Beat the Coronavirus Lockdown Blues by Learning a New Hobby
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Are you getting tired of being cooped up in the house for weeks on end? If you’re like me, you want to work out at the YMCA, take my grandchildren to the playground, and go to the beach!

We still have more weeks to go! So, how to we keep from getting the blues?

Well, how about learning a new hobby. How about learning to wood burn, knit, scrapbook, decorate cakes, rug hook, or create things with leather?

Learn to Decorate Cakes

We all love the beautiful cakes we see at a bakery, but did you know that you can decorate cakes yourself? It’s not that hard to learn and you can make gorgeous cakes for a fraction of the cost. After you watch the video, pick up some cake decorating basics at Joann’s or Amazon. You can pick up a beginner kit and add on as you need more supplies. I recommend springform pans if you don’t already one at least one. Also, a turntable is a must for easy frosting. This kit below doesn’t have the dyes, but you really don’t need it when you are starting out. I like this 276-Piece Beginner Cake Decorating Supply Kit.

Learn to Create Leather Projects

After you listen to the YouTube video on how to get started in leather working, you can get started with a simple project like a wallet. In “Leather Working for Beginners on a Budget,” the teacher recommends Harbor Freight. If you don’t have a Harbor Freight in your town, order tools from Amazon or this Beginner 52-Piece Leather Kit.

Learn to Hook Rugs

For rug hooking, I recommend just purchasing a simple rug or pillow hooking kit. The directions are simple and easy to follow. I found a cute Fish Rug Hooking Kit on Amazon. The finished “rug” is super small, but a great start project for anyone ages 8 and up.

Learn to Wood Burn

After you watch a video on how to wood burn, pick up an inexpensive wood burning kit to start with. I like this one because the temperature is easy to read which is helpful when you are starting out. You can pick up this 42-Piece Wood Burning Kit at Amazon.

Learn to Knit

Learning to knit is pretty easy and you only need a few tools to get started. You will need knitting needles, finishing needles, scissors, and yarn. You can pick up these things at Wal-Mart, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, or Amazon. The video from Hobby Lobby above is a great one for getting started.

Learn to Scrapbook & Make Cards

I love scrapbooking! There are all kinds of ways to preserve memories and scrapbooks are so special to look at years later. Scrapbooking and card making can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. I have tons of scrapbooking supplies at my house like paper, fancy scissors, stickers, markers, and hole punches. But, I found this great beginner kit for people who want to get started! You can find “>Amazon.

I’ve given you some ideas and you can come up with more on your own. Here is the basic formula for learning a new hobby:

  • Watch YouTube videos on how to get started
  • See if you have the materials you need to get started. If not, pick up the basic supplies
  • Have fun!

Don’t forget to rise above the boredom blues with creativity! Use this time to learn something new and fun! Don’t let the Covid-19 Lockdown get you down!

Here are some more hobby ideas for you:

  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Learn to draw
  • Learn to paint
  • Learn to crochet
  • Learn to bake bread
  • Learn to whittle
  • Learn to whistle
  • Learn to jump rope
  • Learn to juggle
  • Learn to do card tricks
  • Learn to write a poem
  • Learn to bird watch

Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!

Warmly,

Meredith Curtis


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