Winter can last for several months. If you hate the cold or simply don’t like snowboarding and skiing, then you can get cabin fever very quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do keep yourself entertained until spring comes.Here are a few great hobbies that you can try without leaving your home.
1. Acrylic Painting
Painting can be a fun and therapeutic way to spend your free time. Many people get frustrated working with oil paints, because they take over a day to dry. They also can drip, which can ruin the picture. Novice painters often apply too much paint, which can ruin the picture.
Acrylic paints are better for beginners. They will dry within an hour and you don’t have to worry as much about using too much paint.
If you are getting into acrylic painting for the first time, you may want to read this post from George Zapo. It has a number of ideas that can inspire you.
Do you have a lot of fond memories that you enjoy looking back on? Scrapbooking can be a great way to do that.
Go through some of your old pictures. Try to find common themes between them. You can put them together in a collage that tells a unique story. Here are some scrapbooking ideas people have tried:
- Recap everything that happened over the past year.
- Create a scrapbook that reminds you of times that you struggled and persevered. You can look at it for inspiration in other difficult times.
- Compile all of your silliest pictures. You can have fun laughing at it when you have a light-hearted get-together with your friends.
- Put together all of the photos of your children over the years. You can use the scrapbook to document their life for years to come.
The possibilities are endless. Alida, the editor at The Realistic Mama, has a great post on scrapbooking ideas.
3. Explore New Cooking Ideas
Most people cook the same five dishes all the time. There is nothing wrong with that, but it can get monotonous after a while.
If you want to make cooking fun again, you should try some preparing some new cuisines. Here are some ideas:
- Try preparing cuisines from a country that you have never tried before. Most people have tried plenty of Chinese and Italian dishes, but have never eaten Jamaican, Indian or French food. It can be fun trying something new.
- Have you seen Celebrity Chef? They usually have the participants use a “special” ingredient in their food. You may want to try making a variety of dishes with a certain staple, such as potatoes. You need to get creative to come up with a number of dishes with one ingredient.
- Have regular pot lucks with your friends. You will taste a number of dishes that you never heard of before but may want to try making on your own.
You have to cook anyways. You might as well have some fun with it!
4. Become an “Amateur Expert”
You don’t need a Ph.D. in history to become an expert on the Russian Revolution. You don’t need to a degree in botany to learn everything you can about growing plants.
You will probably be waiting several months for the snow to thaw. You can use that time to read everything you can about a topic that fascinates you.
5. Start a Book Club
Reading is a great past time. If you and your friends are all bookworms, then you may want to start a book club. Here are some basic things to consider:
- Everyone can take turns recommending a book and hosting the event.
- You will give everyone a certain time frame to read the book.
- You can try to keep things as low-key as possible.
Your friends may encourage you to read some books that you never would have tried before. You can also find many niche book clubs on GoodReads.
6. Collect Coins
Coin collecting is a hobby that dates back at least 300 years. There are a number of great websites where you can buy a Golden Eagle and other gold coins. You may also want to follow River Cohen on Twitter to learn more about collecting gold coins.
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