Make Gorgeous Holiday Gifts at These Local Classes and Workshops

Create custom plant pots, block print your own tea towels, whip up wonderful wreaths (both botanical and charcuterie) and more.



If you’re looking to create some personalized gifts but don’t know where to start, not to worry. We’ve got you covered with a handful of fun classes and workshops to help you DIY everything from ornaments and jewelry to delicious food gifts and art.



Plantoem Pot Painting Workshop Credit Plantoem

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Pot Painting and Planting

When: Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, 7:30­–9 p.m.
Where: Plantoem, 3457 Wai‘alae Ave., #203, (808) 807-7826
Cost: $48, register here


Receive step-by-step guidance on painting a vibrant design on a 4-inch terracotta pot and then potting it with a 4-inch succulent. The café will be open for drink and pastry purchases. Free parking is available on the building’s second level. @plantoem



Ni‘ihau Shell Jewelry

When: Dec. 9, 10 a.m.–noon, noon–2 p.m.; Dec. 11, 10 a.m.–noon, noon–2 p.m.; Dec. 16, 10 a.m.–noon, noon–2 p.m.
Where: Kīpuka by Nā Mea Hawai‘i (a few door ‘Ewa from Nā Mea Hawai‘i), Ward Centre, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 596-8885
Cost: varies depending on style of size, luster and intensity of shells, see price ranges and register here


Hooked Gallery owner and Ni‘ihau shell expert Kai Hyde leads this workshop in which you can create a pendant, earrings, bracelet or lei., @na_mea_hawaii



Cheese & Charcuterie Holiday Wreath

When: Dec. 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Bubbly & Bleu, 1142 Koko Head Ave., (808) 888-5555
Cost: $85


Build a delectable Christmas wreath made of cheese and charcuterie, and learn about the  ingredients and local companies featured. Plus, enjoy a complimentary cheese and charcuterie station., @bubblyandbleu



Polymer Clay Jewelry

When: Dec. 10, 1:30–3:30 p.m.; Dec. 16, 3–5 p.m.
Where: Ben Franklin Crafts, Market City Shopping Center, 2919 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 735-4211
Cost: $40, register here


Learn simple techniques for making handmade clay jewelry, including marbled, slab and “showstopper” styles., @bfcrafts



Lau Hala Ornament

When: Dec. 10, 11 a.m.–noon
Where: Kīpuka by Nā Mea Hawai‘i (a few door ‘Ewa from Nā Mea Hawai‘i), Ward Centre, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 596-8885
Cost: $25, register here


Learn how to weave lau hala Christmas ornaments in the shape of a tree, star, fish or wreath, and enjoy live music by Uncle Leonard Jenkins., @na_mea_hawaii



Crochet Tea Towel

When: Dec. 13, 10 a.m.–noon
Where: Ben Franklin Hawai‘i, Pearl City Shopping Center, 850 Kamehameha Highway, Pearl City, (808) 455-1909
Cost: $30, register here


Create partially crocheted tea towels using blanket and chain stitches., @bfcrafts



Hana Kitchens Hawaii Cupcake Class Credit Hana Kitchens Hawaii

Photo: Hana Kitchen Hawai‘i


Gingerbread Cupcakes and Decorating

When: Dec. 17, 2–5 p.m.
Where: Hana Kitchens Hawai‘i, 66 Queen St. 3rd Floor
Cost: $85, register here


Aloha Bites owner Akiko White, who was featured on Food Network’s Cake Wars, leads this class in which you’ll learn about the fundamentals of cupcake baking and decorating. You’ll make American Buttercream and decorate a dozen cupcakes (that you’ll take home) using different piping techniques, and will receive a decorating kit that includes a piping bag, coupler, eight tips and a flower nail., @hanakitchens_hawaii   



Paiko Wreaths Credit Paiko

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Botanical Holiday Wreath

When: Dec. 14, 6­–7:40 p.m.
Where: Paiko, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, 675 Auahi St. Suite 127, (808) 988-2165
Cost: $110, register here


Create a loose 10-inch wreath using sustainable plant materials. You’ll also learn how to add new materials throughout the season to keep your wreath fresh. Plus, complimentary mulled wine will be served., @paikohawaii



Ocean Resin Bowls

When: Dec. 14, 3–4 p.m.
Where: Ben Franklin Hawai‘i, Pearl City Shopping Center, 850 Kamehameha Highway, Pearl City, (808) 455-1909
Cost: $65, register here


Use Resin to create ocean-inspired art and decorate wood bowls. You’ll take home four 4-inch monkeypod wood bowls and a 16-ounce Envirotex Resin kit., @bfcrafts



Lau Hala Bell Ornament

When: Dec. 15, 6–9 p.m., check in at the register 15 minutes prior to class start time
Where: No‘eau Designers, Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway Suite 313, Kapolei, (808) 670-2718
Cost: $35, register here


Hosted by the No‘eau Designer boutique, this workshop will teach you how to weave lau hala and make a charming bell-shaped ornament., @noeaudesigners



Block Printing

When: Dec. 16, 1­–3 p.m.
Where: Island Bungalow Hawai‘i, 670 Auahi Street, (808) 888-2282
Cost: $65, register here


Use carved wood blocks to custom print on your choice of a 2-by-3-foot hand-loomed rug, a 17-by-26-inch tote bag or two 31-by-21-inch tea towels. You’ll learn different block printing techniques and will have access to Island Bungalow Hawai‘i’s library of blocks., @islandbungalow_hawaii



Fig And Ginger Charcuterie Wreath Credit Fig And Ginger Honolulu

Photos: Fig & Ginger Honolulu



Christmas Charcuterie Wreath

When: Dec. 17, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Fig & Ginger Café, McCully Shopping Center, 1960 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Ground Floor
Cost: $75, to register email or text (808) 351-3424


Let the charcuterie whizzes at Fig & Ginger Honolulu teach you how to put together a Christmas wreath made of delicious charcuterie and treats. Pūpū and one complimentary drink are included. Plus, it’s BYOB., @fig.gingerhonolulu


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