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    33 Starter Kits For Fun Hobbies That Are Super Easy To Learn

    Make your own bubble tea, your own woven tapestries, and enough pickled goodness to open a mini farm-to-table restaurant.

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    1. A gorgeous beginner-friendly pastel paint-by-number with an end result so beautiful you'll want to frame it in the front hall — nay, tack it right to the front door. Wreaths are for squares.

    a painting of a single pink flower in a clear jar propped on a rustic table in a kitchen

    Each set comes with a detailed numbered outline, three brushes, and a set of numbered acrylic paints with extra to spare.

    Promising review: "I loved this painting! I was weird that it wouldn’t look right but it turned out perfect! Way more than enough paint! Some lighter colors you had to go over twice." —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    2. A copy of The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions to get you into memoir, in guided questions and prompts. It's perfect for any stage of life, whether you're looking for something structured and soothing to focus on or a way to help help you preserve your favorite memories.

    The cover of "The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions," by Carl and David Marshall
    Hachette Books

    This book is a kind of DIY memoir — it goes through three phases of "Early," "Middle," and "Later" years, and has 201 different prompts based on your memories, experiences, and views on the world. Prompts include things like what you would have switched careers to midway through if given the chance, or a present you got from your parents that sticks in your memory, or who you think the funniest person in your family is. This also makes for a lovely gift for family members, so you can all preserve each other's memories!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89 or from Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $13.80.

    3. An easy-to-follow bubble tea kit for anyone whose spring and summer vibe is "boba in the sunshine."

    The contents of the boba tea kit laid out on a table
    Mountain Tempo/Etsy

    Mountain Tempo is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop that specializes in loose leaf tea, bubble tea, and gift boxes. Each kit creates about eight servings of bubble tea, and includes a two-ounce bag of tea, two reusable stainless steel boba straws, a bag of uncooked tapioca pearls, a reusable pouch for the tapioca pearls once opened, and step-by-step instructions.

    Promising review: "This is AHMAZING! I just made my first at home boba and it was perfection! Yum! Came with detailed instructions and were easy to follow. Tasted really good! It shipped really fast and came within a couple days! Can't believe how fast it arrived. Super cute! Love it! Will def be buying again!" —Ginger

    Get it from Mountain Tempo on Etsy for $25 (available in Royal Milk Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, and Lavender Earl Tea).

    4. A beginner's guide to calligraphy that is far more thorough and specific about technique and ink types than other versions, and will have you writing inspirational messages to your friends and drafting fancy invitations to your dog's Zoom birthday party in NO time.

    the book open to a page where you can learn different styles to write the same word

    Promising review: "I’ve tried several instructional books on hand lettering. This book is the best by far. I won’t say the names of the other books but suffice it to say they are all at the top of the list when you search for hand lettering. It is the only book that gives practice for the base strokes and also discusses posture and how to hold the pen and at what angle to the paper. It is also a lovely book to work with; nice art work/illustrations. I recommend this book to other beginners out there!" —Karen Rorick

    Get it from Amazon for $21.55.

    5. A beginner-friendly fermenting kit complete with everything you need to "set it and forget it," so you can serve yourself lil' sides of pickled things with your dishes like a fancy farm-to-table restaurant.

    Three jars of fermenting beets, carrots, and cucumbers

    Each kit comes with three fermenting lids with airlock valves, date setters, and an easy release tab, as well as an oxygen extractor. The lids are compatible with most wide mouth mason jars (you can snag four Ball mason jars on Amazon for $13.26).

