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    23 Craft Sets And Kits For Anyone Who Is New To The DIY World

    From DIY jewelry to hot sauce to bath bombs, there's a rainy day project for any beginner to try.

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    1. A friendship bracelet making kit that'll make it super easy to create custom arm candy because it holds the strings in place and it comes with 10 colors of thread. If you never learned during summer camp, the time is now!


    Promising review: "Great way to learn how to tie friendship bracelets because it organizes each thread and keeps them well taut so the knots are not too tight." —Momma Conn

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    2. A wooden 3D puzzle music box set you can actually hand-crank to hear some tunes. Not only will it make adorable decor, but you'll definitely impress your friends when you tell them you made it.


    This is designed with pre-painted laser-cut pieces and each piece is numbered.

    Promising review: "I got this for myself because I was curious about the difficulty. All in all it took me six hours and a bottle of wine to put it together. The wine may have made it take longer. The directions were super easy to follow and the pieces are wood and fit together perfectly. What threw me off was the quality of the music box. It is so much better than I expected! The sound is absolutely beautiful!!!! Once I had it all together and saw the motion with the tune I am in love with this!!! I definitely recommend this product." —Nicole Petriskie

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in six styles).

    3. A hot sauce making kit that includes enough ingredients to make seven bottles of delicious custom sauce. Even if you're not very experienced in cooking or making your own concoctions, this project is perfect for spicy food lovers.

    Kit includes: Three glass woozy bottles, four squeeze bottles, a 2-inch funnel, a bottle of apple cider vinegar, a zipped pouch of spice blend, two pairs of gloves, five pH strips, three woozy reducers, three black caps, four squeeze bottle tops with red caps, Ancho Pasillas, Chipotle and Habanero Pepper bags, an instruction card, an open/close pouch of Ghost Pepper, and seven label stickers.

    Promising review: "Great product! I bought it as a gift for Father's day since my dad enjoys spicy food, as well as cooking in general! I would highly suggest this particular product after researching other type products on Amazon and other websites. This kit had everything we needed and more! It was very well-packed. When we opened the product it had everything as described and a nice personal note inside! It was fun, thoughtful, exciting, creative, and interesting all wrapped inside of one box!" —Sean McDermott

    Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

    4. A diamond painting kit so you can make a frame-worthy piece of art from beautiful crystal rhinestones. This version of a paint-by-numbers has all of the tools and gems you need, plus it'll keep you busy for hoursss.

    reviewer holding up their finished diamond painting

    Promising review: "A solid choice for beginners. This is my first diamond painting and definitely not the last one. The kit contains everything you NEED to complete it but I would suggest you pick up some extras like plastic bins for the drills and something to place it on like a light pad or a simple laptop tray. There are plenty of spare drills as you can see on my picture so don't worry about dropping one or two. Some drills are really dull and others very shiny which makes the picture better, at least for me, than just all of them shiny. The tools included were just the bare minimum with plenty of wax left over and I wasn't being conservative with it. I will be getting other tools like rollers, straighteners, larger pens, wider trays and some tin mini boxes for the drills to be more time efficient on the next. This one took me three sittings with about 12 hours total. I started very slowly placing one by one perfectly in the center and ended up using the wide drill pen once I got the hang of it. All in all, very satisfied." —Pedro Nelson Perez Pillot

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    5. A bath bomb kit guaranteed to take your next at-home spa night to the next level. It comes with the molds and colorants you'll need, but you will have to buy the actual ingredients — luckily there are tons of bath bomb recipes out there so you can make whatever scents or designs you want!


    Set includes: one small bath bomb mold, one medium mold, three large molds, 12 bottles of soap colorant, 50 shrink wrap bags, and instructions

    Promising review: "Very bright colors! Colorants are named after fruits, but are NOT scents. I would love to see a kit that includes fragrances! We added sprinkles to the molds and layered multiple colors. Looked up extra tips online for using the molds as the instructions that came with them are very basic. Also, colorants are water soluble and will wash off skin and clothes! We know this because my daughter spilled all over her brand new shirt and it washed right out! I hope this is helpful!" —AmyzonD

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three different sets).

