A spark of creativity might not come easily to all (not without some professional help or liquid courage), but have no fear there are many DIY creative activities in Gwinnett that will let out your inner artist. When you make something with your hands, your mood improves, you bond with others and have something to take home to be proud of! We’ve collected a few great ideas to jump start your next girls night out or date night in Gwinnett!
(Don’t forget the holidays are coming up and Grandma still likes homemade gifts, no matter how old you might be!)
1. AR Workshop Lawrenceville
178 E. Crogan Street, Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
If you want trendy, beautiful hand painted signage (made by you) without the overwhelming expensive trip to Hobby Lobby…you can adorn your home simply by heading to AR Workshop in Lawrenceville. They can make the least creative person into a pinterest pro by providing you with all the stencils, tools, teachers and “canvases” to make something you’d be proud to hang in your foyer. The DIY workshop project list includes seasonal projects, farmhouse wood signage, chunky knit throws, jewelry stamping, realtor closing gifts, ornaments and more. They also host virtual workshops and group party events. Go get your craft on!
2. Buff City Soap Makery
5215 Town Center Blvd., Suite 670
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Getting fresh and clean has never been so fun! Buff City Soap Makery in Peachtree Corners offers the opportunity for makers to get their hands dirty before getting squeaky clean by making your own soap bars and bath bombs in-house. You pick the smells and colors, and get to create your own beautiful designs on your bath products. They offer classes for groups and individuals and while you can walk in, it’s best to call ahead to make sure they can have the setup ready for you. This is the perfect “homemade” gift for the upcoming holiday season! (P.S. The in-house soap makers are enthusiastic about their craft, love to test out new smells and will shower you with samples of their work!)
3. GeekSpace Gwinnett
3690 Burnette Park Drive, Suite D
Suwanee, GA 30024
Makers of Gwinnett can unite at GeekSpace Gwinnett. This unique space offers makers from all disciplines to gather and tinker. While they have memberships available for individuals or families to come and use ALL the tools/machinery after proper training, they also host a variety of classes and events for members and non-members alike. Classes and skill building workshops are available on woodworking, electronics, CNC routing, welding, laser cutting, 3D printing, robotics, sewing and costume design.
4. Eye Candy Art Studio
3127 Main Street
Duluth, GA 30096
Head to downtown Duluth for your one-stop shop for painting pleasure. Paint your own pottery, canvas or wine glasses (and maybe have a glass or two while you do it) at Eye Candy Art Studio. This “inspiration incubator” offers indoor or outdoor seating in their “backyard” and at the pavilion on Duluth’s Town Green, as well as to-go paint kits. Check their website for virtual classes and options for birthday parties and art camp for little people, too.
5. Spin Art Atlanta Studio
225 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 104
Sugar Hill, GA 30518
Getting creative is always more fun when you make a little mess. Spin Art Atlanta Studio, the only one of its kind in the USA, is in the Suwanee/Sugar Hill area. Inspired by a Canadian artist, Callen Schaub (you’ve probably watched his mesmerizing giant spin art videos online), entertainment entrepreneur Dimitry Mohov went to work to create a studio that encourages artists young and old to create their own magical artwork. There is no right or wrong way to create gallery-worthy artwork in the studio; anyone can do it with the help of splattered paint and a pendulum paint swing setup. Spin Art Atlanta offers various sizes of canvases for artists as young as four and is the perfect date night activity when you are looking to change up the romance. The studio provides paint jumpsuits to protect your clothes, but things are still sure to get a little messy!