    Promising review: "I have now been using my Easy Fermenter for several months. I continue to be delighted with the results. My favorite recipes are a cabbage/carrot sauerkraut, and a blend of fermented peppers (some sweet, some hot). I have recommended these fermenting lids to many of my friends because they make fermenting foods so incredibly easy! You will NOT be disappointed." —K. Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    6. A microgreens growing kit for beginners that comes in two forms — one that grows grass that cats LOVE, and another for garnishing on human food. These also happen to be *perfect* for small spaces with low lighting, so you can have your plants and eat them, too.,

    Promising review: "It grew! And I didn't kill it! I suck at keeping plants alive, or even getting them to grow in the first place, but this cat grass grew fast and adds a nice pop of green to my lanai. My cats and dogs love it. The seeds started sprouting within a day of planting and I had 4-inch tall grass within three days of planting. The description did describe it as 'just add water' but the instructions are actually slightly more complicated than that, but still simple enough for even a kiddo to be able to figure it out. I would definitely buy it again." —sillylilly

    Get it from Amazon: the cat grass for $11.99 and the microgreens for $11.99 (available in four varieties).

    7. Or a bonsai starter kit to help you grow not one, but *four* bonsai trees, so they can create their own squad goals when you perch them in every corner of your bedroom.


    Each kit includes four types of organic seeds (Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Black Poui, Norway Spruce, and Flame Tree), four biodegradable growing pots, four expanding-soil discs, four bamboo plant markers, one bonsai clipper, and an instruction booklet.

    Promising review: "I love this. My bonsai has already sprouted and it's coming along nicely. The best thing about this product is the customer service. They actually take an interest in how things are going and are willing to help you through anything. They respond personally, no form letters, and they give heartfelt responses to your questions and comments. This is definitely one of my best purchases." —G Eckberg

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. A set of cat-themed tarot cards purrrfect for first-timers, complete with a guide on how to pull the cards and how to interpret them. You'll be doing readings for everyone from yourself to your BFF to your actual cat by the end of the week.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Great size and shape, very easy to shuffle. Bright and colourful, too. These funky little cats make a not so great reading less troublesome." —Inde

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.95 or Amazon for $17.02.

    9. A teensy make-your-own cheese set with everything you need to learn to make four batches of of farmer's cheese and live your most delicious life in a half hour.

    The DIY cheese set box with supplies and the cheese on a table
    Urban Cheesecraft/Etsy

    Urban Cheesecraft is an Oregon-based Etsy shop established in 2009 that specializes in make-your-own cheese kits in a variety of cheeses, including vegan options. Each kit comes with a cheesecloth, citric acid, flake salt, instructions, and "email support for life" — all you need is milk (and a mouth to consume it all).

    Promising review: "So fun! I sent this to myself and a friend who lives in another state. We did it together over FaceTime. Such a fun activity to do 'together.' The cheese turned out well too!" —amyleannbohner

    Get it from Urban Cheesecraft on Etsy for $12.

    10. A Gaiam starter set for yoga complete with all the basics, including a yoga mat, a yoga block, and a stretching strap, so you can tune into free yoga classes you gain access to with the set. Achieving mindfulness and flow each day before work? Bring it om.,

    Promising review: "I am not very limber and I have chronic spine issues, so having a block and strap was essential for me to do yoga. Before using this, I always ended up hurting myself or feeling bad about myself because I couldn't complete the stretches and would just give up. This kit made everything go so smoothly; I can adjust the block or the strap to help me stretch without hurting myself (or falling over). And I highly recommend the sitting techniques in the DVD as well as the meditation." —blightheavy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98 (available in three colors).

    Psst — if you're looking for even more places to start your yogi journey, try Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube. She has a complete playlist for yoga for beginners, and organizes routines by length so you can pick them based on whether you have 10, 20, or 30 minutes to spare.

    11. An at-home alcohol infusion kit that comes with everything you need to become a cocktail wizard from the comfort of your own couch — I'm talking spicy pineapple tequila, blueberry lavender gin, spiced orange whiskey, the whole shebang. Your bar cart is salivating.

    A transparent bottle with infused dried fruit and a straw

    Each kit comes with one 16-ounce infuser bottle and a set of dehydrated fruits and spices to infuse, depending on what flavor you choose. Once you've done the kit's infusion, you can use the bottle over and over for creative infusions of your own design.

