By January, you've probably managed to get through your whole DVD collection and binge-watched all Netflix has to offer. But January is all about staying indoors, too. Which is why It’s the perfect time to pick up a new project and master a new interesting skill or two.
Always wanted to make your own crochet wall hanging? Or wondered how to screen print a lovely photo you took? Now’s the time. The best thing about your new skill? Everything you make is 100% guaranteed one-of-a-kind.
1. Try this at home
Project: DIY kit and tutorials subscription service
Learn it at: We Make Collective
The We Make Collective subscription gets you a new DIY project every two months. From calligraphy writing to naturally dyeing batik with pigments from fruits and vegetables. And your kit will include everything to start learning and implementing these techniques. It's a no-brainer!
2. Wonderful Walls
Project: Weaving for Beginners Online
Learn it at: Creativebug
Learn the basics of making trendy woven wall tapestries. This course takes you through how to build your own loom and demonstrates how to set up the warp threads. Then adding long, dramatic fringe, colour-blocked shapes and fluffy clouds of wool roving to suit your decor. Make it quirky and colourful like Honestly WTF (pictured above).
3. Screen Star
Project: Screen Printing
Learn it at: Print Club London
Water-based screen-printing for beginners. Bring a photo on a USB and you’ll come out with your own artwork. Either on paper, t-shirt or a tote bag. Your very own prints charming!
4. Ceramic Dreams
Price: From £15 to £550
If you've been inspired by BBC 2's 'The Great British Throw Down', why not take to the wheel yourself? At David Fry Ceramics and The Paddock Studio, you can make your own stoneware ceramics or Raku (A special type of Japanese Pottery, commonly used in tea ceremonies). From salad bowls to a jewellery pots, you'll be pottering away before you know it.
5. Full House
Project: Intro to Upholstery
Learn it at: Ministry of Upholstery
Price: From £145
This award winning Manchester-based upholstery class can teach you everything from creating a stylish footstool, a mid-century modern chair or luxury looking Ikea hacks. And for those still in hibernating mode – they have online classes too.
Fancy some more DIY? Take a look at 6 of the Best Ikea Pieces to Hack for some more inspiration.