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Homemade Detective Kit!

by Kristen


My Nephew is going to be 5, he is a very imaginative, creative boy. I thought I would make him an extra special birthday present.  I purchased a few items online and made this simple and easy detective kit for him!  It didn’t take too long to decorate this kit to make it extra special for him!

Here are some of the items that went into the detective kit. 

click on each link, and you will see exactly the product I used in this kit.  If you have amazon prime, you can just order these, and you won’t even have to search for them at the store! 

1) Top secret envelopes, where I put obscure clues to help him when he plays with the imagination.
2) Specimen Swabs– to help gather evidence.
4) A fingerprinting kit, using index cards and a stamp pad
6) Mini plastic bags for” evidence.”
9) A journal and a kid’s pen  ( I also thought this spy pen was super cool)
I also added some instructions so he would know how to use all these items!
Here are some close ups of all the items that are included in the kit








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CueKids February 9, 2021 - 10:00 am

Very well explained. I really like this Homemade detective kit. Thank you for sharing.

Dr. georg ramsauer May 22, 2018 - 4:13 am

very interesting for kids who are interested in detective work

Kelly L. Calhoun July 11, 2017 - 10:59 pm

it was an amazing gift to give i am making one right now for my cousins daghter love the idea ps. keep dreaming !!!!!

kashif ejaz April 12, 2016 - 2:09 am

my son has made it and he solve my case. this is the best ever. i love this idea!

Kristen April 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

yay!!! Thanks for letting me know!!!

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Pam November 11, 2014 - 10:16 pm

My suggestion is to use a kid-friendly (& washable) ink pad found at Michaels instead of the pigment embossing ink pad found in the picture. Pigment ink is far from washable and it takes a while to dry (very messy for a child to use).

Just a been-there-done-that suggestion (although when I planned a spy birthday party for my son, I wish I’d have thought about making kits like these…excellent idea!).

Kristen November 12, 2014 - 1:09 am

That is a GREAT idea! I didn’t even know those existed!

Donna Barker December 17, 2019 - 7:14 pm

this is a great idea and I will be using it for my grand daughter’s Christmas gift. It is on her wish list. Just wanted to know what kind of tape you use for the fingerprint lifting tape?

Kristen December 17, 2019 - 7:39 pm

just scotch tape or something comparable.

Totally cute December 24, 2013 - 1:05 pm

I love it , so cutie had to make this right away for my little brother he loves to play detective. On the top of the box at the bottom picture she has an envelope that says suspects, when I made it I put a picture of every one in my family and some friends to. He will love it

dite qela December 20, 2013 - 3:58 pm

how much

kim December 4, 2013 - 1:19 pm

my daughter loves such a creative idea 🙂

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Catherine March 7, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Thank you for this wonderful idea! I made one for my grandson, Brodie, and he absolutely loved it!!!

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Love and Lollipops March 7, 2012 - 1:56 pm

This is a fabulous idea!! Love it!!

Sarah January 26, 2012 - 6:25 am

I made a detective kit for my daughter inspired by yours.


Thank you for the fantastic idea!

Linda December 11, 2011 - 1:44 pm

First time visiting this site…via The Happy Housewife. This is absolutely ingenious! By now the post is almost a year old. How did Adam like his gift? I certainly want to file this idea away for reference for my 6 mo old grandson. Thanks! Linda

Aimee April 21, 2011 - 12:10 am

Hi, I am Aimee from over at HomeSpun-Threads and I am getting together some creative/crafty bloggers (that I have loved from afar) for the month of May. The plan is that every day in May a different guest share something totally creative for kids to do during the summer. Summer time is approaching quickly and many of us parents are biting our nails trying to figure out what fun things we can do with our kids this summer. I thought the this tutorial was adorable! I’d absolutely love it if you would be interested in joining me, even if you want to share a post you have done previously. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your consideration.

Rachel at Sun Scholars March 19, 2011 - 12:54 am

Oh my gosh, this is so cool!!! What a fun idea!

I'd love to have you share this at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! Stop on by and see all the fun we're having!


Michele February 26, 2011 - 6:05 pm

Soooo cute!!! How creative of you! I wish I had someone to give it to; mine are all grown up. I'll file away the idea for some day, a long way off, when I have grandchildren.

Kristin February 25, 2011 - 6:49 pm

How fun! Great decorating. We did a “spy party” last year and I wish we'd had something like this for our guests. So well thought out. I love it! My boys will think it is so cool, can't wait to put it together…

Kellie February 25, 2011 - 6:23 pm

Oh my goodness this is wonderful! We love giving handmade gifts, especially arts & crafts kits. This idea will be a fabulous addition to our birthday gifting repertoire. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!!

Kelly L. Calhoun July 11, 2017 - 11:00 pm

so nice

Sheila February 24, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Cool! I shared it on Twitter.

Tammy @ she wears flowers February 24, 2011 - 3:24 am

I'm featuring this on Thursday at my Show & Share party. Please stop by and grab a featured button! 😉

Amanda February 22, 2011 - 8:36 pm

Happy Day! You were featured! 🙂 Love if you stopped by!


Tammy @ she wears flowers February 18, 2011 - 2:32 pm

This is such a great idea!! My girls love to play detectives–this would be perfect!

khunady February 8, 2011 - 11:08 pm

Hello Kristen! Great idea! Thank you for allowing me to share this at Crafts For All Seasons. Your project appears here: http://www.crafts-for-all-seasons.com/homemade-detective-kit.html

I linked back to this page. By the way, I'm giving away garden flags for crafts submissions and you get one! Contact me at info at crafts-for-all-seasons.com with your email address and I can tell you more about it.

christyd February 2, 2011 - 6:05 am

I love this idea! I think this may be one of my son's birthday presents this year! Love it!

Brenda February 2, 2011 - 3:45 am

Thanks a bunch for sharing this wonderful idea. My grandsons are going to love this.

Marjory Steele Skousen February 2, 2011 - 3:39 am

I love this idea! Cute,cute,cute.

April February 2, 2011 - 1:49 am

I LOVE this. I love when I see the little homemade kits that people make (doctor, nature explorer, etc.) This has so many great ideas, especially the fingerprinting lifting tape…so great! I am bookmarking this!

Shelly February 1, 2011 - 7:17 pm

cutest idea ever. My nephew would love this. I will have to keep in mind for his birthday.


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