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Best card-and gift-making workshops for NYC kids

Seven artsy holiday workshops where kids can get crafty.

  • Photograph: McKendree Key

    Art Shack Silk Screening

  • Photograph: McKendree Key

    Art Shack Silk Screening

  • Courtesy Alton Weekes

    Card Making with Alton Weekes

  • Photograph: Courtesy Flushing Town Hall

    Holiday Card Making with Collage

  • Photograph: Courtesy Louis Armstrong House Museum

    Holiday Card Making with Collage

  • Photograph: Courtesy Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation

    Swedish Christmas Children's Workshop at the Scandanavian House

  • Photograph: Courtesy Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation

    Swedish Christmas Children's Workshop at the Scandanavian House

Photograph: McKendree Key

Art Shack Silk Screening

POSTCARD MAKING WORKSHOP
Send relatives a seasonal greeting from abroad without the fuss of holiday travel. Children venture around models of international skyscrapers in search of their favorite towering building, then create a postcard of it to "mail" from the country of their choice—no plane ticket required. Dec 3 10:30--11:45am. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl at 1st Pl (212-968-1961, skyscraper.org). $5.

SILKSCREENING
Instead of buying another candle or picture frame for Grandma, make her a personalized gift at this Clinton Hill art studio. Families design a silk screen, then prep their masterpiece for transferring onto the likes of shirts and napkins. The shop provides two T-shirts and cards, but your crew is welcome to bring along additional solid-colored wearables. Reservations recommended. Dec 3 10am--noon. The Art Shack, 384 Waverly Ave between Gates and Greene Sts, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (917-251-5327, artshackbrooklyn.com). $65 per parent-child team, additional children $25 each.

SWEDISH CHRISTMAS CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP
Add a little Scandinavian tradition to your family's holiday prep during this julpysseldag or "Christmas craft day." Participants create handmade projects including woven hearts, yarn tomtar (benevolent elves) and paper angels. Dec 3 1--3pm. Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave between 37th and 38th Sts (212-779-3587, scandinaviahouse.org). $10.

HOLIDAY CARD MAKING WITH COLLAGE
Music-loving kids might be surprised to learn that jazz great Louis Armstrong was also a collage-art aficionado. As an ode to this creative thinker, families explore the exhibition "The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong," then grab paper (along with any flat mementos from home) and start creating a one-of-a-kind seasonal card. Dec 10 at 2pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137--35 Northern Blvd at Main St, Flushing, Queens (718-463-7700, flushingtownhall.org). $5.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: GLITTERY GIFT BASKETS
Young gift givers discover the wonders of recycling by transforming juice and milk cartons into a handmade basket perfect for storing small treasures. Glitter, paint, gems and other shiny objects let crafters embellish their keepsakes to their hearts' content. Dec 10, 11 10am--1pm. Wave Hill, 675 W 252nd St at 249th St, Bronx (718-549-3200, wavehill.org). Free with garden admission.

CHRISTMAS TREE COLLAGE
Even if they aren't old enough to deck the halls, children can still spread some holiday cheer by crafting an evergreen cutout, then garnishing it using glitter glue, pom-poms and other textured materials. Dec 17 10--11:15am, 1--2:30pm. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-721-1223, cmom.org). Free with museum admission.

HANDS ON: HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS
Little hands learn the art of stationery from designer and Harlem native Alton Weekes, who specializes in hand-decorated, hand-assembled design techniques, including collage. Everyone leaves with custom greeting cards, perfect for pairing with gifts or mailing out to friends and family members. Dec 18 2--4pm. The Studio Museum, 144 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd (212-864-4500, studiomuseum.org). Free.

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