DIY Skills

Learn a new DIY craft skill and find new and inspirational ways to complete your next project. From furniture painting to welding, we have an online or in-person DIY course to suit you. Click on an image to see a full description of the course and information about the school.
  • In-Person Course

    Paint Your Own Piece Workshop

    What we’ll cover
    This course offers an extension to our Annie Sloan Techniques 1 workshop. It will give
    you the opportunity to put your new learning into practice and get started painting a
    simple piece, with expert guidance on hand.

    £25.00
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    Location : Essex

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  • In-Person Course

    Creative Paint Techniques Workshop

    What we’ll cover

    This fun hands-on workshop will help you learn a variety of creative paint techniques to
    add stylish colour, depth and patina to your projects.
    During the session you will work on project sampler boards which you will be able to
    take home with you.
    Techniques to be explored include rough luxe, colour washing, blending, dry brushing,
    frottage and craqueleur.

    £65.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Essex

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  • In-Person Course

    Chalk Paint Taster Workshop

    What we’ll cover
    Come along to this hands-on creative workshop and find out more about how to use
    and get the best results from your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

    £55.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Essex

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  • In-Person Course

    Annie Sloan Techniques Workshop – Parts 1 & 2

    This Annie Sloan Workshop is ideal for beginners whether you are completely new to craft & painting, or simply to Annie Sloan Paint.

    £125.00
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    Location : Essex

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  • In-Person Course

    Introduction to Upcycling

    An Introduction to Upcycling – This introductory course will walk you through all the basics of how to take an unloved piece of furniture, prepare and paint it to restore it, ready for everyday use again.

    £95.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Essex

    An Introduction to Upcycling - This introductory course will walk you through all the ...

  • Beginners Sewing Workshop
    In-Person Course

    Beginners Sewing Workshop

    This workshop is designed for absolute beginners, those terrified of the sewing machine sat in the cupboard gathering dust!

    Be not afraid! Join us for this fun and friendly workshop and overcome your sewing fears.

    £75.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Worcestershire

    This workshop is designed for absolute beginners, those terrified of the sewing machine sat ...

  • In-Person Course

    Furniture Making and Cabinetry Beginners Course

    In this course you will learn the basics of fine furniture making and cabinetry, you will be making a foot stool with mortice and tenon joints, some by hand and some with more updated machinery.

    You will make the piece from raw stock, plane it up again using updated machinery, and maybe we will use some hand tools should the inkling arise! The piece you will make will be tailored to your spec, so everyone gets something unique to work with to get the most out of the day.

    Please be mindful that it is a long day and will be fairly tiring on your mind and body, so be ready and on good form to get as much as you can out of me!

    I will be providing safety lessons on bandsaws, planer thicknessers, bench grinders, chisels etc, and guidance throughout the day, giving advice and techniques where I see fit.

    £350.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Greater Manchester

    In this course you will learn the basics of fine furniture making and cabinetry, ...

  • In-Person Course

    Mig / Tig Welding Introductory Course for Beginners.

    This one-2-one tuition day course will provide a ‘hands-on’ approach to Mig / Tig welding and is suitable for aspiring welders or the DIY enthusiast to develop basic welding skills. This course introduces the fundamental principles of mig / tig welding materials, tools and techniques. This is a one-day basic introduction to welding. Ideal for a complete novice or beginner. You will learn how to set up your welding machine and the different types of welded joints. I have a background in education and training, so this links into my past. I do have third party insurance covering all of the activities on offer. We can also advise on equipment choices for those who really get the welding bug! We often have people return to us having set themselves up with the kit, and want extra tuition to get the results they want. We ask you to come along wearing suitable non-synthetic clothing with long sleeves and closed-toe, solid footwear. Please bring a packed lunch.

    What’s included in the price?

     

    Tea, coffee and biscuits. Material for welding.