    6. A mini Bob Ross paint-by-numbers for a calming evening of painting in a delightfully tiny package. It comes with three pre-printed canvases, seven paints, a mini brush, a mini easel, and a book of Ross-approved painting tips.

    Reviewer's photo of their mini painting of mountains and trees

    Promising review: "Okay, so this product is tiny. Itty bitty. So small. But the joy it brings is HUGE. I absolutely loved painting my mini Bob Ross paintings. The brush and paints aren't half bad, but you do need to build the paint up a bit to the opacity you want from the color. This is an awesome product." —K Peck

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A DIY gin cocktail kit you can use to create your very own signature drink. It comes with various botanical mixes including lavender, hibiscus, orange peel, juniper berries, and more.

    Do Your Gin

    Do Your Gin is a small business owned by two brothers from Germany. You can find some great recipes on their website.

    Just be sure to buy the alcohol!

    Kit includes: 12 glass cylinders of spices, two empty glass bottles, a funnel, and three pre-selected recipe suggestions. The spices include green cardamom, hibiscus flowers, coriander seeds, cubeb pepper, lavender flowers, laurel leafs, orange peel, pink pepper, licorice root, and juniper berries.

    Get it from Do Your Gin on Etsy for $49.90.

    8. A blanket-knitting kit for beginners so you can dive into the world of knitting with everything you need and make a cozy blanket that'll keep you warm and look chic on your couch.

    We Are Knitters

    Kit includes: Nine skeins of wool, circular knitting needles, the pattern, a small knitters' sewing needle, and the embroidered label

    Get it from We Are Knitters for $185 (available in nine colors).

    9. A beeswax candle kit perfect for anyone who loves candles and has been searching for a new hobby. This set comes with everything needed to make six candles with different scents.


    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.

    10. A tie-dye kit that'll help you turn an old plain top into a completely new design. Tie-dye is super on-trend right now and it's a fun weekend activity!, Amazon

    Kit includes: Three nontoxic dyes that are pre-mixed and ready to go. The dyes come in easy-to-use spray bottles that should work for 6–12 projects.

    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 $10.75 (available in seven colors).

    11. A Dala horse carving kit perfect for anyone who has always wanted to work with their hands and make little trinkets of their own. The set has everything you need to carve and paint this fun little addition to your shelf.


    Promising review: "This is a great learner's package, with everything you need to create a decorative carving. The knife is sharp and comes in a shape that makes easy carving. The wood was good quality with a nice, even grain, making it easy for the novice to make consistent cuts. I would recommend this package to anyone interested in picking up a knife and learning the skills of carving." —KD Jennings

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95.

    12. A bonsai starter kit to help you ease into the life of a plant parent. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you'll have four baby bonsai trees in no time!


    Kit includes: Four types of organic seeds (Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Black Poui, Norway Spruce, and Flame Tree) stored in seed-safe vials for better germination, 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.

    13. A string art kit so you can make a fun and unique piece of wall art for your room or use it for a super thoughtful gift.

    pineapple string art

    The kit comes with everything you'll need to complete your masterpiece!

    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 $32.88 (available in nine styles).

    14. A shea butter lip balm DIY kit to help you make 10 all-natural, customized balms that'll keep your lips nice and moisturized.


    Kit includes: 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 $24.95.

    15. A sock flamingo kit, because it's cuddly, cute, and the most low-maintenance pet ever.

    The sock flamingo
    Sock Creatures UK / Etsy

    Sock Creatures UK is a small family-owned business that was founded in Cornwall in 2009. Starting off with a reinvented version of the classic sock monkey, the business has now grown to include tons of different DIY friends including a sloth, llama, unicorn, and more.

    Kit includes: Socks, stuffing, a needle and thread, a decoration kit, instructions, a template, and a birth certificate

    Get it from Sock Creatures UK on Etsy for $13.73.

    16. A felt succulents kit for those who love the look of succulents, but can't quite manage to keep them alive. With this kit you'll have a colorful garden of succulents that require zero care.

