If you love beading and you’re bored at home, check out this list of fun things to do.
It happens to everyone at some point in time, no matter how old you are or where you live…
You get bored.
Whether you’re stuck at home alone or you’re just tired of doing the same old thing day in and out, sometimes you just need to shake up your routine and do something different to pass the time.
If you’re a beader and you’re looking for things to do while bored at home, then this list is going to be right up your alley.
7 Fun Things To Do When Bored At Home
1. Learn A New Bead Weaving Stitch
There are lots of amazing bead weaving techniques out there and several of them have many variations. Try learning a new stitch while you’re bored at home. Not only will this keep you entertained, it’ll also help you improve your bead weaving skills.
There are several ways you can learn bead stitching ranging from books to taking a class. However, I definitely recommend joining my online bead weaving membership for beginner to intermediate beaders called The Bead Club Insiders. Update: The membership site has been closed and is not accepting new members at this time.
I may be a bit biased but The Bead Club Insiders is a wonderful resource packed with comprehensive video classes, step-by-step PDF patterns and a community where you can get your questions answered. And, you get all this for one ridiculously low price.
2. Try New Beading Patterns
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got a stash of patterns that you’ve never even tried. No time like the present, right?
Go through the tutorials and see which one strikes your fancy, make sure you have all the supplies you need to complete it and get to work.
3. Create a Dedicated Beading Space
If you do a lot of beading, it’s always nice to have a spot to house all your stuff, where you can sit comfortably and be creative. And, it’s no fun having to move all your stuff off the dining room table every time you want to eat.
Use your free time to create a beading station. Find an area of your home where you can set one up e.g. the guest bedroom, place a small table in the corner of a room or even convert a closet into your crafting space.
Add some organization e.g. shelves, storage bins, drawers or pegboard for your beading supplies.
Make sure to have a sturdy work surface, a comfy chair and good lighting. If the space lacks natural daylight, get a bright lamp. You’ll need one anyway if you bead at night.
4. Organize Your Beading Supplies
It’s really easy for beading supplies to get out of control. You might have many different beads, findings and tools. As you use them, maybe you don’t put them back where they should go or maybe you never had an organization system for them at all.
So, if you’re wondering what to do when bored at home, organize your beading supplies.
I highly recommend sorting beads by type and size. You could even go so far as to organize them by color as well.
Separate findings by type e.g. clasps in one container, earring hooks in another.
Organizing your beading supplies makes it really easy to find what you need, when you need it.
Make sure you can easily access tools and other supplies that you use frequently. Place them at the front of drawers or hang them within easy reach on a pegboard.
5. Create An Inventory of Your Beading Supplies
Once your beads etc. are all organized, why not go ahead and create an inventory?
A bead inventory helps you to keep track of exactly what you own and how much you have left. It reduces the chances of you purchasing items you don’t need, saving you money. I’ve been guilty of purchasing multiples of an item I already had at home just because I forgot I even had it.
Record the size, type, color of beads and findings. If you’ll be selling handmade jewelry, you’ll definitely want to keep track of supplies in much more detail. In this case, also make a note of where you purchased items, their cost, quantity received etc.
One reader of The Bead Club Lounge suggests using Evernote to keep track of beading supplies. It’s free and there’s an app you can use to check your inventory from any location.
6. Get Rid of Unfinished Beading Projects
Do you have any projects that have been abandoned midway for one reason or another?
Maybe you ran out of beads and when you finally got them, you no longer felt like finishing the piece. Or maybe, you have “Shiny Object Syndrome” and you can’t wait to move onto something new before you’ve finished what you already started. Hey, it happens!
Go ahead, pull out one of those old beading projects and finish it. You’ll feel great when you’re done because you’ll no longer suffer from the guilt about never completing it.
If you don’t have the necessary materials to complete the unfinished beading project and you know that even if you did, you probably wouldn’t pick up where you left off, get rid of it. Dismantle the piece so you can use those beads for a brand new project.
7. Fix Broken Jewelry
If you have any pieces of jewelry that need repairs, fix them. Change broken clasps, replace cracked beads or mend broken threads.
The next time you’re bored at home, try one of these things to keep you busy and entertained.