About Us

Our Origins

Grow and Make was founded in 2008 by Will Johnston, a high-tech entrepreneur who wanted to create something which would inspire people to use their hands and creativity to create. Having moved to Portland in 2003 to start a family, Will also wanted to be at home with his young children and starting Grow and Make afforded him that opportunity. Grow and Make has a mission of helping people¬†to ‘Grow’ and ‘Make’ more of what they consume to promote a more sustainable life style. Our kits and business place an emphasis on sustainability and it’s our intent to help consumers to lessen their impact while becoming inspired and excited to create. All of our kits are made in Portland Oregon and all of the components are sourced in the USA. We have a business philosophy of A-Z sustainability in our business practices.



Grow and Make aims to provide the best selection of high quality kits for DIY and crafting. Our kits help people simplify their lives and create their own, distinctive, signature styles. They’re also good for the planet, from the content to the packaging. We invite you to join us in living a more sustainable, simple, and fulfilling life – just by growing and making more of what you consume.

A-Z Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just something we preach. While it’s not possible for any company to be 100% sustainable, we give sustainability consideration in all of our decision-making so that you can always feel good about purchasing our products. This is reflected in the following:

  • We purchase organic whenever possible.
  • We ship in recyclable boxes.
  • We use soy based inks whenever possible.
  • We pay livable wages.
  • We use craft boxes without inks or bleaches.
  • We do not use Styrofoam packaging.
  • Our kits are made from reusable materials.
  • We recycle in our production process and use a sustainable energy provider.

Total Happiness Guarantee

Every time you purchase a kit from us, we want you to be thrilled with the product. If you’re not, let us know and we’ll give you your money back. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns, and we will accept your return of any unused kit. We stand behind everything we say on our site and we look forward to hearing your feedback and input.