Many Hobby Lobby locations offer classes that will teach you how to get started with a particular type of art or craft (like painting) or helping you complete a specific project (like making a piece of jewelry). Course topics include cake decorating, knitting, painting, drawing, sewing, and more. Taking a hands-on course can help you build new skills in arts and crafts, but are Hobby Lobby classes worth it?
Below, we investigate how Hobby Lobby classes work, how much they cost, when they’re offered, and how to determine whether a Hobby Lobby class will be worth it for you. We also list other ways and places you can learn these skills.
Are Hobby Lobby Classes Worth It?
Hobby Lobby offers classes on a variety of craft techniques; class schedules and course offerings vary by location. Classes may meet one time or once a week for a number of weeks, depending on the skill taught or the course’s project focus. Hobby Lobby classes are generally reasonably-priced and provide several hours of instruction, making them worth it for many customers.
However, every course and every student is different; whether Hobby Lobby classes are worth it for you will depend on the instructor you work with, the content of the course, the cost per class, and other factors. Consider the following when deciding whether or not a Hobby Lobby class is right for you:
One of the biggest considerations in determining whether Hobby Lobby classes are worth it for you is whether or not your local Hobby Lobby offers a subject of interest. Class offerings vary by store and instructor availability; we checked with Hobby Lobby stores in Arizona, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas and found that the following are the most common courses:
- Cake decorating (Note: Some locations offer The Wilton School cake decorating classes.)
- Chalk painting (See our list of stores that sell chalk paint.)
- Charcoal sketching
- Cookie decorating
- Holiday crafts
- Multi-media art
- Oil painting
- Stained glass
- Watercolor painting
- Wreath making
Hobby Lobby does not usually offer woodworking classes; for other options, see our list of where to find woodworking classes.
Rates vary by course, depending on the subject, schedule, and instructor. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $90 for a two- to four-hour class and around $100 to $120 for a multi-week course with one class per week.
Hobby Lobby lists available courses in its store locator; just click on “Store Details and Classes” after finding nearby stores. You can check there for price information for specific classes, or call your local store if price information is not available online.
Hobby Lobby’s course prices tend to be comparable to its competitors, though there are other places that teach art skills for free. (We discuss these alternatives in further detail below.)
Each class has different requirements. Some courses will include all materials in the course cost; others will provide a list of supplies that you need to purchase beforehand. Be sure to ask about the required supplies before signing up for a course so you can determine the additional cost if your tuition does not include supplies.
Since Hobby Lobby is a craft store, you should be able to purchase all or most of your supplies (if needed) at the store. This convenience may be an additional benefit to taking classes at Hobby Lobby, particularly if you sign up on short notice.
Hobby Lobby works with independent instructors and provides a dedicated room or in-store space for the instructor to teach lessons. Hobby Lobby doesn’t require any specific certifications for instructors but does require that they either have proven experience or some type of certification in the art or craft they teach.
You can contact your local store to find out more about the instructor’s credentials before signing up for a class. If you would prefer more traditional “expert” instruction, a continuing education course at a college may be more worthwhile for you than a Hobby Lobby class.
Hobby Lobby classes are usually designed for beginners, but you can also find some classes for advanced crafting projects. Unless otherwise stated, all ages and abilities are welcome — even if it’s your first time trying out that particular art or craft. Some stores also offer special sessions for kids, so Hobby Lobby classes may be worthwhile for your family as an after-school or weekend activity.
If you have a lot of experience in a particular art or craft, Hobby Lobby’s courses may be too basic for your skill level, and may not be worth the cost. However, you can contact your local store for more details of each course’s content — or, you may want to try a new type of craft through a Hobby Lobby class.
Alternatives to Hobby Lobby Classes
If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you or can’t find a course you’re interested in at your local Hobby Lobby, there are several alternatives to help you build a new skill.
- Courses: Crochet, knitting, jewelry, paper crafts, quilting, sewing, cake decorating
- Cost: Varies by course; ranges from $20 to $120
- Find in-person classes at your nearest JOANN
- Course offerings: Cardmaking, knitting, drawing, crochet, jewelry, paper crafts, Cricut, painting, woodburning, block printing, and small, kid-friendly crafts like face painting and friendship bracelets
- Cost: Varies by course; usually between $10 and $50 per session
- Find in-person classes at your nearest Michaels
The Home Depot
- Courses: Do-It-Yourself workshops; Do-It-Herself workshops for women; kids’ workshops (Note: These courses focus more on woodworking and home improvement than crafts.)
- Cost: Free, but you must purchase your own materials for workshops that involve building a project
- Find in-person workshops at your nearest The Home Depot
Hobby Lobby Project Ideas
Hobby Lobby lists DIY project ideas on its website. These include home decor, kids’ crafts, needlework, and more. Its online guides and PDF downloads give you inspiration and instruction for crafts you can do independently. The guides will tell you exactly how to do it and what you’ll need.
JOANN partners with Creativebug to offer online craft classes for a monthly subscription fee of around $10. Skills include embroidery, painting, drawing, weaving, crochet, knitting, cookie and cake decorating, jewelry-making, sewing, and papercrafts. There is a one-month free trial, and if you sign up you’ll receive a 30% JOANN.com discount. You can browse JOANN’s online classes on the Creativebug website.
Craft instruction on YouTube is free to watch and allows you to pace yourself, going back over any steps you find difficult or confusing. You can watch videos as many times as you’d like and see examples of work being produced in real-time. For example, TheArtSherpa has over 500,000 subscribers and offers detailed painting tutorials, plus tips for using tools like traceables and acrylic paints.
Your Local Community
Check places like Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, local newspapers, noticeboards, and local schools or colleges for individual tutoring, continuing education classes, or other group-learning alternatives. Independent instructors often rely on word of mouth, so you may also want to ask fellow crafters in your local community for recommendations.
Hobby Lobby classes may be worthwhile for you if the subject you are interested in is available, you like the instructor, the difficulty level matches your skill level, and you can afford the cost. Hobby Lobby’s tuition costs are comparable to classes and JOANN or Michaels, so the best option for you will largely depend on the type of class you are looking for and your experience level. Hobby Lobby classes are open to all skill levels but generally targeted toward beginners.
If your local Hobby Lobby, JOANN, or Michaels doesn’t have the class you’re looking for, additional course options are available in stores and online at places like The Home Depot, Creativebug, and local schools or colleges. You can also teach yourself arts and crafts by watching YouTube tutorials for free.
Interested in other services available at Hobby Lobby? See the custom framing prices at Hobby Lobby.