Hobby Lobby Classes: Are They Worth It? Answered

Sometimes actually taking a course is the best way to learn. Many Hobby Lobby locations offer classes for exactly this reason. Hobby Lobby classes cover everything from cake decorating, knitting, painting, couponing, drawing, scrapbooking, sewing, woodworking, and more.

In this article, we investigate how these classes work, how much they cost, when they’re offered, and other ways and places you can learn these skills.

The Basics of Hobby Lobby Classes

In recent years, Hobby Lobby has started offering classes on a variety of craft techniques. Hobby Lobby works with outside instructors and provides a room or creative space for you to enjoy lessons in a variety of art forms. Class schedules and course offerings vary by location, but with over 600 stores you’ll likely find something that suits you.

How Often Do They Meet?

Some classes meet once a week for a number of weeks, which is perfect if you’re planning to perfect a difficult skill like cake decorating. Other classes only meet one time, which can be nice if you’re just starting with a craft and aren’t sure if you have the talent or time to pursue it on a regular basis.

Find a calendar of classes that your Hobby Lobby offers by using the store locator. Once you type in your city, just click on “Store Details and Classes” to see a calendar of what’s going on near you.

Who Can Attend?

Anyone and everyone can attend Hobby Lobby classes! Most classes are for beginners, but you can also find classes for advanced crafting projects. Unless otherwise stated, all ages and abilities are welcome — even if it’s your first time holding a paintbrush. Classes aren’t just for grown-ups. Some stores offer sessions for kids — perfect if you want an opportunity for little ones to get creative (and probably messy!), or want to do something out of the ordinary for an afternoon.

How Much Do They Cost?

Rates vary by course, but you can expect to pay $10-$15 per hour. Most classes are two to four hours long, which means you should expect to budget $20-$60 for a course. Most course prices are posted online, but if not, your local store will be able to tell you the exact course price when you show up. Remember to factor in the costs of any supplies, if you need them, and your transportation to and from the class.

What Do You Need?

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 required supplies when you sign up for your course so you don’t show up empty-handed.

And, if you forget to grab supplies beforehand, don’t worry — Hobby Lobby is a craft store, so you should be able to pick up any last minute materials when you arrive.

Hobby Lobby Classes to Choose From

Whether you want to learn how to make invites for your wedding or a cake for your mom’s birthday, there’s probably a Hobby Lobby class for it. Remember that class offerings vary by store and instructor availability, but to help you out we’ve listed some of the most popular categories of classes and their descriptions.

Cake Decorating

Many stores offer Wilton Cake Decorating courses that will teach you how to make beautifully decorated sweet treats. These courses have three levels:

  1. Building Buttercream Skills
  2. Flowers & Cake Design
  3. Fondant & Gum Paste

You can also take specialty cake decorating courses on topics like making flowers with fondant, piping buttercream borders and flowers, or cupcake decorating essentials.

Holiday Crafts

Looking to make haunted house decorations for Halloween, Christmas wreaths, or Easter baskets? Hobby Lobby offers special holiday-themed craft sessions to help you get in the holiday spirit.

Jewelry-Making

From bracelet-weaving to fine metalwork, Hobby Lobby classes will teach you how to make a wide range of jewelry.

Painting and Sketching

Whether you’re a beginning artist or a master painter, Hobby Lobby offers painting and sketching classes for all mediums. You can do a charcoal sketching class, a watercolors course, or an oil painting workshop.

Quilting and Sewing

From the basics of using a sewing machine to making complicated quilts for your home, you can learn how to do any sewing project you can think of.

Other

There are also classes in card making, chalk painting (suggested article: The List of Stores That Sell Chalk Paint), watercolors, crocheting, photography, wire-work, quilting, multi-media, calligraphy, beading, clothes making, and much more!

Suggested Article: Where to Find Woodworking Classes

Alternatives

If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you or can’t find classes you like at your local Hobby Lobby, don’t worry. There are loads of other alternatives out there if you are looking to learn a new skill.

In-Person

1. A.C. Moore

2. The Home Depot

Workshops here are free! Although they tend to focus more on DIY and trades rather than crafts.

3. JoAnn

4. Michaels

  • Course offerings: Wide variety of courses, with a focus on kids’ crafts and holiday crafts
  • Cost: Varies by course; similar to Hobby Lobby. Kids’ courses are often free or under $10.
  • Locations: Nationwide
  • Find in-person classes at your nearest Michaels

Online

5. Hobby Lobby Project Ideas

If you can’t make it to the in-store classes, Hobby Lobby has a whole host of project ideas on its website covering home decor, kids’ crafts, needlework, and everything in between. Their handy online guides give you tons of inspiration for crafts you can do independently. Simply download the PDF instructions for full-color pages packed with ideas, tips, and tricks. The guides tell you exactly how to do it, spell out what you’ll need, and show the method in action.

6. Lowe’s

Lowe’s offers a large collection of tutorial videos on all-things home improvement related. Browse Lowe’s online how-to tutorials.

