If you ever want to learn a new art form, look into Etsy craft kits. After all, it’s so much easier to pick up an everything-included starter pack than to try and find what you need in the aisles of Joann or scouring Michaels.
And while most handmade items sold by small shop owners come with not-so-small prices, we know a trick or two on how to save at Etsy. (Like, did you know you can bargain with shop owners?)
We searched high and low for the best (and most affordable) starter packs to make your DIY dreams come true; plus we share some tips along the way.
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Best Etsy Craft Kits
Dandelion Embroidery Kit
For a kit that’ll blow you away, check out this one ($11.89, Etsy). You can choose from four different designs of dandelions on a transparent background. Pro tip: if you add Etsy items to your “Favorites,” you can easily monitor when something you’re eyeing goes on sale.
Flowers Embroidery Kit
What’s more classic than a floral embroidery pattern? This kit ($12.99, Etsy) comes with a hoop, patterned fabric, two needles, and thread. If you like this particular seller, you can sign up for newsletters so you know when their products go on sale.
Make Your Own Beeswax Food Wrap Kit
For an eco-friendly option, we recommend this DIY kit ($12.81, Etsy). Beeswax food wraps are a zero-waste alternative to saran wrap or plastic sandwich bags. Just be sure to only wash them in cold water. If you shop through eBates, you can earn 1% cash back on any and every Etsy order.
Sunflower Mosaic Kit
Create your own little piece of sunshine with this mosaic kit ($14.99, Etsy). The kit is designed for beginners and can be finished in the afternoon. There are also options to purchase additional supplies for $5 in case you want sealant and an easel.
Succulents Needle Felting Kit
Craft your own miniature cacti ($24.99, Etsy). The starter kit includes eight packs of wool along with eight glass pots. We particularly love that it comes with a protective leather finger cover, too.
Beginner Macrame Plant Hanger Kit
Add some DIY decor to your home with this kit ($27, Etsy). It comes with a precut cord and a wooden dowel. You can also choose from 18 different colors for the 100% cotton cord.
Felt Succulent Craft Kit
If you hate doing prep work, might we suggest this kit ($28.99, Etsy)? All the felt pieces are precut so you can focus on the assembly instead. The kit has enough materials for three large succulents and a few accent pieces. From there, you can glue your mini garden onto whatever you please.
DIY Moss Wall Art Kit
This kit ($30, Etsy) is perfect for cottagecore queens. It comes with a wide selection of preserved, all-natural plants and a pine frame. There’s an option to add on a glue gun for $4.99. We’ve seen this kit marked down 10% off.
2-Pack DIY Beginner Embroidery Kit
If your motto is “why not both?” then this set ($30.70, Etsy) is perfect for you. With 32 patterns to choose from, you can pick from eight different recommended combos or mix and match your favorite designs. Definitely watch this one because we’ve seen it go on sale during the holiday season.
Punch Needle Kit for Beginners
For a craft that truly packs a punch, check out this kit ($30.70, Etsy). Available in 12 different patterns, this craft includes a hoop, embroidery linen, thread, and your choice of needle. We opted for the least expensive needle, but you can choose a wooden one or opt out altogether if you already have one at home.
Moon Macrame Wall Hanging
Macrame is making a big comeback these days. For a cozy boho vibe, consider this starter pack ($32.97, Etsy). The kit includes a macrame base, all the cord and twine you need, and string lights to add extra shine. It also comes in three color options.
DIY Embroidery Set
Fans of famous art rejoice. This starter pack ($33.78, Etsy) features three designs inspired by Van Gogh and Katsushika Hokusai. It includes illustrated fabric, two needles, thread, and instructions. We’ve seen it go on sale for up to 40% off.
Sushi Rolls Candle-Making Kit
If you could eat sushi every day of your life, you might want to check out this kit ($34, Etsy). The starter pack comes with enough materials for six candles. All the supplies are, dare I say it, ready to roll.
Candle Making with Essential Oils
Think you can candle it? Well, if you can, we recommend this kit ($39.97, Etsy). You can personalize the candles with your choice of essential oils, dried flowers, gemstones, and seashells for a set that’s uniquely you. FYI: It’s possible to bargain with a seller, just be thoughtful and polite about it. For example, some sellers might bring the price down if you plan to buy an item in bulk.
Attention bookworms, we’ve got just the craft for you. This bookbinding kit ($48, Etsy) comes with everything you need to make a 140-page hardcover journal. Plus, you can choose from 11 cover colors and 15 endpaper designs.
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Oxford Punch Needle Kit with Printed Pattern & Yarn
This kit ($52.97, Etsy) boasts more complicated (but still beginner-friendly) designs. It comes with fabric, yarn, a wooden punch needle, a needle threader, special scissors, and a hoop. While it’s more expensive than other options, it comes with more goodies, and it tends to go on sale.