Craft kits for adults: 13 brilliant projects to keep you entertained this January

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Looking for something new to try this January? These brilliant craft kits may be just what you’re looking for.

While we don’t subscribe to the whole ‘new year, new me’ message here at Stylist, there’s something appealing about using this time of year to try new things. 

Not only does investing time in a hobby give you an all-important escape from the stress of returning to work after Christmas, but it’s also a great way to pass the darker evenings until spring arrives.

From learning a new language to cooking homemade meals, there are plenty of things you can try. But if you fancy getting creative, a DIY craft kit could be just what you’re looking for. 

While craft kits used to be aimed solely at children, there are now a growing number of kits designed to help adults learn a new skill and get their creative juices flowing.

So, whether you fancy giving embroidery a go or want to learn the basics of watercolour, you’re sure to find a kit that piques your interest. Below, we’ve picked out a selection of our favourites to get you started on your search.

  • Suzi McLaughlin Paper Gerbera Daisy Craft Kit

    Paper Gerbera Daisy Craft Kit
    Best craft kits: Suzi McLaughlin.

    Create something beautiful for your home with this paper flower craft kit from Suzi McLaughlin, which comes with the materials to create six stunning paper Gerbera Daisies. 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.

    Plus, if you 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.

    Shop Suzi McLaughlin Paper Gerbera Daisy Craft Kit at Not On The High Street, £19.99

  • MasterPeace Golden Landscape Kit

    MasterPeace painting kit
    Best craft kits: MasterPeace.

    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 landscape piece by artist Georgie Mason.

    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-outlined canvas board, step-by-step written instructions and an accompanying video tutorial, so you’ll have plenty of guidance.

    Shop Golden Landscape Kit at MasterPeace, £28

  • Sculpd Pottery Kit

    Craft kits: Pottery Kit from Sculpd.
    Best craft kits: Sculpd.

    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.

    Shop Pottery Kit at Sculpd, £39

  • Hazel & Blue Garden Lovers Soy Candle Making Kit

    Garden Lovers Soy Candle Making Kit from Hazel & Blue, £28.
    Best craft kits: Hazel & Blue.

    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.

    Shop Hazel & Blue Garden Lovers Soy Candle Making Kit at Not On The High Street, £28

  • We Are Knitters Izamal Cushion Knitting Kit

    Craft kits: Izamal Cushion Knitting kit from We Are Knitters
    Best craft kits: We Are Knitters.

    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.

    Shop Izamal Cushion Knitting Kit at We Are Knitters, £79

  • Cast Bespoke Jewellery Making Kit

    Craft kits: Bespoke Jewellery Making Kit from Cast
    Best craft kits: Cast.

    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).

    Shop Bespoke Jewellery Making Kit at Cast, £29 (silver for casting can be added for extra)

  • ERA Calligraphy Luxury Modern Calligraphy Kit

    ERA Calligraphy kit
    Best craft kits: ERA Calligraphy.

    If you’re looking to pick up a new skill in 2022, 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!

    Shop Luxury Modern Calligraphy Kit at ERA Calligraphy, £45

  • Macramé Plant Holder Kit

    Craft kits: Macramé Plant Holder Kit from Airedale Yarns
    Best craft kits: Airedale Yarns.

    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.

    Shop DIY Macramé Plant Holder Kit at Airedale Yarns on Etsy, £10.95

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and women’s issues. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.