Spent all lockdown busying yourself with daily crafts but want to improve them in the real world? London is abrim with crafting venues helping you to spark a little creativity. From screen printing classes to clay workshops, read on to find out where to head.

Earl of East

Rather than buying another candle for your ever expanding collection, why not try your hand at making one? Earl of East hosts regular candle making workshops that you can do in store or in the comfort of your own home. 

Led by one of their expert candle makers, you’ll be guided through the candle making process, from start to finish. Learn how to create the perfect fragrance, scent your soy wax and cure your candle overnight. All of the materials will be catered for, all you need to do is turn up and put your crafting hand into action.

Where: 87 Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, N1C 4DQ
Website: www.earlofeast.com

Grace and Thorn 

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, hen do or fancy putting your lockdown bouquet making to the test, Grace and Thorn’s in house workshops are not to be missed. 

Bringing their rule breaking floristry to life, their workshops aim to demonstrate that a bouquet of flowers aren’t just pretty, they are a piece of artistry. Grace and Thorn boasts four different workshops, from dry floral bouquets to terrarium workshops, and are hosted by their team of experts. 

Put your green fingers to work with one of their workshops.

Where: Unit A.01, Poplar Business Park, 10 Preston’s Road, E14 9RL
Website:  www.graceandthorn.com

Experimental Perfume Club

Looking for a new perfume to flaunt now that we’re finally allowed out? The Experimental Perfume Club, located in Seven Dials, has you covered with their in-person London masterclasses. 

Grab your perfume obsessed friend and book in for one of their taster sessions, where you can learn the ins and outs of perfumery before committing to a course. You’ll learn the basics of perfumery, from analysing and describing a selection of raw perfumery materials to designing your own fragrance. Definitely a fun talent to add to your repertoire.

Where: 53 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DG
Website:  www.experimentalperfumeclub.com 

Poppy’s Papercuts

Who knew a piece of paper could look this good? Poppy Chancellor is a London based illustrator who specialises in papercutting, creating personalised art pieces to be enjoyed by all. She’s worked with some of the biggest brands too, from Nike and Adidas to Vogue and YouTube. 

Follow in her footsteps and book in for one of her workshops. Pre-covid she regularly hosted monthly events at Drink Shop & Do, and she also runs private events helping beginners get to grips with the  craft. It’s a great one to do with friends for a birthday party, work do or hen do.

Where: Drink, Shop & Do or Enquire directly
Website: www.poppyspapercuts.com

Print Club London

Inspired by the TikTok creators who have been printing their own t-shirts and posters all lockdown long? Try your hand at the craft at the Print Club London. 

Book in for their beginner’s workshop and learn the ins and outs of screen printing. They’ll ask you to bring a couple of copyright-free designs with you and you’ll be walked through the process of digitally designing your prints, learn how to expose your design to make a stencil and use their prints to create your very own project.

Where: Unit 3, 10-28 Millers Avenue, E8 2DS
Website: www.printclublondon.com

Drinks, Shop & Do

Fancy your hand at a little craft session? Add in the winning combo of brunch or afternoon tea, and you can put our names down! 

Located in Kings Cross, you’ll find the Drinks, Shop & Do coining together the wildest of ideas. Previous workshops include clay moulding comedic legend Rebel Wilson out of clay, recreating Blair Waldorf’s signature headbands and making Lionel Richie into a rich tea biscuit… 

Right now, their website isn’t showing events for the upcoming months but we’re almost certain they’ll make an epic return into the pop-up world soon.

Where: 9 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, N1 9DX
Website: www.drinkshopdo.co.uk

The Kiln Rooms

Tried out one of the popular clay making subscription kits during lockdown and want to see if you can turn your vase making skills into a small-business? Look to The Kiln Rooms who will show you how to put your clay skills to the test. 

In their one-off taster session, you’ll learn how to use the clay making wheel and delve into different hand building techniques, through demonstrations and hand-on exercises. Three weeks later and you can go in to collect your design all fired up from the kiln. They also have a five-week taste course for those wanting to go the extra mile and make it into a business.

Where: Various studios
Website: www.thekilnrooms.com

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