How we do special occasions

Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, or even a summer bank holiday weekend are all special occasions to celebrate with friends. Rather than going to a restaurant or spending hours preparing a meal, why not learn a new skill and get creative with your friends instead? And you can do it while enjoying delicious food and drinks, without having to lift a finger.

Instead you can host a lovely night in for the same cost as going out. We’ll make it extra special – with homemade mulled cider for a Christmas cracker-making party, summer cocktails for an August birthday, or spicy winter warmers for a Halloween gathering. We also bring fairy lights, bunting and music to create the perfect atmosphere. Whatever crafty workshop you choose, all your guests will leave with a finished item and a handy “how to” guide so that they can do it again at home.

To host a special occasion craft workshop at your home, all you need is table big enough for your group of friends. You don’t even really need a special occasion – we also do workshops on planning your own wedding, and creating décor to make your home totally unique.
  • Origami Lily Fairy Lights

    DUE TO THE BUSINESS RELOCATING TO SCOTLAND, WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR LONDON-BASED EVENTS.

    Using your choice of coloured or white paper, you will fold origami lilies to cover a set of fairy lights. Depending on the look you are after, you can then use paints, glitter and jewels to decorate them and add your personal touch. These are so striking and delicate, no one will ever guess they’re homemade.

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    What you will leave with:

    A set of fairy lights covered with paper lilies

    Duration:

    3-4 hours

    Cost:

    £35 per person

    Group size:

    Max 8 - contact us for bigger groups

  • String Art

    DUE TO THE BUSINESS RELOCATING TO SCOTLAND, WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR LONDON-BASED EVENTS.

    String art is becoming more and more popular, allowing you to create personal and striking images as artwork for your walls. Choose your font or image and colours to make something truly unique which you can proudly look at day in and day out. The beauty of this craft – you really don’t need to be creative at all.

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    What you will leave with:

    A word or image on a plank ready to be mounted on the wall

    Duration:

    3 hours

    Cost:

    £35 per person

    Group size:

    Around 8 - contact us for bigger groups

  • Map Coasters

    DUE TO THE BUSINESS RELOCATING TO SCOTLAND, WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR LONDON-BASED EVENTS.

    Most of us have a collection of maps from our travels that are lying around gathering dust. Why not turn them into something you look at every day by making a set of 4 unique coasters? Or capture special memories closer to home using a London A-Z? And if you don’t have maps of your own don’t fret, we’ll happily bring some along.

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    What you will leave with:

    A set of up to 4 coasters covered in maps

    Duration:

    3 hours

    Cost:

    £35 per person

    Group size:

    As big a group as you can accommodate at your venue

  • Bubbilicious Bath Products

    DUE TO THE BUSINESS RELOCATING TO SCOTLAND, WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR LONDON-BASED EVENTS.

    Save yourself a small fortune by learning to make your own bath scrub and fizzy bath bombs. These make a gorgeous gift (if you’re willing to part with them). It’s also a perfect class to do with mums to be, using oils known to keep expanding tummies supple and moisturised. Wonderful ingredients like shea butter, rosehip oil and vitamin E will leave your skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom.

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    What you will leave with:

    Bath scrub and bath bomb

    Duration:

    3 hours

    Cost:

    £35 per person

    Group size:

    As big a group as you can accommodate

  • Introduction to Furniture Upcycling

    DUE TO THE BUSINESS RELOCATING TO SCOTLAND, WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR LONDON-BASED EVENTS.

    In a single evening or an afternoon, you learn 3 techniques to transform old tired furniture. Choose from distressing, crackle glaze, gilding, French chic or decoupage. After learning your chosen techniques, you paint a picture frame using your favourite one, creating a lovely statement for your wall.

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    What you will leave with:

    A practice board and a painted picture frame using one of the furniture painting techniques

    Duration:

    4 hours

    Cost:

    £55 per person

    Group size:

    Max 6 - contact us for bigger groups

  • Furniture Upcycling Full Day

    DUE TO THE BUSINESS RELOCATING TO SCOTLAND, WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR LONDON-BASED EVENTS.

    Save yourself hundreds of pounds by learning to upcycle your tired old furniture or things you’ve found through Freecycle. In this class you learn techniques such as distressing, crackle glaze, gilding, lime washing, French chic, and stenciling and decoupage to give your furniture that vintage look and a new lease on life.

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    What you will leave with:

    A practice board and your own item of painted furniture

    Duration:

    8 hours

    Cost:

    £100 per person

    Group size:

    Max 6

  • Fascinator Making

    DUE TO THE BUSINESS RELOCATING TO SCOTLAND, WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR LONDON-BASED EVENTS.

    A perfect class for hen parties. Learn to make a gorgeous professional-looking fascinator. We can even dye the feathers and sinamay beforehand to match individual outfits. All the hens get to wear their fascinator at the wedding and the bride can make her very own hairpiece. With the added sparkling wine and food, it’s a great way to get the hen party festivities underway.

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    What you will leave with:

    A beautiful personalised fascinator perfect for weddings or the races

    Duration:

    4 hours

    Cost:

    £39 per person

    Group size:

    Max 10 - contact us for bigger groups

  • WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF OUR CLASSES

    Don’t take it from us. Here’s what other people have had to say about A Crafty Alternative.

    • In all honesty the BEST Christmas party I've ever been to. My baubles will have pride of place on my tree forever more :)

      Maria Henderson
      18 December 2014
    • I booked Origami fairy lights for my flatmate's birthday party, it was so much fun. Highly recommended

      Sam Wilson
      10 May 2015
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