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.

One of the joys of art is experimentation and the process of trying new things out. Many of us are guilty of spending too much time trying to create a perfect outcome and not enough time experimenting with ideas and just seeing how it goes. This technique is a really fun way to play with colours and patterns, exploring the different lines and shapes that appear when you have little control of the outcome.

You will need:

  • Paint or inks
  • Paper or card
  • Newspaper
  • String
  • Scissors

1. Cut a piece of string and cover it in paint. We found it easier to pour paint into a container and then add the string.
Important step: Lift up the string once it is all covered and run your finger down it to remove the excess paint. This is where we start to get messy!

2. Arrange your string on your piece of paper or card with at least one end of the string reaching off the edge. This is the part you will pull. You can clean your hands at this point and so you keep everything else tidy.

3. Cover with another piece of paper or card and if you prefer, you can put a heavy book on the top or just press down with your hand.

4. Slowly pull the string from between the pieces of paper. Once all of the string is pulled through, lift the book and top piece of paper to reveal your images.

Depending on how you arrange the string, your artwork will look different. Experiment with different shapes - you could make flowers or maybe even mushrooms. You could also try layering with different colours once the paint has dried, or mixing different colours onto one piece of string, or using more than one piece of string.

Once dry, you could draw on top of them in fine liner pens or Biros. There are so many possibilities!