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    Updated on Aug 17, 2020. Posted on Aug 7, 2020

    25 Cool Kits And Projects To Do When It's Too Dang Hot To Go Outside

    Turn on your AC, there's fun to be had inside.

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    1. A world map coloring tablecloth the whole family can enjoy. This 100% cotton map comes with 10 washable markers, so you can start the process of coloring in over as many times as you want!

    Four kids sit around the World Map Coloring Tablecloth, coloring in with markers
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Travel the world without flying! When my two daughters had to cancel their vacations due to COVID-19, these interactive and educational maps supplemented the research the kids had done in advance of their trips and gave them hours of "pandemic" activities. The kids also love how the colors just slide off when a color change is needed. I will be purchasing the United States maps next! I wish these maps had been available before I retired from teaching. My classes would have loved them, and I can think of many related extension activities. Hats off to Uncommon Goods!" —GMA

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    2. A terrarium-building kit to establish that green thumb of yours in an air-conditioned environment. Every kit comes with an assortment of shells, driftwood, sea glass, and more, so you can trick out your terrarium to your unique tastes.

    the bubble terrarium with planted succulent on a table surrounded by contents of the terrarium building kit
    Living Arrangement

    This kit comes complete with: a glass container (approx. 6 inches), sphagnum moss, soil, charcoal, a drainage rock, ornamental rocks, sea/woodland treasures, and an instructional pamphlet.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a gift for my teenage daughter. She loved it and was particularly excited about the little toys that came with the kit. She spent a happy afternoon replanting one of her existing succulents into the terrarium." —drsweetie

    Get it from Living Arrangement on Etsy for $29.99+ (available with or without succulents).

    3. An IPA brewing kit so you can become the bartender you wish to see in the world. Create your own citrusy West Coast Style IPA with hops sourced from the Yakima Valley in Washington. Cheers!

    A gallon glass full of beer sits on a table with the rest of the IPA beer brewing kit around it
    Uncommon Goods

    This boozy kit includes: a 1-gallon glass fermenter, an air lock, a rubber stopper, a transfer tube, a tube clamp, a racking cane, a thermometer, a funnel, malt extract, specialty grains, hops, yeast, sanitizer, a grain bag, and instructions.

    Promising review: "This was such a fun gift for first-time brewers. It comes with everything you need (except the final bottles you will cap the beer in and the capper, which you'll need two weeks after starting). Our expectations were low in regards to the taste of our first brew, but it was surprisingly very good! 5-stars to a product that can lead two clueless newbies to make a tasty IPA. I recommend this for people who are interested in home brewing and looking for a trial run." —KH

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20+.

    4. A 7-piece gallery wall kit because those pictures sitting in a desk drawer somewhere deserve to be on display.


    Promising review: "I'm a fan! I wanted something simple to hang above our queen-size bed. These worked perfectly. The frames and glass arrived in perfect condition, and putting the pictures into the matte was simple (I used my own images, not the included ones). They were easy to hang up (did not use the included graph) and have stayed in place well. Definitely loving the look!" —Charity U

    Get it from Amazon for $48.74 (also available in white and a 5-piece option).

    5. A set of two calligraphy kits so you can impress your pen pals with decorative homemade cards!


    This stroke-of-genius kit includes: four calligraphy pens, five nibs, 20 ink cartridges, an introduction booklet, and an exercise booklet.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    6. And! A calligraphy beginners' guide that'll teach ya the basics for some flawless hand-lettering.

    Cover of "Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide: Learn Hand Lettering and Brush Lettering"

    Promising review: "I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a looooong time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills!!" —KHenderson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. A springtime paint-by-numbers kit if painting from memory is way too daunting. No need to stress over creating the perfect shading when this canvas shows you what colors are needed where.

    Uncommon Goods

    This blossoming kit comes with: an 8x10-inch canvas, two paint brushes, and eight BPA-free paint pots.

    Promising review: "Everything you need for a relaxing afternoon of nostalgic enjoyment is included in this kit. The numbering system is easy to follow and the picture and colors are pretty. This is good for an afternoon or solo self-care or an evening of fun with friends." —Cait

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34 (available in three designs).

    8. An organic indoor herb garden kit because your new batch of summer recipes calls for having a produce aisle in your home.


    The Spade To Fork Kit Contains: five organic seed tubes (basil, cilantro, parsley, safe, and thyme), five organic soil discs, five organic compostable peat pots, five plant markers, and a10-page instructional pamphlet.

