The first question that comes to my mind when I’m told that I should practice social distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) is: Do I have enough to do? Since I’m a crafter, the answer is yes. I’m fortunate in that way because I have bins full of craft supplies to keep me occupied for a long time, possibly even months, so I can hunker down as long as need be.
Unfortunately, not everyone has a craft stash like I do and might not have the luxury or the means to go out and buy craft supplies right now. So what creative activities can you do to keep busy while social distancing and/or self-isolating?
I have compiled a list of creative activities that you can do using supplies you likely already have at home:
15 Creative Activities to Do While Social Distancing
1. Write a letter to your future self, documenting your thoughts and feelings during the pandemic. Seal it in an envelope and file it away to be read in the future.
Supplies needed: paper, pen or pencil, and envelope.
2. Make a news scrapbook from newspaper clippings to document current events.
Supplies needed: notebook, newspaper, scissors, and glue or tape.
3. If you’re not the documenting type, make a photo journal during your self-isolation. Take a fun new photo everyday documenting your activities for the day.
Supplies needed if printing: camera, printer paper, printer, ink, scissors, glue or tape, notebook.
Supplies needed if keeping digital: camera, computer or tablet, and a photo journal app, such as Day One Journal.
4. Since Easter is right around the corner, decorate Easter eggs using supplies you already have at home (see Marbled Easter Eggs tutorial by Better Homes & Gardens here).
5. Remember how you used to doodle in the margins of your notebooks in school while the teacher droned on and on about subjects that just didn’t interest you? Take a pen and paper and doodle like you used to. I promise you won’t get in trouble for not paying attention.
Supplies needed: paper and pen or pencil.
6. Sharpen those pencil crayons you have stashed in a drawer and colour in a colouring book or print colouring pages from free websites, such as Just Color.
Supplies needed: pencil crayons and colouring book or computer, printer paper and printer ink.
7. Start a small garden in your home using only food scraps (see article by Don’t Waste the Crumbs here).
Supplies needed: glass jars or other containers, water and various food scraps such as lettuce, parsley, oregano, onion greens, etc.
8. Join a Window Art Facebook group in your neighbourhood, participate in group art activities and display art in your windows.
Supplies needed: various art supplies and access to Facebook.
Some Facebook groups in Winnipeg, Manitoba are located here:
9. If you happen to have sidewalk chalk lying around the house from the kids or grandkids, go outside and write encouraging messages on the sidewalk in front of your house. Passersby will appreciate the encouragement.
Supplies needed: sidewalk chalk and a sidewalk to write on.
10. Repair clothing that needs repairs, such as sewing on buttons or patches, stitching hems, and/or repairing tears.
Supplies needed: clothing to repair and sewing kit.
11. Since you’re already sewing, make reusable shopping bags from old T-shirts that you no longer want to wear (see tutorial by Creative Green Living here).
Supplies needed: old T-shirts and sewing kit.
12. Make reusable produce bags from mesh bags (see tutorial by The Vintage Home Sewist here).
Supplies needed: mesh produce bags, string, scrap material (optional) and sewing kit (optional).
13. Assemble a jigsaw puzzle.
Supplies needed: physical jigsaw puzzle or computer or tablet and jigsaw puzzle app (see The 7 Best Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles here).
14. Make a gourmet meal using only ingredients you have in your cupboard.
Supplies needed: various kitchen supplies and ingredients.
15. On your daily walk, collect fallen pinecones and small tree branches and use them to make decorative centerpieces.
For an idea, see Birch Branch Woodland Tablescape by An Extraordinary Day (tutorial here).
These are just a few of the creative activities you can do to keep your mind engaged and your body relaxed during social distancing and self-isolation. Use your imagination with what you have at home. The sky is the limit (or perhaps the ceiling of your home)!
Most importantly, to keep anxiety, depression and loneliness at bay, make sure you stay connected with other people through various means, such as phone, text, or video chat. We were created to be social beings, so it’s important for our mental health to maintain healthy relationships with other people.
For tips on how to have a social life while remaining physically distant from other people, see the blog post, “25 Ways to Stay Social While Social Distancing” from a Small-Town Girl at Heart.
I hope that you will find peace and inspiration through my blog and handmade creations!
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