The Hippo


May 27, 2020








Gifts by you
Craft your own presents and decor

By Ethan Hogan

 Make gifts from the heart or holiday ornaments, wreaths and other decorations at a crafty class or workshop.

• The New Hampshire Farm Museum (1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton) is holding a Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The hands-on workshop will teach guests how to make their own wreaths that they can take home or use as a gift. Participants need to bring their own clippers but all other supplies will be available. $25 pre-registration for non-members and $15 pre-registration for members is required at
• Hike with the Beaver Brook Association (117 Ridge Road, Hollis) and gather evergreens to craft a holiday wreath on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. Find eastern hemlock, white pine, mountain laurel, pine cones and winter berries and take them back to Brown Lane barn to enjoy tea and cookies while you learn to fashion a holiday wreath. $25. Register online at or call 465-7787.
• Learn to make your own holiday body care gifts at Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury) for their Do-It-Yourself Holiday event on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate the basic steps for making lip balm, body cream, bath salts and sugars, scrubs, aromatherapy spray and massage oil. Then participants will get to make five of their own products to bring home and give as gifts. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members, which includes all materials and supplies. Register at
• Learn how to make a suncatcher holiday ornament on Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (36 N. Main St., Concord).  Learn one approach for using bead netting to create a colorful and light-catching holiday ornament. Instructor Deb Fairchild will teach the class. No prior experience required. Tuition is $44 and the materials fee is $20. Call 595-8233 or visit
• The annual Holiday Gift Extravaganza at the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Make your own cards, soaps, jewelry, candles and ornaments so you don’t have to go near a mall this holiday season. Registration is required. Visit, or call 432-6140 or email
• A craft workshop for youngsters is being held at the Kelley Library (234 Main St., Salem) on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Children age 3 to 6 can make crafts just in time for the holidays. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit or call 898-7064.
• Learn to make a unique holiday gift at Gnome Night at the Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St., Milford) on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. Crafters will learn how to make little holiday gnomes out of felt and wool. Registration is required for both kids and adults. Call 249-0645 or email
• Learn to make a winter scarf for yourself or give it as a gift at the Nashua League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s (98 Main St.) workshop on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn to make nuno scarves, which are made through the integration of silk fabric and wool roving. Tuition is $62 with a $35 materials fee payable to the instructor, Melinda LaBarge. Call 595-8233 or email
• Stop by the Currier Museum Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester) on Saturday, Dec. 9, for an ornament painting workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. . The class is for all ages and costs $15. Register at or call 669-6144, ext. 122.
• Join the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua) for an adult craft class Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn to make paper holiday decorations, including snowflakes. No registration is required and classes are open to the first 16 people who arrive. Call 589-4610.
• It’s Christmas Craft Time at the Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St., Milford) on Friday, Dec. 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each month the library offers a new activity, and in December guests will learn to make holiday ornaments. No registration required. Call 249-0645 or email 

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