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The lockdown in this past year has definitely not been the easiest and funnest. A positive that I have found during lockdown is that I have a lot more free time now. But what do we do with all this free time so we don’t start getting bored?
I’ve partnered up with Font Bundles to share 10 lockdown activities to inspire creativity.
1 Start a Blog
I actually restarted my blog again in mid 2020 during lockdown. I first started blogging around 2014 (who didn’t want to become the next Zoella?) but always blogged for periods at a time until I completely abandoned it.
Blogging for me has been an amazing side hobby where I can write about whatever I want and be me. I can be as creative and as passionate as I want. If you’re thinking about blogging, do it – do it now!
2 Start a Youtube Channel
Youtube creators have been thriving during lockdown because everyone is bored and at home. Youtube is such a great way to express your creativity and reach an audience. From vlogging, hauls, DIY, commentary – there is a niche out there for you.
Youtube is also great to experiment with filming, editing, research and presentation skills. You can even use free fonts to help design your channel banner art i.e. the first thing you see when you click on a channel.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, channel your inner creativity with some painting. I’ve done a bit of painting over lockdown and taken inspiration from Pinterest.
My friends and I have been having painting sessions by following a step by step Bob Ross tutorial. There are hundreds of paintings to choose from on Youtube. Despite Bob Ross’s iconic soothing voice, our painting sessions have been very much chaotic and Bob Ross goes way too fast. It’s still really good fun.
4 Start a scrapbook
I love physical photos – there is something special about being able to display them. Go through your phone and computer and find all your favourite photos. For me, my favourite ones are when I am on vacation. It might be at a music festival or photos with your friends. You can print them really cheap at stores such as Kmart (Australia) or Walgreens (US).
Find a really nice journal and decorate it with stickers, different papers, tapes and let that creativity and imagination flow. If you want to make it even more aesthetically pleasing, you can utilise Font Bundles. Font Bundles free fonts has hundreds of free fonts to use to help enhance and personalise your scrapbook.
I am loving Housttik. It is minimalist, clean and modern and right up my alley. Check out my Pinterest board below for scrapbooking ideas – these are all so aesthetic and creative.
5 Crochet or Knit
Learn crocheting or knitting for beginners and create your own creative project. You can crochet or knit socks, scarfs or a blanket. I believe that knitting is an easier technique but both are a big learning curve. Most importantly, you’ll let about patience, save money and show creativity and be really proud with what you have created.
6 Learn an instrument
Learning a new instrument can be really challenging but also really rewarding. Have you always wanted to play a particular song? For me, I’ve always wanted to play bass guitar. I am a huge fan of funk and I’m always hearing the bassline in songs.
Or pick up your old instrument. It’s collecting dust. It’s been years since I picked up the violin and I think it would be fun to pick it up again.
7 Cook something new
The sky is the limit when it comes to cooking. There are endless recipes and combinations of food to try. Maybe every week you can try cook a new cuisine.
During lockdown, I tried new combinations of pizza toppings and made a pizza with prosciutto, rocket and bocconcini that I am proud of. It takes delicious and you can try it here.
I also recently went to Nobu which is a a Japanese fine dining restaurant but I realised there were so many recipes online recreating Nobu fine dining signature dishes such as yellowtail jalapeno. There honestly is a recipe for everything online. Recreate your favourite fine dining dish.
8 Design Clothes
Spark a bit of creativity in your wardrobe. Spray paint your jeans or design a shirt. If you’re up for a challenge, transform your thrifted and old clothes into something new.
9 Start a DIY Home Project
Spark some creativity and warmness into your home with a DIY Home Project. Whether it’s painting a wall, reorganising a room, adding furniture or transforming current furniture – spark some creativity and life back into your house. As we are home more often than ever since we’ve been in lockdown, it is important to not neglect your living space.
10 Take an Online Course and Learn a New Skill
There are so many free online creative courses out there that you can watch. Learn anything from how to find your style, how to start a creative side project, how to build creative confidence. I think these are fantastic skills because they were really valuable and transferable. They are also long-term skills that you can finesse even after lockdown is over.
At least in Australia, the impact of coronavirus is not terrible. People are abiding to government rules so much so that things are looking back to normal. However, I’ve learnt so much during lockdown and I will not stop my creative projects.
What creative activities have you been doing in lockdown?