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    19 Things That'll Help You Learn Cool New Skills At Home

    Dip your toes into the world of gardening, pasta-making, cross-stitch, soap-crafting, and more!

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    1. A candle-making kit that uses soy wax and essential oils to help you make the most delightful-smelling candles. The package includes three tins with lids, so you can label your cool creations and even give them away as gifts.

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    The kit includes soy wax, candle tins, candle wicks, instructions, essential oil, and wick stickers. Check out this video for tips for candle-making beginners.

    Get it from Etsy for $46.80+. Available in pine, lavender, and an "add your own scent" option.

    2. A thumb piano (aka "kalimba") that's much easier to learn to play compared to other instruments. It can even be connected to an amplifier! Flick the prong keys with your thumbs and play a whimsical, indie-sounding melody. 🎶

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    The set comes with a tuning tool, a pouch, some stickers, a manual, a cleaning cloth, a cable, and a storage box. I bought one a couple of years ago, and was able to play the opening theme of Game of Thrones on it in just a week! There are also a bunch of kalimba tutorials on YouTube to get you started. Check this one out.

    Get it from Walmart Canada for $84.89.

    3. An electric pasta machine that'll help you make scrumptious pasta yourself. It has nine adjustable thicknesses, so you can make thin or thick noodles depending on your mood. It also comes with a separate cutting tool, if you want shapes of your choice.

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    Reviewers say you won't want to go back to store-bought pasta once you taste fresh, homemade stuff. Check out this tutorial to learn how to make some basic egg pasta.

    Get it from Walmart Canada for $157.11.

    4. A book called Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen, so you can make your own trippy treats at home and do it well! And it doesn't only have the basic sweet stuff. You can even cook up some delicious savoury snacks to send yourself to dreamland, all while being able to fully control your dosage.

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    Get it from Indigo for $28.95.

    5. A fiercely feminist cross-stitch book that'll teach you to create revolutionary cross-stitch art. It has an illustrated basics section to get you started and it includes a list supplies you'll need for your project. You'll be making frame-worthy stuff in no time!

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    Check out this YouTube tutorial to learn more about cross-stitching basics.

    Get it from Indigo for $18.36.

    6. A pastel blue stand mixer that'll turn you from novice muffin baker to sourdough pro. Not only does this mid-century mixer look absolutely beautiful, it performs like a totally powerhouse, too. There are ten adjustable speeds to choose from!

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    The stand mixer comes with a 4.8-litre steel bowl, a wire whisk, a dough hook, a spatula, and a pouring shield. Check out this tutorial to make easy, crusty French bread using a stand mixer.

    Get it from Indigo for $599.99. Also available in chrome, red, and black.

    7. A vegan and organic DIY soap kit that's simply too cute for words. It comes with all the supplies you'll need to make six soap bars and one body scrub, so you won't miss your trips to LUSH while you #stayhome.

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    The kit includes instructions, clear and white soap bases, moulds, natural colorants, essential oils, herbal mix, and a natural loofah. Once you're done with the kit, you can still use some of the supplies to continue making more soaps! Check out this soap-making tutorial for beginners.

    Get it from Etsy for $52.49+.

    8. An in-home gardening system that'll let you dip your toes into plant parenthood. It'll bring you fresh herbs and greens no matter what the weather. There's no soil, no mess, and the UV lights provide the plants all the "sun" they'll need.

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    It comes with gourmet herb seeds, too! Check out an Aerogarden setup tutorial for beginners here.

    Get it from Walmart Canada for $179.99.

    9. A sushi making kit, so you can eat your favourite Japanese food (without ordering delivery). Just follow the simple instructions provided to fill your sushi roll with your ingredients of choice, and enjoy!

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    Pick up some wasabi, too. Check out this tutorial for a simple and delicious sushi recipe.

    Get it from Walmart Canada for $28.97.

    10. A programmable slow cooker that'll help you make gourmet-level meals, without spending all day in the kitchen. This cooker seals in the deliciousness and delivers the most mouthwatering results. Beef stew, here I come!

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    Get it from Walmart Canada for $66.58.

    11. A canning kit for beginners that's perfect for preserving your homemade pickles, jams, soups, and sauces. Canning is also a great way to cut down on food waste.

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    The kit includes a rack, a 21-quart canner, jar lifter, funnel, lid lifter, bubble remover, four decorative jars with lids, pectin, and a recipe booklet. Check out this tutorial if you're a total novice to canning.

    Get it from Canadian Tire for $49.99.

    12. A helpful cookbook that'll help you learn three things at once — food budgeting, time management, AND the art of cooking delectable vegan cuisine. There are 100 recipes including easy bibimbap bowls, parsnip fritters, and carrot fries with cinnamon salt.

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    Check out this BuzzFeed video featuring some vegan food hacks that'll help you along the way.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.99.

    13. A vegan cheese-making kit, so you can learn to make ricotta, mozzarella, and cheddar, totally free of dairy and gluten! It makes up to ten batches of cheese, which means you're in for a big treat.

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    The kit includes instructions, gluten-free flour, nutritional yeast, seasonings, muslin cheese cloth, agar powder, and non-GMO citric acid.

    Get it from Etsy for $73.13.

    14. A concoction maker that'll turn your home into a happening bar. It help you create delicious icy drinks, so you won't miss getting your favourite margaritas, daiquiris, coladas, and spiked smoothies while you stay home. Goodbye, simple vodka-cran.

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    Watch this BuzzFeed video to learn how to make five fruity summertime cocktails to get started.

    Get it from The Bay for $399.99.

    15. A Brother sewing and quilting machine, so you can start making your own outfits in no time. This model is user friendly and has 32 built-in stitch styles, in case you want to get extra creative. The sewing surface is LED-lit, and the package includes a wide table for bigger projects, too.

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    It'll also help you pick up all the DIYs you've been ignoring and mend clothing items that have broken zippers or are coming apart at them hems. Check out Brother's YouTube tutorial for using this model here.

    Get it from Brother Canada for $599.99.

    16. A silicone mould that'll help you dive into the world of resin art. You can preserve your favourite flowers in transparent resin, or mix in glitter to add a touch of sparkle. Create beautiful pendants, earrings, or keychains — the possibilities are endless.

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    Check out this tutorial to learn the basics of resin crafting, and pick up some liquid resin here.

    Get it from Walmart Canada for $6.43.

    17. A set of bamboo knitting needles to get you started on projects for next winter. You'll have needles for all sizes of yarn, so go ahead and make a phone pouch, a toque, or a whole chunky-knit blanket.

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    Check out this tutorial to learn basic knitting techniques. Pick up some yarn, too!

    Get them from Walmart Canada for $16.01.

    18. A bath bomb making kit, because you've earned a fragrant and fizzy soak. It comes with essential oils that you can mix up to create the most customized experience. It also comes with a book that teaches you not only how to make bath bombs, but how to make masks and scrubs as well.

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    The kit includes an instructional book, citric acid, liquid colorant, liquid fragrance, and moulds. Check out this YouTube tutorial to start making your own bath bombs at home.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.99.

    19. And lastly, a butter churner, so you can whip up batches of delicious homemade butter. It comes with a variety of recipes to make the ~fancy~ stuff, meaning you'll never have to pay for fresh, herby butter again.

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    Check out this butter churning tutorial using the product above.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $54.61.

    You by the end of this godforsaken quarantine:

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