Earlier this year, I was invited along to Paperchase on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street to review their Project Craft classes. As a keen crafter myself, I love any opportunity to be creative (I’m particularly fond of book folding) and these classes offer both kids and adults the chance to do exactly that. I was invited along to sample their Christmas craft classes and as I love Christmas almost as much as I love crafts, I was there with bells on (not literally, it’s still a bit early although I did see a woman in Tesco doing her shopping in a Santa hat).
We were each challenged to decorate out own Christmas with a difference: celebrating out love of Paperchase and trying to avoid using any Christmas decorations. I headed right downstairs, boycotting the Christmas section (although I did spot this Mince Spies mug which I need to buy) and went straight for stationery. I decided that my tree was going to be a ‘Celebration of Sweets & Stationery’. Paperchase offer a range of decorative rubber,s, pens, key rings and novelty items which went perfectly with my theme. What do you think of the finishes result? I’m quite proud of it actually! My tree is now proudly on display in my bedroom.
After all the excitement of the trolley dash, I settled down to create some gift tags using their die cutting machine. Louisa runs the Project Craft classes and really goes out of her way to make everyone feel welcome, regardless of their crafting experience or ability. It’s rare to meet people who love their job but she really does; highlighted further by her enthusiasm, knowledge and patience. I loved using the die cutting machine to create this gingerbread man gift tag – just look at his top hat and bow tie! And there was Christmas music playing which just topped it all off for me. Never felt so festive in November in my life!
Paperchase are running a range of affordable Christmas craft classes throughout the month of December which are definitely worth looking into (you can book online or in store). Whether you’re looking to make some DIY crackers, a paper Poinsettia wreath, Christmas cards or Christmas dream catchers, there’s a class for everyone. I’ve already signed my sister and I up to design some crackers which we’re both really looking forward to the week before Christmas. Oh, if you’re looking to book a craft class as a party for someone or a bit of a get together, they are also willing to accommodate – I know what I’m doing for my nest birthday!
Will you be singing up for any Christmas Project Craft classes this December? What are your favourite DIY crafts for Christmas?