    Promising review: "We really love these infusion kits. We have purchased them for our bar cart at home and have also used them alongside other bourbon-related items to make gift baskets for friends around the holidays. This is an awesome, unique gift whether you're buying for a friend, family member, or yourself!" —Alanna

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25 (available in five flavors: Navel Gazer, Blue Sunday, Parrot Head, Island Time, and Rose Ceremony).

    12. A beginner's embroidery kit for adults, so you can have something soothing to do with your hands while you binge yet another Netflix series full of murder, murder, and a side of...well, murder. (At least now your stitching will be tighter than the main suspect's alibi!)

    Model embroidering flowers into a hoop

    Each kit comes with a simple design, a cotton cloth, a bamboo embroidery hoop, a little scissor, colored threads, embroidery needles, and instructions, so you should be raring to go when it arrives!

    Promising review: "I’ve never done anything like this before ... but I like to try new things, and I’ve just recently moved and wanted to decorate my house with some handmade decor. This kit is a great value for the price! It came with the hoop, more than enough thread, and two needles! The printed pattern is very clear and easy to follow, and the little sheet of instructions on what stitch to use and how to do it is clear enough (and anything I don’t understand I just watch a tutorial on YouTube). I’m about three hours into the project already and I didn’t want to put it down last night. I was up until 2 a.m. stitching away! It’s fun, simple and it’s going to look very cute next to my collection of cacti!! Thank you for a great quality product, and for allowing me to add another hobby to my ever growing stack!" —Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 13 different patterns).

    13. A string art kit so you can create art with a genuine pop! of dimension in your bedroom that'll have everyone on FaceTime going, "Oooh, where'd you get that?"

    A model working on pineapple string art

    Or at the very least, get "WHO LIVES IN A PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA????" stuck in your head until the end of time.

    The kit comes with a crafting board, small hammer, a holder, nails, glue, screws, cotton string, a frame, a pattern, and a detailed instruction manual, so there's no need to buy other supplies.

    Promising review: "These instructions are easy to follow — I finished it in two hours. This was so much fun and I love my finished results! It looks so beautiful. It was a gift for my friend. I would buy it again and recommend it to others." —yuyantan

    Get it from Amazon for $29.88 (available in nine styles).

    14. A beginner's sushi-making kit that'll let you take the fate of your rolls into your own hands by working with whatever ingredients you have on hand, so you can have hours of delicious sushi experimentation.,

    I'm definitely going to sushi jail for this, but I've started putting peanut butter in my avocado rolls. Don't knock it until you try it. Anyway, each kit comes with two sushi rolling mats, five pairs of chopsticks, a paddle, a spreader, and a PDF of instructions, including recipes for six popular rolls.

    Promising review: "The entire Bamboo Sushi Kit is absolutely well made, easy to use, easy to clean, high-end restaurant quality, and durable. it was very nicely packaged, and instructions clear, in-depth and very easy to follow. No one (myself included) in my household has ever made sushi before but (thanks to the enclosed instructions), there were no issues making it. My daughter did an awesome job utilizing these products to make 'FISH-FREE SUSHI' with Pickled Ginger on top, was delectable! Finally, I highly recommend this set. It comes at a small cost but don't let that deter you — the quality and overall aforementioned features is undoubtedly above and beyond excellent, thus (IMO), it is the perfect product! Loooooove it!" —Liza

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. A paint-by-sticker set made up of vintage travel posters you can hang up on your walls when you're finished, essentially letting you travel the world without getting up from ye olde couch.

    Workman Publishing

    Each comes with 12 posters and the stickers to complete them, including iconic travel posters from gondolas in Venice to the pyramids in Cairo.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.01 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $13.75.

    16. A unicorn slime making kit, because truly the most universal human experience is that deep down inside we all just want to stretch out a big ole glop of bright pink glittery slime.


