50 hobbies to try when you’re bored

Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.

Brene Brown

If you’ve made it to this list, chances are you’re looking for something new to pursue. Maybe you’re sick of following the same routine every single day and want a creative outlet to de-stress and unwind. Something to provoke you to explore the deepest areas of your mind and soul and come out to create beautiful works of impassioned art. There are hundreds of hobbies for you to peruse through and throw yourself into. I’ve compiled a list of some really great ones! They might help relax you, inspire you, or ignite a spark of passion. Maybe it’ll become your calling and eventual career! Your creative soul is starved – let me help you nourish it!

This list is not exhaustive, and may periodically be updated on my search for new and exciting hobbies to try out. The list has 50 hobbies, along with 2-5 suggestions in the parenthesis that follow. Some terminology you might not be familiar with:

  • OOAK – “one of a kind”
  • SFX – “special effects”

~In this post, I might share products that will help you get started with your projects. These are affiliate links that may pay me a small commission if you choose to make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

  1. Sketching/drawing (people, animals, nature)
  2. Painting (watercolors, acrylics, spray paint)
  3. Sculpting (pottery, figurines, OOAK sculptures)
  4. Tie dyeing (shirts, bags, shoes)
  5. Candle making (tealights, mason jars, pillars)
  6. Doll making (repaints, rag dolls, dollhouses)
  7. Jewelry making (necklaces, earrings, bracelets)
  8. Crocheting (blankets, hats, scarves)
  9. Cross-stitching (home decor, embroidering clothing, key-chains)
  10. Wood burning (signs, photo frames, home decor)
  11. Gardening/floral (indoor/outdoor, fairy gardens, making arrangements)
  12. Cake decorating (birthday, wedding, cupcakes, cake pops)
  13. Cookie decorating (sugar cookies, macarons)
  14. Cooking (trying new recipes, creating new recipes)
  15. Writing (short stories, poems, novels, screenplays)
  16. Music (playing an instrument, writing lyrics, composing your own beats)
  17. Photography (wildlife, people, food, Instagram)
  18. Planning (The Happy Planner, creating printable worksheets)
  19. Journaling (bullet journal, keeping a diary)
  20. Sewing (quilts, clothes, purses/handbags)
  21. Felting (stuffed animals, dolls, home decor)
  22. Makeup artistry (beauty, SFX, face/body painting)
  23. Blogging (lifestyle, beauty, parenting, cars, ANYTHING!)
  24. Technology (playing games, creating an app, coding, creating videos)
  25. Paper crafting (invitations, cards, making stickers, origami, quilling)
  26. Scrapbooking (self, baby, family, education)
  27. Model building (cars, airplanes, buildings)
  28. Soapmaking (bars, liquids)
  29. Reading (fiction, non-fiction, textbooks)
  30. Collecting (stamps, coins, comic books, postcards)
  31. Exercising/personal health (gym, outdoor/indoor sports, yoga, meditation)
  32. Makeup creation (making lotions, lip balms, eyeshadows)
  33. Outdoor activities (bird watching, astronomy, fishing, horseback riding)
  34. Indoor activities (bowling, chess, watching movies)
  35. Macrame (home decor, accessories)
  36. Educational (take online courses, learn a foreign language)
  37. Magic (street magic, performing, card tricks)
  38. Calligraphy (hand lettering, home decor)
  39. Cosplaying (conventions, creating costume pieces, selling pieces)
  40. Leather crafting (wallets, bags, shoes)
  41. Performing (plays, stand-up comedy, music)
  42. Volunteering (cook at a shelter, start a food drive, visit with dogs/cats at SPCA)
  43. Couponing (stockpiling, blogging, sale-hunting)
  44. Puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, jigsaw puzzles)
  45. Dancing (waltz, salsa, break dancing, ballet)
  46. DIY projects (paint furniture, build a treehouse, start an elevated garden)
  47. Pets (fish keeping, taking your dog for walks, adoption*)
  48. Genealogy (discovering your ancestry, tracing a friend’s lineage)
  49. Beauty (nail art, hair styling, cosmetology)
  50. Home brewing (crafting beer, wine making)

*Please, do NOT adopt/purchase a pet unless you are capable of providing for it, taking care of it, and are aware of the commitment that comes with getting a new pet. Adoption isn’t necessarily a hobby, but owning a pet is fulfilling and rewarding, not to mention can be a great stress-reliever. I thought I should mention my reasoning for putting this suggestion in this list.

Make sure to check out my last post, featuring Pop Art Zombies that I painted on with Mehron paradise paint! There are three of them!

Anything on the list get you feeling inspired? I hope so! Have any suggestions or things you’d like to see added to this list? What hobbies do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!

~Photos courtesy of Pexels


3 comments on “50 hobbies to try when you’re bored”
  1. andlivloves says:

    Ah! I really want to get into cookie decorating! I already love baking, but I feel like the hardest part is making it pretty. I know how to finesse some cookies, but I’d love to figure out how to step my frosting game up!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rikki Huff says:

      OH MY GOSH, me too! I’m in a cookie decorating group on Facebook that helps beginners with icing recipes, techniques, etc., and I’ve been wanting to try it so bad!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This is a great list! The next time people tell me they don’t have an interest in any hobbies – I’m sending them this. The list is literally endless! I don’t have a creative bone in my body, but couponing, working for a local dog rescue, and fish keeping are all still hobbies! I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to have too many hobbies 🙂


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