    £190.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Wales

    In-Person Course

    DIY & Home Maintenance Workshop – 1 Day (10am to 3 pm) Grappenhall, Warrington

    Learn to be independent in your home and garden whilst making some new like-minded friends in a relaxed, supportive and beautiful environment.

    During the day, you will learn:

    – Hammering, drilling & fixings: drill bits, fitting rawl plugs, screws & nails

    – How to use a drill

    – Hanging a level picture & shelf

    – Filling gaps & fillers

    – Painting and Decorating

    – Electrical: rewire a plug/change a fuse, rewire a light fitting

    – Plumbing: replacing a tap washer, repair a leaky water pipe, drain a radiator

    – And many more useful tips

    Please don’t worry if you are a complete novice! I will start from the beginning and explain all about the tools and techniques too with some invaluable tips from my own experience.

    Alternatively, if you have dabbled a little in the world of DIY already, but want to develop your skills, then this is the course for you. The numbers are kept small (6 to `10) to allow for one-to-one instruction for much of the time during the day.

    Each workshop will run from 10am to 3pm with lunch break and plenty of coffee/tea/cake in between – my Mum’s delicious scones and  gorgeous cakes are becoming rather renowned among workshop attendees!

    Everything you will need for the workshop is included in the price and will be provided.

    I look forward to meeting you. Jo x

    £160.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Nationwide

    Learn to be independent in your home and garden whilst making some new like-minded ...

  • In-Person Course

    Learn to MIG, TIG & Aluminium Weld in a 4hr One-to-One Class

    If you are looking for a fast way to learn to weld, at a high standard, our intense 4-hour one-to-one welding classes are the perfect thing for you.

    Taught by coded welders, you will learn how to MIG, TIG and Aluminium weld while getting loads of practice time. We’ll teach you about safety as well as how to set up your machine, and you can even bring your own welder to learn on!

    All PPE is supplied, and you will receive a certificate of completion at the end.

    £89.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Leicestershire

    If you are looking for a fast way to learn to weld, at a ...

  • In-Person Course

    Basic Woodwork and DIY Course

    Designed for the complete beginner, learn basic woodwork; how to use different tools and gain the skills needed for necessary household DIY including: Hanging shelves, repairing cupboard doors, flat pack furniture, using battery tools.

    All safety equipment is provided but wear clothes suitable for being in a workshop.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Drawing plans and working from them
    Battery-powered drills
    Different types of squares and their uses
    Marking techniques and measuring on metal and wood
    Drilling
    Drill bits (twist drills, brad point, masonry, forstner bits, hinge bits, speed bits)
    Profile gauges
    Plum lines
    Hand planes
    Chisels
    Fasteners (nails, screws, wall fixings, concrete anchors, expanding and cam fixings)
    Handsaws, Hacksaws, Coping saws
    Files and rasps
    Mitre blocks and Bench hooks
    Timber selection for your projects
    How to sharpen tools
    Making basic joints (lap joints, half joints, mortise and tenon, pocket screws, box and dovetail joints)
    Hinge types
    Mortising for hinges and locks and how to install
    Basic jigs to make your life easy
    Spirit and Laser levels
    Sanding and preparing for finish

    £175.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Surrey

    Designed for the complete beginner, learn basic woodwork; how to use different tools and ...

  • In-Person Course

    DIY and Home Maintenance Course

    This course is aimed at the homeowner who would like to build their home maintenance, repair and home renovating skills. During this one day course, you will learn the following:

    COURSE CONTENT
    How to drill into plasterboard, wood, concrete, glass and brick
    Replacing a door (hanging the door, replacing hinges, installing door hardware-handle & lock)
    Repairing plasterboard (cracks, small and large holes)
    Blocking up a doorway or opening up a wall
    Fixing pictures and TV’s to walls using different fixings for different walls
    Electrical basics (wiring a plug, making an extension lead, repairing lamps and installing light fixtures, how to use a multi-meter for checking voltage and current, changing a wall socket and light switch, how to install downlights (LED and colour changing) and dimming options for mains and low voltage
    How to feed cables into difficult places and final testing
    Removal and application of silicon sealants, different sealants and their uses
    Caulking
    How to deal with wet and dry rot, special undercoats and paints
    Repairing overflowing toilets, leaking tap washers and plastic pipe connectors
    Changing a tap
    Tile application and grouting basics

    £125.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Surrey

    This course is aimed at the homeowner who would like to build their home ...

