Get a Hobby!

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We think that the weirdest holidays can also be the best! Let’s take January for instance. This month is not only the first of the year, it’s also National Hobby Month. Maybe it’s the fact that taking up a new hobby is a common resolution, but whatever the reason for this wacky holiday we’ll embrace it with open arms! Here are some crafty hobbies you may not have heard of that we think you’re going to love.

Quilled Lettering from All Things Paper

Quilling is also known as paper filigree. It involves carefully curling and manipulating paper into desired shapes. We wonder if you could do this with starched ribbon! Oh the possibilities. If you want to get started, All Things Paper has great tutorials and resources!

Screenprinting Process

If you’ve ever said something that you thought was worthy of a t-shirt, why don’t you try screen printing? It’s the process forcing ink through a mesh screen to create an image or pattern. Check out Instructables to learn the basics!

Fauxpals from Polymer Clay

Despite their realistic appearance, these opals are made out of polymer clay! There are a lot of really cool tutorials on how to make faux gems from polymer clay like this one from Fall for DIY!

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So everyone knows you can color with crayons, but did you know that you can carve them too?! These waxy mediums are perfect for whittling down into tiny colorful sculptures! The ones above were created by artist Diem Chau.

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So macrame isn’t a new hobby at all, but we think it deserves a shout out because it can create such cool looking pieces! Think of the things you could make with our cord!

Taking up a new hobby can be fun and exciting, especially if its a crafty one! Have you taken up a new hobby recently? Let us know in the comments below!

Blogger Interview: How About Orange

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Anytime we’re looking for some clean, chic projects to try at home, we head straight to How About Orange. Jessica, the lovely blogger behind the site, is also a graphic and textile designer, and we love seeing her cute sewing projects and origami creations. We were lucky enough to grab an interview with Jessica and snag all of her DIY tips and tricks. See what she has to say below!

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How did you get started as a blogger and a DIYer?
I work full time as a graphic designer, but I’ve always liked getting off the computer and making things by hand now and then. When I started How About Orange, I had visions of creating a booming Etsy shop and the blog would help to promote it. However, I found running a shop to be super tedious; you have to love it or you’ll want to shoot yourself. So I closed up shop to prevent bodily harm, but kept blogging about little DIY projects and useful tips. It’s fun to share ideas and connect with people.

Where do you find inspiration for your DIYs?
In some cases I find a sad old chair or an empty wall that I know would be great with new fabric or a painted design, so the makeover urge kicks in. Sometimes I find things for sale that are either way too expensive or else easily made at home (like these paper balls or felt trivets), and I like the challenge of figuring out how they’re made. And of course, seeing the nifty things others are creating and posting in magazines or online provides inspiration, too.

Which of your DIY projects is your favorite?
Our reupholstered Steelcase office chairs. I sit on one all day long. 

Have you noticed any upcoming DIY trends?
Washi tape, chevron patterns and ombre are everywhere. As well as objects partially dipped in paint, embellished with glitter, or decorated with triangles or other geometric patterns. Neon is on the upswing, too.

What advice would you give to DIY beginners?
There’s nothing new under the sun. The same old techniques have been used on DIY projects through the decades. So follow some tutorials to learn basic techniques, and then you’ll know how to create anything you want going forward.

What are your must-have DIY supplies?
My absolute essentials are an X-Acto knife with lots of new blades, a metal ruler, and a self-healing cutting mat. And also double-sided tape, glue, and a sharp scissors. Well, and paintbrushes, a staple gun, sewing machine, needle, and thread. And… I should stop now.
Thanks, Jessica! See more of her projects at How About Orange.