Sunday, 13 April 2014

School Holiday Programme

One more week until school holiday's start!  With this current weather it is best to have a few outings planned to keep them occupied and we have lots of creative fun things to keep them busy. We have also added 2nd listings to some our more popular workshops so make sure to check in case you think you missed out already.

Cupcake Decorating 1       Tuesday 22nd April, 10:30- 11:30am or 2:00- 3:00           $20                                
A fun cupcake decorating workshop to make a butterfly, heart, flower and owl cupcake! All materials included as well as a box to take your creations home in! Age 6+

Cupcake Decorating   2             Wednesday 23rd April, 10:30 -11:30 am                           $20

A fun cupcake decorating workshop to make a shark, frog, apple and spider cupcake! All materials included as well as a box to take your creations home in! Age 6+

Button Canvas Tree              Thursday 24th April, 10:30 – 11:30am   and 12:00 - 13:00                          $15
Create a colourful button canvas art for your bedroom in this fun arty workshop Age 6-12

Mice & Monster Matchbox Houses    Monday 28th April, 9:30- 10:30am                        $15  
Create little felt mouse or monster in your own choice of colour and then decorate up a matchbox for him/her to live! Age 7-12  


Peg Dolls and Houses     Monday 28th April, 11:00- 12:00pm or 2:00- 3:00                  $15  

Create a little Peg Doll Family in this fun workshop as well as a house to keep them in.
Age 5-12
Kids Sewing School       Tuesday 29th April-Thursday 1st May   10:00- 12:00pm            $175  
A fantastically fun 3 day workshop for any child who loves to create! Come along and learn to sew things you will love. Over the course  we will create 3-4 projects from the book, We Love To Sew, which you get to keep! All materials included for making the projects during the class including: Zipper Pouch, Name Bunting and a Skirt! Ages 8+

Kids Learn to Quilt       Tuesday 29th April-Thursday 1st May   12:30- 2:00pm                 $85  
Does your child dream of making a beautiful quilt that will last a lifetime? Make it happen with our Learn to Quilt workshop! This workshop runs over 3 days for an hour and a half each session. They will learn to cut and piece, layer and quilt and bind their gorgeous quilt!       Ages 8+ Suitable for both boys & girls! Last holidays we had 2 boys join us and they made amazing quilts!

Kids Make A Bag          Wednesday 30th April-Thursday 1st May   2:30- 3:30pm              $45  
If your child has some sewing experience this is a really fun workshop for them to do! They will make a cute bag in this workshop which runs over 2 days. All materials are included as well as sewing machines. Ages 8+

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Fabric Printing                     Friday 2nd May, 9:30 – 10:30am                                     $15

Come and join us for a fun and easy project, designing and creating your our Custom Printed Fabric! Get as creative as you like and design your own fabric! Ages 5-12 Suitable for boys & girls

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Great Garden Makes

Hot Wheels Garden Track!

What I love about this project is that you can make it as big or small as you like and it can fit in almost any garden! We are constantly looking for more ways to get our kids outside and here is a great idea! 

From NZ Better Homes & Gardens

Fairy Garden

Tilly has created such fun fairy garden, that I would love to try out! Find an old or special mug or pot and you have yourself a mini wonderland! 

Tilly's Farm Blog - Kaiwaka New Zealand

Bird Feeder

Have a look at this easy tutorial to make your own bird feeder as well as a recipe to make your own bird feed!  
NZ Green Buttons

If all else fails and it is just too miserable to go outside, why not collect some leaves to make into a picture? See what you can create from the different shapes! 
Check out our Pinterest Board for lots of ideas!
Make Pinterest Board

Monday, 7 April 2014

New Cafe & Competition Winner

Well as some of you may have been watching, we decided to re -invent our craft store to a size that could replicate (more about this later!) which opened way for a great collaboration with Van Dams - The Dutch Cafe & Store. 

Van Dam's cafe has been in Christchurch for over 15 years, however I have to say being in there does remind me of being in cafe in the Netherlands many years ago! 


It is not the same as our old cafe, but we are happy to be working together and this will allow us so many new opportunities!  Plus they have cheese! 

and black licorice 

and even Kees's bike up on the roof! (Nice satchel!) 

and those of you who have been on our lampshade workshop will recognize these works of art! 

So we look forward to having coffee again and lots of new exciting adventures! 

