How to make a last-minute DIY gift this Christmas

How to make a last-minute DIY gift this Christmas

Get handsy

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Ask A French Flowers,
Oo La Lab

Workshops in Singapore to make your own gift for that special someone

Too late to order that thing your partner really wanted, but still pressured to give something meaningful so you don't come off looking like a dick? Banish overpriced mediocrity to the masses and say you really care by making something from scratch — well, almost. Nothing says "I love you, really" like a specially-formulated scent, a wreath with flowers that are "SO her" and a piece of writing that shows off your creative juices. Let them flow.

1. Make your own scented candle
Where: Oo La Lab, Delta House
When: Anytime — just call for an appointment at 6873 1140

Soy beeswax candle Oo La Lab

While we do have our favourites from Cire Trudon and Byredo, nothing's quite as exquisite as a personalised, hand-poured candle. Oo La Lab — the designer behind scents in Changi Airport, ION Orchard and Paragon — has added a new workshop to their fragrance wardrobe, this time allowing you to make your own scented candles. Start by choosing base and modifier notes, ranging from woody, fruity, floral, oriental, citrus, aquatic and the like, building and testing formulas. Like a throwback to chemistry lab sessions, you'll be using equipment like a tester vial, a beaker and a cylinder. Lasting for approximately an hour, you'll be able to go home with a 100g soy and beeswax candle, or choose to have it delivered as well.

2. Make your own wreath
Where: Ask A French Flowers, Tiong Bahru
When: 20 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Book here

Ask A French Flowers

The best gift for a new home or couple, a wreath stands the test of time and heck, can even outlast some relationships. To keep yours fresh, check out Ask A French Flowers' last-minute Christmas wreath workshop. Pick out pine, cypress, statice and eucalyptus leaves as well as baby breaths and other flowers that dry beautifully and change colour as they age. You'll leave with a wreath sized at approximately 30cm. Bonus: Florist Aude Giraud will also be serving Mariage Frères tea.

3. Make your own short story
Where: BooksActually at The Hive Lavender
When: 22 December, 5.30pm to 7pm

If you've always thought that you love someone more than words can say, think again. BooksActually presents a flash fiction-writing workshop with Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, author of Math Paper Press' The Infinite Library & Other Short Stories, which just launched at the Singapore Writer's Festival in November. You'll learn the ins and outs of writing a short story, and will leave the session with your own piece of fiction — a glorified love letter, perhaps?

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