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20 Genius DIY Must-Haves from Amazon That Can Help You Explore Your Creative Side

DIY projects are an excellent way of spending your free time on fun, creative activities. There’s just something really satisfying about focusing your entire attention on doing or building something with your own hands. Also, crafts are great because everyone can find an activity they enjoy.

In this article, 5-Minute Crafts has selected several items for DIY lovers so that you can start some exciting homemade projects.

1. A scrapbooking kit to record wonderful memories. This set includes a durable photo album, which can be beautifully decorated with cute ribbons and metallic marker pens.

Happy buyer’s review: “This book is amazing quality, and has a beautiful tie to keep it closed and the things in it protected. It’s hardback is so very sturdy and will be long lasting. The black cover and pages make it look really sleek and professional, and help your pictures or whatever you put on the pages stand out more and make the colours more noticeable.” — Heather

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2. A lightweight and portable mini sewing machine that is fantastic for beginners. This tool is suitable for various materials, including silk and denim.

Happy buyer’s review: “This portable sewing machine is so useful for those small jobs that you know must be done, but really cannot be bothered to get fully set up with your cumbersome sewing machine. Another great use for it as I found is for travelling: I gave it to a friend who was travelling for a couple of weeks, and they managed to sew up their clothes on the go!” — T & C

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3. A candle-making kit with natural soy wax. You’ll be able to light up any room with the inviting fragrances of your homemade candles.

Happy buyer’s review: “I got this in Amazon warehouse and when it arrived I ordered a second one straight away. This is an excellent kit for beginners and would be ideal for a teen who wants to try making candles. Absolutely everything you need is in this kit and it includes a booklet with step-by-step instructions with images and helpful tips. If you think that this set is a bit expensive, then I roughly worked out that to buy everything in this would cost around £80 so it is also a bargain. The main thing for me was the booklet as other kits I have bought had ebooks or downloadable instructions which were not as easy to follow. It includes 2kg of soy wax which is enough to fill the tins and moulds included. I would have no hesitation in recommending this.” — Terry

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4. A pair of ergonomic flower scissors to arrange bouquets. The comfortable grip and steel blades deliver precise, sharp cuts.

Happy buyer’s review: “Great little scissors, comfortable handle, I brought for flowers for cutting, I cut flowers all day and still is a comfortable handle. Will buy more, the value is the same as wholesale but worth buying here as I love the colours.” — Cheri p.

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5. A cute toolkit for building and fixing cabinets around your house. These tools are coated with an anti-corrosive chrome finish, which makes them super long-lasting.

Happy buyer’s review: “This is a great set. I’d previously bought a cheaper set but had to return it as it was such bad quality. I’ve not used all the tools yet, but the ones I have have been good quality and I’m really pleased. Everything is held in place nicely with the velcro straps, the bag zips nicely and is overall slim and neat, so easily stored. Well worth the money to finally have a tool kit with things I need all in one place.” — Joannee

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6. Several stitch holders for keeping a knitting work in progress from falling apart. These useful tools come in different sizes and beautiful bright colors.

Happy buyer’s review: “These stitch holders are a knitter’s best friend. The stitch markers help mark armholes and necklines better than a pin. The holders are of varying sizes so are very useful whether it is for a few stitches or several. They do not catch the yarn or pull it. A good addition to my knitting bag.” — Jennine

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7. A painting set that includes all the essentials: brushes, acrylic paint, a classy easel, and a roomy storage box.

Happy buyer’s review: “Very impressed with this set. The easel/box is great and holds enough of my materials; the easel can be moved to any angle and a variety of heights for different canvases. It’s sturdy and fit for what I needed it for. The paints were of decent quality and the brushes are actually pretty good. There were a number of other extras including pastels etc which I have used a small bit. Overall was a good price and would recommend.” — DC

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8. A portable paper cutter for photos, cards, and more. You can measure multiple sizes with the ruler, and then smoothly cut paper with the safe built-in guillotine.

Happy buyer’s review: “This Firbon paper cutter is excellent and priced at not much more than the replacement blades for the much more expensive brand of cutter that I was using. I was delighted when it arrived as it has all the features and more needed in a cutter and I was even more delighted when I used it and found it easy to use with an accurate and clean cut. Plus the replacement blades (which have built-in safety) come in a pack of ten at a very reasonable price and can be bought at various places on and offline. I have been using this paper cutter daily when crafting and the blade that came with is still giving a clean cut. All in all an excellent purchase.” — M CARROLL

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9. A dainty embroidery set that includes 3 different color fabrics with floral patterns. Beginners will find everything they need, such as hoops, threads, needles, and step-by-step instructions.

Happy buyer’s review: “I really would recommend this product. I have not done embroidery before so it’s a great beginner’s set as it comes with three pre-drawn patterns which are simple and it comes with the exact coloured threads needed for each pattern. Also, it includes a lil booklet that shows different stitches and also the colour coordination for each pattern so you know exactly what to do, which is very clear. It’s really great and I’m so happy with this. The quality of the threads and material is great, and it comes with enough needles and frames to get you started, so they literally thought of everything for you!! Really happy!” — S

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10. An incredibly precise eraser that you can use when doing hand lettering. This tool won’t smudge ink or damage paper, and requires little pressure for erasing tiny details.

Happy buyer’s review: “Something I’d seen a number of artists recommend. And glad I made the purchase. The eraser is sturdy, it’s size is perfect for tidying up on the tiny details and it does not damage the paper you’re working on, nor does it leave behind eraser ’dust’. Thoroughly recommend to anyone else wanting to make this purchase.” — Emma P

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11. A hand molding kit for those who enjoy pottery. Capture everlasting memories with your favorite person and make them a one-of-a-kind gift.

