Lockdown Hobbies I Tried And Liked

Doing things with my hands makes me less worried and stressed. And with the extra time I’ve had, plus the extra worries, there’s been nothing better than trying new things to keep me busy in the last several months.

Aside from crying, baking and scrolling, these are the 10 hobbies I’ve tried and liked, so I wanted to share in case they inspire you too.

Cross Stitching
A £5.99 set that I bought a few years back kept me entertained for a few summer afternoons and has helped me be more innovative. Since then I’ve found some questionable but cute designs on eBay and have even made my own very basic template!

I was halfway one when the first lockdown kicked in and it definitely kept me stress free for a few evenings. I love how it’s fun and cheap, but it does make you question yourselves at times and takes up space. Good thing there are puzzle mats to solve that issue. I also like that you can trade it easily, keeping it budget friendly.

Every autumn/winter I have this urge to knit, so I have a simple set of needles and a ball of wool I got at a charity shop that I’ve been re-using for years. I’ve finally been inspired to finish a scarf and think this is it for the season. Someone in my village in Bosnia still makes wool, which I hope I can get my hands on. My dream is to eventually knit a pair of thick wool socks just like I had as a kid.

Playing Tabletop Role-Playing Games
I love board games and dice games. But now I’ve been able to give the tabletop role-playing games a try – I’m talking Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Humblewood and Gloomhaven – and have been loving it. Have I already bought a second D&D book, maybe…

Friendship Bracelets
Cross stitching threads brought me back to one of my favourite time wasters growing up: making friendship bracelets. I did a bunch over the summer and then forgot about it. Now I’m making my ‘winter collection’ using a new bunch of colours and I can’t wait to share them.

Lego Afternoons
Putting together the Lego sets sure has been fun, but pretty costly and takes up space. At least the Friends set and the London Routemaster Bus look cute. Will I keep up with it? I’ll let the three sets that are waiting to be built answer that.

Drying Flowers
It’s a slow and mindful process and leaves you with a nice something to keep the spring and summer alive! It’s seasonal, but definitely worth repeating.

Learning various techniques and creating the cutest things. I thought this would be similar to cross stitching, but I feel embroidery is more practical. I’m all inspired by this room at the Exchange Hotel.

Making Cheese
So far I’ve tried Bosnian soft cheese, Mexican queso fresco and ricotta. It’s fulfilling for both the mind and the stomach and I absolutely love it. This is also an important step into my low waste journey. Once I find bottled milk that is. And I also want to try making it from alternative milk drinks.

Clay Pottery
The kit from Sculp’d came on time and I loved the pots I made. I got a bit discouraged when checking the hashtag and seeing all the amazing creations other people made. Then I reminded myself I’m a first timer and that my next project – the Pinterest famous moon hanger – is something I can do.

What have your favourite lockdown hobbies been?

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  1. So many cool hobbies! Knitting and crochet have been favorites of mine for years, but recently I also gave embroidery a try.

  2. Oeh I love puzzles! We only have 1, so I might have to arrange an exchange with someone else (as I’ve already finished ours). My fav lockdown hobbies are cooking new stuff, and pottery, but the studio is closed still, so will have to wait for that one to open (I use the wheel).
    You have tried a lot!