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    Updated on Aug 7, 2020. Posted on Jul 21, 2020

    32 Kits For People Who Want To Start Crafting But Don't Know Where To Start

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    1. A metal stamp set with every letter in the alphabet, so you can start personalizing jewelry and trinkets to your heart's content!

    Amazon

    This 27-piece letter stamp set includes a 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.

    2. A needlepoint pillow kit with some encouraging subject matter for crafters who like to take things slow.

    A lifestyle shot of the sloth pillow completed and displayed on top of a decorative trunk
    Amazon

    This kit has everything you need to complete the pillow – no sewing equipment needed! There's a large hole canvas with the stamped pattern, a large needle, colorful yarn, backing fabric, and pillow stuffing.

    Promising review: "I really enjoy this DIY pillow kit. It's nicely packed and good quality. It helps me pass the days at home during the quarantine! It's really fun!" —Maya

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90 (available in five styles).

    3. A custom paint-by-number piece sure to help you thrive while socially distancing by painting...yourself.

    Paint Numbers

    Just upload a high res photo directly from the product page, choose the size canvas you want, whether or not you want a frame, and you'll be set to ship! The shipped product will include 24-32 different colors (depending on the painting), a linen canvas, three paint brushes, and a hanging kit and wooden frame (if you chose to get one).

    Promising review: "I love doing this. When I posted it on Facebook I had numerous people fighting over who it would go to. I thought everything was perfect on the picture and the paint covered the entire canvas." —Evie W.

    Get it from Paint Numbers for $48.95+ (available in four sizes, with or without frame).

    4. A DIY felt garland for plant lovers who need some flowers botanic-all over their apartment At! All! Times!

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

    This 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 $19.99.

    5. A customizable botanical candle to help you breathe easy when your meditations have been muddled by the smell of your roommate's basset hound.

    A flat lay shot of the candle in a cube glass container surrounded by flower petals
    Pop Shop America / Etsy

    This includes two large vessels, your choice of six essential oils (lavender, citrus, herbs, florals, and more), a mason jar, soy wax, cotton wicks, ice pop sticks, lavender buds, and raw gemstone crystals. You can name your favorite essential oils before you add the product to the cart. This will also include printed instructions with extra instructions emailed if you'd like.

    Promising review: "This is beautifully packaged with clear instructions. It looks like it will make very pretty candles (the dried flowers and gems are really nice)!" —avery2fm

    Get it from Pop Shop America on Etsy for $39.97.

    6. A dandelion needlepoint your friends are all gonna *wish* for themselves when they see your finished product.

    An embroidery hoop with a completed dandelion on sheer fabric
    Amazon

    You'll get a bamboo embroidery hoop, thread, an organza fabric with the pattern, embroidery needles, and instructions.

    Promising review: "This was one of the first embroideries I have done and I was nervous it was going to be too delicate for me because of the organza. It is delicate but it still holds up well. I recommend this for a project for yourself or as a gift for someone else. It is lots of fun!" —Sunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A mozzarella and ricotta DIY cheese kit that'll help bring back your ~cheesy~ side when grocery shopping woes have left you feeling nothing but hangry these days.

    Williams Sonoma

    This includes 1 ounce of vegetarian rennet, 3 ounces citric acid, 3 ounces cheese salt, a metal cooking thermometer, fine cheesecloth, and two instruction/recipe books.

    Promising review: "My wife and I were inspired by a recent visit to an Italian restaurant that served mozzarella cheese made in the restaurant. Online recipes were a bit daunting and required up to four hours to complete. This kit seemed tailor-made to introduce us to the process and the instructions made it incredibly easy. Good fun to do with kids, especially the quick transformation after you add the rennet." —BiscardiCreative

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $34.95.

    8. A DIY dog kit you can work on if filling your days with engaging activities is starting to get really ~ruff~.

    Four palm-sized needle felted dogs. There is a beagle, a pug, a sheepdog, and a collie.
    Amazon

    This kit includes enough Merino wool for all four doggos, three needles, a pair of leather finger guards, a foam mat, a zipper bag, and instructions.

    Promising review: "The instructions were easy to follow and everything came together nicely. It's perfect!" —Jillian Edelheit

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98.

    9. A craft subscription designed for adults who don't have the attention span to stick with just *one* hobby. More! Is! More!

    A flat lay shot of one possible craft activity made with paint and cut wood
    Cratejoy

    This monthly subscription includes all the tools, materials, accessories and instructions you need to complete each craft. You can expect to make things like wine caddies, epoxy resin decor, candles, etc. while also learning new skills like clockmaking, embossing, woodworking, aaaand more.

    Promising review: "I've loved the boxes I received. The instructions are easy and each box comes with quality materials. These are items that would be beautiful in any home." —Brooke S.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $30/month.

    10. A sassy embroidery kit that'll tell it how it is.

    An embroidery hoop with a finished piece that has flowers around the words "who cares"
    Amazon

    Naturally, this kit includes everything you need to complete the piece.

