8 Stress-Relieving Craft Kits Perfect for '90s Kids

Raise your hand if you remember slap bracelets and bootcut jeans! These nostalgia-inducing crafts are just the thing you need right now.

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April 13, 2020

I think it's safe to say that we're all looking for new ways to entertain ourselves these days. But while some of my friends have been busy putting puzzles together or recording TikTok videos, I've noticed that a select few have started doing something totally unexpected: throwing it back to the 1990s and breaking out their roller skates and Perler bead buckets from childhood.

As a fellow '90s kid, I think it's kind of genius. Before we could tweet or text, we occupied ourselves pretty well with just a few staples. I've rounded up eight of the best blast-from-the-past crafts, all under $20, that you can use to unwind just like the good old days.


Nothing will keep your hands busy or your mind focused like a DIY puffy sticker kit. This one from Klutz includes enough material to make 60 stickers, and some of the designs can even be colored in. You know, just in case you need a reason to grab some gel pens.

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Sand art is soothing as is but especially when it takes the shape of a beautiful mandala. To make your own at home, just snag these circular templates and fill them up with your favorite colors. The kit includes one bag of yellow, orange, blue, red, green and aqua sand each, so you can get everything you need for less than $20.

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Admit it — you totally loved impressing your friends with your Cat's Cradle skills when you were a kid. Relax while reliving your glory days with this mindful take on string games. The box comes with an instruction booklet, so you can even try your hand at 14 other games.

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If you're spending more time with your roommate lately, then let me reintroduce you to the best bonding activity: friendship bracelets. Together, you can use this kit to create a variety of braided and beaded creations, just like you did at camp. (But maybe with a bottle of wine this go around.)

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Now here's an art project that you can get lost in. When you need a break from coloring, use this throwback of a spirograph kit to create whirls and whimsical patterns. The box includes 20 sheets of design paper, eight markers, a guide booklet, design paper and a storage tray for your creations.

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Tie-dye is trending big time. But instead of ordering a new shirt or tank top, make your own with this one-step kit. For less than $10, you'll receive three squeeze bottles containing dye powder, four protective gloves, 20 rubber bands and a few different project ideas.

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This stained glass kit is giving me major Lisa Frank vibes. If you want to keep your hands busy and brighten your kitchen or bedroom window at the same time, pick up this simple press-and-peel art project. When you're all done, you'll have a cheerful wall hanging of a multicolor butterfly.

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I know you remember playing with Perler beads as a kid. When you need a break from screens, throw it back to simpler days with this kit. It includes enough materials for at least 15 owls, foxes, raccoons and more. And now that you're an adult, you don't even need to ask your parents' permission to use the iron!

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These Perler bead DIY ornaments, phone cases and more are a blast to make.

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