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.

Painting at a watercolour class.

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 at PaperMarket or the Overjoyed store—the styles alternate fortnightly. 

Overjoyed, Golden Wall Centre. 89 Short Street #B1-08, Singapore 188216.
Sign up for workshops here.

Stone for Gold
A leather pouch and strap from Stone for Gold.

Get some hipster cred as you learn how to make handcrafted leather goods. Stone for Gold’s workshops 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

Mud Rock

Put your hands on cool clay at Mud Rock, which offers weekly pottery classes 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.

Bynd Artisan
Tools used at Bynd Artisan classes.

Take your pick from Bynd Artisan’s rotational classes: sharpen your pencils for sketching classes, paint monograms on leather, or perfect brush calligraphy. 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 (S$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.

Everyday Canoe
Various spoons made from timber.

Reclaimed teak, cherry or maple wood get a second life at Everyday Canoe’s wood carving classes 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.

Fictive Fingers

Cat prints, polka dots, abstract florals—immortalise your favourite motifs in fabric at Fictive Finger’s pattern printing classes 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. 

Fat Anvil
A silver smithing class.

Let your imagination run wild as you create rings, necklaces or bracelets to your fancy at Fat Anvil’s weekly silversmithing classes. 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.

Soap Ministry
Various soaps from a soap making class.

Get squeaky clean—with the little ones in tow—as you head to these soap making classes. 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. 

Soap Ministry. 177 River Valley Rd #02-33A Liang Court, Singapore 179030.
Daily 10am-9pm.  Sign up for workshops here