If you’ve got time (quarantine induced or otherwise) stretching out in front of you it’s the ideal moment to dive into a project. Make something from scratch, watch it grow and then enjoy it with a real smug sense of achievement. Whether it’s gin, bacon, coffee, cheese or your own futuristic prog rock synth, here are the best at-home kits you need to make staying in a lot more productive.

Beer Making Kit

Missing the pub? Us too. Thanks to HonestBrew you can now enjoy that freshly-poured pint feeling with a tasty trio of homebrew beer making kits. Featuring a dreamy light-bodied Belgian ale and two citrus-packed and aromatic IPAs (two of which are BrewDog), these beer kits are the ideal lockdown purchase for any wannabe brewers.

DIY Kimchi Kit

Flat Earth Pizzas have teamed up with Pale Green Dot to create this DIY Kimchi Kit, providing absolutely everything you need for some at-home fermenting action, from the Kilner jar and lots of veggies to a step-by-step recipe card and tips and tricks too.

Grow-Your-Own Mushrooms Kit

Coming direct from the Isle of Wight, these grow-your-own mushrooms kits have loads of different varieties to choose from – no, not those kinds – like oyster, reishi, enoki and more. All you have to do is spray each day and voila, a beautiful harvest of home-grown mushrooms will be yours to cook up however you want.

Make Your Own Screen Prints Kit

Pretend your Andy Warhol and do your own screen prints with this home printing kit from Print Club London. With resuable templates and water-based inks, you can start printing your designs on t-shirts, bags, tea towels and whatever you like. You’ll have your very own merch line in no time.

Make Your Own Ceramics Kit

It won’t be quite like recreating that scene from Ghost but you can still make your very own pottery at home with this kit from Scupld. It contains everything you need to sculpt, carve, paint, sand and seal your own pinch pots, trinket dishes or small plant pots, so let your creativity run wild.

Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit

You’ll become a supersonic mixologist in no time as this kit gives you not one but seven Espresso Martini bevvies to knock up. Ideal to spice up a Friday night or even a cheeky Sunday afternoon we say.

Make Your Own Bacon Home Curing Kit

Everything is better with bacon. Burgers, toasties, cereal…ok maybe not everything but most things. And you can learn to make it yourself with this home curing kit. It only takes a week and you’ll get up to 4kg of streaky or back bacon out of it, think of all the bacon savings you’ll make with that. And you won’t have to nip to the shops to get supplies for your morning bacon sarnies. Winning.

Soy Candle Making Kit

If you love a good candle, why not learn to make your own? It’s easier than you think thanks to this Hazel & Blue soy candle making kit. The whole kit is eco-friendly, with recyclable glass containers, natural soy wax and natural cotton & linen wicks. The Relax & Unwind kit contains amber and bergamot scents, perfect for bringing a little zen into your life.

Wool & The Gang Cushion Starter Kit

Move over grandma because knitting is the new rock ‘n’ roll. And Wool & The Gang are like The Beatles of knitting. They have tons of options for knitting newbies, like this Can You Feel It cushion kit with super cosy yarn, as well as kits for the more advanced, so there isn’t a better time to whip out those needles.

Grow Your Own Red Wine Gift Crate

Specially chosen to thrive in the British climate, these vines will produce healthy grapes that can be turned into a beautiful red wine. The kit includes a recipe for the vino and labels for you to mark your very own vintage. You know what they say, a wine a day helps you work, rest and play….

DIY Synth Kit

You may be on lockdown but you can still turn the volume up by building your own synthesiser. Just put a kitchen pan on your head and you’re basically in Daft Punk. There’s no soldering required so just follow the instructions to create your musical instrument and before you know it, you’ll be live streaming your set to millions. Or at least one other person, probably your mum.

Gourmet S’mores Kit

Bring the campfire vibes inside with this s’mores kit from The Naked Marshmallow. As well as providing the chocolate, crackers, marshmallows, and skewers, the kit also contains a gel burner so you don’t even have to build your own fire.