Looking for an activity to keep you entertained during lockdown 3.0? These brilliant craft kits may be just what you’re looking for.
Lockdown 3.0 has come at a pretty rubbish time, hasn’t it? With January’s miserable weather conditions making getting outside a struggle and the dark evenings placing a dampener on things, life has begun to feel like a bit of a slog.
With the current restrictions set to last for some time yet, having a hobby or activity to keep you busy and lift your mood (if only a little) has never been so necessary. And that’s where the humble craft kit comes in.
Taking part in an activity which distracts you from the chaos of the outside world for an hour or so is a great way to pass the time while you’re stuck inside – especially if you managed to exhaust Netflix’s back catalogue in lockdowns one and two.
And not only does getting creative help to engage your attention both mentally and physically, it’s also a brilliant way to channel and manage feelings of anxiety – something many of us are in need of right now.
Here, we’ve collated a list of the best craft kits for adults to get stuck into during lockdown. From macramé and embroidery to watercolour painting and calligraphy, there really is something for everyone. Enjoy!
Suzi McLaughlin Paper Peony Kit
Create something beautiful for your home with this paper flower craft kit from Suzi McLaughlin, which comes with the materials to create three flower stems. The only things you need to add are scissors and a hot glue gun, but you can get both of these relatively cheaply from all good craft stores.
If you don’t fancy peonies or want to add a few more flowers to your bouquet, Suzi McLaughlin has kits for a range of different flower types, including roses and chrysanthemums.
MasterPeace At Home White Rose Art Kit
If you fancy giving painting a go but aren’t sure where to start, then this is the craft kit for you! Small enough to fit through your letterbox, it comes with everything you need to recreate this portrait by artist Elena Gual.
Although the idea of trying to recreate such a beautiful piece of art may sound intimidating, there’s no need to worry. While this kit isn’t as straightforward as painting by numbers, it does come with a pre-sketched canvas, step-by-step written instructions and an accompanying video tutorial, so you’ll have plenty of guidance.
Sculpd Pottery Kit
Let your creativity run wild with this pottery kit from Sculpd. The plant pots that are pictured above are just an idea of what you can create – the kit contains everything you’ll need to create your very own clay creation, whether that’s a trinket dish, candle holder, coaster or vase.
The best bit? The clay in this kit is completely air-drying, meaning you don’t need to a furnace to finish off your creation.
Garden Lovers Soy Candle Making Kit
Bring the outside in with this nature-inspired candle making kit by Hazel & Blue.
Perfect for beginners, this kit comes with everything you need to make two candles, including 100% natural soy wax (making it suitable for vegans) and a selection of Lavender and English Rose essential oils.
Choose Happy Beginners Embroidery Kit
Embroider yourself your own cheery daily mantra with this embroidery hoop kit from Make & Mend on Not On The High Street.
Suitable for beginners, this kit comes with everything you need to make a gorgeous embroidery hoop sign, perfect for hanging on the wall of your makeshift home office.
Fiddle Leaf Fig and Prickly Pear Embroidery Kit
If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging on the embroidery side of things, why not give this botanical embroidery kit a go.
Perfect for those who have some embroidery experience under their belts, this beautiful kit comes with everything you need to create your very own fiddle leaf fig and prickly pear embroidery, and hang it on your wall for everyone to see.
DIY Terrarium Kit
Bring a bit of greenery into your home with this complete DIY terrarium kit from London Terrariums.
Stocked with everything you need to build your very own mini terrarium (including the plants!) this beautiful kit is the perfect lockdown project for plant lovers.
Papercut DIY Kit for Adults
The intricate art of paper cutting takes a lot of time and patience, so what better time to give it a go with this DIY kit from MyPapercutForest.
This kit for adults includes everything you need to get started with papercutting, including materials for a number of fun projects including a 3D monstera plant and a heart shaped card.
DIY Terrazzo Coaster Kit
Terrazzo homewares are all the rage right now, so why not have a go at making some of your own with this DIY coaster kit?
This kit comes with everything you need to make two terrazzo coasters, including a mould of your choice (you can choose either a square or hexagon) and the mixed colour flecks you need to make your terrazzo stand out.
Novice Watercolour Kit and Book
Getting started with watercolour painting is made easy with this kit from De Winton Paper Co.
Alongside a set of watercolour paints and brushes, this kit includes a copy of Harriet De Winton’s New Botanical Painting, a step-by-step guide which will teach you how to paint a variety of flowers and plants using just a few key shapes.
Pom Pom Stripe Crochet Blanket Kit
Get stuck in to a big creative project with this crochet kit from Solid and Marl.
Although it’s quite an investment at £65 for the standard size, the kit comes with everything you need to make the blanket, including the super soft British lambswool and easy to follow pattern.
Izamal Cushion Knitting Kit
Spruce up living space and knit your own handmade cushion with this set from We Are Knitters.
Designed for beginners, this kit provides everything you need to get started with knitting, and with a variety of colours to choose from, you’re sure to find something that’ll suit your style.
Bespoke Jewellery Making Kit
What’s better than buying yourself jewellery? Making it, of course!
This bespoke jewellery making set from Cast gives you everything you need to make bespoke jewellery pieces in wax – you can then cast those wax designs in solid sterling silver from £60 (casting kits are sold separately on the website).
Learn Modern Calligraphy At Home Kit
If you’re looking to pick up a new skill in lockdown, why not have a go at modern calligraphy? This set from ERA Calligraphy provides everything you need to get started as a complete beginner, including the tools, equipment and worksheets.
When you buy a kit you’ll also get access to a 40 minute virtual workshop with ERA’s founder Ellie – you’ll become an expert in no time!
Macramé Plant Holder Kit
Up your plant game with this macramé plant pot holder kit from Airedale Yarns on Etsy.
The recycled cotton cord that comes with the kit is made from shredded run ends of cotton and polyester sheeting, so you can get crafty while being eco-friendly, too.
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As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.