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Michelle Gonzalez

Staff Writer

All that shopping and partying this holiday season can get pretty stressful. And so, we’ve rounded up a few ways to relax and have fun with your friends. Because picking up a new skill is always the perfect gift to give yourself and your BFFs!


Kitchen Fundamentals by Elizabeth Peddey School of Cookery & Gastronomy


Cooking is all about the ingredients. And in this class inspired by Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat (the popular cookbook and you’ve heard of the Netflix series), heat takes centre stage. Yes, heat!



We don’t necessarily mean spices here (although we live for that, too). We’re talking about the sizzling, the crackling, and all those awesome things that make cooking fun and food one of life’s best wonders.


Thermometer? Schmermometer! After this class, you’ll be able to take cues from your senses and cook up a storm all summer long.


Book this class

Where: Elizabeth Peddey School of Cookery & Gastronomy, 15 Meredith St, Elwood VIC 3184

When: Tuesday, 04 Dec 6:30PM (2.0 hours)

Cost: $135.00


Modern Calligraphy by Think Thornbury


This Saturday, bring a mate who shares your knack for fine nibs and fancy flourishes, and create something to impress your family and friends - like personalised Christmas cards!


You’ll be surprised at the compliments you’ll get when you add modern calligraphy to your cards or gift tags. Or how about an inspiring quote on premium paper and frame? Now, you have a classy, thoughtful present to give this season - and something perfectly Insta-worthy!


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6 days to my Intro to Modern Calligraphy workshop! Here's a sample exercise that we'll be doing for warm ups. We start the day getting to know your pen and nib before working on basic strokes and letter forms. There's still time to sign up for the workshop at @thinkthornbury. Link in bio. You can stay around the shop and shop for your Christmas gifts after the workshop too - what a bonus! . . . #workshop #workshops #melbourneworkshop #christmasworkshop #melbourneevents #melbournetodo #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #learncalligraphy #learn #handwritten #handcrafted #melbournecalligraphy #melbournecalligrapher #art #craft #handmade #lettersonapaigeworkshops #thinkthornbury #christmas #artworkshop

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Book this class

Where: Think Thornbury, 800 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

When: Saturday, 01 Dec 10:00AM (3.0 hours)

Cost: $156.20 general admission, $142.00 mates rate


Champagne, Sweets, and Flowers by Victoria Whitelaw Flower School


If you’re looking for a class where you and your friends can unwind and skill up at the same time, this is it! Sip on French Champagne and nibble on some sweets or savouries, as you discover how to make lovely floral arrangements from one of Melbourne’s top florists, Victoria Whitelaw Flower School. And to top it all off, you get to take home your blooms, too!



Come with as many friends as you can invite. This is technically a class; but we guarantee, it won’t feel like one!


Book this class

Where: Victoria Whitelaw Flower School & Production House, 25 Wangaratta St, Richmond VIC 3121

When: Saturday, 01 Dec 12:00PM (2.0 hours); multiple dates available

Cost: $160.00 general admission, $140.00 mates rate


Fused Glass Christmas Gifts by Merryl’s Mosaics & Glass Studio


Glass fusing isn’t as difficult as you might think, not with the right tools and an expert instructor. Once you’ve got the process down pat, you’ll be surprised at all the things (i.e., Christmas pressies) you can make.


How does six fused glass gifts sound? Snowmen in December, at last!



Book this class

Where: Merryl’s Mosaics & Glass Studio, 723 Glen Huntly Rd, Caulfield South VIC 3162

When: Saturday, 01 Dec 10:00AM (2.5 hours)

Cost: $130.00 general admission, $122.50 mates rate


Wall Weaving by Put Your Heart Into It


If you love working with your hands, this workshop will surely get your creative juices flowing. For starters, you’ll be weaving with different materials - that’s right, it’s not just about yarn, ladies! Think paper and natural materials.


