If you have been thinking about starting a new creative hobby, you are in the right place!
That’s because today we will explore a huge list of creative hobbies that are easy to try. They are all super cool, interesting, and fun hobbies anyone can dabble with.
Although there are many types of hobbies, creative hobbies are the focus of this list. Meaning, hobbies that excite your imagination, make you want to express yourself in some way or inspire you to get crafty. Why? Because these types of hobbies are especially rewarding and fun. Creative hobbies truly benefit your heart and soul.
So, let’s jump right in! You are sure to find a hobby idea from this list that inspires you, even if you would not typically consider yourself “creative.”
If you are a beginner to all things crafty, artsy, or creative, know that all of these hobbies have beginner tutorials online available with a quick Google search.
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75 Fun Creative Hobbies to Try
1. Creative Writing
Creative writing is one of the easiest hobbies to start. All you need is a computer or paper and a pencil.
The coolest thing about this hobby is that when it comes to topics, there are so many to choose from!
If you don’t have a topic or know where to start, try creative writing prompts. Creative writing prompts will give you tons of interesting ideas, sure to spark your imagination. Here are a few to try:
2. Write Poetry
Poetry is a specific form of creative writing, but more rhythmic or flowing. Poetry can be deeply personal but doesn’t have to be. It can rhyme or not rhyme. It’s up to you!
You most likely have the items you need, either a computer or paper and pencil. If you’re having difficulty starting, there are tons of excellent poetry prompts online as well as guides to help you learn the various forms of poetry.
If you need a creative hobby where you can explore your inner self, journaling may be the perfect creative hobby for you.
Many people find journaling beneficial for self-discovery, self-awareness, and even manifestation. Journaling is known to help people achieve their goals, improve mental health, and improve important writing and communication skills.
If you’re looking to get into journaling but unsure where to start, journal prompts for your specific goals (self-discovery, self-awareness, manifestation, etc) can lead you on the right path. Since journaling is personal, there is no right or wrong way to journal.
You can always use some journal prompts to help you get started.
4. Art Journaling
Art journaling is a fun twist on our regular journaling. It involves journal writing plus incorporating various forms of art.
Instead of creating a record of your day or thoughts in words, you can create records through art.
An art journal can be scrapbooking-style, collage-style, drawing, painting, or any other form of art you choose. It can even be a combination of these things. This creative hobby is fun and an excellent form of self-expression. It may even help with the manifestation of your dreams through the words and images you use. You likely already have many of the supplies you need if you have a notebook and art supplies.
Read more: How to Start an Art Journal For Beginners
Scrapbooking is a form of preserving memories through pictures, souvenirs, and art. It is similar to art journaling, but with a different intention.
For scrapbooking, you will take a blank book (notebooks work, but there are larger, special scrapbooks that handle the art aspect better) and add your memories to them over time.
You can add memories through photos, words, stickers, decorations, and even memorabilia from events. Special scrapbooking paper is fun to use as well.
The cool thing about scrapbooking is that it does not need to be in a book. It can be done in boxes or cards as well. However, scrapbooks in the form of books seem to help the storytelling aspect of scrapbooking.
6. Bullet Journaling
Many people will think bullet journaling is a form of an art journal. In a way it is, but a bullet journal is more of a planner instead of a journal. You can use your bullet journal for record-keeping or personal uses as you would a regular journal, but most bullet journals are primarily used for planning.
Bullet journals are based on a very basic system that works for many people. They are all about writing lists and organization. Once you have the basics down, you can add creative aspects. Many people use special bullet journal stickers but also incorporate art such as drawings or mixed media.
Blogging is a bit more difficult to get into but can be quite profitable in the long term. All you need to begin is access to the internet. It’s very low cost to get started at around $3.95/month. (I recommend using Bluehost to start a blog for beginners.)
There is an initial learning curve, including setting up your blog and figuring out how to make it profitable. However, once you are past the beginning stages, you will find creating blog content is a cool and awesome creative hobby.
You’ll want to learn about search engine optimization and keyword research for maximum success. And once you get a following on your blog and social media, you will never run out of topics to write about based on your viewers’ questions and suggestions.
Related: How to Start a Blog for Beginners
8. Website Design
If you consider yourself techy, website design may be an excellent creative hobby option for you!
