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6 Mindful winter crafts

There's a huge trend for all things geometric right now – and we're embracing it! Whether you're looking for a quirky Christmas gift to give, or wanting to add an individual touch to a room, these fab, creative projects are the way to go.

6 Mindful winter crafts mi

1. Knit a scarf

When it comes to calming crafts, knitting is a sure-fire winner. It requires few materials, meaning you can do it while sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea beside you, and knitting a simple project such as a scarf is a great way to de-stress. Pick an uncomplicated pattern that you like the look of – there are loads of great free patterns online – then select a colour you like and get knitting.

2. Create a festive mosaic

Mosaic-making is an ancient craft that dates back as far as 3000 BC! Nowadays, the craft is known for its calming properties and is a great way to create an unusual piece of home decor. Gather a stone or wooden tile to use as your base, small 'tessarae' tiles in different colours (gold, red and green would work well for a Christmas mosaic), and grout. Download a template or create your own, then stick the pieces to the larger tile in your chosen design using the grout, and leave to dry.

3. Crochet a blanket

Much like knitting, crochet is a craft you can do pretty much anywhere, as it requires few materials and creates little mess. To make a blanket, download the pattern of your choice and be sure to use a calming selection of yarn colours – light and pastel colours work well. A granny square pattern is great if you're a beginner wanting to master the basics, or you can go for a more ambitious pattern if you're wanting to upskill!.

4. Winter colour-in

There's a reason why adult colouring books have flown off the shelves – colouring is an easy and inexpensive way to get your mind off everyday stresses, allowing you to focus on the present. To create a festive image, download a colouring sheet from the internet or purchase a book especially for the job. Select some pretty-coloured pencils and feel your worries seep away...

5. Create a collage

TIf you've got any recent, festive magazines knocking about, don't throw them away. Instead, use them to create a collage using your favourite symbols – whether that's a winter wonderland scene complete with arctic animals and Santa's sleigh, or a snow-capped Christmas market full of treats. Get creative and design your ideal festive landscape!

6. Decorate a journal

Journalling has risen in popularity in recent years, so make the most of the abundance of tutorials and inspiration out there to create and fill your own journal. You could try using Washi tape, marbelised paper, or fabric to cover your journal, then experiment with coloured felt tips and fineliners to get your thoughts down on paper inside.