Crafts
Classes & Workshops

Whatever your skill level or ability, there's a class at the Arboretum that can teach you a new, creative skill.



photo Gergely Hideg/Flickr 

Create-Your-Own Kokedama: A Drop-in Mini Workshop

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Are you interested in enhancing your "Origami in the Garden" experience? Drop by the Great Hall Balcony on select Saturday afternoons for a mini workshop! Kokedama is a Japanese variant of bonsai, in which live moss is essentially used as a container for another plant. These moss balls can hold many types of houseplants, from ferns to orchids. They are equally beautiful displayed on a table or suspended by your window and are easy to care for. Join Arboretum staff to learn more about this unique display technique, and then follow along step-by-step in creating your own kokedama to take home. 

The drop-in workshop will take a half hour or less and you can arrive anytime within the time frames listed below. 

$15 fee per 4" kokedama and includes a helpful care sheet. Does not include Arboretum admission.

First come first served- limit 12 participants at a time.

PURCHASE OPTIONS: 

Same-Day Walk-In
Walk-in and pay in person at the project location 
First come first served- limit 12 participants at a time.

Reserve Online
Pre-Register your spot online (select a session below) by 9am Friday prior to the workshop and arrive at workshop any time between 2 and 4pm

(150-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register
(150-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register
(150-09-15-18)
Saturday, September 15
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register
(150-10-13-18)
Saturday, October 13
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 
Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register


Sheryl Tuorila

Agate Landscapes - Glass-on-Glass Mosaics Weekend Workshop

(125-06-02-18-01)
Saturday, June 2
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
AND
Sunday, June 3
noon - 4:00 p.m.

Sheryl Tuorila, Professional artist and instructor whose work can be found in countless private homes as well as many hospitals, libraries, and the MSP Airport

No experience necessary
Glass is an incredibly diverse medium for mosaic work! Join other art enthusiasts for a two-day weekend workshop that will result in your own beautiful 9"x11" framed window hanging featuring a stunning Brazilian agate slice. On the first day, award winning instructor Sheryl Tuorila will present an introduction to glass-on-glass mosaic, and walk you through designing your mosaic. You will finish out the day by cutting and adhering design onto the glass. On the second day, you will grout and polish your project. This two-day class is filled with fun and laughter. You won't believe how the time flies as your creativity soars! Leave with a spectacular finished project and the enthusiasm and knowledge to continue working in this medium.
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

$175 member/$195 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

Saturday in the Kitchen: Beeswax Beauty

(801-07-21-18)
Saturday, July 21
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Beeswax has long been used in beauty products and is a natural, toxin-free way to add protective, emolliating, and softening elements to skincare. Come with your friends to try a variety of beeswax-based beauty treatments, and create your own spa products in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting! You won't have to book an appointment at a spa to enjoy luxurious products such as Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash, Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream and Happy Heel Lemon Foot Salve. You will leave feeling refreshed, carrying samples to share at home as well as a comprehensive handout with recipes!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 


Bim

Bent Willow Furniture

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author

Level: All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming back to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had. Prices listed are per project, and include a box lunch or dinner. 

HOW IT WORKS
Images of each project are available on the website. Projects are grouped by similar construction techniques; you will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim and his assistants will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. The amount of time to complete a project varies based on the student; the times listed are an estimate.

ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Required Equipment
Bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards). 
Suggested Equipment
Loppers, wire cutters, and any snacks/drinks (drinking fountain available on-site)

Registration Deadline
All registrations must be received no later than Friday, August 3 at 3pm in order for Bim to harvest the required willow materials for your project.

 
MORNING SESSION: MISC PIECES
  birdhouse bench

"Birdhouse" Bench

(200-08-11-18-03)
YES! A Birdhouse is at the top of the bench!
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 48" x 40" x 14"

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
register
  coffee table 

Coffee Table

(200-08-11-18-04)
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 6, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 17" x 36" x 24"

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and and all raw materials to build a 4' willow coffee table
register
   bakers rack

Baker's Rack or Potting Bench

(200-08-11-18-05)
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 66" x 40" x 24"

$325 member/$360 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 5' tall baker's rack/potting bench
register
AFTERNOON SESSION: CHAIRS & LOVESEATS
  willow chair 

Willow Chair

(200-08-11-18)
Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

$325 member/$360 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow chair
register
   willow loveseat

Willow Loveseat

(200-08-11-18-01)
Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 50" 28"

$400 member/$440 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow loveseat
register
  willow rocker

Willow Rocking Chair

(200-08-11-18-02)
Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 6, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

$400 member/$440 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow rocking chair
register


Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn

(200-08-24-18)
Friday, August 24
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Gain a greater appreciation for native natural materials, and the artistry by which they are transformed into baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket with a variety of natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels- Linda will provide plenty of individualized attention to ensure you succeed. You will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. You will leave with a completed coiled ~5" diameter basket, and the skills to make more baskets at home. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class or dine in the Arboretum Cafe. 
BRING FROM HOME: small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses (if needed), bag lunch (optional).
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except those noted above
register 


Herbal and Goat Milk Soap Making

(100-08-26-18)
Sunday, August 26
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Join acclaimed herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun full-day, hands-on soap-making workshop! Start out learning the basics of herbs and soapmaking, then dive into a hands-on experience, making two styles of traditional soap with herbs and fresh goat's milk. Linda will discuss other soap skills, such as felting soap and working with loofah (a natural gourd product). Take home an appreciation for the natural world, nine bars of soap made in class, plus instructions and recipes for making soap at home. NOTE: Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

 
Leslie Granbeck

Felted Slippers

(125-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

No experience necessary
Custom-made, cozy and warm, felted slippers are great for the colder months ahead!. Using fine, soft Corriedale wool provides long silky fibers that feel smooth next to your skin. Learn to layer colorful wool fibers over a custom pattern made from your own feet. Then, explore traditional wet felting techniques and transform the fibers into durable felted slippers. Perhaps you will want to decorate with a variety of plant fibers available such as bamboo, rose, corn and silk. You can even make them reversible! We're on our feet a lot in felting classes, some physical stamina is needed. All supplies included to create and take home one pair of slippers. 

BRING FROM HOME:2-3 hand towels, 2 old bath towels, sharp scissors, pair of flip flops (or similar) to wear between "fittings" and a plastic bag to carry home wet items. 
SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): apron, bag lunch as the Bee Center has no food options on-site.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$99 member/$139 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register


Leslie Granbeck

Felted Luminarias

125-11-03-18-01
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Add a warm glow to the holiday season with pretty, felted luminarias. Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool and a little soapy water. Add texture and other design embellishments using a variety of natural materials. Your luminarias are the perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. they make lovely gifts as well. 

BRING FROM HOME: A bag lunch, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron. 

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$79 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Select a session:
Saturday, November 3, 2018 (125-11-03-18)
9:30 a.m. - noon
OR
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (125-01-19-19)
9:30 a.m. - noon

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Peter will explain simple techniques using shape, weights, and friction to create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, learn about design and composition, and receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden or anywhere with stones. You'll never look at stones in the same way again! This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, suggested minimum age for this class is 12. An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class.
Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (125-11-03-18)
9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (125-01-19-19)
9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register

 

Gifts from the Hive: Winter Skincare Products

202-11-15-18
Thursday, November 15
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of hive-based skincare products. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating: beeswax lip balm, salve and unique bar lotion in creative shapes. Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to customize your creations with natural scents and tints. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register



Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns

200-11-17-18
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, ice luminary artist 

Join Jennifer as she instructs a technique called Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns. She will share steps and best "how-to" tips for making these elegant mini-towers of artful ice. The completed lanterns can be displayed outdoors or indoors, and they are a wintertime activity perfect for the whole family. Class includes hands-on work to practice and time to ask questions. The supplies and handout allow you to leave with everything you need to start making your own just-add-water lanterns at home. Note that this is a how-to class, but you will not leave with a completed ice lantern--you will be able to make as many as you like in the convenience of your home! For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). 
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 


 

Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Candles

202-11-29-18
Thursday, November 29
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff


Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of beeswax candles. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and beeswax. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating: molded beeswax candles, dipped beeswax candles, and beeswax luminaries. Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to include natural scents and embedded natural materials. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 



Mirage Studio/Shutterstock

Gifts from the Garden:
A Day of Make-and-take Seasonal Gifts

125-12-01-18
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Level: all levels, no experience required!

Grab a friend and spend a day at the Arboretum-- a unique opportunity to learn new skills as you explore a multitude of artistic endeavors. Come away with 3 completed projects made by you, conveniently useful for seasonal gifting.

View projects and learn more at
www.arboretum.umn.edu/giftsfromgarden.aspx

Limit 80, Marion Andrus Learning Center

$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Register


 

Gifts from the Hive: Unique Beeswax Crafts

202-12-06-18
Thursday, December 6
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for some hard-to-please gift recipients? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of unique, hive-based crafts. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating: pinecone beeswax firestarters for camping enthusiasts, reusable beeswax food wrap for the eco-friendly, and beeswax molding clay for the young and creative. Ping will guide you each step along the way. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210.Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

 


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