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7 Creative Hobbies That You Can Enjoy Offline

Creative Arts and Hobbies

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In the hustle and bustle of daily life, who has time for a hobby? You do! Although it’s tempting to want to spend quality time with your couch every evening, embarking on a creative hobby is both fun and enriching to your life. Chances are that you’ll spend time away from a screen while exercising your imagination. (Who knows—it could even turn into a side hustle!)

If you’re searching for a hobby to try, we’ve got some time-honored suggestions for you. These hobbies and creative arts are easy to begin yet complex enough that you won’t quickly grow bored. They also run the gamut—you don’t have to have amazing artistic talent to try them. Some, you’ll see, don’t require knowledge of art at all!

Enrich your life when you try creative arts and hobbies! Scroll down for our favorite picks.


Become a plant parent.

It might seem like owning plants isn’t a hobby, but anyone who has more than a few potted varieties knows that it’s a commitment. Depending on the type of flora you have, you will likely be watering every week and maintaining them, too. To take this activity even further, you can propagate cuttings and plant terrariums.

To get started, these online plant shops will deliver directly to your door. Once you've got new flora friends, use our handy guide to help you learn how to create a DIY terrarium.


Create sculptures—no kiln necessary!

Block Printing

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Traditional ceramics require studio space and a kiln in order to complete all of your clay creations. If that’s not in the cards for you, don’t worry—you can still make clay sculptures. Polymer clay, sometimes called oven bake clay or Sculpey, is a synthetic material that cures in the oven. That’s right! You can create things right from the comfort of your own home.

Polymer clay comes in a variety of colors and can also be painted with acrylic paint. This makes it perfect for crafting jewelry, figurines, and much more. Learn more about oven bake clay—and get inspired by others—with our Sculpey guide.


Reconnect with your inner child by painting by numbers.

Paint by Numbers for Adults

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You might remember paint by numbers kits as a staple of your youth, but over the past couple of years, they have made a comeback for adults. Creative folks are putting a modern spin on the all-inclusive kits that feature the likes of Frida Kahlo and fiddle leaf fig plants. So, no matter your skill level, you'll complete a contemporary fully-realized painting you can hang on your wall. Check out our favorite paint by number kits to get started today.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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