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Learn to tackle home improvement projects and unleash your creativity with DIY classes in Chicago, where you can master skills like woodworking, painting, and interior design.

6 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 4 classes live online are available.

Ukiyo-e "Japanese Woodblock Printing"

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Ukiyo-e woodblock printing in this intensive workshop. Discover the intricate process of carving linoleum blocks and mastering the unique coloring techniques. Explore the historical significance and contemporary applications of this dynamic art form under expert guidance.

(83) All levels 18 and older
$220

2 sessions

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Turn a Bowl in a Day

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the art of woodturning as you craft a beautiful bowl in just one day. This beginner-friendly workshop offers hands-on instruction, allowing you to create a stunning piece without prior woodworking experience. Unleash your creativity and take home a unique masterpiece to cherish.

(83) Beginner 18 and older

Stained Glass Workshop

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Unlock your creativity and discover the timeless art of stained glass. Immerse yourself in the copper foil method as you learn how to cut, break, and assemble glass to create your stunning masterpiece. Join us at the Discovery Center and elevate your artistic skills in this captivating workshop.

(279) All levels 16 and older
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Design Your Own Stained Glass

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and master the art of stained glass, as you learn to cut and grind complex patterns, add exquisite jewels, and create your very own masterpiece. Prior experience or completion of the beginner class is required. There is a materials fee that applies to this course.

(279) Intermediate 16 and older

Jewelry Making: Found Materials

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and transform cherished keepsakes into stunning pieces of jewelry. Join this hands-on course and learn techniques such as soldering, wire wrapping, and stringing to give new life to old treasures. Start collecting your unique materials now and let your imagination run wild.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$312

8 sessions

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DIY Cocktail Candles + Wine Bottle Cutting

Chicago Candle Co @ 1100 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL

Classes are back! 10 students or less, hand washing station and sanitizer available. We ask all students to keep in compliance with face coverings, let's stay safe and have some fun together! A class that offers not only candle making but also the art of cutting a glass wine bottle for your vessel! Join Chicago Candle Company and choose from one of our upcycled wine bottles or bring your favorite bottle from home and we will show you how easy it...

(21) All levels 18 and older
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Candle Making From Home with Materials (On-Demand)

Atelier Artisane

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of making natural scented candles from home. Join Melanie in her Digital Candle-Making Course to master techniques, tips, and secrets for crafting beautiful, healthier candles. Dive into the world of candle-making with confidence, guided by an expert to help you create your own unique scents and designs.

(128) All levels 18 and older

Wood Burn a Charcuterie Board

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Learn the art of pyrography and create a custom charcuterie board in this virtual wood-burning class. Add a unique touch to your next event or create a personalized gift with the skills you'll gain in this workshop. Get ready to unleash your creativity with fire!

(4) All levels 13 and older

Organic Soy Wax Candle Workshop

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Discover the art of making scented organic soy candles from the comfort of your own home. Join this engaging virtual experience and learn how to create a customized candle with a DIY craft kit delivered directly to you. With step-by-step guidance and plenty of tips, you'll have a beautiful natural wax candle to fill your space with a delightful fragrance.

(4) All levels 13 and older

Make Mini Succulent Cement Planters

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Craft your own charming succulent cement planters in this engaging online workshop! Delve into the art of molding cement and embellishing your creations with personalized touches. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or a beginner, our expert guidance ensures a rewarding experience, perfect for sprucing up your space with a hint of greenery.

(4) All levels 13 and older
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Sewing 101 Basics

Sew Anastasia

In this class, you will learn all of the basic stitches and techniques including how to thread sewing machine and wind a bobbin. In this class series, you will have a sample binder of personal seam and technique samples, to take with you that will have everything you have learned in it! You can reference this when you are working on a project and forget exactly what the difference between an edge stitch and a top stitch is. Students will build skills...

(6) Beginner 12 and older
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Willow Furniture Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Natural willow furniture is the ideal rustic accent when you need a seat for that perfect spot in your garden or porch. Join Bim Willow and learn the basic techniques of making bent willow furniture. You will select one project to complete during the workshop. Projects are large, so bring a vehicle that can accommodate them. Bring a hammer, hand pruners, and work gloves. No experience is necessary. Bring a sack lunch, if you wish.

(126) All levels 18 and older
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$245
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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Westmont

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 26 E Quincy St, Westmont, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of saponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional saponification Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Goat Milk Soap Making

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of creating unique skincare products in this hands-on workshop. Experiment with scents, colors, and textures to craft personalized soaps using responsibly sourced ingredients. Take home your creations and a bonus soap from Gretta's farm store.

