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Winter has always been a rad time for making stuff. Whether you’re crafting handmade gifts, relaxing in front of a cozy fire with a personal project, or spending time indoors learning a new skill, ‘tis the season for DIY. Here at BUST, we know learning is just as much fun as shopping, so at this year’s BUST Holiday Craftacular—Dec. 9 & 10, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St.—we’re also offering over 100 interactive DIY workshops, demos, and classes, including many that will appeal to makers of all stripes and skill levels, as part of a new event: The BUST School for Creative Living


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For the artistically inclined, we’ll have professional makers teaching fantastic make-and-take workshops in Numerology Jewelry Making, Marble Painting, Clay Sculpting, Printmaking, Embroidery, Watercolor, Macrame, Origami, Coiled Wire Beading, Patch Making, Bundle Dyeing, Chalk Painting, Pom-Pom Making, Wooden Holiday Ornament Making, Block Printing, Hand Lettering, and Silkscreening.

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And for glamorous DIY divas looking for fun new health and beauty projects, you won’t want to miss classes in making your own Face Scrubs, Braiding 101, DIY Skin Care, and DIY Bath Salts & Essential Oils.


Are you more of a skill-share chick looking for expert guidance in subjects like music, dance, or gardening? Then you’re in luck, because we’ve also got killer demos on Plant Cloning, Guitar Picking, Belly Dancing, Intro to Sign Language, DIY Zine Making, BDSM for Beginners, Pinhole Camera Photography, iPhone Photography, Music Production, and Shop Talk With Female Musicians

You’d be hard pressed to find such a diverse and expansive lineup of interactive programming anywhere else, especially at this price. Tickets for individual workshops are only $15. But if you want to workshop-hop all day long, a day pass is $40 and a weekend-long pass is $75. These passes also get you into all music performances and lectures from feminist luminaries including Lindy West, Amber Tamblyn, and Liz Winstead! So gather up your posse and prepare for a fantastic feminist weekend of good vibes and skill sharing at the BUST Craftacular!

Special thanks to our art supply vendor Artists and Craftsman Supply.

Emily Rems is a feminist writer, editor, rock star, playwright, and occasional plus-size model living in New York’s East Village. Best known as managing editor of BUST magazine, Emily is also a music and film commentator for New York’s NPR affiliate WNYC, and is the drummer for the horror-punk band the Grasshoppers. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the anthologies Cassette from my Ex and Zinester’s Guide to NYC, and her short stories have been published in Rum Punch Press, Lumen, Prose ‘N Cons Mystery Magazine, Writing Raw, and PoemMemoirStory. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for fiction in 2015 and is working on a novel. Follow her on Twitter @emilyrems.