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    Mar 30, 2020

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

    These really are the whole ~kit~ and caboodle.

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    1. A pillow weaving kit with stunning materials and in-depth instructions that'll give beginners the FYI on DIY fiber art perfection.

    Blanc Laine / Etsy

    This includes Merino wool roving, pencil roving yarn, two colors of bulky yarn (made from alpaca wool) cotton for warping, polyester/cotton fabric (for the inner lining), two pieces of canvas fabric (100% cotton), and a 27-page PDF guide (this'll be sent via email).

    Promising review: "I am new to weaving and just finished the pillow. I love all the fibers and the instructions were so easy to follow! Thank you!" —Nikki Bramwell

    Get it from Blanc Laine on Etsy for $65.16+ (available in three styles).

    2. A custom paint-by-number piece sure to help you stop counting down the days you spend in quarantine – you're gonna be too busy counting the numbers on your canvas and thriving in isolation 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).

    3. A leather belt-making set you can enjoy working on even if you haven't put on pants (let alone a belt) in over two weeks.

    Man Crates

    This includes one buffalo leather belt, a hole punch, two screw rivets, a belt buckle, belt keeper, and poly board. It does not, however, come in a crate.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome gift! My girlfriend got me this for Christmas. I loved putting it together and it matches my boots perfectly! I definitely recommend it!" —Keenan

    Get it from Man Crates for $69.99.

    4. A needle felting garland for plant lovers who need some flowers botanic-all over their apartment while they're stuck inside.

    Sheep Creek Studio / Etsy

    This includes a felting needle, string, foliage patterns, multi-colored wool, and instructions. When completed, the garland hangs at around 5 to 6 feet in length.

    Promising review: "I loved this kit. There was ample amount of wool, great direction, and it's so pretty." —Judy Goodman

    Get it from Sheep Creek Studio on Etsy for $24.

    5. A customizable botanical candle to help you breath easy (with something you've made from scratch!) when your meditations have been muddled by the smell of your roommate's basset hound.

    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 $32.97.

    6. 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 one 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 $29.95.

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

    Forest Misha / Etsy

    This includes dark and light wool felt, eyes, filling, two types of thread, a sewing pattern, and instructions (with a video tutorial available). You'll need your own needles, scissors, awl, chopsticks, and pen to complete this craft.

    Get it from Forest Misha on Etsy for $32.40 (available in four colors).

    8. A watchmaking set that'll help fill the time *and* help you track it.

    Man Crates

    This includes a Seagull TY2806 movement screwdriver tool, a brass movement holder, white dial and hand set, blue dial and hand set, hand setting tool, exhibition case back with O-ring, a crown/stem combo, case back tool, watch case with crystal, two strap springbars, blue leather strap, brown leather strap, hole punch, screw rivet, and watchmaking guide.

    Promising review: "This is one of the best gifts I have received. I had so much fun assembling the watch. My wife knows I like tinkering and making things work and thought this would make a good gift. She was right!" –MKT

    Get it from Man Crates for $179.99.

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

    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 National Geographic tumbler that'll encourage your kids to embrace some anti-social rock collecting fun when you go on walks and help show them that patience really does, ahem, ~rock~.

    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.

    11. 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).

    12. A mobile paper robot kit so darn delightful you won't mind being alone in your apartment anymore. This little bot loves all the same movies as you, is a great listener, and is totally gonna give you a run for your money with her staring contest skills. Best roommate ever.

    Unstationary / Etsy

    This includes multicolored paper, card stock, and instructions.

    Get it from Unstationary on Etsy for $27 (available in four colors).

    13. 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.

    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 $19.99.

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

    Gardner's Supply Company

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

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

    15. 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.

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

    17. A yarn unicorn kit to add a little magic to your forced homeschool situation.

    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.

    18. A soap making kit — a germ-conscious project so lovely it's sure to make you feel all bubbly 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).

    19. 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.

    20. A folding knife kit — the craftsman in your life is sure to consider this activity a ~cut~ above the rest.

    Man Crates

    This includes linen handle scales, a guide, a file and rasp set, sandpaper, a bench vise, and T6/T8 Torx wrenches.

    Promising review: "I got this for my pops. He's very good with building things and putting things together so it only took him a day or two. My dad retired so I really appreciated the time he spent messing with this. I'm constantly looking for little DIY projects like this to keep him busy. He loved it and was so proud when the whole thing came together – he couldn't stop talking about it! This is a great gift!" —Chelsea Russel

    Get it from Man Crates for $89.99.

    21. 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~.

    Frankenhoodie / Etsy

    This includes organic bees wax, shea butter, coconut oil, 10 tubes, 10 labels, and two pipettes.

    Get it from Frankenhoodie on Etsy for $14.

    22. 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 $18.10 (available in five colors).

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

    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.

    24. A pair of heavy duty build-it-yourself sandals that'll keep you from feeling de-feet-ed by uncomfortable, bulky shoes and boots.

    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).

    25. A Matryoshka set so you can have some real dolls as roommates when your *actual* roommates are driving you up the wall.

    Arterno / Etsy

    This includes five blank wooden nesting dolls, paints, brushes, and step-by-step instructions.

    Get it from Arterno on Etsy for $30.70+ (available in two styles).

    26. And finally, a floral resin jewelry kit you can get if being alone all this time makes you want to create something special for your very best ~bud~ (even if that's yourself).

    Bohemian & Boug / Etsy

    This includes gold, gold foil, resin, pressed flowers, cherry blossoms, ferns, and hydrangeas.

    These DIY kits are being offered for a limited time by the artist, who set this option up to help people looking for a creative outlet during this wild COVID-19 time. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to Feeding America and the remaining 50% will be spent on small business gift cards that will be gifted to unemployed/small business owners.

    Get it from Bohemian & Boug on Etsy for $75 (available in three styles).

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