It's time to get crafty, so here's some inspiration to help get you started.

Now, more than ever, home-made is so chic – you only have to look at the success of sites like Etsy to see that it’s true! And the great thing with creative hobbies is that absolutely everybody can give them a shot. And even if you’re all thumbs when it comes to sewing or just as likely to add 100grams of salt to a cake as you are sugar, there is sure to be a craft that you’ll be great at – you just haven’t discovered it yet.

These days it is so easy to take up a new creative hobby too thanks to the huge amount of tutorials that you can find on the internet. There is nothing quite so satisfying as showing off something you’ve made yourself, so check out these suggestions for crafty hobbies that anyone can master.

Crochet

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If you’re looking for a hobby with quick returns then crochet could be just the craft for you, and even if you’ve never been shown how, it is one of those things that you can easily teach yourself. Head straight to YouTube and search ‘how to crochet’ and you’ll be amazed at the huge number of results that pop up. Check the basic equipment that you’ll need (basically a crochet hook in a certain size and some cheap wool – check a pound shop), and set aside an evening or two to get to grips with it. By teaching yourself in this way, you can not only go at your own pace, but rewind and check instructions too. With crochet, tension is probably the trickiest thing, but once you’ve got used to holding the wool and hook, you’ll be off crocheting a granny square blanket before you know it!

Baking

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Mary Berry has made us believe that anybody can whip up a sponge cake and it’s true! Baking is one of the tastiest home hobbies out there and something that you can treat (or impress) other people with. If you feel like you are always failing when it comes to whipping up tasty treats, then chances are it’s not you but your equipment; invest in some accurate scales, non-stick pans and measuring spoons and you should find that everything comes together. A kitchen timer is another good call, especially if you’re prone to leaving things to burn. Start with some of Mary Berry’s delish home baking recipes and you’ll be a brilliant baker before long!

Up-cycling

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Taking old things and making them trendy and new? Count us in! Up-cycling has been a buzz word for the last few years and it’s a wonderful way to breath fresh life into something. Do you have an old table that could do with some TLC or perhaps it’s a rusty filing cabinet that has seen better days. With a bit of elbow grease and the right tools, you can create something you’ll be proud of. Particularly noteworthy in this area are IKEA hacks, which is basically when you take a standard piece of IKEA furniture and turn it into something a little more unique, stylish and personalised.

Being creative has never been so cool, so try something new today!

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