5 DIY Creative Hobbies You Can Do at Home [including links to tutorials]
September 3, 2021
Creative Hobbies Are Good for You
Creative hobbies can be beneficial to your mental health by providing a distraction from a cycle of stressful thinking. Unlike the majority of your day that is spent thinking over daily responsibilities, a creative hobby offers the distraction of producing something new. A new hobby will shift your focus and work your brain by forcing you to make new kinds of decisions. Exercising new parts of your brain with the challenge of a fun hobby is an excellent form of self-care that benefits your health over time. At the least, a creative hobby can be a way of forcing yourself to take a break at the end of a long day’s work. Luckily, there are a ton of DIY, creative hobbies that are easy to do at home.
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5 DIY Creative Hobbies You Can Do at Home [Linked to tutorials]
Journaling is a low-cost, small space, flexible hobby that can take many forms. You can pick up your journal whenever you have free time, from a couple of moments to hours. The core of journaling is filling the pages of a notebook however you’d like. You can fill your journal with stickers, watercolor art, doodles, or even your reviews of recent podcasts you’ve listened to. If you lean more towards the organized side of things, try keeping a bullet journal. Bullet journaling is great for combining your schedule, reminders and to-do lists, and other organizational tasks into one notebook. Essentially, the possibilities are endless when it comes to journaling and it’s not at all about being an amazing writer.
To get started with journaling, try these 9 Journaling Tips for Beginners via The Bliss Bean on Youtube. There’s also a variety of guided journals available on Amazon that include prompts and creative challenges that can offer you some structure when starting. However you do it, this great hobby can easily become a healthy part of your daily routine.
If you want to stimulate your creative side while being kind to the environment, upcycling is a great choice for you. Upcycling is the process of taking old “junk” items you have around the house and giving them a transformation. The best part about upcycling is that you can choose the difficulty, time commitment, and size of your project based on your schedule and hobby goals. You can do a small project like upcycling tin cans with some paint, or a big project like using old tires to build chairs (or tyrochairs).
Upcycling is an affordable way to get new home decor without paying full price at the store. If you take another glance at your junk pile or recycling bin, there’s probably a trash-to-treasure upcycling project for every item you find.
Woodworking isn’t as involved and frightening as you may think. If you’re thinking of the coolest woodworking you’ve ever seen, like these Best-of-Show winning pieces from The Idaho Artistry in Wood and Gourd Show in Boise, then you might be feeling intimidated. However, woodworking is a craft like any other where you start as a beginner, and eventually, you’ll get better. Steve Ramsey’s youtube channel Woodworking for Mere Mortals offers A Total Beginner’s Guide to Woodworking. He provides the simple definition: “Woodworking is a productive craft that involves cutting, shaping, and joining wood to create decorative and or useful things.” Now, that doesn’t sound too impossible, right?
Crocheting is a portable hobby that requires only three essential supplies: a crochet hook, a ball of yarn, and some scissors. To start, you can master the basics; The Spruce Craft’s guide on crocheting for beginners will teach you how to pick your hook, tie your yarn, and do some simple stitches and patterns.
But as you progress and learn to make everything from blankets to adorable plushies, crocheting can become a mutually beneficial way to make your friends and loved ones the best gifts of all time. Maybe it could even become a great side hustle to make money on Etsy? At the least, some cute crochet pieces would spruce up any social media feed. No matter what you do with it, crocheting is a hobby that you can do peacefully at home, waiting at the DMV, on the train, or wherever you may need to go.
Creating a painting studio is a great use of space in your home, and can be any size from an entire room to just a corner in your garage. Painting is encompassed by a vast history and includes many styles and types of paint to choose from. If you’d like to start as a beginner painting with acrylic, you’ll need a list of supplies including acrylic paint, brushes, and canvas. Other popular types of paint include watercolors and oil painting.
Whichever style you choose, the internet is full of tutorials to help you get into the habit of painting. For beginners, guided videos are a great way to learn step-by-step. An old favorite is the tv show The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross and his happy little trees. This show is many years old but is luckily still available on Youtube, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.