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Do you love 🧶 🧶 🧶 yarning over yarn as much as we do!!! We always have an abundance to choose from and we love seeing the colour combos everyone comes up with in our weaving workshop and it’s coming up oh so soon! We have been running this wildly successful and super fun workshop for years and if you haven’t made it along yet then now is your chance! You have probably heard by now that we love to take hosting to a whole different level of comfort by ensuring all your needs are met with never ending herbal tea, food and wine! If you fancy bringing a best bud along you will both get $30 off your tickets if you book together! What: Weaving Workshop When: Wednesday 5th December, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Where: 1/10 Langwells Parade, Northcote Includes: All materials, grazing food, organic wine & fairtrade tea Book: http://www.putyourheartintoit.com.au/workshops Enquiries: workshops@putyourheartintoit.com.au #weaving #workshopsmelbourne #privateworkshops #ethicalgift #giftideas #melbourne #victoria #pyhiicommunity #sustainableevents #textilesmelbourne #wovenwallhanging

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Curious yet? Look forward to a laid-back evening plus a generous grazing table and wine - a staple feature of every Put Your Heart Into It class. And of course, you get to take home your masterpiece. Start clearing that wall, ASAP!


Book this class

Where: Put Your Heart Into It Studio, 1/10 Langwells Parade, Northcote VIC 3070

When: Wednesday, 05 Dec 6:30PM (3.0 hours)

Cost: $150.00 general admission, $120.00 mates rate


Let’s Make Dumplings by The Humble Dumpling


Let’s make dumplings? Yes, let’s! Why should you attend this class? Easy - so that the next time you crave for Chinese (which happens so often it’s crazy), you wouldn’t have to settle for takeout!


Talk about having your dumplings (made from scratch) and eating it, too. Bring along your best mate and have a dimsum cook-off after - Humble Dumpling style!



Book this class

Where: The Humble Dumpling, 30A Kelvin Rd, Alphington VIC 3078

When: Sunday, 09 Dec 11:00AM (4.0 hours); multiple dates available

Cost: $120.00 general admission, $110.00 mates rate


DSLR Express Travel Photography Course by DJB Photography School


You know what they say: Pictures or it never happened! But your trusty smartphone camera can never take photos as well as a DSLR can (at least, not yet). Learn from a self-taught pro and experience the joy of taking NatGeo cover-worthy shots!



After this course, you can leave your phone behind (haha, right) and be able to use a real camera to take amazing photos and document your travels.


Book this class

Where: djb travel photography course meet point, Rodda Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

When: Saturday, 01 Dec 9:00AM (3.0 hours); multiple dates available

Cost: $149.00 general admission, $129.00 mates rate


Festive Wreath or Centrepiece by Flowers by Cassy


Creating a Christmas wreath or two to hang by the door - sound like fun? You bet. In this workshop, you’ll create stunning floral wreaths and centrepiece arrangements, together with award-winning florist, Cassy Canterford.



Sprucing up the house this holiday just got even more exciting, we know!


Book this class

Where: Flowers by Cassy - Time to bloom - Warehouse 8, 320 Reserve Rd, Cheltenham VIC 3192

When: Wednesday, 05 Dec 11:00AM (1.5 hours)

Cost: $120.00 general admission, $100.00 mates rate


Bake Some Danish Dark Rye Bread with Bee Sustainable


Danish dark rye is always so popular that it can be difficult to find around the city. Here’s an idea: Learn how to bake it from scratch! This Bee Sustainable class will teach you how to prepare this healthier alternative to store-bought bread and make you fall in love with carbs all over again.


Ah, waking up to the smell of fresh bread, baking in your own kitchen. That is the life.



Book this class

Where: Bee Sustainable, 500 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

When: Saturday, 22 Dec 2:00PM (2.5 hours)

Cost: $95.00 general admission, $85.50 mates rate


Create Fun Stuff with Resin by Station Street Studio


Everyone is an artist, and that includes you! This 2-day workshop by Station Street Studio is a fantastic way to explore your creative side, using the hottest medium in town.


Not only will you make accessories and homewares - rings, bangles, platters, and bowls; you’ll also to create your own silicone moulds and cast resin to take away from class. The fun can go on and on at home!



Hands-on workshop, fun with the bling squad, Christmas shopping? Check, check, check!


Book this class

Where: Station Street Studio, Frankston VIC 3199

When: Saturday, 15 Dec 10:00AM and Sunday, 16 Dec 1:00PM (3.0 hours x 2 Days)

Cost: $180.00 general admission, $144.00 mates rate


Craving for more, more, more? There’s lots more where that came from!