New Hobbies for Quarantine That You Can Start With a DIY Kit

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New Hobbies for Quarantine That You Can Start With a DIY Kit

New Hobbies for Quarantine That You Can Start With a DIY Kit

Start a new hobby easily with the help of these awesome kits
New Hobbies for Quarantine That You Can Start With a DIY Kit

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Quarantine can be difficult to deal with, and chances are, you’re getting at least a little antsy and bored. It’s very important, however, to practice social distancing for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. A great way to deal with that boredom and restlessness is by picking up a new hobby.

If you’re looking for something to do, or you’re stuck working from home with kids and need some indoor activities for them, consider buying a DIY kit to learn a cool skill. Widely available at retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Uncommon Goods as well as specific brand website, these DIY kits will help you start some new projects.

Beer brewing

Beer brewing

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You can learn all there is to know about beer by making your own using home brewing kits such as those from Brooklyn Brew Shop or Northern Brewer.

Knitting

Knitting

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Knitting is one of the best hobbies to pick up later in life, and it’s a great, quiet way to pass the time. You can make yourself or your loved ones scarves, sweaters, dresses, caps and more with kits from companies such as Loopy Mango, which sells knitting kits that use merino wool or mohair.

Indoor herb garden

Indoor herb garden

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An indoor herb garden is a fun and easy project that will bring life and color into your home. With companies like Click and Grow or AeroGarden, you can channel your nurturing side and grow some edible plants or flowers for your kitchen.

Mixology

Mixology

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If you’re missing going out to cocktail bars for a nice drink, you can still have your favorite cocktails using mixology kits like those made by Cocktail Courier or 1pt, which offers a subscription service as well.

Model airplanes

Model airplanes

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Travel is inadvisable at the moment, and you should especially refrain from flying when possible to avoid getting sick while traveling. Build yourself a classic model airplane instead of boarding a real one through websites like Mega Hobby or Squadron.

Bubble tea

Bubble tea

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When it comes to teas from around the world, bubble tea is one of the most well-known. Since you can’t go to your favorite boba shop, try making it at home with kits like those from Bobagreen or Bossen.

Hot sauce

Hot sauce

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Try your hand at making yourself some super-hot hot sauces with a DIY kit from a number of companies, including Grow and Make and The Chili Lab.

Candlemaking

Candlemaking

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In need of some self-care? Light some candles for a meditation session or a nice home spa treatment. Better yet, make the candles yourself with kits like those made by CandleScience and Candles & Supplies.

Cheesemaking

Cheesemaking

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With so many cheesemaking kits available out there, you can make all kinds of cheeses from around the world. Farm Steady and New England Cheesemaking Supply Co. are just two companies that offer them.

Dumplings

Dumplings

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You may not be able to go out to your favorite Chinese restaurant at the moment, but you can bring one of your favorite dishes to your own kitchen with the help of a DIY dumpling kit such as those from Burnt & Salty and Cooking Gift Set Co.

Nut milk

Nut milk

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Organic coffee filter company CoffeeSock offers a DIY nut milk kit that allows you to turn raw nuts into a healthy creamer for your coffee or tea.

Origami

Origami

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Learn the Japanese art of origami with the help of kits like those from Paper Tree and The Origami Paper Shop. Once you’re finished with the kits, you can use any scraps to craft more origami if you wish to not waste paper as part of a sustainable lifestyle.

Cross-stitching

Cross-stitching

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Cross-stitching is a great way to both relax and learn new creative skills. It may look complicated, but there are many kits that include all the required material and a template to follow, such as those offered by The Stitchery and Joann, which has curbside pickup in addition to shipping.

Pickling

Pickling

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Pickling is a great way to make your food last longer, and pickling kits from places like Farm Steady and Gardener’s Supply Company offer the opportunity to learn how to pickle and ferment not only cucumbers, but other vegetables and fruits as well.

Sushi-making

Sushi-making

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Learn how to make sushi rivaling that of some of the best sushi restaurants with a DIY kit from Global Grub or SushiQuik among others.

Kombucha brewing

Kombucha brewing

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Some scientists believe kombucha is good for your gut health, and whether you believe that or you just like the taste of fermented tea, consider making your own. Kombucha Shop and Craft A Brew are just two companies that offer kits.

Ravioli

Ravioli

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Global Grub has a kit for making ravioli at home that includes the tools and the ingredients. There are also many companies that simply sell the tools to make ravioli rivaling top Italian restaurants.

Miniature furniture building

Miniature furniture building

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Whether you’re a Barbie aficionado, looking to make your home cozy for mice or simply like building small things, making miniature furniture is a hobby with impressive results. You can find kits from companies like Miniatures.com and Greenleaf Dollhouses.

Candymaking

Candymaking

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Indulge your sweet tooth by learning how to make your own candy with a kit like those available from Tasty or Chocolate Belles. Once you get the hang of it, you can try to recreate your childhood favorites or make something completely new.

Soap making

Soap making

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In order to flatten the curve when coronavirus hits your local area, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re washing your hands regularly and properly. Soap is one of many products that are getting harder to come by as people stock up, so try making your own with the help of soapmaking kits like those from Grow and Make or Brambleberry.

Lotion making

Lotion making

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With all that frequent handwashing, your hands are likely to dry out. To combat dryness and any other skincare concerns, you can make your own lotion with kits like those available from Organic Creations.

Jewelry making

Jewelry making

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Learn to make your own jewelry at home with DIY kits from places like Beadaholique, Rings & Things and various arts and crafts stores. If you put your mind to jewelry making, you can even turn a craft hobby into a small business.

Woodcrafts

Woodcrafts

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You can make all sorts of things with wood, such as carvings, furniture, birdhouses or woodburning. There is a DIY kit for almost any kind of woodcraft, available at places like Woodcraft and Adults & Crafts.

Macramé

Macramé

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Another artistic endeavor to pursue is creating macramé, which can be done by hand with the help of a DIY kit from companies like Solid Oak or Adults & Crafts. Using the technique of knotting, you can make a simple decorative wall hanging or create hanging mirrors, shelves or plant holders perfect for the rookie gardener.

Stained glass

Stained glass

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With the help of kits such as those sold by Delphi Glass or various online stained glass supply stores, you can create stained glass creations like those in beautiful churches. There’s no end to the kind of glassware you can try this technique on, including vases, plates, wall hangings and more.

Watercolor

Watercolor

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Paint landscapes with enchanting forests and beautiful waterfalls or more abstract designs with watercolors, a skill you can master with the help of DIY watercolor paint kits like those from Wallflower Art Studio and Let’s Make Art, which even has a monthly subscription box.

Cake decorating

Cake decorating

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Whether you’re an amateur baker or a seasoned veteran with the oven, decorating cakes is a skill worth having. Not only can you impress your friends, but you can unwind while decorating cakes with the help of kits from Tasty, Sweetology and more.

Journaling

Journaling

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A journaling kit can be a fun way to gather your thoughts or express gratitude every day with the help of colorful markers, stickers, sticky notes, paper clips and more. Get into the habit of journaling with kits from companies like Create and Craft or bookstores.

Sculpting

Sculpting

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Channel your creative side into the art of sculpture with kits available from Sculpture Depot or art supply stores. Once you have enough skill to produce your own ideas, you can get inspiration from museums and landmarks available to tour for free online.

Sewing

Sewing

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Learn to sew anything from a stuffed animal to a dress using a kit available in many arts and crafts stores by companies like Sure Fit Designs or from shops like Weekend Kits. You can use those skills to learn to sew face masks for healthcare workers — just one of many small acts of kindness you can do from home while under quarantine.

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