i took the gum paist class at micheals....not many instructors can teach that class. it really depends on how well you do at teaching yourself from a book. the wilton kit has a step by step booklet and all the tools. plus hobby lobby has a 50% off coupon on there website for any wilton products this week. that would make the cost only $10.00, so you should go for it. if you cant figure it out, you've only spent 10 bucks,,,, and remember you have this great site for help.