Pretty DIY kits you'd want to get your hands on, literally

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As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of hobbies, from painting to pottery, macrame to poetry, dance to music — I've dedicated my whole life to learning random whatevers my mind happens to land on at any given day. This has created an IKEA shelf I dubbed "Hobby Things", where one can find anything from clay, ropes and crystal beads to a long abandoned ukulele.

Having a hobby that allows you to use your hands is a great way to engage your brain. Based on what neurologists suggest, adults tend to cease cumulative learning as we age. As a young person, we spent most of our time learning, but that decreases as our knowledge and assumptions grow, especially when we leave the workforce. However, research says that if we continue to engage in learning, we can sharpen memory, sequential ordering, problem solving and language.

Basically, if you want to keep your mind sharp, you just got to keep learning. Luckily, hobbies are really fun ways to learn something new! Here are some easy DIY kits to get you started.

Cricut Mug Press

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DIYers and crafters, you can now design and create your own must with a Cricut smart-cutting machine. It allows you to design and personalise your very own peel-proof, wash-proof, professional looking mug. Imagine the possibilities!

Cricut Mug Press (Photo: Cricut)
Cricut Mug Press (Photo: Cricut)

Kumiko Starter Kit - Asanoha (Woodworking jigs for Japanese latticework)

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Latticework is slow-going yet satisfying. This kit allows you to dip your toes into the world of woodworking!

Kumiko Starter Kit - Asanoha, $147.18
Kumiko Starter Kit - Asanoha (Photo: Etsy)

Building Kit: Kumiko Toilet Paper Holder

A bit more comfortable with woodworking now? How about graduating to a toilet roll holder?

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Building Kit: Kumiko Toilet Paper Holder (Photo: Etsy)
Building Kit: Kumiko Toilet Paper Holder (Photo: Etsy)

DIY solar printing kit

This kit allows you to use the sun to create art. 

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DIY Solar Printing Kit (Photo: Etsy)
DIY Solar Printing Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Suminagashi Japanese Marbling Art Kit

Suminagashi means “floating ink”, and this is an art form which allows you to transform a piece of paper into vibrant and colourful art with, yes, floating ink!

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Suminagashi Japanese Marbling Art Kit (Photo: Etsy)
Suminagashi Japanese Marbling Art Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Make Your Own felt Woodland Garland Kit

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Make your own felt toys which can double up both as a garland, a children's mobile or simply as a beautiful decoration for a children's room!

Make Your Own felt Woodland Garland Kit (Photo: Etsy)
Make Your Own felt Woodland Garland Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Bookbinding Kit

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For the intellectuals and bookworms who love a bit of hands on, book-binding will help you craft a notebook you can keep close to your heart.

Bookbinding Kit (Photo: Etsy)
Bookbinding Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Kintsugi Repair Kit

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With the Japanese art of fixing broken things with gold, you can give old things a new lease of life. 

DIY Kintsugi Repair Kit, $37
DIY Kintsugi Repair Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Candle Making Kit

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We know, self-love and all right? Instead of buying one off the shelf, there's satisfaction in burning something you made yourself, like candles! 

Candle Making Kit, $82.58
Candle Making Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Earring Making Kit 

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If you cannot stop buying earrings, maybe make your own, so you'll always be spoilt for choices. 

DIY Earrings Kit, $17.90
DIY Earrings Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Polymer Clay Kit Set Crafty Clay Bundle

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Make cute tiny decorations, earrings or more with these flexible polymer clay that can be baked in the oven. 

Polymer Clay Kit Set Crafty Clay Bundle, $13.91
Polymer Clay Kit Set Crafty Clay Bundle (Photo: Etsy)

DIY Shea Butter Soap Making Kit

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Now you can make your own soap, and smell good after! Perhaps infuse it with some crystals to heighten the feel-good effect?

DIY Shea Butter Soap Making Kit, $49.15
DIY Shea Butter Soap Making Kit (Photo: Etsy)

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Kit

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If you're (still) a proud plant parent after all these months, perhaps think about moving your plants to a new fancy habitat in the form of a macrame plant hanger?

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Kit, $54.78
DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Embroidery Kit

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This 1-line embroidery kit is a great introduction to this age-old form of art. 

Embroidery Kit, $85
Embroidery Kit (Photo: Etsy)

Natural Crystal Chips Kit with Metal Beading Wire and Elastic String for Jewelry Making

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Combine your love for crystal and jewelry making with this natural crystal chips set! 

Natural Crystal Chips Kit with Metal Beading Wire and Elastic String for Jewelry Making, $56.17
Natural Crystal Chips Kit with Metal Beading Wire and Elastic String for Jewelry Making (Photo: Etsy)
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