Here’s a holiday PSA from us here at Red Tricycle NY:  Your mother-in-law does not need another serving platter that you picked up in a panic at Macy’s. However, she’ll love one personally hand-painted by her grandchild! Make holiday dreams come true — and keep your little one engaged on a cold or rainy day — at one of these drop-in spots where kids can unleash their creativity and help you cross a few folks off your gift list!

For Sweet and Simple: Created By You Paint Your Own Pottery Studio in Staten Island

If you're in Staten Island looking for some straight up ceramics painting, head to Created By You. Fairly large for a boutique operation, the shop can get busy on the weekends with kids parties, but the space still has room for families flying solo who want to drop in and paint a platter, mug or trinket. One of Created By You's most popular choices under $25?  Snowman ornaments! And with a low studio fee of $4, you can craft some fairly inexpensive holiday gifts here.

Good to know: Print out a coupon from the studio's web site before you head over!

Cost: Cost: $4 studio fee plus cost of project
Hours: Sun., noon-5p.m.; Mon., 10a.m.-5p.m.; Tues.&Wed. 10a.m.-7p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 11a.m.-9p.m.

59 New Dorp Plaza N. Staten Island


photo: via See-ming Lee on Flickr creative commons

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—Hanna R. Neier