Get Crafty At These 13 Workshops And Classes In BNE

Get Crafty At These 13 Workshops And Classes In BNE

You’ll be a DIY queen!

By Rosie Dann | 18th March 2021

Are you looking to broaden your artistic horizons, level up your culinary talents or flex on your friends with an impressive new skill?

Well, you’re in luck, because Brisbane is home to an abundance of unique workshops and cool classes that are bound to get those creative juices flowing. We’ve compiled the best workshops on offer to help you get crafty, find your niche, or discover your new fave hobby!

MJC Botanical | West End

She’s not a regular mum – she’s a plant mum! If you love filling your space with lush greenery, or, like us, your room is on the verge of becoming an indoor jungle, then MJC Botanical is bound to have a class to tickle your fancy. Hosted at Mappin’s Nursery in the heart of West End, MJC Botanical boast an impressive variety of two-hour living creations workshops every weekend, all priced at $95 per person. Get out your green thumbs and learn how to make your very own terrariums, kokedamas, sculptural gardens, living wreaths, and botanicals. At the end of class, take your creation home and voila! You’ve gained a new skill and scored a stunning new piece of home décor. Bookings are essential and can be made here.


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New Farm Confectionery | New Farm

Calling all sweet tooths! With Easter soon approaching, there’s never been a better time to satisfy those sugar cravings and take part in an epic chocolate making class. New Farm Confectionary offers an awesome assortment of workshops that range from $60 to $250, including chocolate, caramel, honeycomb, and marshmallow masterclasses, as well as their newly introduced Easter egg making! In between sips of sparkling wine, learn about chocolate origins and absorb the laws and art of tempering, before constructing your own cocoa creations. The best part? In addition to learning the tricks of the trade, you’ll leave with a bundle of delicious goodies to take home and share with friends and family (or not)! Interested? Of course you are – book here.

Mas & Miek Cermaic House | Newstead

Whether you’re a total novice or a wizard on the wheel, Mas & Miek offer ceramic classes that cater to all ages and stages. Their beautiful Newstead studio is fully equipped to help you polish up those pottery skills and boasts a myriad of workshop options to suit your needs. If you want to discover how to throw, hand build, fire, and glaze your ceramic crafts like a pro, you can book in and commence your clay journey here.

Salt Meats Cheese | Newstead

Whilst travel restrictions may have put a damper on our Euro summer dreams (for now), never fear! Cook up a storm and let Salt Meats Cheese transport you to the streets of Italy with one of their epic cooking classes. In their signature Knock-Out Gnocchi lesson, sharpen up your culinary skills and unlock the secret to whipping up your very own dough from scratch. Then, shape the perfect pillowy-soft dumplings and produce an expertly crafted plate of gnocchi goodness! Or, master the art of plant-based pasta in their vegan Italian course. Both classes run for two hours at $89 and include an alcoholic refreshment upon arrival, scrumptious Italian snacks throughout (we’re talking antipasto and pizza galore), and a recipe to take home so you can impress your next dinner party guests! Oh, and you get to devour everything you cook, obviously. Book here!


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Stitch and Bitch Embroidery Class | Newstead

Grab a bottle of booze and gather your girlfriends for an evening of stitching and bitching in Empty Room’s hand embroidery class. Providing a cheeky modern take on the traditional art form, this two-hour embroidery lesson is just $55 and will have you sipping and stitching your way to success in no time (and giggling with the gals over their rude and racy designs)! Afterwards, take your mischievous masterpiece home and you’ve got a fab new piece of wall décor to spruce up your space! Psst: we’d recommend you don’t let grandma see.

Brisbane Distillery’s Gin School  | West End

Back to school? We’re down if it involves bespoke gin and cocktails. Grab your backpack and have your notebook at the ready for Brisbane Distillery’s Gin School, where you’ll sip on refreshments and snack on tasty nibbles while the experts give you the low-down on how to distil your own unique gin. With over 140 botanicals to choose from, let your ima-GIN-ation run wild and cater to your individual tastes as you learn everything there is to know about the spirit and how to distil it. Then, walk away with a one-of-a-kind bottle of your creation to take home, as well as a taster distilled by the experts. You can book your very own Master Distiller Experience for $189 per person from Wednesday to Saturday, 2pm to 6pm here!

