Depending on where you live, the winter months can be dreary, gray, and drain your spirits. However, winter is also the perfect time to tap into your creative side and learn a new craft! And with holiday season just around the corner, maybe you can muster up some homemade gifts that are meaningful, affordable, and completely one-of-a-kind.
To get started, we’d like to offer you a little inspiration. And even if crafting isn’t your thing, FunSherpa’s creative classes make great gifts for your friends, family, and coworkers. Check out some of these clever, quirky classes for all skill levels, and say goodbye to the winter blues.
Sewing machines are complicated pieces of machinery, so it never hurts to take a beginner’s class if haven’t used one before. Most sewing classes last a couple hours and teach you how to make a pillow, an apron, a skirt, or even a handbag. Most beginner classes include the cost of a sewing machine rental as well, so you won’t be responsible for providing your own.
Why splurge on pricey scarves and hats this winter when you can make your own? Knitting is a relaxing activity that you can do anywhere, even while watching your favorite television shows on the couch! Beginner knitting classes teach you how to cast off, knit stitch, purl stitch, and bind off. Knitted items make great holiday gifts as well.
Most of us don’t have glass design equipment at home so you’ll need to take a class to discover the art and science behind glass blowing and glass fusing. In glassblowing classes, experienced teachers work with students to learn gathering, centering, blocking, color application, and proper shop etiquette. You can also take a glass fusing class to learn the ancient art of cutting, shaping, collage, and assembly with a small kiln.
Learn to make bowls, cups, and vases that you can actually use around your home! The best kind of pottery classes feature in-depth one-on-one instructor to help you create unique pieces of your own pottery. Since the art of pottery takes a lot of practice, many studios offer package deals for several weeks or months to improve upon your skills.
Whether you love wearing jewelry or are interested in starting a side business, jewelry making classes can teach you the basics of beautiful jewelry crafting and design. Some jewelry classes focus on bead work, while others teach you silver-smithing techniques like sawing, filing, soldering, and stone setting.
Not all of us grew up being crafty, but its never too late to learn a new skill and find a new hobby that you love. Craft hobbies keep the hands busy, the mind engaged, and are lifelong gifts that keep on giving.