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I can’t count the number of years my kids have gotten their grandfather golf balls and their grandmother store-bought jewelry for Christmas. If you’re in a similar boat, consider going to a paint-your-own-pottery studio where your kids can make truly meaningful gifts with their very own hands. The best part? You’ll all have a fabulous time doing it.
How It Works
First, pick the piece you want to paint. Dena Pearlman, executive director of the Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association, suggests browsing a studio’s website for samples with the gift recipient in mind. Looking to make something for a grandmother who loves cooking and entertaining? Consider making a piece of dinnerware. A cousin who’s seen Cars 25 times and counting? Some studios have a Disney line. An aunt who loves jewelry? Many places offer silver and glass. And what grandparent wouldn’t adore a plate that incorporates your kids’ handprints?
Next, choose the paint colors and get to painting! You’ll leave your masterpiece at the studio for glazing and firing, and you’ll pick it up three to seven days later.
Costs vary, but most venues usually charge a per-person fee (under $10) in addition to the price of the item, which can be anywhere from a few bucks to about $60.
How old do you have to be to paint, and where can I take my kids in NJ?—>