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Bored? Here’s Some DIY Crafts to Keep You Busy

Is quarantine getting to you? It is for me too. Throughout these several past weeks, I’ve dedicated some time to fulfill the creative side of me, and it ended up being something that really interests me. Here’s some crafts I’ve done during quarantine so far, and some that I plan to do!

Friendship bracelets

This project is super fun, time consuming, and can be a great gift for some friends or family. Purchase some string from amazon and check out tutorials on YouTube! Spice it up with different colors, patterns, and matches. Mail them to your friends and they’ll be wearing them everyday!

Peace Sign Crop Top Beach Bracelets Necklace Blonde Hair Torso Tropical
Molly Longest / Her Campus

Canvas paintings

I’ve done a bunch of these so far and they’re so easy and calming to do. Get some canvases from Amazon to create art using watercolors, acrylics and so many more. I’d reccomend to top the paint off with some modge podge so that it looks clean and glossy.

Jade Stephens
John Arano / Unsplash

Diamond painting

I can’t wait to try these out, and here’s a website that explains what they are. It’s basically a puzzle piece painting where you glue on each diamond to its correct place, and it creates a specific picture. It’s cheap and a really easy way to create your favorite paintings! 

Bob Ross painting tutorials

The iconic artist himself has tutorials on YouTube for you to follow an easy step by step painting tutorial that will come out looking amazing. He’s famous for his mountain paintings, so be sure to watch those videos for some inspiration.

watercolor painting
Sincerely Media

Michael’s craft items

Michael’s has hundreds of options for crafts – some of my favorites include their wood crafts that are super inexpensive such as a tiny bird house. All you need is some acrylic paint and you’re ready to go!

cat looking into the camera while sitting in a DIY house
Photo by Marthijn Brinks on Unsplash

Room decor

Print out some of your favorite pictures from Pinterest to add some wall decor into your room. You can even collage them and put them into a picture frame. You can hang up pictures of your friends or scenery to add some inspiration too. 

Dorm room with collage
Sarah Ehrlich


This craft has been trending lately, since it’s super unique and fun to do. Here’s a link to purchase a hoop, and you can use the same strings from the friendship bracelets to create beautifully sewn art pieces. Check out some lessons on YouTube, and you’re on your way to creating amazing stitches.


Also, here’s some of my top reccomendations for these ideas! Michael’s acrylic paint set, Amazon paint brush set, and 3 sets of paint trays.

I hope these crafts and ideas keep you busy during this crazy time, but remember to stay safe and stay inside!

Elizabeth Mooney

U Mass Amherst '22

As a senior at UMass Amherst, Elizabeth Mooney is studying Community Education and Social Change and is so excited to be writing for HerCampus for her third year! She writes articles on lifestyle, relationships, and college life so check them out! Feel free to follow her Instagram: @lizmooney02