5 Ways to Get Your Creativity Back - Joyful Thrifty Home
Feb 192015

Five Ways to Get Your Creativity Back - Joyful Thrifty Home

Creativity has always been a part of me. Craft projects were my favorite thing to do as a kid and I still love to find crafty things to do. I could literally get lost for hours in Hobby Lobby looking at all the pretty fabric, scrapbook paper, jewelry supplies and yarn. The problem is that I often have lots of ideas for a project that I want to do but I rarely find the time to actually do it so the supplies just sit around not being used.

I have craft supplies tucked all over my home including my closet, under the bed, totes in the basement and even in a basket in my living room (cleverly hiding underneath a blanket of course). As you could guess, it wouldn’t take you long to find some of my stash.

When I look at the pile of pretty fabric sitting in the corner that I hope to turn into napkins, the beautiful purple yarn I hope to make into a scarf or the empty wreath waiting to be dressed up, I am filled with joy but also sadness. You see, these things make me happy but I am sad because I have just let them sit there unused.

It’s therapeutic for me to take something simple like a piece of scrapbook paper or yarn and turn it into a beautiful work of art. There is a creative part of my soul that I have left laying dormant for far too long and I have missed it. I want to work on changing that. If you want to work on getting your creativity back too, here’s some ideas:

5 Ways to Get Your Creativity Back

1. Pick one craft you love and do it today!

What’s one craft that you wish you did more often or something you have always wanted to try? Do your best to stick to one or two, at least to start with. You can always add something else but I find that trying too many things at once usually means I rarely do any of them. I want to make more time to crochet and to write in my journal. Maybe for you it’s sewing, knitting, photography or scrap-booking.

2. Go to a craft store like Hobby Lobby or browse Pinterest to get some inspiration.

As I mentioned already, Hobby Lobby is one of my favorite places to browse for inspiration. Make sure you have a specific type of project picked out before you go or you’ll get easily distracted. Since I want to crochet more, I would go to look at some yarn that I want to use to make a blanket with. I already have a journal that I made but if I didn’t I would also go to look at the scrapbook paper to find some supplies to decorate a notebook.

Pinterest can easily be a distraction or a source of frustration at all the seemingly perfect projects you can find, but it’s also a great source of inspiration. I love browsing for ideas of things I want to crochet or other crafty projects I hope to try out some day. Just make it a goal to actually try some of them and not just pin them and never do anything with it.

Check out some of my Crafty Pinterest Boards for Inspiration

3. Find something you could make to use around your home.

Not sure what to make? Think of something you could use around your home. One thing I like to make are wreaths for my front door. These are easy and don’t require a lot of skill. If you want to do a little easy sewing, you could also try making some napkins or placemats.

4. Set aside some time specifically for crafting.

One of my biggest obstacles is how I use my time so being intentional about making time for crafting is key for me. I notice that I waste a lot of time sitting at the computer mindlessly browsing Facebook. Being more conscious of this, I can free up more time in my day to do other things that need to get done as well as things like crafting that I want to do.

I want to plan on spending at least a couple of hours a week doing something crafty. Think about what times would work best for you then write it into your schedule and get crafting!

5. Find some tutorials online to help you.

Sometimes you just need a good tutorial to guide you with whatever project you are trying to make. I like to find books at the library but sometimes it’s more helpful to have someone actually showing you how to do something so I also like to search for videos online. I have found a great place to get tutorials online is through Youtube videos or Craftsy.

Craftsy is a great place to find tutorials on anything from sewing, baking, gardening, crochet, photography and more. You can find lots of free tutorials as well as more in depth courses for a fee. They also have some FREE e-guides (a $4.99 value) that you can download! Plus, with every download you will get a special discount on a related course.

11 FREE Craftsy Guides You Can Download Today!

Gardening: Success With Container Gardening

Crochet: A Beginner’s Guide to Crochet

Knitting: Knitting Stitches You Need to Know

Sewing: Sewing Stylish Pillows – Simplified

Photography: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials

Cake Decorating: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas

Food & Cooking: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home

Paper Crafts: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects

Drawing: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer

Painting: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor

Woodworking: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

On top of these free guides, you can access many free mini classes as well so it’s worth a look if any of those topics interest you.

What is your favorite way to express your creativity? 

Which Craftsy guide or class do you want to try?


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About the Author

Ashley has been happily married to her husband since July 2010. She is a thrifty girl at heart with a bit of a crafty side. She is also a once disaster in the kitchen turned aspiring home chef. She loves coffee and herbal tea and is a self proclaimed library nerd. But her real passions are encouraging others in their Christian faith and to show people that it is possible to live well even if you are on a tight budget.

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