crafting jars

Children’s crafting workshops

At Birkhill House 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.

Children’s workshops are capped at eight and we have strict Covid-19 protocols in place. Lara and all visiting instructors have PVG disclosures.

Busy Elves Christmas Present Making Workshop

Monday, 30th November 2020, 12-4pm

Take advantage of the St Andrews Day holiday and spend a cosy afternoon printing wrapping paper and making presents! Work away on secret gifts for your family and friends, enjoy a hot chocolate with marshmallows and feed the alpacas a little treat – all under the dazzling lights of our giant Christmas tree. What could be a more festive way to kick off the holiday season? Full list of crafts available for curious parents/carers… but what would be the fun in that?

Age 8+


Donation only day: Christmas shoebox scenes

Friday, 4th December 2020, 3-4pm

Enjoy transforming a shoe box into a quaint Christmas scene using last year’s Christmas cards. A great way to be creative with upcycled materials.

Age 7+

Christmas ornaments

Sunday, 6th December, 1-3pm

Experiment with marbling and other techniques to make some lovely Christmas decorations for your tree.

Age 7+


Origami Christmas cards & table centrepieces

Sunday, 13th December, 1-3pm

Learn how to make origami Christmas tree cards and then create an eco-friendly table centrepiece out of a tree slab & foliage collected from our own wood.

Age 8+


Donation only day: Gingerbread house lanterns

Saturday, 19th December, 1-3pm

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

Age 7+

Origami Chistmas Tree Bunting

Sunday, 20th December, 1-3pm

Same principle as the Christmas cards on the 13th but making a string of these adorable trees to grace the mantlepiece, ready for Christmas Eve. [Image coming soon!]

Age 8+


Friendship bracelets – “donation only” day

Sunday,15th November 2020, 2-4pm

Learn the basics and make friendship bracelets for yourself – or to share! I can’t remember a time in my early teen years when I didn’t have a half-made bracelet pinned to the knee of my jeans in case I got a spare five minutes to finish it. Since then, I have been walking around with this ancient knowledge rattling around in my head and I am desperate to share it, along with my stash of brightly coloured embroidery threads. Join us!

Age 9+

Beaded jewellery – “donation only” day

Sunday, 8th November 2020, 2-4pm

It’s time to liberate my lifelong bead stash and share the beading love. I have been collecting beads for more than half my life and I am definitely in the realm of “getting old”. Come along to bead a necklace, bracelet, earrings… or all three! Must have a bit of patience, if for nothing else than threading the needle!

Age 8+

Halloween bunting & spooky lanterns – “donation only” day

Saturday, 31st October 2020, 1-3pm

Make monster bunting and jam jar lanterns in this inventive workshop using donated and found materials. This is the second of the “donation only” series. Read more about the ethos behind the series in our most recent blog post. A homegrown pumpkin and two recipes to take away with you are included so that you can head home to make a feast for All Hallows Eve!

Age 8+

Autumn lanterns – “donation only” day

Saturday, 24th October 2020 – two sessions

Morning session: 11am-12.30pm

Afternoon session: 2-3.30pm

Introducing ‘donation only’ days At Birkhill House! Come along and pay what you see fit. In the first in the series, we will make Autumn lanterns together. I haven’t put an age limit on the craft but I do think that younger ones will struggle so parents are invited to stay and help their wee ones if necessary.I have kept group numbers low so that we can have a calm and chilled out time building our lanterns, which are breathtaking to behold but deceptively simple to construct. At the end of the session, we will hopefully have a bit of time to say hello to the alpacas as well.

Booking essential.

Autumn printing workshop

Friday, 16th October 2020 – two sessions

Morning session: 10am-12.30pm

Afternoon session: 1.30-4pm

This half-day course will incorporate an introduction to both screen printing and block printing techniques inspired by the season. In collaboration with Lara Greene of Transform Arts CIC, Lara Armitage of Birkhill House is excited to invite you to this one of a kind workshop. The two Laras will provide a creative and fun half day of learning, ensuring that each child will go away with some fabulous finished artwork and their own handmade Día de los Muertos themed t-shirt. There will also be time for a wee meet & greet session with the alpacas.

Children should bring a water bottle, a snack and outdoor clothing.


Booking essential:

Lara Armitage: 07779 339 653

Lara Greene: 07533 360 861


Birkhill House

Earlston TD4 6AR

email & phone

07779 339 653