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Camp is a much-anticipated activity for many kids come summer. Since it likely isn't the cards this year, though, we've searched out at-home alternatives for little ones and adults alike. Amazon, which actually has an extremely robust selection of handcrafted goods as part of its Amazon Handmade offshoot, has partnered with some of its featured artisans to offer virtual crafting workshops that are reminiscent of childhood camp days. These aren't your run-of-the-mill lanyard keychains, friendship bracelets, or tie-dye tees, either.
Amazon's four available workshops promise sophisticated creations of a bespoke nature. There's flower painting with Rebeca Flott Arts, scented candles with Banter & Bliss Candle Co., needle felt hedgehogs with Sheep Farm Felt, and floral bath soaks with Live By Being. (If you'd like to learn more about the artisans, you can watch Camp Handmade's Fireside Chats.)
To take all the guesswork out of what materials you'll need, Amazon Handmade is offering kits (ranging in price from $24 to $55) that are tailored to each tutorial. Once your kit arrives, you can watch the accompanying videos—which are available through August 15—or follow the step-by-step instructions.
Due to the advanced nature of these art projects, they are probably best suited for adults or children 8 and up with adult supervision. If you're looking for more kid-friendly activities, Michaels is also offering its own virtual programming with Camp Creativity, and is broadcasting a different craft for youngsters to follow along with daily at 4 p.m. EST now through August 1.
Here, a handful of the best kits and pieces available from Amazon's Camp Handmade.
Sheep Farm Felt DIY Needle Felted Hedgehog Kit
How adorable is this soft hedgehog figurine from Sheep Farm Felt? It's considered a beginners project and is suitable for children 8 and up. The kit includes wool roving, yarn for making faux quills, one hedgehog body form, a foam felting mat, two felting needles, and a link to video instructions.
Banter & Bliss Complete DIY Coconut Wax Blend Starter Candlemaking Kit
It seems like candle making has been one of the go-to activities of quarantine, and this 34-piece kit has everything you need to make your own favorite scents. The starter kit allows you to make four coconut soy candles in two scents, so this is a great group activity or you can make the extras as gifts.
All the ingredients, including Banter & Bliss' proprietary wax blend, fragrance oil and dye chips, are pre-weighed for fool-proof creation. The kit also includes a thermometer, pour pitcher, clothespins, and mini whisk that can be re-used. The kit is recommended for adults or those 10 and up.
Live By Being Floral Bath Salts Kit
Incorporate some self-care into your crafting routine with this DIY bath salts kit from Texas-based skincare line Live By Being. This particular set hopes to "recapture the joy of those moments (of summer vacations at the beach or lake) and bring these scents and water-filled memories home to them."
The kit includes a glass jar, wooden scoop, cotton muslin bag, a pack of Dead Sea Salt + Jasmine & Lavender Oil Blend, a pack of coconut milk, a pack of baking soda, lavender flowers, and, of course, step-by-step instructions.
Live By Being French Green Clay and Lavender Facial Mask
In addition to bath salts, Live By Being also creates all-natural face masks for the ultimate camp by day, spa by night experience. This Complexion Clay Facial Mask contains just three ingredients that stimulate pores and tones your complexion. French green clay exfoliates, healing lavender powder absorbs surface oils and toxins, and lavender essential oil reduces redness, blotchy patches, and acne scarring.