    Promising review: "This turned out just like the photo. It was such an easy and fun craft to do. The ink washed off so easily after I was done. This was my first embroidery in a few years so when I couldn't remember a certain stitch, I just googled it. I gifted the final product to my friend and it looks so pretty. The one downside was the needles they send with are flimsy and one snapped in half when I was using it, but I had some of my own and just used those instead." —Ama

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49 (available in ten styles).

    11. A beginner's whittling kit – it's gonna be a ~sharp~ idea if you're looking to entertain yourself by learning a new skill.

    Comfort Bird Carving Kit For Beginners
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This kit comes complete with everything you need to produce a fine looking bird along with some satisfying and relaxing carving time. This is great for beginners with easy directions and a nice, sharp knife out of the box. It is important to keep a sharp knife, so stropping as you go is always important, and always protect your digits. Happy carving!!" —Marybeth

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    12. A National Geographic tumbler that'll be beloved if you have a kid who always ends up hoarding rocks in their pockets after going on walks. Plus, this nifty device will show them that patience really does, ahem, ~rock~.

    Two kids pouring ingredients into rock tumbler
    Target

    This has rough rocks, grit, strainer, and jewelry settings and includes a learning guide with educational info so you can turn what you thought were regular old rocks into dazzling gems.

    Promising review: "The quality of this product is impressive. My friend has used it for a few days now and it is very efficient and the results are great. Well worth the money, especially for a rock-lover!" —cwentl

    Get it from Target for $69.99.

    13. A hand dye kit sure to help you create unique, personalized pieces that are (and I can't stress this enough) to ~dye~ for.

    We Are Knitters

    This includes four dyeing colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), fixer, gloves, a pattern, and two fiber skeins (chunky wool, petite wool, meriwool, or baby alpaca).

    Get it from We Are Knitters for $85 (available in four fibers).

    14. A bath bomb pick so you can doubly treat yourself by bringing out your creative side and while doing so, fix up a spa-night worth enjoying later.

    A person filling the provided mold with powder. They have the ingredients and instructions on the table in front of them.
    Amazon

    This kit comes with enough product to make five bath bombs. There's a metal bath bomb mold, dried rose flowers, coconut oil, baking soda, six mica powders, three bath bomb mixtures, two essential oils, body glitter, and instructions.

    Promising review: "I loved this bath bomb kit! The directions were really easy to follow and clean up was quick and easy. The bombs worked great and left my white tub totally clean. I would definitely reorder this for myself or even as a gift!" —colliestrings

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    15. A DIY bracelet box that'll be loved by anyone who knows that more is more when it comes to accessories. ESPECIALLY the ones you make yourself!

    Craft Crush Bracelet Box
    Amazon

    This comes with everything you need to make eight different bracelets.

    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).

    16. A mobile paper robot kit so darn delightful you just might have found your new best friend.

    A paper robot half finished
    Unstationary / Etsy

    This includes multicolored paper, card stock, and instructions.

    Get it from Unstationary on Etsy for $15 (available in four colors).

    17. A balloon animal kit for college students who need some fresh new ways to clown around while they're back home and in a prime position to entertain (annoy) their parents.

    Balloon Animal University
    Imagination Overdrive / Etsy

    Hide enough of these around the house and your parents are sure to ~pop~. BTW, this includes 50 balloons, an air pump, and instructions.

    Get it from Imagination Overdrive on Etsy for $20.99.

    18. A large terrarium kit so stunning you're gonna wonder, "Terrari-UM, why didn't I make one of these sooner?!"

    A large glass terrarium with plants, moss, soil, and bedrock
    Gardener's Supply Company

    This includes a large glass jar, stones, green moss, and soil mix.

    Get it from Gardener's Supply Company for $59.99.

    19. A beeswax candle kit – a DIY choice that's totally gonna be the bee's knees.

    Amazon

    This kit comes with all the tools and ingredients 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.

    20. A DIY lip balm box you can snag if putting on makeup each day is a chore you're glad to skip, but you think making it would be the ~balm~.

    A flat lay of all the products and ingredients that come with the box
    Amazon

    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 seven and nine). Probably better for kids over 10 or kids who have long attention spans and good fine motor skills. The lip balm turned out smooth and silky. I love it!" —UKJane

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    21. A DIY home decor subscription that'll give your place the zhuzh it deserves when things start looking stagnant or stale.

    Cratejoy

    Each monthly box includes all the materials you need, detailed instructions, video instructions, a recipe, and a small bonus craft.

    Promising review: "I bought a three-month subscription for my mom for her birthday last year. She loved all three of the crafts. We ended up doing two of them together. They were so easy to do because of the step-by-step instructions. I'd recommend this box to anyone interested in crafts." —Jenn M.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $25.99/month.

    22. A cross-stitch kit for Friends fans who have spent hours playing furniture Tetris and now know the importance of a well-executed pivot.

