Crafts & DIY

Whether you're weaving a basket for the first time or styling a terrarium, our craft classes give you the skills to brighten up your decor and plant the seed for a new creative hobby.


July

Get a little messy making seasonal berry jam! Trained in preservation techniques at Cornell, Stephen Nocera will show you three distinct methods of jamming, using less sugar and no additives or pectin. You'll come away with the techniques and recipes more...
251CKG200 07/20 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
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Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designedfor beginners, this class covers the basics—from recipes to food prep to sterilizing. You'll pick up tips and tricks for pickling all more...
251CKG221 07/27 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

August

Learn time-honored canning techniques to extend the bounty of your favorite stone fruits, such as peaches, plums, apricots and more, long after summer has passed. Create a compote to top your summer desserts; prepare for fall with warming spices; or more...
251CKG231 08/03 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Gather plants and urban detritus (like rust!) from the surrounding landscape to make beautiful dyes-bright magenta pokeweed, dark black walnut, and rich purple wild grape. In the first session, artist and founder of the Toronto Ink Company Jason Logan will more...
251CRF187O 08/03 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Logan
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Historical bartenders and modern mixologists have long used a great variety of herbal and botanical ingredients to add flavor, body, and visual flair to drinks. Go beyond the garnish to explore the world of oleo-saccharums, infusions, simple syrups, and tinctures more...
251CKG240B 08/14 We 5:00pm-7:00pm Freeman
NYBG

Use bracket fungi to create beautiful, earth-toned sheets of paper under the expert guidance of mycologist Dorothy Smullen. This hands-on class will walk you through the papermaking process, and introduce you to the many different mushrooms you can use for more...
251CRF130 08/17 Sa 10:00am-1:30pm Smullen
NYBG

Explore the ancient technique of broom-making. In this two-day workshop, fiber artist and educator Poliana Danila will guide you through this craft of working with natural materials to create a useful and beautiful hand broom. Using natural or black-dyed sorghum, more...
251CRF279 08/23 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Danila
NYBG

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements.
251FDN210E 08/23 Fr 11:00am-1:00pm Elfe
NYBG

Wondering what to do with your bounty of tomatoes? Preserve them, of course! We will show you the best ways to process and hot pack your harvest, with a simple method borrowed from industrial canning. We'll make a chili tomato more...
251CKG226 08/24 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

September

Learn traditional weaving techniques to creating a unique garden support. Jes Clark of the Hudson Valley's Willow Vale Farm will teach you how to use willow to weave a peony crown through a modern cosmopolitan combination of traditional weaves including more...
251CRF273 09/06 Fr 10:00am-6:00pm Clark
NYBG

Create hanging art for your home as you weave a natural tapestry using botanical materials. In this class, you'll learn how to use an 11 x 16 weaving frame with jute to weave an assortment of dried and preserved flowers, more...
251CRF248 09/14 Sa 2:00pm-5:00pm Yanni
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Learn how to dye fibers naturally using food waste. Explore techniques on how to repurpose your food scraps to create a brilliant color palette—from yellow and red onions that create copper tones and deep mustards to avocado skin, pits, and more...
251CRF245 09/27 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Danila
NYBG

October

Hand-woven willow baskets bring a touch of rustic yet elegant beauty to your home. Jesica Clark, owner of the Hudson Valley's Willow Vale Farm, will teach you the traditional willow weaving techniques to create a small asymmetrical basket. This design, more...
252CRF252 10/25 Fr 10:00am-6:00pm Clark
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