Free Make-and-Take crafts
Holiday Card Making with Artist & Craftsman
Create a unique holiday card using small custom-made stamps, markers, and different-sized blank cards and envelopes.
DIY Holiday Lights + Stamped Wrapping Paper with ASSEMBLE
Create paper garlands with LEDs for holiday decorations and learn basic printmaking with stamps and colorful inks.
Mixed Media Zine Making with BatCat Press
Using repurposed materials like old book pages, maps, and magazines alongside an array of art supplies, you’ll create and walk away with a one-of-a-kind mixed-media zine.
Hand Embroidery Basics with Protohaven
Learn the basics of hand embroidery with a cool snowflake sampler. Practice your back stitch, running stitch, french knot, and more with their easy-to-pick-up pattern.
STEM Craft + Youth-Built Robots with SHARP (Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program)
Join their SHARP team for a STEM-oriented craft for children while showing off some of their youth-built robotics projects.
Upcycling Tote Bags with The Refillery Pgh and Scrapwerx
Use paints and stamps to design and repurpose a canvas tote bag, then use it to shop the market! The Refillery is Pittsburgh’s first refill and zero-waste store – stop by to learn more about their planet-saving mission.
Boho Fabric Tassel Making with Scrapwerx
Make a boho tassel using shredded multicolored strips of fabrics! Scrapwerx is committed to zero waste. Since its founding in 2020, they have kept over 2000 pounds of fabric out of landfills a year with art and hands-on activities!
Collage Making with The Frick Pittsburgh
Create a one-of-a-kind collage. Participants will use previous exhibition posters, magazines, ephemera, and colored paper to create their own works of art.
Interactive demonstrations and art-making
On the Spot Poetry with Hailey Clancy
Share a feeling and your hopes with poet Haley Clancy and receive a spontaneous, personalized poem typed on the spot on her typewriter.
Yarn-Making + Spinning Demo with Healing Fibers Co.
See how wool is blended and prepared for spinning on a spinning wheel. Participants can select wool and other fibers for blending to help create a mini-batt of yarn.
Quick Draw Portraits with Jayla Patton
Sit with Jayla Patton and receive a quick, colorful portrait by email! Max of 2 people per drawing.
Large-scale Silk Screening with Artists Image Resource (AIR) and students from CAPA High School
Large-scale silk screening on enormous pieces of paper. Lucky audience members can take a sheet home to use as handmade holiday wrapping paper.
Glassblowing Demo with the Pittsburgh Glass Center
Let the artists from Pittsburgh Glass Center blow your mind! Hot Wheels, the center’s traveling glass studio, will roll into the market and bring furnace-fired fun and glass-blowing demonstrations to all attendees, creating fiery works of art from molten magma.
Blanket Crocheting Demo with Project Linus
Located in the lobby, Project Linus will be onsite crocheting blankets and sharing about their mission to provide a sense of love, security, and warmth to children who are seriously ill or traumatized.
Mobile Wheel Clay Studio Demo with Union Project
Introducing Union Project’s Mobile Clay Studio. Stop for ceramics and clay wheel-throwing demonstrations.
Framing and Wrapping Services
(Located in the lobby)
Gift Wrapping Station with Brentwood High School Musical Theater students
Buying your holiday gifts? BHS will be onsite to make your holiday a little easier by wrapping your gifts for you. All donations go directly to support the musical theater program.
Framer’s Market with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Buying 2D art? Don’t leave without getting it framed! GPAC offers a wide variety of small and medium frames, including variations on matting and glass, all at discount prices. A portion of all sales will benefit Handmade Arcade’s Youth Maker Scholarship.