5 DIY events in Vancouver to embrace your crafty side this month

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DIY, or “do-it-yourself”, is a concept that has been around for ages. In today’s world, it’s refreshing that the DIY scene is still thriving and many people are still making things themselves or recycling products to make something new, rather than buying something new or ready-made.

Whether you’re already heavily invested in the DIY-scene or you’re just curious about trying something out yourself, there just happens to be 5 fantastic DIY events happening this month in Vancouver.

Try your hand at making a spoon, learn how to make your own vegan cheese, or even put together a traditional medicine kit at one of these DIY events this month.

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Vegan Cheesemaking

When: Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10
Location: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan Street)
Price: $200 for a series of 4 sessions
More information: italianculturalcentre.ca

Join Chef Karen McAthy, founder of Blue Heron, and author of The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking in learning how to make cultured, fresh, vegan cheese! This four-day course is homework driven, focused on getting students to make their own vegan cheeses from growing cultures to easy ageing techniques!

Key starter cultures are included in the course price, and a Blue Heron Cheese tasting concludes the last day of the course. Each course day, Chef Karen will provide a cheesy snack, a fun way to highlight different ways vegan cheeses can be used.

Intro to Silk Screen Printing

When: Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 23
Location: The Hive Printing (222 Woodland Drive)
Price: $150
More information: Registration page

Ever wanted to screen print your own design? This workshop hosted at The Hive Printing shop in East Vancouver offers a fun, in-depth and personalized introduction to screen printing. No experience required! You will leave with an understanding of the process – start to finish and at least 2 totes printed with your very own one-colour design.

There will also be the option to purchase additional garments to print on the day, as well as to purchase your screen (so you can print more at home!) or a take-home screen printing kit.

Traditional Medicine Making

When: Saturday, January 25
Location: Stanley Park Nature House
Price: $36 – $50
More information: Event page

In this unique event, craft your own cures with Senaqwila Wyss, an ethnobotanist with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). Learn about the medicinal qualities and traditional uses of native plants in Spapeyeq (Stanley Park).

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Spoon making for beginners

When: Sunday, January 26
Location: Vancouver Tool Library (1245 Glen Dr, Vancouver, BC V6A 3M8, Canada)
Price: $35
More information: Facebook event page

Imagine stirring a pot of soup with your own custom-made, wooden spoon. This fun, introductory course teaches you how to design, carve, and create your own wooden spoon.

Our Social Fabric workshops

When: Ongoing
Location: Our Social Fabric (NW corner of Clark & Venables in the Russell-Hendrix Building)
Price: Depends on the class
More information: Facebook page

Our Social Fabric is a great textile-recycling initiative in Vancouver that hosts several workshops every month. Whether you’re interested in learning how to embroider, how to make a pouf, or how to sew – there are multiple, ongoing workshops to discover.

This is just a small sample of some of the great events happening around town! Know any other DIY events happening in Vancouver? Let us know in the comment section below!

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