Gifts from the heart are those that are made with creativity and love. Bring a smile to your loved one’s face this holiday season by creating your own unique present. Local shops around the state allow your creativity to burst in making that perfect gift. Check out these tips to creating your own masterpieces in Connecticut.
35 N. Main St.
Southington, CT 06489
Who needs a liquor store when you can make your own wine or beer to bring to your holiday parties? At Cork & Brew, the experts will help you select, ferment and bottle your own beverage. The first step is to schedule a 30-minute appointment to choose your beer or wine, mix the ingredients and add yeast. Cork & Brew will contact you when the fermenting process is complete so you can bottle your beverages. Beer, on average, takes three weeks and wine takes eight to 12 weeks to complete fermentation. You can purchase empty bottles at the facility for $1 each. The process will create 30 bottles of wine or two half-cases of beer. Your own unique label will be added to each bottle. The cost is $5-$7 per wine bottle or $2-3 per beer bottle created.
17 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
Choose from over 1,500 pieces of pre-made pottery to paint and design your special gift this season. The Pottery Piazza has plates, bowls, mugs, piggy banks, figurines and much more. Assistance from its experts, stencils and books to use in studio are free to help you decide on the perfect design. No appointments are needed. Pricing is typically under $20, however this can vary based on the item you choose and paint time. The Pottery Piazza’s paint-time fee is $4 per hour with a maximum daily $10 paint-time fee. After your masterpiece is completed, it will take one week to be glazed and fired up by the staff. The Pottery Piazza welcomes your furry friends (on leashes) to add their handprint to a piece of art. Be sure to call 24 hours before visiting to select a less busy time for your pets to come in. Like a picnic, you are welcome to bring your favorite snacks and beverages.
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2457 E. Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06703
Sundae Spa is the perfect place for kids to create their own line of body products including shampoo, lotion, lip balm, bath gel, scrubs, body spray, eye shadow and more. They can create their own products in store in sizes ranging from two to 20 ounces. Prices range from $4.50 to $39.95 depending on the size and product your child chooses. This store was created by a Connecticut local and is expanding to the Milford Mall. Sundae Spa is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays however it is open for business on holidays and days off from school.
28 E. Main St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Bring a smile to that special someone’s face by making a unique piece of jewelry. You’ve Got to be Beading offers jewelry-making classes at its store. Choose from 15 styles including swirl wire cages, dutch spiral, sewn dangle, peyote cuff, embellished rivoli and freeform peyote. Pre-paid classes are $50 each for a three-hour lesson, or an additional three-hour booster session with the instructor for $20. Pre-registration is required by calling the store. Pieces of jewelry made by this business are also available for purchase.
1273 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Wiggles & Giggles is a scrapbooker’s dream. It sells products for scrapbooking, stamping and quilting. Wiggles & Giggles also offers classes with its experts to teach you the skills in creating your very own work of art. Classes include, but are not limited to, a 1.5-hour Scrapbooking 101 course for $12, 1.5-hour holiday card making class for $18, which often includes bringing home one or more hand-made cards, and even a one-hour kids crafts class ages five to 12 for $18.