The 9 Best Spots To Get Your DIY On

There’s something about a good DIY that gets our inner Crayola-crazed child all giddy with excitement. But, let's be real: More often than not, what starts as an incredible craft project eventually gives way to frustration, a trash can full of failed attempts, and at least a few minor glue-gun burns. Does that mean you should just let go of your crafting dreams and artsy aspirations? Not a chance!
Instead, we'll let you in on the secret key to DIY success: a great teacher. From an afternoon focused entirely on making Shibori pillows with an indigo dye master to a calligraphy workshop that will take your holiday-card envelope game from eh to ohhh!, we've rounded up the ultimate guide to L.A.'s coolest and most beneficial craft workshops. So, go ahead and ditch your computer for a few hours! In the end, you'll have a rad new skill and a relaxing way to spend your spare time.
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Image: Courtesy of Brittany Wood/DesignLoveFest.
Wreath Workshop With Moon Canyon Design & DesignLoveFest
Don't let the bizarrely warm weather stop you from getting into the holiday spirit! Learn to make a stunning autumn wreath to hang in your home and impress your holiday guests.

When: Wednesday, November 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. More classes will be added throughout the winter months — sign up here to stay in the loop.
Where: The Unique Space, 1275 East 6th Street (near South Alameda Street); 213-486-9821.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Glass Studio.
Beginning Glass Bead Making at The Glass Studio
Take your bracelet-making game to the next level by learning how to craft your own glass beads.

When: Saturday, January 3, and Sunday, January 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Glass Studio, 5052 York Boulevard (at North Ave 51); 323-739-6272.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hand & Machine Studio.
Coffee-Making Set at Hand & Machine Studio
Considering most of L.A. is ceramic-crazed right now, we're guessing this one will sell out quickly. Sign up now to make your own fully functioning pour-over coffee set.

When: Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Hand & Machine Studio, 2035 Bay Street, Los Angeles; 310-809-4887.
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Collage Workshop at The Platform Experiment
The retail space/art gallery also moonlights as a workshop, offering classes like Japanese woodcarving and Shibori. Our favorite is definitely the collage workshop.

When: Monday, February 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Platform Experiment, 5027 York Boulevard (between Avenue 50 and Avenue 51); 323-230-7475.
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Giftcrafting For The Holidays at Institute of Domestic Technology
Skip hours of unsuccessful online shopping, and opt for some amazing handmade gifts this year instead. Learn how to make a range of delicious treats — plus, how to package them perfectly in chic, personalized jars.

When: Saturday, November 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive (at Doheny Road); no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Otherwild.
Hand-Dipping Beeswax Candles With The Lower Lodge at Otherwild
Useful gifts are the best gifts, and who wouldn't like some romantic, homemade mood-lighting? Plus, according to the site, hand-dipping candles also offers a handful of potential spiritual benefits.

When: Friday, November 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Otherwild, 1932 Echo Park Avenue (between Avalon and Ewing streets); 323-546-8437.
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Photo: Courtesy of Maricolous Textiles.
Shibori Pillows With Maricolous Textiles At The Cool School
If you're interested in getting on the popular indigo dye train, there's no one better to learn from than Shibori expert and artist Ashley Thayer of Maricolous Textiles.

When: January, 2015 (exact date is tbd). Check here for schedule updates.
Where: The Cool School, 1800 South Brand Blvd (near Olmelveny Avenue), Suite 110; 213-864-9575.
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Photo: Courtesy of Poketo.
Calligraphy Class at Poketo
Improve your thank you notes instantly by learning the art of beautiful handwriting. Taught by artist, illustrator, and calligrapher Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, this class will lay out the basics for a lifelong skill that will always be appreciated.

When: Saturday, January 24, and Sunday, January 25; check here for available time slots.
Where: Poketo, 820 East Third Street (at South Hewitt Street); 213-537-0751.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fleurish.
Beginner Design Series at Fleurish
Head to Fleurish, Brentwood's brand-new make-your-own bouquet store, to learn the basics of making a perfect arrangement.

When: Saturday, November 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Click here to reserve.
Where: Fleurish, 11906 San Vicente Boulevard (at Montana Avenue); 310-575-8775.

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