11 CREATIVE HOBBIES TO TRY IN 2021

11 CREATIVE HOBBIES TO TRY IN 2021

Finding new creative hobbies is a great way to give yourself a sense of purpose, and feel more productive. Plus, you never know where your new creative pursuits may lead!

START YOUR NEXT CREATIVE ADVENTURE

Participating in creative hobbies has so many benefits for your health and well-being, and is a fun way to relax after work or school. Now is the perfect time to take up a new creative hobby. With so many tutorials online, picking up a new skill is easier than ever – all you need is the materials and some inspiration. Here are 11 creative hobbies to try.

1 HAND LETTERING

Hand lettering is one of the biggest creative hobbies right now. Hand lettering is the process of creating decorative letters and fonts. One of the most appealing parts of lettering is that there is are near-endless ways to do it. You can use virtually any type of writing or drawing utensil, ranging from pens to markers to brushes and beyond. Hand lettering also allows you to develop your own unique style with just a little bit of practice. In particular, hand lettering can be used to create cards and signs, and it’s a popular technique for creating wedding invitations. Lettering can be intimidating at first, but this guide will help you get started.

 

2 FLOWER ARRANGING

If you like plants, consider taking up flower arranging to express yourself through this unique medium. Many local flower shops offer classes for beginners, and there are many books and websites that offer tutorials. Floristry is something anyone can get into, and you can use the things you make to brighten up your home. You can even wear your floral arrangements by making them into crowns, corsages, and more.

Additionally, floral arrangements also make great gifts, particularly if you are on a budget.

florist workplace, still life with bouquet of tulips, scissors and tools

3 BULLET JOURNALING

Bullet journaling is a technique that you can use to record the events of your day, stay organized, and plan for future goals. All you need to start bullet journaling is a blank notebook and a pen. The principle is simple: rather than buying a pre-bought planner, you create one yourself that only includes the things you need. There are three main things you’ll write down each day – the tasks you need to get done, notes about things you don’t want to forget, and noteworthy events that you want to remember.

Bullet journaling is a quick way to express yourself and get your thoughts on paper. Bullet journaling is a fantastic and diverse hobby. You can create your bullet journal to be as simple or as complex as you’d like. If you want to be more even creative with your bullet journaling, you can experiment with using different colors and layouts, or you can keep it simple. This bullet journal guide can help you explore the many different ways you can make a bullet journal your go-to creative hobby in 2021.

4 WRITING

You don’t need to be the next J.K Rowling to start writing. It can be as simple as just sitting down and writing in a journal every day, or even just brainstorming a short story you want to write. Maybe you’ve always had a dream of becoming a published author but never knew where to start, well, 2021 is the perfect time to start chasing that dream. Just don’t try jumping into writing a novel right away, take some time to build up, and get in the habit of writing every day.

A great place to start is by starting a journal or doing morning pages every day. After you get in the habit, try taking a Skillshare course on how to write a book.

Women typing on laptop

5 CROSS-STITCH

Cross stitch has become very popular over the last few years on Pinterest and Instagram, and it’s a very soothing creative hobby that anyone can take up. Cross stitch is done by creating stitches in an X pattern on a grid, which creates very even stitches. In particular, there’s been a trend toward cross stitch designs with sassy sayings and charming nature themes. However, you can use cross stitch to make any design you want. There are thousands of cross stitch patterns online, but once you learn the basic technique, you can experiment with your own unique designs.

Preparations for embroidery (Cross-Stitch)

6 START A BLOG

Starting a blog is one of those hobbies that actually makes it easier to keep doing all of the creative hobbies in your life. Plus, it has the potential to actually make you money and become your job. It did for me. Before starting a blog, I never watercolored or lettered on a daily basis. Now I do pretty much every day. Head here to learn how to start a blog.

Person blogging on their laptop pursuing their creative hobbies

7 PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is a great way to get your juices flowing, and no, that doesn’t mean you need to drop a couple thousand dollars on a professional-grade camera. You can even start with just your cell phone. Consistency is key when trying to pick up this creative hobby. I recommend grabbing my 100-day challenge printable from my resource library and trying to take a picture every day for 100 days.

Man taking a picture on his DSLR camera

8 WATERCOLORING

Watercoloring is probably one of the more intimidating creative hobbies on this list, but trust me, it’s not that hard. Learning to watercolor is a freeing experience because you discover that you can’t fully control the water no matter how hard you try, and you have to let go of control. If you have a hectic life, then this is the perfect hobby for you. You can find the basic supplies you need to start here, and here are a few tips for getting started.

Painting with watercolor paints

9 ORIGAMI

Origami, the classic Japanese art of paper folding, is another hobby that is both creative and relaxing. Making beautiful plants, animals, and other nature-inspired folds is a great way to challenge yourself and is sure to put a smile on your face. There are thousands of different designs to learn, and practicing helps with hand-eye coordination.

Origami Crane

10 MEDITATION

Give meditation a try this new year, and you’ll be surprised by the benefits. Meditation isn’t what most people think of when they think of creative hobbies, but when you let your mind slow down a bit in this chaotic world, you’d be surprised by the benefits. Try morning meditation for a ton of benefits.