  • In-Person Course

    One Day MMA/MIG Welding Course

    Here, at Allied Welding, we are pleased to offer an insight into the vast world of both Arc & MIG welding.

    Ideal for people who like the idea of being able to weld, but do not want to commit to a lengthy course over many hours and several sessions. We are able to cover a lot more material whilst providing you with more time with the teacher than what you would get with a normal college class.

    The idea is to take enthusiastic people (male or female) that have never welded before or that just want to brush up on their skills over an enjoyable and relaxed day in our fully equipped workshop and enable them to either carry on with their new-found skills at home, in their garage or workshop or should you wish to progress further we would be glad to recommend local colleges or training centres that can enhance your new-found skill.

    There are many people that have a restoration project on an old car or motorcycle. How about those gates that need fixing or that broken part that could easily be fixed with a little knowledge of welding. That is the idea of this short course; to give encouragement to try something that perhaps otherwise would never be attempted.

    You will be welcomed into our comfortable reception area, where refreshments are available.

    Information.

    Please wear work clothes suitable for the environment. Long-sleeved garments are essential. A leather apron and welding gauntlets are supplied.

    If you are fitted with a heart pacemaker or wear contact lenses, please consult your doctor or/and your optician before booking this course.

    If you are travelling from further afield and would like to make a weekend to explore the Essex countryside or coast after or before your experience we can suggest a few following places to stay: Premier Inn Rayleigh or Basildon, Holiday Inn Basildon or Southend to name but a few.

    – We have Full Comprehensive Insurance
    – Approved by an I.O.S.H Trained member in Managing Health and
    Safety
    – Overseen by a tutor with 15 years of experience
    – All Tutors are City & Guilds trained and regularly refreshed
    – Full Extraction of welding fume is supplied to conform with
    regulation
    – Up to date Fire Inspection Certificates
    – Industry Coded welding tutor

    Protective footwear is essential, if you do not have your own we can provide for a cost of £20.00 + VAT

    If you do not have suitable clothing or your own welders overalls can be provided at a special cost of £25.00 + VAT

    Please advise us on any medical conditions.

    DATES AVAILABLE:

    18th November, 25th November

    £168.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Essex

    Here, at Allied Welding, we are pleased to offer an insight into the vast ...

  • Online Course

    The Art and Craft of Marbling: Online Course

    COURSE OVERVIEW
    Faux marbling is an ancient technique that will add a touch of class to any project. But this skill is gradually being lost to time. With this course, I aim to share my knowledge and experience in the hope these skills will live on.

    Makes a great Christmas gift for a creative friend or family member. Sale ends 31st December 2022.

    On this course, you will learn how to recreate the ancient art of faux marbling. You will have unlimited access to the online material for as long as your account remains active, allowing you to practice & perfect these skills before moving on to larger projects.

    The tutorials are carefully designed and structured for people of all abilities. You will start by learning how to prepare your sample board and mix the different paints and glazes required for this paint effect. You will then build up the faux marble effect layer by layer before learning how to finish and protect your completed work.

    The course material has been divided into a series of 5 easy-to-follow video tutorials, accompanied by numerous professional tips and tricks and comprehensive information sheets. Each video is between 12-25 minutes, and within 2 hours, you will be equipped with all the information you need to learn this amazing paint effect.

    £250.00
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    COURSE OVERVIEW Faux marbling is an ancient technique that will add a touch of ...

  • Online Course

    Faux Oak Wood Graining: Online Course

    Faux wood graining is an ancient technique that remains incredibly versatile to this day. As with many paint effect techniques, this skill is gradually being lost to time. With this course, I aim to share my knowledge and experience in the hope these skills will live on.

