DIY Columbus: Let your creativity shine
By Abbey Roy

DIY Columbus: Let your creativity shine

Looking for a way to beat the post-Christmas blahs, our family ventured out recently to The Candle Lab in Worthington — a truly scentsational experience. (Sorry, had to.)

Lined with scents ranging from Old Books (remarkably accurate) and Leather to Sugar Cookie and Vanilla Bean, this little shop, which also has locations in Short North, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, invites creativity that caters to every person’s taste…er, smell.

Our girls, ages 3 and 7, were outfitted with clipboards and pens and tasked with choosing ten of their favorites. Merely watching their expressions as they moved along the wall (see above) was a treat in itself. When they had poured and stirred to their satisfaction, we spent some time “creating” our own favorite flavor mash-ups at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (recommended: Bangkok Peanut) as we waited an hour for the candles to be finished.

It wasn’t the only time we’ve headed to Columbus for a day of DIY.

You’ve heard of wine and canvas, but how about clay and coffee? At Clayspace/Gallery 831, you can bring your art skills (or lack thereof) into the third dimension. My husband and I created masterpiece beer steins that we use more for decoration than for beer. (OK…actually we only use them for decoration.) Sign up for a workshop or stop by for “Open Wheel” — no experience required — to give it a “throw.”

Speaking of wine, the Buckeye State has no shortage of places to sip. If you’re looking to personalize the vino experience, consider making your own. At the trendy Camelot Cellars in Columbus’ Short North Arts District, you can be involved in every step of the wine-making process (with the exception of growing the grapes), right down to designing your own label. This made for a memorable second anniversary gift to each other, and the experience was one we’ll always remember.

Of course these are only a few possibilities, and beyond Columbus, there are various similar opportunities just a Google search away. Take a few moments this winter to seek them out and support local businesses in their effort to promote creativity — even if you’re not “artsy,” anyone can make a memory.

About the Author

Abbey Roy is a Kent State University journalism graduate. She writes a weekly column entitled the Bargain Advocate for the Newark Advocate and Media Network of Central Ohio and enjoys spending time with her family - her husband, Seth, and two daughters, Analeigh and Aria - reading, being outdoors (especially in the woods, water or both), bicycling and photography. She also makes a mean zucchini bread. You can email Abbey at