Have too much time on your hands?

With all the spare time we have on our hands thanks to the time we don’t have to commute going to work, there’s so much more we can do. When you’ve finally run out of things to watch, need a break from a screen or when you’re tired of binge-watching your way through this quarantine period, here are 10 hobbies you can try that’ll exercise your hands but will also bring out your creative juices.

Is cooking the hobby you want to take up? Check out: 2 Hours Worth of Cooking Tutorials That You Can Try at Home!

Knitting and Crocheting

Create anything wearable from beanies to mits, and scarves by learning how to knit and crochet or both! Quick fun fact: Knitting involves two knitting needles where you make loops with yarn while crocheting involves a crochet hook where you make small knots.

What you’ll need:

  • Knitting needles/Crochet hook
  • Yarn

Creating Masterpieces

Unlock your inner artist by learning how to create masterpieces with your preferred medium. Not only does this hobby simply involve objects you can find in your house, but if you’re confident enough, you can personalize your own clothes, bags, notebooks, etc. with your drawings.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Your preferred medium (pencil, watercolor, crayons, markers, etc.)
Insider tip: To learn how to draw, start with the basic shapes. To be inspired to draw, watch and have a goal to draw in a style similar to your favorite artists or even better, draw to find your own style. 

Sewing and Embroidering

Whether you’re in for learning a practical skill or learning how to designing your favorite pillowcase/shirt, learning how to sew and embroider is a “useful” hobby that’ll get you hooked for hours.

What you’ll need:

  • Needles
  • Thread
  • Cloth (retazzo, pillowcases, t-shirts)
  • Optional: thimble, pattern guide, embroidery hoop
Insider tip: Don't know where to start? Learn the basic stitches like running stitch, backstitch, cross-stitch, etc. first. 


Can’t draw people, objects, etc.? No worries! Try out calligraphy and hand-lettering instead! These hobbies will not only test your creativity but also your discipline to make your letters look as nice as possible. Quick fun fact: Calligraphy is different from hand-lettering. While calligraphy is the art of writing beautifully, hand-lettering is the art of illustrating letters.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Preferred writing tool (pencil, pen, nib & ink, marker)

Learn Origami

Origami or the art of paper folding is one of the most challenging yet rewarding hobbies you could take up because of the time it takes to perfect and create something out of a piece of paper. Fun fact: According to a Japanese tradition, if you fold 1000 paper cranes and string them together, you’ll get a chance to make one of your wishes come true.

What you’ll need:

  • A piece of paper
  • Origami guide
Insider tip: Re-folding the same paper tends to degrade its quality 'causing it to rip easier. So, if you're still a beginner, best use a number of scratch papers while practicing. 

Make Your Own Jewelry

Plan on changing your style during the quarantine? Complete your look with jewelry you’ve made on your own!

What you’ll need:

  • Beads
  • String
  • Optional: Thread, wire, pearls, etc.

Experiment with Your Look

Switch up your canvas by “painting” your face with your makeup. Now’s the best time to utilize the more bold colors on your palette.

What you’ll need:

  • Makeup (eyeshadow palette, foundation, lipstick, etc.)
  • Brushes, Makeup sponge, etc.
  • Makeup remover
Note: If your skin is reacting to the makeup, stop immediately. In addition, before you go to bed, make sure to wash the makeup off your face. 

Arrange your Photos in a Scrapbook

Feeling a little sentimental and miss making memories with your friends/family? Why not try reliving some in the meantime by going back and preserving those memories in a more creative way.

What you’ll need:

  • Scrapbook
  • Photos
  • Anything you want to use to decorate your scrapbook

Paint and Design Your Nails

It’ll be quite a while before you can go back to your favorite nail salon so if your chipped nails are already bothering you, it’s best for you to fix them on your own. Which only means one thing, time to try your hand at nail art.

What you’ll need:

  • Nail polish
  • Tools (You may improvise by using tape, toothpicks, etc.)
  • Nail polish remover and cotton
Insider tip: If you can, use a base coat so that the layers of nail polish won't directly damage your nails. 

Learn Magic or the Art of Cardistry

Surprise and impress your friends and family the next time you video chat by learning magic or learning the art of cardistry. Fun fact: Magic and cardistry is different in a sense that with magic, you’re hiding your skills – only allowing your audience to focus on the illusion – while with cardistry, you’re showing off your skills by making formations with the cards.

What you’ll need:

  • A deck of cards
  • A guide

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