Over the past year we have all spent a lot more time at home than we would normally. We’ve all had to adjust and finding things to do with our time hasn’t been easy. Although we’re slowly coming out of lockdown now here in the UK we still don’t have the freedom that we once did.
If you’re looking to take up a new hobby, or just to try something new then here are some hobbies to try that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
The weather is starting to change and the evenings are much lighter. Spending time outside is really good for you, especially your mental health but you might feel that you’re not really green fingered. You could start with a few planters and seeds and see how you get on or maybe you want a bigger challenge. There are plenty of gardening books available as well as advice online. By giving gardening a go you might be able to turn your outdoor space into somewhere wonderful to spend some time.
A lot of people say that sewing, embroidery or knitting are really relaxing hobbies. You don’t need a lot to give this one a try and there are loads of kits available to help you get started. You might want to start with a simple pattern or design while you’re learning what to do but from there you can branch out to more complicated designs. Eventually, you might want to upgrade to an embroidery machine and use embroidery fonts to make some amazing pieces.
Are you artistic? Maybe you would love to be able to paint a beautiful picture. Painting is relatively cheap and easy to start as you don’t need too many different things to get going. YouTube has some fantastic tutorials for learning how to draw and paint and these can be followed easily and in your own time. You can start with something as easy or as difficult as you like and see how you get on.
Upcycling furniture has been extremely popular for the last few years. You might already have some furniture at home that could do with a fresh coat of paint or you might be into looking for bargains on eBay or in local Facebook groups. Furniture paint isn’t very expensive and it is much cheaper than having to buy a new chest of drawers. If you find that you’re really good at upcycling then you might want to consider selling your creations.
Reading is a fantastic way to spend your free time. If you haven’t been much of a reader up until now then you might not know what you like. Libraries are great for borrowing books and now a lot offer e-books too if you have an e-reader. You can also get a lot of cheap e-books on Amazon or join their Kindle Unlimited subscription where you can read as much as you like from a list of books for a fee every month.