If you’re a crafty person you’ll know how important and enjoyable it is to use your spare seconds to do something creative. Painting, baking, crafting, is all a great use of our spare time. Not only does it encourage a new hobby and nurture our creative skills, it also keeps our brains ticking over, even in our down time. So if you need some inspiration take a look at these hands-on ideas for making the most of your spare time…
Crafts are a good way to de-stress after a long week at work. They also help us to stimulate our creative juices and get imaginative with our design ideas! Craft projects are an especially good used of your time if you’ve just moved into a new property. Some people are out of doing crafts because they feel it’s for children. Crafts don’t just have to mean finger painting, though, you could be creating yourself some bespoke home accessories.
From essential oil diffusers to wall art, the only limit is your imagination. If you’re on a budget but want to brighten up your walls, create some wall art. This could be as simple as buying a sheet of decorative wrapping paper or printing off a picture. All you have to do is invest in a frame and hang your print. By hanging your picture and framing it you’ll automatically cheat your way to an expensive looking piece of art.
Rather than buying and making something completely new, you could repurpose old furniture and accessories instead. Before you get crafting make sure you have some strong glue, string, tape, and other crafty essentials. Check out Glue Guns Direct for some inspiration. One repurposing idea is to breath new life into a dusty globe by turning it into a light fitting. The shape works perfectly to create a shade for any bulb. Alternatively, use mason jars as storage and turn old wine bottles into vases.
Baking is said to be very therapeutic, and you get a delicious bake at the end of it, what’s not to like? If you’re new to baking start off small. There are lots of great beginner recipes out there which you can do alone or get your children involved with too. Chocolate crispy cups and cute cupcakes are really easy and fun to make.
You’ll need to make sure you have some decent scales before you start. A lot of baking comes down to adding the right quantities so get an electronic scale to be sure. Some store cupboard staples you’re likely to need include bicarbonate soda, baking powder, some good quality chocolate, and vanilla extract. You might also like to invest in some piping icing and decorative accessories for your cakes!
Painting is relatively cheap and anyone can do it. It’s a great way to relax and create some new and original art for your home. Have fun and explore with different colours and types of paint and canvas. If you want to create more serious painting projects have a look for some guidelines online about creating portraiture and other pieces.