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and Thursdays

We host volunteer workshops where anyone can join us as we refinish and repurpose items to sell at the ReStore. Learn new techniques, perhaps help set up and break down for a class, and have fun while supporting Habitat's mission of affordable home ownership opportunities in Anchorage. 

No experience or supplies needed! Participation is free; registration and waiver required.

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November 28, 2022

3-5:45 pm

 

Whether you're an absolute beginner or you just want to get creative and socialize, the Make It Classroom is the place to "bee!"

No experience required! We'll have everything needed for the project. You might find yourself sewing fabric flowers, gift bags, or dog beds. You may want to bring your own sewing machine, although you are welcome to use one of ours.

 

Bring your ideas and your energy, and get ready to have fun!

Class fees

None! 

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December 5, 2022

6-8 pm

 

Teens and adults alike are welcome at this class! You can make beautiful pieces from broken glass bottles using a microwave kiln. Create jewelry, window décor, and more. Sharon will cover everything from tools, materials, & safety to scoring, breaking, and design. Our only caution: This craft may be habit-forming! 😉

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fees

Ages 13-17: $15

Adults: $30

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

December 12, 2022

6:00-8:00 PM

Any Alaskan will tell you that the key to staying warm is layers. But coats and boots don’t cover everything. Create versatile accessories to keep your legs toasty with just an old sweater, scissors, and needle and thread. They make great gifts, too!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fee: Adults, $30. Teens can enter code Teen15 for 50% off!

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

December 26, 2022

or

Thursday

January 12, 2023

5:30-8:00 PM

Got a sturdy piece that needs a facelift? Join us for hands-on

experience with techniques and materials to make over once-loved furniture in your own style. We’ll cover everything from surface prep to protecting the finish. 

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fee: Adults, $30. Teens: Enter code Teen15 for 50% off!

 

Have a financial hardship? Consider volunteering, or contact us here.

Classes

make great gifts!

Bring a friend, gift their

registration, and save

$10 with code GIFT2!

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Basic Tool Use and Safety

Home Canning 101

Intro to Mosaics

past workshops

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November 7

or

November 21, 2022

6-8 pm

 

So you've decided to renovate...You're probably full of questions. What can I do myself? How do I get a permit, find a contractor, and work with them? Bring your questions to our pro, Erick, and find out all you need to know before beginning your project.

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 10.

Class fees

Adults: $30

New

session!

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November 13, 2022

1-5:30 pm

 

Got a ghost in your machine? Whether your thread is too tight or too loose, your machine seems reluctant, or it's making a strange noise, bring it to Kayren for fixes and answers! 

Drop off your machine ahead of time and fill out a short form. You may be present for your tune-up or simply pick up afterward. Maximum participants: 8.

Class fees

Ages 13-17: $15

Adults: $30

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

October 10, 2022

2:30-5:30 PM

Lost your mitten? Make another one (or two)! Create a pair for yourself or a friend using samples, leftover pieces, and other salvaged fabric! No materials or experience necessary. Specially scheduled for the after-school set, but all are welcome!

Maximum participants: 6

Class fee: Adults, $30. Teens can enter code Teen15 for 50% off!

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

October 17, 2022

2:30-5:30 PM

Make a zero-waste pet bed using samples, leftover pieces, and other salvaged fabric and create a cozy, unique spot for your best fur friend! No materials or experience necessary. Specially scheduled for the after-school set, but all are welcome!

Maximum participants: 6

Class fee: Adults, $30. Teens can enter code Teen15 for 50% off!

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

October 10, 2022

2:30-5:30 PM

It's in the bag! Take samples, leftover pieces, and other salvaged fabric and create one-of-a-kind totes for yourself or a friend. All materials included; no experience necessary. Specially scheduled for the after-school crowd, but all are welcome!

Maximum participants: 6

Class fee: Adults, $30. Teens can enter code Teen15 for 50% off!

