26 Starter Kits to DIY Everything in Your Life
Living a life full of creativity is easy, but like most things, it just takes a little nudge to get started. We’re DIY addicts over here, and we’re constantly trying to find new ways to make anything from cheese to gadgets right at home. We’ve found the easiest way to get going is with a kit: a handy little box that comes with instructions and everything you need to make your own creation. With this diverse starter kit arsenal, you’ll be ready to DIY anything and everything.
1. DIY Thirsty Plant Kit ($32): This moisture sensor will save your plants from neglect. After it’s built, the sensor will light up when your plant is dry.
5. Little Bits Base Kit ($99): This one is made for the kiddos (but really, adults can use it too). Anyone can start a DIY life as tech pros with a battery-operated race car that they can build themselves.
6. Artisan Wine Making Kit ($40): Wine making is a science, but with this kit, you’ll have all the parts you’ll need for you own vino lab. You’ll get three gallons of wine just from one kit. Cheers to that.
8. Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit ($30): If you’ve ever grown your own fresh basil or rosemary, you know that there’s nothing like having fresh herbs budding right in your own kitchen.
9. DIY Synth Kit ($36): Get your jam on after you build your very own synth. This thing can hook up to a keyboard, or just make a whole slew of noises on its own.
10. B+ Raspberry Pi Starter Kit ($117): This isn’t that kind of pie. This is the kind of pi that helps you learn programming so you can know the inside of your tech as well as the outside.
11. The Art of Shaving Kit ($20): Nothing says “I’m a dapper gentleman” like a proper shaving kit. Give this to the men in your life who deserve a little pampering.
13. SunMod Solar Hacking Kit ($20): For only 20 bucks, this kit gives you the tools and know-how to give anything solar power. Make your remote, mouse… basically anything battery-operated into a gadget that runs on the sun.
14. Underground Mittens ($30): Knit away with all the tools you need to make your own mittens this winter.
15. Glass Etching Starter Kit ($29): Those plain glass vases aren’t going to etch themselves. Add a personal touch of elegance to every jar and vase you can find.
16. American Pale Ale Beer Brewing Kit ($45): Get your brew on with this kit that gives you what you need to make your very own beer. Bonus: The kit is totally reusable.
17. Homemade Gin Kit ($50): All you need to turn vodka into gin is some bartending tools and some juniper berries. That’s exactly what you’ll get in this kit.
18. Burrata + Marscapone Kit ($25): Wine and cheese night is on you. Make eight batches of these smooth, creamy cheeses that are perfect with fruit.
19. DIY Hot Sauce Kit ($25): On a scale of mild to fiery, this hot sauce recipe is flamin’. Okay, maybe the spice scale is relative, but we do know that this makes a worthy rival for Tabasco.
20. Kombucha Home Brew Kit ($45): There’s nothing like the extra health benefits of home-brewed kombucha, not to mention it’ll spare your wallet while helping you tackle your daily habit in a more economical way.
21. DIY Organic Soda Making Kit ($30): Even without a SodaStream, you can make your own fizzy concoctions that’ll have you ditching the store-bought stuff.
22. DIY Chai Tea Making Kit ($20): Every season is chai season, but winter is the ideal time to sip on the best of spiced lattes, and now you can make your own.
23. Mushroom Kit ($20): Just add water to this box and out grows edible mushrooms in just over a week. And we’re not talking just any mushrooms — we’re talking gourmet oyster mushrooms.
24. Moss Terrarium Kit ($25): Get growing with this budding terrarium perfect for low-maintenance greenery anywhere in the house.
25. San Francisco Sourdough Starter Kit ($26): Not only will you get a mighty fine loaf of bread, but you’ll also get a pretty sweet piece of retro-style stoneware where your loaf can grow.
26. Fox + Doll Cat Eye Kit ($35): Ready to step up your makeup game for all those upcoming holiday parties? Perfect the art of the cat eye with this handy dandy kit.
What are you going start DIYing? We’d love to know your favorite kits in the comments!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)