AD – Sponsored | Many of us are still in lockdown, and I wanted to share 10 creative activities that you can mostly do from the comfort of your home.
I love to paint with watercolors, and I also have acrylics that I use for the clay charms that I make. Watercolors are affordable, and you usually paint on watercolor paper, which is thicker than regular paper. Watercolor painting is great for adults and kids as it is easy to fix mistakes, and it is not as messy as acrylic and other paints. Acrylic is also affordable and versatile, and you can pretty much paint on any surface (canvas, paper, wood, polymer clay, stone, fabric, and glass), but it dries quickly and cannot be altered when dry unlike watercolor. Other options for paint are gouache, which is similar to acrylic but more expensive, and oil paint, which is also more expensive. However, oil paints are great for painting on canvas as it dries slowly, but it requires a longer time commitment than the other paints. Whatever paint you chose, you can paint anything around you, your favorite things, something abstract, or you can even follow a Bob Ross video on YouTube.
#2 Drawing and Coloring
All you need to draw is paper and something to draw with such as a pencil, pen, marker, etc. You can also draw on your tablet if you have one or even on your phone. As far as coloring, you can draw something then color it or you can buy coloring books, and there are plenty of options for adult coloring books. You can also print out coloring pages online. My daughter especially loves drawing and coloring at home and at her kindergarten.
You do not need a fancy camera or any experience to take photos. You can use your phone’s camera and take photos around your home or you can go for a walk and visit the park, forest, beach, or anywhere else you would like and take photos of anything that you find interesting. I especially love taking photos of flowers in the Spring and of nature and animals year-round. I also let my daughter use my phone if she wants to take a photo. There are affordable cameras for kids like the VTech Kidizoom or Fujifilm Instax Camera as well as affordable cameras for adults on Amazon.
You can write anything whether it is your daily thoughts, poems, short stories, a novel, a play, or even a song. You can write on your phone, computer, or you can have a dedicated journal. You can also write letters to your friends or loved ones, and you can try out calligraphy as well. If you do not have a blog already, you can consider starting a blog. You can write about anything on your blog from your daily life, creative writing, recipes, reviews, advice, etc. I love writing and having a blog because I am able to get my thoughts out there.
#5 Graphic Design
If you have a blog or website, you can have a go at creating your own header and logo or even social media graphics like Pinterest pins and Instagram posts. You can use templates on Canva and download online graffiti fonts from Font Bundles that you can then upload on Canva when creating the design. You can also use the fonts to create business cards, cards for special occasions, or even a weekly schedule planner.
#6 DIY Crafts
If you have a ton of cardboard boxes, you can make them into something fun. I made a toy store using cardboard boxes for my daughter to play with. You can also make a scrapbook with old photos and decorate it, turn toilet paper or paper towel rolls into characters, or do seasonal crafts for the holidays. The ideas are endless, and Google and Pinterest are great resources for craft ideas.
#7 Cooking and Baking
I cook dinner most evenings and I love baking as well. If you are a beginner, I recommend downloading the Tasty app or browsing their website as it has tons of easy breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert recipes as well as recipes that require 5 ingredients or less. I recommend the Inside-Out Breakfast Burritos (there are 5 steps and they are great for breakfast), Easy Butter Chicken (I use tofu, but the recipe has 9 steps and a video to follow along with as well), and 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies (they taste delicious and my daughter helps make them too) to start off with. Even if you are not a beginner, the Tasty app is a great resource for recipes, and if you have any cookbooks, you can pull them out and see if there is anything you would like to make.
#8 Makeup and Nail Art
We are not going out as often, but that does not mean you cannot be creative and have fun with makeup. You do not have to buy new makeup, and you can use the makeup you already have. If you are unsure what makeup look to do, I have done various makeup challenges on my blog including the Draw My Makeup Challenge, 6 Minute vs 60 Minute Makeup Challenge, and My Daughter Picks My Makeup Challenge. If you are wanting to do your makeup, be sure to clean your makeup brushes before doing so if it has been a while since the last time you washed your brushes. Along with makeup, you can also do nail art. Again, you do not have to go out and buy new nail polish, and you can use what you have. Simply Nailogical started out as a nail art channel on YouTube, and she has plenty of tutorials. There are also tons of other nail art tutorials on YouTube.
If you are like me, you have a rather long TBR (To Be Read) list. You can set time aside to read that book you have been putting off. You can also try out listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are a game-changer for me because I can do chores around the house like putting away laundry while listening to a book. You can also download the Libby app where you can read ebooks or listen to audiobooks for free through your library.
#10 Virtual Tour
The last suggestion I have is to take a virtual tour. There are tons of museums and art galleries that offer virtual tours, and Google Arts and Culture has a huge list of places where you can see online exhibits as well as explore the museum. You can virtually tour landmarks, national parks, theme parks, and watch live cams for zoos and aquariums. There are plays, musicals, and concerts that you can watch online as well.