DIY kits are popping up everywhere...and I love it! They are perfect for the occasional crafter and/or to try a new craft without committing to purchasing tons of materials and tools. Here are some of my recent kit finds!
Purchased from: Gift shop near Ranch 99 in El Cerrito, CA
Cost: $7.99 + tax
Time: 4-5 hours
Instructions were not in English, but there were lots of pictures. :)
The kit came with reusable molds should you want to make more than one dinosaur. Extra felt can be purchased from your local craft store.
EMBROIDERY HOOP ART
Purchased from: Urban Bazaar in San Francisco, CA
Cost: $18 + tax
Time: 3-4 hours
NerdJerk has adorable kits and ready made goods. My fave kit is definitely the poop kit! I ran out of embroidery floss (maybe because I was making "X"s instead of "/"s) so I recommend either buying extra floss or splitting the floss into strands of two instead of three like the instructions say.
This is perfect for bathrooms and anyone who may be down in the dumps (kekeke).
Purchased from: Daiso Japan, San Francisco, CA
Cost: $1.50 + tax
Time: 1 hour (maybe more if you do it correctly)
Something I thought I would never do...basket weaving!
Every Daiso location has different goods; I always check the crafty aisle (of course!).
This was...well, let's just say I have no interest in doing it again, but it was fun when I was making my basket. Basket weaving is no joke, guys! My basket didn't look like the picture on the front, but at least it still can hold things.
Purchased from: Darby Smart (online)
Darby Smart's has new DIY kits every month (a surprise subscription box and various other non-surprise boxes you can purchase any time). The December 2013 subscription box came with materials and tools to make up to two light marquees (or one practice and one "real" marquee). I saw one of these in a store before (it was heart shaped) and I told my boyfriend that I wanted him to make me one. Well, that hasn't happened, but now I have Darby Smart to teach me how to make my own!
This kit came with stencils so you could choose any word to light up. My final result is to the right; all ready for Valentine's!
What types of kits have you tried? Or want to try? Comment below!
And if you haven't heard already -- Darby Smart is featuring a box inspired by Feed the Fish co. Check it out here: Olympic Cheer
come explore new tools, techniques, and talents with me!