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DIY Gift Giving in Ohio

Make the holidays special with a "Do It Yourself" gift.

Painted Ornament Kit - Kiddo Keepsakes Edition from NatterDoodle in Columbus

DIY Gift Giving in Ohio

By Maggie Butler

Posted On: Dec 5, 2020

When thinking of gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life this holiday season, perhaps consider making your loved one a gift instead? There are places all across Ohio where you can purchase one-of-a-kind items with a personal touch. From creating your own decorations to concocting any candle scent imaginable, there are many ways to turn the holidays into a hands-on experience.

gingerbread hous decorating kit from luna bakery and cafe cleveland ohio
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Build Your Own Gingerbread House

Nothing screams the holiday season like a gingerbread house, and Mrs. Turbo’s Cookies in Gahanna is happy to offer Gingerbread house decoration kits, with the option of an unassembled or prefab house.

Luna Bakery and Café in Cleveland is also hosting a gingerbread house decorating class via Zoom on Dec.12 from 3-PM. Pickup your house, icing and decorations either the day of the event or the day before. Then log onto Zoom and prepare to make a gorgeous gingerbread house.

handpainted DIY snowman ornament from natterdoodle columbus ohio
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Get Crafty at Home

Makers Social, a bar and DIY project center in Columbus, is offering take home kits that include all supplies and step-by-step instructions. Choose from string art, ornaments, wreaths and more! All kits have free shipping nationwide, so this is the perfect gift for you and a long distance loved-one to do together over Zoom.

NatterDoodle is also offering at-home workshops for those searching for a creative endeavor. Upcoming workshops include a how-to on hand lettered camping mugs and painted ornament kits.

DIY home candle kits from The Candle Studio in Beachwood ohio
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Create Your Own Candles

Making candles is both an art and a science! You can mix and match over 100 different scents to make one that's perfect for you. You can go the flowery route (lavender, sunflower, magnolia), sweet route (graham cracker, marshmallow, caramel), or even the bizarre route (cannabis, campfire, tomato leaf).

Petals & Wicks in Hamilton offers DIY candle making kits to try at home. Similarly, you can try the DIY home candle kits from The Candle Studio in Beachwood to make your own candles in the comfort of your own home!

DIY at home painting kit wine & design ohio
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Paint Your Own Masterpiece

Pinot’s Palette is also offering multiple virtual events this month with all supplies included. Or try a virtual canvas painting party with Studio 614. With a 10-person minimum, Studio 614 will do all of the work, from shipping the supplies to each individual household to sending out the Zoom link.

Likewise, Wine & Design is offering virtual art classes with many holiday themed designs. Check out their upcoming classes to find out which one speaks to your inner creative. Additionally, the studio offers a DIY division that gives customers the opportunity to explore their painting skill through any medium - from home décor to drinkware to the perfect handmade gift. 

3d paint at home ornament kit All Fired Up Akron Ohio
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Craft Your Own Pottery

All Fired Up in Akron and Medina has a large collection of white pottery pieces that are literally blank canvases you can let your imagination run wild on. The studio offers a take home kit, where customers can choose their ceramic object and paints, pickup the kit and drop back off at the studio whenever they're ready for it go into the kiln. Paint picture frames, vases, plates, figurines - the list goes on!

You can also pickup a ceramic chime kit from Cincinnati maker Four Eye Ceramics. But be quick, her last restock for the holidays will be on Dec. 8 - and these popular kits sell out quickly. 

Holiday Bonus: For more creative gift ideas, buy a gift certificate for a glass blowing class. Check out Ohio Glass Museum & Glass Blowing Studio  or Akron Glass Works - two of the multiple glass blowing studios in Ohio. 

With all these choices, you'll find something for everyone on your holiday list!

For more #HolidaysInOhio gift-giving inspiration, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

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