What are good DIY's to do in quarantine?

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 16, 2020

    I'm always checking Hometalk and Pinterest for fun kid activities to do with my granddaughter. We've made lights out of ping pong balls (they look great in a fairy village), rocks painted to look like ladybugs and bees, canvas art, dress design (she likes to design for her dolls), wreaths, weaving (she does potholder weaving with her other grandmother) which can even be done on a piece of cardboard. It all depends on your interests, your supplies, and who you are working with. There are free downloads for coloring pages on the internet. Can you go outside? My husband has a medical condition that puts him at risk, so he has been working on our flower beds on mild days, raking them and cleaning them up. I just painted a bedroom since my granddaughter can't play with me right now, since she has a confirmed case of the flu (she had a flu shot). I'm also spring cleaning and decluttering .

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Mar 16, 2020

    OMG....I wish all I could do is DIY. HAHA....stuck homeschooling my kids. Yikes. Anyway, the best part of this website is that you can get soooo many ideas. Check out the little blue house on the top left and in the search bar, type anything that you are interested in. Organizing, cleaning, how to tutorials on any crafts. Also, check out the explore projects button at the top and you will get ideas in all categories displaying.

    What are your interests? Redo a room? home dec? Start organizing a closet? Cleaning and purging your stuff!

    Crafts? ornaments? art? You name it...you are in the right place this website is awesome!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 16, 2020

    I'm planning on doing some serious spring cleaning and reorganization of my kitchen cabinets. Check for expired food and if you have something getting close, cook it first.

    On the fun side, do some research on family tree. Reach out to some cousins that I haven't talked to in a while.

    If I'm here long enough, I'm going to paint my bedroom. I have supplies on hand.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 16, 2020

    Hello there,

    We have a lot of little jobs we have been putting off doing, but there is no reason to put them off any longer, and a lot to be gained by doing them. There are hobbies I have been wanting to get back to doing Handicrafts,Art,Sewing, guess I might actually get around to doing them now. I have not been one for keeping a diary over the years, but I think if I did it will make interesting reading if not the beginnings of a book? - a film etc. Silly me, got carried away for the moment!

    I think I will work in the mornings and watch TV or do a hobby in the afternoon, go to bed early and catch up on my beauty sleep - Hope it's not too late. Ha Ha......

    Best wishes to you, keep the faith and be positive - hang on in there..................

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Mar 16, 2020

    If we have to be stuck at home, this is a good time for it. My last child moved out a couple weeks ago, and we are doing some minor renovating so that we can move our bedroom upstairs, and make our main floor bedroom into my husband's office. We are also turning our second floor balcony into a catio.

    Any small improvement project you have the materials for is a good DIY. Paint a wall hanging, regrout tile, paint a room. Hope everyone finds a productive way to stay busy of the next few weeks!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 16, 2020

    Oh, the stainless steel shelves in the kitchen need organizing, the second bedroom has a considerable amount of clutter, the list goes on and on. Stuff that is just not fun to do.

    And give my wonderful husband a massage.

    Hope you have lots of fun projects to do.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 16, 2020

    Hi Melinda: This is a good time to wash the windows, do deep cleaning, learn a new craft, read a book, get the kids involved in things, work in the yard (you don't have to stay inside!) and get that Honey Do list done:) Good luck

  • This is a great time to get things cleaned and reorganized. I'm spending my time getting the DIY projects on my list done - refinishing a small table, bathroom cabinets painted, start seeds for the garden, maybe even get some Christmas gift ideas completed - I'm thinking of shirts made (I have a heat press).

  • Painting recycled bottles is an easy and cheap craft.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 16, 2020

    This is an opportunity for a time out. Spend time with your healthy loved ones and teach what you know or learn what others know. How about simply teaching a child how to sew on a button, change the oil in a car, iron, do laundry, etc. that we're usually too busy to teach others. Time to spend outdoors and do a bit of cleanup and get some good outdoor exercise. Ask others what they'd like to do that can be done in a small group, you'll be amazed at the ideas ou'll get. Play dress up, go through your closet and organize, the number of things to do is limitless!