    Promising review: "I had been dreaming of growing my own herbs when I found this indoor kit. I get tired of buying herbs at the store only to use part of them and then throw the rest away. It's expensive. So in my apartment I'm growing my own and using only what I need. Plus they're fresh. Not all of the ones I would find at the store were organic, so I REALLY like that I can grow my own organic herbs, and spend less. And EVERYTHING in this kit is organic, which is cool and unique. Until the day I can move into a house and can grow herbs outside in the backyard, I now have herbs growing on my windowsill in my very small, apartment kitchen ;)" —Jill

    Get it from Amazon for $26.96.

    9. A cheesemaking kit that'll keep you busy cooking *and* eating for days to come! This kit makes up to 10 batches of cheese. Can you say yum?

    The Italian Cheese Kit sits on a counter next to a plate of Caprese salad
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my mom for Mother's Day. As a very Italian family, it was a hit! My mom and I were talking before Mother's day about how mascarpone was hard to find recently. Now my mom can make her own! It was easy to use and made a lot of cheese. I'm looking forward to trying her tiramisu with her homemade mascarpone." —Teresa

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $29.

    10. A green screen and lighting kit to help make the alien invasion scene in your mind come to life on screen! Don't need a green screen? Hang a backdrop of your choosing over the stand and use this as a photography kit!

    The full Emart Photography Backdrop kit

    This dramatic kit includes: a backdrop stand support system, a 6x9-foot muslin green screen, two 4.5-inch backdrop clamps, two 7-foot light stands, two lamp holders, two white umbrellas, two 45-watt studio light bulbs, and a carry bag.

    Promising review: "I just ordered and received this kit to do videos for YouTube. I'm impressed with the quantity and quality I received for less than $100. Assembly was straight-forward and easy. I put the whole thing together by myself in less than 20 minutes. Everything worked and was in superb condition. No screws were stripped and no sockets broken. I can see how it would be very easy to strip out the light sockets, though, if you try to force them. I was patient, however, and waited until the threads were aligned properly and then had no problem screwing in the light bulbs. If I have any complaint, it would be that I have to iron the green screen to get the creases out of it because it comes folded. Other than that, this is a superb little kit for the money. Beyond what I expected." —Bad Bart

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    11. An unfinished letter that you can paint and decorate however you (or your kids) wish!

    Wooden letters "S," "C," and "B" painted in fun colors and patterns

    Promising review: "Excellent quality and lightning fast shipping! I can’t wait to see how my project turns out." —Maggie Williams

    Get it from Build-A-Cross on Etsy for $1.25+ (available in all letters and in 26 sizes).

    12. A DIY wine cork bulletin board if you, like me, have been hoarding wine corks with no discernible plan for them in mind. With this frame, you can turn them into a functional bulletin board for reminders, to-do lists, and pictures!

    Manchester Woodcraft

    This kit only comes with the frame, so if you've not been hoarding wine corks like I have been (hey, no judgment!), you can buy corks from Etsy, too.

    Get it from Manchester Woodcraft on Etsy for $11.50.

    13. A pack of peel-and-stick tiles because your kitchen has been begging for a pick-me-up and now is the perfect time! Just peel and stick the tiles onto any nonporous flat surface and voila!

    A wall decorated with 10" x 10" PVC Peel & Stick Mosaic Tile in marble

    Promising review: "These tiles were perfect for a quick and easy fireplace refresh. We put this directly over the existing tile, and it looks like new. It takes a bit of patience to get the tiles to line up well, but the result is definitely worth the effort." —Daniel

    Get it from Wayfair for $11.89 (available in four colors).

    14. A cocktail kit that only requires you to add the alcohol of your choosing, but probably does mean you should invest in your very own booze fridge.


    There are 15 cocktails to choose from!

    Promising review: "Delicious! It's so easy to use, and I love that I can have a cocktail whenever because the hard part of combining the flavors is already done!" —Julie Satterwhite

    Get the Moscow Mule cocktail kit from InBooze on Etsy for $15 (available in two flavors).

    15. A bunch of jute rope you can use to make your own baskets, rugs, placemats, and more.


    Check out this Nifty video for jute rope project ideas!

    Promising review: "This works great! I used it for a DIY project and ordered more of it because it’s exactly what we needed." —Jon Dziurzynski

    Get it from Amazon for $16.88.

    16. A beginner's crochet kit that will guide you in making any of six unique crochet projects. After this crash course, you'll be well on your way to crocheting birthday gifts for all your loved ones!

