Channel your autumn energy into these creative classes with Leland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

What once grew from necessity rather than an indulgence, the Do-it-Yourself, or DIY, movement goes far beyond building a coffee table or sewing a dress. It’s a state of mind! It brings people together for productive leisure and sharing interests and hobbies. Doing it yourself doesn’t mean you have to go it alone!

Whether you are DIY-savvy or just getting started, Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Parks & Recreation is offering a series of make-and-take classes called Fall into DIY to help get people inspired to join the DIY movement. With fall literally around the corner, crafting comes to mind with decorating for the holidays and handmade gift giving. There’s no better time to gather (socially distanced, of course) with other crafting enthusiasts to get creative. Here’s a peek at some of their classes.


Acrylic Paint Pouring
Do you fancy a Jackson Pollock or Helen Frankenthaler abstract expressionism painting with its importance on the spontaneous or subconscious? You can create your own version of fluid textures and effects by pouring acrylic paint. The Fall into DIY series kicks off on September 22 with Acrylic Paint Pouring. For this class, you’ll be working outside, pouring acrylic paint (no brushes required) to create organically unique paintings with marbleized effects, smooth finishes and rich colors.

Burlap Wreaths
It’s that time of the year when front doors become fall showpieces with beautiful wreathes of assorted leaves, flowers and foliage in an autumnal pallet of oranges, beiges and browns. In this class, participants will make burlap wreaths, which are the perfect foundation for seasonal and holiday decor of any kind. Make one for fall in this class, and you’ll have the know-how to make one with beautiful bows and bulbs for Christmas.

Clay Bead Jewelry and Wooden Bead Necklaces
Who doesn’t love jewelry? In these two separate classes, you’ll learn how to mix colors and make and bake clay beads in all shapes and sizes and turn them into modern necklaces and earrings. You’ll create simple but chic wooden bead necklaces. Whether you DIY the jewelry for yourself or give it as a gift this holiday season, these two class might just inspire you to create your own line of custom jewelry.|


The tradition of weaving traces back 12,000 years and is the oldest method for creating fabrics. Here is your opportunity to get introduced to the world of textiles with this beginning loom weaving class. Using a loom, a machine that you use to give your weave support and tension as your work, you can experiment with color, texture and pattern and take home a decorative piece that can become a wall hanging, trivet or gift.
Supplies will be provided for each of the classes in the Fall into DIY series, but you are welcome to bring something special of your own to include in your work.

For dates and times, visit the Town of Leland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts website for class schedules.