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Christmas craft workshops in London

Looking for festive crafts that aren’t a total snoozefest? Try something new at these DIY Christmas workshops in London

By Things To Do Editors and Ellie Walker-Arnott
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A Terry’s Chocolate Orange and a Topman voucher? You can do better than that. Think like an elf and show your loved ones some proper affection with gifts made at these lovely festive workshops. You can mould-your-own rings and print-your-own wrapping paper, build-your-own crackers and turn old jumpers into Christmas masterpieces. Or, embrace all things festive by creating homemade Christmas decorations, knitting boob baubles, baking gingerbread ornaments and making sure your Christmas cards are the envy of everyone. Here's our favourite places to try out some Christmas crafts this season. 

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

Christmas crafts and workshops in London

Stitch and bitch over Christmas embroidery

Things to do Classes and workshops

Embroidery expert Cathy Eliot leads you through one mini-hoop, teaching stitches and providing templates for handmade Christmas gifts for your nearest and dearest. Stitch and bitch, even if you're new to it.

Mix drinks like a pro at a G&T masterclass

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Get your festive barkeep on at this simple mixing event. Fever-Tree explains their recipe for a perfect G&T (and the secret to making mixed drinks taste fancy and look sophisticated) at Waterstones TCR, ahead of the publication of a whole book on the topic. 

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Pack a banging moquette-themed cracker

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Make a cracker inspired by London’s tube seat designs (minus the black chewing gum stains.) Each one will be filled with a gift from the London Transport Museum shop. You'll need to supply your own godawful jokes. 

Bake gingerbread ornaments for your tree

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Learn to make showy, tasty gingerbread Christmas tree ornaments at this half-day workshop at Bread Ahead. You make dough, which smells divine, before cutting out shapes and crafting 'stained glass' centres out of boiled sweets, crushed up into pastel hues. The end result looks (and tastes) ace. 

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Get crafty with Hato Press

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If you're a pro gift-giver but lack the wrapping skills your presents deserve, hotfoot it down to a workshop with Hato who'll school you in pattern-making and printing your own bespoke wrapping paper. Walk away with 10 folded A2 sheets of paper and prepare to wow with your wrapping. There's also a card-making session dedicated to getting crafty with collage and mark making techniques. Book in advance. 

Mould bespoke silver rings with The Workbench

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Carve out a unique piece of jewellery at these festive craft nights before deciding whether or not you're willing to part with it this Christmas. Using jewellers wax and a range of tools provided, attendees can mould a ring which will later be cast in solid silver by The Workbench duo, who hand polish each piece before posting them back to their creators within two to three weeks. 

Or leave it to the experts instead...

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