Foil a copycat best friend, craft thoughtful gifts, or join the homemade-airplane-building craze with today’s DIY Groupon. For $25, you’ll get $55 toward classes at Make Shop & Studio, a prime opportunity for Etsy-lurkers to take the thread by the needle and catch the crafting bug that’s infecting the nation due to inadequate supplies of craft vaccines. It's the perfect way to make an unforgettable holiday gift that has meaning, significance, and game-changeability.
Make Shop & Studio’s classes provide a grown-up substitution for the simple joy and pride you felt as a child when your Crayola scribbles covered the refrigerator and your glitter-gunked pine combs topped the family tree. Here, you’ll learn valuable money-saving skills like how to sew a kitschy apron, how to make lovely scented soap, how to make your own jeans to avoid interacting with jean salesmen, and more. Most of the classes require no prior experience and will transform your techniques from pathetic to passing in under three hours time. Class hours vary depending on course, so be sure to consult the calendar and register ahead of time so that in the future you can consult a calendar that you made yourself with the months that you'd like to see.
If you’re sick of scouring stores to find the perfect pillow or screen-printed tee, Make offers assistance and materials so you can literally take matters into your own hands. Bring your significant other and surprise each other with tees expressing your true feelings, or create a signature stamp to personally brand everything you own. In addition to presentable products, you may also realize a new hobby, start an online tea towel appliqué business, or work toward becoming guest editor of Crafters Weekly.
- If you want to leave a craft class with a sense of accomplishment and a swank handbag, sign up for Make's Sewing Basics class. – Mallary Jean Tenore, Dallas Morning News
- From candle making to sessions on sewing, cooking, and screen-printing — there’s something for all tastes and experience levels. – Daily Candy
DIY for Lazy People
The DIY craze is sweeping up everyone in the nation, except for one group: the lazy. Here are some DIY projects that even lazy people can do:
What You’ll Need: Hammer, Saran Wrap
How to DIY: Bang at the wall with your hammer until you see light; then, cover hole with Saran Wrap.
DIY Craft Bag
What You’ll Need: Any old bag
How to DIY: Empty out contents of current bag; put craft stuff in it. Now you have a craft bag.
What You’ll Need: Gloves, lock-picking kit, courage
How to DIY: Find the perfect family. When they’re away, find their scrapbooks. Take one home with you. Now you have a personal scrapbook with a family better than your own and with half the work.
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