The internet is full of options, but with many kits costing a pretty penny, and others not being worth the money despite being dirt-cheap, it can be hard to uncover what’s actually worth it. That’s where we come in. Keep scrolling for creative and high-quality starter sets teens will actually love. Who knows? One of these items just might inspire your next big creative project.
Mondo Llama Artist Acrylic Starter Set: $25
This adorable painting set from Monda Llama (available at Target) includes everything you need to get painting, whether you’re a full-fledged artist or someone who’s never touched a brush to a canvas. It includes 12 tubes of artist-quality acrylic paints (with a mixing chart to help with color matching), plus four canvas panels, an easel and five different brushes to help you bring your artist vision to life.
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Benicci Watercolor Brush Paints Set: $19.97
If you’re all about softer and airier colors—and prefer to have a little more control than a classic brush grants you—we recommend this incredible Watercolor Brush Paints Set from Benicci. The brush pens have nylon tips, with a pen-like application of its 25 glorious colors, as well as a water brush pen. The set also includes a pad of watercolor paper for your works, and it all comes wrapped up in a convenient carrying case.
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Bellofy Professional Drawing and Sketch Kit: $23.99
We’ll admit that this Professional Drawing and Sketch Kit from Bellofy probably has more types of pencils and sketching tools than you’ll ever feasibly use, but part of the fun of learning art is testing out all of the tools at your disposal and seeing which ones do and don’t deserve a spot in your toolkit. It comes with 12 charcoal pencils, paper stumps, charcoal and graphite sticks, as well as both kneaded and rubber erasers, plus a sandpaper block, a metal cutter knife and sharpeners for keeping your pencils in top shape. It also includes a sketchbook and carrying case, so you can bring your creativity with you anywhere.
Sakura Pigma Set of Six Assorted-Width Micron Pens: $10.97
For the artist who loves creating polished final products with crisp linework, Micron Pens are a must. This set of six only includes the pens, but it’s pretty incredible what an artist can do when they vary up the thickness of their line work. These pens can create incredibly precise and clean lines to really bring art to life, without spending a ton of money.
Tulip Slumber Party Crazy Socks Kit: $19.79
Of course, not every artist wants to create traditional art. Sometimes, you just want to put your own stamp on something you’ll actually use (or wear), which is why we love this kit from Tulip, allowing you to easily create your own wacky pair of tie-dye socks. The socks come with great pre-printed patterns that are revealed once they’re dyed in your own blend of blue, fuchsia, yellow, purple and pink. We love the end results.
The Original Buddha Board: $27.95
Sometimes, art doesn’t have to be forever. For those times when you just want to paint as a form of mindfulness and clear your head, there’s The Original Buddha Board, which allows you to paint a surface with a bamboo brush to create a temporary piece of work that disappears once the water evaporates.
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Sweetology Cupcake and Cookie Decorating Kits: $39.99+
Decorating delicious cakes, cookies and cupcakes is another amazing way to express your artistic talents, but if you’re not into the baking part of the process, Sweetology is here to save the day. Their kits send you fresh, ready-made baked goods, plus everything you need to decorate them, including frosting (with piping bags and tips), sprinkles and other decorative goodies, based on the theme you pick. At the end, you’ll have edible artworks that taste as good as they look.
The Woobles Penguin Crochet Kit: $25+
Even if you’ve never crocheted a single stitch in your life, The Woobles makes the process easy enough to not only make the more precious plush figures, but also to get addicted to crochet in general. This Penguin Crochet Kit includes a crochet hook, plus yarn, stuffing and eyes, but the most important thing is the in-depth online instructions, complete with video tutorials, that’ll teach you the fundamentals and have you seeking out bigger projects in no time.
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We Are Knitters Pull Lula Knitting Kit: $78+
Speaking of bigger projects, if you’re already in love with knitting or crochet, We Are Knitters has some incredible kits to make the most adorable wearable pieces, even if you only know the basics. We’re in love with this Pull Lula sweater kit, but all of their items are worth exploring, and since you choose a size when you order, there’s no math and measuring involved in getting your pieces exactly the right size with the yarn and knitting needles or crochet hooks they provide.
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Reisfields NYC DIY Candle Making Kit: $40
For those looking to hand-make something a little bit different, Reisfeld NYC has DIY Candle Making Kits that look grown-up while also coming in the most stunning scents. The kit will teach you how to make your own all-natural soy wax candles, scented with your choice of yuzu, blood orange or santal essential oil, and they also come with optional dried flowers and energy stones if you want to give your candle a unique finishing touch.
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Diamond Art Club Realm of Cats Kit: $69.99
If you’re more into paint-by-numbers pieces, you should definitely check out Diamond Art Club. It all starts with a special adhesive canvas, where differently colored tiny plastic “diamonds” are placed with an applicator according to symbols on a huge grid to create stunning works of art. Each work consists of tens of thousands of diamonds, with the colors coming together to create brilliant pixel art over many mindful hours. Even if you don’t consider yourself artistic, you can definitely make something beautiful with Diamond Art Club.
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