Crafting is huge, there’s no getting away from it. Most of us know at least one person getting happy with the creating right now. Just pop #crafting into Instagram or Twitter, or browse crafting on Pinterest and be blown away by the absolutely amazing creativity people are showing.
Do you have creativity you have nowhere to express? Do you find yourself looking at pictures of crafters and thinking; ‘I could do that’. Do you feel like your life would benefit from a new and interesting hobby? Do you fancy trying your hand at something new this year? If any of these apply to you, at least one of these amazing 6 crafts should be exactly what you need:
Once thought of as an old lady’s hobby, this vintage pastime has become seriously popular, with new knitting groups formed all the time, people of all ages coming together to knit,and even knitting clubs holding nights at bars and cafes. Knitting is seriously relaxing, and you can create some amazing things by doing it. Scarfs, candle holders, Christmas decorations – you name it, it can probably be knitted.
Perfect For: Socialising, low costs, relaxing, keeping hands busy
If you hadn’t already noticed, everyone has become a photographer since smartphones were introduced. That doesn’t mean that traditional cameras aren’t still extremely popular, in fact there’s more choice than ever when it comes to the kit you use to take photos. Opt for a traditional camera, or perhaps a vintage polaroid. There are even cool attachments for iPhones like macro cameras and night-shot cameras. Basically, this hobby is accessible for everyone, and social media is a fantastic way to showcase your talent in this particular area of creativity.
Perfect For: Self expression, excuse for travelling, those wanting an outdoors hobby that is as physical as they want it to be, a craft with a wide range of subjects
Painting is a truly raw form of expression that humans have been doing since the beginning of time, so it’s no wonder it is still such a strong part of our artistic culture – it is part of our expressive roots. Perhaps you fancy some finger painting (not just for kids!), doing some vegetable printing, or simply getting down to it with some good old fashioned paint brushes. It is a craft that will never get old, and one that holds its value as a skill your entire life.
Perfect For: People who want a mainstream hobby, people who like to express themselves with their hands, people who want the potential for detailed crafting
Crafts meets thriftiness with this hobby, which has such great potential for real practical creativity. Make your own clothes, your own quilts, create gifts, soft toys, costumes – the list is endless. Just take a moment to think about how many items you pay good money for that are sewed, and then think about the ability to make all of that yourself.
Perfect For: Practical crafting, making money, exploring textures and materials, people who want a really useful skill
Food crafting can be a lot of things. From cake decorating to vegetable art, food crafting is an extremely present and creative area right now. Although it can be expensive to get a continual selection of new supplies (naturally, as the supplies go off), the process of making can be very relaxing for many, and very tasty!
Perfect For: People who don’t mind investing quite a lot of money in ‘supplies’, foodies, people passionate about a certain area of food, people who like using their hands, patient people
6. Paper Crafting
With card making supplies and paper crafting tutorials so easily accessed, tools so cheap to buy, and the ability to start with the items you have in your house right now, paper crafting really is an extremely accessible craft. Perhaps you want to make someone a birthday card, or you would love to create paper flower lanterns for a party – there’s so much you can do with paper in just one afternoon.
Perfect For: Creating things quickly, cheap supplies, the whole family to enjoy
Crafting is something you need to explore to find your perfect ‘fit’. Try to go to craft fairs, talk to other crafters and have a go at the craft you are interested in before investing any time and money into it.