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Two people mould clay vessels in their hands, there are instruction sheets and tools in front of them.
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Keep occupied with these classes, puzzles and at-home projects

From art and craft to baking and gardening, here are ten great ways to spend time at home

By Time Out editors

The global crisis has changed forever the way we think about time at home. With no guarantees that going out will remain safe for the immediate future, we've gained a new appreciation both for old-school pastimes such as baking, gardening and jigsaw puzzles, as well as a very contemporary knack for acquiring new skills via the internet. Whether delivered to your door or livestreamed to your laptop, here are ten great things to do at home. 

Get stuck into these projects at home this spring

No-sew mask examples
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Make your own no-sew face masks from everyday items

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While face masks can be bought from chemists, hardware stores and some additional retailers, it's also pretty easy to make your own version at home. Don't worry if picking up a needle and thread gives you conniptions; we've rounded up four ways to make a mask that require absolutely no sewing at all. Better yet, these masks can all be made from objects you've probably already got lying around at home.

Two people mould clay vessels in their hands, there are instruction sheets and tools in front of them.
Photograph: Supplied/Crockd

Pottery classes and kits to try at home

Things to do

With many of us spending more time just pottering around the house, there’s never been a better time to try your hand at being a literal potter. A bunch of ceramics studios have adapted their businesses so you can get busy moulding your own mugs, vases and assorted sculptural vessels at home.

A blank canvas propped up next to paints, a wine glass and a phone playing an instructional video.
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Learn to paint at home with these digital classes and art packs

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If you haven’t picked up a paint brush since a high school art class, a blank canvas sitting before you can be a bit of an overwhelming prospect. Thankfully, ‘sip and paint’ studios are now offering at-home options so you can have an instructor on hand to guide your creative spark (it’s just up to you to keep your wine glass topped up). 

Paper craft koi fish making class with ClassBento
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Take a craft class online with ClassBento

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ClassBento has a plethora of classes you can choose from: make a quarantine coffee scrub, scent some soy candles, dabble in Turkish mosaic, and, if you're feeling like getting into the festive spirit, learn how to felt an Easter bunny (not a chocolate one). It's fun, communal, and a chance to allow your hands to weave some artisanal magic in your own home. 

Sourdough fruit loaf
Photograph: Jess Ho

Read tips on mastering sourdough from a bread nerd

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People who were previously ridiculed for making sourdough in their spare time are now used as troubleshooting resources for people who previously thought they were too good to play with flour. Time Out's resident bread nerd, Jess Ho, graciously shares the 13 reasons why your sourdough isn't working.

LIttle Veggie Patch Co
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How to grow vegetables, herbs and plants anywhere

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Being self-sufficient is a brilliant step in the right direction for sustainability and filling in all those extra hours in the day. But it is even hard for the most advanced gardener to achieve. Growing your own food is not as easy as throwing a few seeds into a pot and feasting in a fortnight.

Cat cluster puzzle
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Ever heard of a cluster puzzle? You should try this cat one

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A cluster puzzle is a puzzle that uses Escher-like tessellations instead of typical jigsaw-type puzzle pieces. They're usually quite pricey, made from wood and often not found in Australia

Cat cluster puzzle full


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Interested? You can preorder it on Booktopia here.

Too hard? You can also snag this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of Melbourne.

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