The longer we spend inside, the more our favorite Netflix shows and forced family bonding feel, well, a bit played out. That’s why I’ve been on the hunt for unique hobbies to mix things up.
I don’t know about you but, I always fall victim to spending pointless time on my phone to the point where my “screen time” is at an all time high and the more time I spend on my phone, the worse I feel.
One thing my phone has taught me, though, is to use the resources I have online to learn a new skill or watch others create. Unlike the times before us…
We can use Youtube tutorials, articles, or even talk to friends as a way to discover new hobbies together. Below are some outside-the-box, unique hobbies that are fun to learn and awesome to master now that we have some time on our hands!
Personalize a Product
This unique hobby is where the internet is truly an asset. If you’re someone who already makes art and isn’t quite sure what to do with it, what’s better than creating a personalized product that you and your friends can own?
Uploading designs to Redbubble is one way to get your designs on stickers, mugs, and even clothes.
Even if you’re not an ~artist,~ fear not! Making a board game from household supplies like extra school markers and cut out pieces of paper can be a great and low-key activity to try out with family and friends over video chat.
Writing letters to friends and family is an amazingly therapeutic hobby that I took with me to college, and can also be done from home!
From creating your own stationery with intricate designs to custom envelopes, your letters can go from basic to beautiful.
Another fun way to write letters is by journaling. Since there aren’t many opportunities to get together with our friends and vent right now, writing letters to people about how you’re feeling is a great way to let your emotions out when there’s no one to talk to.
You can choose to send the letters or just keep them to yourself, but either way it’s amazing to be able to write and express your emotions without a fear of judgement!
If you’re looking for a hobby that can bring you in some money from home, handmade products are a great way to go.
Experimenting with making beauty products or household items is something that many of us don’t have time to fit into our every day schedules at college, but now is an opportune time to learn a new skill!
Just like letters, soaps and candles and other handmade products can be customized for color, packaging, and scent. You can throw in pressed flowers, glitter, or stones and crystals to make candle or resin designs stand out.
Recycling materials like old tins to hold candles will ensure that you’re staying environmentally friendly too!
For those over 21, mixology is a fun, unique hobby that helps you develop your taste as an ~adult~ and help you know what to order at the bar!
As someone who isn’t great at cooking and following recipes, mixology helps me to figure out what flavors go together well without the high stakes of having to create a meal.
Anyone under 21 can join in the fun as well! Alcohol absolutely is not necessary to experiment with flavor – I have such a good time mixing juice flavors and creating frozen drinks just with juice and soda I can find in my house.
Now is also the best time to touch up on your barista skills and blend some cool coffee or tea drinks!
There are plenty of resources and cookbooks online to help you learn classic cocktails and mixtures, but you can also experiment yourself and create something new!
Collage and Scrapbooking
I’ve been super into collaging for a while, so I’m excited to have the time to work on it! Collage art is a unique hobby that’s suited for everyone because it doesn’t necessarily require the skill or steady hand of drawing or painting.
Here’s a collage I made recently using only magazine and paper scraps found around my room:
Your collage can be super artsy if you use pieces of paintings or old art, magazines, or other recycled materials. Collages can also be personal if you use photos of yourself and your friends!
Whether you choose to make individual collages, collage on bullet journal pages, or create a scrapbook of a person, place, or time, collage art is an amazing way of expressing yourself both visually and in writing!
For those craving a dose of the outdoors, our own backyards or small apartments are the closest many of us can get right now! Although we may not be able to go out and hike, camping and other nature-inspired activities can help bring the outside in.
Take any old supplies like tents, blankets, and bug spray out to your backyard for a semi-authentic experience.
Even though you may not be far from home, leaving electronics inside and getting cozy with a parent, sibling, roommate, or a good book can be refreshing.
If you don’t have access to a backyard, create a pillow fort! One of my favorite boredom activities is getting comfy — gather up pillows and blankets to make yourself a soft and fluffy paradise.
Take your fort to the next level by making a hot drink, settling in with a book or movie, and letting yourself have time to relax and not be distracted by everyday life for just one night.
Grow a Garden
Another fun outdoor activity to try if you have access to a yard or some space by a window is to start growing some plants or produce! Since we are spending a ton of time at home, we definitely have the patience to grow plants and tend to them.
The satisfaction you get eating a veggie you grew yourself is awesome! Learning about different flowers is a useful skill, and by growing a garden you can get a first hand look at the growing process.
If you don’t have a pet, a garden can also be a super fun way to feel like you’re taking care of something other than yourself. For us college girls just becoming adults, tending a garden can cultivate responsibility so we’re ready to take the world by storm after quarantine.
Create a Book/Movie Guide
Finally, a unique hobby that doesn’t involve too many resources but is super satisfying – creating your own book, movie, or music guide!
You know when you want to watch a movie but you can’t remember the name? Now is the perfect time to organize all of your favorite books, movies, or music into genres or playlists you can have at hand and share with friends.
There are plenty of templates like the one above on Pinterest to help give you ideas and get you started. You can sort things alphabetically, by color (for books), or by genre. I love getting creative with my organization and creating playlists based on a photo or a color!
Organization may not sound super fun, but ending with a collection that is 100% YOU is the most satisfying feeling. Taking the time to create your own “library” now will certainly pay off later!
What’s your favorite unique hobby?
Have you tried any of these hobbies? What have you been doing to keep yourself busy in quarantine? How do you use technology to help learn new skills?
Let me know in the comments!