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5 local creative businesses for the DIY enthusiast

This year, City Paper challenges you to branch out of your normal gift-buying routine. DIY gifts are a great choice for anyone on your holiday-shopping list. Not only will you save a few cents, but by getting crafty you also show the special people in your life that your love for them is priceless ... which is like, way cooler. So, grab your knitting needles and your hot glue gun, because we’re about to show you the best DIY workshops and crafts in the ‘burgh for the holidays.

Workshop Pgh

Garfield, workshoppgh.com

Fiber Arts Workshops
Get tied up in knots at Workshop this winter with macrame, weaving, sewing, knitting and various dye classes. From making Pinterest-worthy wall art to dyeing those perfect Shibori blue curtains you’ve been dreaming of.
Leather-Making Workshops
Cut, sew, stain and stamp your own leather projects from handmade belts to jewelry and wallets. The best part is customizing your piece to be all your own - whether it’s your initials, your cats name or whatever fun designs you can muster up with the hundreds of stamps on hand.

Wood-Working Workshops
Workshop knows how to get your hands dirty with a variety of simple wood project classes. Learn to build your own bench, make a vertical succulent planter or an adorable triangle shelf or planter.

The Candle Lab

Lawrenceville, thecandlelab.com

Make Your Own Holiday Candle

Give the gift of fragrance! The Candle Lab offers hand-poured candles in more than 120 fragrances, pour-your-own custom-scented candles, customizable home fragrance products and small-batch natural bath and body products.

Firecracker Fabrics

Highland Park, firecrackerfabrics.com

Holiday Cross-Stitch Kit

Learn the basics of cross-stitch and embroidery with a beginner friendly craft kit, or gift one to someone who is keen to learn! Firecracker has dozens of different DIY kits, designed by indie makers, for stitchers of all types and abilities.

Resident Design


DIY Animal Paper Sculptures

Build your own paper animal sculpture with a kit from Resident! With 16 designs to choose from, there’s an animal to fit any personality and space. Designed and made right here in Pittsburgh.


Point Breeze, hatchpgh.com

Winter Open Studio
Enjoy drop-in winter open studio hours for makers of all ages (ages 2+). Together, families can make special artwork and memories
inspired by the winter season. Each week, Hatch will have lots for your family to explore like print-making, soft sculpture, card-making and of course, handmade holiday gifts.

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