A man meditating early in the morning

11 BAKING AND CAKE DECORATING

Creating delectable treats is a creative hobby that comes with a truly sweet reward at the end. Not only is baking very satisfying, but it will also endear you to your friends and family, who will love your cakes, cookies, and other creations. Cake and cookie decorating can be complex, so it may be helpful to take a class to learn the basics.

Decorating cake

EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE

These are just eleven of the many creative hobbies that have been trending recently. Taking up a creative hobby is the perfect way to kickstart productivity and feel more productive. Creativity will make you happier and is a very effective way to help relieve stress.

ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR THE NEW YEAR?

If you’re looking for inspiration to help you get ready for the new year, you can check out all of my new year bullet journal and productivity content in one convenient place!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a quick way to get ready for the new year, you should check out the Fox Den Resource Library. The library is packed with tons of free printables and lettering worksheets, including a January printable to help you tackle the new year.

Tri-Colored Mochi

Tri-Colored Mochi

A centuries old Japanese tradition is the eating of mochi on New Year.  It usually starts around the new year when Japanese households and communities take part in a traditional Mochitsuki the pounding of sweet rice to make the flour.  The flour is used to make mochi which can be a sweet or savory treat.

In Hawaii mochi is definitely served on New Year specially by families of Japanese ancestry.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited by friends whose families practice this tradition.  I’ve had mochi as dumplings in a fish based soup, not exactly my favorite; fried and served with soy sauce; and sweet chewy squares, my favorite.

Mochi is also always available in Hawaii.  It’s found in many local grocery stores and some bakeries.  But most of the time I make Mochi at home.  One of my favorites is Chi Chi Dango, it’s a sweet square made with coconut milk and is usually pink in color.  Another favorite is this Tri-Colored mochi, which is really just a layered Chi Chi Dango in 3 colors, green, pink, and white.  I don’t make it often simply because it’s tedious baking 3 layers, the single color version is just as good.  But Tri-Colored Mochi does look pretty when served at a party.

By the way Mochi is made from glutinous rice flour and is naturally gluten free and since it uses coconut milk it’s also dairy free! It’s the perfect treat for any one with gluten, dairy, and nut allergies.

You can buy both Mochi flour (one of the brand names is Mochiko), canned coconut milk, and Katakoriko at any Asian market.

Tri-Colored Mochi

Ingredients:

1 Box Mochiko flour (1 pound)

2 1/2 Cups Sugar

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Can Coconut Milk

3/4 Cup Water

1 Tsp. Vanilla

2 – 3 drops each of red and green food color

Katakoriku (potato starch)

Directions:

Pre-heat Oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Mix all ingredients except the Katakoriku in a bowl until smooth.

Divide batter into 3 equal parts. (I pour them 1 measuring cups)

Color one part pink with red food color, and one part green with green food color, leave third part white.

Pour Green part into your pan and cover with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes and remove from oven.  Uncover and cool for 15 minutes.

Pour white batter over green layer and cover with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven.  Uncover and cool for 15 minutes.

Pour pink batter over white layer and cover with foil.

Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven.

Uncover and cool for at least 30 minutes.

Cut into squares – I use a pizza wheel to cut even strips then cut those strips into small rectangles.

Place Katakoriku on a plate and roll each piece of mochi in it.  This will dust the mochi so that they don’t stick together.

Store in airtight containers on the counter.  It should last about 3 days, that is if you can keep from eating it sooner!

 

 

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Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath

Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath

This edible wreath is almost too pretty to eat (but seriously, you should dive in — it’s delicious.) Crisp and crunchy meringue lies beneath a ruby red cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate sauce.

Level: Easy

Total: 3 hr 45 min (includes cooling time)

Active: 45 min

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

Wreath:

8 large egg whites, at room temperature

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

 

Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy cream

Cranberry Sauce:

One 10-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed and drained if frozen

1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more to taste

Juice of 1/2 lemon

4 cups fresh raspberries

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Leaves from 1 bunch fresh mint

Directions

 

1. Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 225 degrees F. Line the back of a baking sheet with parchment. Use a 12-inch bowl as a stencil: Flip it upside down and trace a 12-inch circle onto the parchment. Use a 9-inch bowl to trace a circle inside the 12- inch one. This is the outline of your wreath.

2. For the wreath: Combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in the very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until thick and opaque, about 1 minute more. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until stiff, shiny peaks form, 13 to 15 minutes. 

3. Build the wreath: Using the template on the parchment as your guide, drop dollops of meringue in a line along the inside of the 12-inch circle. Use a rubber spatula to help clean off your spoon between dollops. Following the 9-inch circle and slightly overlapping the outer ring of meringue, make an inner ring of meringue dollops to fill in the rest of the template. Flatten the meringue slightly with the back of the spoon, making sure to keep a lot of peaks. Bake the meringue until it is dry, crisp, and pearly white on the outside, about 2 hours. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. 

4. Meanwhile, make the cranberry sauce: Bring the cranberries, sugar and lemon juice to a simmer in medium saucepan and cook until the cranberries are soft and just begin to burst and the sugar is completely dissolved, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Gently fold in the raspberries and pomegranate seeds. Whip the heavy cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.  

