“I started a podcast with my 99-year-old aunt. She is feeling pretty scared and isolated. It helps us learn new things!”
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It might be a serious understatement to say that we could all use a little positivity right about now. Which is why we recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to show us cool projects they’ve been working on while staying home, and all we can say is *sniffle* — we’re deeply inspired.
Here are just some of their incredible creations:
“I finally have time to finish this quilt. Almost there!”
“I tried a paint-by-number kit! I’ve ordered two more.”
“I have been making paper peonies.”
“I started a podcast with my 99-year-old aunt (I am 30). She lives in New York City and is feeling pretty scared and isolated.”
“I gave my 1970s kitchen a facelift with painted white cabinets, new hardware, a new backsplash, and a new vinyl countertop!”
“I created this set with a cardboard box and used it to photograph my guinea pig.”
“I made my first-ever keepsake bunny for my son out of his old baby clothes.”
“I’ve been doing some machine embroidery ready to take on the world (once we’re allowed back out).”
“I’m trying out new twists in the kitchen. Here are squash-and-carrot buns.”
“After five previous attempts at learning, I finally got the hang of knitting and made my fiancé this scarf. Every stitch was knitted with love. ❤️”
“I finally had time and energy to make a sourdough starter from scratch, and I baked my first loaves of sourdough bread!”
“I made the window pretty.”
“I taught myself how to embroider! I also made my own hoop using a round piece of plastic and paper clips, since I can’t go to the store to get one.
“I created this painting because even through uncertain times, each of the four seasons will still transition to the next. Life goes on.”
“These are some coasters I’m working on. Working with polymer clay is really fun — I recommend it!”
“I set up an indoor garden. It’s not as organized as I want it to be, but it brings me joy.”
“I’ve been forcing myself to draw every day and have finally been putting together a graphic design portfolio, since my other job as an event consultant does not exist anymore.”
“Never mind love in the time of corona, what about Harry Potter in the time of corona? I developed a new collection with my partner.”
“I bake when anxious, and I’m so anxious!”
“I wood-burn, so I wood-burned this and then painted them.”
“Cross-stitching is helping to take my mind off of the fact that I still have to work with the public.”
“My husband and I made this rendition of a piggy bank together. He did the woodwork and I did the staining and design work.”
“I’ve been baking like crazy. I made these homemade donuts the other day.”
“I’m sewing tote bags and face masks.”
“I’m making my dream Harry Potter edition of Monopoly.”
“I’ve always loved the look of spray-painted book edges, so I decided to give it a try.”
“I was laid off last Friday and have been doing a lot of acrylic paint pouring. I made five pieces in the last three days.”
“I’m crocheting a throw blanket for grandparents. Oddly enough, this pattern is called a virus blanket!”
“I’m building a giant entertainment center!”
“When I ordered this Baby Yoda puzzle, I didn’t realize how most of it is the same dark color. It was tougher than I thought!”
“I learned to pipe buttercream roses! I’ve always wanted to learn how, and finally had the time.”
“I’ve been going through my craft supplies and making craft kits for anyone who is stuck at home right now. Each bag is a whole project.
“I’m dabbling in painting with acrylics on slate. I started with Hogwarts house mascots as inspiration.”
“I’ve been working on amigurumi, which is the Japanese art of crocheting animals and creatures.
“I made my first pie!”
“I decided to do a fundraiser where I make custom portraits for just $25 and donate the proceeds to local businesses and employees affected by closures. We raised over $1,000! ❤️
“I’ve been learning how to bead-stitch! Right now I’m working on a whale loom bracelet. It’s a great way to pass self-isolation time.”
“I have been doing so much crafting, from sun catchers to watercolor to knitting. But the biggest thing is the elephant on my wall. It’s still a work in progress.”
“I painted this in about three days. It’s the best thing I have ever painted, and I’m giving it to my grandma.”
“I made applesauce. I always thought it must be hard, but SURPRISE! It’s super easy!!”
“I’m painting denim! It’s been super cathartic, and I love finding new homes for them once I’m done!”
“This is a granny square blanket I’ve been trying to finish for YEARS and kept putting off!
“I’ve been tie-dying everything.”
“I made a new sign for our front door! Humor is so important during times like these.”
“I cosplay and I’m currently working on a new character. I made this excessively tall top hat out of cardboard!”
“I’ve wanted to buy the Lego Stranger Things set for months. I figured quarantine was the best time to splurge! I loved every second of it!”
“I’m a stay-at-home mom, so being home isn’t any different for me. But now that my husband works from home, I get a few more breaks throughout the day. Yesterday I used that time to make bagels from scratch.”
“I’m learning how to do cool makeup.”
“I did these nail designs for the coronavirus outbreak.”
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Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.