    An embroidery hoop with a sofa and the word "Pivot!"
    Bananya Stand / Etsy

    This includes a color block and a black and white symbol pattern, a 3-inch wooden embroidery hoop, one piece of light oatmeal 14-count Aida fabric, one tapestry needle, a card with the six DMC embroidery floss colors needed for the pattern, and four pages of instructions/tips.

    Get it from Bananya Stand on Etsy for $22.50.

    23. A yarn unicorn kit to add a little magic to your home decor.

    Uncommon Goods

    This includes cut cardboard, yarn, and everything else you need to complete your own magically fun craft.

    Promising review: "This kit is a great buy. The girls loved the unicorns and the ease of the directions; great for kids to receive for a birthday. They can put it together on their own and enjoy it afterwards." —Laura

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    24. A bonsai starter kit sure to dazzle the green thumb in your life. But even if you're brand-new to planting, you won't beleaf how easy this starter kit is!

    A shot of soil, labels, plants, twine, and instructions
    Amazon

    This 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.

    25. A soap making kit – a germ-conscious project so lovely it's sure to make you feel all bubbly inside.

    Two bars of clear soap with flower petals inside
    The Hobbiest Box / Etsy

    This includes dried flowers, cocoa butter, glycerin soap base, lavender and citrus essential oils, two silicone molds, wooden dowel rods, and instructions. Everything included makes two bars of floral soap and one soap dish.

    Get it from The Hobbiest Box on Etsy for $35 (available in two styles).

    26. A mango hot sauce mix to prove that crafting is totally a ~spicy~ pastime!

    Produce, spices, and bottles that come with the hot sauce kit
    Amazon

    This includes nine customizable ingredients, tools, glass sauce bottles, stoppers, caps, and labels. The homemade sauce takes about 30 minutes to make.

    Promising review: "Holy!!!! This kit is fantastic. It comes with everything you need to make amazing sauce that will have all of your friends raving. The directions are very easy to follow. I ended up letting it simmer and my sauce thickened a little too much, but no worries, it's still delicious! I kept two bottles and gave away the rest to friends. The next day I received a message that my hot sauce was a hit and my friend was drowning everything in it and they couldn’t have enough. This is great if you are just getting started making your own sauces or makes a great DIY gift as well. I recommend this 100%" —Ninna

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    27. A pair of electronic art pieces that'll be a ~bright~ idea if you and your family keep getting your wires crossed just because you're all bored.

    Kiwi Co

    This includes LED wire, batteries, stands, and everything else you need to work on this brilliantly bright craft.

    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.

    28. A knife kit – the craftsperson in your life is sure to consider this activity a ~cut~ above the rest.

    EZ Smith Folding Knife Kit
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best knife kit I've ever purchased. The instructions were great and easy to understand. The knife was easy to put together and works great. I had to do some adjusting to get the knife to open smooth, but no biggie." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    29. A macrame planter kit that'll give your favorite plant the attention it deserves – we're ~knot~ kidding.

    Minimalist Macrame / Etsy

    This includes a wooden hoop, macrame material of your choice, a pattern, and knot guide. When it's all finished it'll be able to hold up to a 10-inch pot or basket.

    Get it from Minimalist Macrame on Etsy for $26.86.

    30. A felt succulents kit for people who know they still won't remember to water live plants even when they're home 24/7.

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

    This includes three chalk pastels, 20 felt shapes, 26 rubber bands, a 6-and-a-half-inch paperboard frame, and 13 pieces of double-sided adhesive. It makes 18 succulents in all.

    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.

    31. A wood burning kit that'll prove to the naysayers that crafting is ~hot~.

    A reviewer holding an arched piece of wood with an engraving of two birds resting on plant stems
    amazon.com

    This kit comes with a reusable pen, instructions, four point tips, two wood plaques, six pencils, eight patterns, two alphabets, a stand, and transfer paper.

    Promising review: "This was lots of fun! It's easy to use. I am not an artist but I think for a first time go it looks amazing (pictured above)." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $29.85.

    32. And finally, a pair of heavy duty build-it-yourself sandals that'll keep you from feeling de-feet-ed by uncomfortable, bulky shoes and boots. Just embrace the cobbler inside you and make your own feather-light shoes. Cool. Very cool.

    Xero Shoes

    This includes a pair of FeelTrue Outsoles and lace material. These soles are designed to help your foot move naturally, while giving them ample support and safety.

    Promising review: "I had actually been starting to get away from flip-flops overall, because I didn't care much for them in general. But when I saw an opportunity to allow for some creativity with this new movement I said...why not? These can be difficult to make, especially when you have no experience working with leather or leather tools, but I eventually found some instructions and it is worth the tiny frustrations and hard work. When friends realize that I made them it piques their curiosity. The first hike I ever went on with these sandals, I never felt so free and light. They're easy to carry if you need to and super compact for easy transport!" —Alan

    Get them from Xero Shoes for $19.95+ (available in two colors and 11 sizes).

    When you're ready to show off all your new skills ALL the time:

    NBC

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