(126) Beginner 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter @ Westmont

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 26 E Quincy St, Westmont, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

(24) All levels 18 and older
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Handmade Wooden Bowls

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Wooden bowls are unique, practical and fun to make. Work on lathes using woodworking tools to finish a bowl in a day. Instruction and first attempts are in the the morning; in the afternoon there will be time for guided practice and finishing.

(83) Beginner 18 and older
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$180
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Soap Making 101: Cold Process Goat Milk Soap

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Learn the history of soap making, how modern soap making is different, and how to create your own soap recipes.  Every step of cold-process soap making from start to finish will be demonstrated using goat milk which makes the most luxurious and moisturizing soap. Each participant will receive handouts, including a list of references for future use, and a slice of freshly made soap.

(2) All levels 16 and older
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Intro to Woodturning for Adults

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Introduction to the joy of creating useful and artful objects of wood on the lathe. Students will learn the basics of woodturning and create several small projects. Instructor’s demonstrations alternate with guided practice at the lathe, students learning at their own pace. Tools and materials provided. Essentials of safety will be emphasized.

(83) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$495

10 sessions

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Reviews for DIY Classes in Chicago

DIY Classes in Chicago are rated 4.5 stars based on 673 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Reviewed by Simon A. on 2/26/2024
    It was very good indeed. The instructor knew their stuff well, and wasn't afraid to tell us this. We all walked out with great quality stained glass pieces that we can all be proud of.
  • Wood Burn a Charcuterie Board

    Anonymous review on 1/24/2024
    This was GREAT! Wasn't sure how this would work as a virtual class but it was terrific. Instructions were clear, materials easy to use, the 'pinning' feature on Zoom allowed us to see detailed demonstration better than if in-person, and a group of us were able to take this class together in spite of being apart.
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Reviewed by Katlyn T. on 4/24/2023
    First, if you're interested in doing your own design in this class, it's not going to happen. The description says you can but it would take up too much class time and this is just an intro class. HOWEVER, the pattern they do provide you is really pretty and the choice of glass they provide to make your masterpiece is awesome. The instructor I had, Isabel, was super knowledgeable and she was really approachable. Some teachers are intimidating and you're too scared of them to ask questions but Isabel was really sweet and kind. Last thing: you pay for the class up front and you pay for the materials day-of. If you want your stained glass creation framed and hung by a chain, it'll cost extra. That's not a complaint, it's just good to know if you're looking at the price of the class/creation.
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Anonymous review on 4/24/2023
    Overall very informative. The teacher was great at answering questions. She was direct, to the point, and could articulate what you needed to know within 4 sentences. This is not a negative, she knew her craft so well that she understood the best way to phrase things to beginners. Before taking this class the idea of cutting glass or soldering were intimidating. Now I've done both and trying again doesn't seem scary at all. I actually look forward to it. My only critique would be that I'd have liked a bit more ventilation in the workspace itself, but it was cold outside that day so I can understand why the windows stayed closed. The folks at the center itself were very nice. I arrived early and they let me wait inside where it was warm. I would definitely recommend this class to other people thinking about taking up stained glass. It's a good condensed class for beginners to get a feel for the process and skills involved.
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Anonymous review on 9/19/2022
    Class was great! I really enjoyed it!
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Reviewed by Yohannes A. on 9/14/2022
    The class was very good. The instructors were knowledgeable and communicated very well. The location and length of the class was also good. Recommendations: thanks f the class has a couple of more intermediate and advanced levels that will be great.
  • DIY Cocktail Candles + Wine Bottle Cutting

    Anonymous review on 9/7/2022
    This class was cool! I didn't know what to expect with the wine bottle cutting but it was a pleasant and cool experience! Just make sure you pick a wine bottle with a flat bottom. I didn't and it kind of made it difficult for the candle process but my candle still turned out good! I took my mom and her friend for her birthday and they also had a fun time. Everyone should experience this class. I'll be back!
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Anonymous review on 6/13/2022
    Isabelle is an excellent instructor! She gave lots of tips and demonstrations throughout the class. As beginners, we learned to hold the cutting and soldering tools properly. She had lots of beautiful glass. We enjoyed the class so much.
  • Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

    Reviewed by Demetria A. on 6/8/2022
    Instructor was very knowledgeable and this is truly a hands on class.
  • Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

    Reviewed by Crystal D. on 3/7/2022
    Very informative and a great class. I highly recommend any class from here. I can guarantee you will know more than when you walked in.

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