Live Like a Local: Get crafty in Las Vegas

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Front of Color Me Mine on Village Walk in Henderson. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

Las Vegas may be famous for its gambling and entertainment, but there is much more to discover within the borders of our ever-expanding city. 

While all your family and friends back home might think you are either in class or at the casino, the reality is that Las Vegas has so much more to offer. Not to mention that even college students need to look up from the textbooks once in a while. 

For a refreshing brain break, consider getting in touch with your crafty side. Grab a friend or two, dress up or dress down and stop by any one of these inspiring crafts places for a fun time out on the town.

Color Me Mine, a ceramics painting studio on the west side of town, offers two hours of studio time. Paint that perfect, extra-large mug to meet your midterms coffee needs or a charming piece to brighten your desk while you study. With dozens of ceramics to choose from, your imagination is the only limit to what you can design. 

“Color Me Mine is the perfect date day and […] you get to keep the memory which is a huge plus,” Kristy Pewitt, a UNLV alumni from the Class of 2005, said.

Nestled into the quaint Village Square shopping center, Color Me Mine is conveniently located next to a variety of eateries, an ice cream store and a movie theater. Whether you are looking for a place to go for a fun afternoon with friends or a serene, twinkling date spot, Color Me Mine is a great place to start.

If you are unsure of your artistic capability, they understand. The studio has a well-stocked design center where you can find inspiration and learn some new, foolproof techniques to wow your friends. It is also fully-equipped with the supplies you will need to turn your design idea into reality, including stamps, sponges, pencils, masking tape, stencils and more.

The only downside of ceramics is that you do need to leave your piece to be fired in the kiln. Therefore, you will need to go pick it up when it is ready, approximately seven to 10 days later. Maybe this is just the perfect excuse needed to go back and paint again.

Their Instagram page is frequently updated with daily specials, upcoming events and sales. Reservations are recommended due to social distancing guidelines in effect.

If ceramics do not pique your interest or you are looking for a project that is a little different, Corks ‘n Crafts in Downtown Summerlin is the place for you. You can either attend a guided workshop to do a pre-selected craft, or stop by during drop-in hours to choose from a variety of art projects across all different media. 

Attend a seasonal class and leave with a fun decoration to add a fall vibe to your dorm room. Check out their glow-in-the-dark classes to get in the Halloween spirit, or try out one of their sought-after resin pouring classes to make an out-of-this-world piece. Bring some friends for a fun group activity, and you will all share a table to work at. 

They offer a drinks bar stocked with soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. With an in-house kitchen, you can also choose from a carefully crafted food menu filled with the perfect compilation of snacks to nosh on while you craft. Get a party mix of popped corn and toppings to share with friends, get fancy with a charcuterie board or choose a heartier pizza to keep you energized.

There is no time limit to work on your project, but they do close eventually and that paper for school will not write itself. You can also take pride in knowing that you are supporting local small business owners while having fun. 

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