With an extra day in 2016, it’s a great year to try a new hobby. Whether it’s finally dedicating time to something you’ve always wanted to do or challenging yourself to something outside your comfort zone, new hobbies are a great way to relieve stress, enhance creativity, cultivate skills, and improve your mood!
Not sure what to try? I’ve picked 14 fun hobbies to try and paired them with a slew of helpful quick-start guides to get you going in no time!
Do you tend to procrastinate instead of trying something new — or doing things that need to be done, for that matter? Try tackling one of these 7 totally doable tasks to get yourself in a productive mood, then jump head-first into one of these fun new hobbies!
1. Learn to brush letter
Source: Destination Decoration
Learn the art of brush lettering with this comprehensive guide. With these tutorials and some practice, you’ll have the prettiest addressed cards and invitations to send to your family and friends. You might even try your hand at creating some artwork featuring beautifully lettered motivational quotes.
2. Learn to sew
Source: Clarks Condensed
Making handmade clothes or items for your home is a great way to use your hands and your brain — and possibly even save money. If you don’t know where to begin, this guide covers everything from machines to fabric and the skills you need for some basic projects!
If you’re a novice seamstress, why not give these simple and fun sewing projects a try?
3. Learn to crochet
Source: Joy of Motion
To make cozy and delightful items by hand, all you need is some yarn, a crochet hook, and your hands. Learn this relaxing skill and make a variety of items using this comprehensive four-part guide.
These 15 simple crochet projects are perfect for keeping your hands busy while you spend the afternoon catching up on your favorite Netflix shows.
4. Learn to paint
Source: Flower Patch Farmhouse
Express your creativity, relieve stress, and make artwork for your home by learning to paint. From flowers to birds and beyond, this site has everything you need to get started!
5. Learn to play an instrument
Have you always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument? Visit a local shop for lessons or watch videos online. To save money on the cost of instruments and other equipment, consider shopping online first: Musician’s Friend is a favorite and they’re even having a sale for 15% off all orders of $99+ with code LEAPYEAR to get you started on your new hobby.
6. Learn to take great photos
Source: Brandy Frank
Do you have a nice camera but don’t know how to use it? Make this year the one you finally learn how. This quick-start guide will get you taking great pictures of your family, friends, or travels with style and ease!
7. Learn to cook
Source: Martha Stewart
Do you know how to prepare a variety of meals? Do you know the proper ways to use the tools in your kitchen? Get your skills in shape and learn the tricks of the culinary trade with the tutorials and videos in this comprehensive library!
8. Learn to grow your own food
Source: Pioneer Settler
If you have access to water and sunlight, you can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This comprehensive e-guide teaches everything you need to know about growing a whole salad’s worth of produce!
9. Learn to compost
Source: Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Help the environment and grow better fruits and vegetables with composting. Take all the mystery and difficulty out of this eco-friendly practice with these comprehensive tips.
10. Learn to brew beer
Source: The Kitchn’s Beer School
Brewing your own beer is a hobby that can take a considerable amount of time, patience, and supplies, but the rewards can be so delicious! The Kitchn’s Beer School shows you everything you need to make your own brew that will surely impress all your guests at your next party.
Use your home-brewed beer to make these delicious beer cupcakes!
Get Up & Go Hobbies
11. Learn to run
Source: Skinny Ms.
Running is a great way to get fit, reduce stress, build stamina, and maintain your weight, but it’s not something most people can just get up and go do. Use this easy-start program to learn to run the right way and set the foundation for being a life-long runner!
12. Learn to build
Source: Pioneer Settler
Building your own furniture is not only incredibly rewarding, but it’s also a cost-effective way to furnish your house. Learn carpentry basics with this guide, and you’ll be well on your way to finishing your first project in no time.
13. Learn to coupon
Here at The Good Stuff, we know that couponing is not only a great way to save money, but is also a fun and productive hobby! If you’re ready to take your money-saving strategies to the next level, check out our couponing guides for saving money on groceries and at the mall!
14. Learn to golf
Learning to golf is a hobby that takes time and practice but can be a rewarding way to socialize, get outdoors, and relax. With the right equipment, coaching, and resources, you’ll be coming in under par in no time!
Take advantage of the extra time in 2016 to try a new hobby. From cooking to painting, building to trying new exercises, the possibilities are endless. Commit to a new hobby today, and by year’s end you’ll likely have a new skill and a better mood to show for it!