Let's be honest: creativity often comes in spurts, and whaddya know, free time does too. In fact, for many of us, free time is in such short supply that when you get an hour you feel like screaming from the rooftops and making the most of every minute. Thankfully, there are tons of different projects you can make by hand in 60 minutes or less. Here are seven for you try.
Paint a flower pot
See you later, plain terracotta pot. Hello, painted beauty! All you need for this makeover is acrylic paint and a brush. For inspiration, look to your favorite patterns, colors and elements of other planters you admire. But if you're going for chic and minimal, just roughly painting a solid color over the terracotta color with a white-wash of color will add an interesting surface detail.
Doodle your day (or month, or season...)
Whether you’re an expert artist or a conference call daydreamer, you can take doodling to the next level. Simply grab your favorite notebook or sketch pad and follow this prompt: doodle symbols and words that represent your day, month or the season. Don’t worry about making anything perfect; just have fun letting your mind — and your pen — wander!
Rearrange your bookshelf
When you're itching for some fun new tchotchkes, but your budget won't scratch it, considering rearranging the things you already have first. Start with your shelves. Moving around a few books, vases, ceramic figurines or plants can add a fresh perspective to your home without breaking the bank.
Experiment with a new drink recipe… then enjoy!
Try this crisp, refreshing twist on a summer classic: iced tea with rose syrup. To prepare, make your favorite ice tea and mix it with rose syrup. You can create your own rose syrup by letting caster sugar dissolve in water over low heat and then adding in rose petals and letting almost-simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and you’ve got a unique mixer!
Accessorize your bag with colorful yarn pom poms
Give your handbag a cute sidekick. Create and dangle a few colorful pom poms from the handles. They are a perfect punch of color for the warmer months, especially for jazzing up a straw beach bag. Check out how to make your own poms here on Craftsy .
Make a body scrub… then soak!
Try this easy coffee sugar scrub . You need a cup of fine coffee grounds, half a cup of brown sugar, ¼ to ½ teaspoon almond oil, ¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil and 10 drops of orange essential oil. Combine all of the ingredients together and then smooth on wet skin.
Create a terrarium
Pick your favorite glass vessel, a few itty-bitty plants, a handful of pebbles, a hunk of moss and soil. Place your "ingredients" in the glass, add some water and place nearby so you can admire. (A tiny troll doll is entirely optional.)