The start of fall symbolizes a time of transition. Whether that be something simple like adding a couple of layers to your wardrobe or drastic like cutting your hair, we tend to alter the appearance of things as seasons change.
The same can be said of our homes’ interior decor. While we tend to spend most of our time outside in the summer, the cooler months are when we embrace the comfort and warmth of the indoors, which calls for the addition of decorations that reflect the season.
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Whether you are a self-identified craftsman or want to try your hand at a new hobby, here are home-related DIY workshops coming to NoVA this fall.
Anders Ruff Workshops
While this company was started by two designers who ran a DIY blog, it has since become a franchise with over 100 locations in the country, including four here in Northern Virginia. Each week, the expert staff will lead you in a designated project that teaches a new skill, ranging from woodworking to pillow making. While there are about four classes offered each week at the local locations, here’s a list of a few upcoming lessons, below:
Fri-Diy Night Workshop
Sept. 20, 7-9:30 p.m.
At this weekly course in Old Town, you’ll have the chance to choose from 10 plank wood projects, including a Lazy Susan, pedestal tray, porch sign, a wooden clock and more. Whether you choose to create a plaque with your family’s name on it or a centerpiece box for the dining room table, staff will be there to guide you throughout the night. Plus, each registration ticket comes with a complimentary glass of wine or beer for you to enjoy while you craft. // AR Workshop Alexandria: 1212 King St., Alexandria; $49.50-$84.50
Chunky Knit Blanket Workshop
Oct. 5, 4-7 p.m.
Get cozy this Saturday night as the experts of AR Workshop teach you how to knit your very own blanket, perfect for the cooler days ahead. Upon arrival on the day of the event, you’ll receive chunky chenille yarn to make a 40-inch-by-50-inch blanket, as well as first-hand instruction. // AR Workshop Fredericksburg: 1015 Caroline St., Fredericksburg; $85
Oct. 30, 6-8:30 p.m.
This year, celebrate Halloween a day early at the Loudoun location of AR Workshop. Guests will have the chance to make a canvas pillow cover with the first letter of their name, a rotating jewelry keeper and so much more. Plus, be sure to wear your very best costume for a chance to win a gift card for your next visit to the shop. // AR Workshop Loudoun: 1601 Village Market Blvd. SE, Suite 116, Leesburg; $45-$89.50
Hand Build a Ceramic Wall Pocket
Sept. 15, 2-4 p.m.
Interested in adding more plant life to your home? At this one-of-a-kind event, you’ll learn how to craft your very own ceramic porcelain wall pocket, perfect for holding air plants, succulents or dried flowers on your walls. Hosted by an instructor from Persimmon Street Ceramics, you’ll practice various techniques, include textures and glaze your masterpiece however you see fit. // Botanologica: 817 W. Broad St., Falls Church; $30
DIY: Ombre Painted Basket
Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m.
Add a little color to your storage spaces at this unique workshop located at boutique homegoods store Boxwood, located in Old Town. Upon arrival, you’ll choose the two to three colors you like the best and then learn firsthand how to create the ombre look you desire on baskets for the home. Whether you choose to use it for blankets in the living room or shoes by the front door, it’s sure to add a pop of color this fall. // Boxwood: 128 S. Royal St., Alexandria; $75
Paint a Project
Oct. 13 & Nov. 10, 5-7 p.m.
Have you had the same wooden chairs in your kitchen for over 10 years? If it’s time to switch them up, head over to The Back Dorr this autumn for its Paint a Project event, giving you the chance to restore an old piece of furniture in your home. Whether you choose to bring a nightstand or a large decorative frame, the staff will supply all paint, paintbrushes and guidance as you bring your used pieces back to life. // The Back Dorr: 2711 Dorr Ave., Fairfax; $80
Everlasting Autumn Wreath
Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon
Come October, it will be time to decorate your home to match the season’s hues of orange, yellow and green. At this event hosted by Botanologica in Falls Church, you’ll create a handmade autumn wreath using a 12-inch wooden or brass hoop, fresh flowers that will dry in place and mixed foliage for some extra embellishment, perfect for the front door of your abode. // Botanologica: 817 W. Broad St., Falls Church; $60