29 March 2021

5 Hidden Gems for Artsy Souls Looking for Hands-On Fun

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Get those creative juices flowing and make those hands work at these cool workshops and classes.

Seen and done it all in Singapore? Fret not, we’ve got you. If you’re craving something different and have a crafty side to feed, we say go ahead and sign up for some hands-on crafty sessions. There are lots of options out there all over the city, but we’ve picked the best ones, from soap making to paper marbling.

Make pretty marble trays
Make pretty marble trays
  • Couples

Vanity trays are useful they can be used to hold your jewellery, keys, perfume or cologne bottles… plus they just look absolutely fab on a dresser. Learn how to make your own marble vanity tray at this workshop and while you’re at it, you’ll gain a better understanding of the art of colour mixing, as well as techniques like casting and sanding.

Bead classic Peranakan shoes
Bead classic Peranakan shoes
  • Heritage
  • Hidden Gem

You’ve tasted Peranakan food, you’ve explored the Katong-Joo Chiat ‘hood, now it’s time to dive deep into Peranakan culture. Try your hand at the intricate art of crafting the kasut manek – a gorgeous pair of beaded shoes that is part of a traditional Nyonya outfit. After the class, you’ll even get to try some delicious kueh (bite-sized snacks).

Try sustainable food wrapping
Try sustainable food wrapping
  • Hidden Gem

Keep your environmentally-conscious mind sharp with this unique activity that combines a tour with a class. The main focus of this experience is food wrapping using eco-friendly options like leaves. Find out more about this age-old tradition that’s still practised in Singapore, and be ready to try wrapping a ketupat (rice cake) by yourself.

Learn about paper marbling
Learn about paper marbling
  • Families with Kids
  • Couples
  • Group Travellers

How much more interesting can paper get? As it turns out, a lot more. Paper marbling used to be practised by people in medieval times, so this is your chance to revive an almost-forgotten hobby. Spill all sorts of hues onto your blank canvas, pick up tips and tricks from the pros, and then take home your work to show off to everyone back home.

Create a mini garden
Create a mini garden
  • Families with Kids
  • Couples

Calling all those who have green thumbs: book a spot at this class to create an Insta-worthy miniature garden for your home. On the other hand, if you’re keen but can never keep anything alive, don’t worry: You’ll be taught the how-to’s of looking after exotic cacti, avant-garde plants, and everything in between that thrives in soil-less spaces.

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