For most of us, the coronavirus pandemic may have seemed a brief respite from the hectic schedule of work/studies. Everyone one of us savored the prospect of having unlimited time slack off, play games, and watch movies. However, as time passed and the virus showed no signs of relenting, the initial excitement quickly turned into boredom. With outdoor activities and gatherings looking to be restricted for at least another 6 months, it seems wise to immerse ourselves in other activities and what better way than to make some homemade crafts! This article will go through 10 easy DIY crafting ideas to help you kill time.

Benefits of crafting:

DIY crafting has garnered immense popularity over recent years. This has been helped by the fact that the plethora of tutorials available on the internet make it easy for most people to get the hang of it quickly. It also comes with a list of health benefits such as:

  • Pocket friendly: The whole point of DIY crafting ideas is to ensure that it doesn’t dig a deep hole into your pockets.
  • Improves your brain: Making DIY projects allows you to get creative. You also develop more patience and your brain is stimulated better. This effect is especially apparent in kids.
  • Improves your mood: Normally, making a DIY project can distract your mind from other things. It helps time pass by and is extremely rewarding. Hence your overall mood will improve.
  • Socializing: If you team up with your friends or family, DIY projects can help promote interaction and nurture bonds among yourselves.
  • It’s fun! The bottom line of a DIY project is to have fun. If you are not having fun while crafting something, you are doing it wrong.

Hama beading:

Most of us are probably with Hama beading. It is a very popular activity among kids. For those unaware, Hama beads are made of plastic and melt together to form stunning artwork. These beads are normally placed on square or rectangular boards. Hama beads can be recycled too.  Finding a Hama bead shouldn’t be difficult as they are available in most online stores.

Chalk painting:

As the name suggests, chalk paint is used to give substances a chalk-like texture.  The main advantage of chalk paint over regular paint is that no prior preparation for painting is required. It can be used to redecorate your old furniture with relative ease. Moreover, chalk painting has proven to be an effective meditating strategy and many people have cited that it helps lift their spirits when they were depressed or feeling sad.

Macrame patterns:

Macrame is simply the art of knitting different materials to produce a beautiful textile product. This practice has been around for many years. Although it may not be as popular as it was once before, many people still fall back on this due to its simplicity.

Normally you may need one or more of the following materials

  • Jute
  • Twine
  • Yarn
  • Hemp
  • Leather
  • Mounting rings
  • Wooden beads

Decoupage:

Decoupage is nothing but the process by which small objects are decorated with simple paper counts and designs. Although not the most exquisite, this crafting technique is the best for beginners as it is extremely simple and fun to do. It is advised to cut the material in whatever way you wish and use quality glue for sticking it onto the object you wish to decorate.

Balloon modeling:

Yep, that’s right. Balloons can be used for more than just party decorations and blowing them up using sharp nails. This type of crafting appeals more to kids. The balloons can be modeled into a variety of shapes and objects such as bags, hats, animals, and so on. You can even find some balloon modeling kits online to help speed up the process. The crafting technique is said to be very simple and easy for novices.

Scrapbook:

Generally, a scrapbook is used to document observations and random thoughts in a fancy colorful way. It can be incredibly satisfying to create and maintain a scrapbook. For example, if you go bird watching, a scrapbook can be used to hold photos of different birds as well as a list of birds you wish to spot next time. Normally, it is advised to make scrapbooks out of old paper and boxes to recycle them.  This means that this is an extremely cheap crafting technique and accessible to almost everyone. The only limit is your mind and your imagination.

Mini garden:

Nature is a beautiful gift bestowed upon this planet and it can be used as a crafting technique too. This involves creating a mini garden, preferably enclosed in a glass container, after collecting miniature stuff from your garden. This can range from tiny leaves, petals, seeds, tiny flowers, sand, mud, etc. This technique is very pleasing and easy on the eye.

Pinboard:

This a type of wall decoration. If you liked making a scrapbook, then this is the next step for you. It involves decorating pinboards by either painting, attaching designs or pictures, and more. This can be a great way to use up the space of your house and make the interior look more aesthetically pleasing.

Crochet:

Crochet is very similar to knitting but with the added difference that it uses only one hook. It is also said to be faster and more beginner-friendly. If you are into knitting, crocheting should be a piece of cake. If you are not, then no worries because you should be able to get the hang of it soon. Normally, it is used to make small items and toys but larger items such as bags and shirts can also be made via crocheting if you have patience and skill.

Final words:

There has never been a better time to brainstorm DIY crafting ideas. You don’t have to be an artist like Picasso to see the joy in crafting art using recycled materials. All you need is patience, perseverance, and a keen mind to have fun.

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