There are many shopping options in Singapore, but sometimes, you just want something handmade—by you. Put your DIY skills to the test with these slew of craft workshops. From creating Tumblr-worthy modern calligraphy to carving out a dessert spoon, these sessions are fun, educational and therapeutic. And it’s all about supporting the local design and craft scene, too, so book one of these classes and be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind memento of Singapore.
No matter your interest, here are some workshops that will up your craft game.
Enchanted by gorgeous watercolour florals and elegant calligraphy prints? Swirl your own brush with Souldeelight, where the lettering classes teach you how to create inspirational quotes that are worth framing up. Dee Caplan, the founder of Souldeelight, teaches modern calligraphy as well as watercolour and brush calligraphy workshops (SGD 145/four hours) at PaperMarket or the Overjoyed store—the styles alternate fortnightly.
Overjoyed: 89 Short St, Golden Wall Centre, #B1-08, Singapore 188216.
PaperMarket: 252 North Bridge Rd, Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-31, Singapore 179103.
Sign up for workshops here.
Stone for Gold
Get some hipster cred as you learn how to make handcrafted leather goods. Stone for Gold’s workshops (SGD 79/two hours) will teach you how to cut, carve and care for your leather. Under the guidance of master craftsmen, you’ll walk out with buttery passport holders, coin pouches, bags, wallets, watch straps or even cuffs that double up as smartphone stands.
Stone for Gold Studio. 141 Jalan Besar, #02-01, Singapore 208859. Opening hours by appointment only. Sign up for workshops here.
Put your hands on cool clay at Mud Rock, which offers weekly pottery classes (from SGD 240/four sessions) led by local artists Michelle Lim and Ng Seok Har. Take a friend or your whole family along as you fashion bowls, sculptures and vases slowly from mud and clay. Enjoy full access to the studio’s nine pottery wheels, two workstations and electric kilns, as you learn about the materials, techniques and intricacies of ceramic-making.
Mud Rock Ceramics. 85 Maude Rd, Singapore 208357. Visits by appointment only. For more information on classes, visit here.
Take your pick from Bynd Artisan’s nine rotational classes: sharpen your pencils for sketching classes, paint monograms on leather, or perfect brush calligraphy (classes from SGD 88/session). Depending on the collaborator’s schedule, each class size is between eight to ten, and you’ll be given the tools and techniques to take you from newbie to expert. Take botanical sketching (SGD 100/four hours) and walk away with shading know-how and (hopefully) mastery, as you fill up your sketchbook with still-life depictions of blooms.
Bynd Artisan Atelier (Holland Village). 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-54, Singapore 278116. Sign up for workshops here.
Reclaimed teak, cherry or maple wood get a second life at Everyday Canoe’s wood carving classes (SGD 130/3.5 hours), where you'll learn to transform timber into quaint spoons, brooches or coasters. Held at Itchy Fingers Studio, carving classes will have you chiseling out a perfectly rounded spoon, sanding it, and finally coating your creation with oil and beeswax for water-resistance.
Itchy Fingers Studio by Sarah and Schooling. 157A Jalan Besar, Singapore 208874. Sign up for workshops here.
Cat prints, polka dots, abstract florals—immortalise your favourite motifs in fabric at Fictive Finger’s pattern printing classes (SGD 148/three hours). The textile studio’s workshops, which are run by sister duo Hani and Aisah, will go through the basics of screen printing. You’ll create unique and offbeat hand-pressed creations, and even get to bring back a craft kit to work on future creations in the comfort of home.
Fictive Fingers Studio. 317A Geylang Rd, Singapore 389356. Studio not open to public other than for events or classes. Sign up for workshops here.
Let your imagination run wild as you create rings, necklaces or bracelets to your fancy at Fat Anvil’s weekly silversmithing classes (SGD 120/2.5 hours). You’ll learn traditional skills such as melting, soldering, piercing and filing metal, after which you’ll emerge from this cosy studio with one-of-a-kind trinkets and jewellery.
Fat Anvil Studios. 22 Sin Ming Lane, Midview City, #08-74, Singapore 573969. Email for workshops.
Get squeaky clean—with the little ones in tow—as you head to these soap making classes (from SGD 48/hour). Customise your bath bar by picking from a variety of mould designs (try hearts, flowers or even our very own Merlion), scents and herbed or normal soap bases. Those with sensitive skin, fret not, as all ingredients are vegan and are mostly organic, too.
Liang Court. 177 River Valley Rd, #02-33A, Singapore 179030. Daily 10am-9pm. Daily 10am-9pm. Sign up for workshops here.