Get Crafty: 8 Fun DIY Hobby Spots in Atlanta

Get hands-on with fun things to do in Atlanta.

  • Get crafty with these hands-on hobby spots.
    Get crafty with these hands-on hobby spots.
  • Find out where you can go to make something cool!
    Find out where you can go to make something cool!

Who doesn’t love a fun creative hobby? With our favorite gift-giving holidays quickly approaching it may be time to polish off an old skill or to learn a new craft to share with friends and family. Atlanta offers so many unique classes and DIY experiences. Here are eight of our favorites.

  1. Atlanta Hot Glass
    Atlanta Hot Glass offers fun, single-session glassblowing events for adventure seekers who would like to try something new. A professional artist gives a brief lecture on glassblowing followed by a demonstration. You can even host your own social gathering at the studio. Talk about a fun idea for a holiday get-together! Don't forget to stop in the fine art gallery and gift shop.

  2. Binders
    Those holiday party invitations aren’t going to address themselves. Push the possibilities of envelope design and learn to transform chalkboards to fun and fanciful. If you’re looking to learn new hand-lettering techniques, why not take one of artist Anne Elser’s calligraphy classes at the Binders in Buckhead. There are also bookbinding, painting and drawing art classes available. Be sure to check for upcoming classes at the new Ponce City Market location.

  3. Fabricate Studios
    Fabricate Studios is an educational classroom space in West Midtown, offering skills-based instruction for children and adults of all skill levels. Improve your skills in sewing, quilting, knitting and embroidering in one of the fun classes offered. Have your own projects to work on but want to make new friends? Each month, adults can come to BYOCraft Night and enjoy the open studio. Be sure to RSVP on the website.

  4. High Museum of Art
    On the first Friday of each month, from 5 to 8 p.m., teens (in high school) are invited to participate in Open Studio at the High Museum of Art. Students can find inspiration in the galleries and experiment with materials like charcoal, paint, metal, fabric and duct tape.Projects are different each month, and participants are welcome to bring in sewing projects they need help with. Teen Team members and Shannon Mulkey, founder of the Indie Craft Experience, are always around to lend a hand.

  5. Indie Craft Experience
    If you haven’t heard of ICE, listen up. The Indie Craft Experience produces events throughout the year in order to provide an opportunity for craft and vintage vendors to sell their wares. They also bring make-'n'-take activities with them to events all throughout Atlanta, such as Art on the BeltLine, Maidae Mixer, Maker Faire Atlanta and the Decatur Book Fest. This year they've begun offering Craft Escape, a series of art and craft workshops. Currently, there are Craft Escape workshops for learning screen printing, culinary salt making, basic machine sewing, clay design, arm knitting, embroidery, hand lettering, image transfer, jewelry design, mixed media card making, needle felting, relief printing and even pickling. Take each of the workshops and become a Jack or Jill of trades!

  6. MODA
    If you’re interested in design, why not take the 3D Printing & Design course at The Museum of Design Atlanta. A MODA instructor teaches participants how to manipulate basic shapes and symbols in easy-to-use 3D design software in order to make objects. That’s pretty cool! You’ll also learn the basics of 3D printing, and they’ll even print the object you create on one of their 3D Printers. MODA offers other events for adults like studio field trips and trivia night. Visit the website for Adult Programming information.

  7. Painting with a Twist
    Painting With A Twist is a BYOB paint and sip art studio offering wine and art painting classes, located in the heart of Buckhead.  Bring your favorite bottle of wine, food and people, and they’ll take care of the rest. Each group is provided with an artist for instruction and everyone leaves with her own work of art.

  8. The Beehive
    The Beehive is a unique handmade boutique collective that offers only locally made goods. They also offer a series of Bee Creative classes taught by designers who have made their craft hobby into businesses. These courses are in sewing, knitting, jewelry, bath and body, craft and felting. There are kids' workshops available as well. There are several classes offered for each skill. For example, you can take a craft workshop to learn how to make lip balm, carve stamps, print fabrics, can and make candles, just to name a few. Check the website for specific course information.

Joleen Pete is a Southern California transplant, living and loving it in the ‘burbs outside Atlanta with her husband and their toddler son. On the weekends, they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and the lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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