Happy buyer’s review: “I cannot put into words how amazing this is. I am so grateful for this product to be able to capture priceless memories in such a beautiful way. I was really nervous after reading the instructions thinking I’d never be able to do it, even during the process I thought this is never going to work but it came out perfect! Really little effort needed. The mould changing colour when dried really helps. I wished I had bought more!” — l proctor

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12. A safe and versatile rotary cutter for cutting different materials. This incredibly sharp and durable tool is suitable for both left and right-handers.

Happy buyer’s review: “I used it on quite thick faux leather (with fabric backing) and it went through it so easily... and in a straight line! The whole feel of the tool is very comfortable and I tried for the first time to cut freehand around a pattern shape (always only used these cutters on straight pieces) and I was so pleased! I felt so confident as I was cutting as I could just tell it was going where I wanted it to, which was a novelty for me. I have now cut several pieces with ease and it is fabulous.” — Geminian

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13. A jewelry set for lovers of rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. This kit includes beautiful gemstone beads and all the necessary accessories, such as hooks and wires.

Happy buyer’s review: “What a brilliant little set! I was dubious considering the price, but as I’m only starting to experiment with jewellery making, I thought I’d give it a try. I’m so glad that I did! The stones are so pretty and solid quality, the charms are metal (not plastic as I actually thought when I bought them), and the added pieces are great for beginners like me. I’ll definitely be ordering again for this company.” — Naomi

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14. An infrared thermometer to make homemade soaps. This fuss-free tool provides quick and accurate measurements.

Happy buyer’s review: “Fantastic piece of gadgetry! I purchased mine specifically for soap making (...) I loved the fact that you just ’point and shoot’, and that no part of the tool is coming into contact with anything you’re testing, which is particularly helpful in soap making because lye is pretty nasty stuff: the fewer things that come into contact with it, the better. So no thermometers having to be dunked into the mixture, and thus less chance of lye spills and splodges, as well as the risk of chemical burns. Yay for safety! 🙌🏻 Overall, a very handy gadget to have, and at a really reasonable price. I’m super happy with it!” — Witchy Woo

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15. A miniature model for those who love building tiny objects with their hands. Enjoy hours of fun creating cute furniture and then decorate your house after it’s finished.

Happy buyer’s review: “I’ve had a few kits from this seller and they are fantastic — this one is no exception. I’ve been doing miniature kits for quite a while and these are definitely the best quality out there. Everything is included in separate numbered bags, and each piece is identified in the English instruction manual. The packaging is a sturdy box ensuring the contents are safe. The materials for the sofa, beds, cushions, etc are of good quality. All the lights work and the music box and dust cover are included. This won’t be the last kit I get from this seller and can highly recommend them and their products.” — Karen

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16. A binding machine to create your own customized notebooks. You’ll be able to use this light and sturdy tool with different paper sizes.

Happy buyer’s review: “I was looking for a binder that I could use to bind documents at home and for my local charity. I saw this on this website. I don’t know or was not advised as to the correct binder to purchase as this is my first time. When it arrived: 1) I was shocked that it was so light — this is good for me, 2) The instructions were so easy to follow. 3) The price is so affordable. Thank you, Amazon!!!” — The bargain hunter

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17. A macrame set that includes easy-to-follow instructions for creating 3 home decors. It’s ideal for beginners and the perfect gift for those who thoroughly enjoy crafts.

Happy buyer’s review: “I can’t remember when I last tried macrame. So I bought this kit and was very impressed with its contents. I scanned the QR code for the YouTube video and that made it incredibly easy to follow, even more so than written instructions. I’m very happy with this kit! I’ve made the plant hanger, and I’m going to try the wall hangings next. Definitely good value for money and excellent for beginners. Would recommend.” — Chris

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18. Some useful stencils for bullet journaling enthusiasts. These high-quality templates will make it extremely easy to draw calendars, habit trackers, and other beautiful patterns.

Happy buyer’s review: “These 18 stencils are very useful stencils for bullet journaling and are such good value for money! I think they’re pretty sturdy yet flexible and seem to be made from good-quality plastic. Super easy to use, just plonk it down on your page and put your pen/pencil between the lines. All you have to do is connect them up in between and hey presto, a perfect calendar for your bullet journal page. It’s honestly saved me so much time as I hated drawing out the calendar every month! Already used them loads! There are some stencils I won’t use but even with that, I think these are still excellent value. Highly recommend!” — Laura Donnellan

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19. A fun tie-dye kit for those who are into fashion. Experiment with either bright or pastel colors to come up with unique clothing designs.

Happy buyer’s review: “I am really happy with this product. It is fun to use and comes in a neat storage box with everything you need to get started. I love the huge range of colours and all the refill sachets. It is an excellent value for money. Can’t wait to use it again!” — Izzy

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20. A light box to trace your sketches and drawings. This handy tool has 3 adjustable brightness settings, and it’s super portable due to its thin and lightweight materials.

Happy buyer’s review: “Have had a different light box that could not shine through printer paper, so this model was a delight. It does not have a grid or mesh on the front so the light is pure and bright. It even shines through thick watercolour paper so I can transfer sketches easily. The colour temperature button is nice because the yellow cast is easier on the eye at night than the super white. It is well packaged and has 4 magnets to hold copywork. It has to be plugged into a USB power to work — no internal battery. I love it. High quality, smooth, bright, and with a ruler on both axis.” — The Steel Remains

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