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11 Creative Craft Ideas to Keep You Busy at Home During Quarantine

Most of us are spending more time at home than ever before, and with that comes a unique dilemma: what to do with the time we’d normally be out and about. On social media, you’ve likely seen a few ways people are keeping busy: bread-baking, Instagram challenges, puzzles, TikTok dances… and plenty of crafts. From artistic endeavors like painting and pottery to food-and-drink–related pursuits like brewing and gardening, here are our favorite hobbies and craft ideas for adults during quarantine.

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Knitting

Why not come out of quarantine with a homemade blanket, scarf, or even sweater? On Wool & the Gang, you can download free patterns and tutorials to learn how to knit or crochet pretty much anything.

Painting

Maybe you’re the next Jackson Pollock… or maybe not. Either way, painting can stimulate your creative brain and pass the time. Don’t forget to pick up some canvas if you go the acrylic route or watercolor paper if you’d like to try that method.

Brewing

For those who want something a little less artistic but still entertaining, at-home brewing can be a rewarding way to spend these days, whether you go for a stout or a hard seltzer.

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Sewing

A sewing machine may seem intimidating at first, but with all the time on your hands to practice, you’ll be creating custom clothing in no time. To get started, learn how to sew a cloth face mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Drawing

You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy doodling in a sketchpad. If you can safely sit outdoors somewhere, just start drawing what you see.

Jewelry-Making

Dress up your WFH outfit with handmade accessories. Grab a simple kit to make things easy, or go the advanced route by individually shopping for beads on a site like Etsy or Michaels.

Embroidery

Whether you want to add a DIY detail to a denim jacket or create cross-stitch artwork, embroidery is simple to learn and easy to do while multitasking (like bingeing Tiger King in the background).

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Candle-Making

A pretty candle is the focal point of every Insta-worthy self-care setup, so how about making one (or several) of your own? You can concoct custom scents and add dried flowers or coloring to make them unique.

Gardening

One way to reduce your need for grocery store visits in these trying times: develop your green thumb. You can grow veggies, herbs, and flowers indoors (or outdoors if you have the space) with just a few supplies.

Pottery and Sculpting

You don’t need a professional pottery class to craft some bowls or planters. Pick up oven-bake or air-dry clay and a small tool kit, and you’ll be all set.

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Tie-Dye

Yep, tie-dye is back in style and better than ever—especially in loungewear form. Use an old tee or purchase a white sweatsuit to try out the trend.

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