Can't Sleep? Five Fun, Easy Craft Ideas for Insomnia

Can't Sleep? Five Fun, Easy Craft Ideas for Insomnia

From Zulfqar Chachar

Some of us just don't sleep when the rest of the world does, and that can get depressing and crazy - fast. But there are ways to make your sleepless hours fun, enjoyable, and happier, even for tired brains that can't con

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Some of us just don't sleep when the rest of the world does, and that can get depressing and crazy - fast. But there are ways to make your sleepless hours fun, enjoyable, and happier, even for tired brains that can't concentrate. Insomniacs know staying positive is sometimes half the battle, and that scientifically, screens are the enemy. So, here are five crafts anyone can do, with any skill level, to bring some fun into those wide-awake times. Also visit Justcraftingaround for more ideas

Blanket-Tying

Blanket tying is fun for adults or kids, and it's really easy and simple, which is great for tired brains. There are different knots and styles, but usually, two pieces of fleece are cut and tied together along the edges, creating a fun, finished product that is enjoyable and practical. 

It feels great to be able to make gifts or surprise a family member with something you made when you couldn't sleep. Even better, most homeless shelters and charities need blankets and love those with a homemade touch. So, you may be up all night, but you can know just by tying knots, you are making yourself or someone else very happy. 

Mug Painting

Mug painting is a fun and easy craft that you can actually use. Using odorless acrylic paints that are very cheap along with a dishwasher-safe sealant, you can turn any white mug into a personal masterpiece. This is another great craft for tired brains because if you mess up, you can just wipe off the paint with a paper towel and keep going. There are tons of easy tutorials online for really stunning mugs that make great gifts or cute centerpieces. 

Watercolor Pencil Coloring

If you have never used watercolor pencils, you have never really lived. Watercolor pencils are the "just add water" miracle for adults (and kids). Anything you color or draw changes color, becoming vibrant and bright when you brush just a hint of water over your creation. 

So, if you get tired or bored with adult coloring books, buy some watercolor pencils and just add water. Everything you color instantly looks cooler, and it's a blast to blend and play with the watercolor pigments. 

Crocheting

Crocheting is great for insomnia because you can almost do it in your sleep. Once you learn the basic stitch, you can crochet scarves, oven pads, hats, cat boots, anything! Many tutorials can seem difficult, but the most basic crochet stitch is just a single, recurring loop. All you need is some yarn and a crochet hook. You can turn up your music or an audiobook and crochet away into the sunset or sunrise, depending on the hour. 

Photo Transfer Fun

You've probably seen it online: someone prints off a cute picture, gets a board, uses some magic sludge and voila; a photo on wood! It may look like it's hard or expensive, but the truth is, this is an easy craft even for tired night-owls. 

At a home improvement store, you can cheaply pick up scraps or inexpensive wood chunks of nearly any size or thickness. Then nearly all you need is some paper and a printer. There are many different ways to do photo transfers, but they're usually all easy. Even better, this project will be drying over a day or so and gives you something fun to wake up to when it is finished. Nothing says, "I love you" like a picture, and you can make it permanent. 

There you have it: Five easy craft ideas for any night owl. Whether you decide to have fun with some craft glue and photos or maybe buy some yarn and crochet, all of these are great for tired minds and late nights. No matter your skill level, having fun with crafts is a great option for positive thinking and positive experiences, no matter the hour. 

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