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

August 22

5:30-8:00 PM

Alaskans LOVE their harvests! Whether from land or sky or sea, most folks living in Alaska truly enjoy eating fresh, locally-harvested food. Join us as we cover the basics of safe food storage. Bring your questions about drying, smoking, and canning, so you can enjoy the bounty all year long!
 

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fee: Adults, $30. Teens can enter code Teen15 for 50% off!

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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2022:

March 21, April 25, 

May 2, May 23, 

June 6, July 25, 

August 15, Sept 26, 

Nov.

 

Teens and adults alike are welcome at this class! You can make beautiful pieces from broken glass bottles using a microwave kiln. Create jewelry, window décor, and more. Sharon will cover everything from tools, materials, & safety to scoring, breaking, and design. Our only caution: This craft may be habit-forming! 😉

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fees

Ages 13-18: $15

Adults: $30

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday, July 18

6-8 pm

Got questions about your machine or clothing projects? Just looking to get started? We'll make it sew easy! Join Kayren, our resident sewing expert, as we learn to use and maintain a sewing machine, mend tears, and troubleshoot the tricky stuff . No experience or materials required!

 

NEW! Teens are welcome to this class at 50% off!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fees

Ages 13-17: $15

Adults: $30

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday, July 18

1-3 pm

You've got the "write" stuff; now try your hand at ancient binding techniques and making one-of-a-kind blank books from salvaged paper and fabric. We’ll provide all the materials, though you are welcome to bring your own! These make great gifts, journals, scrapbooks, or sketchbooks... the sky is the limit!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fees

Ages 13-17: $15

Adults: $30

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday, June 27

1-3 pm

What can you make with "dis-CARD-ed" items? We'll give you one guess! Turn salvaged fabric, found items, and paper into beautiful, unique cards for all occasions. We’ll provide all the materials -- though you can bring your own. All you need is you and your sense of adventure! 

 

NEW! Teens are welcome to this class at 50% off!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fees

Ages 13-17: $15

Adults: $30

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday, June 20

1-3 pm

You've got the "write" stuff; now try your hand at ancient binding techniques and making one-of-a-kind blank books from salvaged paper and fabric. We’ll provide all the materials, though you are welcome to bring your own! These make great gifts, journals, scrapbooks, or sketchbooks... the sky is the limit!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8.

Class fees

Ages 13-17: $15

Adults: $30

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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2021:

June 3, Aug 19,

Sept 23, Oct 25,

Nov 1, Dec 13,

Jan 31

2022:

Feb 21, April 25, 

June 13, Aug 29,

Sept 19, Nov. 3

 

Join Darcy from Furnish Studio + Salvage as we restore a piece of furniture together! This class is designed so you can get your hands dirty, practice on a real piece, and ask all the questions you want! Furniture will be provided, and we will talk through and perform all the steps needed to prep, make small repairs, paint, and protect the new finish. 

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday, June 13

1-3 pm

Teens and adults alike are welcome at this class! Take samples, leftover pieces, and other salvaged fabric and create one-of-a-kind totes for yourself or a friend! We’ve got machines and cloth; just bring yourself and your creativity.

All materials included; no experience necessary. Maximum participants: 8. 

Class fees

NEW! Early Bird Rates:
Ages 13-17: $10
Adults: $20
Volunteers: FREE

 

After June 11:
Ages 13-17: $15
Adults: $30.
Volunteers: FREE

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Design and make your very own cork board with 99% repurposed materials!

 

With a little elbow grease and creativity, you can turn cabinet doors, old corks, and used books and fabric into a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend (or yourself)! Join us in the Make It Classroom for a quick and easy tutorial with hands-on practice in painting and découpage. This class is appropriate for ages 15 and up.

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

April 18

5:30-8 PM

Give that old light fixture a quick "fix" and bring it back into the... well, you get it. Here at the Make It Classroom, we believe that everything has a purpose, even those outdated sconces and swag lamps. Join Darcy of Furnish Studio + Salvage as we put some ideas to the test to keep these potential beauties out of the landfill and give them a second life. 

