PHOTO GALLERY: Nature friendly crafts for an Earth Friendly Holiday

Tanis Armstrong and Payton Daum Armstrong pause for a moment from their busy wreath making at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre as part of the Earth Friendly Holiday Event. Tara Sprickerhoff photosTanis Armstrong and Payton Daum Armstrong pause for a moment from their busy wreath making at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre as part of the Earth Friendly Holiday Event. Tara Sprickerhoff photos
Tanis Armstrong and Payton Daum Armstrong pause for a moment from their busy wreath making at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre as part of the Earth Friendly Holiday Event. Tara Sprickerhoff photosTanis Armstrong and Payton Daum Armstrong pause for a moment from their busy wreath making at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre as part of the Earth Friendly Holiday Event. Tara Sprickerhoff photos
Gabrielle Pierce works on a beautiful critter home made from birch barkGabrielle Pierce works on a beautiful critter home made from birch bark
Cat Prevette, president of the Cariboo Art Society, colours in a table full of drawings while Sharon Harvey looks to help out.Cat Prevette, president of the Cariboo Art Society, colours in a table full of drawings while Sharon Harvey looks to help out.
Dot Unrau (left) and Edna-May Myhre spin some yarn for their wool products.Dot Unrau (left) and Edna-May Myhre spin some yarn for their wool products.
Mala (left) and Hannah James begin their work on what will become a glorious and sweet smelling wreathMala (left) and Hannah James begin their work on what will become a glorious and sweet smelling wreath
Hannah James peers through her carefully crafted creation wreathHannah James peers through her carefully crafted creation wreath
Harper Webster paints a Scout Island sponsored bird ornament to give to her dad, while “Auntie Lara” supervises.Harper Webster paints a Scout Island sponsored bird ornament to give to her dad, while “Auntie Lara” supervises.
James and Emily Hutchinson get their hands dirty creating clay Christmas decorationsJames and Emily Hutchinson get their hands dirty creating clay Christmas decorations
James and Emily Hutchinson get their hands dirty creating clay Christmas decorationsJames and Emily Hutchinson get their hands dirty creating clay Christmas decorations

The distinctive scent of freshly cut pine fills the air at the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Centre, where earth-conscious people have gathered to craft and create Christmas decorations at this year’s Earth Friendly Holiday Event.

The room where the smell emanates from is the wreath making room, where wreath makers twist pine, fur and cedar around bicycle tires to create their own unique wreaths to hang from their door.

In the next room, artists colour in some decorative designs, while down the hallway children are busy squishing clay into Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree.

Read more: Earth Friendly Holiday Event to take place Nov. 24 and 25

Before heading upstairs, visitors can duck in to meet the spinners and weavers, who are calmly working their craft while talking to visitors.

Up the stairs and around the corner, crafters are greeted by a splendid feast of tasty treats and crisp cider to keep them going while they explore the various options upstairs.

Children gladly painted birds ornaments provided by the Scout Island Nature Centre, while others worked on birch bark critter homes, and pinecone mice guided by members of the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society.

The free crafts are part of a collaboration between the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Scout Island Nature Centre and the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake and is the seventh event of the name.

The festivities go until 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 25.

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