New Year, New Ideas: How to Choose a Craft for a Hobby

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Maybe you’ve never started crafting or maybe you are looking to find a new craft to add to your hobby list.  Whatever drew you to this article, working with a craft you enjoy can help relieve stress, enliven your creativity, and even provide the satisfaction of being able to gift handmade items. Crafting is an excellent hobby choice, but there are lots of different crafts to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for you?

Most hobbyists are not born with a burning desire to pursue their chosen crafts. They may have acquired their hobbies from someone close to them, or they could have gone through a lot of trial and error before they found something they liked. Here are some tips to help you find a hobby you can call your own.

New Year, New Ideas: How to Choose a Craft for a Hobby

Think back to your childhood.

Were there any creative pursuits that you enjoyed or excelled at then? If so, why not give them another try?

Consider the things you buy the most.

Do you follow all the latest fashion trends? Consider trying knitting or sewing. Do you love scented candles? Maybe you could make your own. Do you love to adorn your walls with fine art? Try painting.

Take a look around at your local craft store.

Browse pattern books and project kits and see if anything strikes your fancy. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never attempted the craft or don’t know anybody who does it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

See if your local community college offers any craft courses that interest you.

The tuition and fees are usually quite reasonable, and you’ll learn from someone who really knows what he’s doing.

Ask friends and family whose interests are similar to yours for crafting suggestions.

If you are intrigued by one of their hobbies, perhaps they can help you get started.

When choosing a hobby, finding something you enjoy is very important. But there are also some other factors to consider. These include:

How much will the hobby cost? Will it put a strain on your budget? If expensive equipment is required, can you rent it or use someone else’s?

Do you have the space to practice this hobby? You’ll need a place to store your supplies and a work space. Space requirements vary significantly depending on the craft, so don’t just assume that you’ll be able to make room.

Do you have sufficient time to dedicate to this hobby? You can work around your schedule in most cases, but will the time you can allocate to it allow you to get your projects done as quickly as you would like? If not, you may have trouble sticking with it.

Finding the right craft could happen right away, or it could take months of trying different things. But once you find something that makes you happy, you’ll be glad you took the time to look. Crafting gives you a sense of accomplishment, not to mention lots of nice stuff to keep or give as gifts!


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • Grace Hodgin
    • January 28, 2013
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    My DIY projects have often saved me and allowed to let me have things that I could not afford to buy in stores.

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