We all know the negative impact of lockdown. And it has been hard for so many reasons. But there are positives to be found. Without having to rush here there and everywhere I have been able to tap into my creative side, which has definitely helped me when my mind has been whirring and I have been having tough days. So here are a few creative lockdown activities.

1 Embroidery

I never thought I would find myself doing this, but once I got past stabbing myself with a needle and found a clever little hack for threading the needle, I found it really relaxing. There are so many kits out there that come with everything you need and for every budget.

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Kit from Cotton Clara

2 Painting & Drawing

I first re-discovered a love of drawing through doing Art Hub For Kids and Draw With Rob tutorials with the kids. It quickly became a summer rock painting project, a paint by numbers picture, and log painting too. Basically if you stand still long enough in my house, there’s a chance I might draw something on you. I find it very therapeutic!

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3 Decorating

There’s a lot of satisfaction in changing a room design. A pot of paint can make such a difference. We did my son’s bedroom this year. I’m ready to tackle the living room next and have been binge watching design and home makeover shows for inspiration.

4 Gardening

I’m not sure whether this new hobby was a result of lockdown or age, but I love it. Having gone from zero interest to being completely addicted. I love growing and re-potting and pushing the boundaries on how many plants we need! It’s rewarding, creative and makes your garden pretty,

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5 Design Prints

If getting creative digitally is more your thing, why not treat yourself to some new fonts and design your own inspirational quotes. You could print them and frame them for your home, or print them as postcards to send to friends and family. Font Bundles script fonts packages are great value for money. You can get font packages for under £10, to really get your creative juices flowing.

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6 Write

For me, writing has always been my passion. It’s cathartic. It’s a great creative outlet. Whether it’s a poem, a story, a blog post, or a letter to a friend. Get writing! Always a good excuse for new stationery too!

7 Bake

Now this is a win win, you get to create something from scratch, and you get to eat something delicious at the end. Whether you are baking a cake or making some fudge, you can get creative with your design, decoration and flavours. There is so much inspiration on line when it comes to baking. My personal favourites for recipes are Taming Twins and Amy Treasure. What The Red Head Said has some fantastic fudge recipes.

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Made using Amy Treasure’s Galaxy Caramel Blondie’s recipe

8 Organise

Get creative with organising. One of my personal favourites. Nothing quite beats the satisfaction of organising a cupboard so everything is easy to access. I get to do something practical that will benefit the whole family, and use creativity in my solutions. Get creative with storage solutions and labels.

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9 Photo-books

Photo-books are a great way of preserving special memories in an easily accessible format. And there are some great websites that give you the freedom to get really creative with your design too, from the layout, and the backgrounds, the fonts and embellishments. Photo-books are a great way to get creative digitally. They make great gifts too.

There are so many ways to find your creative side and discover new hobbies that you love. Kits are a great way to get started. Start small and expand as you find your confidence. Setting aside some time each weekend to do something creative is a fantastic way of looking after you mental well being.

What have been your favourite creative lockdown activities?

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This is a sponsored post. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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