The COVID-19 pandemic has led most of us to favour staying indoors and avoiding huge crowds for health reasons, and it seems like this will continue to be the norm for a while. Movement restrictions have resulted in people embracing new DIY projects, trends, and hobbies to alleviate their boredom.

Some countries have seen a recent surge in cases and introduced strict measures to curb the spread of the disease — which means more time being spent at home. Here in Malaysia, a Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) has been implemented to avoid further infections. Over in India, people are encouraged to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible as the vaccination drives begin.

From celebrities and influencers to your neighbours right next door, everyone’s taking the time to experiment with various creative hobbies to de-stress and unwind, and perhaps hone a new skill in the process.

Need some inspiration? Here are some hobbies inspired by Hollywood films and celebrities to consider for the next time you find yourself holed up at home. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up discovering something you’re passionate about.

Master the art of pottery

 

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Working on a pottery wheel or creating ceramic sculptures can be a calming process. Remember that iconic Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze moment in Ghost? While things may not take as enlightening a turn for you, you can still enjoy the process of creation and use the finished products to give your home a décor update or even gift them to your friends and family. Self-professed novelty ashtray collector and actor-comedian, Seth Rogen, initially took on pottery to make himself some cool customised ashtrays. He then ventured into making pots, vases, and bottles, even completing a Japanese sake set. You can take pottery and ceramics classes online on Skillshare and ClayShare, and buy the raw materials from an e-commerce store, such as Amazon.

Bring back board games

 

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Board games are a huge hit among all age groups and have seen a recent resurgence in popularity as hobbies. It is a great social activity when you’re stuck at home with your family — and that’s exactly what some celebrities have been doing. While actress Elizabeth Banks tried her hand at “Dungeons and Dragons”, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres created quite a buzz as she tried solving a 4,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. She posted several videos detailing her process of solving it, before eventually giving up by concluding that it was “ridiculous” and that nobody owned a big enough table to fit such a large puzzle. There has been a sharp surge in the popularity of chess as well, as more people are taking interest in the game after Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit, a hit miniseries about a chess prodigy’s rise to the top.

Get cooking

 

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Apart from being an essential life skill, learning to cook can have positive effects on your health and lifestyle when you start making better food choices. We guarantee you’ll forget all about takeout, once you get started in the kitchen. While Queer Eye star and celebrity chef Antoni Porowski hosted his own cooking show on Instagram to teach us easy recipes for dishes such as salmon squash and chicken strips, cookbook author Chrissy Teigen kept us engaged with her mix of Thai and American-Norwegian fares like maple-glazed orange chicken and Pad-Thai.

Plant a garden

 

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Think you’ve got a green thumb? With a little patience, you could soon enjoy the fruits of your hobbies, quite literally. Start by looking after some herb planters — basil, parsley, and oregano are a good place to start. Then slowly move on to popular home garden vegetables and fruit like lettuce, green peas, kumquats, and mandarin oranges. Talk about farm-to-table organic eating, right? Don’t be afraid to get in there and get a little muddy. Thai actor and YouTuber Supassra Thanacha shared how she’s been taking care of her plants, and reality TV star and author Lauren Conrad made the best of her days at home by planting a garden that bore fruit in just a couple of weeks. Click here or here to check out some DIY gardening kits, which include vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, as well as tools needed to plant your garden.

Paint like Picasso (or not)

While we all used to draw and paint as kids, most of us parted ways with the activity as we grew up. If you’re looking for engaging and entertaining hobbies, now is the time to bring painting back. And the best part is that you don’t have to be perfect at it — just put on a Bob Ross tutorial and you’re good to go. While Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II drew (hilarious) portraits of his fans on Instagram live, The Fault in our Stars actress Shailene Woodley took part in an art challenge with her friends, where they exchanged photos that inspired them.

Play video games

 

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Playing video games stimulates your creativity, improves your reflexes and problem-solving skills, as well as helps you focus better. Whether you’re planning to get your hands on the brand-new PlayStation 5 or brush up on your gaming skills with classics such as Super Mario, Grand Theft Auto, or Counter Strike, you’re guaranteed a good time. Musician Lady Gaga kept herself busy “playing video games and cards” with boyfriend Michael Polansky at home, model Kendall Jenner played Mario Kart, and NBA star Ben Simmons went live on Twitch to play Call of Duty.

Learn a new language

 

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Learning a new language is not only fun but can also be rewarding, especially when you can finally order your coffee in French the next time you’re in Paris. There are ample free resources available to help you do so — such as Duolingo, Busuu, and Coursera. Follow in the footsteps of “Watermelon Sugar” singer Harry Styles, who spent his time at home learning Italian and sign language.

Get dancing

 

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Dancing can do a great job of uplifting your mood and help you express yourself. It boosts heart and mental health, keeping you flexible and in shape at the same time. While Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg took dancing lessons from his daughter, singer Justin Bieber busted out some dance moves with his wife Hailey in TikTok videos. If you don’t know where to get started, try learning from popular dance choreographer Matt Steffanina — who has worked with stars like Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo — here. You can also take lessons from the instructors of the famed South Korean dance school 1 Million Dance Studio via their channel here.

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