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Crafty Quarantine

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

By Lauren Balster

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For a lot of us, quarantine has meant more free time; with work, school and activities going virtual. Some people may choose to spend this extra free time relaxing, binge-watching Netflix (guilty) or even giving more time to their self-care routine. Others have found themselves exploring different hobbies and passions that they might not have had the time to discover in the past. What better time to find what it is that fuels your fire, right?

If you’re looking for some ways to spend your free time in a more thrilling way than watching television (though we love that too) here are some fun, artsy activities that will give you a change of pace!

1. Experiment with makeup

Ever since the cast of the hit HBO show Euphoria taught us how to mix it up with their eye makeup, I’ve been obsessed with trying new things in my makeup routine. Even just throwing in a colored eyeliner can really spice it up. Whether you’re hitting the town or just staying in, experimenting with your makeup can be extremely fun and lead to a great selfie!

2. Watercolor

Painting has become somewhat of a lost art on all of us (remember when we used to paint all the time in elementary school art class)? However, it is still a great way to let your creativity flow, even as a young adult. Last month, I was a bridesmaid for my friend’s wedding and since I had some spare time on my hands, I decided to watercolor paint the card for their wedding. It not only cured my boredom, but also saved me from buying a card!

3. Outfit DIY

Feeling sick of your wardrobe? Why not turn it into something different? For example: I took this cheetah turtleneck top and turned it into a tube top and headband set with some snipping and stitching. It is not only a fun craft, but super rewarding to find a new purpose for something that you might no longer have a use for.

4. Calligraphy

I know I’m not the only one who sees professional calligraphy and wishes they could recreate it! Now is a better time than ever to brush up on the craft. Depending on your preferences, you can buy a pen or marker to start off- I found that working with a marker is smoother when you’re first learning.

5. Embroidery

There is an unlimited amount of things you can embroider. From sweatshirts, tops, jeans and hats to pillows, blankets and socks... the list goes on! A little embroidery can spice up any piece in your wardrobe or could simply be a fun craft. Amazon has tons of embroidery starter kits if you’re looking for a place to start. on Instagram

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