Five Crafts to Learn in Lockdown Make the most of your time at home by learning a craft. Put your hands and mind to work by teaching yourself these techniques - and do not forget to enjoy the results!
As it looks like we will still have restrictions for the near future, it is important to do activities that are relaxing and exercise your creativity. It is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby or learn a technique that you have never had the time to master. Click through for ideas of crafts to learn in lockdown - and links to free or cheap resources for your creative journey.
Learn a new craft to make use of your time in isolation. Image: Pexels via Pixabay.
Sewing The beauty of sewing is its versatility. No matter your skill level, and whether or not you have access to a home sewing machine, there is a wealth of instructional material at your fingertips.
There are plenty of video tutorials dedicated to teaching you how to sew. If you are a beginner with access to a sewing machine, start with part one of a five-part free series here.
I recommend this simple tutorial for making a circle skirt. You do not need a pattern, and the instructions are simple to follow. I have made two skirts using this tutorial - once with a machine, and once by hand - and both turned out beautifully!
Sewing is a practical and satisfying hobby. Image: Mystic Art Design via Pixabay.
Cross-stitch Cross-stitching is easy once you get the hang of it, and the finished pieces can be displayed as art. If you have never cross-stitched before, it is best to work with a kit that gives you a printed pattern and the correct colours. Spotlight sells plenty of kits at different price points. Once you have mastered the technique, you can progress to cross-stitching your own original designs onto Aida cloth.
Cross-stitch is a relaxing craft with stunning results. Image: Anita Smith via Pixabay.
Candle making Want to spend hours lovingly making something only to set it on fire? Then candle making is for you!
To get started with candle making, you can pick up a kit from an art supply store or candle supply store. As you will require speciality equipment and supplies, candle making is a little more expensive than some other at-home crafts. However, you can cut down on costs by saving old food jars to be used as candle jars.
You can make your own custom-scented candles at home. Image: Brett Hondow via Pixabay.
Jewellery making Jewellery making requires plenty of skills and an artistic eye. If you have always wanted to make your own earrings, necklaces, or bracelets, now is the time to start.
When it comes to making jewellery, there are endless techniques, materials, and styles to consider. Polymer clay jewellery is a good starting point for a beginner. You can buy low-cost kits which include clay as well as pre-made earring hooks and necklaces. As polymer clay comes in bright colours, the results are striking and eye-catching.
Polymer clay is a great place to start if you are new at jewellery making. Image: 5PS via Pixabay.
Turn your writing into art by learning calligraphy. You will need a calligraphic pen and ink cartridges in your desired colours - you can pick this up at Officeworks, or go to Kmart or Target for budget versions. There are plenty of tutorials online, or you can develop mastery through self-directed practice.
Once you have learned calligraphy, you will be able to take home-made greeting cards and invitations to the next level. If you are into bullet journaling, calligraphy can make your journal extra special.
Calligraphic lettering is difficult to learn, but the results are worth it. Image: Gerd Altmann via Pixabay.