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Plan a Christmas decoration making workshop at DoES #953
A hands-on workshop for 10–20 people, over 2-3 hours, making 2 or 3 Christmas decorations of different styles/materials/techniques. Charging £15-20 per person? With profits going to DoES.
Participants will get to learn a whole bunch of new techniques, as well as flexing their creative muscles, customising and personalising their decorations, before taking them home to impress the family.
Entry price could include maybe 1 of each decoration type, but if participants wanted to make more, we could just add £1 per item to cover costs?
People who haven’t been to DoES before! Can we target parents via our school / pre-school / mother and baby group connections? Or older ladies who fancy an afternoon doing something fun as a group?
Might there be connections to be made via the fashion hub?
Could potentially run it on December Maker Day (Saturday 8th December). Or, if we think the space will be too full already (or the equipment too busy) we could do the weekend before (Saturday 1st).
Things to plan
I've made a couple of laser cut baubles - they're currently attached to the side of the solvents cupboard with magnets. There are dxf files in Dropbox/DoESLaser/jackie/bauble and I've also emailed a copy to @zarino . They were created the with OnShape so I could send the link for that. Some of the lines seem to be doubled, possibly due to the way I used reflection in OnShape.
bauble cut 1, 2, and 3 are parts for the 3D bauble.
string art bauble is the one for wrapping with gold thread. There is some in the sewing drawer. It might be useful to change the loop at the top to a hook as there is a slot at the top which it is difficult to feed the thread through.
I can also work on the infinity mirror design to use with cheaper battery powered lights.
I‘ve created a new repo with the updated vector files in it: https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/christmas-decorations
Some design ideas we’ve collected over the last week:
Some guidelines I think we’ve all agreed on:
If we end up letting people typeset their own names, we’ll want some nice fonts.
These Adobe ones I can use for free as part of my Creative Cloud subscription:
These ones, would cost separately:
Open Source fonts tend to be less characterful, but there’s a few I spotted that could do for us:
This all sounds great. Can imagine this being a very fun afternoon together with some mince pies and Christmas tunes in the background.
The papercraft one should be fairly simple, as long as we have some time to practice, and it'll be useful to act as 'filler' if the workshop tools get quite busy.
You can also get quite reasonable packs of Christmas origami paper from Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GIF1PCI/ref=asc_df_B00GIF1PCI56576896/?tag=googshopuk-21&creative=22110&creativeASIN=B00GIF1PCI&linkCode=df0&hvadid=218721837769&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9391822448965296759&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9046555&hvtargid=pla-420673251279&th=1&psc=1 - or I expect Abakhan would have some too
Ok, we’re currently thinking:
1. Papercraft stars
Like this, except with different colours on the various surfaces (possibly painted/printed through a laser-cut stencil):
2. Mirrored acrylic snowflakes (with free spirograph bauble!)
Like these little orange flowers, except in more Christmassy mirrored acrylic colours (gold, silver, red, pearlescent white?) and in more snowflakey shapes, and a bit bigger:
I think we could jazz the snowflakes up by putting an LED in the centre, with a very simple circuit on the back, including a coin cell battery holder.
The advantage here, is that while we’re laser cutting the snowflake parts, we can get a "free" hollow bauble around the edge, which they can then do spirograph string art on!
3. Glittered name bauble
Attendees get to customise the text, then it’s laser cut out of plywood, and decorated with spraymount and glitter, maybe in a few different colour blocks:
The eventbrite for this is up and running! We settled for 2pm on Sunday 9th December. More details here:
I mentioned to Jackie last night that I have found a flashing LED module at a reasonable price on eBay.
This might be an option for one of the laser cut baubles.
Also, I am quite happy to help out on the day.