CraftNOW Create

Craft steps out of the studio and into the hearts of Philadelphians with CraftNOW Create!

Together, we will learn how to make monster heads in clay, dragonflies in wood, Swedish holiday gnomes and more.

Activities are presented by the American Swedish Historical Museum, The Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, University of the Arts and Wild Hand.

Most projects are ideal for elementary-aged students. Click here to see a list of materials you can use to create the projects as you watch the videos below, or watch the full playlist of videos on YouTube.


CraftNOW Create 2020 was funded by the Joseph Robert Foundation. 


Swedish Holiday Gnome

Learn about Swedish holiday traditions by making your own felt Tomten gnome.

Butterflies & Dragonflies

Craft takes flight with these wooden sculptures made in clothespins, wooden sticks, markers and more.

Pinch Pot Animal Heads

Discover the basics of hand-building with air-dry clay while making a wild portrait of your favorite animal.

Kite Making

Local artist Alice Thompson created her print Brick Atmosphere, which will be brought to life through sound, gesture, and play through these kites.

Mini Mosaics

Be inspired by renowned artist Isaiah Zagar and follow along to create your very own miniature tile using beads and other colorful objects.

Puppet Building

Put together your own puppet using paper, felt, and buttons or build your own unique character with materials of your choosing. 

Felted Soaps

Find a bar of soap and wrap with the felted material in the kits to create a fun and squishy lather.