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Thursday

April 21

6-8 PM

Do I need a greenhouse for my tomatoes? How do I build raised beds? When should I start my seeds? What even grows up here? Bring your ideas and questions to Lydia as we cover what it takes to grow your own fruits & veggies at home in Alaska.

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday, April 4

6-8 PM

You don’t need to hire an electrician to refresh your lighting! Join Dan as we learn the tools and tricks to safely and easily replace your light fixtures at home.  Get hands-on practice with our in-house setup!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 4. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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2022:

May 16

May 19

March 28

March 31

July 14

 

Tile and mortar and grout, oh my!

 

You're off to see the Wizard of Tile in the Make It Classroom! Erick will simplify the path so it's as easy to follow as a yellow brick... er, tile road! We'll cover everything from surface prep to adhesives and sealants. 

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 4. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

March 21

6-8 PM

Join us in the Make It "Glassroom!"

 

We've got a brand-new topic on the calendar this month: fusing glass in microwave kilns! Sharon will help us turn colorful shards into lasting works of art. All materials provided, but if you prefer to bring your own gloves and goggles, you are welcome to. We just need you and your sense of adventure!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 5. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday, March 14

6-8 PM

Tune-ups aren't just for engines and instruments. Queen-sized cabinets also need new parts and tweaks to stay spiffy and useful! Get hands-on practice with tools and techniques from Darcy of Furnish Studio + Salvage as we turn a humdrum hunk of wood into a chic and desirable piece. We'll cover everything from surface prep and paints to replacing shelves and topcoats. 

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 4. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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Monday

February 28

6-8 PM

Cinderella's fairy godmother used magic to make her the belle of the ball. We don't have any sorcerer's tricks, but we love to transform! Join us and Darcy from Furnish Studio + Salvage as we turn dull old cabinets into true treasures. We'll cover everything from surface prep to topcoats and attaching extras. 

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8. Class fee: $30.  

 

If you have a financial hardship, consider volunteering, or contact us here.

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2021

November 22

2022

January 24

 

Sometimes a good piece of furniture just needs a little repair to become a GREAT piece of furniture! Darcy from Furnish Studio + Salvage covers the basics of furniture repair. Get the skills you need at home or when restoring an old piece you find at the Habitat ReStore!

 

All materials provided; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8. Free; suggested donation: $30

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2021

August 26

September 2

September 9

2022

January 17 

January 20 

 

Got an older furniture piece with beautiful potential? Fix it up with simple upholstery techniques! This class will provide hands-on practice with fabric, staples, and tacks so you can restyle to your heart's content. 

 

Practice on one of our pieces, or bring your own. No experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 10. Free; suggested donation: $30

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Thursday

January 13

6-8 PM

Our guest instructors remembers moving into their first homes and trying to figure it all out! They'll be sharing tips and tricks about safety, tools, and small repairs you can do yourself. This class will cover basics like windows, doors, and floors. Bring your questions, and stay tuned for more installments in this series!

All materials included; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 12. Suggested donation: $30

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Monday

November 29

6-8 PM

Lucky us -- and lucky you -- to spend another evening with the very talented Darcy from Furnish Studio + Salvage. Customize a home décor item using salvaged materials from the ReStore! Get hands-on practice with Chalk Couture stencils. It's an easy way to upcycle and create ​something special.

All materials provided; no experience necessary.

Maximum participants: 8. Free; suggested donation: $30

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Thursday

December 9

6-8 PM

Our guest instructor, a renovator and remodeler, remembers moving into her first home and trying to figure it all out! She’ll be sharing tips and tricks about safety, tools, and small repairs you can do yourself. This class will cover basics like electrical, plumbing, and heating maintenance. Stay tuned for more installments in this series!

All materials included; no experience necessary.