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Where to find inspiration for your next crafting creation

Where to find inspiration for your next crafting creation

Life in the digital age can often feel overwhelming, we’re constantly plugged in with immediate access to the online world.

2019/08/08

Life in the digital age can often feel overwhelming, we’re constantly plugged in with immediate access to the online world. If you work in an office-based role that is screen intensive, you may feel like by the end of the day you want to spend a few hours in a dark room! It puts pressure not only on our eyes, but also our mental health. The key? Unwinding, unplugging and escaping the habit of scrolling our smartphones for hours at a time. Find a hobby you enjoy that lets your imagination and creativity breathe and why not check out these fantastic Black Friday deals.

According to a recent survey, crafts such as knitting, needlework, ceramics and woodwork can have a positive impact on our overall health. It allows us to focus on a happy distraction and momentarily forget about our worries. It also allows us to learn a new skill and feel great about accomplishing something new. Other health benefits listed include a reduction in anxiety, distraction from chronic pain and lowered blood pressure. According to renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, crafting allows us to enter a ‘flo’” state and practice the art of mindfulness, in a similar way to meditation.

Are you ready to get your craft on, but not sure where to start? Here are a few ways to find inspiration…

Scour Pinterest for craft projects

Pinterest is a fantastic free visual search engine that is brimming with tonnes of amazing craft ideas. There are endless projects to suit even the novice crafter, and range in age suitability from young child through to adult. Create a few different boards so you can pin any inspiration you find for a later date and neatly organise all of your future craft projects! How about these craft projects for beginners?

Look around the home

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to crafting, look for inspiration around the home! Gather together any useful bits and pieces that might come in handy for a project. Perhaps you’re also in need of a few household items that could be created by hand? Maybe you could turn your hand to sewing and create a beautiful stream of bunting, or a lovely handmade pillow case? Load up on a few craft supplies and let your creativity run wild.

Browse online for materials

Online shops that carry a wide array of crafting materials are a dime a dozen, but only a few are respectable and trustworthy. If you are thinking of getting beads for jewelry crafting or embellishing other projects, you cannot go wrong with this crafting and community beads e-store. There is a wide array of materials, shapes, and sizes, as well as every color conceivable of beads ready for you to play with. These can help you achieve your vision and even allow you to expand your creativity.

Subscribe to craft blogs

While the online world can feel exhausting, there’s no denying that it is an excellent resource for projects. There are many amazing craft blogs out there that are worth subscribing to for fresh crafting inspiration on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis! Lifestyle website A Beautiful Mess, is a popular destination for DIY tutorials and ideas.

Join a club

One of the benefits of crafting as cited by the survey is decreased loneliness, and this is certainly true for those who craft together! It’s a fantastic way to make new friends which can otherwise be hard in adult life. If you’re feeling isolated, research local craft groups and don’t be afraid to join something new! Everyone has to start somewhere, and you never know, you might make a lifelong friend.

Laura Bartlett

Laura Bartlett

Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.