The 7 Best Craft Kits for Adults to Buy in 2018

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Craft kits aren’t just for kids. Too often as adults, we find ourselves wrapped up in the day-to-day bustle of life with little time left to think about creating things. Craft kits make it easy to step back, tap into our creative energy and produce some pretty cool things.

You don’t have to be Martha Stewart or even a tiny bit like her either. There are craft kits out there for every occasion and every level of skill. Most of them just require the ability to follow directions and let your inner creative forces lose no matter how far down they may be buried. They provide a great way to unwind and relax alone or with a group. Here, the best craft kits for adults.



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    Best Overall: Nature's Blossom Candle Making Kit

    This ​candle making craft kit will go up in flames… in a good way. The kit contains everything needed to make three large, scented soy candles including 2.4 pounds of vegetable soy wax, three bottles of yummy fragrance (lemon, lavender and chamomile), a wax melting pitcher, wicks and accessories. It also comes with three pretty tin containers to hold the candles and accessories and instructions to make them.

    When complete, each of the candles will burn for approximately 20 hours, and more supplies can be purchased to make additional candles. Customers say the directions are easy to follow and the candles are fun to make and smell amazing. While you’re likely to want to keep them for yourself, they also make great gifts.

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    Best for Girls Night: Wine Enthusiast Wine Cork Coasters Kit

    If your girls’ night typically involves a glass of vino or two, this craft kit is the perfect addition. With it, you can take all those old corks and turn them into coasters. Not only is it the perfect excuse to keep the wine flowing, but you walk away with a pretty set of useful coasters to protect your furniture or give as a gift.

    The kit comes with everything you need to make four coasters, except for the corks (eight are needed for each coaster). Use sentimental ones from special occasions or those from your favorite variety. Anything goes. The frames are made of solid mahogany and measures 4 ¼ inches square. Cheers!

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    Best Beauty: Bath Bomb Making Kit

    If your idea of relaxing involves a bath, then this bath bomb making kit will marry your creative and stress relieving routine together. In the kit you'll get enough supplies to make 12 bath bomb cupcakes in scents like lavender, lemon, eucalyptus and grapefruit with the included essential oils. When you are done you can use the bath bombs yourself or gift them to friends in the adorable cupcake liners included with your purchase. And these aren't just great for adults — kids will also want to get in on the action too. 

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    Best for Family Night: Craft-tastic Make Together Family Bowl

    This craft kit lets the whole family get in on the action as you work together to make this great keepsake family bowl. The kit comes with a plastic bowl form, 50 paper circles in a variety of colors and patterns, glue and a foam applicator. On each circle, family members share memories and things that make their family special. Prompts are included to get the ideas flowing, such as “What do you love about your family?” and What are your favorite memories?”

    There are no rules, though, and every family’s bowl will be just as unique as the family itself. When it’s finished, the bowl makes a great keepsake to be displayed or as a gift for a grandparent or other relative. While it’s recommended for ages 6 and up, younger children can still participate by offering their answers and having someone write them down for them.

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    Best Painting: Diy Painting, Paint By Number Kit- Warm sunflower 16x20 inch

    You don’t have to have the skills of Van Gogh to create this gorgeous sunflower picture. You just need to this paint-by-number kit that gives your artistic abilities a little boost. It come with three paint brushes, acrylic paints and the canvas, which is printed with numbered sections. You simply select the coordinating paint colors and paint them. Then voila, you have a masterpiece.

    It’s not a quick project though. While the majority of reviewers say they loved doing it, they noted that it took upwards of 20 hours to complete. So, while it says it’s okay for kids 6 and up, it seems better suited toward the older (more patient) crowd. The finished product measures 20 x 16 inches.

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    Best String Art: Wine String Art

    String art was a big hit back in the 60s and 70s, and it’s back again in a retro-chic way as people are once again appreciating the creative, whimsical things the can do with strings and nails. This kit contains everything you need to make this groovy wine glass creation.

    It comes with high-quality embroidery floss, nails, a pattern template and instructions, as well as a hand-sanded and hand-stained wood board that serves as the base of the project. It’s a relaxing way to unwind and clear your mind, and you don’t have to be a master crafter to make it either. The result is a great work of art you’ll be proud to display.

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    Best Cross Stich: Dimensions Crafts Adult Learn a Craft Counted Cross Stitch

    Did you know that cross stitch can help you maintain good mental health? It’s true. It can calm your mind, reduce stress and connect you with other cross stitch enthusiasts. Plus, you can create some really amazing things. This kit is a great introduction to the art of counted cross stitch, and it comes with everything you need to create this “Enjoy the Ride” piece.

    Included in the kit is a hoop, which can also be used as frame when the cross stitch is complete, as well as cloth, thread, a needle and instructions. All you need is the time and patience to get it done. The final piece is about 6 inches in diameter, and it makes a great gift or a display of your newfound skill in your own home or office.