The last year has made me a bit of a pro at entertaining myself at home when the weather outside is not going to plan. After awhile sitting down to a puzzle or cosying up with a rom-com just didn’t cut it anymore. So, here are some of my favourite rainy day activities to do at home. Warning: many arts and crafts incoming.
Make Your Own Trinket Pot
There are soooo many people with modelling clay on Instagram stories, making vases, pots, bowls, all kinds of crazy amazing stuff. I don’t know how they did it. I ordered some terracotta air-dry modelling clay and sat down with it one evening. It did not go to plan. I had big ideas, a dala horse trinket, a little bowl for my rings, a little flower with Betty’s paw print in it. None of them turned out very nice. Angus, with zero pottery experience, ended up making the best bowl of the evening! Either way it was really fun and I can’t wait to do it again – we only used about 1/4 of the bag and we made four things!
Painting My Trinket Pot
I haven’t done this yet because I’m still deciding which colours to order but, you can order some enamel paint pots online and paint your homemade goods too! I’m looking forward to doing this one soon.
This one was recommended by my friend Sophia. I actually got it for Angus as a Valentine’s Day gift/date night! (We still haven’t used it). These Kintsugi Repair Kits come with small jade bowls to smash and then practice the art of kintsugi, which is essentially to rebuild broken pottery with gold glue. It feels a bit counter-intuitive to break the pots because the art of kintsugi is to make something beautiful out of something broken, not to break something! However, I have an old clay candlestick holder that’s missing a piece, so I’m going to use some of my modelling clay to make the missing piece and then the Kintsugi kit to stick the pieces back together!
Art of the at-home picnic
Picnics have had a huge revival in the last year as everyone’s been forced to meet outside. Unfortunately, the Scottish weather doesn’t often agree with picnics. Instead, Angus and I often set the living room up with a blanket and picnic bits, put on a bit of music and pretend we’re having lunch on the bank of a river somewhere. It’s more fun than it sounds, and a lot more comfortable than a real picnic!
It has to be said: pillow forts.
I mean… of all rainy day activities, this is a classic. There’s something magical about laying down and looking up at a canvas of mismatched blankets and sheets. Even more so if you add some fairy lights and the pitter-patter of rain on the roof. Ultimate cosy rainy day activity.
How have you been keeping busy on rainy days? Let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for more activities… There’s no shortage of rainy days here in Edinburgh!
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