    The contents of the Crocheting 101 starter kit
    Louie's Loops

    This kit includes: a ball of yarn, worsted weight cotton, a crochet hook, stuffing, a darning needle, a stitch marker, a sticker, and a digital copy of "Crocheting 101: How to Crochet for Complete Beginners."

    Get it from Louie's Loops on Etsy for $14.99.

    17. A sourdough starter kit for anyone who missed this trend earlier this year and has FOMO.


    This four-piece bread proofing bundle includes: a 9-inch bread basket, a dough lame with five blades, a metal baking scraper, a and washable linen cloth liner.

    Promising review: "I love it! This was my first time using a proofing basket although I have made several artisans bread in the past. I don't know why it took me so long to buy one, but I am glad I did! I especially liked the dough cutter. I had no idea how handy that thing is! The razor knife used to make cute designs in the dough was a nice touch and lends itself to some creativity. I am very happy with this basket. There's quality linen inside and the basket is also nicely handcrafted. Good value and will be used on a regular basis." —Fun Grandma

    Get it from Amazon for $27.97+ (available in two sizes and basket shapes).

    18. A DIY candle-making kit so you can create your own light. Besides, your current candles are running low!

    The complete make your own candles kit laid out
    Uncommon Goods

    Kit Includes: soy wax, three tins, three wicks, three stickums, lavender essential oil, and instructions. To make the candles, you will need: a stove, a saucepan, a spouted cup, a thermometer, and three pencils.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $38.

    19. A DIY board game kit if you and your kids have played Monopoly one too many times.


    This creative kit includes: a blank game board, blank die, 56 two-sided blank cards, a spinner, and six pawns.

    Promising review: "This is such a great idea. All you need are a few sharpies and some creativity, and you're good to go. My son has so much fun creating his own games! This is also a great gift idea. You definitely do need to use permanent markers as the only part where regular markers will stick is on the spinner. The game board and cards have a more slick surface, but Sharpies work great." —rebeccakcollins

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    20. A large stencil set you can use to give your walls, furnitures, and even your floor a fun, new, colorful look.


    Promising review: "I recently ordered this set and they are AWESOME. I love the simplicity of them because it leaves room for different layering ideas. They are thick, easy to clean, and these designs can fit into almost any decor. I would both buy this again and recommend to friends." —Aimee

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in packs of two and three and in five design packs).

    21. A mic kit so your inner podcaster can come out! Just plug this baby into your computer's USB port and make magic happen.


    The microphone comes with: a microphone stand, a shock mount, a table clamp, an anti-wind foam cap, a USB cable, and a pop filter. All you need is a pair of professional studio headphones, and you're good to go!

    Promising review: "As a professional sound engineer for a number of years, I'm kind of amazed at what value is in a cheaper kit like this. But it's a good quality studio condenser mic with built-in A/D converter, and a surprisingly good set of accessories." —An Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99

    22. A felt succulent kit for anyone looking for a meditative art project. Make up to 18 of these felt beauties and then hang them on your bedroom wall or use them as table centerpieces!

    A model makes a green felt succulent to pair with a dozen other colorful felt succulents
    Uncommon Goods

    This delightful kit includes: three chalk pastels, 20 felt shapes, 26 rubber bands, a 6.5-inch square paperboard frame, and 13 pieces of double-sided adhesive.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    23. A manicure kit with everything you need to give your nails the pick-me-up they deserve. Choose between four box sets that include anything from a dual-grit nail file to seven exclusive Olive & June nail polish colors.

    The Everything Box manicure kit displayed on a pink table
    Olive & June

    Promising review: "I love these products!!! I am a bit obsessed with my nails, and have been looking for polish that TRULY lasts because I am very active taking care of two young children, gardening, cleaning, etc. These products are the best!" —Kathleen S

    Get it from Olive & June starting at $42.

    24. A DIY surfboard clock you can paint and hang up so you'll always be able to see the best times to catch some waves.

    A model paints The DIY surfboard clock kit
    Timber Wave

    Promising review: "Absolutely beautiful and exactly what we were looking for to put in our RV. We loved it so much that we are buying one for our house too." —Lauren Weaver

    Get it from Timber Wave on Etsy for $19.95.

    25. A build-your-own-pinball-game kit for the gamers who need a break from a TV or computer screen. Spend some time creating your very own pinball game and then challenge your friends to beat your cardboard masterpiece!

    An assembled build your own pinball game named Magnet Girl
    Uncommon Goods

    This fun kit includes: 12 die cut slides, 30 box rivets, 12 rubber bands, three marbles, a hook tool, a mini pencil, a hole puncher, a die cut extra parts for classic pinball layout, and an assembly guide.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49.95.

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