5. Before serving, spread the whipped cream on the meringue. Spoon over the cranberry sauce and sprinkle with mint leaves.


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Baileys Milkshake (The Dalmation)

Baileys Milkshake (The Dalmation)

Serves 1

Easy

An indulgent take on milkshake for grown ups. Baileys and vanilla ice cream, whizzed with Oreo biscuits, make an irresistible drink for the ultimate treat.

Ingredients

  • whole milk 50ml
  • good vanilla ice cream 3 scoops
  • Baileys 35ml

 

  • Oreo biscuits 4, plus one to decorate
  • squirty cream to finish
  • glacé cherry to decorate

Nutritional Information

Kcals 691       Fat 35.3g       Carbs 73.4g       Fibre 2.2g       Protein 10.7g       Salt 1g


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Black bottom pie

Black bottom pie

Serves 8

Easy

This recipe for Southern pie by Felicity Cloake owes its name to its rich, dark cocoa base and chocolate custard, topped with a rum mousse and a cloud of whipped cream. Pure indulgence, Dixie style.

Ingredients

  • Oreo biscuits 24, (just shy of 2 packets)
  • unsalted butter 55g, melted
  • whole milk 500ml
  • eggs 4, separated
  • golden caster sugar 225g
  • cornflour 4 tsp
  • fine salt 1/4 tsp

 

  • dark chocolate 75g, finely chopped, plus a little extra to top
  • leaf gelatine 6 sheets
  • golden or dark rum 1 tbsp
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp
  • double cream 250ml
  • icing sugar 2 tbsp

Method

  • STEP 1

    Whizz the Oreos to crumbs in a food processor, then add the melted butter and briefly whizz again. Press into a 23cm springform cake tin, cover and chill.

  • STEP 2

    Gently bring the milk to a boil in a heavy-based saucepan. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and half the caster sugar together in a large, heatproof bowl until paler in colour, then whisk in the cornflour and salt. Whisk as you pour the hot milk onto the yolks, then return to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring, until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon. Take off the heat and pour half into a bowl, while this is cooling soak the gelatine in cold water until pliable. Squeeze the water out of 2 of the leaves. Stir the chocolate and these gelatine leaves into the pan with the custard mixture until they have melted, then pour onto the base. Chill.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the rum, vanilla, nutmeg and remaining 4 gelatine leaves into the warm, reserved custard mixture and leave to cool completely.

  • STEP 4

    Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, then add the remaining caster sugar and beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Fold this into the cooled custard, then spoon on top of the chocolate custard and chill until set – about 4 hours. Whip the cream and icing sugar to soft peaks, spoon on top of the pie, then shave a little chocolate over the top to serve.

     

 

Nutritional Information

Kcals643    Fat38.1g    Saturates22g     Carbs63g    Sugars52.2g    Fibre2.4g    Protein9.5g    Salt0.8g


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Chestnut, squash and sweet potato loaf

Chestnut, squash and sweet potato loaf

Serves 6

Easy

Check out this vegan chestnut, squash and sweet potato loaf recipe. Precise layering makes this vegan main look really smart, but it’s actually easy to put together. This can be made the day before then heated through before serving

 

Ingredients

  • onions 3 large, grated
  • coconut butter 100g
  • dried chilli flakes a pinch
  • sage a small bunch, chopped
  • vac-packed cooked, peeled chestnuts 180g, chopped

 

 

  • white breadcrumbs 100g
  • ready-to-eat dried apricots 50g, chopped
  • cranberry sauce 4 tbsp
  • sweet potatoes 400g, peeled
  • butternut squash 400g, peeled

Method

  • STEP 1 To make the stuffing, put the onion in a pan with the coconut butter and chilli flakes and cook until the onions have softened. Stir in the sage and cook for 2 minutes.

     
  • STEP 2 Put the chestnuts, breadcrumbs and apricots into a bowl. Stir in half the onion mixture, mix well and season. Mix the rest of the onions with the cranberry sauce.

     
     
  • STEP 3 Slice the sweet potatoes and squash separately in a food processor or with a mandoline and divide into 3 piles of each. Melt a little more coconut butter and brush the inside of a 900g/2lb loaf tin. Line with a strip of baking paper

     
     
  • STEP 4 Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line the bottom of the tin with a neat overlapping layer of 1/3 of the squash, trimming to fit the tin. This will be the top of the loaf so get this as nice as possible – the other layers you don’t need to worry about so much. Then add a layer of 1/3 of the sweet potato.

     
     
  • STEP 5 Add a layer of stuffing, then cranberry onions, then the next 1/3 of squash and sweet potato. Add the rest of the stuffing, then another layer of cranberry onions and finish with the last 1/3 of squash and sweet potato.

     
     
  • STEP 6 Cover with foil, put on a baking tray and bake for 2 hours, or until the sweet potatoes and squash are tender. Leave to sit for 10 minutes before turning out and cutting into slices.

Nutritional Information

Kcals406     Fat12.3g    Saturates10g    Carbs60.9g    Sugars29.1g    Fibre12.6g    Protein6.5g    Salt0.3g


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