Crafts to Take Up from Your Living Room This Autumn


Is it that time of year again? It seems like as soon as the summer, arrives it ends! Once again, the nights begin to get longer and the weather starts to get colder. This is the perfect time to think about taking up a new hobby or craft, especially for those dark evenings when you just feel like staying indoors.

But you don’t necessarily have to leave your house to get into a new hobby; there are plenty of activities that you can take up, right from the comfort of your own sofa. When you’ve had a stressful day or want a bit of time just to yourself, arts and crafts are the perfect way to unwind and get back in touch with your creativity.

Better still, you can decorate your living room with your creations when you're done. So get comfortable, and get creative!


Watercolour painting

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Do you remember painting as a child? Watercolours are not just for kids! These particular paints are perfect for creating different shades and tones; it doesn’t take a lot of effort to mix a beautiful new colour to play with. You can create beautiful skies, ocean pictures, or paint the landscape that you can see from your window. Many art clubs use water colours because they’re very versatile paints: because they mix together so well, it’s easy to fix any mistakes you might make on the paper.

There’s no pressure to create a masterpiece (although some famous artists did use watercolours), and you can start looking for things to paint while sitting on your sofa and looking around the room: try painting a cushion design, house plants, or even the dog!

TIP: Find the right paper for your paintings. Hot pressed paper is less absorbent so better for mixing; cold pressed paper catches colours quickly.


Journal writing

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Sometimes it can be therapeutic to get your feelings down on paper. Journal writing has been a popular hobby for a long time and it is just as popular with adults as with young people. It’s cheap and rewarding; all you need is a place to sit, a pen and paper and you’re ready to go! There are some surprising benefits to keeping a journal, but more than anything it is just a great way to take some time to focus on you:

  • Put words to your problems – it can be easier to think things through if you can explain what’s bothering you.
  • Privacy is just as important as sharing - it’s good to be able to write things down that maybe not everyone needs to read!
  • Journal writing can help develop your writing skills – many famous writers have kept journals and there’s nothing to stop you developing your journal into a story or article for publishing.

TIP: Make a plain-looking journal suit your unique personality by customising it with cut outs, postcards and your favourite pictures.



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Calligraphy is about more than just neat handwriting: it’s an art form and has been popular at various periods throughout Egyptian, Arabic and Medieval history, just to name a few. So put down the computer keyboard and your smart phone, and pick up a pen instead!

Calligraphy will help you to fall in love with writing again. It is great for improving your concentration and gives you a good excuse to sit down and slow down during a busy day.

You can develop your own calligraphy style, so that your writing is truly unique to you. And once you get good at it, Calligraphy is perfect for creating unique greeting cards, writing up a favourite poem to be framed, or developing a personal signature that’s unmistakably your own.

TIP: Calligraphy is great for making handmade signs to hang around your house, such as your children’s rooms or the bathroom.


Acoustic guitar

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Everyone loves music right? No matter what your style, music exists to suit every possible taste. So why not get involved in music and learn how to play an instrument?

For new learners, the obvious choice is to go for the classic acoustic guitar. Most music tracks involve a guitar, and it’s one of the easiest instruments to learn a tune on, with hundreds of songs available online.

Some studies suggest that playing music can be good for your health, but even if you’re just looking for a new skill to learn, enjoying your favourite music by playing it yourself is rewarding and fun. Plenty of guitar teachers can even come to your house to teach you, and of course you can practice on your own in your free time. So this really is a hobby that you can learn from the comfort of your sofa!

TIP: If you’re feeling brave, why not have a singalong with some friends? Bring the open mic session to your sitting room!


Jewellery making

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How about taking up a practical hobby such as making homemade jewellery? It’s a great way of re-using any beads left over from old or broken jewellery, and you can have lots of fun finding unusual titbits to add to your latest pieces.

Mix and match with different colours and different materials to make a piece that’s truly unique. Every new piece will be different, which makes them the perfect unique present for birthdays or Christmas. There’s a variety of different items you can try making, including:

  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Anklets
  • Rings
  • Hair accessories

TIP: If you really get into making your own jewellery, consider selling them to earn a little extra spending money for buying more beads and trinkets!



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Origami is the perfect hobby to keep your hands busy and your mind occupied on those wet and windy Sunday mornings. All you need is paper!

The art of paper folding was first created in Asia, spreading across China Japan and Korea, and has now become a popular hobby which is easy to take up, whether you’re going pro or just getting started.

Once you’ve got the knack of it, you can start making delicate and beautiful decorations, like a mobile of little birds, perfect for hanging by the back door or in a window.

TIP: Remember to start simple, with easy designs, and gradually work your way up to more difficult constructions.



Whoever said you had to go outside to take up a hobby! There are plenty of activities that can be done from the comfort of your own home, but arts and crafts are particularly effective. They’re believed to help relieve stress, improve creative thinking and also boost self-esteem. It’s healthy to do something different after a long day, so why not give the television a rest and create something amazing? Do something for you this winter and indulge your creativity!

Posted in DIY, Homemaking, Lifestyle on 21st Sep 2016


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