Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of all types of arts and crafts – I love a crafting challenge as much as the next person. However, some occasions call for an easier approach to getting creative and that’s where these relaxing crafts for adults come in.
At the end of a long, tiring day or if you are feeling particularly anxious or stressed, you don’t always want something complicated to get stuck into. Instead, you want a craft that you need to focus on – maybe distracting you from other issues – but one where it’s easy to just allow your mind to be absorbed into the process of creating.
With that in mind, here are my favourite crafts for a relaxing time. Even better, they are great for any age, so you can craft along with family members and all come away with something that gives you a sense of satisfaction.
Paint By Numbers
Paint By Numbers kits seem to be really popular again right now, with people of all ages trying them out. Maybe they are the new Adult Colouring Book trend! When I headed over to Amazon I was also amazed to see how much more variety there is available than when I tried them as a kid, and how pretty cool the end results are. You can browse the full range on Amazon here.
I absolutely love giraffes, so I am pretty tempted to add this to my growing giraffe collection.
Adult Colouring Books
A couple of years ago there was a huge popularity surge in adult colouring books – I’m sure you didn’t miss it – however, I have to be honest I have loved colouring-in since I was a kid and that has never really gone away.
Why? First, I flippin’ love felt-tip pens and when I was a child I would spend literally hours putting my pens into colour and shade order – what can I say, I was an only child, I had a lot of time on my hands ☺
Second, I have always found colouring very soothing. There’s something about having no pressure on you to create something amazing, you simply have to focus on colouring between the lines and during the time you are absorbed in picking colours it’s very easy to forget about any worries you have. Maybe it has something to do with whisking my mind back to a rainy afternoon by the fire with my Nan and Grandad.
While the colouring trend is not in as full bloom as it was once was, there are still loads of beautiful books on offer – find your favourite here.
If a love of yarn is more your style then you will love my next choice – tapestry kits. I did so many of these when I was a kid and always had one or more on the go. As an animal lover, I always gravitated towards dogs, cats, and wildlife, but nowadays the choice is even wider.
Once complete, you can frame the tapestry and when I was a kid these were great gifts for grandparents and aunts. It was a double win for my Mum as it kept me occupied and it saved money on presents at Christmas and birthdays. I also had a few of my favourites around the walls of my bedroom of course!
If you want something practical for the home the kits also include ones for cushion covers – I love this dragonfly one and it’s been added to my wish list.
Cross Stitch Kits
Similar to tapestry kits, but with a different vibe for the finished product are cross-stitch kits, and there are loads of amazing ones to choose from. Cross stitch is something that I really want to get into because the finished designs are just so beautiful.
I love this beach hut one, this gorgeous whimsical tree and maybe the cutest donkey I have ever seen. In fact, all of these happen to be from Bothy Threads and they are well worth a browse as they have such lovely designs.
Last, but by no means least, we come to a papercraft – origami. I have to say I have never really tried origami but with the kits available now and the clear instructions, it seems like another perfect way to unwind. Being just a little bit of a Harry Potter fan – understatement alert – I am immediately drawn to this kit from Scholastic, however, there are origami books and kits of all kinds available.
So that’s my round-up of easy relaxing crafts for adults. Did any take your fancy? If you have an easy craft you love, do share it in the comments below, I would love to hear about it.