Web design is planning and strategically placing content on a website. It’s very much related to blogging, but it’s really all about the design aspects of a site.
You can begin web design with free resources and courses, but if you decide later to make a profit in web design, you will likely need to make purchases for professional courses and programs. Web design can be a great career for creative people.
9. Creating Digital Art on Canva
There are many sources for creating digital art. One of the best free options is Canva.
Canva is excellent for beginners creating digital art (or printables or any other graphics!) and available on various devices including computers and phones. They provide many templates perfect for beginners.
I use Canva often for creating art and t-shirts to sell in both my Etsy shops.
10. Creating Digital Art on Procreate
Procreate is another platform for creating digital art, but is mostly focused on drawing using a special pen.
This can be a bit more difficult to get into since the app is quite complex. As well, you will need an iPad with a pen, and iPads are expensive. But, the app is cheap and Procreate is truly an awesome tool for artists and creative people. Procreate is an excellent option if you already have experience in drawing with pencil and paper and want to take your art to a new level.
I use and recommend the iPad pro 12.9 inch. The 2018 model can be purchased used as a less expensive but still excellent option.
Photography is another form of art that is an easy creative hobby to try. Taking pictures is always fun!
Of course, photography has costs attached like buying a camera and having a computer to put the pictures on. However, when you are just starting, you can work on mastering photography with your phone. As you build your skills, you can eventually get a DSLR camera and work on your skills with more professional tools.
12. Photo Editing
If you think taking photos is a cool hobby, your favorite part of photography might just end up being editing!
You can practice photo editing using Canva for small adjustments, certain free apps, and of course Photoshop. There are many tutorials online for free, or you can always take courses to learn more.
You can learn to do anything from brightening or sharpening pictures to making all photos meet a specific theme or aesthetic. You can begin editing photos straight from your phone with the free Lightroom app. Then eventually progress to photos on your computer using the Photoshop app and other software.
13. Film Making
Similar to photography, filmmaking is another hobby that can be started from your phone and progressed to professional equipment if you choose.
Filming can be as simple as a “day in the life vlog” to instructional videos on whatever you choose. You can make movies, tutorials, and so much more. Playing around with various video styles will allow you to find your preference.
14. Film Editing
As with progressing from photography to photo editing, you may find your favorite part of filming isn’t the filming, but the editing. When focusing on film editing, you can make “best of” using videos already created. Or even offer film editing as a service you provide other creators! Turn this cool creative hobby into a business if you so chose.
Similar to the various forms of writing, drawing has many forms and is a very easy hobby to start. All you need is some paper and a pencil.
As you progress in drawing, you can begin adding color to your pictures and increasing the details in your artwork. If you like, there are many cool art books with tutorials available from places like Amazon or your local library. And of course, zillions of free resources online can be found with a quick Google search.
16. Coloring Books
Adult coloring is an easy creative hobby anyone can do. All you need is a coloring book and colored pencils. Other drawing tools can be used, but due to the details in most adult coloring books, colored pencils may be the easiest to work with.
Many people find coloring to be therapeutic. Coloring is an easy way to reduce stress and get better at art in the process. It helps your mind focus and unwind.
17. Painting with Acrylics
Acrylic paint is a fun, inexpensive, and accessible option for beginner painters.
Acrylics are versatile, cheap, easy to use, and have the ability to be used in a wide variety of ways and on many different surfaces.
All you need to start painting with acrylics is the paint itself, a brush or two, and something to paint on. An acrylic paint kit is helpful.
Think outside the box on what that something is, if you feel so inclined. Try painting with acrylics on paper, wood, stone, or ceramic. Painting can be a cool and relaxing activity that may become your new favorite hobby if you allow yourself time to practice without trying to be perfect about it.
18. Painting with Watercolor
Another good beginner paint to try is watercolor paint.
Due to the nature of watercolors, they are super fun for blending and mixing. Make them flow together and watch them morph in interesting and unusual ways. Watercolor paints sometimes have a mind of their own!
Watercolor paints are ideal for those looking to do some landscape or nature painting especially. But they can be used for many other cool art projects as well.
19. Oil Painting
Oil painting is a fun creative hobby to try in addition to the two painting mediums mentioned above.
