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by Tori (she/her)


When we’re all hunkered down in our homes, obviously we’re going to spend plenty of time uttering the phrase, “I’m bored.” There’s the usual remedies: puzzles, board games, and scrolling through social media. However, there’s many ideas that tap into your creative side that you can find right on social media itself. TikTok is a source of a variety of artsy projects that are perfect for doing during this time of social distancing. Here’s a few Tik-Tok-approved artsy projects that you can do with relatively minimal supplies.


  1. Sunshine Painting

The sunshine painting is easy, even if you aren’t an artist. All you need is a canvas (or something to paint on, although paper doesn’t usually work for this), paint, a paintbrush, and some tape (blue painting tape is best, but masking tape should work as well). Trace a circle in the center of your canvas. Use tape to surround the circle and make lines of tape coming out of the circle. Then, simply fill in the sections with the colors you desire. Wait for the paint to dry and remove the tape. The artist below did this project on a door, which is also an option.



2. Embroidery

Embroidery is becoming more trendy, but why spend all the money on a shirt with a bit of embroidery when you can do it yourself? All you’ll need is some fabric, embroidery floss or even yarn (thread of some kind), and a needle. An embroidery hoop is ideal, but you can do it without one. First, it’s best to draw dots or lines to trace out the patterns you want. There are many different kinds of stitches that you can look up, but you simply tie a knot to secure the thread (keep the needle from slipping out) and thread the needle through the fabric in the pattern that you want, going towards and away from you. There are plenty of ways to spice up your clothing using embroidery, like many TikTok users did, as shown below.


3. Tie Dye

Another great way to reinvent your wardrobe is using tie-dye! TikTok has put a bit of a twist on this by using bleach, especially for darker clothes, and it’s often something people already have at home. You need rubber bands, bleach or fabric dye, and a clothing item. Make sure that when you tie up your clothes, you use rubber bands to separate out the sections. Be very careful if using bleach! Rinse out the dye or bleach and then wash your clothing item before wearing.



4. Friendship Bracelets

This craft is a call-back to elementary school, so you probably have thread for your friendship bracelets already. All you need is some thread, tape, and scissors. There’s many different patterns that you can make. I find the easiest one to be fishtail. If you start with three different colors and fold them in half, tie a knot just below the fold and tape above the knot. Then, separate the strings with three colors per side (with each side mirroring the other). Then, simply do a fishtail braid. To do that, take the outermost string on the right side and put it on the inside of the left side. Put the outermost string on the left side on the inside of the right side. Then, pull tight. Continue this pattern until you have the length of bracelet you want. Finally, tie two knots at the bottom to secure the bracelet.

There are so many great ways to switch up your clothes or just make some unique art for yourself (or to send to friends). So put those hours spent on Tik Tok to use and go create!

By Ishita (she/her)

To care is to have a flame in your heart.

To be consumed in your intellect,

your passion.


To care is to carry the burdens of yourself.

To hold your mind in your hand,

glimmering with hope.


To care is to see everything with a new eye.

To see like you've never seen before,

to finally understand what it means


to care.

By Raven Stein (she/her)



Let’s be honest. This sucks.


This piece is geared towards folks who are stuck at home (and possibly on the verge of making drastic changes to their hair).


That being said, I want to say “thank you” to all of the essential workers who are on the opposite end of the spectrum right now. Being deemed “essential” and still having to live paycheck to paycheck is frustrating, gut-wrenching, and downright inhumane. But let it be known: we see you, and we are fighting for you.


To those at home right now, I ask that you put down the hair scissors, Nintendo switches, or whatever distraction you’re using right now. Lots of folks have recommended setting a “Quarantine Routine” to maintain some normalcy. I’d like to help you do just that.


Everyone is different, so I’m not going to give you an hour-by-hour manual of my typical day. However, these are the main components that I’ve found helpful:


Get dressed in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a suit and tie or a blouse... Honestly, you can change out of your PJ’s into a pair of sweats or leggings. Just that transition from sleepwear to day clothes can make all the difference!


Take care of your body


Exercise.

  • Unless HIIT is your thing, don’t listen to the online gurus. Do something you ENJOY. Lift weights, do some cardio, or some yoga! If you want to go for a walk or a run, wear a face mask and don’t touch any outside surfaces.


Fuel your body.

  • Try to maintain your typical eating schedule— and eat breakfast!! Not a fan of cooking? There’s no shame in using quick recipes with 6 ingredients or less! Here are some easy recipes from Tasty.

  • Monitor your water intake. Keep a glass or bottle of water nearby so you remember to sip throughout the day!


Shower. Regularly. Please.

  • I definitely get it, depression and/or anxiety makes even the smallest of tasks seem impossible. And right now, our mental health struggles are at an all time high. If you only take one suggestion from this piece, let it be this.


Take care of your mind


Everyone’s suddenly doing puzzles.

  • For good reason! If you have time, pull one out and test your brain. If you don’t have any physical puzzles, there are tons of apps, and jigsawexplorer.com has some great ones, too.


Read those books that have been collecting dust for some time now.


Take care of your soul


Meditate.

  • You don’t have to break out the incense & become one with the Earth. Just take a few minutes to check in with yourself. Practice deep breathing & do this daily check-in.


Do something you enjoy!


Express gratitude.

  • Think of or write down at least 3 good things that happened in the past 24 hours. Reflect is a great journaling app available on Apple and Google Play.


Take care of your surroundings


  • Tidy up any clutter or messes in your immediate area.

  • Clean light switches, door knobs, remote controls, and the device you’re reading this on! Here are some cleaning tips from the CDC.

  • Do your laundry... and put it away once it’s done.

  • If you have pets, clean up their habitat.


Take care of your loved ones


  • Call (yes, call) friends or family you haven’t talked to in a while.

  • Send a friend a funny video.

  • Remember: check-ins don’t have to be obvious. Even little things like this will let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them.


Have some fun

  • Watch a movie or a few episodes of your favorite TV show. YouTube videos are acceptable as well.

  • If you’d like, scroll on social media for a little while. TRY to keep it under 20-30 minutes...

  • Dog owner? Take them outside and run around for a bit!

  • Listen to some music & dance around!


Write down your own daily routine/goals and keep it where you will see it! Remember: not every day is going to consist of ALL of these things. It’s okay to have some “lazy days” here and there. We’re all going to have days where we stay in our PJ’s and watch Netflix all day and eat crap because we’re bored and neglect our workouts and distract ourselves from the world.


There is nothing wrong with you for needing rest from all of this. It’s really hard. Just be mindful and avoid falling into the trap of enabling not-so-great behaviors for more than a day or two. We’re with you, and we will get through this together.

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