Arts and Crafts: Adult Addition

When we’re younger, arts and crafts are a common activity we all did in school and even at home. Then we grow up and most of us rarely do an arts or craft activity. For me personally, I’ve always loved crafts and coloring but now that I’m older I have find myself doing neither.   

Arts and crafts don’t have to mean coloring in princess coloring books or finger painting. There are so many different crafts you can do as an adult that aren’t “childish.”  

Mindfood.com mentions six benefits of adults doing arts and crafts. These benefits include stress relief, confidence boost, increases empathy, improves quality of life for those with illness, enhances brain productivity, and lessons effect of serious health conditions. Check out mindfood.com for more details on the benefits of arts and crafts.  

Not only are arts and crafts beneficial to one’s health and well-being but they also allow you create things that you love.  

During the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to try out arts and crafts. It gave me something to and it was fun looking up ideas on what to make. The best part was that everything I made was inexpensive and things I enjoyed! Here are three arts and craft ideas that you can do at home: 

  1. Adult Coloring Book 

Photo from Michaels.com 

There are so many adult coloring books out there. Most bookstores carry them as well as Amazon. There are some books filled inspirational quotes, swear words, and there are themed books, such as flowers or animals. There’s a wide variety of coloring books and most of them are inexpensive. Coloring is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress so go buy your coloring book today! 

  1. Photo Collage  

Photo from Pinterest.com 

Photo collages have become a very common craft for teenagers and young adults to do. It’s an easy and cute way to hang up pictures in your room. Pictures are usually cheap to print and the only other thing you need to complete the collage is tape. You can make the collage as big or small as you please. This is a great idea for someone looking for some inexpensive room décor. 

  1. Decorated Cocktail Glasses 

Photo from akailochick.com 

Who doesn’t love a chilled glass of wine or a yummy cocktail?! Better yet- drinking the drink of your chose out of a cute glass that you decorated! Decorating a cocktail glass is extremely easy and they turn out super cute. All you need are cheap cocktail glasses, permanent adhesive vinyl, and scissors. Click here for specific directions on how to decorate cocktail glasses. Try one of my quarantine cocktails I mentioned in a previous blog post in your cute DIY cocktail glass!  

Arts and crafts are more than just fun to make, their good for your mental well-being. Whether these crafts sound interesting to you or not, I encourage you to try a craft sometime soon. I am confident you’ll end up enjoying yourself and forgetting about the stresses of life for a little while.  

“Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves.” Phyllis George 

Love you all,  

Jaclyn 

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