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 16, 2020

    Melinda: my plans: WATERCOLOR!!!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 16, 2020

    Hello. Any craft or home diy would be suitable?

    Have you reviewed the projects here at ahometalk?

    Additionally-Have you thought about searching the visuals on Pinterest or Houzz for inspiration? There is a wealth of diy ideas and visual inspiration there for your consideration. That might lead you to decide on an idea or theme. After that I’ll be assembling materials and starting your project.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Mar 16, 2020

    I say paint! Easy and makes a huge impact on a room.

  • Hi Melinda - How about this super cute flag with leftover corks. It was even featured on Hometalk and pinned thousands of times! You can see the DIY here and hope this helps with some inspiration. Hugs, Holly


  • Pamela Pamela on Mar 17, 2020

    Painting is the first thing that comes to mind . You can re organize closets & shelves , get an early start on spring cleaning . You can clean up your garage or hard , or start a garden !

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Mar 17, 2020

    These are easy: If you have small boxes you can decoupage them. I offer a free printable too https://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/how-to-make-your-own-decoupaged-gift-boxes-with-chinoiserie-paper/

    Easter is coming and this is easy, you can use buttons and pinecones: https://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/how-to-make-pinecone-easter-bunnies-perfect-craft-for-kids/

    There is a ton more on my blog

  • For me I'm getting ready to do a lot of caulk repairs. I also plan on finishing some of the projects that are so close to complete, but not quite there. Now that the weather is warming up, I'm going to clean my window sills because OMGness they are gross. Wipe down the walls and just do a really good spring clean. I am also planning on reorganizing some closets and swapping my linen closet to what was once my hall closet because it's bigger. I'm hoping to teach my kids and get them involved in some of the projects around the house. Are there any projects you were thinking of doing?

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 19, 2020

    Melinda....Crafts, games, movies, stories, spring cleaning, jig saw puzzle, cook, bake, make homemade ice cream. Of course those last items are if you have the groceries needed. Somebody told me the will be lots of new babies in the next 9 months.....!!!!!

  • Paint an accent wall or two. I just did a fun stenciled accent wall. I'm also planning to do a couple of modern furniture makeovers. I planned several projects ahead and stocked up on all the supplies, since I assume we'll be locking down any day now.

  • Annette Annette on Mar 20, 2020

    Check Pinterest or Utube for some great ideas. I have also seen lots of ideas on Facebook.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 21, 2020

    Hi Melinda, there are so many things you can do. I would start by looking around your home and noting all those things that need fixing or that you'd like to change. This could include painting old furniture to give it a new look, or fixing those sticky hinges on a cupboard door. Create a spreadsheet and list what supplies you'll need for each DIY idea along with what you have on hand. That way you can narrow down what you can do without leaving home and which things may need to wait for later when you're out of quarantine. Best of luck and have fun

  • J Brown J Brown on Mar 21, 2020

    My husband & I just spent the morning working in the yard, something we have been "gonna" do for months.

    Now what to do for the next "however long"????

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 22, 2020

    Find a project at your home you've wanted to get done for years - and just get it DONE! Or find something you would normally donate, and repurpose it for something you can give as a gift or use it at your home! Repurposing and creating Christmas gifts is a great use of time right now if you are out of work and stuck at home!

  • TheHoneycombHome TheHoneycombHome on Mar 22, 2020

    Here are a bunch you can browse through: https://thehoneycombhome.com/category/diy/

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 22, 2020

    Hi Melinda: If you sew, JoAnn Fabric will give you a yard of material and some elastic to make face masks for the doctors and nurses who are interacting with some of the public who are sick. While these masks don't keep the virus out, it will keep out the larger pieces of crud from entering through, and keep stuff from coughs and sneezes from floating around. JoAnn's will also take the finished product and give them to the places that need them. And, it's free. Also, you can sign up and work at the store to make them. I'm thinking that other places are doing the same thing. They also have patterns and instructions. Good luck

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 11, 2021

    Hi Melinda, here is a link with some great ideas for you to try