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Hands On Gatlinburg: April 8-10

If you’re arty (or crafty), a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains could present a plethora of handmade of decorative pieces to take home – items made with a personal touch… yours.

The 2016 Hands On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands. More than 15 studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host over 40 different classes, providing guests the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves.

An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, scarf-making, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items they make and place them alongside their other coveted works of art. Some of the more eclectic classes that will be offered this year include:

  • Broom making;
  • Loom weaving;
  • Spice blending;
  • Lace tatting; and
  • Flint knapping.

Hands On Gatlinburg will be held April 8-10 at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. There are different materials and other fees associated with the different classes. To learn more about the event, visit To plan your trip to Gatlinburg in time to enjoy this true hands-on experience, drop us a line at

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