6 Upcoming DIY Decor Workshops You Don’t Want to Miss

Learn to make a quilt, tile a backsplash, build a flower box and more at these maker events.



As a homeowner (or even a creative and savvy renter), there’s nothing more satisfying than successfully completing a DIY project in your home. Every time you look at, say, the tile backsplash you installed yourself, you find yourself beaming with pride. And I can tell you from experience that the feeling never really goes away.

If you’re looking to up your DIY ante, check out these upcoming local workshops that’ll hone your DIY prowess and spit you out on the other side with either a completed project, some serious know-how, or both

February 25th: Install a Tile Backsplash at the Home Depot
1651 South Columbus Boulevard, South Philly.

Yes, installing a tile backsplash is as easy as they make it look on TV. At this free in-store workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of tiling like a pro, including cutting tile to size and, of course, mounting it to your wall. The workshop runs for 90 minutes.

February 26th: Make a Terrarium at Urban Jungle
1526 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.

This gardening paradise is a veritable playground for city dwellers with even one square foot of garden space. At Urban Jungle’s terrarium-making workshops, you’ll learn the art of creating beautiful plantscapes in coffee table-sized vessels. The $25 fee covers the instruction and soil; you can bring your own container or purchase one at the shop. Plants are extra, but class participants will get 10 percent off soil.

March 5th: Learn the Art of Weaving at The Craftery
123 North Main Street, Dublin.

Why buy an Anthro wall hanging when you can make your own? At this weaving workshop for beginners, you’ll learn how to plan out your project, prepare and work on a loom, master several weaving techniques and knots, and hang your finish product. The $75 fee includes a handmade loom that you can take home, expert instruction and an instruction booklet, a weaving needle and yarn.

March 25th: Build a Cedar Planter Box at Philadelphia Woodworks
4901 Umbria Street, Roxborough.

My friend, your Garden of Eden awaits — and it starts with building your own flower boxes. At this one-day woodworking workshop, you’ll get your hands on a number of tools and machines to create a durable cedar planter or window box that’ll last for years to come. You’ll learn how to use a table saw, miter saw and router under expert guidance. The class costs $149, plus another $49 for materials. Saturday, March 25th is the first date available, but there are several others over the coming months.

March 26: Make a Pretty Spring Wreath at Terrain
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills.

Show your front door some love with a pretty springtime wreath, and let the masters at Terrain show you how to make one. The $35 entry fee covers the instruction, grapevine wreath base and some embellishments. Best part? There will also be snacks and cocktails.

April 27th: Make a Quilt at Butcher’s Sew Shop
800 South 8th Street, Bella Vista.

This beginner-level workshop is a six-week series — totaling 18 workshop hours in all — but it’s worth the time commitment: By the end, you’ll have created your very own handmade quilt. How brag-worthy is that? You’ll learn piecing and colorwork, quilting techniques and binding. Note that materials are not included in the $350 workshop price.