Feeling crafty? Check out these classes, where you can learn to make gifts and seasonal decor just in time for the holidays. Put your arty skills to the test and save a buck or two on your holiday shopping.
Make your season’s greetings a little more personal this year by crafting your own holiday cards. Choose from a variety of colorful cards and envelopes, then apply your own decorative touch with rubber stamping, embossing, collage and more. The Paper Source, 919 W Armitage Ave (773-525-7300, www.paper-source.com). Nov 11, 1–4pm. $50.
Table Turkey WorkshopThanksgiving is just around the corner, so stop by this workshop and impress your guests with your craft skills. Use feathers and appliqué to create a turkey centerpiece that’s perfect for the dining-room table. Vogue Fabrics, 718–732 Main St, Evanston (847-864-9600, www.myvoguefabrics.com/vevclass.htm). Nov 17, 10am–2pm. $40.
Can’t bear to drop the cash on expensive Christmas ornaments that sit in a box for 345 days a year? Learn the ancient art of Japanese paper folding and give this year’s tree a little personality with your own paper creations. Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago, 4427 N Clark St (773-275-0097, www.jasc-chicago.org). Nov 30, 6:30–8:30pm. $40.
Chicago Mosaic Holiday Gift Workshop
Learn to master this colorful art form, which lets you decorate any surface with your own creative arrangement of broken bits of tile and glass. Bring your own item to decorate or use one provided for you to create a special holiday gift in this two-and-a-half-hour workshop. Chicago Mosaic School, 1800 W Cuyler Ave (773-857-3527, www.chicagomosaicschool.com). Nov 4, 10am–12:30pm; Dec 5, 7–9:30pm. $60.
Shibori-Silk Scarf Workshop
You might have moved on from those construction-paper cards you used to make for Mom, but homemade gifts are still the best. In this one-day workshop, you can learn to make multicolored silk scarves using shibori, the ancient Japanese dying technique used to make kimonos. All materials are provided, but bring rubber gloves and make sure to dress for a mess. Lillstreet Arts Center, 4401 N Ravenswood Ave (773-769-4226, www.lillstreet.com). Dec 8, 10am–4pm. $80.—Jessica Linn