January 2019 DIY Class Calendar

This month’s make-and-take classes across the Twin Cities metro.

Hands working on new modern colorful mosaic at workshop.
Courtesy Fotolia/nazarovsergey

Make-and-take, do-it-yourself classes were the bee’s knees of 2018, and as we transition into the new year, we don’t see the trend going anywhere anytime soon.

Here’s why: They’re the perfect opportunity to take a step back from the busy, “go, go, go” reality of what’s known to be, well, your everyday life. Really—it’s a chance to sit back, relax, and welcome 2019 in a therapeutic, relaxing (and downright fun) atmosphere. Not only are they good for the soul, they’re a foolproof way to create a heartfelt, handmade gift.

Unwind and unleash your creative potential with friends and family (or even just as a solo getaway) to make an eye-catching, jaw-dropping work of custom art at one of these January DIY classes. All bragging rights included.

Boardwalk DIY

Andover’s Boardwalk DIY Studio offers year-round art classes to participants of all ages. They even encourage local crafters and artisans to use the studio to teach their own classes and share their own passion.

  • Friday, Jan. 4, 11, 18 – Wood Classes: Painting, Toys, and More (All Ages), 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 – Wood Classes: Painting, Toys, and More (Adults Only), 7 p.m.

For additional info and locations, visit boardwalkdiy.us.

Carver Junk Co.

Google describes Carver Junk Co. as a “cozy shop for restored vintage furniture, housewares and accessories with a rustic-chic aesthetic.” True, but they left out the kicker: They offer some can’t-miss, one-of-a-kind DIY classes, too.

  • Friday, Jan. 4 – “Hello” Coat Hanger Workshop, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 4 – Asymmetrical Wreath Workshop, 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 4 – Painted Table Box + Mason Jars, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8 – Stenciled Pillowcase Workshop, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 11 – Personalized Tray, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 13 – Wine Rack DIY Workshop, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19 – Introduction to Modern Brush Calligraphy, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 – Personalized Tray, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 – Asymmetrical Wreath Workshop, 2 p.m.

For additional info and locations, visit carverjunkcompany.com.

Create Space

Create Space in White Bear Lake has classes for all ages and levels, hosts private events, public classes, drop-in hours, and even gives back to the local community by donating 10 percent of their revenue.

  • Wednesday and Thursday, all month – Open Hours, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Open Hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 4, 18, 25 – Wood Sign Class, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 11 – Mason Jar Organizer Class, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 12, 26 – Wood Sign Class, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19 – Mason Jar Organizer Class, 2 p.m.

For additional info and locations, visit yourcreatespace.com.

Gathered Goods Co.

Gathered Goods Company has an in-store boutique with a little bit of everything, DIY classes and workshops, and works hard to make a difference in women’s lives across the globe—even in Haiti.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 9 – Knitting Workshop with CloseKnit MN, 6 p.m.

For additional info and locations, visit gatheredgoodscompany.com.

LAB MPLS

LAB MPLS collaborates with local artists who come into their Minneapolis studio to teach “labs”—offering a wide variety of creative explorations from cocktails, calligraphy, watercolor, florals, and more.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Calligraphy Lab, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 – Weaving Lab, 6:30 p.m.

For additional info and locations, visit labmpls.com.

Projects in Person

Projects In Person, better known as PIP, offers wood-based home decor projects that range from headboards to cutting boards and everything in between. They bring the tools; you bring the creativity.

  • Friday, Jan. 4 – Copper + Wood Ladder, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 11 – Cutting Boards, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24 – Centerpiece Box, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 25 – Wood Sign, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 – Floating Shelves, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 – Tables, 6 p.m.

For additional info and locations, visit projectsinperson.com.

Raw 2 Rustic

Whether it’s a corporate event, public class, or private party, Raw 2 Rustic travels far and wide with all the stencils, stains, paint, and designs you need to create a rustic, contemporary work of art that will prove to be a flawless fit in your home.

  • Saturday, Jan. 5 – One Large or Two Small Signs, noon
  • Saturday, Jan. 12 ­– Wine & Wood, 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 – Paint & Plant Succulent, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24 – One Large or Two Small Signs, 6:30 p.m.

For additional info and locations, visit raw2rustic.com.

Sawdust Savvy

Sawdust Savvy, located in Stillwater, offers plenty of “Pick Your Project” workshops where participants can complete 22 different projects—including wood signs, decorative boxes, serving/decorative trays, photo ledges, blanket ladders, shelves, and even a custom farmhouse table for your kitchen or dining room.

  • Saturday, Jan. 5 – Pick Your Project, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 11 – Pick Your Project, 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 12, 26 – Pick Your Project, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 13 – Pick Your Project, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19 – Pick Your Project, 10 a.m.

For additional info and locations, visit sawdustsavvy.com.

Socially Handcrafted

Socially Handcrafted, located in Burnsville, has a personality. I mean, their motto is “…because crafting is cheaper than therapy.” Not only do they have a sense of humor, but they’re Minnesota’s only “speakeasy” DIY studio—sure to provide a new, exciting, and promising experience.

  • Saturday, Jan. 5 – Pick Your Project/Open Workshop, 9-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 10 – Paint Pouring, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 25 – Therapy Night/Girls Night, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 – Make & Takes, 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 – Pick Your Project/Open Workshop, 9-11 a.m.

For additional info and locations, visit sociallyhandcrafted.com.

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