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Get Crafty with These 9 Deluxe DIY Kits

DIY kits for embroidered cloth, paint by numbers, and bath bombs
Caydo/Pink Picasso/STMT

Tired of the same old craft projects? A deluxe DIY kit might be just what you’ve been looking for to up your crafting game!

The hassle of researching and purchasing several individual pieces to try out a new hobby can take up a lot of time, energy, and cash. DIY craft kits, on the other hand, typically contain everything you need to try your hand at something new. They’re also specifically designed for entry-level crafters.

If you’re ready to take the plunge, we’ve found some of the most comprehensive, creative, and just plain cool crafting kits on the market.

Pink Picasso Adult Paint By Numbers Kit

A painting of hydrangeas, next to a set of numbered, colored paints
Pink Picasso

Paint by numbers is so not just for kids, not with the Pink Picasso Adult Paint by Numbers Kit. These unique kits are luxurious and detailed to make you feel like an artiste, not a kid in art class. Instead of a blocky painting or a simple subject, these kits, like this hydrangea kit pictured above, focus on creating paintings that would fit right in on a gallery wall or other home dispaly.

Each kit includes a canvas base and beautifully pigmented paints, along with a detailed guide that produces a gorgeous, realistic-looking floral painting. It comes in several varieties, each portraying a different bouquet, so you can choose your favorites.

GJB Products Macramé Kit

A macrame kit with a skein of ivory cord, several wood rings, different types of beads, and an instruction guide
GJB Products

Macramé is back, and the GJB Products Kit has everything you need to get started. It includes a book with detailed instructions for making different types of knots, over 200 yards of cotton cord, colorful beads, and more.

Each kit comes with everything you need to make beautiful tapestry or hanging craft projects. You can create a custom plant hanger, a tapestry for a wall hanging, or anything else your creativity can come up with! It’s a beautiful way to add some personalized bohemian flair to your home.

Planters’ Choice Bonsai Tree Starter Kit

Elements of a bonsai tree kit scattered across a wood surface
Planters’ Choice

Growing a bonsai tree is one thing, but how about growing four of them? The Planters’ Choice Bonsai Tree Starter Kit features four types of seeds, biodegradable pots, soil, plant markers, bonsai clippers, and a helpful instruction guide so that even beginners can learn to grow and care for bonsai trees.

Each of the four tree types included—Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Black Poui, Norway Spruce, and Flame Tree—produces a different and unique plant. The kit provides step-by-step instructions for growing and caring for each tree, so you can enjoy the process without having to stress that you’re doing it wrong.

COLORWORK DIY Paint By Numbers Kit

A partially finished paint by numbers painting with three hands painting in different sections
COLORWORK

If you’ve ever wanted to try oil painting but don’t know where to start, the COLORWORK DIY Paint by Numbers Kit can work as a great introduction! It’s a deluxe paint-by-numbers kit that uses oil paints and a canvas, allowing amateur artists to create a stylized oil painting that looks like an actual piece of art, rather than a chunky, obvious paint-by-numbers.

The kit also includes differently sized paintbrushes to get every little detail right, along with a variety of vivid oil paints that don’t require any mixing or blending—just follow the directions to produce a bright and beautiful piece of art!

Caydo Embroidery Starter Kit

Three embroidery hoops holding fabric embroidered with floral designs
Caydo

For learning classic embroidery, the Caydo Embroidery Starter Kit has everything you need: prepared cloths, embroidery hoops, needles, beautifully colored floss, and an illustrated guide to learning some basic stitches for different types of lines and fill. This kit specifically targets traditional embroidery on simple cotton cloth, rather than cross-stitch, which is a different skill set.

The kit includes three individual pieces of precut fabric, each of which is already marked with a pattern for you to follow in your stitching. If you’re worried about how the finished product will look, though, don’t be: The special ink used for making the patterns will wash off easily, leaving behind a clean fabric and all your beautiful stitching!

Tuttle Amazing Origami Kit

A book titled "Amazing Origami", open to show a folding pattern, next to colorful papers
Tuttle

The Japanese paper art of origami is easier than you think to get started learning, thanks to the Tuttle Amazing Origami Kit, geared at adult crafters. The book includes 144 individual, precut papers, along with a book that contains 17 different projects and detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to fold.

Everything about the kit is detailed and elegant, down to the finely printed patterns on the papers. You’ll learn how to fold them into beautiful shapes like a moth, a peacock, a butterfly, a pinwheel, and many more. As a bonus, the box even doubles as a pedestal or easel to display your finished pieces!

STMT D.I.Y. Bath Bombs Kit

Materials for bath bombs (vials of oil, different powders, etc.) on a colorful surface
STMT

With the STMT D.I.Y. Bath Bombs Kit, you can put in the work to make your own bath bombs, then relax with the results! The kit includes mica powders, essential oils, coconut oil, molds, and more to create five unique bath bombs, mixed and matched to fit whatever color and scent combinations you like best.

As a bonus, the kit is specifically formulated to fit into the growing “clean beauty” trend. All the ingredients are vegan-friendly and free from parabens, phthalates, and other harsh chemicals. It’s an extra layer of relaxation to know that your products are handmade with simple ingredients you actually can recognize!

DIY Gifts DIY Lip Balm Kit

A lip balm DIY kit with ingredients in bags and bottles
DIY Gift Kits

The DIY Gift Kits DIY Lip Balm Kit is an easy way to make your own lip balms at home. The 73-piece set includes natural essential oils (peppermint, lavender, rose, and lime), along with shea and coconut butters and all the tools you need to mix and produce moisturizing, natural balms.

If the idea of making your own lip balms seems intimidating, this kit will make it all seem so much easier! You’ll be able to infuse each custom lip balm with your favorite essential oils, nutrients, and even a bit of shimmer. Making these lip balms is a fun and easy activity for anyone—try it for yourself or as a family activity.

YRYM HT Candle Making Kit

Supplies for a candle making kit, including a melting pot, wax, a thermometer, and instructions
YRYM HT

Make your own custom scented candles at home with the YRYM HT Candle Making Kit. The DIY kit includes clean-burning soy wax, four different scented oils, candle tins, wicks, and a reusable melting pot with thermometer, plus directions easy enough even for total beginners.

While expert candle makers will probably want more control over their choice of wax, containers, and wicks, this kit works wonderfully as an introduction to candlemaking. It’s a true starter kit that produces some simple candles, and if you end up enjoying it, you can pursue the hobby further with more customized ingredients down the line!

Amanda Prahl Amanda Prahl
Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »

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