In my studio, I have a stash of craft kits. This week I thought I’d try some out to give you a round up of the best portable craft kits I found.
First I tried out a rose gold chandelier earring set from Jewellery Maker. This kit was a great introduction to learning the wire wrapping technique, but you will need to get hold of your own pliers and wire cutters as the kit only includes findings and beads.
Once I got into the swing of it, these earrings were fairly easy to assemble. The kit would make a great gift for someone who is interested in trying out simple jewellery making techniques. If you fancy picking up a Jewellery Maker kit, you can get 15% off by using my exclusive code clairediy (expires 6 Dec 2015).
A craft kit I really enjoy is the Messy Box scrapbooking kit from A Beautiful Mess. This one is a monthly subscription, but usually includes a selection of scrapbooking papers, journalling cards, stamps and tape. Each box has a colour scheme or theme. It comes from the USA, but I pay around £14 a month which includes P&P.
If you’re not keen on investing in a craft kit, you can find free kits with each issue of Mollie Makes (available here). The two shown below didn’t require any previous sewing knowledge or craft skills, so were a good introduction to exploring your creativity.
A friend gave me this watermelon pin cushion sewing kit from The Make Arcade and I absolutely loved it. You only need some scissors to get started, as everything else is included in the kit including templates, felt and a needle and thread. It was a simple make with just basic sewing skills and having templates means I can make more if I get some felt and stuffing.
The kit included some black leather to cut out into pips, but I decided to use some black teardrop beads I had in my stash to give it a little shine. The Make Arcade are going to be at the Renegade Market tomorrow, so I may just stop by for another kit from their range.
The final kit I wanted to share was another craft subscription box from We Make Collective. As you may know, I am a contributor for the collective and I can’t wait to get started with the next box which is a calligraphy and brush lettering kit. Fran puts together the bi-monthly boxes with such care and I know this one is going to be a huge hit.
Have you found any good craft kits lately? Please share in the comments below – I’m definitely on the hunt for Christmas gifts for my crafty pals!