In a world with Etsy and Pinterest, crafting has regained some popularity. There’s something particularly quaint about taking dull, lackluster objects and combining them to make something adorably one-of-a-kind. Now, all over the internet, you can find all sorts of creative projects for any occasion – wedding, halloween, birthday parties, home decor, etc. One of the benefits of crafting is obvious – you have the chance to create something new, whether it be to decorate your home with or a gift for someone else. Crafting has that obvious benefit of creating something new. However, there are many other benefits to crafting as well, ones that you initially may not think about when considering the endeavor. The following are a list of benefits of crafting that should convince you to become a crafter if you aren’t already.
- You are learning a new skill. Regardless of what you are crafting, you are inevitably learning something new. What you’re learning can be as simple as what type of glue to use with a particular type of material, or it can range to learning a completely new hobby, such as knitting or sewing. Either way, it is nearly impossible to not acquire some sort of knowledge when you are crafting.
- Crafting can allow you to recycle old things. Whether it’s taking an old mason jar and turning it into a snow globe, using extra fabrics to make handbags, or using leftover paint to monogram items, crafting gives you the ability to reimage old things as new projects. As such, you can put to use things that have been lying around and gathering dust and turn it into something new and beautiful.
- Crafting helps with hand-eye coordination. By using your hands more frequently, especially with any task that requires attention to detail, you are inevitably improving your hand-eye coordination. This is especially true with activities such as knitting or crocheting. It can also apply to origami as well, considering all the intricate folding that is involved.
- Crafting can help boost your mood. Taking part in a project from start to finish and having a set goal has been proven to boost your mood. Therefore, by taking part in crafting projects, not only are you reaping the reward of your hard-earned work, you are also boosting your mood as well. There’s much to be said about the satisfaction of completing something you set out to do.
- Crafting provides mental stimulation. This ties in closely with craftings ability to help boost your mood. Human beings need mental stimulation. We may enjoy our lazy, relaxation time, but we inevitably have the need to be mentally stimulated in order to be fulfilled. Crafting can provide that mental stimulation.
- Crafting makes you smarter. This may sound like a myth, but it isn’t. In order to successfully partake in crafting, you have to be able to imagine something in its component parts and how those parts will eventually make a whole, complete project. Doing so repeatedly boosts your brainpower and makes you smarter.