7. YouTube

Some people have taken to YouTube to spread their skills. And, why not — it reaches a global audience. It’s a cool way to learn if you like to pace yourself and go back over bits. 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 400,000 subscribers and offers LIVE tutorials three days a week. Viewers can call and ask questions, which will get answered live during the tutorial. It’s a bit like a virtual paint class with other students, too — but from the comfort of your own home. Perfect if you can’t travel to attend a class — and it’s also free.

Your Local Community

Remember to check places like Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, local newspapers, noticeboards, and local schools and colleges for individual tutoring or other group learning alternatives. A lot of independent instructors will rely on word of mouth, so ask around too and make yourself a familiar face in your local crafting community while you’re at it.

In Summary

Hobby Lobby offers a wide range of craft classes from cake decorating to sewing to painting. The specific class offerings, schedules, and fees vary by store, but you can usually expect to pay $10-$15 per hour.

If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, there are plenty of other craft stores and online resources you can use to help you get started on your own craft and DIY art projects.

To learn more about custom framing prices at Hobby Lobby, see our article.

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    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi there!

      Hobby Lobby offers pottery classes at locations throughout the country. Use the store locator to find the Hobby Lobby near you, and then click on the number on the map provided. You will then see a link for “stores and classes.” Click on this link to find upcoming pottery classes.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Mariah,

      You can search for upcoming classes on the Hobby Lobby site by entering your zip code in the store locator. Once you click on your closest Hobby Lobby store, it will provide you with a hyperlink to view upcoming classes, including cake decorating classes.

    • Geraldine De Leon Certified Wilton Instructor says:

      Hobby Lobby Temecula California classes offers every week Friday nights Thursday Saturday afternoon $15 per session 2hrs . Thank you

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Kristina,

      Find the Hobby Lobby store near you using their online store finder. Once you locate your store, click on the number it is associated with. You will see a hyperlink that says “Store details & classes.” Click on that link for upcoming classes and prices. Have fun decorating!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Melissa,

      The available classes and when they are scheduled vary by each store location. To find out which classes are available at your local Hobby Lobby store, you can visit the Hobby Lobby location finder and type in your zip code. Then click on the push pin on the map for your location, and choose “Store details & classes” to see the calendar of classes at that location. Prices will vary by class; most are roughly $20, while some may be up to $55 and some may even be free. I hope this helps!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Sherry,

      It looks like there are 10 Hobby Lobby stores in the Charlotte, NC area. You can find a map of all the Hobby Lobby stores in your local area here. Once you’ve found the store or stores that are most convenient, you can click on the push pin marking the store’s location, then choose “Store details & classes” to see a calendar of upcoming classes at that store. I didn’t see any cricut classes coming up at the stores where I checked, but the calendar will be different at every location, and there could always be a cricut class coming up in the future. The calendar usually only displays classes for roughly the next month, so it’s worth checking in every few weeks to see the updated schedule. I hope this helps!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Sandra,

      The calendar for classes will be different at each Hobby Lobby location. To check out the classes at your local store, visit the Hobby Lobby store finder and choose your nearest location. Then click on “Store details and classes.” Scroll down, and you’ll see all of the classes that are scheduled for that location for the next month or so. Costs will also vary by location and class (some are free!). I hope this helps!

  • Suzanne Disse says:

    When is your next beginner sewing class and also the cake decorating class? I live in the 37934 zip code area.

    • Jacquetta Owen says:

      I don’t think you live close to me. I’m in Winchester, Virginia. Please check with your local HB Store.
      Sewing is awesome – hope you find someone.

  • Elizabeth Chavez says:

    O can’t find classes near me I like to learn how do with glass please tell me
    Elizabeth Chavez

    • William Lipovsky says:
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      Hi Elizabeth,

      If there were no glass blowing classes listed for your store (using the store locator and then looking at the store class calendar) there must be none in the near future. What you can do is use the phone number listed and inquire about a glass blowing class. If they know you’re interested, they may start doing glass blowing classes. Or, they may offer you private classes. If you still can’t find an easy way to learn glass blowing at a Hobby Lobby near you, try some of the other ways to learn listed in this article. Colleges are an especially good place to learn glass blowing as they often have the equipment in the art department.

  • For the Richmond Va Hull St Rd location
    I’m interested in taking a level 2 knitting class. When will one be available and what is cost?

    • William Lipovsky says:
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      Hi Janice,

      Unfortunately, this location doesn’t offer any sort of knitting classes at this time. I understand it’s not the same but private sewing classes are offered in-store for $40 per session if you’re interested.

  • Dixie Hubbard says:

    How do I find the classes available now. I would like a sewing class or egg painting class or jewelry. We would be interested in the Southlake store or Grapevine or North Richland Hills–this area or nearby.

    • William Lipovsky says:
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      Hi Dixie,

      You can use the Hobby Lobby store locator to find a location near you. Then simply call to see what classes are currently being offered. I hope the classes you’re interested in are available. Let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Jacquetta Owen says:

      I will be starting classes in Winchester and Leesburg the first week of September. You would need to bring your sewing machine to each class. Let me know if you are interested.