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The best DIY kits from Singapore to craft at home

Find all the tools you need for your next project in one kit, from knitting a crochet bag to making your own jewellery

By Cam Khalid
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Ready for your next project to keep you creative and busy during the circuit breaker? While there are plenty of art lessons to check out online, nothing beats enhancing your creative skills with DIY craft kits. Besides letting your creative juices flow, crafting also helps boost your mood and mental well-being. Whether you’re looking to create stylish masterpieces for your living spaces or gifts to surprise your friends in the post, these easy-to-follow kits will have you finish them in no time. Now, get ready for the smug moment when your friends flood your DMs with praises of your new cool project.

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Hands On Klay
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Hands on Klay

Handmade polymer clay jewellery

Remember rolling, squishing and moulding play dough as a kid? Rehash the throwback with polymer clay, an oven-baked clay that's used to create wearable art – necklaces, rings, bracelet, you name it. Tap into your crafty mode with Hands on Klay's starter kit which comes with polymer clay, acrylic roller and sheets, tissue or steel blade, jump rings, ear posts and hooks, sculpting and needle tools, ball stylus, circle and square cutter, as well as a handy manual and an invitation to its online workshop experience. For an additional cost, you can bag yourself a 24-piece clay cutter set.

Available at handsonklay.com.

Deer Folks
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Deer Folks

Embroidery

Planning to do a bit of customisation on your bags, tees, or whatever canvases you can find at home? Perfect your stitching skills first with Deer Folks' embroidery kits which comes complete with the essentials – a wooden embroidery hoop, needle, floss, needle threader, and cotton-linen blend fabric – as well as helpful tips and tricks to guide you through the process. Start off with the Wildflower Rhapsody DIY Kit and stitch blooms that are oh-sew pretty.

Available at deerfolks.com.

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WithAutumn
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WithAutumn

Stitching

Keep those needle and thread going with DIY craft kits from WithAutumn, the natural dye studio that's all about traditional textile techniques including natural dyeing, textile crafts, and mindful processes. Try your hands at everything from fine needle punch kits to weaving, even if this is your first stitching gig. Most kits are equipped with design templates featuring silhouettes of shapes, animals, and fruits.

Available at withautumn.com.

 

A natural dye studio that advocates for traditional textile techniques and works with artisans around the world, WithAutumn hosts workshops for all sorts of crafts. Think punch needle embroidery, tapestry weaving and block printing (check out the online classes!). If you’d like to take a stab at it yourself, browse through the selection of DIY craft kits (from $29.90) and try your hand at weaving a star or punch needling shapes like pineapples and puppies.

Super Farmers urban farming kit
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Super Farmers

Indoor gardening

Embark on your gardening journey with Super Farmers' well-designed urban farming kit, which comes with organic potting soil, easy-to-use seed sticks, and a nifty growing guide for your chosen crop of kang kong, Chinese kale, or chye sim. You don’t need to set aside a lot of space either; the packaging is small and portable enough to be placed anywhere at home. Each kit is also assembled by underprivileged ladies from the AMKFSC COMNET Senior Service, an initiative that supports low-income seniors.

Available at super-farmers.com.

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Oo La Lab
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Oo La Lab

Perfume making

Unleash your inner chemist by mixing around liquids to craft your own signature scent – one that best evokes character, mood, and context. New to this? Don’t sweat – Eau de Parfum Mixology Kit guides you through the basics of fragrance fusing with 12 notes, three limited-edition ingredients, and all the tools you need to create a floral, fresh or woody concoction. You’re not limited to one scent either – the kit allows you to bottle up to nine different perfumes.

Available on oola-lab.com.

knitting
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It Takes Balls

Crocheting 

Grow some, um, balls by trying something new. It Takes Balls’ easy-to-follow DIY kits (from $58) come with all the required tools including knitting needles, yarn, and pattern to get started. It’s also packed with free and unlimited knit lessons. There’s a range of kits to choose from including bags, beanies and baskets. If you’re a big Pokemon fan, the Pokeball kit your best bet. It Takes Balls also keeps the ball rolling with online classes (aka knit parties) conducted via Zoom – a great way to stay connected with fellow hobbyists – novices and pros – in Singapore during the circuit breaker.

Available at ittakesballs.sg.

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Studio Mu Yu
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Studio Mu Yu

Jewellery making

The local artisanal woodcraft brand is bringing its #StayHōmu DIY kits to life, starting with a jewellery-themed kit ($48 inclusive of delivery) – just in time for Mother's Day. The kit includes the necessary tools and materials required to create and personalise two sets of wooden earrings and necklaces, as well as two embroidered pendants. If you need the extra guidance, tune in to Studio Mu Yu's Instagram page (@muyu.co) on May 10 where it’ll host a live workshop session for the craft. This also makes a great bonding sesh for you and your mum (if you live in the same house) on Mother's Day.

Available on muyu.co.

The Fun Empire DIY Creative Home Experience Kits
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The Fun Empire

Various crafts

Known for their creative workshops, the craft gurus behind The Fun Empire are putting those on hold, and instead, assembling easy-to-follow DIY kits for individuals and families to do. With the DIY Creative Home Experience Kits, learn to put together a terrarium, make a keychain and a coin pouch out of leather, paint a masterpiece, and design a tote bag. Prices range from $35 to $40, and each set includes all the materials required, a thank you or gift note, and an instructions booklet.

Available on thefunempire.com/home-kits.

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Crafts for Green
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Crafts for Green

Terrarium making

Put your green thumbs and master the art of succulents indoors. Sans waiting for the seeds to sprout, these low-maintenance plants come equipped with glass containers in customisable terrarium and mossarium kits (from $20). Think of it as landscaping a mini garden. Plus, you can purchase mini figurines such as animals, bridges, and even beer bottles (from $2.50) to bring your tiny ecosystem life.

Available on craftsforgreen.com.

painting, art jamming
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Epic Workshop

Art Jamming

Channel art geniuses like Picasso or Van Gogh with Epic Workshop’s art jamming kits (from $32). These starters come complete with a palette, canvas, 12 acrylic paint shades, paintbrushes, and even aprons and gloves to prevent your front room from turning into a messy art studio. Your art teacher will come in the form of a video guide that is included in the kit. With some food and drinks on the side, it’s just like any art jamming session – only this time it’s at home.

Available on epicworkshops.com.sg.

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Wish I Were Stitching
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Wish I Were Stitching

Sewing

While halting its popular sewing workshops, the contemporary needlework specialist supply store is offering various crochet, embroidery, and cross-stitching kits online. If you need to stock up your threads, hoops, and other tools, it offers those from independent needlework studios in the United States and Scandinavia too. The store has everything you need to create something stylish for and from home, from crochet baskets and bags to woolly throws and tapestry. 

Available at wishiwerestitching.sg.

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