Top 10 Creative Pastimes

Spending more time at home has inspired many of us to get creative.

To help get those creative juices flowing, Lucy Ashbey, Taught Postgraduate Student Support Assistant in the School of Computing, has suggested a feature on top 10 crafty activities:

1. Knitting/Crocheting

Whether you’re a knitting novice or a connoisseur in crocheting, there’s no time like the present to get crafting! With an abundance of tutorials and materials online from places like Stitch & Story, there’s plenty to inspire you.

2. Painting & drawing

Creating art is a great way to express yourself. From paying tribute to health care workers to illustrating the importance of wellbeing, picking up a pencil or paintbrush has never felt more poignant.

3. Writing

Whether you love to write poetry, song lyrics or even posting your own blog, putting pen to paper is a wonderful way to get creative!

4. Jewellery making

Start an exciting new hobby and create your very own jewellery. Learn the basic skills in jewellery-making to wear, sell or gift, from the likes of Beads Direct.

5. Paper-craft

From papier-mâché bowls to tissue paper flowers, there’s plenty of fun ways to craft with paper! A great one to try with children, The Spruce Crafts offers you tips on getting started.

6. Rubber stamping

If you’d love to put your own personalised ‘stamp’ on a birthday card or wedding invitation, then why not learn the art of rubber-stamping? Noolibird has a vast collection for you to try.

7. Music

What better time to learn how to play an instrument or hone your music skills? Practise those vocal chords and get involved in the University’s Virtual Music Project or join Kent’s Rock Choir.

8. Dancing

Dance is the perfect combination of being creative and keeping fit. Choose the style of virtual dance classes that suits you and get moving!

9. Cross-stitching

Cross-stitching is often seen as a rather therapeutic craft, and with a wide range of patterns and designs available online, the choices are endless!

10. Cooking

Spending more time at home has allowed many of us get more creative in the kitchen. For some inspiration on dish ideas, check out our top 10 chocolate and vegan recipes!

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