It happens to everyone at some point in their lives, regardless of age or location…
You grow tired of it.
Whether you’re stranded at home alone or just tired of doing the same thing day in and day out, changing up your routine and doing something else to pass the time might be a good way to pass the time.
If you’re a beader seeking for something to do while you’re bored at home, this list will be exactly up your alley.
7 INTERESTING THINGS TO DO AT HOME WHEN YOU’RE BORED
1. LEARN A NEW STITCH FOR WEAVING BEADS
There are numerous beautiful bead weaving techniques available, many of which have numerous variations. When you’re bored at home, try learning a new stitch. This will not only keep you engaged, but it will also assist you in improving your bead weaving skills.
You may learn bead stitching in a variety of ways, from books to taking a class. However, I strongly encourage you to join The Bead Club Insiders, my online bead weaving membership for beginners to experienced beaders. The membership site has been locked and no new members are being accepted at this time.
I may be biassed, but The Bead Club Insiders is a fantastic resource that includes detailed video lectures, step-by-step PDF patterns, and a forum where you can get answers to your problems. All of this is available for one stupidly inexpensive price.
2. EXPERIMENT WITH NEW BEADING PATTERNS
If you’re anything like me, you undoubtedly have a stack of patterns you’ve never used. Isn’t there no time like the present?
Look through the tutorials and pick one that appeals to you. Make sure you have all of the supplies you’ll need and get to work.
3. SET UP A SPECIAL BEADING AREA
If you do a lot of beading, it’s usually wonderful to have a place where you can store all of your supplies and relax while being creative. It’s also inconvenient to have to move everything off the dining room table every time you want to dine.
Make a beading station in your spare time. Find a space in your home where you can set one up, such as the guest bedroom, a tiny table in the corner of a room, or even a closet that can be converted into a creating space.
For your beading supplies, add some organising with shelves, storage boxes, drawers, or pegboard.
Ensure that you have a stable work area, a comfortable chair, and adequate lighting. If there isn’t enough natural light in the room, invest in a bright lighting. If you bead at night, you’ll need one anyhow.
4. GET YOUR BEADING SUPPLIES ORGANIZED
Beading supplies have a tendency to get out of hand quickly. You may have a variety of beads, findings, and tools. Perhaps you don’t put things back where they belong as you use them, or perhaps you never had an organisation system for them at all.
So, if you’re bored at home and need something to do, organise your beading supplies.
Sorting beads by type and size is highly recommended. You could even categorise them by colour if you wanted to.
Sort findings into containers based on their type, such as clasps in one container and earring hooks in another.
Organizing your beading equipment makes finding what you need, when you need it, a breeze.
Ensure that you have easy access to tools and other supplies that you use on a regular basis. Put them in the front of drawers or place them on a pegboard for quick access.
5. COMPILE A LIST OF YOUR BEADING SUPPLIES
Why not do an inventory of your beads and other items once they’re all organised?
A bead inventory can help you keep track of what you have and how much you still have. It lowers your odds of buying things you don’t need, saving you money. I’ve been guilty of buying multiples of an item I already owned because I had forgotten about it.
Make a list of the size, kind, and colour of the beads and findings. If you plan to sell handcrafted jewellery, you’ll need to keep much closer track of your supplies. Make a note of where you bought the products, how much they cost, how much you got, and so on.
To keep track of beading supplies, one Bead Club Lounge reader suggested using Evernote. It’s free, and you can check your inventory from anywhere with the app.
6. GET RID OF BEADING PROJECTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED
Do you have any projects that have been abandoned in the middle for whatever reason?
Maybe you ran out of beads and didn’t feel like finishing the project when you finally received them. Perhaps you suffer from “Shiny Object Syndrome,” in which you can’t wait to start anything new before finishing what you’ve previously started. Hey, it occurs!
Pull out one of your old beading projects and complete it. When you’re finished, you’ll feel great since you won’t have the shame of never finishing it.
If you don’t have the supplies to finish the incomplete beading project, and you know you won’t take it up where you left off even if you did, get rid of it. Disassemble the piece so that you can use the beads in a different creation.
7. REPAIR JEWELRY THAT HAS BEEN BROKEN
If you have any jewellery that needs to be repaired, do so. Replace broken clasps, fractured beads, and frayed threads.
Try one of these activities to keep you occupied and engaged the next time you’re bored at home.