If the gray Pittsburgh winter has you feeling down, add a little color to your life with a craft project. Not sure where to start? Several local studios and stores are offering take-home kits to kickstart your creativity. Check out four of our favorite project options below, but warning: it may be hard to pick just one. 

Virtual Design Session with Closet Rehab

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Live out any fashion designer dreams by working with Closet Rehab. Located in Sewickley, this woman-owned business is all about making maximalist accessories for minimalist’s closets. Basically any accessory you can think of, from watch bands to hair clips, Closet Rehab has it. Tackle creating your dream pair of earrings by booking a virtual design session with Erica Parr, owner, for an hour. You’ll get to work with hundreds of patterns and pieces to put together a pair that is unique for you – or a loved one! Explore the virtual design session calendar to get a booking today. 

Paint Kits with Paint Monkey

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Paint Monkey in the Waterfront, a BYOB painting studio, is offering take-home paint kits during the pandemic. Each kit comes with brushes, paints, and a canvas. Every canvas is pre-sketched with an easy-to-follow design, helping you create a museum worthy (well, living room worthy) painting of your own. Available designs include animals, pop culture favorites, flowers, and more. You can check out the available options here.

D-I-Y To Go Kits with AR Workshop

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Price varies

If you’re looking for an art project in any medium, try out one of AR Workshop’s take-home kits. AR Workshop is a D-I-Y craft studio for people of all ages and skill levels looking to bring out their creative side. Luckily, Pittsburgh has two studios: Pleasant Hills and Robinson. You can try your hand at blanket making, Valentine Day decorations, posters, or more. All pieces and extensive instructions are included to make your at-home craft session all fun, no frustrations. Order online, based on what location is closest, and pick up within the end of the week to start getting crafty. 

Artsy Doodle Craft Studio

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Price varies

Artsy Doodle Craft Studio, in Beaver, is selling “Create Crates” for artsy, at-home fun. These kits come with all tools included to help make your D-I-Y project easy, but entertaining. Get ready for the holiday by creating a Valentine Day door garland, ceramic heart tree,  or “Hugs & kisses” keeper. Explore their other projects on their online store, and order today for an in-store pick up.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine began working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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