Quarantine Crafts and Hobbies
We love a hobby that also helps spruce up your home, especially right now. A new pop of color can be just the thing to chase away the quarantine blues.
Gardening is a great way to get outside, enjoy the sun and fresh air, and also give your home some new life. Both flowers and vegetable gardens can be very rewarding. This past weekend, I built a raised-bed garden getting ready to plant vegetables in the next few weeks. We’re looking forward to enjoying tomatoes and cucumbers right from our yard this year.
There is also nothing quite as rewarding as driving up to a house with a beautiful flower bed. Now is the time to think about what you want to plant, and as we push through hopefully the last really cold weekend, we will be able to put annuals in the ground and see beautiful colors out our front door.
Pull Out a Paint Brush
Putting brush to paper is a relaxing way to pass some time. Whether you enjoy watercolors or acrylic paint at your medium, give painting a chance. If you’re feeling like you aren’t an artist, and you wouldn’t know where to begin, invest in a paint by numbers. There are kits for adults where you can mimic famous paintings or beautiful landscapes. I’m working my way through a paint by numbers of the Eiffel Tower. It may end up on my wall, or it may end up in the basement, but it has been a fun evening activity.
Once you get the hang of it, knitting is a mindless activity that you can do while you binge Netflix, listen to a podcast, or chat with your spouse. There are so many videos on YouTube to teach you the basics. We love the idea of a colorful new throw for your living room or the foot of your bed. Or perhaps you would rather learn to crochet? Either way, all you need are a YouTube video, a few tools, some yarn, and time to kill.
Any easy creative outlet is hand-lettering. All you need is a pen and paper. You can make it more or less complex by introducing markers, calligraphy pens, or colorful pens.
I enjoy doodling in a bullet journal – sometimes that is a todo list for the day, and other times it’s a colorful quote and picture. There are lettering tutorials online, or you can buy a howto workbook.
A way to incorporate hand lettering into your home decor is a fun chalkboard. Put an inspirational quote or your week’s dinner menu and play with different fonts.
A remnant of wood and a few stencils are all you need to create a fun wooden sign. Recently, I made two pieces for my son’s room: a decorative sign and a growth chart ruler. The boards are a fun alternative to a piece of art and incorporate a bit of my personal touch into his room.