    Makes a great Christmas gift for a creative friend or family member. Sale ends 31st December 2022.

    On this course, you will learn how to recreate the faux wood graining effect. You will have access to the online material for as long as your account remains active, allowing you to practice & perfect these skills before moving on to larger projects.

    The tutorials are carefully designed and structured for people of all abilities. You will start by learning how to prepare your sample board and mix the different paints and glazes required for this paint effect. You will then build up the wood graining effect layer by layer before learning how to finish and protect your completed work.

    The course material has been divided into a series of easy-to-follow video tutorials, accompanied by numerous professional tips and tricks and comprehensive information sheets. Each video is between 12-40 minutes, and within 2 hours, you will be equipped with all the information you need to learn this amazing paint effect.

    With practice and imagination, you will soon be transforming the everyday into a work of art.

    £250.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Faux wood graining is an ancient technique that remains incredibly versatile to this day. ...

  • Online Course

    A Hand Painted Furniture Course: Online Course

    This professional hand-painted furniture course, introduces you to many of the skills that Simon has developed over the 30+ years working as a decorator and interior designer. It allows you to create beautiful, bespoke, interior design concepts that suit your tastes without having to pay designer prices. Learning this versatile skill enables you to put your own creative stamp on everyday items.

    Makes a great Christmas gift for a creative friend or family member. Sale ends 31st December 2022.

    On this course, you will be taken through the skills needed to create professional hand-painted furniture. You will have access to the online material for as long as your account remains active, allowing you to practice & perfect these skills before moving on to larger projects.

    The tutorials are carefully designed and structured for people of all abilities. You will start by learning how to clean your piece of furniture and shown how to remove oils, waxes, varnishes and general dirt ready for painting. You will then be led through the process of repairing any damaged glass or wood veneer to make the furniture look as good as new. After painting the furniture to your taste, you will then learn how to finish and protect your work ready for use. In the final lesson, Simon demonstrates 3 alternative finishes for different uses and tastes to provide further inspiration.

    The course material has been divided into a series of easy-to-follow video tutorials, accompanied by numerous professional tips and comprehensive information sheets. Each video is between 10-50 minutes, and within 3 hours, you will be equipped with all the information you need to start renovating your own item of furniture.

    £200.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    This professional hand-painted furniture course, introduces you to many of the skills that Simon ...

  • In-Person Course

    Metalwork Craft Weekend

    Next Dates:

    10th and 11th February 2024

    13th and 14th April 2024

    This two-day course will introduce you to different methods and techniques used within the metal industry, and you will come away with a finished product at the end (Example: ornamental garden flower, weather vane or a wall mounted coat rack).

    What you will be doing over the two days:

    • Hot forming of metal using the forge
    • Cold forming of metal – folding, rolling, and shaping
    • Welding – TIG, MIG and stick
    • Plasma cutting
    • Grinding
    • Metal finishing – painting, polishing, mark making, engraving

    This course is suitable for everyone and is a really fun weekend.

    £445.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : West Sussex

    Next Dates: 10th and 11th February 2024 13th and 14th April 2024 This two-day course will ...

  • In-Person Course

    Welding Day

    Next Dates:

    27th January 2024

    2nd March 2024

    This is a one-day intensive welding course where you can learn and practice all 3 welding processes with a variety of metals, or focus on one of your choices.

    For example:

    • Mild Steel and Stainless TIG
    • Aluminium TIG
    • Copper and Brass Brazing TIG
    • Mild Steel and Stainless STICK
    • Mild steel and Stainless MIG

    This course is suitable for anyone wishing to try and discover welding for the first time, or for anyone who wants to update their welding knowledge by concentrating on a process of their choice.

    £245.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : West Sussex

    Next Dates: 27th January 2024 2nd March 2024 This is a one-day intensive welding course where ...

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