    Each kit comes with clear written instructions and access to video tutorials to make over 100 different kinds of slime, from unicorn slime to glitter slime to fluffy cloud slime to floam putty. You can personalize the colors, textures, add-ins, *and* the smell — the box comes with beads, scents, glitter, ink, foam balls, the ingredients needed to make the slime, and containers to keep it in.

    Promising review: "Purchased for daughter's birthday. She loves it. I was very apprehensive about letting her use slime but it has everything a parent could dream of to keep it all in one place and organized without the mess!" —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $22.90.

    17. A beginner-friendly DIY LED speaker project designed for ages twelve and up that'll *seriously* take your living room dance parties to the next level once it's done.


    Each kit comes with everything you need to build your own amplification circuit and build a customizable LED speaker, including an instruction set that explains the concepts behind transistors and electromagnetism.

    Promising review: "It was very fun to build and was very informational. The speaker worked great and was super cool." —Ashley

    Get it from KiwiCo starting at $39.95.

    18. A DIY hot sauce making kit with guided instructions to help you start tailoring your *chef's kiss* perfect sauce, letting you experiment with spice levels and flavors with guided recipes so later you can go forth and make hot sauces all by your spicy self.

    Bottles of hot sauce with names on them

    Each kit comes with ingredients and instructions to make six different hot sauces based on guided recipes, and includes the bottles and cute lil' stickers to put on them when you're done.

    Promising review: "Lifetime of hot sauce. The very informative instructions not only guide you through making a few (very delicious!) hot sauces for now, they also teach you how to make them with your own ingredients in the future." —Gigi

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $40.

    19. A beeswax candle kit so you can finally live out your "Serenity By Jan" destiny and create an entire shelf full of scented goodness.


    Each set comes with materials to make six candles, including a melting pot, four bags of beeswax, six candle tins with lids, six scents, 10 cotton wicks, six dye blocks, 10 glue dots, six labels, six stirring sticks, two wick clips, a storage bag, a thermometer, and a user manual.

    Promising review: "I purchased this kit because I always wanted to make my own candles. This candle making kit looked like it had everything I needed and it definitely does. I am so pleased with it that I will be buying more scented oils and wax so that I can make candles as gifts this holiday season. It's a very nice kit." —Tracie Craig

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    20. A friendship bracelet making kit so you can live your best Babysitter's Club life and start sending them in personalized colors to everyone you know.


    Each set comes with the holder mount and 20 pre-cut threads in 10 colors as well as access to an online instruction manual for all kinds of different designs.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter for a craft night. I made friendship bracelets when I was a kid but could not remember how to make them. This helped so much! I had to buy another one for me so we can work on them at the same time. Love this product!" —hollyhock

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    21. A starter's weaving kit to make gorgeous pastel tapestries and help il-loom-inate you to what just might be your coziest hobby yet.

    A weaving look with half of a project completed on it in dusty pink, blue, and ivory
    Wool Couture Company

    Wool Couture Company is a UK-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in knitting, crochet, weaving, and macrame craft kits.

    You can get one of three kinds of kits: a Basic Kit, which comes with a loom and instructions; a Starter Kit, which comes with a loom, two weaving needles, instructions, a mounting bar for hanging, and a cotton ball of warp to hold your work; and a Quintessential Kit, which comes with everything in the Starter Kit, plus the merino wool for weaving.

    Promising review: "It’s simple to use, the wool I received in the set is of a high quality and the service was smooth and communicative. Can not recommend this highly enough from a first-time weaver." —DivineDerbyshire

    Get it from Wool Couture Company on Etsy for $43.27+.

    22. A shea butter lip balm DIY kit so you can create a customized one for every single day of the week *and* gift a few of them to your friends to match.

    The lip balm kit

    Urban Kangaroo is a small California-based, woman-owned business that specializes in DIY kits with all-natural ingredients.

    Each kit includes materials to make ten lip balms, including beeswax, shea butter, grapeseed oil, peach flavor oil, vitamin E capsule, eight lip balm tubes, two aluminum tins, filling pipettes, stirring sticks, 48 stickers, and instructions.

