Handmade Holidays Weekend Workshops

 

Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Harrisonburg! Make holiday decorations, gifts, and more at a variety of business locations throughout the month of December thanks to these workshops organized by the Friendly City Merchants group.

Make a day out of your Handmade Holiday adventure by knocking out some holiday shopping (We have plenty of gift ideas to get you started!) and enjoying a meal or refreshment from nearly 40 restaurants, cafes, breweries, and bakeries just a short walk away. Discover something new on our Downtown Directory!

Make a Money Clip

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10am – 2pm | HUGO KOHL

Customers will be guided to fabricate a sterling silver money clip.

Cost: $100

Christmas Slime!

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11am – 3pm | Anna Stegmeier at OASIS Fine Art & Craft

Come decorate slime for a Christmas gift! White slime will be packaged in a clear container. You add coloring, sparkles and more! All supplies will be provided, including some paints and decorations for your containers! There will also be Christmas designs to choose from, if you please. This makes a great gift for a loved one! 

Cost: $7

DIY Macrame Ornaments

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1 – 2:30pm | Rocktown Yarn

Learn to make your very own macrame ornaments that can be used to spruce up a festive tree, your rear-view window, or wall. We’ll supply all the materials and instruction. No prior experience with macrame is necessary!

Cost: $35

Origami Crane Ornament

Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 – 3pm | Sarah Lock at OASIS Fine Art & Craft

Learn to fold your own origami crane with hanging string and beads. This activity should take 5-10 minutes. Fun for the whole family. All materials provided.

Cost: $1 per crane

Wreath Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 5 from 2pm | Pale Fire Brewing

Join us for our first ever wreath workshop, hosted by local craft extraordinaire Lynn Mullett! All tools and materials to make a festive holiday wreath are provided. Participants must be 21+ (but you can have some underage helpers!).

Cost: $40 in advance, $45 day of

Make Your Own Origami Box!

Friday, Dec. 10 from 3 – 5pm | Green Hummingbird

We will provide all the materials and show you how to make your own special box out of origami paper and techniques!

Cost: FREE (donations accepted)

Winter Wonderfest

Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11am – 8pm | Downtown Harrisonburg

The most magical day in Downtown Harrisonburg is back and bigger than ever! Enjoy carriage rides, photos with Santa, carolers, holiday shopping, performances, a holiday movie, and more!

Cost: FREE!

Holiday Spice Hand Soap Gift

Sunday, Dec. 12 from 10am – 2pm | Great.full Goods General Store (in Agora Market)

We will provide mason jars, pumps, holiday spice liquid soap, and twine or yarn, and gift tag supplies.

Cost: $15-25

Shibori Scarves!

Sunday, Dec. 12 from 1 – 3pm | Gemma Amendola at OASIS Fine Art & Craft

Dye your own silk scarf using the shibori method. You can buy an already made silk Shibori scarf or you can make your own! Anyone can make a beautiful scarf with the colors of your choice, no experience needed! They take about 10 minutes to make!

Cost: $20-30 depending on size

Merry Makers!

Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10am – 12pm | Explore More Museum

‘Tis the season to make and give gifts to the special people in your life! Use Maker City materials and equipment to make beautiful, personalized jewelry. Use your woodworking skills to create a handy pencil holder. We’ll also explore ideas for unique stocking stuffers and create some wrapping paper to help conceal your surprises until the big day!

Cost: Members $12, Visitors $15

Bird Nest Necklace

Saturday, Dec. 18 from 11am – 1pm | Natalie Darling at OASIS Fine Art & Craft

I will furnish a pre-made nest in copper or silver wire, which each participant can help to finish by dapping and adding “eggs” (beads or pearls).  We will then place it on a leather necklace.

Cost: $12

Copper Ornament

Saturday, Dec. 18 from 1 – 3pm | Ellen Fairchild-Flugel at OASIS Fine Art & Craft

Precut shapes will be supplied, and you will put the designs on with tools (supplied)

Cost: $5

Fix-A-Bear!

Sunday, Dec. 19 from 10am – 2pm | Charlee Rose Boutique (in Agora Market)

‘Tis the season to make and give gifts to the special people in your life! Use Maker City materials and equipment to make beautiful, personalized jewelry. Use your woodworking skills to create a handy pencil holder. We’ll also explore ideas for unique stocking stuffers and create some wrapping paper to help conceal your surprises until the big day!

Cost: FREE (donations accepted)

Stained Glass Angels

Sunday, Dec. 19 from 1 – 4pm | Barbara Camph at OASIS Fine Art & Craft

Make your own stained glass crazy angel!  You will choose the angel body from pre-cut glass, apply the copper foil, and then Barbara will solder her together.

Cost: $7

Decorate Cookies!

Sunday, Dec. 19 from 2 – 4pm | Black Sheep Coffee

We supply all the cookies and fixins!  You decorate!

Cost: $15 for four large cookies

Want more holiday fun? Make sure to check out these resources for more events and promotions in Downtown Harrisonburg this season:

Winter Wonderfest

The most magical day in Downtown Harrisonburg is back and bigger than ever! Join The Friendly City Merchants and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Saturday, December 11, for Winter Wonderfest. Enjoy carriage rides, photos with Santa, carolers, holiday shopping, performances, a holiday movie, and more!

Downtown Harrisonburg Gift Guide

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance welcomes you to our historic shopping district where you can shop for everyone on your list! Check out our gift guides for inspiration from over 30 local and independently owned businesses.

Shop Small & Win Big!

We’re making shopping small even sweeter this holiday season! Save your holiday shopping receipts from Downtown Harrisonburg businesses, because each week in December we’re drawing two lucky winners to win big in downtown gift certificates.