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Maker Culture & Kids -- Plan your holiday making now


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  • Child's hands holding a homemade snowflake ornament

Natasha, Hespeler | November 1, 2019

There is something so special about giving a homemade gift to someone. Homemade gifts don’t need to be expensive or difficult to show someone how much you care. The heart put into these gifts is felt by anyone who receives them. Maker culture is huge with kids right now, so it shouldn’t be difficult getting your kids interested in a visit to one of our maker spaces. A trip to an Idea Exchange maker space can be both an educational experience and a chance for the whole family to get some of their holiday making done.

Clemens Mill and the Old Post Office both have equipment to use such as Cricut cutters, a laser cutter, and lots of open space to create. With this sort of equipment at your disposal, your DIY homemade gifts may end up looking professionally made. It’ll be our little secret!

Need some pointers to get you started? We have some amazing programs coming up for crafters such as:

Laser Cut Holiday Ornaments

Scrappy Saturdays

We also have some of amazing Maker Kits that you can check out to bring the crafting home.

Knitting Kit

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This kit includes a knitting guide book and knitting needles.

Molding Candy

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This Kit includes the book Home-made Chocolate & Truffles by Claire Ptak and two silicone chocolate/candy mold trays.

Candle Making

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This Kit includes the book Candles by Elaine Stavert, a melting pot, thermometer, candle molds and auto-wick pins.

Card Making

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This Kit includes the book Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking by Judi Watanabe, pencil sharpener, scissors,5 pair scallop scissors, 5 stamps, 2 stamp pads and a ruler.

Check out these books for even more ideas.

Book cover of Washi Tape Christmas by Kami Bigler  Book cover of Cooke Craft Christmas by Valerie Peterson  Book Cover of Creative Crafts for Kids by Gill Dickinson  Simply Christmas by Miriam Gourley 

Happy making!