? The BCAE can show you how! The class begins with a discussion of well-known night photographs and the various techniques that twilight photographers use. After spending some time in the Boston Common snapping shots of the spectacular holiday decorations and lights, the class will review the photos back at the Center. Make sure to bring a camera (with manual settings) and tripod!

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

1 session, $56/$48 members.

WHERE:
Boston Center for Adult Education
122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA

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