A lot of us are channelling our self-isolation anxieties into a project right now. Some are finally learning to bake, others are focusing on fitness, and plenty of people are crafting.

But making things can be difficult – especially without guidance. That’s where Classbento comes in. The Sydney-based company connects people looking to learn how to make and craft with top artisans and creators who run workshops. It usually runs in-person classes, but once again, when everything that’s happened in the world happened, that became unfeasible.

Lucky for us, it is still offering its clever solution from lockdowns past: a range of live-streamed courses designed to be taken in self-isolation. There’s something for everyone: embroidery, calligraphy, soy-candle making, pottery and painting, to name a few. There’s even a class on how to make a “quarantine coffee scrub”.

The best bit? Every course comes with a Classbento Box, a package delivered to your door with all the materials you’ll need to complete the workshop.

Class sizes are small, and a lot of the live-streamed courses comes in under the $60 mark. Since launching last year, a host of new classes have been added. Now you can learn how to do everything from making your own Turkish mosaic table lamp to making pasta and distilling gin.

Classbento was founded in 2016 by John Tabari and Iain Wang when they were working at online fashion website the Iconic. It's probably particular pertinent now as it helps people disconnect from everyday worries, learn something new and reduce their risk of burnout by keeping the mind and body active. Tabari was inspired to start Classbento after watching his grandmother struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s.


This article was updated on August 5, 2021.