For a sneak peek, you can read about what happened when we sent two Stylers on an excursion to gin school here.

Make Your Own Natural Bath Bombs | Newstead

Educational pampering? We’re here for it. Keep things au naturale and indulge in some DIY self-lovin’ while you upskill with a natural bath bomb making class! Run by Brisbane mum and bath time expert, Penny, these two-hour-long, $75 classes will have you using only the best and most natural skin-loving ingredients so that you can soak safely. Avoid the nasty toxins and harsh chemicals of store-bought soaps and learn how to craft four of your very own colourful bath bombs, complete with pretty petals to take home and enjoy! Organic and aesthetic? It’s a win-win! Secure your class here.

The Soul Pantry  | Stafford

Every gal is a sucker for flowers, right? Brighten your day with some personalised blooms and join the expert florists at the Soul Pantry as they guide you through creating floral-themed artworks and arrangements! From enchanting flower crowns to boujee bouquets, you’ll learn everything you need to know to construct your very own beautiful arrangement to take home and enjoy. Nestled in a charming old tin shed in Stafford, your morning at the floral studio will cost $185 per person and includes a scrumptious morning tea complete with refreshments. What’s not to love? You can book your custom floral experience here.


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Messina Gelato Appreciation Class | South Brisbane

I scream, you scream, we all scream because Messina’s Gelato Appreciation Classes are back and better than ever! Dessert afficionados and gelato gourmands, book in and prime your palate for one of the tastiest educational experiences Brissy has to offer. First, mingle with Messina’s genius chefs and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into where the magic happens. Then, get your hands dirty with a part gelato-making class, part science lesson. Taking place in their custom-built in-store classroom, you’ll unlock the mystery to preparing the perfect gelato from scratch, before indulging in the ultimate gelato degustation (drool!). At just $160 per person, these classes are a hot commodity, so get in quick and book here.


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Ministry of Handmade | Bridgeman Downs

Whether you’re an aspiring seamstress or simply on the hunt for a useful new hobby, Ministry of Handmade are a hub of creativity on a mission to inspire with their awesome range of public workshops. From sewing 101 to quilting, fashioning lamp shades, crafting cushion covers, and learning lino printing, you name it – they got it. You can check out their full list of options here. Happy learning!

DIY Natural Skincare | Newstead

It’s no secret that natural beauty has well and truly become a staple in all of our bathroom cabinets. The next step? Making your own! Fortunately, Meg from @a_raw_journey is here to guide us towards creating a completely natural skincare routine. In her two-hour $80 workshop, you’ll discover simple and natural ways to replace products you might have in your home that could possibly be messing with your hormones, mood, and overall wellbeing. This class will start you off with the basics, showing you how to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life and how to make super easy products to reduce the toxic load, prioritise the environment, and save you some hard-earned cash. Then, get creative and concoct some lovely beauty products, including a body scrub, lux salve, roller bottle, and foot soak to refresh and rejuvenate your skincare routine! You’ll also get a recipe book to take home with tonnes of step-by-step guides to create other beautiful products at home. Book here and treat yo’ self (you deserve it).

Resin Handled Cheeseboard Workshop | Newstead

If you’re a sucker for a ‘gram worthy cheeseboard, then we have just the class to take your spread to the next level. Serve up some creativity to accompany your nibbles with Brisbane-based artist, Sheri, as she teaches you how to make your very own resin handled cheeseboard! Sheri will take you through all the basics of working with resin before getting into the fun stuff and unleashing your inner artist as you personalise your design on a wooden chopping board. You’ll be the star of your next wine and cheese night after this one, trust us. For $150, you can book your two-hour class here.


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Golden Pig Cooking School | Newstead

Food coma inbound! Finally, no list of creative workshops would be complete without a stand-out cooking school. Our pick? Golden Pig and their star-studded list of culinary courses. Learn from the best in the biz and get your foodie passports ready as you pick up some stellar cooking skills from cuisines across the globe. We’re not kidding when we say that they have classes from countries around the world, ranging from Mexican street food to modern Greek, French decadence, and everything in between. So, spice up your next date night with some hands-on fun or round up your friends and embark on the ultimate culinary journey! You can check out their full list of class options here –stretchy pants strongly recommended for this one.


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Article by Rosie Dann

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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