Finding ways to boost wellbeing and feel good at home are imperative towards maintaining healthy bodies and minds.

Getting creative at home is a great way to keep yourselves and your families entertained for hours, whilst stimulating those minds and taking a moment to relax and feel good. Enjoy our quick and easy-to-follow guides for fun, feel-good crafts using bits and pieces from around the house.

"Create at Home" crafts are generally aimed at and adaptable for all ages or to participate in as a family, but some crafts may be more age-appropriate than others.

The Victorians were great at finding ways to entertain themselves. In a time without TV or radio, they often had to get creative. 'Klecksography' was the game of blotting ink onto paper and then using the shapes created to design characters or artworks. They would then use the images they created to make up and tell stories. For our version of these inkblot artworks, you don’t need ink, coffee or tea works just as well. The main thing you need is your imagination.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Teabag or teaspoon of coffee
  • A small amount of water
  • Teaspoon
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors

Got everything? Let’s get started! First, let’s make up your 'ink' from the teabag or the coffee.

If you are using a teabag, put a teabag and a small amount of water, enough to cover the teabag, into a cup or mug. Stir it then leave it for 10 minutes.

If you are using coffee, add a teaspoon of coffee to a small amount of water, a couple of tablespoons of water should do it. Then stir it well.

Now let’s prepare your paper. Cut your paper up into smaller pieces, they can be any size you like, but it is nice to have a few different sizes.

Fold your pieces of paper in half then, using your teaspoon, carefully drop some splotches of your tea or coffee mixture onto one side of the paper.

Fold your paper in half and flatten it to make sure it prints on the other side. Careful of any coffee or tea leaking out!

When you unfold your paper it will look something like this. Do this for all your pieces of paper, then set them aside to dry for a while.

When they are dry, have a careful look at your 'ink' blots. You might see an image straight away, or you might have to turn your paper around to look at it from different angles. Eventually, you will see something in the blots to inspire your drawing.

Use a pencil first, then go over it with a pen to draw your design onto your blot. You can add as much or as little detail as you like.

Do the same on all your blots and there you have it! You can stop there if you want, and just display your wonderful artworks. Or, if you want to carry on being creative you can now think of a story to tell which links all your artworks together. You could write it down, or tell your friends or family, or even type it up and share it with us in the comments below!