Oil paints take longer to dry than acrylics, giving them a different feel when it comes to blending colors. Many people consider oil paints easier to use than watercolors.
Instead of being used on paper, oil paints are most commonly painted on canvas and sometimes on wood panels as well. Once you get the basic steps down, oil painting may become your new favorite hobby.
Calligraphy is an artistic form of writing done with special pens or ink brushes. This creative hobby can be fun, relaxing, and soothing. You can write quotes, poems, sayings, and more. Design cards, invitations, and home decor just to name a few ideas. Calligraphy is excellent for artistic expression and you can also sell what you make!
21. Hand Lettering
Hand lettering is a variation of drawing, where instead of drawing images, you draw letters in any style. This differs from calligraphy, which is writing with special pressure-sensitive tools to make the thicker and thinner parts of the writing.
For learning hand lettering, use any pens or pencils you choose. You can also use the app Procreate, so long as you have the special stylist pen for your iPad as well. Hand lettering is the perfect creative hobby for those who enjoy fancy writing and trying different drawing techniques. Hand lettering is an excellent element to add to your art journal or bullet journaling, too.
22. Frosting Decorating on Cakes and Cookies
Cake or cookie decorating is an excellent creative hobby for those who enjoy treats (or have family members who enjoy treats!)
Frosting decorating can be super easy to begin as a hobby, and not very expensive. Make flowers, people, animals, plants, and more out of colorful yummy frosting!
If you enjoy hand lettering, cookies and cakes are a great place for your hand lettering practice. The techniques of adding letters to your cakes or cookies will be slightly different than as pen on paper as frosting has its own “feel.” And unlike designs on paper, you get to eat your frosting creation.
Baking is another hobby that can be a great activity for those who enjoy treats. You can experiment with different flavors, shapes, colors, and textures. Make muffins, cakes, bread, and so much more. Even if you’re gluten-free or grain-free like me you can learn to bake. There are many healthy and delicious options for ingredients.
24. Candle Making
Candle-making is a fun old-fashioned hobby that can be rewarding. Give your candles as gifts, sell them on Etsy, or simply enjoy their luminance. You can also add essential oils and fill your home with your favorite scents.
Candle-making is an easy hobby to start. There are many candle-making kits you can play with to get the basics down. Then progress to making more artistic candles in the future.
25. Soap Making
Soap making is an excellent option as a hobby for those looking to eliminate chemicals and toxins in their home. There are many soap-making kits available to get you started with all the supplies you need.
Soap making is a rather simple process that has become easier and more accessible over time. It is a great option for getting the entire family involved in a fun hobby. And you can save money over time by making your soap instead of purchasing soap!
Sculpting is a great option if you want to express your creativity in the form of 3D creations.
There are many options for sculpture materials, but one of the most popular (and inexpensive or free) options is clay. Clay is especially great for beginners as it’s easy and cheap to buy But you can also get it for free in some necks of the woods. In fact, foraging for clay might be a really cool activity if you live near a stream or river.
Clay can be shaped into many forms and make practical objects as well such as mugs or jewelry. Once dried, you can easily paint clay.
Some other options for sculpture materials include wood, found objects, fimo dough, or recycling materials (trash to treasure!)
Pottery is another great option for those who are looking to make a 3D or useful item. The best way to start this hobby would be to take classes in your area. That way you can learn all about the pottery-making process and work with the materials hands-on.
Pottery making, like other forms of sculpture, is extremely satisfying for those who enjoy working with their hands. it is grounding and relaxing.
Woodworking is another hobby you can start to make something useful. You can build furniture for indoor and outdoor use, as well as decorative items such as wall art.
Watching videos, experimenting in your garage, or learning from a friend who is experienced in woodworking is a great way to start and learn the skills necessary. You don’t necessarily need a bunch of expensive power tools, and in fact, many tools can easily and inexpensively be thrifted from old antique stores.
29. Wood Carving
Wood carving is a form of both sculpting and woodworking wrapped up in one cool hobby.
For wood carving, you would use a small handheld tool like a knife or saw and trim away pieces to make the shape you desire. You may want to start small scale with whittling and progress to larger scale projects. Make things like musical instruments, decorative objects, toys, and more.
