Ready for a New Hobby? Learn These Cool DIYs This Year

From crochet kits and learning to paint to becoming a master chocolate maker, here are some fulfilling hobbies you can take on this year.

February 01, 2024
By: Amanda Mushro

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Photo by: Tatiana Maramygina / FOAP

Tatiana Maramygina / FOAP

If someone asks you what are your hobbies and you can only list scrolling on your phone and binge watching TV, it might be time to broaden your hobby list. If you're ready to embark on a new creative journey and find a new hobby—but you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve rounded up DIY kits that are perfect for igniting your passion for new hobbies. Whether you're into crafting, gardening, or making your own treats, we've gathered the best kits to kickstart your hands-on experience.

The Woobles Beginners Crochet Kit

If you are a complete beginner to crocheting, this is the kit for you. This kit comes with everything you’ll need for your first crochet project and step-by-step instructions — and you can choose from a variety of adorable patterns like a fox or a narwhal. Plus, if you need extra pieces, the brand also offers unlimited help over email and text, as well as virtual crochet office hours. How cool is that?

Punch Needle Kit

We can’t take our eyes off of the tiger punch needle art work. Imagine how relaxing it would be to work on your punch needle after a long day at work. Plus, the finished project is a fabulous tiger.

Santune Embroidery Starter Kit

If you’ve seen someone’s embroidery work and thought "Hey I could do that," you can! This starter kit gives you three different styles of embroidery and it’s highly rated on Amazon. The kit comes in a variety of styles, from flowers and cats to holidays, and even "The Starry Night." Since you can wash the pattern, you can use it again and again for new projects.

Chocolate Candy Making

If you have kids and you want to try out candy making, this is the kit for you. I recently used it with my four-year-old and we had a blast. The kit comes with such a fun variety of chocolate, toppings, molds, and utensils needed to make the candy, and the recipes went beyond just melting chocolate and pouring it into a mold. My son really loved the dinosaur egg mold because we put candy pieces inside — which he thought was super cool. We’re excited to use this kit again.

Candle Making Kit

If you love a beautiful scented candle and you want to start making your own, this kit has everything you need to get started. From fragrances and candle vessels to dyes, you can create DIY candles that will be perfect for your home or to give as a gift.

Macrame Kit

For your next DIY, why not add a touch of Bohemian charm to your home. This macrame kit includes everything you need to create your own unique macrame wall hanger. Not only will you have fabulous new decor for your home, but you’ll also learn a cool new skill.

Succulent & Cactus Seed Kit

Looking to try out your green thumb? How about a succulent and cactus kit that can get your new garden started. Even if you haven’t had luck with indoor plants in the past, once you get your succulents and cactus growing, you’ll see how these beautiful plants can thrive.

Wood Burning Kit

Wood burning videos are going viral online because they are so engaging to watch. If you’ve been curious about wood burning, this kit has everything you’ll need to safely complete your first handmade project.

Painting Kit

When we think of learning to paint, we want an easel and a paint palette so we feel like Bob Ross. Start painting your happy little trees with this 137-piece set. It has the paint, brushes, and everything you’ll need for your first masterpiece.


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