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The Ultimate Colorado Gift Guide 2020

Gift Guide 2020: 6 DIY Crafts for the Artist at Home

The upside to staying home this holiday season is having more time to learn a new skill. From cross-stitching to needle punching and woodblock printing, here are six locally made kits for the crafter in all of us.

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Embroidery Kit from Rabbit Hat Designs

Cross-stitching kit from Rabbit Hat Designs. Photo courtesy of Rabbit Hat Designs

For those just starting out with embroidery, Rabbit Hat Designs offers beginner-level kits that contain all the works—a hoop, pre-printed template, and embroidery threads organized in tiny packets—as well as detailed instructions. Their templates mostly feature plants, animals, and other things found in nature, which aligns nicely with the Denver-based businesses’ practice of sourcing sustainable materials with a low environmental impact. Kits, $30; downloadable patterns, $8; Purchase online.

Art-To-Go Bag from Magpie’s Market

Magpie Market’s Art-To-Go Bag. Photo courtesy of Amy Koepsell

Transforming their regular classes into a take-out option, Fort Collins’ Magpie’s Market now offers art-to-go bags designed for parents and kids to complete together. From self-watering basil planters to DIY flower-presses, families can access a variety of projects at varying price points, with an option to fit every budget. 4229 S. Mason St., Fort Collins; $12–$45; Purchase online or in store.

Monthly Craft Subscription Box from Adults & Crafts

Resin coaster from Adults & Crafts. Photo courtesy of Desiree Johnson

This monthly subscription box from Denver-based Adults & Crafts introduces those who are craft-curious to new skills through approachable projects, like last month’s project with resin—a glassy-looking material popular with at-home artists—to produce glittering geode-like coasters. The kits contain all the necessary materials and instructions, and crafters who don’t subscribe to the monthly box can browse the website and purchase individual craft kits from months past (fan favorites have included stained glass-making, engraving, and cork-burning kits.) $33 per month with prepaid options available at different price points; Purchase online

Distressed Wood Art Kit from Upstairs Circus

Distressed wood art. Photo courtesy of Upstairs Circus

Level up your crafting skills with this distressed wood art project from Denver mainstay Upstairs Circus. The decorative wooden slabs are entirely customizable: Choose your own paint colors and design template, or submit an idea or illustration of your own, and the Upstairs Circus team will work with you to render an original template. 1500 Wynkoop St., #100; $39 plus $10 for custom design templates; Purchase online or in person

Block Printing Kit from The Craftsman & Apprentice

Block printing kit. Photo courtesy of Craftsman & Apprentice

This block-printing kit is the gift that keeps on giving. Carve your own design, then reuse the custom block as a stamp and replenish your ink and paper as needed. Besides this kit, Denver’s the Craftsman & Apprentice offers a variety of other options for makers of all ages, including DIY tapestry weaving, wooden model planes, and a build-your-own robot. 1335 E. 22nd Ave.; $42; purchase online for curbside pick-up or delivery

Punch Needle Pillow Kit from Fancy Tiger Crafts

Needle punching pillow. Photo courtesy of Fancy Tiger Crafts

Craft your own comfy decor with Fancy Tiger’s punch needle pillow kit, which comes complete with patterns, fabric, thread, and a needle—all you have to provide is the pillow itself. Or, try out similar kits from the Broadway-based craft haven like embroidery and cross-stitch projects. Fancy Tiger’s offerings are categorized by terms like beginner, beginner plus, intermediate, and advanced, so crafters of all skill levels should be able to find an option that meets their match. 59 Broadway; $86, $122 with needle included; purchase in-store or online for curbside pick-up or delivery (free shipping with orders over $50)

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