    Promising review: "I was interested because of the clean ingredients. My daughter and I have very sensitive skin so most lip balm doesn't work or is unreasonably expensive. This seemed like a good way to control the ingredients at a great price. The product exceeded my expectations for sure and the kids had fun doing the parts they could do (ages 7 and 9). Probably better for kids over 10 or who have long attention spans and good fine motor skills. Lip balm turned out smooth and silky. Love it!." —UKjane

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    23. A beer-making kit to make Afternoon Wheat beer with a ~floral~ aroma, a thematically appropriate toast to spring and to the beginning of a delicious new hobby.

    The contents of the beer making kit laid out

    Each kit comes with all-grain mix, golding hops, beer-making yeast, a glass fermentation jug, a thermometer, racking cane, tubing, a tubing clamp, a screw-cap stopper, an airlock, a no-rinse sanitizer to make a gallon of Afternoon Wheat beer.

    Get it from Wayfair for $48.99.

    24. Or a whiskey *and* rum making kit complete with its own cask that you get to cure like a real pro, and different essences so you can tailor your drink to your palate (not making any promises that I won't try to make my own Fireball, y'all).

    A small whiskey barrel next to a glass of whiskey

    Each kit comes with a 1-liter barrel and stand, a bung and spigot, a paper funnel, a cleaning kit, instructions, and three different essences to make Highland malt scotch whiskey, spiced rum, and Kentucky bourbon.

    Promising review: "My husband makes a batch, pours into a glass bottle, and immediately starts making the next batch. He truly loves the flavors and really enjoys using the kits (he has two now) as a hobby. There are so many additional flavor essences available elsewhere, so he has been having fun experimenting with many varieties." —Best wife ever

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $75.

    25. A murder mystery box kit to give you all of the hands-on fun of sleuthing through grim and compelling clues without all the uh, general badness of actual murder.

    The clues from the box laid out, including envelopes, articles, images, and evidence bags

    It's basically like getting Law & Order episodes in the mail. Each box is an "episode" with a mystery you solve by using puzzles, evidence, interviews, and more as part of the Criminal Investigation Unit on the case. If you choose to subscribe, you'll get more episodes for the first "season" (five episodes in total), at which point you'll get to unlock Season Two.

    Promising review: "This was by far the best serial box I have ever done! Good story, easy-to-remember characters, fun puzzles (many kinds and difficulty levels), and the most high quality props and tangible items I've ever gotten--even with boxes I paid a lot more for. Each and every box contains really fun items in it (not just paper). Clues are given in the most original, fun ways! There is also a website which provides hints and solutions so you can get as much, or as little, help as you want--and never a spoiler. I strongly recommend A Killing Affair! it's a bargain at this price. I can't wait for the second series to come out." —Donna D.

    Get it from CrateJoy for $35 (or as low as $32.50 per month with a subscription).

    26. A DIY puffy sticker book complete with material to make your first 60 (!!) puffy stickers, because nothing says "chaotic good" quite like puffy stickering your entire universe, from your laptop to your fridge to your own face.

    Urban Outfitters

    Plus, who doesn't want puffy stickers in their lives? Once you learn how to make these, you've got birthday treats for friends for life.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.99 or on Amazon for $19.99.

    27. A beginner's butter churner complete with a recipe book so you can finally become the captain of your own condiment ship. Your fridge will be full of so many butters (raspberry butter! truffle butter! CHOCOLATE BUTTER!) that there won't be enough bread in the world to satisfy you.

    A glass mini butter churner with a lid and a handle for churning the inside spatula

    Promising review: "This little gadget is surprisingly efficient and fun to watch butter form in a few minutes. I make two batches, one for remaining the best sweet butter (unsalted), or adding honey or cinnamon to, and one for adding a touch of Himalayan salt and garden herbs." —Gadget Lover

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $39 or on Amazon for $39.95.

