Get Bored? DIY Items You Can Make at Home
Social distancing can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be boring. From trying out new recipes to investing your time and effort into a side hustle that can earn you some extra cash, staying home during a lockdown or a quarantine can prove to be just the inspiration you needed to kickstart your creativity and try something new.
From DIY crafts to crafts for kids, there’s a lot of cool things you can do when learning to do-it-yourself from the confines of your home. Yes, even that new DIY wall decor that you’ve been aching to try but haven’t had the time to.
So, are you bored yet? We don’t blame you. Here are DIY items you can make at home and other crafty ideas to keep you and the kids entertained when bored while self-isolating to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
DIY Crafts for Kids
When it comes to crafts for kids, you’ll likely want to focus on five-minute crafts that are easy for little ones. Sticking to DIY crafts that only feature a few steps of instructions is best here as you don’t want to risk overloading your kids with too much information, which could result in meltdowns and frustrations. It’s supposed to be fun, remember?
Good Housekeeping is a good place to start if you’re looking for fun craft ideas for kids. However, what we suggest doing first is getting taking stock of what you have in your home to use for DIY crafts. Do you have paint, paper plates, plastic silverware, tissue paper, and other fun craft items? If so, try searching for what you can make with what you already have.
Hanging jellyfish are a great idea for those who want to add a little life to their home. Let your kids paint paper bowls, poke holes in them, and then stick yarn inside. Hang the paper bowl upside down to let the yarn hang down and enjoy floating jellyfish.
Or, you can use empty tissue boxes to make tissue box monsters. Have your kids paint the boxes however they want and then add scary faces. The opening is the mouth, so they can attach paper teeth or even add gooey stuff inside. Interested in something a bit more advances and interactive? Set your kids up on Youtube and let them watch the wonders of Red Ted Art or check out these online resources that can help kids get crafty.
DIY Home Decor Ideas
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy crafting during a quarantine. You simply just have to let your imagination run wild. What kinds of crafts have you been wanting to make? What areas of your house could use an interesting upgrade? Make a mini house for your jewelry or think about DIY wall decor ideas. Household Hacker is a great channel on YouTube for practical DIY projects while Home & Garden for Mere Mortals is a great channel for those looking to get outside and enjoy some spring sun while self-isolating.
If you have old picture frames lying around, for example, try painting them to match the rest of your living room or bedroom. Or, you can make use of old wood or other materials you have lying around by decorating unique wooden signs for your entryway. If you have an old piece of wood from your fence, you can paint it into a unique rustic welcome sign.
Interested in taking things to a new level or need to fill more space on your wall? Think about collecting old yardsticks (schools might be throwing them out right now or you can order them off of Amazon) and creating a fun yardstick flag wall art piece.
DIY Clothing & Accessories
Seeing as you’re under strict (hopefully, for the sake of our country) lockdown, why not take the time to engage in some deep spring cleaning? You don’t have to start with your home if that feels too overwhelming. Instead, try simply cleaning out your closet. You’re likely to find things that’ll cheer you up during this tough time.
And, the things you know you can’t or don’t want to wear anymore are still useful! At least, they are now that you’re bored at home and in need of fun DIY projects. Think about all of the different ways in which you can upcycle your clothing. For example, if you find an old pair of jeans with holes in them, patch them up using some fabric from your favorite shirts that you can’t wear anymore.
Or, take old socks and make them into sock monkeys with the kids! Find that it’s time to get rid of your current curtains but love the fabric and color? Don’t get rid of them completely. Instead, cut the fabric up to make homemade pillows. You’ll be able to use them as accent decor while upgrading to other curtains once the lockdown is over.
Finding Support While Bored at Home
Being bored at home is something we’re all likely to face in the coming months. And, we truly do feel you when we say that we’re all struggling through this adjustment phase of the pandemic. As we’re readjusting our schedules, our lives, and our finances, we’d like you to remember one thing: we’re always here for you at Cheese.
We’re working hard to support our community, which is why we’re working towards giving 20 students $50 each for their weekly groceries. And, we're also contributing to the SoCal tech community's gofundme to donate protective gear to SoCal hospitals.
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Here's how you and your family can get entertained at home: