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5 Relaxing Crafts to Keep You Calm

With so much uncertainty in the world right now, it’s completely normal to feel a little overwhelmed. Luckily for us, crafting is a brilliant way to combat stress and enjoy a state of peace and calm. Mindful crafting has taken off in recent years, helping us to slow down as we disconnect from the digital world and immerse ourselves in a project. Read on for five great mindful craft ideas.

5 Relaxing Crafts to Keep You Calm

1. Knit or crochet

It might be difficult for beginners to see what’s so calming about knitting and crochet as they deal with picking up dropped stitches and unraveling rows that were pulled too tight. But once you learn the basics, you’ll be amazed at how relaxing these soft crafts can be. In fact, studies have shown that the repetitive actions involved in knitting and crochet can help crafters reach an almost meditative state of calm. Read more about the benefits of knitting here.

2. Colouring

Colouring is possibly the simplest way to enjoy the powerful relaxing effects that crafting has to offer. There are loads of great adult colouring books on the market today that you can totally lose yourself in, like this Geometric Colouring Book (478474). But you don’t even need a fancy book to get started – just find a scrap of paper and grab your favourite pens or pencils and see where your doodles take you.

3. Watercolours

If you’ve exhausted all of your colouring books, another way to reach crafty calm is through watercolours. For those that aren’t quite sure where to start, a watercolouring book like Take Three Colours Watercolour Flowers Book by Julie King (436125) is a great way to take your skills up a notch. As you paint, building up colours and textures, you’ll soon start to feel the relaxing benefits of this art form.

4. Zentangle

If you’re not familiar with zentangle, get ready for a whole new world of therapeutic crafting. Described as “mindful doodling” by qualified zentangle instructor and creator of Sanntangle, Sandra Rushton, it’s a great way to find peace through repetitive shapes and patterns. To learn more about what zentangle is and how it helps crafters achieve a zen-like focus, click here.

5. Bullet journalling

Sometimes, the best way to stay mindful is to get organised. Bullet journaling is a brilliant way for creative minds to organise checklists, plans and goals in one place. The best part? You can make yours look however you like! Check out Carla Bagshaw’s beginners guide to bullet journaling for the basics, and then let your creativity go wild.

6. Papercutting

Knitting and colouring aren’t the only crafts that involve repetitive motions – creating layered papercut artwork is another way to calm the mind and make something fabulous at the same time. With a handful of simple tools, you’ll have everything you need to fill your walls with impressive works of art. Don’t miss Carla Bagshaw’s step-by-step tutorial for an introduction into this soothing craft.