4 Hobbies To Try If You Suck At Hobbies

1. Upcycle everything you own.

Crafting can be hella theraputic, and upcycling means turning the trash that’s sitting in your house into treasure. Once you successfully upcycle one thing you own, you’re bound to want to continue with everything in your possession.

To get started, look through your house for items for which you have no current use. Instead of tossing them, look through this list of 33 Impossibly Cute DIYs You Can Make With Things In Your Recycling Bin to find a potential project.

For online resources, check out upcycle boards on Pinterest. Then look at Upcycle That, a blog of upcycle ideas and inspiration.

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2. Make cooking fun for yourself.

It’s simple math: The more you enjoy cooking, the better your food will be.

To get started, try simple services that make it less work for you. Blue Apron delivers fresh ingredients and recipes for the meals of your choice to your home, and you can choose how many people you’ll be cooking for (2-person or family-size meals). Or if you know the kind of dish you want to make, Epicurious will give you an instant list of recipes to choose from, complete with ratings and nutritional info.

For online resources that can teach you how to cook, LetsFeast.com is a platform aimed toward teaching even the worst cooks what to do in the kitchen in 30 days.

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3. Paint something beautiful.

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Paint a mug.” Paint a canvas”. Paint anything. The best part? You can make painting a big, messy, daylong event, or you can paint small details while you listen to music. It’s downright theraputic.

To get started, familiarize yourself with Dick Blick’s brush chart and find the brushes you want to work with based on the kind of painting you want to do. Acrylic paints are ideal for beginners because they dry fast and can be used either straight from the tube or thinned out with water. Then grab the canvas size of your choice.

For online resources, The Virtual Instructor offers free painting classes. Get inspired by following Instagram artists like @artistkimberlyb or @paperfashion and post your own work when you’re ready!

4.  bust out an adult coloring book.

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If you want to get artistic but need a bit of help with the actual art, restore your faith in coloring books. The outlines are done for you, which means you just have to focus on creating colorful beauty.

To get started, look into coloring books for adults, like Secret Garden, the book (above) from Johanna Basford. You always have the option to revert to childhood with action-hero books, but venturing into the adult coloring book realm means more intricate pages that will keep you busy for hours. If you’re a marker person, take a look at this Pentel set of 36 colors. For a colored pencil vibe, opt for the Crayola Twistable colored pencils, which don’t require sharpening.