If you want to try something new at home, try these kits of easy DIY jewelry or relaxation products from Minnesota makers. These take just a few minutes, but for projects that take a little more time, be on the lookout next week for a roundup of sewing, quilting, and crocheting projects.
DIY Baby Headbands
GoGo Glam Co. on Etsy sells baby headband kits full of rich and pastel colors, rosettes and flowers, bows, and more. Since the kits make quantities of 10 or more, they’re perfect for newborn gifts or a baby shower activity (virtual or in person). Each kit has printed instructions, but you will need your own hot glue gun, scissors, and ruler.
DIY Leather Earrings
Leather is one of the best ways to have large statement earrings without making them too heavy to wear. The Leather Guy’s Etsy shop has a variety of colors, patterns, and shapes to choose from, including leaves, teardrops, fringe, and more. These materials are perfect for those with their own tools (e.g., jump rings, earring hooks, needle-nose pliers) and for those who are willing to experiment without instructions.
DIY Swarovski Earrings by Supplies and Delights
These hanging pendant earrings are simple to make, and the Supplies and Delights Etsy store offers six different crystal options. The kit includes two 10 mm cushion-cut crystals, two silver-plated bezels, two silver-plated leverback earring wires, and a small tube of E6000 glue. While there are no instructions, the kit is pretty intuitive. All you need to provide are needle-nose pliers to help connect the bezels with the earring wires.
Eske :: Relax by Rose & Loon
While these aren’t DIY kits, these Eske (Norwegian for “box”) have their own experiences and indulgences in them, and they support local makers. Definitely try the Eske :: Relax, which features Worker B lip balm, scented lotion, raw honey face wash, toner, and dusk serum. To bring it all together is the sandalwood and musk scent of No. 10 Cactus Blossom candle by Koselig. Make an evening of it with a new recipe for popcorn and a binge-worthy show, or rent a movie that would normally be in theaters right now.
Quarantine Craft Club by Larissa Loden
Every Saturday, local jeweler Larissa Loden will be releasing a DIY stackable bracelet kit as part of the Quarantine Craft Club. March 28 brought us a restock of F*CK; April 4 brought us BREATHE. There’s also a simple one with just a heart bead in the center. Each kit includes printed instructions, all the materials you’ll need, and a limited edition sticker. If you pay a little more, you can get a virtual class with Loden, and if you have some cash you can spare, consider buying a Donation Quarantine Craft Kit. The bracelet reads “Look for the helpers,” and proceeds go to YouthLink MN.