10 New DIY Skills You Can Learn Online This Year

Dying to conquer hand lettering or floral arranging this year? Try one of these online courses!
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If you always scroll through Pinterest gawking at all the cool DIY projects and ever think to yourself "man, I wish I could do that," then it might be time to take a crafty class.

Desk of an artist

Desk of an artist

Desk of an artist with lots of stationery objects. Studio shot on wooden background.

Photo by: Graphic: Erica Reitman

Graphic: Erica Reitman

The good news? You don’t even need to leave your house to learn handlettering or flower arranging! Many DIY classes are now available online. We've rounded up some of our faves, and we promise that each one is crafty to the max.


Macrame goddess Emily Katz has a fun class that teaches you macrame basics with an easy starter project: a keychain. Once you have the stitches down, you can graduate on to macrame wall hangings, plant holders or even belts.

I was lucky enough to take an in-person class with Emily, and her macrame skills are truly inspiring.


This beginner course takes you through all the ins and outs of crochet. (See what I did there?) You’ll learn how to properly hold your crochet hook, what supplies you need to get started and how to crochet your own unique “granny square.” By the end of the course you’ll have the chain stitch and slip stitch down, and you'll be able to apply what you’ve learned to create your own granny square crocheted blanket.

Sewing a Skirt

In this quick, project-focused course, you'll learn how to create your own tutu or tulle-type skirt. This is a simple, beginner-level project (no zippers are included; just an elastic waistband). You'll even get instruction on how to include a proper lining. The flexible pattern allows you to include variations of the skirt, no matter what your measurements are.

Hand Embroidery

Jenny Hart’s tagline is: “this ain’t your gramma’s embroidery,” and all of her projects make good on that promise. In this class she teaches the basics of her modern embroidery techniques including how to properly hold your hoop, needles and supplies needed, and inspirational ideas for embellishment. By the end of the class you'll be able to jazz up a simple shirt or tank with truly unique embroidery details.

ENROLL: All About Hand Embroidery, craft daily
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This beginner-level class will teach you how to sew with leather, the basics of hardware placement, as well as the differences between the types of leather you can work with. By the end of the class, you'll have the skills to create your own chic, handmade leather wallet.

Mixed Media

If you’ve always been curious about collage and mixed-media projects, this is a fab beginner-level course to dive into. This course focuses on creating a piece of art; however, the techniques could be easily applied to other projects such as art journaling. You’ll learn how to create an easy base for your mixed media piece, how to use stencils and other textures, as well as how to use crayon wax and beeswax on your collage.

Hand Lettering

This course will teach you all the basics of hand lettering and will also send you a daily email prompt to help you as you work toward improving your lettering skills. In addition to the lettering techniques you'll learn, you'll also get instruction on how to convert your hand-drawn letters into a Photoshop or Illustrator file so you can enlarge and print your artwork, apply it to other mediums or even use it layered on top of photos and other graphics.

Art Journaling

If you've been curious about art journaling but feel overwhelmed by all of the options, supplies and techniques, this would be a great class to start with. This site's courses focus primarily on scrapbooking and memory keeping, so this particular course has some great ideas in terms of subject matter, inspiration and new techniques for making your journal truly unique.

ENROLL: Art Journaling 101, Big Picture Classes
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Tarot Reading 

I’ve always been curious about tarot cards and how to use them, so this course really grabbed my attention. Over eight weeks, you’ll learn all about tarot, the meanings behind each card, how to interpret them and how to create a unique reading experience that is all your own.

Floral Arranging

If you're flower obsessed like I am, this class should be on your must list: learn the basics of how to put together beautiful flower arrangements. By the end of the class you'll have a French hand-tied bouquet (perfect for gift giving), a wild English garden arrangement and even a bridal bouquet. You'll also learn all the basics about how to choose your flowers, make them last longer and all of the tools you'll need to become a flower arranging ninja.

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Patterned Clay Trays

Roll out bakeable clay and add a pattern with basic household items, like a pencil eraser or a piece of lace. Bake and fill with jewelry, keys or other household items.

Photo By: Jessika Creedon ©Jessika Creedon 2013

Simple Monogrammed String Art

String art used to be straight out of the '70s, but there's a new graphic version that's back in a big way. Learn how to make your own modern monogrammed string art in just a few easy steps.

Giant Paper Dahlias

Create an oversized paper version of this stunning late-summer flower using materials you likely already have on hand: scrapbook paper, cardboard circles, scissors and double-sided tape.

Tin Can Utensil Bins

Rescue vegetable cans and coffee tins and repurpose them as colorful utensil-storage bins. Dress them up with paint and washi tape, then use a "S" hook to attach to a kitchen towel bar.

Photo By: Layla Palmer

Make a Vintage Book Planter

Turn an old book into a one-of-a-kind succulent planter with our easy how-to instructions.

Confetti Dot Vases

All you need to dress up a tired vase? Opaque glass paint, a toothpick, and an hour. Here's how to do it.

Make an Anchor-Stenciled Boat Bag

Freezer paper stencils are a simple way to customize fabric items. Try out the process on a tote bag with our nautical-themed template.

Block Print Napkins With DIY Stamps

Turn basic household items into simple stamps, then create your own custom-stamped towels and napkins.

Simple Ombre Artwork

Even novice artists can recreate this eye-catching artwork featured in HGTV Magazine. Just choose gradient shades you love and brush them onto a canvas!

Photo By: Stuart Tyson/Studio D

Polka-Dotted Vases

Give a dollar-store glass vase a DIY makeover with a painters' tape design and a coat of frosted glass spray. See the how-to instructions here, as featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Stuart Tyson/Studio D

Create a French Knot Design on a Pillow

This circular, ombre affect is easy to recreate once you learn how to sew a French knot. This tutorial from HGTV Magazine will show you how.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Make a Pom Pom Blanket

Once you've made one pom pom, you'll want to put them on everything. Let HGTV Magazine show you how to embellish a bland blanket with brightly-hued pom poms.

Photo By: David A. Land

Make a Striped Lampshade

Transform a basic white lampshade into a custom piece using only ribbon and fabric glue with this easy how-to from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Stuart Tyson/Studio D

Chalkboard Kitchen Canisters

Chalkboard paint and an easy-to-apply stenciled details transform basic glass jars into customized countertop accessories. Learn how to paint your own chalkboard labels.

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Painted Market Basket

Customize a natural seagrass basket by adding bold designs in a vibrant summer color.

Photo By: Kayla Kitts

Custom Message Center

Keep your office space organized with a stylish and multi-functional bulletin board and message center.

Personalized Desk Accessories

Use various containers like Mason jars, vases and tin cans to create a matching desk accessory set that will keep all your desk essentials organized and within reach.

Transform a Dollar Store Candle

All it takes to transform dollar-bin candles is some metallic leaf — you can use copper, gold or silver — and some creativity. Try polka dots, chevron stripes or your own custom design.

Recycled T-Shirt Rug

Don't throw away those old T-shirts — they can easily be turned into a one-of-a-kind doormat for the bathroom or bedside.

Make Your Own Crepe Paper Flowers

Crepe paper is easy to work with and creates realistic flowers that are perfect for gift toppers or placed in a vase. Make three different types: peonies, daisies and tulips.

Photo By: Jessika Creedon ©Jessika Creedon 2013

Customize Curtains With Trim

Use fun pom-pom trim and colorful ribbons to update an inexpensive pair of ready-made curtains into custom room decor. Get how-to instructions for this project.

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