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Top Passion Projects for Adults

Top Passion Projects for Adults

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As a parent, it is easy to lose interest in the things you once loved. With all your attention and time going to your children, it can feel impossible to make time for a hobby or passion project.

While it is extremely important to nurture your children’s interests from a young age, it is also important that you carve out time for yourself. Being a parent is a huge undertaking, and to continue to fulfil your duties, you need to have something that enables you to recharge your batteries and do something for yourself. Many parents feel guilty and selfish for doing so, but it is vital if you want to feel happy and strong enough to look after your children to the best of your abilities. 

A passion project is something that you can keep as a hobby, or even turn into your own business. A passion project aims to provide you with an activity and a space so you can take time away from the hustle and bustle of life, relieve tension and stress, provide yourself with a positive outlet, and lift your spirits. 

If you want to carve out time for yourself and work on a passion project, but you’re not sure what, here are some of the top passion projects for adults to help you get started. 

1 Art 

Art is a fantastic passion project to take up. Whether you choose to use acrylic paints and a canvas, or pencils and a sketchbook, you can add some creativity to your life. This can be extremely relaxing and therapeutic, as well as provide you with a great way to express yourself. Art is great for improving cognitive and motor skills and can open up your mind more. To get started, you can simply pick up a few tools from your local craft store and create whatever comes to mind. Alternatively, you can take an art class, or follow tutorials on YouTube.

2 Pottery 

Pottery is a great hobby if you want to do something hands-on. The concentration and skill that is required to complete beautiful pieces of pottery provide you with something to focus your attention on and distract your mind from the worries of life. It is a very inviting and fascinating hobby to take up, not to mention the unique finished products that you can make. These can be taken home for personal use, or you can use them to start your own business.

To get started with pottery, you will need a kiln, clay and underglaze transfers that you can use to decorate your pottery, such as the ones you can find at https://www.coastalstudioceramics.com.au/.

3 Gardening

Gardening can not only benefit your backyard and make it visually pleasing, but it can also give you something to work on. It can be very physical work, which is great for creating focused attention, boosting your mental wellbeing, and supporting your physical health. With just a few basic tools, you can get started in your own back garden. You can choose whether to grow herbs and vegetables, or you can choose some plants that you can nurture from seed to blossom. 

These hobbies require attention, focus and time to complete, but come with a range of benefits that can increase your happiness and wellbeing.

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Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Do you love pom poms? I absolutely love them. I have recently been hand making and adding colourful items to my craft room. This is a room that I spend a lot of my time in, so I want it as colourful and cheerful as possible. I would like my room to have as many handmade items in it as possible.

I chose to make a cushion for my craft room as I suffer with a bad back, and I thought the support of a cushion when spending hours on end sat crafting away would be a huge help. I then chose to add pom poms to add an extra splash of colour and cheer to my room.

A trip to the craft store was needed

I used a mixture of wool and yarn. Most being from The Women’s Institute collection, who have a colourful high-quality range. They also had an offer on of 3 for 2 at my time of purchase. I purchased mine in Hobbycraft and a donation from my purchase was stated on the packaging to be given to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

One purchase that was a huge time saver, this was a pom pom maker. This nifty little gadget made pom pom making so much easier.

The making of my pom poms:
  • I started off buy working out what size cushion I plan on making.
  • Then roughly worked out how many pom poms I think I would need. This was done buy cutting out a template with paper, making a pom pom to size and then working out the measurements from there.
  • It was worked out that I would need roughly 140 pom poms for my 24″ square cushion.
  • From there I got busy making pom poms, using my pom pom maker.
  • I did not make the pom poms all at once. I made them over a good few day’s using a variety of lovely colours.
How to use the pom pom maker:
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
The making of the cushion:
  • Once the pom poms were all made I then made my cushion using Calico fabric, which I cut two 26″ squares out of.
  • The two squares were then ironed and then pinned together down three of the four sides.
  • The three sides were then sewn together, leaving an opening end.
  • A zip was then sewn onto the opening end.
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
Attaching the pom poms to my handmade cushion:
  • When it came to attaching the pom poms I was going to sew them on until I realised how many I had made. So I opted to gluing them in position instead!
  • Using a good fabric glue I began to glue the pom poms into position. Using a piece of cardboard I inserted it inside the cushion cover to prevent the cushion fabric from sticking together during the process.
  • Once the pom poms were in position I allowed time for the glue to set and the pom poms to take hold in position.
  • I then inserted the cushion insert inside the cushion cover.
  • I ruffled my pom poms a little to fluff them back up as some of them went flat during the gluing process. I then I cut of any straggly bits and removed any loose bits

Once complete, my cushion was proudly put in place in my office/craft room.

Do you love pom poms?