Would you spend an afternoon learning how to rewire a lamp, take professional photos, or even, contour? Well, for the lifelong DIY-er, it’s never to late to learn something new! Across the country, many businesses are offering workshops and classes that you can take for free and learn a valuable skill. I’ve rounded up the must-try workshops in tech, beauty, crafts and more, but don’t stop there, check out small local businesses in your town for more ways to learn.
When it comes to home improvement and repairs, you’ll find the labor costs on any project far exceeds what you will spend on materials. Save some money by learning how to replace light fixtures, upgrade your landscaping or install a new appliance yourself. You can sign up online to attend a free Home Depot’s Weekly Workshops or Lowes’ Kids Clinic.
Buying fresh and organic foods from local farmers are not only better for you but can save you both time and money. Why not stretch the savings further by learning how to cook restaurant-quality meals yourself? Depending on the Whole Foods or Fresh Market near you, their store services offer free cooking classes, events and demonstrations. If you prefer learning from the comfort of your own home, America’s Test Kitchen video tutorials has got you covered.
Arts & Craft
Skills like sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, and floral arrangement can come in handy to help decorate your home or to create unique one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones. Check out our DIY roundups in major cities across the United States for local classes and workshops. You can also find an assortment of free classes and events online at Michaels Craft Stores or for a nominal fee, Jo-Anns Fabric & Crafts offers classes online and in-store.
With changes in technology happening so quickly, you may find yourself behind on your gadget know-how. Fear not, many Tech stores offer free classes on computers, cameras, apps, and more. Sign up online for Apple’s free hour-long workshops or Best Buy’s complimentary photography workshop.
Beauty bloggers do a great job on demystifying the art of contouring and the perfect cat eye winged eyeliner, but sometimes it’s easier to learn offline and with one-on-one help. So for all of your skin care and make up trend needs, Sephora provides free in-store and online classes and M.A.C. offers complimentary walk-in demos.
What DIY workshops will you sign up for? Let us know in the comments below!