    A person twisting together a piece of cut out fabric to make it look like a succulent
    Uncommon Goods

    Set includes: Three chalk pastels, 20 felt shapes, 26 rubber bands, a paperboard frame, and 13 pieces of double-sided adhesive

    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 Uncommon Goods for $20.

    17. A sushi-making kit to help you prepare a delicious sushi dinner for your family or friends that's guaranteed to impress them. The kit makes eight rolls, which is enough to serve four people. 🍣

    The sushi kit

    Kit includes: Bamboo rolling mat, shopping guide, drink pairing suggestions, cooking instructions, sushi rice, rice vinegar powder, nori, sesame seeds, and wasabi powder

    Promising review: "I gave this to a friend who had never made sushi before. It has everything you need (except the raw fish of course) and easy to follow directions! We cut up some sushi-grade tuna and salmon and made A LOT of rolls. It was delicious and fun! Great gift for someone looking to learn how to make sushi!" —Inexperienced Chef

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $28.

    18. A metal stamp set for creating personalized necklaces, earrings, keychains and more.


    Set includes: Hammer, metal stamping block, nine metal charms, a key ring, 21 jump rings, earring wire set, four chains, four lobster clasps, mini pliers, and instructions.

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful kit. I purchased it for my eldest daughter who loves escapes from technology. This is best suited for a teenager or older. The hammer and chain nose pliers are great quality and can be used for many more projects." —Baby Boomer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    19. A DIY bracelet box that comes with enough supplies to make eight unique designs that'll look so trendy you'll actually want to wear them all the time.

    The kit which includes supplies to make beaded, braided, and string bracelets that are a combination of pink, tan, gray, and gold

    Promising review: "The instructions on how to make each bracelet are very well written. I purchased this to make for myself. I think the price is a bit high for the quality of the materials but the bracelets come out looking very nice." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six styles).

    20. A beginner-friendly embroidery kit that'll teach you how to make this gorgeous floral design, even if you've never stitched a thing in your life.

    The embroidery shows three colorful flowers
    Hoffelt + Hooper Co. / Etsy

    Hoffelt + Hooper Co. is a small woman-co-owned business that sells a wide variety of embroidery kits for both beginners and those more experienced.

    Kit includes: Digitally printed cotton fabric, an unfinished wooden embroidery hoop, full skeins of DMC embroidery floss, DMC embroidery needle, instruction booklet

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful kit! Everything was packaged very thoughtfully, and the instructions were easy to follow. The pattern and color palettes are all very beautiful (I had a hard time choosing the color option because they all look so good) I couldn’t believe I made this! My first embroidery project was a success, and here’s to many more... can’t wait to pick up my next project from you again." —Angela Lai

    Get it from Hoffelt + Hooper Co. on Etsy for $50+ (available in six colors and three hoop sizes)

    21. An electronic wire art set so you can have some cool desk or wall art to really ~light-up~ the room. Use one of the kit's templates or create your own design from scratch.

    Kiwi Co

    Set includes: LED wire, batteries, stands, and everything else you need to make two neon signs

    Promising review: "This is simple yet extraordinary. My 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter enjoyed making their own neon lights for their room. Everything is thought of, including how to display your light. They're simple to construct and fun to look at! Makes a great night light." —Danielle

    Get them from Kiwi Co for $34.95.

    22. A floral felt garland that'll transform any entryway and give it a fresh pop of color.

    A floral garland made of twine with felted flowers of varying colors and shapes and felted leaves. They are hanging over a doorway.

    Kit includes: Hemp twine, embroidery thread, glue sticks (does not include hot glue gun), two needles, needle threader, thimble, and tacks

    Promising review: "This is a great kit! The instructions are very detailed and include pictures for each step. The felt is already cut! They include everything you'll need except a glue gun (small) and a dowel rod to roll the petals. I used a wooden skewer. I was really impressed. The felt is thin and stiff, which I think works well. I'm really happy with this kit and may order another one! I'm using it to decorate my daughter's first birthday party." —Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    23. And a DIY bubble gum kit, because this unique activities is great for a rainy day, you can do it with kids, and who doesn't love bubble gum??

    The bubble gum kit
    Uncommon Goods

    Set includes: Ingredients, wood stick, and paper wrappers

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16.

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