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5 Joyful Crafts to Boost Your Mood

Whether it’s the state of the world getting you down or you’re facing hardships in your own life, many of us turn to crafting when our spirits are low. Crafting opens the door to connecting with others and allows us to take time out from our daily life to focus on something tangible and beautiful. Whether you’re a keen papercrafter or a whiz with a pair of knitting needles, these five crafts are guaranteed to warm your heart and put a smile on your face.

5 Joyful Crafts to Boost Your Mood

1. Origami Rainbow Decoration

Rainbows have become a universal sign of hope during this global pandemic, and by crafting one and sticking it in your window you’re not only looking after your own wellbeing, but you’re also bringing joy to anyone else who walks by. Carla Bagshaw’s 3D origami project is a clever twist on an ordinary rainbow, and the repetitive folding motions will help you craft yourself happy. Find the full steps here.

2. Party Decorations

Bring some cheer into your home by decorating it for a party – whether or not you have anything to celebrate! Fun and festive bunting can do the trick in flash. For a rustic look, try Debbie Shore’s quick and easy burlap heart bunting. If you’re looking for a brighter option, why not try this stunning honeycomb garland?

3. Knitted Heart

Knitting is widely known to ease anxiety and stress, and you can multiply the feel-good factor by knitting something for a good cause. This simple project by Mandy Cameron is designed to answer the NHS’ appeal for knitted hearts – but don’t forget to make up a couple for yourself to keep as they make fab keepsakes.

4. Create a Bullet Journal Gratitude Log

Reflect on what’s important with a daily list of everything you’re grateful for in your bullet journal. This spread can be totally personal to you, so fill it however makes you happy: using calligraphy, drawing pretty floral designs or creating collages with your favourite papers. For more on Carla Bagshaw’s top bullet journal self care ideas, click here.

5. Sloth Crochet Plant Hanger

Put a smile on your face by creating this adorable plant hanger in the shape of a cheerful hanging sloth! Mandy Cameron’s free crochet pattern is perfect for confident beginners or improvers who are ready for a new challenge. Just be sure to hang it somewhere where everyone can see it. Home décor has never been so fun!