Let’s get real here: we’ve all got a lot more time on our hands now that the coronavirus has hit. And as much as some of us may want to (guilty!), we can’t spend every second of every day drinking coffee, cuddling with our dogs and (attempting) to work from home.
Getting creative with DIY projects is one of my personal favorite forms of self-care, but one that I tend to put off, thinking I don’t have time. Well, now I sure do! That’s why I’ve made it my goal to scrapbook David and I’s entire relationship (yep, two years!) over the next few months of quarantine. Wish me luck.
I firmly believe that exercising your creative muscles is good for your mental health. Creativity relieves stress — which, in turn, is good for your physical health. So, it’s a stretch, but you *might* say that crafting strengthens your immune system. I’m just saying.
If you want to embark on a new craft project but aren’t sure where to start, I’ve rounded up these adorable DIY projects for you to incorporate into your self-care routine. Get ready to squee when you see these cute-AF crafts!
Coronavirus Journaling Stickers
Decorating a planner or bullet journal is one of my personal favorite ways to get crafty — but if you’re anything like me, your “plans” this week probably consist of staying at home and trying not to get sick. Thankfully, Super Cute Kawaii has some free coronavirus journaling stickers (featuring adorably hilarious motifs like kawaii hand soap and toilet paper!) you can print to perfectly encapsulate the mood of the moment.
And while we’re on the subject, SCK is one of my favorite sites to source DIY projects from — and they have an entire archive of kawaii crafts for your perusal. Be sure to check it out while you’re there!
Felt Llama Sewing Craft
Hand-sewing is one of the simplest crafts you can pick up, even if you have no experience. This felt llama pattern by Artsy Craftsy Mom is an easy project for beginners to stitch, with very little detail and no need for precision. You can even eliminate the hair and the embroidery on the saddle to make this project even easier! Plus, at the end you’re left with an adorable llama plush — so, what’s not to love?
Unicorn Sleeping Masks
If you’re looking for a project that’s needle and thread-free, these unicorn sleeping masks can be made with a hot glue gun — and they’re perfect for giving your quarantine those fun sleepover vibes! Because what better way to spend a (forced) night in than by crafting with sequins and glitter glue, amirite?
Knitted Cup Cozy
Or, perhaps you can use this time to finally learn how to knit! It’s ridiculously easy to make a DIY cozy for your coffee cup. All you need to do is knit a strip and sew the ends together. Well, okay — it’s a little more complicated than that, but not by much! You can follow along with this YouTube tutorial from The Blue Mouse Knits to find out exactly how it’s done.
Birthday Cake Cupcakes
Alternatively, if you’re feeling a DIY project you can eat when it’s done, you can whip up these small batch birthday cake cupcakes from Dessert for Two! This recipe makes just four cupcakes, so you’re not stuck eating an entire batch while you’re holed up at home with no one to share them with. Not to mention, there’s sprinkles involved…. who doesn’t love sprinkles?!