Life can get very boring by doing the same thing every day in the pandemic. It’s super important to break the monotony by trying out new things. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of 10 Lockdown Activities to Inspire Creativity:
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Cook Something New
Cooking, baking, and the presentation of food is truly a work of art. While there are so many online recipes you can check out to try, it can be fun to figure things out on your own. If you already know how to bake cookies, add something new to them like M&Ms or walnuts. Although baking is a very exact science, with cooking you have a lot more freedom to test out different ideas. You can try out new marinations and seasonings of your favorite meats. Or you can use a different kind of cheese for your mac and cheese recipe. There isn’t really a limit on the ways you can be creative with the way you cook.
If you are a complete newbie to cooking, you can always find a recipe to follow for something you have never made before. Either way, cooking, and baking can be a great way to inspire creativity in lockdown.
Learn to Play an Instrument
You can purchase some virtual lessons with a teacher or learn from YouTube! Finally, put those instruments that have just been in storage to good use.
Create a Vision Board
Vision boards are a great way to make a creative format of your goals. You can do this digitally on Canva or create a physical version with magazine cutouts. If your goal is to go on vacation to a new country, use tons of photos of that place, food you want to try there, etc. Or if you want to create a vision board for your career goals, include photos of your heroes and the way you want life to be when you reach that goal. You can also pick out words that resonate with your goals and include them throughout your vision board.
There’s no correct way to create one. Find what inspires you and relates to your goals, include it.
Create birthday cards
Due to lockdown, it’s not possible to see all your friends and family. You can’t go out and see each other, exchange gifts, etc. It’s made celebrating someone’s birthday a little sad. But, you can come up with creative and cute cards to still make their day special. Even if you don’t have any birthdays coming up in the next weeks, it’s always nice to be prepared and have cute pre-made cards.
You can be creative with designs, GIFs, stickers, etc. What really makes a card look perfect is the font. It can really make or break the aesthetic of any birthday card. You don’t want to use the same font for every person or use something that you can easily find on Google docs. You want something special and unique. I use a free fonts website to pick out something different for each card that I make.
You can easily upload any of the fonts on there to a font app like Phonto to create your cards on an iPad or tablet. Or you can upload to Canva and do all of your card creations on there! Make sure once you download the ZIP file you open it as a folder to upload, otherwise, it won’t work.
While crocheting can be very difficult to figure out, there are tons of free resources to teach you. You can find a lot of different stitches and patterns through blog posts or YouTube videos. It’s also pretty cheap to start crocheting since you only need some yarn and hooks. There’s definitely a learning curve to crocheting and it will continuously allow you to become more and more creative as you keep going.
The more stitches you know, the more you’ll be able to create. I started crocheting during the beginning of lockdown and was able to learn 2 stitches very quickly. Just those 2 let me create headbands and as I kept practicing the quality became better and better. It’s a super great way to be able to create something without being too difficult.
Spend some time doing DIY projects. Maybe you have always wanted to make candles or you want to re-paint your room. Now’s the time to try doing something new. You could even upcycle the furniture you already have. Reupholster an old chair or paint your mirror frame a different color.
Scroll through Pinterest for DIY project ideas. There are so many tutorials and resources on there that will keep you busy forever.
Another way to spark creativity is by doodling or using a coloring book. You can order color books on Amazon or just draw whatever you want on paper. If you have an iPad or other tablet you can also use Notability, which I mentioned in my how to take notes on an iPad blog post, to draw little doodles.
Make a Bucket List
Being in the midst of a pandemic has definitely changed a lot of people’s perspectives on life. Every day is a treat and not a guarantee. It’s great to still be positive and think about the future by making plans. A bucket list can be a great way to do this and make you think about everything you want to do.
Water Color Painting
To relax and let your creativity flow, you can always start watercolor painting. It’s your artwork, so there’s no need to follow certain rules or stick to one way of painting. However, if you need some sort of guidance, YouTube is your best friend. All the episodes of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross videos are on there. It can be super soothing to watch the videos and paint along as you receive instructions.
Start a Scrapbook
Cloud software like Google Drive has made it so simple to store thousands of photos. But sometimes there’s nothing like having a physical copy of some of your favorite pics. You can print out your photos at a drugstore like CVS or RiteAid for cheap and organize them in any way you want. Do you have tons of photos from a vacation? Or did you go to a music festival and have lots of photos with friends? Whatever the case is, you can create a section of your scrapbook for big events like these and decorate it with different paper, stickers, etc.
Great tips-I did a lot of coloring at the beginning of the pandemic! Will have to try some of your other suggestions. Thanks for sharing!
Excellent suggestions, Celeste! I have definitely been exploring on the baking and cooking front. 🙂 My main other quarantine activities have been trying out yoga (so good for the body AND the mind) and starting new languages (but I am a total language nerd, so I probably would have done this anyway).
Your post made me think that I should get back into scrapbooking. Or at least I should organize all of my photos . . .
I love the birthday card idea! I always loved getting cards as a kid, and with family all across the country, its once special way to stay connected. Greats list, altogether!
Solid list, Celeste! I was just cooking tonight. I’ve never been much of a cook and since I have not been eating out as much, I have lots of extra motivation to practice!
I have to admit, the only one I’ve done on this list is cook something new. I’ll need to try the rest of them! I used to be super into scrapbooking and then just stopped. I still have a scrapbook that I never finished though. Maybe I’ll get back into that!
I love this list!
I’ve found my whole family has enjoyed learning to cook a larger variety of items—together.
We’ve also spent a lot more time crafting.
We’ve made vision boards together, which has encouraged hours of talking and bonding!
We haven’t scrapbooked yet……I think I’m going to encourage that this next weekend!
Getting creative and spending time together with my family has been an unexpected bonus of unexpected times we’re living through.
Thanks for sharing some of your great ideas with us!
Love these ideas! I fell in love with watercolor over the past year. I wish I had more time for it
Awesome list! Starting something new and engaging during a pandemic is a great way to help take some of the focus off of what we cannot do right now. I love that you added birthday cards- sharing with others is also a great way to stay connected!
Great work 🙂
These are great tips! It’s important to get your mind off of things during lockdown. Will definitely be trying some of these.
Yay, heaps of inspiration in this wonderful post! I see so many recognizable things in this read: things I already started (to draw, create a vision board) or am planning to start to do (learn to play a new instrument). I especially loved the part about creating birthday cards, you are totally right: in this digital era and especially while in lockdown, we can do so much more than just sending a random card. Thank you for sparking my joy and for heals of inspiration! Love, Susanne
Such a good idea to make birthday cards! I always do these last minute because I forget and I end up rushing and not picking the best. So sitting down and making some as a stock pile is great!
Great ideas! I hear about all the TV shows people are watching but rarely about learning something new.
I’ve definitely found that my normal creative spurts happen less often during lockdown. But picking up some markers and doing things in a creative way that I wouldn’t normally think to do has been very enjoyable! Thanks for sharing more great creativity tips that I can use!
These are such fun activities! I’m definitely looking to start some embroidering and baking some scones or cookies for the first time! I know some people seem to be bored out of their brains during lockdown, but if you think about it, there are so many creative and enjoyable things we can do!
Love the idea of using this extra time to make cards! Such a thoughtful gesture I love receiving but rarely have time to give.