Woodburning is an interesting creative hobby that allows you to decorate or personalize wooden items. You can burn shapes, lettering and more into wooden plaques, signs, art objects, or any type of wood carving.
Woodburning can be a fun hobby to start and there are many videos online to help you begin. There are inexpensive woodburning kits you can buy to try out this easy hobby for yourself.
Metalwork or welding are hobbies that should be started either through a class or practicing with someone experienced. The tools can be expensive and dangerous, but if you like the idea of working with metal and fire, don’t let that stop you!
You can also work with metal on a smaller scale, such as by making jewelry. Bezel-setting stones in silver for a pendant or ring, for instance.
Origami is the art of paper folding, originating in Japan. Origami is popular throughout the world as an easy-to-start, relaxing hobby. All you need is paper (any paper will do!) and either instructional origami books or Google searches to start. This is a super easy hobby for almost anyone to start. It’s great for moms looking for a kid activity, too.
33. Card Making
Card making is another fun hobby that can be started easily. It’s a great option to make personalized gifts for special events, friends, and family members in an inexpensive way.
You can use any paper and art materials you have to make cards. Add in mixed media elements such as fabrics or stickers. Write poems, incorporate hand-lettering, and more. You can even create the cards using free graphic design software such as Canva. Check out some examples and grab some free cards here:
34. Paper Mache
Paper Mache is another paper craft that is fun and can be done with every day craft items.
Paper mache is a versatile craft, allowing you to create many items including masks, figures, and more. This hobby can be done not only by adults but is perfect for children as well!
Embroidery uses a needle and thread to decorate fabric and other materials. Embroidery can be done by hand or machine. To get a feel for the craft, start by hand. There are many beautiful and inspiring designs you can create, and ideas for embroidery projects can be found in many places online.
35. Cross Stitching
Cross stitching is a form of embroidery. It uses specific x-stitches and a tile pattern to create the design. Cross-stitching can be a great hobby for those just starting to get into needlecraft as it is easy and inexpensive to begin.
Sewing is another fun hobby that can be done inexpensively and with easy-to-find supplies. Sewing can be done by hand or, if you want to make more complex creations such as clothing, you can use a sewing machine.
Interesting fabrics can be found in shops such as Joanne Fabrics or Micheals. Sometimes you can buy smaller scaps on sale at these stores. You can also repurpose old clothing and get super creative that way.
Quilting is another old-fashioned hobby that remains as fun as ever. Commonly, people create blankets with quilting by stitching layers of fabric together. There are many patterns and tutorials available online to help you begin. Similar to embroidery and sewing, stitching can be done by hand or machine.
Knitting is a well-known craft, most commonly using two needles and yarn, to create clothing, accessories, and other items. You can also use a knitting machine.
There are lots of step-by-step instructions and videos online to help you begin knitting if this hobby sounds fun to you.
Crochet is similar to knitting in that you can make decorative and useful items such as clothing or household linens. Indeed, some beautiful and intricate patterns can be made, and crochet can be quite fancy. Still, crochet is fairly easy to begin as a hobby.
40. Spinning Yarn
Spinning yarn is a great old-fashioned hobby for those who have access to lots of fiber for making the yarn. Such as wool from sheep, for instance.
You would use a spindle or wheel to spin the yard to your preferred weight. Then the yarn can be used to knit or crochet. Traditional crafts and hobbies such as spinning yarn can be incredibly fulfilling.
41. Dying Yarn
After you have spun your yarn, dye your yarn! Or, if you just want to experiment with dying fibers, many yarn companies offer “base” yarns that are a plain white or cream color. Dyes can be purchased easily. but if you really want to go in-depth, create your own dyes from elements in nature such as leaves and berries.
By dying your yarn, you are ensuring you get the color for the project you are creating. You’re also learning another traditional craft that is fun and interesting.
42. Needle Felting
Needle felting is an excellent hobby for stress relief. The process is tactile and satisfying. You can create nifty soft sculpture art and toys this way. It’s another fun hobby to try if you enjoy fabric crafts.
43. Latch Hook
Latch hook is the process of making rugs, wall hangings, or even pillows by tying yarn through canvas or a grid in a specific way to create patterns or images. Many latch hook items have a funky 1970s look. (Lots of shag as you can see from the example below.)
