With the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines, we hope to show attendees how the items they purchase are made. To that end, we have five vendors who will also be demonstrating their craft. We hope you’re inspired!
Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION
Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware, ornaments, and other Christmas-themed decorations in tin and copper, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.
Offering: Handmade tinware and copperware of all kinds: tin and copper Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, colored tin icicles, tin tree toppers, tin and copper cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin and copper candle holders, pierced tin and copper candle covers, tin and copper candle sconces, tin cups, earrings using tinplate and copper, and tin candle lanterns. Also tin and copper photo frames.
Price Range: $5 – $250
Times: 15 minutes long
Thursday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Friday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Saturday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sunday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA | DEMONSTRATION
Find wearable art to help you show off your style! Handmade from fused glass and wire wrapping, each piece is unique. The perfect gift to a loved one or yourself!
Offering: Wearable art made from fused glass and wire wrapping – necklaces, earrings, rings. bracelets and headpieces.
Price Range: $14 – 400+
Friday: 1pm, 4pm
Saturday: 1pm, 4pm
Family business run by Marlys and Jeff Sowers, specializing in making Willow, Nantucket and Reed Baskets. They also handmake Shaker Boxes and Dovetail Boxes.
Offering: Handmade baskets, shaker boxes, wooden carriers, wooden maps
Price Range: $5 – $400
Thursday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Friday: 12:30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7pm
Saturday: 12:30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7pm
Sunday: 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm
Quilted Gardens & Nursery, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION
Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather bells and straps, glass bird and Fair trade gourd ornaments.
Offering: Fresh made wreaths and Bundles of greens, Glass Christmas Ornaments, Iowa-made leather sleigh and Door Bells, Fair trade gourd ornaments and boxes, Straw ornaments, Ice Globe kits, Holiday optic Specs, Table top Christmas trees
Price Range: $2 – $75
Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION
Wild Cherry Spoon Co. is a line of hand-carved kitchen, home, and lifestyle goods. New this year laser cut ornaments, nativities and wood toys.
Offering: Wood kitchen utensils, cutting boards, razors, wooden shot cups, bottle openers, beer flights and other home and lifestyle goods. New items this year laser engraved wood ornaments, wooden nativity sets, and wood toys.
Price Range: $3 – $125
Swede Point Creamer’s Scandinavian Christmas. Locally produced goat cheeses, lotions and soaps, spritz cookies and Kringla. Come meet some of our “goaty girls” at milking time!
Offering: Goat Cheeses, Goat Milk Soap and Lotion, Krampus Socks, Apple Butter, Strawberry Jam, Knit Stocking Hat, Kringla and Spritz Cookies Christmas Decorations, Peanut Brittle, Mint Tins, Aronia Berry Jam
Price Range: $5 – $45
Step into a world of glass. We have a wonderful assortment of one-of-a-kind handmade stained & fused glass to liven and decorate your home.
Offering: Fused & Stained glass ornaments, fused glass home decor (spoon rests, card holders, nightlights, sun catchers, napkin holders, wall art, bowls and platters), Fused and stained glass jewelry & accessories (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair barrettes), Wire wrapped glass jewelry. Fused glass Pop-sockets, Stained glass art pieces, and recycled glass home decor (wine bottle clocks, lamps and wind chimes).Fused & Stained Glass Garden Art
Price Range: $10 – $200