This past weekend, my mom and I were having dinner when she showed me the bracelet a co-worker had made for her. It was intricately weaved together, using strands of many different colors.
“Her wrists were full of them!” mused my mom. “It’s so popular to make things now.”
I chose this opportunity to tell her about the Maker Movement. Even though its roots stem from more tech and hardware, there is an overall interest in DIY, homemade, and homegrown. My mom should understand as she herself was the proud curator of a blooming summer garden this year.
This holiday season is the perfect time to dip your toe into DIY. Whether you’re a cheese aficionado, jewelry lover, or paper craft buff, here are six fun DIY Grommets that you can gift or share with a friend (or mom). Now wouldn't be a bad time to put your gin connoisseur friend to the test.
For the love of homemade food and drink
Urban Cheesecraft (Goat Cheese, Chevre) -- This delicious kit includes everything you need to make 10 batches of goat cheese, including easy-to-follow instructions. Just add pasteurized milk and enjoy homemade cheese in about one hour.
The HomeMade Gin Kit -- This is a great DIY project for grownups who like to imbibe. It comes with everything you need to make a small batch of high quality, subtly fragrant gin at home. And it's all ready in 36 hours.
For the love of handcrafted finery
LoopDeDoo: Spinning Loom Tool -- With this spinning tool, take your friendship bracelets to the next level. It lets you create the LoopDeDoo bracelet chains, necklace chains, and headband kits, making smooth and professional-looking creations.
Brit + Co. Hex Nut Jewelry Kit -- This ultra fun kit includes all the tools you need to create your own gold hex nut pendant necklace as well as a suede cord to create a modern braided bracelet.
For the love of building toys
GoldieBlox -- This activity game and storybook was honored with the Oppenheim Gold Award and as Winner of the Parents Choice Gold Award in 2013. It features a female engineer role model and helps develop spatial skills and confidence in problem-solving abilities.
Piperoid Paper Robots -- Made in Japan, the three kits encourage children and grownups alike to use their hands to construct the Piperoid robotic duos or to invent their own paper pipe action figures.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.