This is a super simple craft you can easily begin. Kits for latch hook projects are readily available if you want to try this creative hobby.
44. Punch Needle
Punch needle is a form of embroidery using a special needle, called a punch needle, to push thread or yarn through fabric. This is an excellent hobby for those looking to create decorative items with texture.
45. Rug Tufting
Rug tufting is a specific type of punch needle, using punch needle techniques to create rugs. The primary difference is the use of a specific backing to make the rug more durable.
Weaving is a fun creative hobby that can be started simply with items you have around your house. For instance, by using a cardboard box with slits and threading with yarn.
This craft is great for recycling objects in your house and using up scraps from other projects to create a decorative piece for your home. But of course, weaving can also be a fine art and use extremely high-end materials.
47. Basket Weaving
Basketweaving is a variation of regular weaving but with basket weaving, you’re making 3D vessels. There are many beautiful basket-weaving techniques and patterns to explore. This is an excellent creative hobby for those wanting to make useful, aesthetically pleasing items.
Macrame differs from the other textile crafts mentioned by using knots to create art or useful items. Wall art is an especially popular macrame item and it’s easy to make your own. There are a variety of knots to learn in macrame for different designs.
Macrame was very popular in the 70s. It is a great hobby for those looking for a creative project with a retro flare.
Dreamcatchers are a fun creative project to try. Macrame and crochet can both be used to create dreamcatchers, but you don’t need any specific technique. You can include feathers, beads, and other elements in your dreamcatchers if you wish. They can be quite beautiful and make a great gift.
50. Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets are an easy-to-start and fun hobby for the entire family. Most friendship bracelets are made with embroidery floss of various colors to create designs. Beads can be added, too. This is also one of the less expensive craft hobbies.
51. Jewelry Making
Jewelry making can be started very simply with minimal supplies. All you need is some thin string or fishing wire, beads, and clasps.
If there is a specific type of jewelry you would like to make, there are many different tutorials online to help you out. So much creative inspiration can be found on sites such as Etsy, too. An added benefit of this hobby is getting to create accessories to match your style.
52. Make-Up Design
If you find yourself feeling relaxed while completing your morning make-up routine, consider make-up design as a fun hobby for you to practice. You can be highly creative with make-up design, and help other people look beautiful, too.
Additionally, you can use makeup design skills for filmmaking, theatre, holidays, and other events.
Cosplay is another creative hobby that allows you to express yourself however you choose.
You can sew your costumes and practice your makeup skills if you wish. But can also use everyday clothes or purchased costumes depending on your choice of cosplay. Cosplay is a good way to connect to other creative and like-minded people and has a cool community-building aspect.
54. Playing an Instrument
Learning an instrument is an excellent creative hobby for those who love music. If there is an instrument you have been interested in and you can find a way to borrow or buy one, this hobby is a great option for you! There is a learning curve in reading and playing music, but many resources can help.
If you can’t purchase or borrow an instrument, you already have an instrument in your voice! You can start with vocal lessons or just sing along to your favorite songs to find your range and style.
Songwriting is fun for those who like music and the process of writing. Why not get inspired by your favorite bands and pen your own lyrics? Maybe start or join a band of your own.
If you’re looking to incorporate self-care and physical activity into your new creative hobby, look no further than dance! Dancing can be beneficial for your mental health by putting you in a good mood and easing negative feelings inside. It also helps your physical health by exercising your muscles and mind.
58. Diamond Painting on Canvas
Diamond painting on canvas is a similar process to cross-stitch. Instead of thread on canvas, you will place small “diamonds” on a canvas, most likely with your image already on it. There are even creators who will make a preprinted canvas for your images, which makes excellent keepsakes.
60. Paper Crafts (Cricut)
If you have a die-cutting machine, there are many paper crafts you can make from cards to shadowboxes and even boxes and other 3D creations. Some of these, like boxes, can be useful. However, many are decorative and make excellent easy-to-do gifts for family and friends.
61. Paper Quilling
Paper quilling is a craft often done by rolling, shaping, and gluing together thin strips of paper. This makes an excellent addition to other paper crafts. It adds more details and decoration to the project. Quilling has minimal supplies, making it an easy hobby to start.
