As coronavirus runs rampant, many of us are at home practicing social distancing. While this isn’t the ideal circumstance for a vacation, it does present the free time to take on projects you may not normally allow yourself to indulge in. In today’s article, I’ll outline ten creative endeavors that can help to pass the…
I look forward to the day when this blog post is outdated! For now, though, many of us are taking shelter indoors — to protect ourselves and others — as COVID-19 rocks the world. If you plan to spend a lot of time at home for the next couple of weeks, I’ve got a list of 10 “stuck at home” project suggestions! Bonus: many of these can also be done with kids who are home from school.
1. Channel Your Inner Planner
At a time when things feel a little bit out of control, you can whip things into shape in your own universe! You know that closet you never have time to organize or that room you’ve been meaning to paint? Now is the time to tackle those types of projects.
There are several productivity-focused printables on the TPK website. They include:
You don’t have to identify as an artist to start a sketchbook journal! For many of us, this is an opportune time to process thoughts and emotions, and a sketchbook journal can help you to do that. Whether you opt to make actual sketches, simple patterns, or decoupage, you’ll appreciate the zen that sketchbooking can bring!
The TPK blog has several articles about how to start or add to a sketchbook:
If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog or a website, this is a good opportunity to do that! Starting a blog takes time and energy up front, but that makes it the perfect “stuck at home” project.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a three-part series explaining exactly how to start a blog. There are also tips on how to come up with content!
If you don’t want to commit to making a full-blown website, this would be a good time to start an Etsy shop! I’d set aside a week to tackle this goal. Plan out your shop offerings on the first day, use the second and third day to make products, then dedicate a day or two to photography. Then, start your shop and write your listing descriptions!
Here are some articles that can help you get started. Many focus on selling calligraphy, but the tips apply to other items as well:
*If these articles interest you, also check out all of the posts tagged “Entrepreneur” on the blog! The idea for this “stay at home” project was spurred by this article, which I saw on CNBC and found interesting.
5. Get Ahead on Greeting Cards
Maybe I’m the only one with this problem, but I suffer from a shortage of greeting cards. I always need birthday/thank you cards, in particular! Make a few now, while you have time, and you’ll be glad you did later.
… Of course I’m going to include this among my suggestions for stuck at home projects! You could not pick a better time to focus on learning calligraphy. This week, I’ve noticed a lot more lesson comments on Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course videos. That means that more learners are taking the time to watch the videos and practice, so you’ll be in good company!
Through Wednesday, you can use the coupon code KEEPINGBUSY to receive 25% off the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course. Alternatively, you can peruse the blog for tons of beginner tips! Here are my three favorite articles for beginners:
I hope that this article gives you some good ideas for things to do at home while we wait this awful thing out! If you have more stuck at home project ideas (or requests), I’d love to hear them in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll have the ultimate project prepared for you on Thursday: the Illustrated Map eCourse. Thanks so much for reading, and hang in there!