Create your own stylish pieces at these Long Island events and courses
First step to making a style statement that is all your own: DIY the design from scratch, be it something to wear (power pendant, anyone?)
Sources of inspiration for DIY can be found across Long Island, so get busy. While creating something unique, you also create memories, says Michelle Rodriguez, 37, a nurse from Westbury who “loves all the bohemian style”.
She and her daughter Adelina, 7, learned how to make bohemian floral wreaths in September at a workshop presented by the Hometown Flower Collective, where she and her wife got their wedding bouquets. Now dried, botanical wreaths decorate the walls of their homes. “I love them,” Rodriguez says. “It’s even more special since we made them.”
Here is a sample of ways to express the DIY style.
Design a bright and airy bracelet
Enamel tile bracelets inspired by the Chiclets of jewelry designer Roxanne Assoulin are designed to make people smile. “It’s like a bright pink scarf when you’re all in black,” Assoulin says. Create your own smiley bracelet during a “Play RA” jewelry-making experience at Amber Waves, where you choose brightly colored Crayola tiles adorned with letters, icons and emojis. The designs are completed at the Assoulin studio and shipped in about two weeks. Proceeds go to Feeding Families, Amber Waves’ farm-to-food pantry program.
DIY Details: $ 150 per ticket; weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until September 5; Amber Waves, 367 Main Street, Amagansett; 631-267-5664; amberwavesfarm.org.
Create a flower crown that turns heads
Floral wreaths were worn in ancient Greece and spend another day in the sun since Coachella. Hometown Flower Collective’s workshops and private lessons provide the materials and know-how to design your own. “Flower wreaths are ethereal and fun,” says owner Jaclyn Rutigliano, 34, who has seen them sprout at wedding parties, singles and girls’ gatherings.
DIY Details: $ 75 for a 90-minute flower wreath workshop at Eastport General Store on July 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a forage and design flower wreath workshop at Crossroads Farm in Malverne in mid August evening. Private in-home tutorials start at $ 75 per person, depending on number of people and location. Bonus: you can take selfies in front of the iconic blue flower truck; 516-644-9105; hometownflowerco.com.
Wrap a crystal necklace
People wear crystals for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to invoke mystical powers or to stand out for their raw beauty. “It’s really cool what nature gives,” says Rachel Kalina, 37, a jewelry instructor at Dix Hills. “I am fascinated by crystals from a naturalist’s point of view.” Her workshops at Nest on Main in Northport show you how to turn a quartz crystal and wire into a knockout necklace. It brings materials and tools, you bring the energy of creativity.
DIY Details: $ 75 covers everything you need, including a chain; July 24 and August 14, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nest On Main, 135 Main Street, Northport; 631-651-9173; nestonmainmarket.com.
Put your turn on the tie-dye
Groovy 1960s prints are back with a bang. This is the goal of To Tie-Dye for Clothing, an online store established for 14 months in Long Island. Owner Marion Schwaner, 27, sells her handmade psychedelic clothes at the Arts in the Plaza festival in Long Beach and teaches classes for kids at libraries on Long Island and for adults at home in the art of tie-dye.
DIY Details: One-hour private lessons for adults cost $ 30 per person; at least 10 people. The price includes a t-shirt or tank top or shorts and a scrunchie, headband or face mask (determined in advance); totiedyeforclothing.com.
To show off your style on sweet treats, try these classes:
Prepare personalized candies
You don’t have to be on “The Great British Baking Show” to wow people with breathtaking personalized confections. You can learn how to let your personal style shine in a gentle way at Baking Coach in Huntington. “Showing off what you can do makes you feel proud,” says owner Lisa Basini, 55.
DIY Details: Decorating donuts on August 4 and decorating fairytale cakes on August 11, $ 85 each. Baking Coach, 320 Broadway-Greenlawn Rd., Huntington; 631-543-8608; cuissoncoach.com.
Cook your own dishes
Cooking is a delicious way to express your personal style, one cutlet or filet at a time. Developing culinary skills and self-confidence, as well as your own tastes and individuality, is the aim of classes at the à la carte cooking school. Owner Polly Talbott currently gives private lessons for one to four people.
DIY Details: $ 275 (plus food costs) for a 2.5 hour lesson for one person; $ 100 per additional person. You choose in advance what’s on the menu, whether it’s three ways to cook salmon or a whole course in cooking vegetables. 32 Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook; 516-599-2922; pollytalbott.com.