62. Flower Arranging
Flower arranging is an easy creative hobby to begin. All you need are flowers and a vase! This is perfect for those who already garden and want to use the flowers from their garden in a decorative way.
63. Flower Pressing
If you have flowers (or leaves) and something heavy to press them with, flower pressing is a fun and easy hobby for you to start. Pressed flowers are beautiful and last for a very long time. They can be used in other crafts such as card making or jewelry, too.
Gardening is an excellent hobby for those who enjoy growing food or flowers, working with soil, and being outside. Many would consider gardening a seasonal hobby, but it can be continued throughout the year with the right protection and care for your plants. Learn the ideal months for planting seeds in your area and by the end of the season, enjoy the fruits of your labor, literally!
65. Fairy Garden Design
Fairy garden design is a fun creative hobby to start with your kids. Create fairy homes, villages, and beautiful natural worlds for fairies to enjoy. Use rocks, twigs, flowers, and more! You can easily make fairy homes in containers, as pictured below. Check out some more fairy house ideas on Pinterest for inspiration. This creative idea is one of my favorites on this ideas list.
66. Rock Gardening
Rock gardening is super creative and a fun earth art project. Rock gardening uses all kinds of rocks, shells, crystals, and more as landscaping details. If you enjoy gardening as a hobby and want to include more decorative variety, just add rocks.
67. Wreath Making
Wreath-making is a creative hobby that you can start inexpensively with items from the dollar store if you wish. Or, buy using natural found objects such as vines, twigs, grasses, and shells. Make gorgeous wreaths for holidays, to give as gifts, or to decorate your front door.
68. Resin Molding
Through resin molding, you can create many useful or decorative items. The best way to begin resin molding is to buy a kit online with the supplies you will need. After testing out some kits, you can progress to different molds and additional supplies.
69. Seed Beading
Seed beading is a fun craft using small beads and string. You can make all kinds of intricate designs with seed beads. Sew them into patterns for jewelry, or on clothing or accessories.
70. Vinyl Crafts
There are a variety of vinyl crafts you can do with a die-cutting machine. A few options include decorating mugs, bags, and t-shirts. Vinyl crafts make a great gift!
71. Nail Art
If you enjoy painting nails, nail art may be your next favorite creative hobby.
You can begin by painting designs on your real nails or using fake nails. Experiment with nail design for yourself and your friends. There are a surprising number of ideas for nail art that you can find online.
72. Building Legos
Lego building may not seem like a creative hobby, but the process of building with Legos can be a creative outlet for many people. Lego models are a great option for those who prefer being given specific building instructions. And following those instructions to engineer something really cool.
73. Model Building
If you enjoyed creating models for projects in school, why not continue as an adult? Creating models of things like airplanes or boats is a great way to get crafty and work with your hands while allowing yourself to be creative at the same time.
74. Dollhouses and Dollhouse Items
Building dollhouses and items to go in them is a fun creative hobby if you like miniatures. Dollhouse building can be as complicated or simple as you want. Many dollhouse items can be made from everyday items, recyclables, and even household trash. (An old toothpaste cap makes a great lampshade!)
75. Painting Miniatures
You can also paint miniatures for dollhouses or just for fun. Painting miniature figures is a great project for kids as well. In addition to miniature figures, you can paint tiny animals or other items.
Why Everyone Needs a Fun Creative Hobby
Creative hobbies are wonderful for developing imagination and furthering self-expression. They make us smarter and more well-rounded. But more importantly, creative hobbies are lots of fun!
It’s important to make time for fun in today’s busy world. Let us not be overly focused on work to the detriment of our inner child who wants to play!
Working the creative side of our brain helps with self-expression and has been shown to be beneficial to mental health. It’s good for the soul to practice joyful, fun, creative hobbies. There are so many hobbies to try, and certainly a hobby for everyone.
If you are looking for an enriching creative hobby to occupy your free time, then I hope you have found one or more from this hobby list that sounds fun.
It’s always beneficial to try a new creative activity you’ve never done before. And if something isn’t proving to be fun, switch it up and try something else! There’s nothing wrong with experimenting.
Play around with different hobbies to find the right fit for you. You will surely learn new skills and find other benefits in doing so. Please let me know what you think of this list of creative hobbies in the comments!
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