It’s hard to believe but the year’s biggest and most widely decorated holidays are coming up fast. To help get you ready, two of Montgomery County’s parks are sponsoring a variety of great craft workshops. Learn how to design and create seasonal decorations using materials from nature while enjoying a fun afternoon.

Spaces are limited in most workshops, so call the park early to pre-register. Participation also requires a small materials fee.

Green Lane Park
2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane, PA 18054
Park Office: 215-234-4528

Holiday Craft Workshops – Sat. 11/17

Make two different crafts using all natural materials during two different workshops held the same day. Sign up for one or both. Participants in the 10 am workshop will create a “Holiday Centerpiece” for your Thanksgiving table using local pine cones, pods and nuts. The 1 pm workshop group will use natural materials to create “Winsome Woodland Critters.” No previous crafting experience needed! Bring a hot glue gun, if possible, but some will be available to use.

Workshops will be held in the enclosed Stone Pavilion in Deep Creek Area of Green Lane Park (2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane PA, 18054). Workshops are designed for ages 12 and over. There is an $8 per person, per workshop fee.

More Holiday Crafts – Sat. 12/1

Create some unique holiday decorations using natural materials during these two workshops. The 10 am class will make “Kissing Balls” which can be used for many years to come. The 1 pm workshop features a “Holiday Wall-hanging” project. No previous crafting experience needed! Bring a hot glue gun if you have one, there will be some to borrow too. Workshop participants ages 12 and over should meet in the enclosed Stone Pavilion in Green Lane Park. There is an $8 per person, per workshop materials fee.

Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown, PA 19403
Park Offfice: 610-270-0215

Thanksgiving Centerpieces – Sun. 11/18

Create a centerpiece using natural materials in time for your Thanksgiving table. The park will supply colorful leaves, acorns and other nuts, grasses, field-dried wild flowers, berries, and fresh fall flowers for your masterpiece. Work with fresh or dried flowers, or both. Bring clippers and a special container, opaque vase, or a basket with a liner in which to arrange your materials. The workshop begins at 1 pm. Pay the $5 per person fee when preregistering. The program is for adults and children age 14 and over. Meet in the Salt Wing.

Giving Thanks, a Native American Message – Mon. 11/19

This Thanksgiving-themed program, held at 1 pm, will emphasize an appreciation for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants, both plants and animals, and the interconnections between living things. Children will hear a Native American story and learn about how they lived and what the first Thanksgiving feast may have been like. Make a seasonal craft to take home. The program is for children ages 3 and over with an accompanying adult. Pre-register by calling the park. There is a $5 per child fee. Meet in the Salt Wing.

Holiday Wreaths – Sun. 11/25

Make a holiday wreath that you can use indoors or outdoors for seasons to come with natural materials such as grapevine, pine cones, nuts, and flower pods. Add a seasonal ribbon or bow if you’d like. Bring a glue gun and glue sticks if you have them. Meet at 1 pm in the Salt Wing. The workshop is designed for adults and children ages 14 and over. There is a $5 fee per person.

Christmas Tree Decorating for Wildlife – Sun. 12/2

Learn how to trim a tree for the wildlife, both feathered and furry. Participants will make the edible ornaments and then trim a tree in the park. Take some home for decorating in your own backyard too. Fun for the whole family – adults and children ages 5 and up! There is a $5 fee per family. Meet in the Salt Wing at 1 pm.

Natural Ornaments – 12/9

Want to make some natural ornaments for your tree this year? Join park staff for their traditional natural ornament program. Use seeds, pods, evergreen cones, and other natural materials to create holiday ornaments and whimsical woodland critters. Samples will be on display for you to choose which ones to create. There are more ideas every year! Bring a glue gun, glue sticks, and a box to carry home your creations. The program length is about two hours, beginning at 1 pm.  Pre-registration is required along with a $5 per person fee. Designed for adults and children at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult. Meet at the park office. 

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