With coronavirus making its presence felt all over the world, the best way to dodge it is to stay at home. Social distancing is the recommended way to break the chain and with good reason. The less you are exposed to the virus, the less you are bound to catch it and the less you will pass it on. Quite simple!
And since coronavirus is making everyone stay at home, we’re sure everyone has one question on their minds: what will do with all this time? Plus, being confined in your home with all those mad and maddening family members can be a trial in itself, right? Instead of getting your boxing gloves out, why not use this forced break from the outside world in a constructive way? Allow us to set the ball rolling with some ideas.
Try a different recipe for dinner
Is there something French, Italian, or Thai you have always wanted to try? Or maybe you wanted to try one of those designer desserts you’ve been seeing everywhere. While juggling work and home may not have left you with much time to try something exotic, now may be a good time to try them.
Try it: Delish.com
Create a pom pom rug
Remember all that wool you bought to knit that sweater and then left it sitting at the back of the closet because, y’know, life got in the way? Well, you can still clear your conscience of that by using it to make a cute AF pom pom rug.
Try it: https://www.homedit.com/diy-pom-pom-rug/
Paint old plastic or glass bottles to create décor items
When you are living a busy life, old bottles just go to trash cans. But when you have all the time in the world to kill…different story! You can turn old bottles and bowls into décor items that you can use at home, on your porch, as hanging lamps, as planters…the possibilities are limitless. The good part here is that you are reducing the load on landfills.
Create a fancy doormat with paints and sharpies
Make your own unique doormat using sharpies, inks, paints even medicines such as potassium permanganate. All you need is a plain coir doormat, some ideas, and lots of time (which you do have now).
Repaint old faded wood furniture and décor items
You know that dresser that’s looking a bit faded or that door that’s got those scratches that is always making you uncomfortable? Yeah, we all have that wooden furniture or door that we would just love to have looking new again but never did get around to calling the painters to just touch it up a bit. Well, you can be that painter now!
Crochet a runner or cushion covers
If you think crocheting is for grandmas, think again. Home décor has gone to a place where you can purchase crocheted cushion covers for a farmhouse/country décor look. And sure, you may have been ready to pay good dime to buy them, here is your chance to get them at a fraction of the cost and in colours you actually love: moody hues, a mad mix of bold colors, black and white, delectable pastels…whatever you want.
Plant a herb garden
We don’t know of a single person who does not want a herb garden where they can pick the cleanest, freshest, most lovingly nurtured herbs to lace their pastas, soups and other continental dishes with flavah! Now, you can get one growing on your windowsill, porch, balcony or in your garden. And you never have to worry about them drying up and dying. You know why? Cos you will be home to take care of them!
Make DIY wall art
These are easy, simple, and can be anything really if you have an idea and an idea of how to go about it! The best thing about these easy craft thingies is that they do not take up too much time, can be done with whatever you have at home, and are seriously fulfilling.
Use old plastic bags to create a bag
Yes, it’s plastic again, but it is a stronger plastic that will last longer and look great. It can slow down the number of plastic bags that are landing up in oceans and in landfills. And let’s face it: they are made from plastic bags that you already have sitting around the house. Honestly, we were floored by this guy’s creativity and also impressed with his experimenting.
Source: Dave Hakkens on Youtube
Repurpose old brown paper bags
Got all these brown paper bags from groceries and stuff? The usual plan may have been to throw them away. When you are practicing social isolation though, they become craft material. That khaki brown is a lovely color that allows all other colors to stand out. You can paint on the bags, make gifts bags out of them, use them…well, we have a video with all the ideas neatly demonstrated.
Turn old clothes into new things
Rather than throw old clothes, turn them into new clothes. That and other such ideas in these 2 videos that will make you kind of pleased that you are home.
Try it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9tLY4AsX2k
Repaint your planters for a burst of style
So easy and maybe something you have always wanted to do but never had the energy. Why not get down to it now? Some paints, ideas, and good music. Oh yeah!
What ideas do you have to make the most of your home time? Write and tell us cos we’d love to know!