While we believe that working hard should be admired and celebrated, we also think that exploring your artistic side is vital for your productivity and overall happiness. So if you haven’t found a hobby that makes you feel like your best self yet, try one from this list to get your creative juices flowing.
There’s something beautiful, nostalgic, and relaxing about seeing your photos compiled in a book of memories. You can print pictures out on photo paper at home or throw it back to the ’90s and start carrying around a film camera to capture special moments as they happen.
Are you the kind of person to save confetti from concerts, train tickets, and receipts from dinner dates? We feel you. Are you also tired of how much space these things take up in your purse or bedside table? We double feel you, which is why we recommend junk journaling as your next creative endeavor!
There’s no rhyme or reason to this hobby, but if you’re looking for specific styles, Amazon is the place to go. Our favorite is this Knaid 200-Piece Vintage Ephemera Pack ($9.99, shop here). All you need is a journal to get started!
Macramé is the hobby that keeps on giving. Not only will you have a ton of new decor in your home, but you’ll also have gifts for friends and family. It’s a gorgeous and relaxing hobby to pick up once you get the hang of it – and upon finishing your first successful piece, you should be nothing but impressed with yourself.
If you’re anything like us, you probably have a ton of old T-shirts you’ve collected over the years that aren’t getting the love they used to. Quilting is a great way to give them new life and a chance to keep you warm in a whole new way.
You’ll need a quilting machine to get started, so this hobby requires a bit of an investment, but it’s well worth it if you’re dedicated to the craft! This Rotary Cutter Set ($26.90, shop here) has all the tools you need to get started on your first quilt.
Origami is a craft with a lot of history and character, and it’s a great way to challenge yourself! It’s mind-blowing that you can make just about anything from a couple of folds of paper. Though white printer paper can do the trick, we’d much rather use this set from Kool Krafts Origami Paper Kit ($17.98, shop here), which includes a booklet of tutorials you can reference.
Polymer Clay Art
This one goes out to those who loved Play-Doh as kids. With polymer clay, you can make anything your mind can imagine, then bake it in the oven for it to last a lifetime. You can make more than just tabletop trinkets and dishes; you can make beads for jewelry or add hooks to your creation before baking to make stylish earrings. This CiaraQ Polymer Clay Starter Kit ($19.99, shop here) has everything you need to get started, from the clay to tools, jewelry pins, and a carrying case.