Creative Hobbies to Take Up at Home

Are you bored? Fed up with spending all of your free time watching tv, scrolling through social media or playing video games and want to incorporate a hobby that’s a little more productive? In that case, we’ve put together a list of creative hobbies you can do in your spare time. Some of these you can even do with Netflix on in the background…

Knitting or Crocheting

By taking up knitting or crocheting, you can make anything from blankets, scarfs and clothing to soft toys and even things like coasters or baskets. Whatever you can imagine, you can make. If you’re wondering what the difference is between knitting and crocheting…

Knitting – uses a pair of long needles where you form and move loops from one needle to the other; can be done by hand or machine. It is used for more delicate stitching but is more likely to unravel if a stitch is dropped.

Crocheting – uses a single crochet hook to hook the loops together and directly on to whatever you’re making. It is always done by hand. Once you’ve learned the basics, crocheting becomes much easier to work with as it’s less likely to unravel.

Whichever you choose, it can become a therapeutic and relaxing way to be creative.

Upholstery

Furniture, especially sofas, can be incredibly expensive so taking up a hobby like upholstery could save you money by breathing new life into old furnishing. All you need to get started is some upholstery supplies consisting of a hammer, needles and whatever else you need, depending on what item you are fixing up. You can even purchase a beginner’s kit if you are unsure.

Art

A classic hobby, grabbing some supplies from an art shop and experimenting with painting might take you back to being young, as drawing is one of the first hobbies many of us take up as children. You could even join an art class once you’re feeling a bit more confident after practising at home.

You don’t have to do it all either, if you don’t like the painting you could just stick to drawing or painting walls. You could even try something like sculpting with clay. If you don’t like getting messy, you could always get a tablet and pen to start drawing digitally. There are many apps that can teach you how to draw if it’s something you never got into when you were younger.

You don’t even have to draw anything big and detailed. It could be as simple as an adult colouring book which some find quite therapeutic.

DIY

Though DIY sounds like more of a task than a hobby, getting into decorating and fixing things yourself could even become fun if you let it be. Once you get used to projects and understand how to do certain tasks, you can make transforming your home for the better a hobby. You could even spend weekends helping out friends or family with their DIY woes like getting rid of bathroom lamps.

Learning an Instrument

It’s never too late to learn something new and that includes learning how to play an instrument. With various YouTube tutorials, apps like Yousician and even video games like Rocksmith, it has never been easier to learn an instrument like a guitar or software like GarageBand.

Learning to play parts of, or a full song is creative enough in its own right, but if you get good enough you could start coming up with your own songs.

Writing

A hobby that can be done almost anywhere, even on holiday. You could write short stories, jokes or even lyrics if you want to combine two hobbies like taking up learning an instrument and writing songs. Your inspiration for writing can come from anywhere, including events that happen in your life.

Learning a New Language

While learning a language isn’t necessarily seen as creative, it could be used in combination with other creative projects. Learning about the origins of name meanings in other languages could help you with writing.

Hobbies

Many of these hobbies, like writing, art or playing an instrument can become careers. How many times have you read an article about someone’s hobby turning into something bigger than they thought it would? Try out that hobby you’ve been thinking about, even if it’s just for fun.

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