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With the government's recent announcements urging all Canadians to reduce contact and practice social isolation, many of us are finding ourselves working from home and with more free time on our hands to spend indoors.
Personally, I’ve been taking advantage of this extra time to catch up on movies and TV shows, but I’m also using this time to take up a few new hobbies. I’ve started working on an 850-piece 3D puzzle, and have also ordered a few craft kits to keep myself busy while I stay inside.
According to the University of California Berkeley, this is a great strategy for coping with stressful times. Crafting is not only a great way to practice self-care, but the rhythmic, repetitive motions associated with things like knitting and embroidering also improve mood, fight against cognitive impairment and can help people cope with chronic pain.
If you’re feeling inspired to try out a new activity for yourself, Etsy is basically a crafter’s dream with kits ranging from jewelry design to watercolour painting and everything in-between. Now is the ideal time to embrace your inner maker, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite kits to get you started.
If you’re a classic over-thinker like me, this cheeky cross stitch pattern is ideal to help work through your thoughts. This beginner kit includes a 7" bamboo embroidery hoop, white background fabric, embroidery thread and needle, and a pattern to complete your work.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $35
If you’ve ever been curious about brewing your own beer, now is the time to give it a shot. This one-gallon kit contains all the equipment you’ll need to brew great tasting beer at home - perfect for those who are short on space and big on craft beer.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $65
Looking to ditch the plastic waste? This kit for creating your own homemade lip balms offers a natural and zero-waste alternative to store-bought versions.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $24
With enough supplies to create six bars of soap and one bath scrub, this kit is sure to keep you entertained. Included in each kit you’ll find: organic soap base, soap moulds, natural colourant, and essential oils to create your own unique scents.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $52
Work on your penmanship with this beautiful kit to help get you started in the world of calligraphy. With a pen, a dedicated workbook and guided projects all included, you’ll be well on your way in no time.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $44
If you’re new to woodworking, this DIY music box might just be the introduction to the hobby you’re looking for. It’s also super cute, and would make an ideal gift for an upcoming birthday or baby shower.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $40
We may be nearing the end of winter, but this make your own toque kit is an adorable and practical craft to have on hand any time of the year. With full instructions, yarn and needles, it’s designed for beginners and those who are new to crocheting.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $43
Melting away stress is doubly possible with this DIY kit that includes everything you’ll need to create six of your very own. Enjoy making your bath bombs, and then savour them (or share them with loved ones!) with a relaxing night in the tub.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $40