Festive Family Art Projects and Holiday Workshop Weekend this Winter

Celebrate the holiday season at Wave Hill! Each weekend, Family Art Projects help spread holiday cheer. Create colorful and embellished candles, craft pop-up holiday cards, dust fragrant pine boughs with beads and shiny foil for a glowing holiday decoration. And to carry all of your holiday treats home, craft recycled containers into glittery gift baskets. Then look ahead to the New Year and design your own calendar, filling the pages with your favorite Wave Hill-inspired scenes from every season!

Saturday and Sunday, December 8, 9, children eight and older are invited to join in on the fun at Holiday Workshops. Wave Hill staff lead three different workshops, making  one-of-a-kind wreaths or centerpiece using materials harvested from Wave Hill’s lovely gardens. Then roll up your sleeves and learn the process of felting, the art of transforming wool into dense, colorful cloth. Whether as precious tokens for those you love or treats for your family, your  special creations are sure to spread the holiday cheer!

Family Art Projects

Family Art Project meets every Saturday and Sunday, from 10AM–1PM in the Ecology Building, free with admission to the grounds.

December 1, 2 Festive Candles, Belas festival

Mix and mold colored wax until it softens like clay, and then use it to embellish a plain, white candlestick. Add an array of colors and textures to make a spectacular candle to light up the holiday season.

December 8, 9 Season’s Greetings, Bienvenuda a la estacion

See the inspiring signs of Wave Hill’s wintery wonderland. Draw your own cold-weather tales in surprise, pop-up holiday cards that come alive with scenes of the season.

December 15, 16 Sparkle and Shine, Brillo y luz

Visiting artist Esperanza Cortez helps us ornament soft, fragrant pine boughs with shiny foil, glittery beads and natural objects, like cones, dried herbs and spices. Tie up a small sachet to create your own glowing, deliciously scented decoration.

December 22, 23 Glittery Gift Baskets, Canastas para regales

Make a basket from unusual materials for a lovely, seasonal container or work of art. We’ll show you how to transform and recycle an ordinary carton into something fantastic using sparkles, gems and more.

December 29, 30 Create Your Year, Hello 2012! Creando su año, Hola 2012! Envision the year ahead, design your seasons and capture their delights with beautiful, Wave Hill-inspired images to create your very own hanging calendar for the new year. 

Holiday Workshop Weekend

Drop by to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by the gardens and galleries at Wave Hill, registration not required. Children eight and older welcome with an adult. Saturday and Sunday, December 8, 9 11AM–3PM.

Miniature Arrangements

Arrange fresh greens, pinecones and other natural materials. Give your arrangements as gifts or enjoy them on your own holiday table. Creative assistance offered by Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer. $20 Member/$30 Non-member per project.

Natural Wreaths and Swags

Craft one of a kind holiday decorations using fresh greens harvested from Wave Hill’s extensive gardens. Each participant designs a verdant wreath or swag accented with natural materials and elegant accessories. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day demonstrates simple floral techniques and provides plenty of materials to fuel your creative spirit. $20 Member/$30 Non-member per project.

Cool Wool Felting Workshop

Want to make something cool with felted wool? Join visual artist and Nature and Art Programs Manager Gisela Insuaste to create colorful wet felting projects such as soaps, balls or bowls that will brighten your winter day. $10 Member/$18 Non-member per project. 


About Us

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

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At Wave Hill, it is our mission to celebrate the artistry and legacy of our gardens and landscapes, to preserve the magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.
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