    28. A terrarium essentials kit that comes with everything you need to start building the perfect itty bitty homes for your succulents, so they can be as cozy in their little room as you are.

    The contents laid out, including moss, soil, light rocks, and carbon
    My Crafty Resource/Etsy

    My Crafty Resource is a Seattle-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in live indoor plants, decor, and more.

    Each kit comes with potting soil, polished rocks, activated carbon, decorative moss, and an instruction sheet for assembly, whether you're planning to use a mason jar, a cactus pot, or an open or closed terrarium.

    Promising review: "I got it pretty quickly, and within the same week that I bought it. I think there's enough of everything. Maybe just buy more soil to have on hand. This is my first time buying anything from them and on Etsy, and it has been a pleasant experience." —Olivia

    Get it from My Crafty Resource on Etsy for $19.99.

    29. A beginner's crochet kit, which comes with all the basic tools you'll need, plus detailed instructions for over 30 different simple projects like blankets and beanies and scarves. Once you get the hang of this you'll be the coziest punk in town.

    The kit with its contents laid out

    Each pack contains It contains five Susan Bates Silvalume crochet hooks, one afghan hook, two yarn needles, a knit check, and an instruction book. Plus — special instruction for lefties!

    Promising review: "Great for beginners!! I bought this book to learn crochet. I'd never done it before, but after just a few minutes I was making basic stitches! I was making actual projects the next day! The pictures are very clear and helpful." —Lianne

    Get it from Amazon for $23.56.

    30. A felt succulent kit to ease you into the ridiculously adorable glory of hobby felting, and also give you the smug joy of being a plant parent without the burden of actually having to, y'know, keep them alive.

    A model making a felt succulent next to some premade ones

    Each kit comes with chalk pastels, 20 felt shapes, 26 rubber bands, a square paperboard frame, and 13 pieces double-sided adhesive — enough to make 18 felt succulents 🌱.

    Promising review: "This project kit is simple to use and assemble! Great fun for a craft night with friends or family of all ages. You can put as much or as little effort into the succulents as you want and still come out with a cute little craft for your desk or to otherwise decorate your home!" —Em

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $20.

    31. A tie-dye kit because honestly, we've all been waiting for the moment we just *snap* and tie-dye every piece of fabric in our wardrobes in glorious technicolor, and there's no time like the present., Amazon

    Each kit includes three pre-mixed nontoxic dyes that'll last for 6-12 projects, depending on what you're dyeing.

    Promising review: "This dye is the absolute easiest to use!! And it’s clean, no gloves required. I can get about three adult tanks out of one package of dye. I’ve found for best results to let the dye set for 48 hours before washing. I’ve gone through multiple packages of the neon." —Emily R

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90 (available in seven colors).

    32. A kombucha starter kit that comes with everything you need to perfect a basic version of the brew and set you on the path to making the baddest 'booch in town.

    The gallon jar from the kit with kombucha in it

    Each set includes instructions, sugar, a tea blend, pH test strips, a kombucha culture starter, a dropper, a gallon jar, and a cloth covering for it. Plus, you can customize flavors like orange, ginger, strawberry, and ~more~.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my daughter for Christmas and she finally had time to get started during the quarantine and she LOVES it! The instructions were clear, everything was included, and she had success from the very first try." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    33. A folded book art kit starter set that will elevate your wedding and new baby gift-giving game so astronomically that nobody will be able to hold a candle to you.

    The folded book art kit next to a book folded with pages to look like baby's feet
    Folded Book Art/Etsy

    Folded Book Art is a Netherlands-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in book folding patterns and kits. Each kit comes with a book, a voucher for any pattern, a folding tool, a ruler, and step-by-step instructions.

    Promising review: "I'm very impressed with how good the patterns are and how quickly I've gotten them. Below is a book I made for a wedding gift from a pattern they made for me." —sharondavern

    Get it from Folded Book Art on Etsy for $18.37.

    The ~mood~ the instant these show up at your door.


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