Total Time: 12 hours 20 mins 40 secs
Not sure what to make Mom for Mother's Day? We've got ideas! Whether you're baking, sewing, knitting, or painting, these fail-proof projects can be cranked out quickly and will make your mom beam with pride.
Homemade ApothecaryAmy Karol
Make your own lip balm, facial oil, deodorant, and more, by looking no further than your pantry or local health food store. Amy expertly demystifies the ingredients you need and offers recipes and ratios that result in delicious smelling, high-quality beauty products that will leave your skin and body radiant.
Beginning CalligraphyMaybelle Imasa-Stukuls
Learn the art of calligraphy from a modern master–Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. This four-week course is perfect for beginners, including ample warm up exercises that will help you understand how to hold the pen and control the flow of ink onto the page. From there, you’ll learn how to form upper and lowercase letters in a modern style, and how to join them to create beautiful words and phrases. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply calligraphy to anything imaginable, from a simple address on an envelope to stunning wedding invitations. Learn and be inspired by Maybelle's distinctly modern approach to an ancient art form.
Mastering Chocolate at HomeMark Tilling
Working with chocolate is an art unto itself, and there’s no better person to learn from than master chocolatier, Mark Tilling. The first step in any chocolate making project is learning how to temper chocolate. This process perfects the crystallization structure, ensuring that, when cooled, your chocolate will be glossy and have a great snap. The tempering process can make or break your chocolate creation, so it’s important to temper it correctly for successful results. In the first part of this class, Mark teaches how to melt chocolate in a microwave or double boiler and how to troubleshoot common mistakes along the way. Once you understand how to temper chocolate, making your own chocolate bars is a quick next step. Mark shows you how to use a bar mold and delicious mix-ins, like dried fruits and popping candies, to create custom bars featuring dark, milk, and white chocolates. In addition to showing how to combine flavors, Mark also demonstrates how to color and marble chocolate, and work with cocoa butter gold coloring to paint your darkest bars. Once you understand the fundamentals of working with chocolate, you’ll have a basis upon which to expand your skills.
Sew Embellished Photo PillowsAnnabel Wrigley
Learn how to print your favorite image onto fabric and transform it into a personalized pillow. Annabel shares lots of ideas for embellishing your pillow with embroidery and pompoms to add color, texture, and fun. These customizable pillows make wonderful keepsake gifts, perfect for celebrating anything from a special moment to a favorite person or pet.
Crocheted SlothTwinkie Chan
Crochet designer Twinkie Chan teaches you how to use simple crochet stitches to create your very own loveable, huggable sloth pal. Every bit of this toy is worked in the round, and Twinkie demonstrates how to whipstitch it all together and hand-sew a super cute face. Best of all, you’ll stuff the toy as you go, so you’ll be snuggling your sloth in no time at all.
The Wilton Method: Three Ways to Ice a CakeWilton Instructors
In this quick class, Emily teaches three easy ways to ice a cake with buttercream: using an icing comb, a fork, and a spoon. Each of these techniques creates gorgeous, textured effects. Use them to decorate any cake, creating a unique, stunning presentation.
Easy Home Décor SewingAnnabel Wrigley
Create a complete bedroom, bathroom and living room set with this easy-to-follow sewing class from Annabel Wrigley. Learn how to make everything from pillows to curtains and duvets, plus a gathered apron to boot. This class will show you how easy it is to create custom pieces for your home using your favorite decorator-weight fabrics, and it’s a great way for beginners to learn their way around a sewing machine.
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: Cupcakes with Buttercream SwirlsWilton Instructors
Part 2 is all about cupcakes and piped buttercream. First, you’ll learn all of the piping basics, like how to change the consistency and color of buttercream, how to fill a decorating bag, and proper hand positioning. From there, you’ll learn how to make pretty rosettes, classic swirls and other fun ideas for adding stripes. Once you’ve taken this class, you’ll be a piping bag pro, ready to create a colorful dessert table with lots of gorgeous texture.
Knitted Seed Stitch SlippersWendy Bernard
Whip up a pair of cozy slippers in no time at all using bulky yarn and large knitting needles. Worked in a nubby Seed Stitch pattern, these slippers come together quickly and are topped off with a cute button accent. This satisfying project is great for beginning knitters who want to practice shaping and stitch patterns, as well as seasoned knitters who simply want a break from a bigger project.
Intermediate Watercolor: Painting FloralsYao Cheng
Learn how to paint gorgeous, gestural florals that reflect the vitality and energy of a freshly picked flower. This class is not about capturing the detail in every petal and leaf – what’s more important is focusing on the composition and the movement of the arrangement. Once you’ve learned how to create leaves and single stem flowers, you’ll learn how to combine these elements to paint a stunning bouquet.
Sew a Linen Bucket BagElke Bergeron
Create your own linen and leather bag with the expert guidance of Elke Bergeron. Elke shows you how to sew a classic bucket bag, plus she shows you how to make a beautiful leather shoulder strap and a coordinating leather tassel. This class provides a foundation in basic sewing and leather-working skills, and results in a gorgeous handbag, perfect for year-round use.
How to Make ZinesCourtney Cerruti
Zines are DIY booklets (“zine” is short for magazine) – perfect for showcasing your artwork and sharing with friends. Zine enthusiast, Courtney Cerruti, shows you how to make four simple zine structures using copy paper and a photocopier, including 8 or 16-page books made from a single sheet, an accordion book, and a pamphlet stitch book. Courtney fills her zines with found photos and doodles, but you can feature anything that sparks your imagination. Drawing from her own collection of zines, Courtney shows examples of each structure to get you inspired.
How to Knit DishclothsWendy Bernard
A dishcloth knitted with pure linen transforms an ordinary rag into a luxurious textile. Wendy Bernard demonstrates how to work with linen yarn to create a washcloth with an i-cord loop for hanging. The linen fiber resists mildew, is great for scrubbing, and gets softer with every use. This quick knitting project is a fun way to try out new stitch patterns—several of which are included in the PDF. Make a stack to give as a gift, or keep them for your own daily use.
Handmade SoapLindsey Stone
In one great smelling afternoon, you can learn the basics of cold process soap making and make enough soap for everyone on your holiday list. Lindsey from Clean Getaway Soap demystifies the process and walks you through a batch of soap from start to finish. Along the way you’ll learn how to safely mix soap, add color and scent, and finish with stamps and gift wrap. Download the recipe to follow along.