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DIY activities to keep you busy while social distancing

Here are a few fun-loving DIY activities worthy of your long hours at home

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Even after all the TV shows, movies, and excessive baking, if you're still looking for something to do with your time indoors, turn to DIY kits that can be purchased or delivered to you for you to enjoy at home. These small-crafts will keep your hands busy, and in no time, your days will be filled with tasks. From jigsaw puzzles, embroidery to painting, here are a few DIY ideas to brighten up your long hours at home. By Shanti Parmanand

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DIY activities to keep you busy while social distancing

Needle felting
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Needle felting

If knitting and crocheting are not up your alley, try out needle felting. It is the process of transforming wool into three-dimensional objects such as an adorable fuzzy animal or any other felted creations using barbed wire. We recommend purchasing materials from CN square as their packs come with all the materials and step-by-step instructions. Once you've prepped your wool by forming it into a ball, poke your needle repeatedly on the surface, preferably a sponge until the wool thickens and creates your desired shape. At first, it can be extremely tricky to land the perfect way and add additional details such as beads for the eyes, extra wool for the nose, but in the end, it'll come around. This can be extremely time consuming but intensely addicting. So, be ready to have a handful of cutesy felt animals to display around your room.

Tie-Dye

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Another way to keep within the do-it-yourself trend is to tie-dye your old shirts, trousers or anything you think needs a pop of colour. Pay a visit to CN Square and pick between a pack of three tie-dye colours ($149) or five colours ($258). The kit comes with rubber bands, gloves to use as well as clear instructions included on the packaging. For some, tie-dyeing goes so far as taking their bedsheets and carpets and giving them a bit more pizazz. Though this can be a bit of a messy indoor activity, it's worth waiting to see your colourful creations the next day when everything has dried up.

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Puzzles by Printcious

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Puzzles are a great way to wind down with your family members, but to make things more interesting, how about a customised puzzle with images of your loved ones? Printcious offers customised puzzles ranging from eighty pieces ($49) to two thousand pieces (around $1,000) that can be delivered to you in a matter of five to ten working days. Now, you can even get 60 percent off as well as they offer free shipping on orders above $800. Your family bonding nights will now be even more entertaining with funny pictures to look forward to in the end. However, if this isn't so much your interest, Puzzle Angel in Sham Shui Po is filled with puzzles for kids and adults all reasonably priced.You can pick your chosen puzzle on their Facebook page then pay by either bank transfer, FPS, Alipay, or Payme. 

 

Miniature cooking sets
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Miniature cooking sets

Available at Toys R Us or HKTVmall these cooking and craft sets are great for those staying with kids at home. Their Kururin Roll Machine ($299.90) and Sweetscharms Chocolate Fondue Set ($237.40) come in reasonably small packaging with clear instructions on how to make either sushi rolls and confections for your chocolate fondue set. The reason these were so popular amongst Hongkongers growing up was that the sets were portable and encouraged you to carry on with your creations making them time consuming and addicting – sounds like the perfect stay-at-home activity to do.

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Embroidery kits
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Embroidery kits

Embroidery fits right in with Instagram's tie-dye trend as this too can spice up anything from your pillows to your t-shirts. But first, consider practising your skills by purchasing an embroidery kit online. Sites such as Ubuy ship in less than two weeks and offer an entire hand embroidery kit with instructions ($228), including a hundred colours of thread to get you started. These can be done while watching TV, or while catching up with your family members – it's the perfect pass time activity and one that'll add to the decor around the house. 

Paint-by-numbers

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Paint-by-numbers gives every individual a chance to get into painting. It is essentially a canvas with light markings indicating areas to paint, and each region has a number and a corresponding numbered paint to use. The kits come with little boxes where the numbered colour paints are stored. Craft-Ease offers various portraits to choose from ranging from sea creatures to a zoomed-in image of a rose (around $250 to 650). The store even provides am option to customise your painting with a picture of you or your lovely pets, (around $460 to $800 depending on the size). Take advantage of the shop's limited offer promotion, buy three and get one free by using a discount code at checkout. Shipping takes anywhere from three to five weeks, but this calming activity will lift your boredom. Plus, just imagine an entirely painted portrait done by you hung up on your wall. 

 

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