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DIY activities in Provence‑Alpes‑Côte d’Azur

From recipes from times gone by to video tutorials, Do It Yourself is all the rage. In Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, take part in making all sorts of objects and products and improve your techniques and savoir-faire. Here are a few manual activities to create things for yourself.

Little everyday objects

Patience and precision

Wool maniacs, stitching experts, beginner or seasoned knitters, head for Ferme Flouka for an unusual activity in the Hautes-Alpes! This family farm, specialized in the production of merino sheep wool, offers wool workshops and visits for a moment of softness. See how merino wool is obtained and spend a great moment stroking the sheep. And then, it’s your turn! Enjoy working this soft but strong material and let your imagination loose. You’re more into pompoms, knitting or dreamcatchers? There’s something for all tastes. But you’re sure to leave with a super memory! Still in decoration but a change of material: try a course with a glass-blower in the Verrerie de Biot. You’ll learn how to blow and shape this delicate material to make high quality objects. In just 2 sessions of 3 and 4 hours, you’ll be familiar with all the stages of making glass.

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100% home-made products

Plants, marvellous tools for creation

Wondering how to make your own ecological and fun beauty products? Head for the Aroma Plantes organic cosmetics workshop. Many flowers and plants can be used every day and have often little-known properties. During this 1½ hour workshop, make your own natural organic cream, soap or even a toothpaste. And to make the pleasure last even longer, go to the Maison de Lavande – Terre Ugo. Here, lavender-growing is respectful and integrated. A variety of workshops on the theme of this flower await you in Aix-en-Provence. On the programme: make jams and cordials to delight your taste buds, or lavender bags to use in your home. An opportunity to unleash your creativity! In the region of Grasse, the perfume workshops at Fragonard are also worth a visit: get a look behind the scenes of this institution and leave with your creation, one which will suit you.

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Decorative art

Artisanal containers

Combining work and pleasure, a proverb which takes on its full meaning in Provence. To discover how to make useful and decorative objects, head for the basketweaving workshop, hosted by Céline in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Cultivate patience and weave wicker meticulously, create baskets in original shapes. There are various workshops to choose from! And for those who like to get hands-on, make the most of an introduction to pottery. To tame the clay, why not visit the atelier Poterie du Soleil in Villecroze. Delight guaranteed at the sight of the plates, salad bowls and other containers modelled by hand and carefully decorated. The charm of the South in each of its unique objects, and one is sure to find its place on your table!

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DIY menu

All hands to the kitchen

Specially for food lovers, there are several types of cooking workshops and cookery courses in Provence! Make the most of a “picking” outing in good company with the Aventurières du Goût before getting down to the actual cooking in Brantes, at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Cook your own recipes to compose a seasonal, mouth-watering and balanced selection. And then head for Le Miramar which opens its doors to you do that you can discover the art of bouillabaisse. The famous restaurant in Marseille welcomes you every third Thursday of the month to reveal the secrets of this mythical dish. And, last but not least, finish with the Biscuiterie de Forcalquier. Crunchy workshops await you to make your own biscuits. Just talking about them makes our mouths water!

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