Portland’s crafty heart beats strong this time of year as the holidays get closer and the creative ideas start flowing. Take advantage of all that creativity floating around and craft some handmade gifts with your little ones. The following spots offer instruction and materials to make gifts like baby footprint-paintings and hand dyed silk scarves, as well as making the boxes for the gifts themselves. Click through our album to see our favorite six spots to DIY like a pro.


SCRAP is a community resource that focuses on re-directing materials from the waste stream. Wednesday afternoons are available for crafting with the benefit of their specialized tools, in their space. You’ll need to provide materials, which can be brought from home or purchases in their shop full of hidden treasures. Older kids can use sewing machines or a comb binding machine with parental supervision. Open studio time is from 3-5 p.m. every Wednesday, and admission is free.

2915 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Online: scrappdx.org

photo: Jon A. via Yelp

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  • Courtesy of 100th Monkey Studios
  • Courtesy of CHAP

Where do you go to for help in making handmade gifts? Let us know in the Comments!

— Kelley Gardiner