Why handicraft hobbies rule and can save you money

September 19th, 2014 - Posted by in Blog, Happier Life

Keeping a work-life balance is important for most of us, so taking up a hobby is important. However, many of us concentrate on sports or fitness, hobbies that can make us healthy as well as busting stress. What a lot of people don’t consider is taking up handicraft hobbies, which in fact have many advantages. We’re taking a look at why these hobbies are so enriching, and which you might want to look into.

Why Handicrafts?

There are many reasons to look into a handicraft hobby. Working with your hands is relaxing, and being concentrated on a project doesn’t leave much time to brood over the workday. You will improve manual dexterity, and it’s good for your brain! Many, though not all, handicraft hobbies are relatively inexpensive and in some cases, you’ll have a stock of thoughtful presents to give as well as an added bonus. If you’re wondering what your options are, then we’ve got some great ideas for you.

Artistic Hand Work

If you’re artistically minded (or even if you’re not but fancy giving it a try), then there is a whole list of hobbies that you might want to try your hand at. Drawing is probably the most accessible and the easiest and cheapest to begin with, but you might also want to think about painting. If you’re a fan of the written word then pick up calligraphy, just grab a beginners’ book from a local art shop, some ink and pens and get started. You do not need to be a great artist to enjoy art.

Needlework and Crafts

There are also plenty of craftwork hobbies that you could try. Cross-stitching is becoming more popular again, and it’s extremely easy to pick up. Embroidery is a little more demanding, but produces beautiful results. Then there’s knitting and crocheting, which might be tough to start with but become addictive very quickly, or even quilting, all of which will produce useful items for your home.

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Working with Cars and Bikes

For the more mechanically minded, auto-work might be a good option. The big one here is remodelling classic cars and bikes, but you might need to start a little smaller and work on a fixer-upper first. There are also kit-car possibilities, letting you basically build a car like a puzzle. There are lots of advantages of working with cars; you learn about auto mechanics, which is always useful, and you’ll hopefully have a working car at the end of your project!

This can be a little more expensive than other craftwork hobbies especially when you add expenses like bike or car insurance premiums for the machine you have built. It’s vital to shop around when getting insurance, a few places I recommend for bike insurance are: Gocompare, Comparethemarket, or go direct to specialist insurers like Carol Nash. Junk yard shopping and learning how to rebuild parts yourself will save you cash to spend on such expenses.

Pottery

Pottery deserves its own place on the list, as an excellent choice for those wishing to work with their hands. Throwing pots is immensely relaxing, and is the ultimate way of busting stress. Plus, it’s easy to learn with a shallow learning curve, so you’ll be making recognisable pots in just a couple of lessons. Check out a local art school or advertisements in art shops to find a potter near you who takes students.

Woodwork

Yet another very useful hobby is woodwork. Whether you’re making your own furniture or doll’s house furniture, there’s a wide range of woodworking projects of all sizes and for all skill levels. You will need a decent set of tools to start off with, but many DIY stores will hire tools if you’re not up to making a big investment. Spending your Sunday afternoon surrounded by wood shavings has to be one of the most relaxing things to do in the world.

There are tons of handicraft hobbies to choose from, and you might want to try out a few different ones before deciding which you want to commit your time to. Having a hobby is certainly important, and working with your hands is incredibly enriching. Whatever your tastes, there’s a craftwork hobby for you.



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