Many say that the best gifts come from the heart. We’d like to take that sentiment a step further and say that gifts from the heart often come from the heart and hand when paired with the DIY spirit. A handmade gift doesn’t have to be made with macaroni and a glue stick, especially when you have a little help from the craftiest folks in the Tualatin Valley. You don’t need Santa’s workshop; instead, look to these DIY businesses.
The newly opened Spool & Pen is yet another hip establishment revitalizing downtown Beaverton (in good company with Big’s Chicken and the forthcoming Ex Novo Brewing Co.). In addition to selling handmade textiles, fancy pens and notebooks, and vintage goods, the boutique is gearing up to offer a full slate of workshops. Until then, you can still indulge your DIY loving heart by picking out a plant and pot from the shop’s perfect curation of the two. Once you’ve found the right combo, head to the potting bench for a quick and easy DIY moment.
If you love to bake but your creations look more like a Pinterest fail than a Martha Stewart masterpiece, then book yourself a spot at the Collective Kitchen. Award-winning bakers will walk you, step-by-step, through complicated holiday recipes. You’ll be sure to wow at any cookie exchange, holiday potluck, or simply at the in-laws’ house. Holiday workshops include cocoa-glazed gingerbread cookies, white chocolate peppermint macarons, and a classic yule log. You’ll have expert instruction, but it will be all you who makes each tasty treat completely from scratch (i.e. you can still claim all the glory).
A few weeks ago, I cheered up a chilly evening with a DIY session at Cork & Board’s DIY art studio. As Oregon’s first wine-and-sign studio, the first order of business was choosing a glass of wine or bottle of craft beer. See?—you’re already nailing this DIY thing. When you reserve your spot online, you can choose from Cork & Board’s wide selection of wood sign designs (including customized ones with family names, hometowns or other meaningful details). Your design—along with all the necessary tools and materials—will be neatly lined up for you upon your arrival. When I visited, our group went with a “welcome home” design that I can’t wait to gift to a friend who just moved into a new home.