Children's crafting workshops

At Birkhill House CIC boasts dynamic and inventive ways for children to explore their creative impulses and express themselves – with the focus on linking crafting to nature and using as many upcycled and reclaimed materials as possible.

We're delighted to be able to offer a series of donation only children's workshops leading up to Christmas, followed by a six week block of crafting afternoons to chase away the post-festive blues.

Our animals are always a part of the crafting scene here, with a chance to meet the alpacas and cats after the creative work is done… and sometimes even while we're still crafting! In the summer, weather allowing, we sometimes set up our crafting tables right in the alpaca enclosure, and in the winter the cats find the cosy fire in the workshop irresistible…

Once you have booked your child/children in to workshops here, you will need to complete a consent form, which covers permission for your child to attend and participate, photography policy and Covid protocol. You will find this form, which can be completed online or printed out, as well as more information on our terms and conditions and photography policy here.

For more information on our Coronavirus protocol, you can visit our information page here.

Christmas Crafting

Fridays 3-5pm

Come for some fireside crafting in our cosy workshop! With an emphasis on reused and upcycled materials, we are offering a series of fun Christmas crafting sessions for children aged 7-11. Enjoy festive creativity and meet our gorgeous alpacas and Ragdoll cats. Details of individual workshops below.

Donation only, 8 places max per workshop, booking essential.

Paper Chains & Cards

Friday 26th November 2021, 3-5pm

Who doesn't love a paper chain? We will link loops to make traditional paper chains and then add a special twist in the middle. We will learn to make origami Christmas tree cards and, with the off cuts from the origami papers, we will also be making patchwork Christmas cards in time to send to family and friends.

Donation only, ages 7-11, 8 people max, booking essential

Upcycled Christmas Card Arts & Crafts

Friday 3rd December 2021, 3-5pm

This is a great way to be creative with upcycled materials. Children will be able to create imaginative shoebox scenes using last year's Christmas cards. The scenes are secret – entirely closed into their boxes – only to be spied through a special viewing slot cut in the end of the box. Magical! If there is time, we will also try to rework some of last year's cards into gift tags and wall hangings.

Donation only, ages 7-11, 8 people max, booking essential

Upcycled "Gingerbread" Lanterns

Friday 10th December 2021, 3-5pm

Another great upcycle project At Birkhill House CIC, using tetra cartons and your imagination to create a lovely little light up house to take away on the day.

Donation only, ages 7-11, 8 people max, booking essential

Assorted Christmas Ornaments

Friday 17th December 2021, 3-5pm

Experiment with different techniques – like painting, printing and metal work – to make a variety of ornaments for the Christmas tree. There will be a few different stations set up where children can let their imaginations take over and have some festive creative fun.

Donation only, ages 7-11, 8 people max, booking essential

Children's Winter Crafting

Workshops 2022

January 14th, 21st & 28th, February 4th, 11th & 25th

3-6 year olds – Fridays 2-3pm

Come along for this six-week block of crafting fun for wee ones led by Elsa Ness. Be inspired by Winter beauty to create nature-based masterpieces. We will experiment with different techniques and materials, with an emphasis on sensory play and discovery. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

£40 per child for 6 week block, 8 spaces max, booking essential

7-11 year olds – Fridays 4-5:30pm

Come along for this six-week block of crafting fun led by Elsa Ness. Inspired by Winter's hidden bounty, we will be making nature-based creations alongside inventive projects celebrating the Year of the Tiger and Valentine's Day.

£50 per child for 6 week block, 8 spaces max, booking essential

Previous events

Friendship bracelets – "donation only" day

Beaded jewellery – "donation only" day

Halloween bunting & spooky lanterns – "donation only" day

Autumn lanterns – "donation only" day

t-shirt making

Autumn printing workshop

Busy elves

Origami hearts

Origami heart bunting

Lockdown crafting kits online

Upcycle extravaganza!

Upcycle extravaganza!

Christmas tree bunting

crafting jars

Autumn delight

Origami ornaments

Origami Christmas tree ornaments

kids crafting

Christmas crafts for kids

Easter mobile kits

Christmas ornaments

Alpaca Art

Wonderful Weaving


Paint, Print & Trace


At Birkhill House


Birkhill House

Earlston TD4 6AR

email & phone

07779 339 653