The winner of our Crochet prize is Gill Weavers! She made this gorgeous granny square mat using our new Zpagetti Yarn which is made from recycled tshirts and a 12mm hook - so it is super speedy! Gill receives the latest copy of Simply Crochet & a ball of Inca yarn! Thanks to everyone who shared the images on Facebook, check them out, it was hard to choose a winner!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Toddler Fun - Dear Zoo Camel

We have been exploring into the wild at our toddler craft on Tuesday & Wednesday Mornings. Each week we have a story then a related craft. 

Today we read the very fun book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, a great lift & flap book where the reader asks the zoo to send them a pet and they send all sorts of wild animals until they find the best suited! 

This book is so interactive for kids as you can see they can guess what the animal is going to be before lifting the flap. It was great to here some of the kids own reasons for not having these types of animals in their house, like the monkey stealing all their bananas!

Today we made a very fun camel from egg cartons - which are so underrated - the craft possibilities are endless with these gems and let's not mention wooden pegs (which are quite hard to find in NZ, however I found a massive bag for $2.50 at Kosco)

We used brown paint for this project too, which is best done with orange and a bit of blue. We mixed our own orange first with yellow & red and then just added a drop of blue

The camels blanket is just a small piece of felt and we used brown card for the camels neck and face. 

Tip: It is best to create your camels face & attach his harness, then make a slit in the egg carton box and slide it in first before painting - unless you have a patient toddler who can do this in stages.

And there you go! We have one grumpy camel! 

Have fun creating your own camel and we would love to see it on our Facebook page! 

Toddler Craft happens on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings at 10am at Make, 355 Riccarton Road
Book online here: Preschool Story & Craft
Term 2 will be up soon.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

We're Hooked!!

At Make we understand how many of you just love Crochet, so we have teamed up with Becs from Kiwicraft to bring you an amazing line up of crochet workshops! 
Curl up this winter to create something gorgeous! 

If you have never crocheted before don't despair! Learn all you need to know in our Learn to Crochet workshop, plus you will take home your first hook and a ball of yarn to keep you going! 

Once you have mastered the basics, we have two directions for you to go: 1) Amigurumi and 2) Home & Accessories 

1) Amigurumi
Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.[1] Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features,[2] as is typical in Japanese culture. - Thanks Wiki! 

We have a fantastic list of workshops, just check the prior requirements needed for each one and then book your date in! Next week we have Murtle Turtle - if you can single crochet, start a ring of stitches and increase you can do this one! You will learn how to create joined rounds, changing colour in joined rounds and construction.

2) Home & Accessories
This route with crochet is fantastic as you will work with both regular & softer yarn in order to create pretty handwarmers, african flower motifs, mug warmers and slippers


Keen to book on? Just click on this link and you can register today. Why not bring a friend along and each get $5 discount per workshop?

You can view the Kiwicraft Felt shop  to see what other creative items she sells! 

And if you love free stuff post your latest crochet project on our Facebook page  by 31st March and we will pick a winner to get the latest Simply Crochet + a Ball of Inca yarn mmmm nice!!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

We need you! Join our team.

Part time Sales Assistant  
We are looking for a dynamic and positive spirited  person to join our team of creative people at Make! The ideal candidate should have an interest in crafting, administration skills, and also customer service. They also need to show the ability to work well and efficiently under pressure. 

This is a part time position for various weekday shifts as well as Saturdays.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Serving Customers
  • Packaging Online orders
  • Stock Management
Opportunities are also open for teaching workshops and working within our kids programme as part of this position.

If this sounds like you, then email your CV to and we will send you the full job description.
Applications close 31st March 2014

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

This Week at Make

On Sunday, we hosted the second instalment of our Mosaic mirror workshop, during which the ladies completed the final stage of the process - grouting and polishing. 

Having attended Amber's class in the past, we can attest to how messy this part of the process is! But messy is fun, right?! It does feel quite strange to plaster your pretty china and glass tiles with what essentially looks like mud though!

Once an even layer of tile grout has been applied. this then needs extensive sponging to reveal all your pieces again before a final polish to add a lovely shine. We can't wait to see the ladies finished mirrors so we can share them with you!

Wednesday night was Part 1 of our new Vegan Taxidermy workshops, in which our in-house tutor Holly has been showing participants how to create a faux stuffed animal head like the magnificent stag - Monty - which we have on display behind the counter in the shop.

Three students also chose to make stags, while a fourth opted for a cute wee elephant ornament. We'll reveal the finished pieces after Part 2 next week!

Our huge SALE started over the weekend too, with many items discounted to amazing one-off prices! Call into store to have a rifle through what's on offer or check out our Facebook page as we have been listing three great deals to snatch up every evening.