20 fun and cheap hobby ideas to do at home

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by Marianna Manson |

If you're looking for ways to pass the time or are simply in the mood to try something new, we've got some hobby ideas and inspiration for you.

From improving your mental health to widening our social circles, there are so many benefits of taking up a new and exciting hobby, and it might just be the thing you've been missing in life.

Not only have we handpicked some of the most satisfying, relaxing, and most fun hobbies to take up, they're also very inexpensive to do, so they won't break the bank. So simply choose a hobby idea from our extensive list below...

Knitting

If you're not already into knitting, it's a cheap and fun way to feel both accomplished and relaxed AND have something lovely to show for it. One study even found its physical and psychological effects to be comparable to yoga, distracting from chronic pain and reducing symptoms of arthritis. Have a look at these free charity knitting patterns and 10 knitting patterns for complete beginners.

Short story writing

We all know the magic of getting lost in a really great book, but have you ever thought about writing one? Short stories are a great starting point - tap into your imagination, take inspiration from other things you've read or watched recently, and when you're happy, try your luck at getting it published. Learn how to write a children's book here.

woman painting

Painting

For first time painters, watercolour is your best bet as the consistency is easier to work with. Make sure you've protected the carpet or work surface with newspaper, and then head over to this fab tutorial to get started.

Make paper flowers

Add some pretty paper florals to your home this season with this simple craft project. From colourful bouquets to show stopping flower walls, you can let your imagination and creativity run wild when it comes to paper flowers.

Adult colouring books

If you haven't already bought an adult colouring book - where have you been? These cheap n' cheerful alternatives to kids ones have been flying off the shelves for the last few years and we can see why as they're wonderful for stress relief. Just make sure your colouring pencils are nice and sharp!

Stamp collecting

How's this for a dose of nostalgia? Stamp collecting was big business during the wars, when soldiers would write home from all corners of the globe. If you're lucky to have friends and family living aborad, why not ask them to send you an old fashioned hand written letter, and start a collection of all the weird and wonderful stamps you find.

Research you family tree

This one is LOADS of fun for history buffs and curious minds alike. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are loads of resources around for tracing your family roots back generations. Check out our step-by-step guide for exactly how to do it.

Get fit

You can start this hobby immediately if you're physically able to. We don't need to tell you the health benefits to regular exercise and with so many different types of fitness to try, why not give it a go? We've even rounded up the best DVDs so you can enjoy working out from the comfort of your own home.

Woman doing fitness

Yoga

Yoga is a great hobby that has also been scientifically proven to be beneficial to weight loss, overcoming depression and anxiety. Just make sure you are investing in a good quality yoga mat.

Gardening

If you're lucky enough to have a garden to spend time in, it's the perfect excuse to get outside and make a garden makeover your project. Check out these ingenious ideas for sprucing up your outside space without breaking the bank.

woman gardening

Napkin folding

If you're looking for a hobby that looks impressive but is actually really simple to do, napkin folding is a great option. With a little practise, this niche hobby will be sure to impress your dinner guests at your next party. Check out these tutorials as a starting point.

Use a cutting machine

Not just an obsessive hobby that allows you to craft away with vinyl, paper, card, and fabric, getting into Cricut means you can organise every aspect of your home life too, thanks to all the fabulous labels you can create. Investing in a Cricut means all sorts of craft hobbies are at your fingertips, and everyone will love the personalised gifts you make for Christmas and birthdays.

The Cricut Joy is perfect for beginners and really compact so it won't take up too much room. You can even start up a side hustle and sell the things you make!

Block printing

Block printing is an ancient practise for making art and printing textiles, originating in Far East Asia, we've got the lowdown on what you need to create your own prints.

family doing puzzle

Puzzle

A puzzle can be a relaxing (or yes, frustrating!) hobby to take up and with so many out there to choose from, the fun is endless! Why not try one of the best 3D puzzles for adults. Alternatively, what about whipping out the board games?

Dancing

If you're a fan of Strictly, now could be the perfect opportunity to grab your dancing shoes and learn how to dance. There are also lots of online dance classes for adults to check out too.

Archery

Archery is a sport and recreational hobby that has been popular throughout history. Historically, archery was used for combat or hunting but in modern days it is seen as a sport or activity where you shoot arrows at a target using a bow. Archery is a great way to get outdoors and stimulate your mind.

Swimming

A visit to the local swimming pool is a great activity to take up alone or with others while keeping fit or alternatively, what about open water swimming?

Learn to play an instrument

Musical instruments aren't cheap, but they are a hobby that can bring you so much joy for years and years. You can self-teach yourself via YouTube or alternatively, why not take some lessons?

Learning a new language

Even if you're not going on holiday any time soon, it's always useful to have a new language under your belt. Sites like Duolingo make it easy to learn from your sofa and the choice of languages is huge, including German, Dutch, Italian, Danish and Japanese!

Blogging or Vlogging

Blogging and vlogging (video blogging) is still absolutely huge and a lovely way to get creative and make lots of new friends who share the same interest as you. If fashion is your thing, check out these Seven fashion bloggers over 50 you should follow.

Don't forget to look for new hobbies ideas and find free online tutorials on YouTube to save money.

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